An Introduction to Manscaping

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There has been quite the surge in male grooming in recent years, which is exactly what the term manscaping refers to. For those of you who are only venturing into this area for the first time, this introduction to manscaping will teach you all that you need to know.

Quality Clippers
Grooming body hair is a large part of manscaping, but since you will be trimming it rather than shaving it, you need to invest in a quality pair of clippers. While the all-in-one models that are usually purchased to cut hair will be suitable for this, you would be better off with a model that has been designed for manscaping, as this will make it easier to reach trickier places.

Exfoliation
Before you carry out any sort of body hair grooming, you need to ensure that you have exfoliated that area first. This will clear away the layer of dead skin cells that build up on the surface of the skin, allowing you to achieve a much finer cut, and will also prevent ingrown hairs from forming.

Facial Grooming
The easiest way to begin manscaping is to assess the hair on your face and decide the best ways in which you could go about tidying it all up. Nose hairs should not be visible, and these can easily be removed with an inexpensive trimmer, or with a pain-free hot wax session. A uni-brow is also not generally accepted when it comes to manscaping, although overly manicured eyebrows should also be avoided. If plucking or waxing your brows is too painful a prospect, try combing them upwards and then trimming away and longer hairs with a pair of scissors.

Body Hair Grooming
Just like with facial hair, body hair is absolutely fine, as long as it is kept neatly trimmed. This applies to everything from your back and your chest to your arms and your legs, depending on which areas of your body you want to show off. While your clippers will be able to help you neaten it all up, if you need a large quantity of hair removed then it may be best to book yourself a waxing appointment. Keeping the hair under your arms trimmed is also important, not only for aesthetic reasons but also because this will help to prevent sweat from building up and causing an odour.

Shaving
There are certain parts of your body where it will be easier to shave rather than use your clippers, and, in these cases, it is essential to make sure that you are shaving correctly in order to avoid redness, bumps, and ingrown hairs. Shaving with, rather than against, the grain will be much kinder to your skin, and will also give you a better look overall.

Manscaping can often seem intimidating to those who have never given it much thought, but a little bit of effort can go a long way when it comes to your overall appearance. From keeping your brows trimmed to showing off a hair-free back, these tips will help you to get started with manscaping.

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Skin After 40

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Once you reach the age of 40, your body will be undergoing some rapid changes, and these all have an effect on your skin. From cutting back on the amount that you cleanse to increasing the amount of antioxidants that you use, these tips will help you to take the best possible care of your skin once you have passed the age of 40.

Skip the Morning Cleanser
Cleansing twice a day is not something that is recommended for certain skin types out there, and the same applies to those with more mature skin. Assuming that you have cleansed your face at night before going to bed, skip the cleanser in the morning, and simply rinse your face instead. Cleansers, even if they are gentle, strip your skin of sebum, and since sebum production will start to decline at this age, using a cleanser too often is something that you now need to avoid.

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Antioxidants
Investing in quality skin care products at this stage is absolutely vital if you want to preserve your youthful complexion for as long as possible, and this means using products that are rich in antioxidants and will truly nourish your skin. Vitamin E is one of the most popular antioxidants out there, as it protects cell membranes from damage and works beautifully with vitamin C, which is important for treating wrinkles, dark spots and dullness. Retinol is another antioxidant that is extremely effective, as it has been proven to increase the skin’s production of collagen, even after it has begun to decline with age. Retinol also enhances your skin’s natural barrier, which therefore leads to firmer and plumper skin. To protect your collagen even more, look for products containing green tea, and always keep in mind that these antioxidants work even better when they are combined with each other, rather than being used individually.

Stimulate Cell Turnover
Cell turnover is the process at which dead skin cells are shed from the body and new, healthy skin cells are created. However, this process naturally slows down with age, leading to a rough and dull complexion, but, fortunately, there are ways in which you can stimulate cell turnover to avoid these issues. Removing makeup and cleansing before bed is essential, as this allows the pores and skin cells to breathe, while a toner that contains glycolic acid will help to remove any dead skin cells, speeding up the rate at which new ones are created. Exfoliation should also be a key component to your skin care routine, and you should be doing this two or three times a week without fail, but only using exfoliants that are gentle enough so as not to cause any damage.

When it comes to taking care of your skin after the age of 40, there are many different methods and techniques that you can try, but the most important aspect to remember is to continue protecting your skin from the sun. Since the skin thins with age, it is much more susceptible to damage, and unless you are providing it with constant sun protection, you will not be able to stave off the effects of aging for much longer.

Getting Your Skin Crop Top Ready

Crop tops have recently been seen on all of the major runways, with experts predicting that the crop top will be one of the hottest looks for this summer. While there may be a number of different ways to wear and style a crop top, you are most likely going to be baring some flesh, which makes now the perfect time to begin to get your skin crop top ready.

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Exfoliation
While you may exfoliate your face on a regular basis, chances are that you often forget to do the same for your stomach, but this is necessary if you plan on adding a few crop tops to your summer wardrobe. Not only does exfoliating clear away the dead skin cells that build up on the surface of the skin and lead to a rough complexion, but it also ensures that the skin is able to receive all of the vital nutrients and oxygen that it needs. When it comes to your stomach, there are many exfoliating body scrubs that you can choose from, or you could also opt for dry brush or a mineral or salt scrub, as this will also help in tightening the skin while reducing the appearance of cellulite.

Skin-Firming Ingredients
The stomach is an area where many women tend to experience loose skin, but there are a number of ingredients that you can look out for that are able to help with this. Products that contain vitamin A and vitamin E will help in tightening the skin, as will products that contain collagen, as this is the protein that forms the main structure beneath the skin.

Skin Masks
Skin masks are designed to target all sorts of different issues, and while you may not see many that are aimed specifically at the stomach, there is no reason why you cannot use a mask here that is intended for another part of the body. These masks will not only provide your skin with a deep clean and some extra nourishment, but will also work to strengthen the skin, leaving it firmer and smoother.

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Salt Water Bath
Salt water is known to bring about some fantastic benefits, and spending a bit of time soaking in a tub that contains a couple of teaspoons of sea salt can make quite the difference to your stomach. The salt works by drawing out any toxins or impurities that lie within your skin, clearing away anything that may be blocking the production of collagen, and resulting in skin that feels and looks firmer and tighter.

Nutrient Rich Foods
The food that you eat has a huge impact on the state of your skin, and if you are seeking skin that is healthy and glowing, you need to pay more attention to the ingredients that you are putting into your body. Citrus fruits, strawberries and vegetables are great at boosting the body’s production of collagen, while healthy fats add to the skin’s moisture content, helping to prevent your stomach from looking dry, cracked or stretched. From salmon and olive oil to nuts and seeds, try to incorporate as many nutrient-dense foods into your diet as possible.

Before wearing a crop top, you need to ensure that your skin is ready to be shown off, so that you can rock your new look with confidence and style. Whether you dry brush your stomach three times a week, or apply a skin mask to it every few nights, these tips will ensure that your skin remains crop top ready all summer long.

How to Apply Makeup to Dry, Flaky Skin

Dry skin is the most common skin issue during the winter months, and, as this worsens, skin begins to turn flaky, making it extremely tricky to apply makeup, as well as ensure that your makeup lasts throughout the day. To keep you looking your very best, OROGOLD is here with some useful tips on how to apply makeup to dry and flaky skin.

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Prep Your Skin
If you have dry and flaky skin, you can’t just begin to slather on the makeup without first taking the time to prep your skin, otherwise, your makeup will end up sitting on the skin flakes and caking in dry areas, emphasizing your flaky skin rather than covering it up. Before applying any makeup, you need to try to remove as many of the flakes from your face as possible, and the best way to do this is by using a light exfoliant, followed by a rich and hydrating moisturizer.

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Choose a Liquid or Cream Foundation
Once your skin has been exfoliated and moisturized, it is time to apply your foundation. Powder and mineral foundations are best avoided in the winter, as these tend to clog pores, leading to a pasty appearance. Instead, OROGOLD recommends a hydrating liquid foundation, making sure that the foundation is warmed to body temperature before applying it to your face, as this means it will absorb into your skin and blend much more naturally. While some prefer using a brush to apply their foundation, others tend to use their fingers, as this allows you to work the liquid into your skin, avoiding any patches that are still quite flaky. OROGOLD suggests experimenting with both methods to see which works best for your skin.

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A Creamy Eyeshadow and Blush
Just like with the foundation, it is best to avoid powdered versions of eyeshadow and blush, as these will cake up on dry skin, drawing attention to parts that you usually want to hide. A primer on your eyes will help any shadow you apply to last throughout the day, while preventing it from creasing or smudging. Opting for a cream blush instead of a powder will give your skin a natural, dewy, rosy glow, hiding the fact that you have dry and flaky skin.

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A Perfect Pout
Dry and flaky skin affects your lips just as much as it does the rest of your face, and chapped lips are not what you want when striving for a flawless finish. To begin with, you need to exfoliate your lips, which is easily done with a soft toothbrush. OROGOLD suggests doing this regularly, as you do not want dead skin cells to build up on your lips. Once these flakes have been cleared, make sure that any color that you apply on top is a formula that is hydrating rather than drying.

It’s always quite tricky trying to apply makeup to dry, flaky skin, and, even once you do, chances are that the makeup won’t stay on all day. It is important to be aware of the products that you use and the way in which you apply them, focusing on hydrating and moisturizing products to give your skin the extra nourishment that it needs in the winter.

Asian Beauty Secrets

Western culture wasn’t caught unawares by the beauty of Asian women. Their beauty appears in countless stories as well as the now antiquated mystique of exoticism. Asian woman have been making their appearance known again lately thanks to an increased interest in their beauty routines. Whatever steps they are taking seem to ensure they tend to have beautiful and seemingly flawless skin. OROGOLD knows a few of their secrets and will be happy to share. The good news is that you can easily adopt some of their secrets into your standard routine without ever even noticing any huge expansion to your skin care routine. The even better news is that you don’t have to worry about all that beauty being purely genetic either.

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Keep Your Skin Moisturized
Most Asian skin care routines place a heavy emphasis on keeping the skin moisturized. This isn’t just due to their particular style of cleansing, but is simply a routine part of their day-to-day lives. Use moisturizers and serums appropriately during your normal routine is something you probably already do. Just make sure you’re applying them in the right order for the best effect. The secret to take away from all this though is that Korean women in particular also rehydrate their face throughout the day. They use misting products a couple of times a day to keep their skin looking full and healthy even if it happens to be the dryer part of the year. Try experimenting with doing the same. Just remember to keep an eye on your skin as your skin reacts to external hydration differently from anyone else’s.

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Double Cleanse or Swap Your Cleansing Product
Double cleanse refers to the practice of using two separate cleansers one after another to clean the skin even more deeply than a standard cleanse. The trick is that you need to know the products to use to make the most of this. Asian beauty routines favor oil based cleansers for the first step as they can help disrupt other oils readily without the potential harshness of other cleansing products. Their effectiveness isn’t diminished by them being gentler though. If you don’t want to try a double cleanse, then just stick to this first step and swap to a good oil-based cleanser. You can do a full double cleanse by getting a quality facial soap or foaming cleanser to follow up the oil cleanse though. This will allow the lighter cleanser easier access to your skin since the surface grime gets striped away by the oil cleanse. The combine cleansing should leave your skin feeling cleaner than it ever has before.

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Exfoliate Properly
No one will ever argue that exfoliation isn’t good for your skin when done properly, but plenty of people will argue over how to exfoliate properly. Asian women tend to favor exfoliating once or twice a week at most with a very particular requirement: only exfoliate the areas that need it the most. Instead of rubbing their entire face with an exfoliating product, they specifically go after problem areas for their routine exfoliation and save full face exfoliation for facials and other occasions. This allows them to focus on containing the problem areas of their face without necessarily worrying that a product will hurt the rest of the face’s appearance. It also slightly reduces the amount of time needed in a routine for exfoliation and frees up that time for other steps.

These steps don’t cover a full Asian beauty routine, but those are easy enough to find. OROGOLD has even done its best to summarize the routines. The main thing to remember is that these secrets tend to favor precision and mindfulness. Taking care of their skin isn’t just an incidental thing for Asian women, but an integrated part of their lifestyle. If you want to see similar results, then prepare to dedicate yourself to your skin’s health all over again.

Beauty Trend Alert: Face Shaving

Hair removal methods come in many different shapes and forms, from waxing to hair removal creams to tweezing. When it comes to your face, you may believe that shaving is primarily reserved for men, but, as the latest beauty trend goes to show, it can have huge benefits for women as well. OROGOLD takes a look at the latest hair removal beauty trend for women – face shaving.

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Where Has the Trend Come From?
Face shaving for women has long since been popular in Japan. Known as kao sori, face shaving is a popular treatment that results in a smooth and soft complexion, and it also allows other skin care products to better penetrate the skin. In the West, face shaving is often known as dermaplaning, and is commonly used to treat certain skin conditions, such as mild scarring, hyperpigmentation and wrinkles.

How Does it Work?
Unlike with most men, who use a shaving foam and shave almost every day, face shaving for women is usually carried out on dry skin. A straight razor is passed over the face in short, sweeping motions, and although a tingling sensation is often felt, the process is painless. After the razor has taken off the short hairs on the face, it then works as an exfoliant, taking off the dead skin cells that build up on the face. The shaving is usually followed up moisturizers and serums, and often a facial massage, and, when done by a professional, the process takes about an hour.

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Myths About Face Shaving
Many women believe that if they were to shave their face, they would soon end up with a 5 o’clock shadow, but this is a huge myth. The results usually last two or three weeks, depending on the individual’s skin condition and hair growth. In Japan, it is common for women to undergo face shaving once a month, as part of their regular facial. However, for those of you who already have quite dark facial hair, OROGOLD would not recommend face shaving, as this could cause the hair to grow back darker and thicker.

Can I Try Face Shaving at Home?
The beauty about face shaving is that it is so easy to do it yourself at home. The only tool that you will need is a single blade, straight-edged razor, with a slope towards the razor head for easier maneuvering. Facial and eyebrow razors are widely available, either at your local beauty store or online. To begin with, pull your skin taut and start shaving downwards in short strokes, holding the razor at a 45-degree angle against your skin. Once finished, OROGOLD reminds you to make sure that you apply a layer of moisturizer.

Although face shaving for women may seem like a strange concept, it has so many skin benefits, from exfoliating the skin to boosting collagen production to giving your face a healthy glow. Plus, if you have ever wondered why aging men don’t seem to suffer from the same onslaught of wrinkles as women do, you now know that it could be down to the fact that they have been unknowingly exfoliating their faces on a regular basis for the majority of their lives!