Winter Skin Care Essentials for Men with Special Guest Barret Wertz

Winter Skin Care Essentials for Men with Special Guest Barret Wertz


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Men have finally hopped on the skin care bandwagon. But with all of the choices out there, it can be hard to discover what it is your skin really needs. Especially when you’re learning your skin type. And even worse for new skin care junkies — it’s winter. The frosty, dry weather can do quite a bit of damage to your skin.

Choosing the best facial cleanser and moisturizer for the winter is crucial to keeping your skin looking fresh and young. Men’s grooming editor Barret Wertz joins Just Ask David once again to share more of his men’s grooming tips — specifically, skin care for the winter. If you don’t remember, Barret has years of experience dealing with the men’s side of the beauty industry. He’s written for Men’s Journal, Stylecaster, The Plunge, Men’s Health, and many more. But Barret’s best known for his tenure as Style & Grooming Director at Men’s Fitness Magazine.

The Best Acne Cleanser for Dry Skin in the Winter

Cleansing is an important part of your skin care routine. With the right cleanser, you’re not only removing the dirt and oil from your face. A good oil-based cleanser will moisturize your face even as it’s cleaning it.

“I would say a lot of guys aren’t going to realize the benefits of an oil cleanser,” Barret says. “But for guys with particularly dry skin or don’t add a lot of moisture after they wash, an oil cleanser is actually an excellent way to get rid of the dirt and the grime and the stuff that’s on the skin without stripping the natural oils from the skin.”

And here’s something that’ll make you want to keep using an oil cleanser no matter what the season is — it can be used for shaving. “In the case of men, I would personally suggest using an oil cleanser and then using a scrub to help exfoliate the areas around where you’re going to shave and the neck,” Barret adds. “That should help to raise the hair and get a really good shave going. You’re still not using a really intense chemical to bother your face before you shave.

Try Moisturizers with Hyaluronic Acid to Stay Hydrated This Winter

Even though using an oil cleanser can sometimes double as a cleanser and a moisturizer, the winter calls for a little extra moisture.

Serums and moisturizers with hyaluronic acid are Barret’s personal favorite during the coldest seasons. “During the winter, something like a serum is going to just add that extra element of moisture that men’s skin often craves,” he says. “Something like a serum with hyaluronic acid is an excellent way to just deliver a deep-down hydration.”

Stay Tuned For Barret’s New Men’s Grooming Website!

We love Barret on Just Ask David. If you love his men’s grooming and skin care tips too, watch out for his website The Grooming Editor, launching in the near future.

In the meantime, be sure to stay updated with Barret by following him on Twitter and Instagram @BarretWertz!

The #1 Anti-Aging Beauty Secret with Special Guest Aja Mangum

The #1 Anti-Aging Beauty Secret with Special Guest Aja Mangum


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When we talk about anti-aging skin care, we’re usually thinking about products for our faces. But our faces aren’t the only part of us that reveals our true age. And even with a face as smooth as a 25-year-old’s, a crepey decolletage or age spot covered hands can easily give you away.

Lucky for us, beauty & fashion writer Aja Mangum joins Just Ask David to divulge all of her anti-aging secrets — specifically the lips, hands, and decolletage. Aja has written for the likes of Bloomberg Businessweek, Men’s Fitness, MANHATTAN, Angeleno, Brides, and more. Prior to freelancing, she served as the Beauty & Market Editor at New York magazine.

How to Maintain Youthfulness in More Than Just Your Face

Though many of have anti-aging skin care routines, few of us actually do more than treat the skin on our faces. By the time wrinkles and age spots start to appear in our hands and chests, the damage is already done.

“I was watching television and saw this fabulous actress,” Aja recalls. “You can tell she spent a lot of work on her face. She looked amazing, but then, her neck… and I just kind of had that moment of, not feeling bad for her, but [her hands] were clearly an afterthought.”

We know that prevention is the best approach when it comes to anti-aging, but we need to be paying attention to more than just a youthful face. Neglecting other parts of our body is a dead giveaway for our age.

Anti-Aging Treatments That Aren’t For Your Face

As discouraged as you may be at first, don’t believe that your hands, lips, and chest are doomed forever. There are anti-aging treatments out there that can really make the difference in the appearance of your skin.

For hands, Aja recommends the occasional hand masks to rehydrate the skin. After seeing the results on a colleague, she’s a fan. “The extra step of using a hand mask made a world of difference,” Aja says. “If you want to take time out for  yourself, it takes ten minutes.”  

The decolletage can be protected from future wrinkles with sunscreen, but if the damage is already done, Aja recommends using overnight collagen patches. “Basically, you cleanse your chest with these cleansing disks that contain glycolic and lactic acid to exfoliate,” she explains. “Wait for it to dry, and then you put these silicone patches on your chest. Stick ‘em on — super easy — go to sleep.”

Anti-Aging, Beauty, and Fashion on Your Social Media Feed

Want to stay up-to-date with Aja? Follow her on Twitter @AjaMangum for more fashion and beauty secrets!

2018 Beauty Industry Predictions with Special Guest Belisa Silva

2018 Beauty Industry Predictions with Special Guest Belisa Silva

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For the beauty industry, 2017 was a year of innovation, creativity, and experimentation. So you can bet that whatever 2018 brings is going to be larger than life.

Belisa Silva joins Just Ask David for the second time to share the forecasted trends for this year. She is an editorial veteran with over a decade of experience before joining SWAAY. She’s gotten up close and personal with the trendsetters of the industry, like Drew Barrymore and Jennifer Lopez.

In 2018, The Beauty Industry Wants to Know More About YOU

This year, the beauty industry is going to be more dedicated to the consumer than ever before.

“We’ve often talked about how consumers want an experience, not just a product… people want to learn about themselves, they want to learn about the world, they want to track their overall wellness through digital solutions and kind of convenient ways to make themselves better.”

“One of the trends I keep hearing about it mass personalization, which really is a great way to address diversity,” Belisa says. The beauty industry is working to create products that are personalized to you – not people like you. There are even at-home kits out there that will create a skin care regimen for you based on your DNA!

Rihanna’s makeup line, Fenty, was a clear game-changer when it hit the market. It’s not because everyone loves Rihanna. (Even though she IS awesome.) It’s because of Fenty’s diverse palette – particularly with foundation. Other brands are likely to follow suite, giving the consumer more choices than they ever had before. “Even if it’s not fully customized, you’ll have a lot of specific options,” Belisa says.

Let Your Beauty Be Your Statement

Thanks to consumers voting with their pocketbooks, beauty brands are finally listening to our concerns.

For example, cruelty-free and fair trade beauty are becoming wildly popular in the industry. In Belisa’s own words, it’s all thanks to “unprecedented consumer voice and consumer power.” In fact, cruelty-free products in particular are becoming more of a standard.

“It may sound like a tall order, but consumers more than ever want to make a change in the world through their purchases,” Belisa says. “So it’s an interesting jump between wanting to better yourself and to better the world… It’s a loaded proposition, but I think brands that do that deliver something that makes the consumer feel more empowered.”

Be Beautiful, Be Empowered, Be YOU!

Visit SWAAY for more beauty, inspiration, and business news for women. You can also follow @SWAAYmedia for updates on your social media feed!

Green Beauty Basics with Special Guest Greta Eagan

Green Beauty Basics with Special Guest Greta Eagan


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Cruelty-free. Organic. All-natural. Green.

A lot of beauty products proudly display stickers with these phrases nowadays, but what do they mean? Are they all just fancy words meaning the same thing?

“[Green beauty is] a really broad spectrum applied to brands jumping on that bandwagon,” says Greta Eagan, editor of Fashion Me Green, author of the bestselling Wear No Evil, and former Just Ask David guest.

“Then I learned your skin is the largest organ and it absorbs what you put on it. But it doesn’t necessarily filter things the way your liver or kidneys would when you ingest something.

Natural Beauty

The same way many of us decided to go green in the last decade, natural cosmetics are carving their own place in the beauty industry. And it isn’t a niche, anymore. People are ditching their beauty products created with synthetic chemicals in favor of natural ingredients.

But as healthy and positive as natural beauty may seem, there’s always a catch. “You have to be careful,” Greta warns. “Because if a brand uses one ingredients that is naturally sourced or even organic… then they can name their products ‘natural,’ even though the rest of the ingredients are not.” The best remedy for this is learning to read the ingredients.

Non-Toxic Beauty

If green or natural beauty products need at least one organic ingredient, non-toxic beauty takes those values a little further.

In some cases, non-toxic beauty brands hold their products to a higher standard of safety than even the FDA. That’s because there are plenty of chemicals that are approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration are banned for cosmetic use overseas due to potential public health hazards. In other words, non-toxic beauty is perfect for people who’d rather be safe than sorry.

“Your skin is the largest organ and it absorbs what you put on it,” Greta says. “But it doesn’t necessarily filter things the way your liver or kidneys would when you ingest something.” In fact, our skin can absorb up to 60% of what we put on it.

“I am always looking out for parabens,” Greta says, referring to the group of suspected carcinogens often used to preserve beauty products.

Vegan Beauty

Beauty products that don’t test on or use animals is vegan beauty. Vegan beauty, also known as cruelty-free beauty, has become increasingly popular in the last few years.

You can easily find out if a beauty product is vegan by reading the ingredients. “You can also look for the little bunny rabbit that means the product is cruelty-free,” Greta suggests.

But it’s also worth mentioning that vegan labelling isn’t a guarantee for non-toxic products. A cosmetic can not use any animal product or testing, yet still use potentially toxic chemicals in a formula.

Stay Green, Stay Beautiful!

Now that you know the difference between  natural, non-toxic, and vegan beauty, visit Greta’s website Fashion Me Green for more ways to go green. You can also follow her on Twitter and Instagram @GretaEagan.

Flexible Dieting with Special Guest Jonathan Jordan

Flexible Dieting with Special Guest Jonathan Jordan


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We all know how losing weight works. Consume fewer calories than you burn — that’s it. But the reality of it is much different. Losing and maintaining your weight isn’t as easy as it sounds.

But what if there was a special diet plan created just for you?

Personal trainer and fitness blogger Jonathan Jordan joins Just Ask David to explain what “flexible dieting” is and what other tools are available to help you lose weight. Jonathan is also nutrition coach, focusing on sustainable health habits. (So forget ever yo-yo dieting again!)

What is Flexible Dieting?

When it comes to weight loss, it seems like some of us struggle more than others. Why? Diets are not a one-size-fits-all deal. Although we’re all human, we all have different lifestyles, eating habits, body types, and more.

“Nutrition is simple and complex,” Jonathan says. “Unfortunately, the world we live in, with stress levels being really, really high, people having hormonal issues, having medical issues — it’s not always that simple.”

So what can we do to start a diet that’s more suited to our needs?

“I typically try to recommend to clients what we call, ‘flexible dieting,’” Jonathan says. “And that’s simply looking at your body type right now… what your current activity level is like… and then helping them calculate what their daily caloric needs are, and even breaking those calories down into what is the ideal number of grams of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats you should be eating a day, and then helping them pick a lifestyle and a general way of eating.”

Use Fitness Tools to Better Record Your Fitness Goals

So once you’ve figured out what your caloric needs are, how do you figure out what you should be eating? Luckily, there are hundreds of calorie-counting tools available to help you on your weight loss journey. (Check out the fitness tool featured on Jonathan’s website!)

BY recording everything you eat on your fitness tracker, you’re holding yourself accountable for the things you eat and can see where to make room for improvement. Jonathan also recommends the free app, MyFitness Pal. “You just enter in the food you eat on a daily basis… [and] compare it to what your ideals are,” he adds. “You can come up with creative ways to bridge that gap.”

Want to Learn More About Flexible Dieting?
Visit Jonathan’s fitness website and blog for more nutrition tools, tips, and developments. You can also follow him on Instagram @jonathanjordanfitness!

 

Don’t forget to download your EXCLUSIVE PDF of JJ’s Guide to Eating Clean and Getting Lean!

Losing Those Holiday Pounds with Special Guest Cheryl Grant

Losing Those Holiday Pounds with Special Guest Cheryl Grant


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Losing weight is one of the hardest things to do.

Most of us know how to lose weight. (Just burn more calories than you consume). Sounds easy enough, but few of us are actually able to do it for more than a few weeks.

And now, it’s January. The month of resolutions that will probably wear you down before February even comes. And one of the most common resolutions? Losing weight — (which always feels more dire after the holiday season ends and we’ve been stuffing our faces since Thanksgiving).

Renowned lifestyle writer Cheryl S. Grant joins Just Ask David to share her best tips on losing those holiday pounds. Cheryl has written for plenty of well-known publications, including Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Latina, Prevention and Fitness, and many more. With years in the fitness and beauty industry under her belt, Cheryl knows all of the healthy hints to keep the weight off — for good.

How to Be Healthy All Year Round

Despite what pessimists say about the fickle flock of gym newcomers on the first day of the year, there’s no shame in making any effort you can to lose weight.

But really — why is it that so many people fail at trying to be healthier for the New Year? Why is it so hard to lose weight? Cheryl says that a lot of us are taking the wrong approach.

“Look at it as the big picture,” she suggests. “Not as something that needs to be done in the short term. Because, I think, that’s where we end up failing. It’s thinking that it’s going to be quick and that it’s going to be easy.”

If you really want to lose weight (and keep it off), there’s no getting around the fact that you’re going to have to make some lifestyle changes.

“You don’t want to be healthy for the next month, or for the next two months,” Cheryl says. “We want to be healthy for life, not just healthy for the next event.”

Pick One Weight Loss Goal Every Week

After making the decision to lose weight, many of us do a great job of eating healthier meals and exercising more. Well… for a short while.

Remember — losing weight means committing to a new way of doing things. Forcing all of these changes to your life is uncomfortable and overwhelming. “Nobody can take that all on at once, especially living the lives we’re living,” Cheryl says. That’s why so many of us revert right back to our old ways.

Cheryl’s suggestion? One small change a week. Give yourself the time to transition to a healthier lifestyle and see how much easier it is to stick to it. “I look at each week as a week to tackle something new,” she says.

The Key To Lasting Weight Loss: Easing Into Exercise

As if switching to a healthier diet isn’t hard enough, a new exercise routine can be seriously stressful. Especially like you’re sedentary.

“Do not go in crazy [with the] exercise,” Cheryl warns. “Yes, we all need to move more, we all need to exercise. But if you decide to go to the gym every day, you’re only going to end up, probably, injuring yourself or being so sore and fatigued that you don’t have the energy to continue.”

Just like with changing your diet, the key is to take small steps and be consistent. To start, Cheryl suggests exercising for maybe ten minutes every other day. “If you start doing small things…  you’ll feel better [and] more motivated than when you’re trying to do thirty minutes every day. That is not going to get you to where you need to be.”

Stay Updated With Cheryl All Year

Want to hear more of her health and beauty tips? Visit Cheryl S. Grant’s website or follow her @cheryls_grant on Instagram and Twitter!

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