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 extract to minimize the look of pores and red seaweed to keep your skin looking smooth. This blend feels incredibly cooling. The moisturizer is also infused with peptides, which are anti-aging powerhouses to stimulate collagen. Remember: even on days when the sun isn’t shining, UV rays can still damage your skin so a moisturizer with SPF is always a good idea.I can’t stand chapped lips. I’m always walking around with some sort of lip balm, no matter what the season may be. The problem? Many leave my lips shiny, and I definitely don’t want to look like I’m wearing layers of lip gloss. This Polished lip balm, though, leaves a matte finish while still hydrating. It has ingredients like sunflower seed, jojoba oil, aloe, oat extracts, and vitamin E. Dr. Lancer says it’s packed with antioxidant-rich ingredients and peptides to sooth and protect your lips throughout the day. By the way, this lip balm also has an SPF in it. Yes, guys, your lips should get a little sun protection too.The travel kit they sent me also has a pretty revolutionary shaving cream that also acts as a cleanser. I’m totally into anything that saves time by combining two steps into one. But, if you’d like a separate cleanser, there’s also a daily scrub for ultimate exfoliation. I’m very impressed sampling this line. Not only is the packaging sleek and sexy, but the products really seem to deliver. It is so important to take care of your skin and I’m always excited to find new high-quality products that help me do so!
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 is very real and far too many people are getting it, so why not take the simple step of protecting it with an SPF? Trust me, you will still get color, but you will be protected while getting it. The truth is, if you don’t use SPF, you will be more inclined to develop wrinkles, sunspots, dry skin, and other skin related issues. Now, I am incredibly aware of the sun. If I’m outside, I definitely have sunscreen on and I severely limit the amount of time I spend tanning. I sometimes even sit under an umbrella or cabana to break up the day! There are products out there that can give you a nice sunless glow (yes guys, it’s ok to research these and use them - they won’t take away your manhood). Trust me, you’ll be thanking yourself later in life by protecting your skin today. Some summer recommendations? The SPF face lotion from Cremo is light, fragrance-free and uses natural ingredients – three major things I look for in any skincare product! It is also important to find shaving products that keep you feeling refreshed and don’t cause irritation. The cooling menthol shaving cream from Cremo feels amazing on the skin! It has tea tree oil, which is a phenomenal ingredient with endless benefits for your skin. It smells like peppermint, which is really nice! The cream goes on smooth and glides off even smoother. The face wash is soap-free and PH-neutral, which means it is neither too acidic nor too alkaline – something most people don’t even realize is so important. It leaves your face feeling moisturized, while the essential oils make your skin feel calm and refreshed! It’s important to use products that don’t have a lot of added unnatural ingredients.
Always be good to your skin!
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 over on Dr. Brandt’s website here to treat yourself to the at-home pampering you so deserve!
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 and doesn’t contain perfumes or fragrant oils that irritate skin.
You can check out the sunscreen here and I hope you make the vow with me to never skip a day of application again!
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 more as a preventative measure to really deep clean my pores. The exfoliating beads in the wash get out all of the dirt and grime from the day and leave your pores feeling open and refreshed. People are sometimes shocked that I use the infamous infomercial face wash product, but I have never found something better than this on the market for my skin.
Osis 2 makes a great light hair wax that isn’t greasy. I never liked using gel as it feels heavy and often looks shiny, so I found this product that leaves your hair looking naturally styled. Just put a small amount in between the palms of your hands, rub them together, and lightly run them through you hair to style!
Lastly, Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare makes two phenomenal eye products. Step 1 is the Ferulic and Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum & Step 2 is the Age Erase Moisturizer. These leave your eyes feeling awakened and refreshed and decreases any puffiness you may have from being tired. Between the daily craziness, you never want your eyes to feel heavy as that stays with you for the entire day. Use these products together for optimal results!
Thanks for checking out some of my favorite daily essentials and I hope you enjoy using them as much as I do!?