Sunday, August 24, 2014

A Man's Proper Grooming Routine

Men, now more than ever, are becoming more aware and accepting of the necessity of a proper grooming routine. Gone are the days when it was seen as “un-manly” to buy and use products made specifically for guys – most men realize that it’s very important. You take good care of your body-why not take care of your face? Nowadays, guys go back and forth between having a beard or stubble and being clean-shaven. Regardless of your current look, your facial skin needs regular attention! It can be daunting to navigate the basics of skincare and shaving do’s and don’ts but, as a facial hair expert and author, I have explored different techniques, heard every myth about hair growth and removal and seen all the trends. The most important components to keeping your skin looking its best through all ages and seasons, is a grooming regimen that includes great products and technique. I like to break down men’s grooming in three primary steps: cleanse, shave and finish:

Start with the “software”, a.k.a. your grooming products. The first step of the skincare process should always be cleansing! According to a study from Dove Men+Care, almost half of U.S men never use face wash. Your body bar soap is not a sufficient substitute. The skin are your face needs to treated with a gentle, yet effective cleanser that mildly cleans and protects, like the Dove Men+Care Hydrate+ Face Wash. 

Men are always looking for ways to improve their shaving technique to get the closest shave and combat common concerns like irritation and razor burn. (Even if you have a beard, sideburns or stache, you still need to keep your facial hair margins clean and tidy.) The products you use to prep your skin are crucial to achieve your best shave. First, apply a soothing shave product like Dove Men+Care Hydrate+ Shave Gel. The rich, creamy lather provides lubrication for the closest shave and is gentle enough for everyday use.  For the least irritating shave, be sure to use a light touch, gliding the blade with the grain (never against) following the direction your hair grows, and try to make fewer passes –if you need to go back over a spot, make sure you always apply more shaving gel. About the “hardware”: Remember to replace your razor every five to seven uses and, to prevent dullness, towel dry excess moisture from the blade after each use. A common misconception is the more blades on your razor, the better. In fact, razors with fewer blades cause less irritation and are much easier on your wallet!

The last step, moisturizing with a face lotion, is imperative regardless of your skin type. As men age, they are increasingly prone to dry, flaky skin. All the sweating at the gym, frequent shaving and exposure to the elements, is wear-and-tear on your face. A non-greasy, fast-absorbing face lotion, such as Dove Men+Care’s Hydrate+ Face Lotion is perfect for everyday care. This dermatologist tested product also contains Broad Spectrum SPF 15 to help prevent sun damage.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Arrived!! L'Eau d' Issey Pour Homme Summer Limited Edition Fragrance

Summer is finally here and it's that time of year when my favorite summer edition fragrances start to pop up. Issey Miyake's L'Eau d' Issey Pour Homme, a minimalist classic and favorite of mine for many years, brings it's 2014 Summer edition to stores now.... and I have to say, grab your flip flops and run don't walk for this one. L'Eau d' Issey Pour Homme Summer Limited Edition is bursting with freshness with notes of kiwi, a touch of spicy coriander and a hint of bitter grapefruit and nutmeg. When the scent dries down, I get a smooth sensual fragrance where all of the spice and fruit notes mellow out to a clean woody accord of vetiver (one of my favorites for summer) and cypress. This is a solid fragrance that will bring you through summer days and evenings with a vibrant, sensual and fresh vibe.

L'Eau d' Issey Pour Homme Summer Limited Edition 4.2 Eau de Toilette is $68.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

J. Paul Men's Skincare Line Now Sold at Nordstrom

Hey guys, J. Paul, the advanced (and pretty amazing) luxury men’s grooming line is now sold at Nordstrom stores nationwide. If you haven't heard of this line, I'd say it's time to get involved. Developed for the luxury-minded, every-day man, their shaving products will have you covered with state-of-the-art ingredients and formulations.

The line currently includes their top-selling Glide Shave Cream — a creamy and glycerol-based cream that helps keep the blade away from the face while serving up a very close shave, Guard Face & Body Lotion, Ice Aftershave, Scrub Preshave, Body Wash, Travel 3-Pack (with Shave Cream and Mini Shave Kit).

Products range from $18.00 - $36.00 and are available on and

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Boss Bottled Unlimited

Just in time for Spring and Summer BOSS BOTTLED UNLIMITED is the energizing new scent from HUGO BOSS. This limited edition fragrance is inspired by vibrant green notes created with a striking blend of refreshing mint and evergreen citrus, combined with juicy pineapple and enduring masculine woods. These unique ingredients come together to create an invigorating and aromatic scent, underlining the BOSS man’s uncompromising drive. Available for a limited time only, it’s on my must-have list for the summer.

Available at HUGO BOSS stores and at

BOSS Bottled Unlimited 100ml  $75
BOSS Bottled Unlimited 50ml $60

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Shaving Your Privates Never Felt So Luxurious

One of my favorite Tom Hanks movies is Saving Private Ryan. The porn version of this movie is Shaving Ryan's Privates. On that note, and just in time to prep your bod for summer... The Art of Shaving has introduced the beach season's grooming essential, the Body Razor.

Driving a razor over the body is a lot different than shaving your face... and the razor you use should be different too. The light weight handle and anti-slip grip of the Body Razor gives you control even in the shower while the pivoting head maintains excellent blade contact over the body for a new kind of smoothness.

Here are a few tips from Master Barbers on shaving:
  1. Shave during or after the shower. The steam helps prepare the skin for shaving and helps make the body hair a little easier to cut.
  2. After shaving sensitive areas, use moisturizers which are soothing and calming to the skin and will help to prevent irritation.
  3. To enhance your body soap experience, instead of using your hands, try lathering up with a shaving brush. Shaving brushes help build a great lather and lift the body hair.

The Art of Shaving's Body Razor is available at The Art of Shaving stores and online.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Forget Sochi! Check Out My New Chubbies Old-School Olympic-Inspired Sport Shorts

I'm into my new gym shorts from a new brand called Chubbies. Ok, think old-school Olympic and retro basketball shorts from the 70's and 80's designed with modern technology that keeps the boys in place and the skin dry. Bring it on with a pair of mid-calf socks or even a pair of no-shows and the look is rockin'. These comfortable and light weight shorts are perfect for outside the gym and just hanging out too. Can't wait for the summer to wear them with a pair of flip-flops. The cut is different than most work out shorts — a little shorter— just try them for your self. I bet you'll love them too! Check out all the colors!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Wrinkle Free Zone— Shiseido Men Total Revitalizer Eye

I'm seriously loving this new Shiseido Men Total Revitalizer Eye cream. It's become the power tool in my morning and nightly grooming ritual. The cream feels so rich and dense yet it goes on light enough to penetrate the skin leaving no greasy, shiny residue on the skin's surface. I noticed the effect (the effect I'm referring to is a slightly dewy, fresh plumped eye area) immediately but after a few weeks of using it, my under eye area is noticeably firmer and smoother.

Specially designed for men to over power wrinkles, dryness, sagging and dark circles. This lightweight yet deeply hydrating cream plumps skin from within, firms and lifts the eye area and reduces the visible signs of aging.

Recommended Highly.

$45 for 15ml tube.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Winter Hand Care

Excellent article on Winter hand care from Details magazine..... by an expert -- a hand model.