And so the evolution of the human male continues - and the most dramatic changes are happening in the once blurry area of personal hygiene...
Yep, we brush our teeth, we shower and shave, and even squirt on a bit of deodorant. And once upon a time, that was actually enough to see us through the day. In fact any thing more and we would instantly be accused of being overly feminine!
It's not surprising that many men react to new male-oriented lines of skin care products by assuming they're mere marketing ploys aimed at separating self-absorbed men from their money.
But the times, they have a-changed. With the dawn of the Metrosexual, no matter how well you dress, how nice your haircut is, and how healthy you are, if you have skin that is dull and blotchy - then you're not looking your best.
Actually when it comes to skincare, there are a lot of plus points favoring the maintenance of male facial skin over female facial skin... Men have more collagen and elastin fibres (the connective tissue that gives skin its strength and elasticity), and a tighter network of fatty tissue directly under the skin. As a result, men's skin is on average 20% to 30% thicker than women's skin. And thicker skin does a better job of resisting wrinkles...
Hair glands also produce oil, which means men's faces are naturally oilier than women's. The oil traps moisture, which keeps skin hydrated and gives it a plumper and more youthful appearance.
Finally, shaving actually leads to a dramatic exfoliation of outer skin layers, which leads to a more youthful skin appearance. So guys, there is a lot to be grateful for!
However, our skin still requires adequate maintenance, especially for those of us who live in warmer climes.
In my own personal experience there has been nothing subtle in the evolution of my facial care regime... Where once just a bar of soap sat on the shower cubicle shelf, now I've got a facial scrub, a herbal body wash - and the most recent addition: a Gentle Exfoliating Gel by EHA...
Placed there not very subtly by my Better Half, I was instructed to apply the gel after having cleansed and washed my face.
What I initially thought was going to be a useless exercise, turned out to be quite a revelation... EHA's Gentle Exfoliating Gel is a fresh, translucent gel containing Evening Primrose Oil for its anti-oxidant and whitening properties, Algae extract for its moisturizing and whitening properties, and Glycerin for its hydrating properties.
Unlike traditional scrubs, this exfoliating gel is so gentle it can be
used even on sensitive skin - as often as two to three times a week - but still effectively removes in-grown hairs, impurities, excess sebum and old
The natural active ingredients are selected for their effectiveness, and the skin is left clear and toned.
In fact it was scarily surprising to see how much dead keratin was actually removed, appearing as tiny white clumps on the surface of the skin after some gentle scrubbing.
Now that's real deep cleansing in action!
I've also found that this treatment sets up the face nicely for a good smooth shave afterwards.
So what can I say? Except admit that I am a self-confessed Metrosexual. I don't know if that was the direction in which the human male was supposed to evolve - but its definitely keeping the females of the species happy!
LXG’S WEEKLY GIVEAWAYS! (Open to Singapore readers only, I’m afraid)
With much thanks to EHA Look Good Feel Great Clinic, we have one very exclusive 50ml bottle of EHA Gentle Exfoliating Gel, worth S$68.00 up for grabs! Winners will be selected on Wednesday 4th July.
To take part:
- Tell us why you would like to win this product
- Share with your friends on FB, Google+ etc
- “Like” EHA’s FB page
Okay guys, lets face it, no matter how stressed or rushed we are in our daily lives, we should always set aside adequate time for cleanliness and grooming. Its one of the Number One rules of Gentlemanly conduct after all...
But how many of us have the opportunity of luxuriating in an hour-long bath these days? Its often power showers all the way, every day. Although invigorating, you could hardly call a five minute shower a relaxing experience...
But yet again, using cutting edge science and the wisdom of age-old herbology, the geniuses at Kneipp have come up with a range of therapeutic body washes that are guaranteed to invigorate and revitalize.
This trio of aromatic washes are created to answer to your specific needs:
Kneipp® Herbal Body Wash Rosemary
Awakening and exhilarating
You can skip your morning shot of coffee with this invigorating body wash with Rosemary essential oils - as it literally wakes up your senses and system. Rosemary essential oils have been known to improve circulation, awaken, and energize - and this exhilarating scent is an ideal pick-me-up or great way to start the day. (It works for me every time - even after all-nighters at the office)
Kneipp® Herbal Body Wash Eucalyptus
If you suffer from allergies or sinus, this wash packed with mint and eucalyptus essential oils is a definite must. Its' vapours help clear clogged nasal passages and provides relief during cold and flu season. While gently cleansing, leaves your skin soft and supple, moisturized and lightly scented.
Kneipp® Herbal Body Wash Juniper
Muscle Soother benefits tired and strained muscles
Juniper, an evergreen shrub, helps rid the body of toxins and stimulates circulation. It also helps to relieve tension and stress. These qualities make it the perfect choice for use after sports. This natural muscle soother, helps ease sore muscles and is perfect, post workout or simply to de-stress tight and painful muscles after a whole day spent at your desk.
Each of these invigorating body washes are pH balanced, Alkaline-free and Dermatologist tested. They retail at S$18.90 for 200ml and are available at the locations listed below. To enjoy the benefit of the essential oils to their maximum, after lathering, leave it on your skin for a few minutes for the oils to penetrate. The result, ultimate invigoration!
- 2 Jurong East Central 1 #B1-05 Jcube Mall
- 252 North Bridge Road #B1-44L Raffles City Shopping Centre
- LINK BRIDGE 62 Collyer Quay #02-01 to 04 OUE Link
Guardian Health & Beauty:
- 290 Orchard Road # B1-20/24 Paragon
- 101 Thomson Road #B1 United Square
- 930 Yishun Ave 2 # B1-01/02 Northpoint Shopping Centre Singapore 769098
- 2 Jurong East Street 21 #01-57 IMM Building Singapore 609601
LXG’S WEEKLY GIVEAWAYS!
(Open to Singapore readers only, I’m afraid)
This week, we are giving away THREE SETS of the Herbal Body Wash Range, each worth S$56.70 and TEN consolation prizes, each worth S$20.00. Winners will be selected this Saturday (30th June).
To take part:
- Tell us why you would like to win this range of products
- Share with your friends on FB, Google+ etc
- “Like” Kneipp’s FB page
There is no-one that quite compares with Tricky. Originating in the incredibly diverse, beats-orientated Bristol scene of the 1990's, Tricky was instrumental in shaping the sound and vision of seminal trip-hoppers, Massive Attack...
But he soon veered away onto his own solo journey through the realms of trip-hop, rap, electronica, punk, and even heavy metal - mashing it all up into a unique catalogue of tracks that feature his distinct, spliff-laden growl, partnered with the angelic tones of his once partner-in-crime, Marina Topley Bird.
He has undertaken some incredible collaborations with artists from all sorts of different music genres - and has always been respected for doing things his own way, without ever comprising for commercial success.
Here is the Man in epic action with Ed Kowalczyk (of Live), and rapper Hawkman: