From anti-aging to acne to cleansing—hear what experts and more have to say about keeping your skin smooth, healthy, and glowing year-round.
Skin care may generally be considered a woman’s game, but don’t be misled—men need skin care routines, too. While you may not be as inclined to layer serums and pamper yourself with face masks, there’s no excuse to skip out on skin care basics. There are certain steps, like cleansing and moisturizing that are necessities for everyone—male or female. Plus, there are steps that are more gender specific, like dealing with facial hair. Of course, if you’ve been washing your face with body wash as the full extent of your skin care routine, adopting a real regimen can seem overwhelming. That’s why you’ll want to read on, for the alpha men’s skin care routine. The best part is, even beginners can handle this simple men’s skin care routine! 1. Cleanse at Key Times Do you only wash your face in the shower? If that’s the case, you may not be cleansing at the right frequency. The truth is, cleansing isn’t only important when your face is already wet and in close proximity to a bar of soap. There are three main times when you should be washing your face: in the morning, at night, and after working up a sweat. That’s right, if you can often be found exercising, you likely need to kick your cleansing habits up a notch. As for how to get clean at all the aforementioned times, we recommend a travel-friendly facial cleansing brush. The Clarisonic Alpha Fit Men’s Face Brush comes in a subtle shade of gray and is equally appropriate for keeping in your gym bag or displaying on your bathroom counter. 2. Moisturize—Regardless of Skin Type Everyone needs to moisturize, no exceptions. If you had yourself convinced your oily skin negated your need for moisture, think again. You may be afraid of looking greasy, since you probably won’t want to rely on face powder to reduce shine, but moisturizer won’t make skin oilier. In fact, failing to moisturize when you have an oily skin type can result in an overproduction of oil. To avoid experiencing that issue, go ahead and moisturize! Trust us, you’ll be better off. Stick with a moisturizer that’s fit for your skin type—if you’re oily, you can opt for a product with a matte finish. 3. Don’t Forget the Eyes Dark circles are an issue for both genders but you’re a lot more likely to see men with prominent darkness under their eyes. The reason being, there aren’t as many men embracing the camouflaging power of concealer. Thankfully, even if you’d prefer to keep your face makeup-free, there is a way to diminish dark circles—by introducing an eye cream to your routine. Choose a cooling option, with caffeine, for an early morning pick-me-up. 4. Take Care of Facial Hair If you’ve made it to adulthood, it’s probable that you’ve found a shaving routine that works for you, but there’s always room for improvement. The Clarisonic Men’s Daily Cleanse Brush Head could be just what you need, as it can help prep your face and neck for a closer shave. And for those of you who prefer to leave a bit of facial hair behind, don’t feel left out. The brush head can also help make beards feel softer and cleaner! 5. Be Stringent with SPF Much like moisturizer, everyone—and we mean everyone—needs sunscreen. Essentially, if your skin care routine doesn’t include an adequate amount of SPF, you’re doing your skin a disservice. Not only can slathering your skin with sunscreen ward off dreaded sunburns, but it can also prevent premature signs of aging and even certain forms of skin cancer. That’s why it’s so important to stay sun safe and wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF value of 30 or higher every day. Oh, and don’t forget to toss on a hat and sunglasses with UV protection before spending time outside.
Summer’s here, and with it comes all the joy of warm weather and the activities it inspires—but it isn’t all fun and games. Summer can also, unfortunately, mean looking like an oil slick. You spend a few minutes under the sun’s powerful rays (with sunscreen slathered on, of course) and suddenly your makeup is slipping away and your face looks greasy. And not in a cute, lit from within way. Of course, you’d rather have a healthy-looking glow, but when you’re sweating up a storm, that can seem nearly impossible. Thankfully, all hope isn’t lost. With the right skin care tips, you can keep summer shine at bay and opt for a glow-y—not greasy—look. Find out five summer skip tips below for glowing skin without the grease. Tip #1: Switch to a Shine-Controlling Cleanser You may have needed a moisturizing cream cleanser throughout the winter, but as the temperature rises, it’s a sign to change your facial cleanser. Choose the right one and you can start keeping shine at bay with the very first step in your skin care routine. To start summer days off on the right foot, wash with the Refreshing Gel Cleanser, which removes impurities and controls excess shine, leaving skin supple and refreshed. Tip #2: Try a Different Brush Head Did you slack on spring cleaning? If you used your Clarisonic facial cleansing brush all throughout spring and haven’t quite gotten around to replacing the brush head—it’s time. Remember, you’re supposed to start using a new one every three months. While you’re swapping out the brush head, it’s a perfect opportunity to try a different one—one that’s perfectly suited to the summer. The Deep Pore Brush Head is a prime pick for the season, as it’s ideal for oily skin types with clogged or enlarged pores. Tip #3: Cut Down on the Number of Products You Layer On When your skin looks greasy, it’s easy to jump to the conclusion that you can skip moisturizing, but think again. In reality, moisturizing is an essential step for everyone—not only those with dry skin. To cut down on the number of products you layer on and avoid looking greasy, look for an oil-free moisturizer with SPF. This will allow you to take care of moisturizing and sun protection in one step. Tip #4: Get a Faux Glow with Self-Tanner You likely already know that spending time in the sun without protection can lead to sunburns and visible signs of aging like wrinkles. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a summer tan. Just use a self-tanner to get that bronzed look. There are lots of different formulas to choose from, ranging from gradual self-tanners that work over time or spray-on self-tanners that can help you apply color to hard-to-reach areas like your back. Make sure to exfoliate your body before using self-tanner so that it goes on smoothly, not streaky. Use the Mia Smart with a Smart Turbo Massage Body Brush Head. Tip #5: Minimize Your Face Makeup Summer isn’t the season to start experimenting with wearing more makeup. If you’re struggling to avoid looking greasy, you’ll be better off limiting how much makeup you wear. Load on too much and it’s unlikely to stay in place all day. Don’t fret, you can still cover imperfections and complement your best features with a few key products. Limit face makeup to a BB cream with SPF, concealer, and cream blush or bronzer. Bonus, you’ll seriously cut down on how long it takes to get ready in the morning! But if you can only keep one beauty item in your bag, make it blotting sheets. That way, whenever you notice your skin looking a little oilier than you’d like, you can press a sheet against your skin and voila, shine-be-gone.
Good job! You wore sunscreen today, and hopefully avoided getting a sunburn. But don’t pat yourself on the back just yet, there’s still work to be done. You have to remove the sunscreen—the right way. That’s right, your standard cleansing methods might not be enough for getting your skin completely clean after applying sunscreen and reapplying it overtop of makeup all throughout the day. Find out how to remove sunscreen in three simple steps. Step 1: Start By Removing Makeup Before jumping straight into cleansing, you’ll want to remove your makeup. That way, when it comes time to actually cleanse, your face wash doesn’t have to cut through a layer of makeup to wash the sunscreen off your skin. If you aren’t used to having makeup removal and facial cleansing be two separate steps it may seem like overkill, but double cleansing is actually a standard part of many Korean beauty routines—and you know how popular (and effective) K-beauty techniques are! Start with an oil-based cleanser and massage it over the skin to remove that long-lasting foundation, blush, and bronzer. Use a soft, damp towel to gently remove the cleanser from the skin. To get every last bit of waterproof mascara off, saturate a cotton pad with eye makeup remover. Hold the soaked pad against your closed eye for a few seconds before wiping away the makeup. You may need two pads, depending on how much makeup you were wearing, but you’ll manage to remove it all without having to harshly rub at your skin—or worse—your eyes. Step 2: Pair a Cleansing Brush with a Gel Cleanser Moving right along, now it’s time to get completely clean. And that means no sunscreen residue left behind! A Clarisonic facial cleansing brush can help you achieve a more thorough cleansing than it’s possible to get with your hands alone (6X more effective, in fact!), so it’s a prime opportunity to break out your Clarisonic. Pop a Deep Pore Brush Head onto the facial cleansing brush of your choosing and reach for the Refreshing Gel Cleanser, which helps remove impurities and control excess shine. When you have your cleansing brush and cleanser ready, wet the brush head and add a dollop of cleanser. Then, begin gently gliding the brush over your skin. You only need to dedicate 60 seconds to cleansing—20 seconds for your forehead, 20 seconds for your nose and chin, and 10 seconds per cheek. Editor’s Tip: Wondering which Clarisonic to use? If you most often find yourself wearing—and removing—sunscreen while traveling, the Clarisonic Mia Fit will be the perfect fit (pun intended) for you. Thanks to its compact size, it will fit into your travel makeup bag with room to spare. Plus, when you return from your trip, it’s still plenty cute enough to display on your vanity! Step 3: Complete Your Skin Care Routine Congrats, you’re no longer coated in sunscreen. Now all that’s left to do is complete your skin care routine. After double cleansing, your skin is no doubt in need of moisture. And no, using a moisturizer with SPF in the morning doesn’t count for your daily hydration quotient. Don’t bother to dry off post-rinse, go ahead and apply your favorite moisturizer directly to damp skin for max moisturizing.
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There’s no doubt about: Working out is good for your body—and mind. But post-workout, your skin could definitely use a little extra attention. You’re likely sopped in sweat, your face might be red, and your feet could need some pampering after powering you through a challenging fitness routine. Not sure what to do after a workout when it comes to your skin? Here are five skin treatments you can use after a gym session to pamper your skin. 1. Give Your Body a Good Scrub in the Shower Your first action after working out is likely hopping in the shower—but this time around, really take the time to cleanse thoroughly from head to toe. Scrubbing your body can help get rid of all the oil and sweat that built up on the surface of your skin while exercising. If you tend to get body breakouts, reach for a body wash that’s formulated with an acne-fighting ingredient, such as salicylic acid. You can also pop a Smart Turbo Massage Body Brush Head onto a Mia Smart to help get baby-soft skin on elbows, knees, and other dry patches. The brush head is designed for the ideal body exfoliation and massage. Just make sure to keep the shower dial turned to lukewarm, as this will be more refreshing post-workout than a hot shower, and it won’t strip your skin of necessary replenishing oils. 2. Spritz on a Cooling Facial Mist After a cardio class, your face probably feels hot. One of the easiest ways to cool down is by using a facial mist. Facial mists are gym bag-friendly, so you can easily throw one in your tote to use as a post-workout skin treatment. Look for a facial mist that is formulated with cooling ingredients, such as aloe vera and cucumber. Spritz all over your face, then immediately apply an oil-free moisturizer to help lock in hydration. 3. Calm Down Redness with a Soothing Face Mask Skin looking a little red after your indoor cycling class? Treat yourself to a soothing face mask formulated with an ingredient like chamomile, evening primrose oil, or oatmeal. Quickly cleanse your skin first with a Clarisonic facial cleansing brush, dry your skin, then apply your chosen face mask. Leave it on for the amount of time directed, then rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water. After rinsing, apply a moisturizer and take a peek at your beautifully soothed skin! 4. Slather Your Feet in Lotion Your feet often bear the brunt of a workout, so you might find them looking a little worse for wear after you’re done at the gym. So, grab a thick, rich foot cream and massage it into your feet, paying attention to any areas that might be sore, like the balls of your feet or heels. 5. Treat Yourself to a Relaxing Soak Nothing says spa-like relaxation quite like a soothing bath. After the gym, draw a warm bath and infuse the water with a few drops of a relaxing essential oil, some Epsom salts, and some coconut oil. Hop in and let your skin—and those sore muscles—soak in all the goodness.
Are you in the know about facial exfoliation? Sure, you might know enough to use a face scrub from time to time, but how deep does your knowledge really go? If you aren’t sure how often exfoliating should fit into your skin care routine, or haven’t considered that there a multitude of ways to slough away dead skin cells from skin’s surface, it sounds like you’re in need of a crash course on facial exfoliation. Because as it turns out, exfoliation isn’t always as simple as using a scrub when the mood strikes. Find out how often facial exfoliation is necessary, how to exfoliate using different popular methods, and the answer to a much-discussed question—does a Clarisonic facial cleansing brush exfoliate? How Often Should You Exfoliate? Try to adopt your best friend’s sloughing schedule and you just might find that what works wonders for their skin doesn’t do you any favors. The reason being, not everyone needs the same amount of exfoliation. While your friend may be able to exfoliate their face multiple times every week, once a week—or every other week—could be all your skin can handle. That’s why, even if you think your skin is tough, you won’t want to jump straight to exfoliating every day. It’s best to start with exfoliating just once a week and observing how your skin responds. When and if everything goes smoothly, you can consider (gradually) upping the frequency with which you exfoliate. How to Exfoliate with a Face Scrub Face scrubs are undeniably one of the most popular facial exfoliation methods. Next to facial cleansers and moisturizers, they’re one of the basics that hold a spot in most skin care collections. Formulated with exfoliating beads or grains, the scrubs help lift away dead skin cells along with dirt and oil, leaving behind smoother skin. Scrubs formulated with jojoba beads are a nice gentle option that are suitable for even those with sensitive skin. How to Exfoliate with a Chemical Exfoliator The concept of a chemical exfoliator may raise the hairs on the back of your neck, conjuring images of intense chemical peels, but they can actually be a gentler way to practice facial exfoliation. Hence, why products formulated with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) like glycolic acid and beta hydroxyl acids (BHAs) like salicylic acid have been rapidly rising in popularity. The gentle acids, delivered in cleansers, serums, moisturizers, and more, exfoliate the surface of your skin without relying on manual exfoliation. Does the Clarisonic Facial Brush Exfoliate? After learning about exfoliating tools, you might assume you know just the thing to use—the Clarisonic. However, the idea that the Clarisonic facial brush exfoliates is actually a myth! While the Clarisonic is designed to provide your skin with a deep clean that helps to cleanse pores and remove dirt, oil, and other impurities that can dull the skin, it doesn’t exactly exfoliate. Rather, cleansing with a Clarisonic is the perfect first step prior to your chosen method of exfoliation to help accelerate surface skin cell renewal. However, while the Clarisonic facial brushes don’t exfoliate the skin, Clarisonic’s Smart Profile Uplift with the Smart Turbo Massage Body brush head is the perfect choice for body exfoliation. If you’re in search of a way to slough away dead skin cells below your neck, pair the two for the ultimate body exfoliation.
Acne & Blemishes
Why does it sometimes feel like no matter what you do, you can’t get rid of your acne? This can especially be frustrating when you’re a teen! With all the selfies you snap, you likely want your complexion to look as healthy—and pimple-free—as possible. To truly put together a targeted skin care routine that’ll help you achieve clearer skin, it’s important to get to the root of the issue and understand what causes acne in the first place. You probably already know that excessive oiliness and the buildup of dirt and makeup in your pores can lead to breakouts, but what about some of the more unexpected reasons why you have acne? Here are three surprising causes of acne you may not have given much thought to before. 1. You’re On Your Cell Phone All the Time Do you start chatting on the phone as soon as you get home from school or work? Well, your cell phone could be to blame for your breakout. Think about it: Your cell phone is probably pretty dirty. Throughout the day, makeup, dirt, oils, and bacteria can build up on the screen as you text and call your BFFs—and this can all be transferred to your face and clog your pores, leading to breakouts. Make sure to stash a screen-cleansing towelette in your bag so that you can wipe down your phone’s screen on the go before placing a call. 2. Your Shampoo and Conditioner Are Clogging Your Pores You may not give all that much thought to how you shower, but it turns out that your shampoo and conditioner could be clogging your pores and leading to acne. These hair care products are often formulated with ingredients such as silicones and moisturizers that can clog your pores. When you wash them out of your hair, they likely slide down your chest and back before they reach the drain, and this can leave you with body acne. The products can get onto your face, too, when you rinse them out. The next time you wash your hair, try to tilt your head so that when you rinse out your shampoo and conditioner, it doesn’t land on your face, chest, or back. 3. You Keep Picking at Your Pimples We know, it’s tempting to squeeze or pop pimples to make them go away immediately—but this can actually do more harm than good in the long run. For starters, your hands pick up germs as you go about your day, and when you touch a pimple, those germs can be transferred to your face—and this can lead to more acne. Popping pimples can also lead to scars. It’s best to keep your hands off and let a zit heal in its own time. You can use spot treatments to help speed up the process or visit a derm for a professional treatment if at-home acne-clearing methods aren’t working for you. At home, make sure to wash your face morning and night—but no more often than that, because over-cleansing can lead to irritation. Pair a Clarisonic facial cleansing brush with an Acne Cleansing brush head to gently remove trouble-causing debris from your pores and set a clean canvas for better product absorption.