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A few months ago during a week long trip to Mexico, I enjoyed a bit more time in the sun than I’m accustomed to. Surfing lessons in the ocean, horseback riding through town, and long walks on the beach kept me from reapplying sunscreen as often as I usually do and before long, I had newfound spots that aimed to take up permanent residence. Hyperpigmentation (a.k.a sunspots, age spots, liver spots, and melasma) is excess melanin caused by sun exposure, age, hormones or acne and knows no race or gender boundaries. I’ve been in this business long enough to know that an uneven skin tone can be just as aging as lines and wrinkles.
3 GREAT OPTIONS TO STOP THE SPOTS:
ZO MEDICAL BRIGHTALIVE NON-RETINOL SKIN BRIGHTENER ($120) is formulated with clinically proven alphaarbutin and bioengineered plant phytotechnology to reduce the appearance of brown spots, even skin tone, and inhibit melanin production, without the use of hydroquinone or retinol. Ultra-stable vitamin C and an exfoliating enzyme renew skin tone and texture. Melanocytes are blocked thanks to the powerful combo of peptide science, hexylresorcinol, soy, and licorice root. The 12-hour time-release antioxidant complex of vitamins A, C and E, protect, hydrate and repair.
LUMIXYL SKIN BRIGHTENING KIT ($220) is a physician dispensed 4-step system that inhibits tyrosinase, the enzyme responsible for the production of melanin in the skin. It’s non-irritating, non-toxic, safe for all skin types, and can be used for extended periods of time, plus it won’t increase skin’s sensitivity to the sun. This system includes the Active Prep Cleanser, a patented antioxidant cleanser that disrupts oxidative stress that can amp up melanin production. The GlycoPeel20 exfoliates surface spots with a 20% glycolic acid concentration. The Brightening Cream contains the proprietary Lumixyl peptide while the Moisture Lock Sunscreen is formulated with micronized Titanium Dioxide, a clear physical sunblock as well as Symehelios 1031 to protect against UVB toxicity. This kit will target existing hyperpigmentation and also prevent its recurrence.
CLARISONIC SONIC RADIANCE BRIGHTENING SOLUTION ($249 for set, $125 for replenishment kit) When it comes to facial cleansing brushes Clarisonic is the gold standard. It utilizes sonic technology combined with a cleansing brush that oscillates at more than 300 movements per second to gently remove impurities without compromising the condition of the skin as some other brushes can. It cleans 6 times better than using your hands alone and is so gentle that it can be used twice a day–even on rosacea or acne-prone skin. When skin is thoroughly cleansed, serums, creams and moisturizers are absorbed better. Which brings me to Clarisonic’s new products. Sonic Radiance Brightening Solution combats hyperpigmentation through an innovative new brush head with denser, softer filaments. The Skin Illuminating Cleanser contains pigment-balancing licorice. The Brightening Activator Serum has ellagic acid and phenylethyl resorcinol to combat discoloration, and the Skin Renewing Peel Wash utilizes LHA and glycolic acid to gently exfoliate and retexturize. All combine to slow down excess melanin, reduce future dark spots, and exfoliate existing pigment clusters for more even-toned and radiant skin. If you already have a Clarisonic, just attach the Radiance brush head to your handle and use the new cleansers and serums.
Photo Credit: beautyinthebag.com
Photo Credit: beautyinthebag.com
At the recent 2014 Emmy Awards, Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston’s receding hairline looked a bit more bountiful than usual, and it accompanied a new pencil mustache. In fact, regarding Bryan Cranston’s new look (a big change from his bald look on Breaking Bad), Metro New York tweeted about Cranston, saying, “He’s applying Rogaine everywhere.”
True or in jest, he certainly wouldn’t be the only man looking to regain lost hair through ROGAINE®. At least 50% of men experience some form of hair loss by the time they’re 50 years old. A thick head of hair is something that’s often taken for granted…until it’s gone. According to Washington DC dermatologist and hair restoration surgeon Terrence Keaney, “Androgenetic Alopecia or male pattern baldness (MPB) accounts for over 95% of hair loss in men. By age of thirty-five, about two-thirds of men in the U.S. will hair loss to some degree. By the age of 50, about 85% of men will experience visible hair thinning.”
In partnership with ROGAINE®, Diana Schmidtke, one of the world’s foremost celebrity grooming experts, shares her favorite grooming tips, tricks, and her predictions on upcoming hair trends for men.
5 Do’s and Don’ts for Thinning Hair
- Using the right styling products is key, especially for men with thinning hair. Avoid pomades and gels, which are high in shine and can give the appearance of thinner hair. Instead, opt for products that have a matte finish like a paste, clay, volumizing spray or dry shampoo.
- Treat the scalp and hair gently, especially after a shower—wet hair has more elasticity, making it more prone to damage. Always pat hair dry instead of vigorously rubbing it with a towel.
- When hair starts to thin, choosing the right haircut is more important than ever. Shorter cuts with blunt lines are great options for thinning hair.
- The right haircut and styling products can help mask thinning, but they won’t stop hair loss or help regrow the hair you’ve already lost. As soon as you notice signs of thinning, it’s time to take action and start using Men’s ROGAINE® Unscented Foam twice a day, every day. It works in 9 out of 10 guys!
- Talk to your stylist about any hair concerns you may be having. They have an arsenal of tools and advice that can help!
Upcoming Grooming Trends
- The looks of the 1950s and 1960s continue to be popular. To achieve the modernized James Dean look, ask for a style with shaved sides, higher hair on top, and a squared shape.
- The bedhead look is still a popular trend with no signs of slowing down. For this loose, undone look, go light on the styling products. Rub just a little bit of mattifying product on your hands and fingertips and run them through your hair quickly from front to back, making sure it is distributed evenly.
- During the summer, we tend to see shorter hair trends, while in the winter hair trends are longer with coordinated facial hair. Trim your facial hair accordingly, or opt for the always-perfect 5 o’clock shadow look.
Diana says, “A man is sexiest when he feels confident, embraces who he is, and has something special to offer to the world.” Hair or no hair, we couldn’t agree more!