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.


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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.

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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.

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I Dream of Wrinkle-Free Aging

While aging may be an inevitable part of life, this does not necessarily mean that you have to deal with wrinkles and fine lines. By stepping up your anti-aging efforts from now, your dreams of wrinkle-free aging could very likely come true.

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Antioxidants
In addition to UV rays, the sun also emits infrared radiation, and studies carried out over recent years point to the way in which IRA is able to penetrate the skin even deeper than UV rays. However, just like with UV rays, IRA creates free radicals within the skin, which damage cells in many different ways. The best way to neutralize these free radicals is through the use of antioxidants, as they provide free radicals with the electron that they are missing, meaning that they no longer have to attack skin cells in order to acquire this electron. Vitamin C is the very best antioxidant for neutralizing free radicals, but try to ensure that the product that you use also contains vitamin E, as this helps to stabilize the vitamin C, keeping it potent for much longer. You should also be incorporating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet, as these are packed with a whole range of skin-boosting antioxidants.

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Sun Protection
Studies have shown that UV rays from the sun are responsible for up to 80% of skin aging, meaning that if you want to put a stop to the development of fine lines and wrinkles, you need to put a stop to the amount of sun exposure that your skin receives. There are now many different options out there when it comes to choosing a sunscreen, and you are bound to be able to find one that works for your lifestyle. For those who use skin care products, whether it be lotions or creams, that already contain an SPF, this may be sufficient, but you need to ensure that you apply a thick layer of it onto your skin in order for your skin to be fully protected. Otherwise, your main choices lie between a chemical or a mineral sunscreen. Chemical sunscreens create a chemical reaction, turning UV rays into heat and then emitting this heat from the skin, while mineral sunscreens sit on the surface of the skin, deflecting UV rays away. Each will have their own pros and cons, so look into these carefully before making your decision.

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Keep It Clean
Your skin comes into contact with so many pollutants on a daily basis, and it does not take long for these to cause your skin to begin prematurely aging, bringing about deep wrinkles far sooner than you expected. From air pollutants to the bacteria that surrounds you every day, each of these can degrade the skin’s collagen supplies, as well as blocking future collagen production, and, without this protein, the skin is not able to maintain its firm and tight appearance. The best way to prevent this is by ensuring that your face is always kept clean. This means regularly cleansing it every evening, as well as doing a deeper cleanse, whether this may be professionally or at home with a facial mask, on a weekly basis. You should also be exfoliating a couple of times a week, and taking steps to minimize the number of unclean surfaces that your skin comes into contact with.

Wrinkles are a part of aging that everybody dreads, but these are not inevitable. By using effective products and keeping your skin protected from the sun from as early on as possible, you really will be able to enjoy wrinkle-free aging in the future.

Bad Habits that Harm Your Skin

While you may try to take the utmost care of your skin, there are many habits that people have that actually cause much more harm than is realized. From falling asleep with your makeup still on to taking steamy hot showers, these bad habits should all be stopped as soon as possible if you want to maintain a healthy and clear complexion.

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Hot Showers
Hot, steamy showers are especially tempting during the colder, winter months, but they are something that should be avoided throughout the year. The skin on the face is extremely delicate, and while the hot water may feel soothing on the rest of your body, the high temperatures weaken the capillaries on the face. This then causes redness, as well as dry skin and dehydration, making a cool shower a much wiser option.

Unclean Makeup Brushes
Makeup brushes end up accumulating a lot of bacteria, and, if you do not clean them before using them, you will only be spreading this bacteria onto your face, which would significantly increase your chances of an acne breakout. There are many makeup brush cleaners that will do the job fantastically, or you could even wash your brushes with a gentle shampoo once a week, ensuring that they do not transfer any impurities to your skin.

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Sleeping with Makeup On
After a long and stressful day, it is all too easy to fall into bed in the evenings, forgetting to remove your makeup and cleanse your skin. While this may not seem like such a big deal if it only happens irregularly, even just one night of sleeping in your makeup can be extremely detrimental to your skin. Not only does this clog your pores, resulting in increased oil production, but it also dehydrates the skin, while pushing any makeup residue deep into your skin’s layers. As you age, and your collagen production naturally slows down, your pores will not be able to snap back into shape as easily after being enlarged by the impurities delving their way into them, making it absolutely vital to always cleanse and remove makeup before going to bed.

Excessive Alcohol
While you may try to limit your alcohol intake to one or two nights a week, you should still be keeping a close eye on exactly how much you consume if you want your skin to stay healthy. Alcohol dehydrates the skin, leaving it looking dull and rough, while also expanding its blood vessels, which will soon create spidery-looking veins around your nose and cheeks.

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Skipping the Sunscreen
While the dangers of sun exposure are widely known, many still do not appreciate the protection that sunscreen provides. Even on the cloudiest of days, UV rays are still able to penetrate into your skin, and all of this sun exposure will not be doing your skin any good at all. From causing dryness to exacerbating existing skin conditions, to dramatically speeding up the aging process, skipping out on the sunscreen is one of the biggest skin mistakes that you can make.

Your skin is your largest organ, and deserves the very best of care. From keeping it well protected against the sun’s harmful rays to ensuring it has been well-cleansed each and every night, to keeping alcohol consumption to a minimum, any bad skin habits that you may have can easily be replaced by ones that are beneficial to your skin and health.

All Over Body Moisturizing Routine

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Your skin is your largest organ, and not only protects your body from the outside world, but also detoxifies it, giving it a way to release its impurities and toxins. Moisturizing is hugely important when it comes to healthy skin that can function at its optimum level, and the best way to remember to keep your body well moisturized is by forming a routine that you can follow each and every day. While everybody’s skin needs a different level of care, this full body moisturizing routine can easily be adapted to suit your own individual requirements.

In the Shower
The first step to your moisturizing routine should begin in the shower. A body scrub is a great product to use a few times a week, as this will gently exfoliate your skin, leaving it more receptive to any products that you later apply. You should also opt for a moisturizing body gel with which to cleanse your skin, as well as a facial cleanser. Opt for a formula that is hydrating yet gentle, as anything too harsh will only strip your skin of its natural oils.

Body Serums
Body serums are not as common as facial serums, but they work in a similar way, blending into the skin almost immediately and leaving very little residue. Serums are often higher in active ingredients than moisturizers, meaning that they should always be applied first. While a body serum may not be a part of your everyday moisturizing routine, they are a great product to use once in a while, giving your skin an extra boost of moisture.

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Moisturizing Body Lotion
After your shower, gently pat your skin dry with a towel, but make sure that it is still slightly damp before applying a moisturizing body lotion, as this will trap that extra moisture into your skin. Body butters are also fantastic products to use at this stage, and because they are thicker and greasier than lotions, they are able to moisturize your skin even more. Do not forget to pay attention to all of those areas of your body that are likely often ignored, such as your hands, feet and elbows. Your underarms also deserve some extra attention, as they not only have to deal with constant hair removal, but also the large amounts of dead skin cells that usually accumulate here.

Sunscreen
A moisturizing sunscreen should be a vital part of your skin care routine, and it is the one product that needs to be reapplied throughout the day. While there are many moisturizers out there that already contain SPF, it is always better to use a dedicated sunscreen, applying it to all the parts of your body that are going to be exposed to the sun.

A moisturizing routine should not be complicated, as this will only put you off on those days when you are feeling extra tired or stressed. Develop a routine that works for you and your lifestyle, because, although it may need to be slightly tweaked as your needs change with age, you will be able to follow it for the rest of your life, enjoying healthy and happy skin as a result.

Must-Have Sun Care Accessories

With long, sun-soaked summer days quickly approaching, it is time to take stock of all of your sun care products, throwing out any that are no longer of use. Once you have done so, it is time to fill your cupboards with these must-have sun care accessories, ensuring that your skin will be properly protected from any damaging UV rays all season long.

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Sun Hats
Rather than thinking of a sun hat as a cumbersome item that you would rather not wear, look at it as another stylish accessory that you can add to your outfit. Sun hats will give your face extra UV protection, the amount of which depends on how much of your face the hat shades. If you are quite active, a smaller brim is ideal, but this does mean that you would need to ensure that the unshaded parts of your face and shoulders are protected from the sun in another way.

Breathable Clothing
If you are planning to spend the entire day outdoors, ensuring that your clothing will give your body protection from the sun is essential. To keep life simple, invest in a couple of natural-fabric garments that are of a classic style and color, and that you can easily turn to when you know that you have a day outdoors in the sun coming up. For those of you who frequently spend a large amount of time outdoors, whether for work or simply your daily commute on your bicycle, it is always useful to own a couple of items of clothing that provide UV protection, and that are designed to be ultra-breathable to guarantee thorough ventilation.

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Sunglasses
The skin around your eyes is extremely delicate, which is why this is often the first area to show visible signs of aging. When choosing sunglasses, ensure that the lenses provide 100% UV protection, and do not forget that, if they do not wrap around the sides of your face, then you will still need to apply sunscreen to those areas of skin in order to keep wrinkles at bay.

After Sun Lotion or Gel
Even those that are extremely vigilant about sun care will find that they end up with a patch of skin that may be slightly tender and burnt after a day in the sun. This is why having a reliable after sun lotion is essential, as this burnt skin needs to be immediately cared for. Products that contain nourishing ingredients, such as cocoa butter and shea butter, will provide moisture and hydration, while aloe vera and cucumber will help to cool and repair the skin.

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Sunscreen
While the appropriate clothing and accessories do provide a great level of protection from the sun, it is always necessary to have a sunscreen that you can turn to as well. Mineral-based sunscreens will usually provide the best protection against sun damage and premature aging, as the zinc oxide and titanium dioxide that they contain sit on the skin and form a powerful barrier against UVA and UVB rays.

Sun damage can lead to so many different problems, not only superficially but also long-term, which is why these sun care accessories are absolutely necessary. Ensuring that your skin is well protected from the sun, not only with sunscreen but also with added shade from clothing and accessories, is something that will do your skin and body a world of good.

Photo Aging – Wrinkles, Age Spots, Uneven Pigmentation

Photo-aging refers to the damage caused to skin cells by solar radiation. While the sun’s UVB rays damage the DNA and other parts of the epidermis, the UVA rays penetrate even deeper into the skin, causing damage to collagen, elastic tissues, immune cells and blood vessels. This damage usually becomes more obvious with age, as the amount of sun damage that the skin has experienced begins to accumulate, resulting in wrinkles, age spots and uneven pigmentation.

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Preventing Photo-Aging
The most effective way to prevent photo-aging is by regularly applying a broad spectrum sunscreen, as this will protect your skin from both the UVA as well as the UVB rays. Even on a cloudy and overcast day, 80% of the sun’s rays are still able to penetrate into your skin, making sunscreen a necessity on a daily basis, even if you may think that you don’t need it on certain days. You should also try to stay out of the sun at its strongest hours, usually between 11 AM and 4 PM, although this does vary depending on your location. Finally, there are certain fabrics that you can wear that will offer your skin optimum sun protection, such as tightly woven cotton blends.

Repairing Photo-Aging
No matter what the visible effects of photo-aging on your skin may be, from wrinkles to age spots to uneven pigmentation, the damage can still be repaired to some extent, so it is important to make this a priority in your skin care routine. Antioxidants are vital when it comes to this, as they are able to enhance the way in which skin cells are able to repair the damage. Vitamin A has also been proven to be highly effective at treating photo-aging, because it is able to reduce large wrinkles and age spots, while stimulating the production of collagen. There are also many retinoid products targeted towards tackling uneven pigmentation. Alpha hydroxy acids can also be used to minimize the signs of photo aging. They work as an exfoliant, increasing cell turnover which allows your body to shed the damaged cells.

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Light-Based Technology
If your symptoms of photo-aging are more severe, then you may want to consider some of the newer treatment methods that have become available. Photodynamic therapy involves applying a specific formula to the skin and giving it time to penetrate before using a light-sensitizing machine to activate the ingredients in the formula, resulting in an increase in collagen production. Intense pulsed light is another light therapy technique that is especially effective when it comes to smoothing out uneven pigmentation. Laser therapy can also be used to treat a number of the issues that result from photo-aging, such as reducing age spots and wrinkles, as well as minimizing blood vessels.

The sun’s UV rays account for 90% of premature skin aging, so it is necessary to tackle photo aging as soon as possible. Since photo aging is unavoidable to a large extent, it is important to recognize the damage that the sun does to your skin, even if it may not yet be visible to the eye.

What to Wear in Mexico

Mexico is an extremely diverse country, and what you will be wearing depends largely on what you plan to be doing. However, there are a few general tips that you can always keep in mind, which is why OROGOLD has put together this handy guide on what to wear in Mexico.

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What to Wear to Mexico’s Beaches
It goes without saying that no matter what your Mexico itinerary may be like, at some point or another you will find yourself on one of the country’s many beaches. A swimsuit is essential, as is a light cover up to keep your skin protected from the hot sun. If you are heading to a sandy beach, beach sandals will keep your feet from burning up, although if you are planning to visit a rockier beach with coral reefs, OROGOLD would advise that you wear sea shoes. If you plan to be taking part in water sports, it may be worth bringing your own mask and snorkel if you have one, because even though these are easy to rent, there is nothing quite like having your own mask that fits your face perfectly. You may also want to consider bringing a t-shirt to wear while you are snorkeling, so that you don’t end up with a sunburnt back.

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What to Wear to Mexico’s Colonial Towns
Mexico is full of colonial towns, and most of these experience spring-like climates throughout the year. This means that it can often get chilly in the evenings, so OROGOLD would recommend wearing light layers that you can add or remove when necessary. The colonial towns are also famous for their beautifully cobbled streets, but these can be a nightmare if you are wearing the wrong shoes, so be sure to wear some good walking shoes when you know you will be exploring a certain area. The colonial towns are also home to many religious and indigenous sites, so remember to dress modestly and respectfully when visiting any of these. If you find yourself higher up in elevation, OROGOLD would suggest wearing a hat, as the mountain air can often mask the harshness of the sun’s rays.

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What to Wear to Mexico’s Cities
Once you enter a Mexican city, the clothes around you will start to seem more sophisticated. Mexican cities are extremely cosmopolitan, and this is reflected in the attire that people wear. Casual yet trendy is key for during the days, and, if you are heading for a night on the town, feel free to go all out and completely dress up. Many cities are still quite laid-back, but the outfits worn are still much more stylish than those you will find outside of the city. OROGOLD also suggests keeping a raincoat or an umbrella with you, as you don’t want to be caught by surprise during one of the brief afternoon thunderstorms.

No matter what you may choose to wear in Mexico, OROGOLD reminds you that sunscreen is absolutely essential. With the right outfit, and your skin well protected from the sun, you will be able to make the most of all that this beautifully diverse country has to offer.

Best Sensitive Skin Care Tips for Your Lifestyle

Sensitive skin is a challenge in itself to deal with, and, when you factor in all of the different environmental factors that have an impact on the skin, it can be downright confusing to understand how you should be taking care of your sensitive skin. Whether you are a frequent flyer, spend most of your day in the office, or lead an extremely active life, OROGOLD brings you some of the best sensitive skin care tips for each of your different lifestyle choices.

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An Active, Outdoor Lifestyle
Having an active lifestyle, where you spend plenty of time outdoors, is extremely beneficial to your health, but, unfortunately, can play havoc on sensitive skin. Whether it is summer or winter, sensitive skin is much more susceptible to sun damage, and sunscreen needs to be regularly applied. OROGOLD recommends choosing a sunscreen with physical, rather than chemical, ingredients, as these will not irritate your skin. It is also essential that you cleanse your skin after intense exercise, to remove any excess sweat from building up. When it comes to keeping the bugs away, many insect repellents contain DEET, which is a chemical ingredient that can cause sensitive skin to react, so it is best that you stay away from products that contain this. Instead, look for insect repellents that contain picaridin, as this is less likely to irritate and will also keep most insects away.

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An Office Environment
Those of you that spend most of your days in an office still need to wear sunscreen, as UV rays are extremely effective at penetrating through glass and damaging your skin. Office environments can also be dry, either due to heating or air-conditioning, so it is important that those with sensitive skin, and even those with other skin types, frequently moisturize throughout the day, to ensure that your skin stays hydrated. A soothing facial oil will also help to lock in the moisture in your skin, and is a great product to use for those who have sensitive skin that is also dry or flaky. Apply this on top of your moisturizer for even greater hydration benefits.

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Frequent Travelers
Whether it is for leisure or for work, frequent travel can severely distress sensitive skin, and the most important thing to remember is to keep it hydrated, especially if you travel by plane. Although you may not be able to pack all of your skin care products, the most important ones to remember are your cleanser and moisturizer. OROGOLD advises that you stay clear of any sample products, whether from the plane or in the hotel, and only use products that have been tried and tested on your skin. It is also important to avoid getting a facial if you are on a short break, as your skin will be much more sensitive due to climate and environment changes. For a skin boosting treat that won’t cause any irritation, OROGOLD recommends opting for a massage instead.

Whatever your lifestyle choices may be, it is important to remember that they will always affect your skin. Rather than having to deal with the consequences of this, take the time to prevent any skin irritation and keep your skin as nourished and hydrated as possible, at all times.

Our Favorite Tips for Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin has special needs, and, when not looked after correctly, will result in irritation, redness, skin reactions and more. OROGOLD brings you some of our favorite tips for looking after sensitive skin, so that you too can have a healthy summer glow.

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Keep Skin Care Products Cold
Keeping your skin care products cold is even more important in these summer months, as an increase in blood flow will result in a higher level of heat and sensitivity in your skin. OROGOLD recommends storing your skin care products in the refrigerator, as using products with a cool temperature will help to constrict the capillaries in your skin, reducing redness and irritation.

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Know Your Ingredients
Those with sensitive skin are likely to have had the condition throughout their lives, so, chances are that you are already relatively aware of the products that you should be staying away from. Generally, anything that contains a fragrance or parabens should be avoided, as these are often umbrella terms for a variety of different chemicals. OROGOLD advises that you look for ingredients that are natural and soothing, such as aloe vera, chamomile, white tea and coconut oil, as well as opting for product ranges that have been developed specifically for sensitive skin, such as the OROGOLD Lielle 24K Sensitive Skin Collection.

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Less is More
Sensitive skin is easily overwhelmed, so, when it comes to your skin care products, you should always remember that less is more. All that you really need is a cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen, so keep your skin care routine to a minimum. The term ‘less is more’ also applies to the ingredient list that each of your products contain – the more ingredients that it has, the higher the chance of an ingredient irritating your skin, so be sure to check the ingredient list before purchasing a new product.

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Be Gentle
Sensitive skin should always be treated with a gentle touch, so make sure to never unnecessarily rub or scrub your skin. After washing or cleansing your skin, be it your face or your body, OROGOLD recommends patting it dry rather than rubbing it.

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Be Vigilant About SPF
Sensitive skin can become even more sensitive when it is exposed to the sun, causing irritation and rashes. To protect your delicate skin tissue, those with sensitive skin should be wearing a sunscreen with SPF 30 every day, even during the winter. If you find that most sunscreens tend to cause a skin reaction, OROGOLD suggests trying one that contains physical, rather than chemical, ingredients, such as zinc oxide or titanium oxide, as these are much less likely to irritate. You should also be making use of other forms of sun protection, such as sunglasses and a brimmed hat, to give your face some extra cover.

Although taking the best care possible of your sensitive skin can often seem like quite the challenge, OROGOLD’s sensitive skin tips should help you to prevent any extra reactions or irritations. Always remember to keep your skin as soothed and calm as possible, ensuring that it is always well hydrated and protected from the sun.