Be Smooth: Basic Skin Care for the Urban Gentleman


For some reason somebody created the myth that men don't need to do worry about skincare… "Lever 3000 and Suave is all I need" are words that have been echoed by many- and I must say, "It's sad, oh-so sad". A man doesn't need 20 cremes to take care of his skin, but please guys you can do better than Lever, Suave, and Old Spice.

First off everyone has a different type of skin, some of you may have really dry skin while others may have really oily, sensitive, normal, or problem skin- it's important to realize what type you have. Once you realize it you can buy products that are best for your type of skin.

There are a few key products that most men should use and own:

1. Palmers Products: Shea, Cocoa, or Olive

The realness of it all is that Shea Butter, Coca Butter, and Olive Oil are GREAT for the skin of people of color. If you want smooth, bump-free, stretch mark free (yes men get stretch marks too, especially if you work out) then it's all about these products. Palmers has the best range of products from oils to lotions to cremes to soaps they have it all. And the price of their products are great! Where to buy: Walmart, Target, Walgreens (most drug stores), and online.

Try this:

After washing your body in the shower, rub some Palmers Coca butter oil on from neck to toe then rinse it off. And once you step out the shower dab yourself dry instead of harshly rubbing the towel against your body… I promise you'll see a difference within a week or so.

2. Jack Black Products

They have such a comprehensive range of products that fits all skin types and complexions. There are many men who absolutely swear by Jack Black (I've met a few).
Where to buy: Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Sephora, and online.

Try this:

After washing your hands put on some Jack Black Hand Healer. It's the perfect product for men who work out alot and have rough hands from lifting weights, it's also great for guys who always work outdoors or have jobs that leave their hands rough and dry. I suggest carrying some in your car and having one at home.

3. The Art of Shaving
Oh how I love the name… it just sounds like it's good, huh. Like Jack Black, The Art of Shaving carries products that are great for all skin types. But the difference is that this brand specializes in products for shaving, every gentleman should own atleast one Art of Shaving product.
Where to buy: The Art of Shaving Store, Nordstrom, online.

Try this:
Many men, especially men of color, tend to get ingrown hairs and lots of bumps when shaving.
If you run into this issue then dab some Ingrown Hair Night Cream before going to bed.

Other Good Products:
4. Lab Series
5. MenScience

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For ALOT more Men's Skincare products go here.


What are your favorite skincare products?
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  1. yeah, the palmers works miracles- my girl put me on it… i use the coca soap, lotion, and creme.

  2. Hey my man, I am blown away by
    your blog.
    I have been in the hair industry as a barber for 17 years.
    It’s always good to read great info like this that targets the black man.
    I would also like to suggest another great salon hair product by
    Jane Carter Solutions.
    It’s called Nourish and Shine.
    Its a pomade… and works wonders on skin and hair.
    Try it out!
    I look forward to reading your blog
    and if I can contribute in any way…I will.

    I have started a blog myself that focuses on helping salon and barber professionals achieve their goals.
    I’m encouraged after reading yours.

    Keep it up!

    Talk soon,
    Kev “K.L.” Horne

  3. I swear by African black soap. Not the liquid stuff in a bottle but the solid stuff ina jar. It is very concentrated. It is good for mild irritations ( shaving burn, bumps, ingrown hairs). The smell is wonderful. It is extremely concentrated. add just a tiny bit of water to the top of the jar and it will create a thick liquid of which you will only need a drop. It works for my skin (oily with some dry patches). Love it.

  4. Thanks for the product info! I am always looking for health & skin articles to share with my male clients on my facebook page! I am an esthetician and skin is my business. Thanks for sharing!

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