Three Quick Complexion Tips

I have always been that girl that has struggled with acne.

I feel like I have tried every home-remedy and urban legend that involves curing breakouts (including but not limited to, the ‘toothpaste trick’). I’ve watched every infomercial in vain, praying that this time I had found a cure.

Homemade face mask.  It didn’t really work.  image via Flickr

I’ve made face masks out of eggs and vinegar (which is not easy to clean up by the way) and wasted tons of money on make-up that I thought had healing powers.

What Did I Learn?

What did I learn from all of these experiences?  For one, I learned never to trust a product that isn’t carried in stores or one that is sold by a cheesy, D-list celebrity.

Okay, I did learn more than that. I learned that everyone’s skin is different.

There is no ‘one cleanser cures all’ in this world and that just because these products didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean they don’t work for other people. I can’t really blame the product for lying even though I was thoroughly disappointed.

If you’re not sure if a product is a good fit for your skin type, try a sample here before you buy the full sized product.

I also learned a few quick tricks that can help keep breakouts on the back burner:

1. Hot vs. Cold

No, I’m not talking about mood swings (though they do tend to wreak havoc on the skin). I’m talking about the temperature of water.

Always use warm water on your face and body before applying cleanser. The warm water ‘opens’ your pores, allowing the cleanser to actually reach in and do it’s job!

After you have ‘warmed up’ your skin and after cleansing, splash your skin with cool water. The colder temperature ‘closes’ the pores, helping keep out bacteria

2. Pillow Talk

Try to only use ‘one side’ of the pillow for no more than a few days. Flipping the pillow over prevents oils that have seeped into the material from making their way back onto your face. I normally trade out pillow cases every few days and this does wonders for clearing up the sides of my face.

3. No Touchy

It’s a common known fact but rarely does anyone follow it – Don’t touch your face! Even I find myself doing it all the time. When I’m bored, deep in thought, etc. my dirty little fingers make their way up to my chin or temple and then a day later I have a new tenant. Try to compulsively wash your hands and pay attention to where they roam.

If you follow these tips you may not get a perfect complexion, but it sure will be better than it would be otherwise.


The Evolution of Design of Men’s Razors

If you take a look at the design and use of men’s razors throughout history, you will see that they have drastically changed.

The earliest known razors were sharp strips of rock or metal used in the Bronze Age; clearly razors have evolved into more practical forms. In the late 17th-century, the first foldable, metal razors were created; and as time went on, they evolved too.

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The Straight Razor

Dating back to the 17th-century, straight razors were the number one implement for shaving; in second place were sharp knives and daggers. The straight razor is also known as the “cutthroat razor” due to its deadly edge and high skill level.

The design is fairly simple: a long, steel blade is attached via one end to a sheath that swivels out to act as a perpendicular handle.

According to experts, the straight razor is the best razor to use when shaving because of its single blade. Single blades apply even pressure to the skin, allowing the razor to cut the hairs without pulling, preventing irritating razor burn and bumps.

As mentioned, this type of razor needs a high amount of skill to operate safely; maneuvering around your neck and jaw-line with a single blade has been known to cause serious injury – that’s why many men who prefer this type of shave visit a barbershop.

Thankfully, a man with extreme ingenuity perfected the next razor.

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The Safety Razor

In 1904, a patent was issued to King C. Gillette for an ingenious new razor: the disposable safety razor.

This little contraption began the fall of the straight razor and the rise of the modern razor.

The design was rather complex for a razor: a single, detachable, horizontal blade was attached to the top of a stationary, perpendicular handle; what made the safety razor different was the comb or bar attached above the blade that protected the face from injury.

This razor decreased the amount of skill needed to perform an injury free shave at home, while also allowing men to throw away dull blades, allowing a close shave every time. During World War I, the government issued every soldier a safety razor and disposable blades.

By the end of the war, over 13 million razors and 30 million disposable blades were in the hands of soldiers. Men were able to groom themselves at home without the fear of cutting their throats accidentally. However, it still needed quite a bit of skill to use; that’s why Gillette began production of the next razor.

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The Multi-Blade Razor

Multi-blade razors are the most modern design. Similar to the safety razor, multi-blade razors have three to five blades mounted on top of a stationary handle with an aloe strip to moisten and condition as you shave; some are battery powered to vibrate the skin to allow a closer shave.

Most razor manufacturers make multi-blade razors as a priority since the skill level to use them is practically nothing; it is nearly impossible to find straight and safety razors in common department stores, but can be found at certain shops where classic men’s razors are sold.

Multi-blade razors aren’t only for men these days, however; some are advertised to women for grooming needs as well. Although easy to use, multi-blade razors have up to five blades which can pull on the hairs as you shave, causing irritating bumps and burns; that can be prevented by using certain after-shave products, but that’s a different story.


A Professional Image For A Man Can Start With A Visit To An Upscale Barber Shop

Over the past few years there has been a shift in the way that men are presenting themselves. Gone are the casual jeans and suit coats that once filled the corporate office.

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In their place the return of the suit has made an impression on young men who are graduating college and looking for their first career or job. The success that is bred from the image a man projects to the world has led to the restoration of the barber shop.

San Diego residents who are in tune to the trends that have swept across the country understand the importance of maintaining a clean cut appearance. In the office and when out after hours the men that wear the slim cut modern suits that have a thin collar and more athletic cut understand that they are always on show.

Barbers Prepare Men for Success

The choice to dress for success in any situation is a driving force that men are using their advantage.

When it comes to dating, the appearance of designer clothing is winning over the target of a young man’s attention. Both in the office and at the clubs men that are dressed to impress are taking whatever they want from life.

In addition to an impressive wardrobe, the image that is presented by someone on the path of success is a clean shaven well groomed one. By making a monthly appointment with their barber, men who maintain a certain style are able to keep the details of their appearance in check.

However, not just any barber will do! No, for the individuals that are out too conquer the world the only place to get true service is from an upscale barber shop that caters to the needs of men of means. Inside a luxury barber spa men are treated to a haircut or shave that is delivered by a master craftsman.

Men Who Own Their Image are Already Successful

Surrounded by fine appointments of leather and hardwood furnishings a man who walks into an upscale barber salon recognizes instantly that he is where he belongs.

Treated to the services of a professional shave or a haircut the young executive is able to maintain the professional appearance that is at the heart of his success.

The details that are given to a man’s dress and grooming say a lot about who he is and how he shows up. Whether in a professional or a social setting, the attention that is paid to the details delivers results.

Success comes from following through on actions and anticipating the response of an audience. A man who owns his image is someone who commands respect when he enters a room.

Attitude or confidence is just as much a part of the package as the clothing that a man chooses to dress in. When it comes to owning an image someone that makes it a habit to care about their grooming can see to it that they are always ready for action.