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The Murad Man Skin Care

By Melvin Browne

Last week I informed you guys about great all natural skin care products that I personally experienced by Origins. This time I am going to give you the scoop on a skin care regime that is popular amongst men who maintain great skin. From what I hear this amazing skin care was developed by M.D. Howard Murad, a leader in skin treatment science. A holder of 18 different dermatology patents, Vogue Magazine crowned Murad as “One of the country’s best dermatologists”.

Murad has a full line of Cleansers, Treatments, Moisturizers, Supplements, Eye Care, Toners, and Masks for any and every skin type, all available on his Transforming Skincare Website Murad.com.  More importantly Murad developed a specialty line just for MEN! Murad explains the needs for men’s skin and the care that it requires in great detail:

What’s different about Men’s Skin Care?

“Skin care for men needs to address a number of concerns that skin care for women doesn’t. Men have to deal with a number of skin care issues that women don’t. For men who keep a clean-shaven look, ingrown hairs, irritation from shaving and dry, chaffed skin can build up. For those who don’t shave, excess oil and dirt can often build up near the beard line. Here are some tips on how to find the best skin care products for men.”

What should Men look for in Skin Care Products?

“Effective men’s skin care products should address the specific challenges mentioned above and provide not only exfoliating elements but also soothing elements for the harsh exposure that men’s skin can face. Of course, any good skin care regimen should also include a hydrating moisturizer and daily sun protection. In those ways, men’s skin care is similar to women’s skin care. However, men’s skin care products need to address not only their skin type and skin concern but also the realities of their day-to-day activities.”

So you can now understand why it’s so important to invest in skin care products that will not only give you great healthy skin, but maintain it. With that said, I introduce to you the Murads Man Skin Care! Murad offers the complete “Murad Man Regimen”, which is a daily skin care product line that was specifically developed for the skin care needs of men.

The collection includes Cleansing Shave (retails for $28), an effective skin cleanser that doubles as a soothing base for daily shaving. Also included is Razor Burn Rescue® (retails for $35), which is an essential skin care product for any man who shaves regularly. Razor Burn Rescue effectively reduces ingrown hairs, bumps and irritation from shaving to help skin look its best. Finally, sun protection and hydration are combined into one men’s skin care product with Face Defense® SPF 15(retails for $33), a daily moisturizer for men with sunscreen that provides lightweight, healthy hydration.

You can also purchase the 90 day supply of all 3 pieces in the “Murad Man Regimen” for $75! A $18 difference from buying all three pieces separately. Men’s skin has unique requirements, and Murad has the proven skin care products to address those needs. So visit his website ASAP and try out his “Man Regimen”!

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Origins Skincare for Men

By Melvin Browne

Shaves that feel like fire? Cracked, dry hands? Men need specialized skincare too. As we go into a New Year, we must put a new focus on what’s really important. On the top of that list for the modern man is Skincare. You are the face! It’s what people notice about you first. Do you want them to witness a catastrophe or envy your glow?

I would like to introduce you guys to a facial regime guaranteed to train your skin to look flawless all year (without makeup). “Powered by Nature, Proven by Science” here is Origins for Men. Everyone wants to know why I eat like a 12 year old and still have amazing skin. My Secret is the Origins Top Sellers “Checks and Balances” frothy face wash and the “Save the Males” multi-benefit moisturizer.

The “Checks and Balances” frothy face wash will cost you anywhere between $10 and $19.50 but completely worth the $$$. It’s great for all skin types, has maximum coverage and provides a cleanser that balances the dry and oily spots. Broad Leaf Kelp Extract discourages excess oil production, while Wheat Protein balances and protects dry prone zones. Tourmaline actually makes water wetter to more easily disperse dirt and sebum down the drain. There’s also aromatic Bergamot, Spearmint and Lavender to add pleasure to the process. Skin feels comfortably refreshed after cleansing, never tight, pulled or parched. So this product is not only great to maintain clear and well balanced skin, but it’s also completely natural!

The final piece to my skincare regime is the “Save the Males” multi-benefit moisturizer. It’s a great alternative to throwing Vaseline or lotion all up in your pores. The 2.5 fl. Oz. bottle will cost you about $34 and they even offer an auto replenishment option so you never run out. This moisturizer has a silky texture and also has maximum coverage, so that only a drop of product is needed to do the job. This multi-benefit, oil-free lotion with Carrot Protein and other natural activists supports skin, so it stays healthy and hydrated. Chinese Wolfberry and Mangosteen Extract offer powerful antioxidant protection. White Birch takes a firm stance against the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. This is definitely a winner in my book; anything that hydrates, balances natural skin oil, and detracts aging and wrinkles is worth the investment.

“Checks and Balances” frothy face wash and the “Save the Males” multi-benefit moisturizer, is available Online at Origins.com or at your Local Origins Store. P.S. Origins Reps will also do a skin test and leave you with tons of samples of their products, so stop by a store today!

Bacne: Acne on Your Back

By Deena Hamza

Another “Blast from the Past” entry that talks about an issue that plagues everyone at some point and the treatment and preventative approaches are easy to follow and achieve – bacne can be treated and prevented.

That’s right my Precious Gents, it’s time to talk about “Bacne”. Just as acne can develop on one’s face, it can develop everywhere else on your body. The problem with acne on the back is it’s a lot harder to treat on your own. Bacne is very common with bodybuilders or individuals who train regularly. For the purpose of this post I will give you some tips on how to prevent bacne from occurring and reduce how long it lasts once it has developed.

Prevention:

  • Scrub your back with a loofah or scouring body sponge daily
  • Ensure the sponge has time to dry before your next use (do not allow it to sit in moisture since fungus will build)
  • Use an exfoliating scrub (I like St.Ives Apricot Scrub)
  • If you can’t fully reach all areas of your back, use a sponge or loofah with a long handle
  • Wear loose fitting clothing while working out to prevent clogged pores
  • Clean workout benches and machines before and after use
  • Do not share clothing or cleansing sponge with others
  • Shower promptly after a workout

Reduction:

  • Use a loofah to scrub your back gently (Not vigorously since skin may peel/crack and cause infection)
  • Try using a citrus based body wash and body lotion (Dial Grapefruit body wash, and Neutrogena Citrus Lotion)
  • Wear loose fitting clothing to prevent irritating inflamed areas
  • You may use an acne spot treatment containing salicylic acid as one of its main ingredients
  • Do not share clothing or cleaning sponges
  • Wash exercise equipment before and after use
  • Shower promptly after a workout
  • It may also help reduce inflammation to sleep without a shirt (this may help dry out moist areas)

Give these tips a try. I am very fond of the long handled body brush but I find general store loofas to be dry and matted. Purchase true and natural loofas from Middle Eastern or Greek mom and pop shops – trust me, only those shops have the real deal.

Until next time my Precious Gents!

Old Spice Body Wash Review

By Deena Hamza

Old Spice is my favourite line for men because it reminds me of my Dad (my most favourite person in the world!) however, from my current research I have found that this product line by Proctor & Gamble is not as great as I may have thought.

According to the Natural Skincare Authority, Old Spice Endurance Body Wash scored 1.7 out 10 for the following reasons:

  • G.M.Os or genetically modified organisms and pesticides may be found in this product because Proctor & Gamble outsource their animal testing
  • According to the Cosmetic  Ingredient Review, many of the ingredients in this body wash have not been tested for safety
  • This product contains a known carcinogen, FDC Green 3
  • Four ingredients have been linked with breast cancer and other serious health concerns
  • There are many penetration enhancers that increase the incidence of carcinogenic (or cancer causing) factors and their absorption into the body through the skin

Does this mean that everyone should turn to purely natural and organic products? Not necessarily but some individuals have very sensitive skin and are prone to skin reactions with certain ingredients. I believe all over the counter products meet at least the minimum rating for cosmetic safety. For those who are looking for the most natural alternative, Miessence Sunflower Body Wash scored 10 out of 10 based on safety and ingredient content.

~Deena

What Kind of Person Are You? The Hanky or Tissue Debate

By Deena Hamza

Are you a hanky person or a disposable tissue person?

I am definitely a disposable tissue person because the thought of constantly blowing my nose into a piece of fabric that I then place in my pocket just doesn’t seem right. It’s blasphemous!

Not necessarily. According to Drs. Gwaltney and Eccles people who reuse disposable tissues or do not throw them away immediately are holding onto rhinovirus particles the same way a handkerchief would.

Ok. I’m guilty as charged. I guess I’m blasphemous too.

Although I don’t reuse disposable tissue on the regular, I am guilty of not throwing my tissue away immediately and research shows that rhinovirus particles can stay active for many hours (according to Dr. Eccles) or up to 3 whole days (according to Dr. Gwaltney).

For shame Deena!

Cold Season is right around the corner so be sure to…

  • Dispose of tissues immediately after use
  • Wash hands thoroughly after blowing your nose
  • Avoid touching eyes and nose
  • Avoid nasal secretions of others
  • Wash your hands after touching door knobs, keyboards, desks, telephone or money
  • Wash your hands after shaking hands with another person

Be proactive my G.O.Ps to avoid feeling sick during the cold season. ~DEENA

Hand Sanitizer: Does it Really Work?

By Deena Hamza

According to recent research completed by Professor James Scott of the University of Toronto, Canada, alcohol based hand sanitizers are the best defence against germs including the past H1N1 outbreak.

Overview of Research Findings

Hand sanitizers work better at removing bacteria from hands than soap and water

The level of bacteria remains lower after using a hand sanitizer than with soap and water

Hand sanitizer is less damaging to the skin because of its built-in oils/moisturizers

Added moisture reduces risk of skin cracking from excessive washing

These sanitizers work by killing microbial cells and not human cells

Hand sanitizers work against both virus and bacteria cells

I wasn’t a big believer of using hand sanitizers because I always figured running water with soap was the best form of hand hygiene. I’ve even read articles that tell you to sing “Happy Birthday” or “Baa Baa Black Sheep” because the duration of the song would allow for effective germ removal. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m going to stock up on sanitizer spray pens.

Germs be gone! ~DEENA

Betcha Didn’t Know: Orgasms & Feeling Ill

By Deena Hamza

The first fact in my “Betcha Didn’t Know” series details negative side effects that come shortly after having an orgasm.

Yawning or Sneezing

Don’t feel embarrassed or insulted if your partner yawns or sneezes during sexual activity. Doctors have proven that centers in the brain responsible for orgasms, yawning and sneezing are parallel to one another. That’s right my G.O.Ps: Yawning or sneezing may be another tangible form of arousal.

Migraines

Some individuals can have severe headaches, or migraines, after having an orgasm. This could be a direct result of exciting the nervous system during sexual activity and reduced blood flow to the brain. For some individuals with a vasodilating medication may be required or medication used to relieve migraines. If your symptoms are not so severe, a hot shower and a cup of nerve relaxing chamomile may do the trick.

Abdominal Pain

Abdominal pain after intercourse can be a symptom of a prostate infection. For the average male it’s usually a result of intense contractions that occur in the pelvic floor (lower abdomen) after an orgasm. Exercises for the pelvis, like Kegels, can help strengthen those muscles and reduce overall muscle spasms in the area. Be sure to check with your doctor to ensure abdominal pain after intercourse is not a sign of a more serious issue like an infection.

Be honest my G.O.Ps, did you guys know that?

Happy Friday 🙂 ~DEENA

What You NEED to Know: Warts

By Deena Hamza

Warts are a skin condition involving small painless growths that are caused the HPV or human papillomavirus. Although most warts are painless but they can be a serious source of embarrassment and, if on the feet, can be itchy and painful.

There are five main forms of warts that you may be familiar with:

  1. Common warts: found on hands but could appear anywhere on the body including eyelids
  2. Flat warts: found on the face; this condition is rare for adults
  3. Condyloma or Genital warts: found on the outer areas of the genitals, inner thighs, inside the vagina and anal canal
  4. Plantar wart: these are found on the bottoms of feet
  5. Subungual and periungual warts: found under and around finger and toe nails

PREVENTION

Avoid skin to skin contact with a wart on someone else  Wear flip flops in recreation or gym showers Keep up with daily washing of all body parts Avoid unprotected intercourse If you already have warts, wash your hands after touching them to avoid spreading

TREATMENT

Over the counter medications (not for genital warts)  Gardasil (for genital warts) Immunotherapy  Cryotherapy or freezing the off  Electrocautery or burning the wart off Laser removal Topical tea tree oil

Happy Monday G.O.P’s
Make this week a productive one! ~DEENA

Putting Your Best Foot Forward

By Deena Hamza

Whether you’re obsessed with skin care and primping or you’re just the average dude next door, foot care is an absolute must in my books  the plural is intended for I have a lot of rules and standards that would make this world a better place!

The number one foot flaw I see during the warmer months is dry, cracked heels and since the colder months are upon us we can go full force into prevention mode. The technical term for this foot condition is Xeorosis and although most of us may think this condition is purely a cosmetic one, it is actually prevalent in people with diabetes.

What causes Dry Cracked Feet?

  • Obesity
  • Standing for too long
  • Poor supporting footwear
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Thyroid condition
  • Heel spurs
  • Hot water soak


TREATMENT
Pac A Derm Heel Lotion
Pac A Derm Heel Pads
Epsom salt foot bath
Paraffin foot treatments
Pumice stone
Coarse foot file

PREVENTION

After shower, coat feet in thin layer of Vaseline and cover with socks overnight; Use a pumice stone daily to cleanse, exfoliate and reduce the appearance of dry heels; Place medicated herbal balm of clean heels before bed; Chop fresh parsley and add to foot bath for added antibacterial and circulation properties; Place 1 cup of vinegar in a basin of water; soak feet for 20 minutes

Everyone can benefit from a little self TLC. The prevention and treatment options are flexible and I’m sure each of you will easily find the solution that suits your needs to put your best foot forward. ~DEENA

Top 10 Immune Boosters

By Deena Hamza

Fall and winter are two seasons where colds are most prevalent and can be spread easily through poor hygiene. But hygiene isn’t the only way to prevent down-time during the colder months. Here is a list of the top 10 ways to ensure your immune system is strong all year round:

10. Wash your hands. Hygiene is the most effective way to prevent most communicable diseases including colds. Avoid hand contact with eyes and mouth.

9. Take probiotics. Probiotics are beneficial because they aid in digestion and prevent overgrowth of yeast in the body. Yogurt is the best and natural source of probiotics and most contain at least two forms per serving. Efficient digestion allows for regular toxin release and keeps the body healthy.

8. Take herbal supplements. Herbs such as ginseng and astragalus have a rich Chinese history of keeping the body’s immune system strong and in balance.

7. Increase vitamin C intake. I’m a big believer in consuming whole foods first before turning to manufactured supplements. Potatoes, pineapple, watermelon, red pepper, strawberries, and citrus fruits are all excellent sources of vitamin C.

6. Drink tea. Black, green, and traditional Chinese teas (i.e. oolong) are full of potent antioxidants that help keep the body healthy.

5. Quit smoking. Smoking inhibits the natural functioning of the body and thus the immune system.
 

4. Restrict alcohol consumption. There are better alternatives to the health benefits of drinking wine. Alcohol not only affects the immune system but is also the main source of unwanted weight gain.

3. Eat a well-balanced diet. Everyone should be consuming a well-balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats.

2. Exercise regularly. The colder months make us think we can get away with gaining a layer of insulation to keep us warm but everyone should get in at least 30 minutes of cardio 3 – 4 days per week. This is the absolute minimum.

1. Get enough sleep. Adults need between 7 – 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep for optimal functioning. Proper sleep patterns will help your body recover and stay healthy.

How are my Precious Gents doing?

It’s been a long time, but I’m back and ready to answer any queries you may have!
~DEENA

ORTHOREXIA

By Deena Hamza

Orthorexia: An obsession with healthy eating that can cause emotional distress, isolation from others, and unhealthy eating habits.

Can being a stickler for healthy eating turn into an eating disorder?

What do my Precious Gents think?

To answer this question simply, I would have to say yes. Does saying “yes” give everyone a free pass to eat whatever they want to prevent becoming a stickler for healthy eating? No.

Let me explain. Healthy eating is necessary to live a positive life free from food-related ailments or diseases. Many personal trainers and fitness professionals recommend or use calorie counting as a tracking guide and tangible source to help achieve weight loss/muscle gain goals. I have used tracking journals to record the nutritional breakdown of the foods I consume per day as a way to help me eat enough calories and protein to gain muscle mass.

I have to admit that calorie counting is very dangerous because it becomes an obsession.

When we obsess over anything, a disorder or an ailment is bound to occur. I found myself eating only to achieve a specific calorie count in each macronutrient (protein, carbs, fat) and losing the enjoyment of the actual consumption process. My obsession went so far that I would cut out healthy foods like bananas because of their high calorie and carb content and opt for processed meats and cheeses because they were engineered to the claim of fat-free while being high in protein. Does this constitute a healthy diet? Not in the least. I quit calorie counting cold turkey a few months ago and there’s a definite sense of relief. I still have the itch to count the calories I consume but I have come to the conclusion that healthy eating is about eating a range of fresh, unadulterated foods in proper portion sizing rather than by calories.

Don’t fall into the trap of obsessing over anything. Too much of a good thing will always work in the opposite way you want it to.

Talk to my PG’s on Friday.

Until then, send me your questions/comments.
~DEENA

Bad Breath

By Deena Hamza

Did you know that constipation can actually lead to bad breath? I was writing a paper on bowel regularity (The Perfect Poo!) and found, through my research, that trapped gases and fecal matter backs up into the stomach and travels up into the mouth causing bad breath.

That means that anchovies and garlic, onions and pickles, dry mouth or low carb diets are not the only causes of bad breath.

How do you know if your bad breath is just a temporary condition or a sign of a more serious health concern? Well, if you brush your teeth once a week, then a change must be made, but if your oral hygiene is in place (i.e. brush at least twice a day, floss, and scrape tongue) then look into other heath conditions.

Health issues where bad breath is a symptom:

infection of the mouth (i.e. cavity or gum disease)
respiratory tract infection (i.e. throat, sinus, lungs)
external source (i.e. smoking, drinking, chewing tobacco)
xerostomia or dry mouth (common with mouth breathers)
diabetes
liver disease
lung disease
sinus disease
reflux disease 

Did you know that pseudohalitosis is a psychological issue where an individual believes they have bad breath when they really don’t?

Take on proper dental hygiene (mouth wash, brushing, flossing, regular visits to the dentist) before self-diagnosing your condition to match one of the above mentioned illnesses. In the event oral health is in place yet bad breath is consistent, consult with a medical professional immediately.

“De-funk Yo Junk”

 

By Deena Hamza

Now, I’m not a feminist by any means, but I definitely agree with GloZell that most hygiene or primping commercials are directed towards women. On that same note, I do believe the media has attempted to provide incentive to manscape by using quintessential males as spokes-models. Who here doesn’t want to be the quintessential anything? Exactly. That’s media egging us on to be the best of the best.

Media can be hard on us average folk but, as always, I view my cup as being half full rather than half empty. I do agree that most media outlets provide for an unrealistic ideal when it comes to body image or even overall happiness (remember those old Marlboro or Camels cigarette commercials? Everyone was SO ecstatic to be smoking a cigarette that risks of cancer and heart disease didn’t exist in those images) but an unrealistic ideal could be that added push that some individuals need to be the best that they can be.

G.O.P’s, don’t fret if you don’t look like a Calvin Klein model or put simply, a waif. Choose positive and healthy body ideals and mark your territory: cut a bit from this individual and that to establish your own marvelous creation. You.

D.