Hygiene, Men, Skin

Man Flesh | Chair de l’homme

Man flesh, not unlike our own, deserves special care. Not to be confused with special needs, in a short bus sort of way.

I mentioned, some entries back, about my loathing for the coined “metrosexual” term. How it scares off most phallus owning bipeds. Because of this horrid name our boyfriends, husbands, dads, brothers, cousins and friends rejected the concept of grooming…in more sense of the word than soap-shaving gel-hairbrush, if that.

At any rate, this memorandum concerns you.

You can find Nivea, L’Oreal, and Every Man Jack at your local drugstore like Walgreens. I’m listing one product from each line to introduce you to the name, it is up to you to shop around and pick and chose what your skin likes best. (Same goes for the rest of the mentioned goodies.)

Please remember, sunblock is your friend. The Marlborough tan and wrinkles are so not in this season.

And if shopping for skin products at a store where ladies buy products they stick up their hoohaas reminds you of your teen years: sweat-soaked brows, shaky hands and gnarly pit stains – online shopping is fast and discreet! Sephora carries a vast selection of starter kits from which you can begin your most excellent journey to the land of skin care connoisseurism!


Pour Katelyn…

Skin care shouldn’t be a stress factor or a dent in your wallet.

If you have the means to coat yourself with $1,200 per-half-ounce-of-caviar-gold-and-diamond-bald-eagle-placenta-creams, consider yourself extremely blessed.

Luckily for the rest of us who selflessly spent our last dimes on holiday gifts for our loved ones – we must rely on trusted shelves at our nearest drugstores for products we can afford.

And the winners are…

Face Wash:

Bioré Steam Activated Cleanser is standing in my shower as we speak. Steam aids this product in opening your pores and de-dirting the buggers. After washing off you’ll feel a minty tingle, my favourite part. Oil-free. Ranges $6-8

Johnson & Johnson Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash is one of the most delicate cleansers you can find. Comes out in foam form and is both oil and soap free, which makes it as gentle on your skin as water. Although this is an all around safe product to use on your face twice a day – it doesn’t clean as deep as I like. But that’s just me. $6.29 at Walgreens.

Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser is also very gentle. Though not so great at removing makeup, this face wash is great at washing away dirt. Smells very clean and leaves skin feeling tight and refreshed. Oil-free. $6-7


Olay Complete All Day Moisture Lotion Spf 15 Sensitive Skin is a permanent fixture in my kit. It’s gentle enough for every skin texture and mixes very well with my foundations. Sun block factor is a plus and it is unscented and non-greasy. Oil-free. $8-10

Lumene Vitamin C+ 24 Hour Pure Radiance Lotion is absolutely lovely. Though a bit on the pricier side – totally worth it considering it’s 90% natural. After two days of usage my skin turned shinier and newer. The scent is delicious and serene. $19.99 at CVS (But they always have sales on it all the time!)

Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Anti-Sun-Damage Daily Moisture Lotion SPF 28 has been hyped up since it graced our television screens some moons back. The reviews are in, folks. This moisturizer is rather rich, but doesn’t feel heavy in any way. If you have love for the sun – you will love this product as it does have the ability to diminish sun spots. 99.9% Oil-free. $13

Products I am not a fan of (with all the love and respect):

  • Clean&Clear – to me this is like using bleach on your skin.
  • Oil of Olay Foaming Face Wash – gave me eczema on my eyeballs.
  • Proactiv – they have excellent advertising for a terrible product.
  • Oxy Products – see Clean&Clear.

Product I’m on the fence about:

Neutrogena – although as a teen I was a huge fan, now a days these products make me think of training bras. If they work for you, kudos and I am wrong. They would be my last choice if the above products ceased to exist.


Happy shopping and may the frugal force be with you in 2011!

Remedy, Skin

Dry Skin | La peau sèche

It’s that time of year, lovelies, when we find our skin dry and itchy.

Some of you live in more severe climates with a high windshield factor and snow, some of you (like moi) live in warmer climates that still feel a change of season.

If you are like me and have sensitive skin that flakes at the remote sound of the wind, I have some recipes for you to explore:

  1. half of a ripe avocado
  2. few drops of lime juice
  3. mix well and spread onto skin
  4. wash with lukewarm water after 15-20min.
  1. 2-5 Tblsp raw peanuts
  2. 1/4 tsp honey
  3. mix with milk to create a paste
  4. spread on skin until dry
  5. wash with lukewarm water
  1. mix milk and mustard
  2. apply paste onto skin for 10min.
  3. wash with lukewarm water
  1. mix cooked oatmeal with honey
  2. apply mixture to skin for 20min.
  3. wash with lukewarm water

These ingredients alone are great for the skin:

  • Vitamin E oil
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Aloe Vera gel
  • Shea butter
  • Mineral water instead of tap

From within:

  • Salmon and Flax Seed Oil: omega-3 fatty acids
  • Raw Orange and Yellow Veggies: high in beta-carotine and antioxidants
  • Garlic, Onion, Eggs: rich in sulfur


  • Animal Fats
  • Fried Food
  • Sugar
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine

Exfoliate once a week! Moisturize every day! Wash your skin with lukewarm water only as hot scolding liquids suck the moisture out leaving you feeling worse than before.

Happy smoothness!