I have an important message to get out about safe beauty – even for men.
Men say, “I don’t use beauty products.” But do you use body wash, shampoo, hair conditioner, shave cream, after shave, moisturizer, deodorant, hair gel or hair spray? Even toothpaste is a beauty product. Suddenly they can relate and realize they use beauty products so the message applies to them.
Don’t Use Just a Bar of Soap in the Shower!
You do things like go to the gym and eat healthy. What about having healthy, good looking skin? The way to do that is to start with a liquid body wash, not a bar of soap.
A lot of guys think a bar of soap is all they actually need. They’ll use it on their hair instead of shampoo out of convenience. The truth is, a bar of soap is one of the worst things you can use to cleanse your skin and hair.
Bars of soap have a high pH and disrupts the skin’s acid mantle. The process that turns soap into a solid bar causes it to have a high pH, which can cause dryness. It can even cause hair loss on your head as you get older if the scalp becomes too dry.
By switching to a liquid body wash – one specifically formulated for the body and the hair – you can actually have a time saving product and one that will hydrate and work with the skin. You will find you will slow down that hair loss and you’re going to have nicer hair and skin that is clean without cancer causing chemicals.
Use a Moisturizing Shaving Cream and Aftershave
A good shaving cream and aftershave are also essential to healthy skin. But not just any one will do.
Old fashioned shaving creams foam up and dry out the skin because they are made out of soap. Read the label – does it say Sodium Laureth Sulfate? That is a cancer causing chemical. To me, old shaving creams are old technology. Plus, razors have changed. Just throw out your old fashioned shaving cream.
Use ingredients that will moisturize the skin and add lubricity so the blade will slide along the beard and moisturize the skin at the same time. Because we shave, guys don’t have to exfoliate our skin as often as ladies do. You want to get rid of dead skin cells because as we age the cell turnover process slows down. But when we shave we are actually removing with the hair a small layer of the dead skin cells.
As for aftershave – you will also want to ditch the old fashioned kinds. The old aftershave was alcohol based and would sting a little. The aftershaves of today are moisturizing and packed with anti-aging ingredients.
You can look for an aftershave that will go where the beard area is but my preference is a moisturizer or gel cream. It will absorb quickly and deliver all kinds of new technology to hydrate the skin and fight the signs of aging and can be used all over.
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I have two messages. One is about safe beauty and avoiding hazardous chemicals, flipping it and learning to read the labels. The other is that things have changed over the years for us guys. You no longer have to be this tough guy who doesn’t use anything. We all use products, you just don’t like using the word beauty products, it’s personal care.
Guys need to start changing how they do it and use things that are good for the skin. You do things like go to the gym and eat healthy. What about having healthy, good looking skin?
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