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Polished Skincare 

In a market saturated with skincare products for women, I’m always on the hunt for quality products catered towards men’s needs. So when the team at the new brand Polished told me about the products by Dr. Lancer and Ryan Seacrest, I was definitely intrigued. Dr. Lancer is a Beverly Hills dermatologist with celebrity clients like Kim Kardashian, Oprah, and of course, Ryan. The two men teamed up to create a product they say is driven by science.One of the best things men can do for their skin is moisturize, but you want to use a daily moisturizer with SPF. The moisturizer from Polished has SPF 30 protection, which is what most dermatologists recommend. It feels non-greasy and light, in part because it’s oil-free. It’s not always easy to find moisturizers that don’t make your face shiny, so I was thrilled to see that there was no shine after application. It absorbs quickly into your skin and Dr. Lancer says it works to minimize surface oil from forming throughout the day. The ingredients include ginger …

Summer Skincare

This post was sponsored by Cremo. I am a huge believer in taking care of your skin! I love a good eye cream to nourish your under eyes – battling any lines or dark circles. Using an eye cream helps you feel refreshed and awakened – I don’t go one day without applying it! I also use a system that incorporates a deep cleaning face wash, a toner for your skin, and a moisturizer with antioxidants. Moisturizing is HUGE and should not be left behind! Use a moisturizer with SPF so that you’re protecting your skin from the sun. That’s the biggest defense against signs of aging. I’ve learned that even on cloudy days, we’re exposed to harmful rays.I used to be someone who only wore SPF at the beach or pool, not on a daily basis. But then I realized that it’s more important to protect your skin than burn or harm it. If your skin is exposed to sun at any point of the day, it should be protected – period. Skin cancer …

Oxygen Blast

Being someone who sometimes struggles to get enough sleep during the week, I am constantly keeping my eyes opened for products that help me feel energized and refreshed. A recent discovery of mine is the Oxygen Facial Flash Recovery Mask by Dr. Brandt. After the first use, my skin instantly appeared smoother and brighter.Let me start by saying that the application process of this mask is fascinating. First, apply a thin layer of the mask to your damp skin and leave on for three to five minutes to allow the oxygen spheres to fully activate. During the activation, your skin will tingle as the mask bubbles and then almost fully dissolves. You will see and feel the treatment working with this mask instantly and once you rinse your face off, the top layer of your skin will be radiant. Tired skin is now re-energized, your face is deeply hydrated giving you a well rested and younger appearance, and the oxygen helps protect your skin from pollutants on a go-forward basis. You can purchase the mask …

Protect Your Skin

Your skin needs protection every single day. Even on overcast days, UV light penetrates clouds leaving your skin exposed to harmful rays. I admit, I have not always been the best with applying sunscreen every day, but starting today, I’ll never miss a morning of applying sunscreen again. Drunk Elephant is a brand that I just discovered, and I cannot get enough of their products. Their science reviews are off the charts. What I love about their sunscreen is that it doesn’t leave your face feeling oily and greasy like so many others do. A big reason why I wasn’t applying sunscreen daily was because I hated that feeling. This product is moisturizing instead of greasy. The sunscreen is unscented, non-toxic and infused with ingredients like Sunflower Shoot Extract, Marula Oil and Raspberry Seed Oil. It also contains an ingredient called Umbra which is loaded with antioxidants and prevents oxidative cell damage and photoaging (damage done to the skin over a person’s lifetime exposed to UV radiation). I also love that this product is fragrance-free …

Skin Secret: Turmeric

Some may classify me as turmeric obsessed. I have been cooking with this spice for over three years because of the numerous health benefits. Turmeric is cancer preventative, a natural anti-inflammatory, reduces cholesterol, and improves digestion. Aside from the internal benefits, turmeric also works wonders on your skin. I was thrilled when Kiehl’s recently launched their Tumeric and Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque. Turmeric is an antioxidant that is anti-aging and improves skin elasticity. It instantly brightens and energizes your skin, giving off a natural glow. After applying this mask, my skin felt hydrated and awakened. I especially loved when washing the mask off, the cranberry seeds act as an exfoliator and give your skin a deep cleanse. I don’t always get the amount of sleep needed throughout the week, so products like this are imperative to help the skin maintain its healthy glow. You can buy the mask here and see for yourself how great turmeric is for your skin. My challenge to you is to add a little more of this spice into …

Montblanc Legend

Fragrance. Unlike clothing, you can’t see it on someone. You can’t feel it on someone. But the scent someone gives off is something that makes an even stronger impression on you. I don’t know about you, but when I think about certain people in my life, I can’t necessarily recall the exact pieces of clothing they were wearing when we were together. While I may think someone is always dressed to perfection or looks runway-ready, I more so remember the lasting impression of their scent. Have you tried Montblanc’s Legend? This masculine, bold fragrance offers a rich scent that instantly draws people in. What I love about this fragrance is that unlike many other colognes I have tested over the years, this isn’t excessively strong, burning your nostrils, but rather gives off the right amount of potency to give off a little mystery, making people want to smell it even more. I would best describe the smell of Montblanc Legend as cozy, rustic and oaky with a touch of spice. This cologne is one of …

Keeping fresh

I’ve been asked from a few readers about different types of men’s grooming products I use, so today I wanted to share some of the items that make up my daily routine today (this list may change due to my constant experimentation with products). I am obsessed with brushing my teeth. Since I was a little guy, I always made sure to brush throughout the day (sometimes even over brushing because enjoyed doing it so much!) I have tried every single teen whitening toothpaste on the market, but this Colgate Optic White is truly the best. It leaves your breath minty fresh and enhances the whiteness of your teeth in as little as a week! I then use the Listerine Healthy White Vibrant to give my teeth an extra whitening glow. Note that if your teeth are sensitive, only use this toothpaste and mouthwash a few times a week, and switch off with a sensitive brand on the other days. To clean my face, I have been using Proactive since high school. I use it …