Archive for November, 2010

Advice for Your Skin Type: Oily, Dry, or Combination

Oily skin is the type of skin which produces too much sebum(oil). The face has a greasy appearance , especially after waking up. Your face will become shiny after a few hours after you washed it. It is characterized by large visible pores as well. This type of complexion is prone to acne and skin problems due to the activity of the sebaceous glands.

Skin challenges includes :

  • breakouts
  • uneven skin tone (sun damaged skin)
  • large pores
  • razor bump prone

Combination skin is a mixture between oily skin and dry skin. The skin produces excess sebum(oil) on some parts of the face and doesn't produce enough on others. Usually the oily part is the T-zone, meaning the forehead and the nose area, leaving the cheeks and chin dry. The pores are more visible in the T-zone and less visible on the dry parts of the skin

Skin challenges includes :

  • breakouts
  • dry flakey skin (fine line, wrinkles)
  • uneven skin tone
  • razor bump prone

Dry skin is the type of skin which doesn't produce enough sebum (oil), leaving the skin matte. You will experience tightness especially after washing your face with water. Dry skin is caused by the skin protective barrier’s inability to retain enough natural skin lipids or oils to keep skin moist. A weakened barrier is often hereditary but occurs naturally as we age and can be accelerated with lifestyle

Skin challenges includes :

  • dry flakey skin
  • advanced aging of the skin
  • easily irritated skin
  • uneven skin tones

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For My Aussies… Get Summer Inspired.

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For my Australian readers (and all others in the southern hemisphere: Argentina, Chile, etc.), I know Summer is quickly approaching as we've been getting emails from dedicated Australian readers wondering what to wear. Well, here's a few links to help with your summer gear:

2010 Spring Summer Style Guide.

Summer/Spring Street Style

It's in the Details (elegant ways to accessorize).

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HIMistry Grooming

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H.I.M-istry grooming products were created by Darnell Love Henderson in 2004. Throughout life he faced skin care needs that he felt were being ignored by many companies.  So he derived a line of products that would focus on the basic needs in men's skincare and would provide professional quality skincare products to men of all skin types and racial backgrounds.

H.I.M-istry, which stands for "Healthy Image Man", tackles many distinct needs like skin discoloration, ingrown facial hairs, anti aging, and more.

We were able to review a few of the products…

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Blackberry Salicylic Cleanser: This cleansing gel provides an exhilarating, berry-clean freshness to help produce fresh looking clear complexion. An advanced deep pore resurfacing action increases cell turnover and help diminish the appearance of razor bump, acne break-outs and other negative affects on the skin. Ideal for normal/oily skin types.

Urban Gent Review: Smells great… like blackberries. Leaves my skin feeling cleansed and fresh.

 

Black Tea Bamboo Scrub: A mix of a Micro dermabrasion and light moisturizing cream. The effects of this scrubs natural ingredients provides a boost in skin cell shedding by manual exfoliation to give an all over healthy tone. The natural fruit ingredients causes mild skin peeling and are used on the face and body to treat acne, smooth the surface of the skin and diminish superficial signs of aging and negative effects on the skin (peels off dead skin).

Urban Gent Review: This product works well and definitely gives the skin a scrubbing. The scrubbing crystals are a little harsh, but no different from most scrubs.

 

OC-10 Serum: A lightweight serum that protects and revitalizes the skin with CoQ10 and Vitamin E to regenerate and defend the cellular matrix form environmental stress and premature aging.

Urban Gent Review: Feels sort of like a light-lotion. And very lightly moisturizes the skin, I still opt to use another moisturizer after/with this one.

 

AHA Clearing Pads: Deep strength exfoliator with combination of Alpha Hydroxy Glycolic, Lactic and Pyruvic Acids with Kojic, Bearberry and Licorice to exfoliate, inhibit skin discoloration, razor bumps. Use 2 to 3 times per week before bed.

Alpha Premier Fragrance: (Our Review): A nice everyday cologne. The woody scent makes it a  perfect winter fragrance to try, purchase, here.

Purchase the above products, HERE.

 

OVERALL REVIEW: A good line of products that are scientifically created for every type of guy, with men of color in mind– so the product line gets a few extra points off back.  It's very important to use these products in the proper order. I was initially using the scrub, then cleanser, then serum and I found my skin very lightly peeling in the middle of the day. But once I changed to cleanser, then scrub, then serum this went away. If you're in need of new products, then I'd give HIMistry a try.

Random Fact: HIMistry caught the attention of higher US officials (US government)– in a good way.  The H.I.M.-istry (Healthy Image Man) line, including cleansers, toners, and scrubs,  will be in 150 Army and Air Force Exchange Service stores across the country…. pretty cool. I guess that's what happens when you  are able to specifically create products that are meant for a range of ethnicity groups.

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More from Himistry:

More and more men are looking for skin care products that cater to their needs. Men have thicker skin which tends to be oily and show signs of aging as testosterone levels decrease. Factors such as sun damage, lifestyle choices and nutrition play a significant role in skin condition. H.I.M-istry offers natural based Facial Care products formulated with cutting edge ingredients that moisturize, purify, repair and fight visible signs of aging and negative effect of the skin .

A man's skin is approximately 15% thicker than a woman's. Active sebaceous glands cause men's skin to be oilier with larger pores and a richer blood supply. Regular deep cleansing is a necessity to maintain a healthy complexion. Men’s skin is also more prone to be dehydrated due to daily or frequent shaving. No matter your skin type, it is important to maintain a regular skin care regimen to keep pores clear, and healthy looking.

Cee Lo. One of the Best Artists Alive…

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… it's just an undisputed fact of life. It doesn't get much better than Cee Lo Green. It was made official to me after I listened to "Cee-Lo Green… is The Soul Machine" years ago. And it has been further confirmed in the past few weeks of listening to his mixtape "Stray Bullets"

Little Black Book, Talking to Strangers, Night Train, You Don't Shock Me Anymore, I Like It, The Secret. Sophistic@ted B!$ch, It it?, Super Woman Theme Song are my favorites (Yes, I named all but 4 songs on the album, two of which are intros and outros). The sounds of the mixtape literally take me through the past decades. He uses the best sounds of the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s to create a moving thoughtful album, focusing on relationships of course.

I've finally downloaded "The Lady Killer", and, well, Cee Lo is pretty much it when it comes to an artist that gives us music in it's full on untainted essence– with real lyrics (not randomess, degrading mess, fakeness to build a certain persona, or cookie-cutter pop). His wittiness, untouchable flavor, and unique perspective on life, women, and relationships allows his music to cross every other genre barrier. You can't put Cee Lo in a box, he's just one of those artist that stands alone.

Now some people may not feeeeel the greatness of Cee Lo off the first listen, but give it a few spins then come back later and listen again, I'm sure your musical senses will have set it… and you'll be vibing to the great Cee Lo like the rest of us.

Get Cee Lo Green MP3's: HERE.

To get the full effect of Cee Lo. It's best to atleast download: Cee Lo Green… is The Soul Machine, Stray Bullets, and The Lady Killer. For bonus, I'd download a couple of Goodie Mob and Gnarles Barkley albums (his two groups). You can get all of it HERE. Download Stray Bullets torrent here.

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