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An evening skin care routine doesn’t require a lot of work.  In fact, it’s an easy two-step process that takes less than five minutes to complete.  Here’s a brief breakdown of what to do every night to improve your complexion and boost your confidence:

  • Step 1:  Use a gentle face wash.
  • Step 2:  Apply a non-SPF face moisturizer.
By incorporating this routine into your evenings before bed, you should notice an improvement in your appearance. Try to use products with little or no fragrance as synthetic scents can irritate the skin.  Also, avoid face washes that contain sulfates.

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Natural one-two punch against acne: Burt's Bees Natural Acne Solutions Purifying Gel Cleanser and Daily Moisturizing Lotion

Combating acne can be an agonizing experience.  We prick and pinch blemishes only to realize such actions only worsen the situation – infection and scarring are common results.  There are so many acne treatment options available, but few of them actually seem to work.  When I was a foolish teenager, I used alcohol astringents to dry out my skin – not a smart move.  By drying out my skin, these products actually increased oil production, which led to even more pimples.  It wasn’t until I discovered and starting using skincare products with salicylic acid or willow bark that I began to see a noticeable change in my complexion.  Products with salicylic acid are readily available at your local drugstore.  Simply go to the acne-treatment aisle and look for lotions, gels, and washes with this effective ingredient – Neutrogena and Clean and Clear are just two easy-to-find brands that feature salicylic acid.  I prefer to use more natural products and have experienced positive results using the face wash and moisturizer from the Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Solutions line.  These products contain salicylic acid derived from willow bark.  With regular use day and night, I have maintained a clear complexion when using the gel cleanser and daily moisturizing lotion.  Whatever you do, remember to avoid products that contain alcohol.

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Malin+Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser

Overall Rating: ★★★★
Price: $$$ ($30) – Available at Malin+Goetz, Bloomingdale’s, and Bigelow Chemists.
Scent: Light grapefruit.
I liked: how gentle this cleanser was on my face.  It got rid of the dirt without over-drying my skin.  The subtle smell of grapefruit was a nice, refreshing touch.
I didn’t like: nothing.  However, guys may be hesitant to spend $30 on a face cleanser.

Less is more when it comes to Malin+Goetz’s Grapefruit Face Cleanser.  This face wash effectively removes dirt without stripping the skin of vital oils.  It is clear and colorless, with a slight grapefruit scent.   The biggest thing I notice when using this cleanser is the lack of lather – which means it is gentle and doesn’t over-dry the skin.  I used this face wash day and night with excellent  results – no breakouts or signs of irritation.  As usual, I immediately moisturized after every cleansing.  The product’s thick texture allows you to use a little each time – which, even at $30, makes it a good value.

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Kiehls Cross-Terrain All-In-One Refueling Wash Product Review Caulfields Counter Body Face Shampoo Men Male Skincare Mens Grooming

Kiehl’s Cross-Terrain All-In-One Refueling Wash

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆
Price: $$ ($10-$20) – Available at Kiehl’s, Nordstrom, and Bloomingdale’s.
Scent: Somewhat woodsy with a hint of pear.  Menthol provides a tingling sensation.
I liked: how refreshing it felt in the shower.  This all-one-cleanser is free of parabens and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.  Guys will find this product convenient – it really is gentle enough to use all over your body.
I didn’t like: the scent at first.  The fragrance was quite strong when I smelled it out of the tube.  However, I grew to like the scent after a couple of uses.

Here it is, guys.  An all-in-one cleanser I can finally advocate using.  Unlike a number of other all-in-one washes for the body, face, and hair, Kiehl’s Cross-Terrain ‘All-in-One’ Refueling Wash effectively cleans you from head to toe and wakes up the senses with a crisp, clean scent – all without the use of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and parabens.  The scent was a bit strong at first (note: I sniffed it directly from the tube).  However, when I used it in the shower, the fragrance was more balanced and pleasant.  Menthol and citrus oils help energize while aloe vera and vitamin E help soothe and keep the skin from over-drying.  If you need an all-in-one wash for the gym, consider this gentle yet effective option.

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Zirh Aloe Facial Scrub Caulfields Counter Face Mens Grooming Male Skincare

Zirh Aloe Facial Scrub

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Zirh Aloe Facial Scrub (Texture)

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆
Price: $$ ($10-$20) – Available at Zirh, Sephora, Nordstrom, and Grooming Lounge.
Scent: Not-so-subtle sage.
I Liked: the fine grain of the scrub – it felt gentle on my face.  Great value – a little goes a long way.  Effective at removing dirt and dead skin cells.  Ideal for use before shaving.
I didn’t like: the strong scent and paraben preservatives.

Zirh’s Aloe Facial Scrub works very well, especially when used before shaving.  What I really like about this product is how gentle and effective it is at getting rid of dead skin and other surface debris.  Unlike other scrubs which contain larger, rougher grains that can mutilate the face, this exfoliant has the consistency of a thick gel with fine sugar-like granules.  Unless you really enjoy the smell of sage, the scent takes some getting used to.  A 3.4 ounce tube should last you a few months.  Use twice a week to achieve best results.


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Drunk Roommate in Shower Bar Soap Caulfields Counter

Until recently, I never really thought about the difference between a bar of soap and a liquid face or body wash.  They both serve the same function, but one has to be superior to the other.  I decided to educate myself by reading a few online forum threads on the topic and found some advantages and disadvantages of each.

Bar Soap
Advantages:

  • Convenient – good for when you’re on the go. Can be easily used without a sponge or washcloth.
  • Generally provides more lather when used without a washcloth.

Disadvantages:

  • Bar soaps are usually made with harsher ingredients which can strip your skin of oil. This often makes the skin over-produce oil to compensate for the dryness, which can ultimately lead blemishes or breakouts.
  • Bar soaps are less hygienic than liquid face or body washes.  They are constantly exposed to moisture, which makes their surfaces ideal breeding grounds for bacterial growth.  Imagine yourself sharing a bar of soap with a roommate who doesn’t have the best body hygiene habits.  Just consider the places on the body a bar of soap is rubbed against.

Face or Body Wash
Advantages:

  • Liquid Face and body washes are gentler on your skin compared to bar soaps as they don’t contain as many harsh ingredients.  Liquid washes won’t strip your skin of vital oils as much as bar soaps can.
  • More hygienic to use than bar soaps.

Disadvantages:

  • Liquid washes are usually more expensive than bar soaps.
  • Require a washcloth or sponge for maximum lather.

Final verdict
Go with a liquid wash whenever possible.  The extra money spent on liquid washes is well worth it when you consider the toll many bar soaps can take on your skin.

And remember to always moisturize after every wash!

Note:  The skin on the face is thin compared to other parts of the body – which makes it more sensitive.  I don’t suggest using the same soap for your face that you use for your body.  If you’re going to use the same liquid cleanser for both areas, try using one that is natural and not heavily scented.  Cleansers with synthetic fragrances can cause facial breakouts.  For an all-in-one type of liquid cleanser, I recommend using an all-natural castille soap such as Dr. Bronner’s.

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