Men Should Avoid These Skincare Mistakes

Men need to care for their skin just as much as women do, but there are often mistakes made that end up damaging, rather than supporting, the skin. From being unaware of skin type to neglecting the skin underneath a beard, these mistakes are, fortunately, easy to rectify.

Man shaving
Shaving at the Wrong Time
Shaving is a skin care practice that the majority of men partake in, but by shaving your face at the wrong time, you are only setting yourself up for everything from dehydration to irritation and rashes. The best time to shave is about five to ten minutes after having a warm shower, as this will have properly prepared your skin, meaning that you will be able to have a much finer shave.

Not Knowing Skin Type
A large number of men out there are completely unaware as to what their skin type is, and while this may seem complicated, it is, in fact, easy to figure out. If your skin is shiny, and prone to blackheads and acne, then you have oily skin, while those with dry skin would experience a rougher complexion with lines that are more visible, and perhaps red patches. Combination skin is a combination of both dry and oily, while normal skin tends to not have any of these issues. Until you have established your skin type, you will not be able to pinpoint the most beneficial products, meaning that your skin will not be receiving all that it needs.

Neglecting the Skin Underneath a Beard
When men grow a long beard, the focus tends to be placed on keeping the actual beard healthy and in shape, but the skin that lies underneath this is often forgotten about. Rather than neglecting this area and allowing skin issues to arise, invest in a quality beard oil, as this will penetrate through your beard and give your skin a boost of hydration.

Man applying sunscreen
Not Using Sunscreen
Neglecting to use sunscreen on a daily basis is a mistake that men and women are both equally guilty of, and with the sun being responsible for up to 90% of facial wrinkles, as well as plenty of other skin issues, this is something that needs to change immediately. A sunscreen should be used each and every day throughout the year, even if you plan on staying indoors, as the sun’s UVB rays are able to penetrate through clouds and glass, causing irreparable damage to your skin.

Using the Wrong Shaving Products
From razors to shaving cream, the products that you use to shave have a direct impact on the health of your skin. A high quality razor is essential, and this should always be replaced at the first sign of bluntness. When it comes to shaving cream and other similar products, natural ingredients, such as lavender and sandalwood, will always be beneficial, but you need to also match your shaving products to your skin type, which, after reading the above, you will have hopefully established by now.

While there are many common mistakes that men make when it comes to their skin, it is never too late to put a stop to these and begin caring for your skin in the correct way. From slathering on the sunscreen each day to investing in quality shaving products that are formulated for your skin type, these tips will help you to avoid these damaging skin care mistakes.

I Dream of Flawless Skin

A smooth and flawless complexion is a lifelong dream of many, but, with a little bit of dedication, you can soon turn this dream into a reality. From making the correct lifestyle choices to using the very best of skin care products, these steps will lead you to the flawless skin of your dreams.

Woman applying eye cream

Personalized Daily Skin Care Routine
Truly flawless skin can only be achieved through the use of an effective daily skin care routine, but, since everybody’s skin is different, your skin care routine should be tailored to your individual skin. This means that you need to first identify your skin type, be it normal, combination, dry, oily, or sensitive, and then do some research into the various ingredients that are best suited to your skin type. When it comes to putting together your skin care routine, cleansing is always an essential first step, followed by the use of a toner to re-balance your skin’s pH level, which cleansing usually disrupts. You can then begin to apply your skin care products, beginning with the lightest and working your way up to the heaviest. This will usually mean serums, followed by an eye cream, and then a moisturizer, but, again, each product should be chosen based on your skin’s specific needs.

Woman making a smoothie

Healthy Lifestyle Choices
While you may think that you already take the best possible care of your skin, it really does not matter how many quality products you apply if you are still making the wrong lifestyle choices. Smoking, drinking and drug use will soon lead to everything from breakouts to a dull complexion to premature aging, while chronic stress, which causes the stress hormone cortisol to constantly run through your body, will do the same. A sedentary lifestyle will also lead to multiple skin issues, whereas those who begin to exercise on a daily basis will quickly notice a healthy boost to their complexion. One of the most important healthy lifestyle factors is diet, as processed foods, that are high in sugars and other unnecessary ingredients, will hugely detract from your complexion. The best way forward is a largely plant-based diet, with plenty of whole foods and fresh fruit and vegetables.

Recognize Bad Habits
If you have already been following all of the above steps but still find yourself suffering from seemingly random breakouts or moments of redness and sensitivity, then it is likely that you have some bad skin care habits that you are not aware of. Pressing an unclean cell phone against your face multiple times a day is a common one, and can be easily avoided by wiping down your phone a couple of times a day. You should also ensure that your pillowcase is frequently cleaned, as is your towel, as both of these can quickly transfer bacteria to your skin. Your hands are another part of your body that touches numerous unclean surfaces throughout the day, and if you tend to usually place your hands on or near your face, then this is another habit that needs to be stopped.

Many people dream of flawless skin, but it does take some effort to achieve this. While it may seem like hard work at the beginning, this dedication will soon pay off, making your dreams come true.

Makeup Tricks for Every Type of Skin

When it comes to beauty and makeup, there is so much to learn that even experts can sometimes feel overwhelmed. However, if you’ve ever wondered about those little makeup secrets that all the professionals seem to know, then you’re in the right place, as OROGOLD has put together some fantastic makeup tricks for every type of skin.

Color wheel

Color Theory
Color theory is something that every makeup user should be aware of, and is the foundation when it comes to successful makeup techniques. Find a color wheel online, as you are likely to need this extra guidance at the beginning. Opposite colors cancel each other out, meaning that if you have a red pimple, applying a green-toned concealer is the best way to hide it. This is a trick that many makeup artists use, and a color wheel really is so useful when it comes to working out which shades work best with your skin tone or eye color.

Highlighter Underneath Foundation
This is a great way to achieve the ‘glowing from within’ look that many celebrities are sporting these days. By applying your highlighter before applying your foundation, your complexion will be given a natural-looking glow that will stick around throughout the day.

Finish Your Foundation With Your Fingers
Foundation needs to look smooth and blend well into your skin, and while it can sometimes be difficult to achieve this with brushes, your fingers will never fail you. By using your fingers, you will be able to gently press the foundation into your skin, without leaving a spotty or streaky finish. The warmth from your hands will also help to heat the foundation up, which makes it much easier to blend.

Woman using a concealer.

Hide Dark Circles
Dark circles are something that we all experience at one point or another, no matter what our skin type may be. While you may usually reach for concealer or foundation to hide these, there is a much better way to go about it. OROGOLD recommends first preparing the area under your eyes with an eye cream that is hydrating and quick to absorb, such as the OROGOLD 24K Dark Circle Eye Solution. Then, apply a corrector to cover over any green or purple tones, before following this up with the concealer that you usually use.

Use HD Powder Sparingly
HD powder has become extremely popular in recent years, giving the skin a soft but flawless look, hiding any imperfections for the camera, thereby making the product a favorite amongst celebrities. HD powders contain silica, and this is what reflects the light. However, apply it too heavily and you will be left with a baby powder-white face in any photos. OROGOLD recommends only using HD powders on the parts of your face that contain moisture, such as your T-zone, as this will enable it to fully absorb into the skin, giving you the flawless finish you desire.

While there are many makeup tricks for each of the different skin types, these are some that we can all use, no matter what your skin tone or type may be. From understanding color theory to knowing how to cover up your under eye circles, these makeup tricks will no doubt come in handy.

OROGOLD on Caring for Pale Skin

Attractive young woman with pale skinWomen with pale skin can consider themselves to be blessed as it is very easy for them to boast of fair and radiant complexions. Some of the most beautiful ladies in Hollywood such as Nicole Kidman and Anne Hathaway have pale skin. However, without the right skin care routine, pale skin can begin to look ghastly within days. One of the biggest problems with pale skin is that it is very delicate. As a result, it needs constant supervision and care. Pale skin is also known to be the most vulnerable to the harmful UV rays of the sun. Some of the main challenges faced by people with pale skin include flaccid or limp looking skin, whiteheads and thin wrinkles. For all of you who suffer from similar problems, OROGOLD has put together a few tips on caring for pale skin.

Fill your diet with Vitamin C
Having a diet which is rich in Vitamin C is one of the best ways of preserving the defenses and the quality of your skin tissues. Vitamin C can be found in all kinds of citrus fruits such as oranges, strawberries and kiwis as well as things like fresh herbs, green leafy vegetables and bell peppers.

Sunscreens are a must
Pale skin is very prone to sun damage and it burns quite easily as well. As a result, people with pale skin simply cannot skip out on a broad spectrum sunscreen that offers SPF 30 sun protection. Try and ensure that the sunscreen also contains ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Sunscreens are the first line of defense and you should be applying them once in every two hours spent under the sun. However, it is important not to forget to protect the delicate skin on the face by wearing a broad rimmed hat and sunglasses.

Oil free make-up removers
Using oil free make-up removers is very important for those with pale skin. This is an ideal way of removing makeup because it suits the sensitive skin and also doesn’t add to the oil content of the skin.

Harsh products can torment and damage
It always helps to consult the dermatologist before trying out any new skin care products. People with pale skin suffer from skin sensitivity and harsh products can end up causing a lot of damage to the skin. Moreover, using too many skin care products isn’t recommended for people with pale skin either. In fact, many people end up realizing that the simpler their skin care routine is, the better their skin looks. Ideally, you should cleanse your face with a gentle cleanser once in the morning and once at night and use a moisturizer two times a day – once in the morning and once at night. The only other thing that your skin needs is proper sun protection. Apart from this, you really don’t need anything more for your skin.

Regular exercise
Regular exercise is an effective way of giving yourself a natural glow. Exercising helps you to enhance the flow of blood to your skin and this makes your skin glow and seem beautiful.

No smoking
Make sure that you stay away from smoking. Smoking prevents the blood from reaching your skin. This makes your pale skin seem ghostly and dull. In fact, nothing could be worse than smoking when it comes to people with pale skin.

Moisturize your skin
Moisturizing your skin is very important for people with pale skin. Since the pale skin is considered to be very delicate, it can easily be affected by the harmful free radicals present in the environment or the harmful UV rays of the sun. In most cases, this leads to a loss of moisture which ends up making the skin look dull and dry. Moisturizing the skin is the best way to make sure that it looks hydrated and youthful.