Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is just around the corner.  Twenty-six days from today, to be exact. What can you get dad for Father’s Day? He already has everything he needs for golfing; who knows what tools he needs for his overflowing tool box; and he already bought himself all the electronics that he’s mesmerized by. Some things that all men use and need are men’s grooming products. You may have heard him complaining that he wishes he had certain men’s grooming products, but those products just don’t make it to the top of a man’s shopping list. They’d rather spend their time shopping for more exciting things. Get him high-end men’s grooming products for Father’s Day. This Father’s Day gift is not only useful, but you can save him from the tedious research and get him good quality products.

American Crew Classic Essentials Kit: Products for his shower and shaving routine.
Daily Shampoo
Stimulating Conditioner
Classic Body Wash
Precision Shave Gel
Post-Shave Cooling Lotion

TIGI B For Men Set: Hair cleansing and styling products.
Charge Up Thickening Shampoo
Charge Up Thickening Conditioner
Power Play Firm Finish Gel

American Crew Shave Set: For his bath and shaving routine.
Classic Body Wash
Moisturizing Shave Cream
Post-Shave Cooling Lotion

American Crew Daily Care Set: Bath products.
Daily Shampoo
Stimulating Conditioner
Classic Body Wash

Tan Skin Without Sun Damage

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Summer is just around the corner and for some of us, it feels like it’s already arrived. Hot weather calls for more skin exposure and bikinis. It’s only natural for you to worry about looking as good as possible when you are showing more skin. One accessory that has long been in style is a tan. You look better and sexier with a healthy glow. A tan also helps hide cellulite and makes you look thinner. At the same time, (fortunately) more and more people are recognizing the serious dangers associated with tanning and excessive sun exposure.

– One intense sunburn can boost your risk of skin cancer. As little as just five bad sunburns can double your risk of skin cancer.

– Tanning beds can cause unattractive dark spots; receiving short spurts of intense UV exposure is the fastest way to damage and age your skin.

Get a beautiful tan while minimizing the risks.

Tip 1: Avoid midday sun and sun overexposure to prevent pigmentation marks.

Tip 2: Regularly wear sunscreen of at least 30 SPF on your face. A good option is the Kinerase Daily Defense Cream.

Tip 3: Get a safe, year-round natural-looking tan using TanTowel self-tanning towelettes. The towelettes come in two different shades of darkness (original TanTowel or TanTowel Plus) and are easy to apply sans mess. Use the towelettes on dry, clean skin and for even darker results, just reapply it more frequently.

Tip 4: Use a product like the DDF Hyperpigmentation Protect & Correct SPF 15 to get ride of minor discoloration.

Keep the Red Alive – Maintaining Red Hair Color

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I’ve dyed my hair red a few times. Every time I see old pictures of myself with my highlighted, auburn color I think, “I should go red again. Why did I change it?” It complemented my skin tone by bringing out a bronzy/golden color instead of washing me out. So why did I get rid of it? Oh right! I didn’t. It got rid of me.
Red is the hardest hair color to maintain (and strangely, also the hardest to kill when you’re trying to make that cross over to another color). Red fades rather quickly but there are things you can do to extend its vibrant life expectancy. Jason Backe, a well-known celebrity colorist from Ted Gibson Salon, shares his tips on maintaining red hair color.

First, try to shampoo as rarely as possible; the more often you shampoo, the quicker your color will fade. Shampoo your hair every other day or every third day, if your hair allows it. When you do shampoo, use a sulfate-free shampoo that doesn’t strip your color. The TIGI S-Factor Color Savvy Shampoo cleanses your hair without stripping the hue.  Follow it up with the TIGI S-Factor Color Savvy Conditioner, which moisturizes hair while sealing the cuticles.

Every third wash, or so, use a color-boosting conditioner like CHI Organics Tone & Shine Marigold. The CHI Organics Tone & Shine Marigold is made specifically for maintaining brown and red hair. It provides ultimate moisture as it enhances color.

Make sure your hair is protected from damaging UV rays every time you step out of your house. Sun exposure is a huge factor in why hair gets that brassy-metallic look. The CHI Ionic Color Protector Leave-In Treatment adds shine and body to your hair while protecting it from UV rays.

Use a temporary root-covering pen (like Touchback) in red, to cover up new growth between color touch-ups. You’d be surprised how much influence even just a little bit of root color has on the overall vibrancy of your hair color.

I Want to Know You

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I am trying to get a better idea of who I am talking to when I write my blogs, send out tweets and all that good stuff. Please take this quick survey so that I can better understand what you’re interested in and what moves you. Feel free to send me any other information about yourself as a comment on this blog! Thanks, guys!

Conceal and Treat Acne at the Same Time

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When I get a pimple, I want to do whatever gets it to go away the fastest. Usually, I feel that covering it up with makeup will only aggravate it but I don’t want people to see that ugly blemish unmasked, in its natural, vulnerable state! And of course, if the blemish is not covered up, it seems to be ALL people are looking at when they’re talking to me. It makes me want to do an awkward introduction to the pimple, tell everyone to say their hellos and move on. Thank you, Murad, for making a concealer that covers and treats face acne! Choose from the Murad Acne Treatment Concealer Light, Murad Acne Treatment Concealer Medium and Murad Acne Treatment Concealer Medium/Dark. The small oil-free acne spot treatment concealer stick contains Salicylic Acid, Vitamin A and Green Tea Extract. A massive 86% of users reported better skin overall, after just 2 weeks of using the Murad Acne Treatment Concealer. Apply the acne spot treatment concealer with a concealer brush for a natural-looking finish. The tones that the acne spot treatment concealer stick comes in are especially great for people with yellow undertones. Hopefully, Murad will soon come out with a broader variety of colors. The main benefits of the Murad Acne Treatment Concealer:

  • Long lasting coverage
  • Fights and prevents face acne
  • Oil-free?Conceals blemishes

Skincare for Dry Skin in the Summer

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Winter is not the only season that brings out dry skin. The summer’s ruthless rays and dry heat call dry, flaky skin out to play, as well. Without the proper care for dry skin, you may see a new coming of rashes, dryness and blemishes. Aside from the aesthetic concerns that result from dry skin, it’s also uncomfortable as it may often mean itchiness, tightness or even pain. Dry skin is very common; everyday-causes include the wrong soap, hot baths, medical conditions or clothing.

Facials and face masks are important during the summer season because they cleanse and exfoliate the top layer of dry skin. Protect the skin’s acid mantel, which covers the skin and locks in moisture, by avoiding soap and water. If you can’t resist, use a mild soap and limit it to once in the morning. Too much wetting and drying of the skin dries it out.
Tip: Use a cream or oil-based cleanser in the morning and evening. Apply to the skin, massage in gently, let it sit for a few seconds and then wipe it off with a damp, soft cloth. If you use a toner, make sure it is alcohol free (Peter Thomas Roth Aloe Tonic Mist).
Recommendations: DDF Anti-Aging Non Drying Gentle Cleanser or Clarisonic Gentle Hydro Cleanser.

Use mild moisturizers without perfumes. For dry body skin, thick and greasy moisturizers are best. A simple test: put some lotion in the palm of your hand and flip your hand over; if it runs or drips, it’s not thick enough for dry body skin.
Tip: According to experts, many of us do not use moisturizers correctly. Don’t apply moisturizer on dry skin. Apply moisturizer when the skin is still damp (water helps lock in moisture). Pat your skin dry with a towel and apply the moisturizer. Let it sit for a few minutes and then towel off any excess product.
Recommendations: For the face: DDF Anti Aging Daily Protective Moisturizer SPF 15. For the body: MD Skincare Hydra-Pure Firming Body Cream.

Bath Time
Prolonged exposure to water (especially hot water) can wash away the skin’s protective natural oils.  If your skin feels tight when you get out of the bath or shower, it’s dried out.
Tip: Choose showers over baths, limit it to a few minutes and use lukewarm water rather than hot. Keep the lukewarm water rule when you wash your hands, as well.

Soap can strip away the skin’s protective natural oils. The majority of people use too much soap; unless you’re a child or work in a job that really gets your dirty, the only parts of your body that need soap are your face, hands, feet, groin and underarms. The other parts of us can do with simple rinsing.
Tip: Use a mild, creamy, moisturizing non-soap cleanser that contains glycerin or petrolatum and is fragrance-free.
Recommendations: For the face: see above. For the body: Peter Thomas Roth Botanical Oasis Body Wash.

Moisturizers are much more effective on skin that is properly exfoliated.
Tip: According to Marcia Kilgore of Bliss Spa in New York, it is best to scrub skin when it is dry. Apply the scrub to the skin before you turn on the water. Mix with some lotion if the scrub needs moisture. Massage the scrub into the skin for a few minutes and then rinse.
Recommendations: For the face: DDF Anti Aging Advanced Micro-Exfoliation Cleanser. For the body: Peter Thomas Roth Botanical Buffing Beads.

Our lips retain less moisture than the rest of our body and dry out more quickly. Licking your lips only dries them out more.
Tip: Use a toothbrush to brush your lips in a circular motion to remove dead flakes.
Recommendations: Use a lip balm or lip treatment such as the Murad Energizing Pomegranate Lip Therapy.

Sun Protection
Incase you weren’t paying attention before, the sun’s harsh rays dry out your skin.
Tip: Keep your skin safe from the sun with a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher (reapply regularly).
Recommendations: Murad Essential C Day Moisture SPF 30 or DDF Enhancing Sun Protection SPF 30.

The Master of Big, Beautiful Hair

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Elle magazine’s April 2010 issue features Paris-based hairstylist Sebastien Richard in the 2010 Genius Awards section. Richard is best known for massive, healthy-looking, slightly disheveled hair creations. He has styled ‘dos for celebrities such as Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Pamela Anderson and several high-fashion models. An “old studio trick” that Richard shares for increasing volume without redoing hair from scratch is to flip your head over and spray your roots with dry shampoo. The celebrity stylist recommends using a small-barreled curling iron to create not-so-perfect curls, sleep on the curls overnight and then spray them the next morning. Richard didn’t close his interview before specifically mentioning BioSilk Shine On as his secret to adding gentle, high-shine to dry hair strands.

Don’t Fall Frizz Victim to Summer Humidity

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Its almost summertime again; kids will be out of school, it’s warm enough for the beach and you can get back that healthy glow. The not-so-great part of summer? Rain showers come to visit and our hair does not get along well with humidity. Basically, what happens is that when moisture gets into the hair shaft, each hair expands and becomes “frizzy”.  One way to fight the frizz is to use hair styling products that contain silicone, which seals the hair cuticle and prevents water from getting in. Hair products such as CHI Deep Brilliance Moisture Treatment and Straight Sexy Hair Smooth & Seal Anti Frizz Spray successfully lock out moisture.
Use a deep conditioner like Bio Ionic Super Hydrator Reconstructor, a couple of times a week, to keep hair moisturized and less vulnerable to the negative effects of humidity.

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