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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The Horrors of Men's Skin Care

When it comes to men's skin care and grooming, nothing's scarier than dark under-eye circles, fine lines and damaged skin. So in honor of this ghoulish season, MenScience provides some tips on how to avoid looking like a monster...for the other 364 days of the year!

Reducing scars / damaged skin

Even if they are a natural part of your body's healing process, you don't have to look like Frankenstein's monster. Diminish scars by exfoliating your skin on a regular basis with a product that gently buffs away dead skin cells. This will soften the scar's edges, creating a smoother appearance. Whether your scars are from previous injuries or old acne, make sure to use a sunscreen so marks won't re-darken when exposed to sunlight. Although moisturizing is not proven to reduce scars, keeping skin well-hydrated can promote a smoother, more supple surface and a healthier appearance overall.

Fine Lines / Wrinkles

Count Dracula isn't the only one that can pull off that "ageless" look. Keep fine lines to a minimum by protecting skin early on from sun and environmental damage with a solid sunscreen, and regularly using a product formulated with antioxidant ingredients like GABA, Peptides and Retinol. Cutting out bad habits (such as smoking and excessive drinking) and following an exercise plan can also help in the long run, and keep you looking great for an (unsettlingly) long time.

Dark Under-Eye Circles

In addition to imparting a very "undead" look, dark under-eye circles can add years to your appearance. To reduce them, apply a warm cloth or eye mask for several minutes to your eye area and follow with an application of moisturizer specifically formulated to hydrate the sensitive skin around the eyes. And quit stomping around the cemetery at all hours---get at least 8 hours a sleep a night to further reduce circles.

For more help with these "monstrous" problems and more, read the MenScience newsletter Seriously Scary Skincare.

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Air Travel Tips for Men on the Go

The start of the holiday season is just around the corner, and with it comes the onslaught of holiday travel. While it seems to be an unavoidable evil of the season, there are some things men can do to make it through in one piece. MSNBC.com has a great set of tips for surviving the worst that's thrown at you at the airport: lost luggage, overbooked flights and even delays. Here's more tips we've come up with so you look (and feel) your best while you travel:

1. Take along your own water bottle and drink frequently during the flight to keep your body (and skin) hydrated.

2. Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated beverages, as they can deplete moisture supplies and leave you feeling wired, tired or worse yet, hung over.

3. Head to the restroom every hour or so to splash some lukewarm water on your face: it wakes skin up and gets blood flowing in your legs and feet.

4. Pack a travel-size moisturizer in your carry-on and use whenever your skin feels dry.

5. Nasal passageways are easily dried out by airplane air, so take along an over-the-counter nose spray to diminish congestion.

6. Reduce tightness around your eyes by rubbing in a hydrating, nutrient-rich cream like eye cream and using eye drops to diminish their bloodshot appearance.

7. Try to get as much sleep as you can on the plane.

8. After you arrive at your destination, take a warm shower or bath as soon as possible.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Give MenScience Your Opinion and Win an Advanced Shave Kit

If you've visited the MenScience company website, you know that we're constantly researching new areas of men's health every day to provide effective products and information. And while a lot of that is done in labs and clinical environments by health professionals, we're also gathering information from all sorts of men in more informal ways....like through our monthly MenScience contest.

Every month, we reveal a new set of questions focusing on a specific aspect of men's skincare, grooming, nutrition or health, and we always get an overwhelming response. We use these results in a variety of ways: everything from providing you with interesting statistics, to creating monthly newsletters, to choosing what types of products to release next. And every month, we choose one lucky winner to receive a free Advanced Shave Kit!

It's a win-win situation. Check out this month's contest at www.menscience.com for your chance to provide us with opinions on what guys really want...and win a sweet prize!

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Discover Men's Skin Types to Get the Best Skin Care

Although more and more men are becoming better informed about how to take care of their skin, some of us are still left in the dark when it comes to choosing the best products. (Hey, this is something even the ladies get wrong from time to time). Most products target several men's skin types: oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, acne-prone skin and combination skin. Discovering what type of skin you have is the first step towards getting the most effective products, and not just wasting your time (or money!):

1. Oily skin: Feels slightly greasy or slick to the touch, with larger pores. It is usually more prone to blackheads and whiteheads. Look for products that are ultralight and oil-free, and exfoliating items that will remove oil and dirt.

2. Dry skin: Often feels tight and itchy and is more prone to irritations. Look for products that contain hydrating ingredients like Aloe, Urea and Allantoin, and pay special attention to moisturizers.

3. Sensitive skin: Easily irritated by skincare or shaving products or extreme weather conditions. Look for products that do not contain dyes, fragrances or irritants and are specially formulated for sensitive skin.

4. Normal skin: If haven't had any reoccurring skin problems such as shininess, acne or irritated skin, you probably have normal skin. Unless a product states otherwise, most skincare items can be used by men with normal skin.

5. Combination skin: Most men fall into this category, having dry patches and oily patches on their face at the same time (oily patches often fall in the "T-Zone": your forehead and down your nose to your chin). Look for products that gently clean skin without harsh abrasives and moisturizers that are ultralight.

6. Acne-prone skin: Can partner with oily skin, but is also a factor with people with dry skin. This type tends to breakout frequently with pimples, blackheads or whiteheads. Look for products that are noncomedgenic (not pore-clogging) and contain ingredients like benzoyl peroxide.

For more tips on what products can help you look your best, read How To: Choose The Right Products.

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

New Book Raises Controversy About The Way We Think of Diet and Nutrition

If you've ever browsed the health aisle of a bookstore, you have a pretty good idea of the huge amount of information available covering almost every facet of health, eating and nutrition. More and more of these books are published everyday, pushing new ideas about nutrition to the forefront, and causing yesterday's advice to fade into the background.

With all this "nutritional help" available, why are men still dealing with a growing weight problem?

Gary Taubes proposes to shed a different light on the answer in his new book, Good Calories, Bad Calories. Although the book has caused plenty of eyebrows to lift by heaping even more blame on carbs for increased weight problems and revealing that the "obesity" crisis actually comes down to a small increase of body mass index, Taubes's main point seems to be that our ideas of nutrition and weight gain are based on scientific information that has not been thoroughly tested or proven, and has simply been accepted by us as "fact."

Taubes is getting plenty of heat for his strong views (some say he tends to omit contradictory health studies of the past), and he's gained plenty of attention for this new approach to nutrition (he's been featured in Men's Journal, ABC News, and the New York Times last month alone).

But what do you think about Taubes's concept? Is there anything wrong with re-thinking the facts of nutrition? Or is it just another book to add to the growing mountain of literature offering yet another "health fix" for the average man?

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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Repairing Men's Sports-Related Problems: Body Odor, Athlete's Foot, Bacne, Sunburn and Brittle Hair

Sports are the perfect way for men to get in shape and have a good time doing it. But with greater exercise often comes greater challenges to your skin and body, and we're not just talking about sore muscles here. Here's some tips for eliminating problems without sacrificing your fitness routine:

Facial Acne: Exercise and sweat can lead to acne breakouts, as grime accumulates in blocked pores. But you can prevent reoccurring acne by keeping skin clean, without overwashing, and applying a daily application of an acne treatment product that contains benzoyl peroxide.

Back Acne (Bacne): Shower as soon you're done working out and cleanse skin with a gentle liquid cleanser. Regularly exfoliate skin to keep pores clear and remove deep-down grime. Keep hair from hanging on your shoulders and back, and wear exercise clothes that whisk sweat from skin's surface.

Body Odor: You can't have exercise without B.O., but you can control it by washing as soon as you're finished exercising and using a deodorant that doesn't just mask odors with a heavy scent, but rather targets and neutralizes bacteria.

Sunburn: A match on the courts is a great way to stay in shape, but forget to slap on sunscreen and you're sprinting towards a world of pain (and future ages spots and wrinkles). Men require a sunscreen that provides broad-spectrum protection against UVA/UVB rays and won't wash away with sweat. Choose one that provides maximum protection of at least SPF 30.

Athlete's Foot: Caused by moist conditions and friction in your shoe, athlete's foot is an irritating problem that affects many guys. Keep feet as clean and dry as you can by washing your feet with a cleanser that contains antibacterial ingredients and drying them thoroughly after exercising.

Damaged hair: Swim for long enough and you'll develop sculpted waist, arms and legs...and brittle hair?! Rinse hair with fresh water before taking a dip (this will cut down on the amount of chlorinated/saltwater absorbed) and immediately after. Wash hair with a gentle shampoo to rebalance moisture levels and protect follicles, and wear a swim cap if you swim regularly.

Are there any sports-related problems that we missed? Let us know if we've got all the bases covered.

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Friday, October 05, 2007

Get Fit By Eating Well

Staying fit and losing some pounds can be a daunting task for men. Because of this, MenScience has prepared a set of no-nonsense tips that will have you looking good and feeling great.

1. Try eating several small meals throughout the day. This controls appetite and keeps your metabolism going.

2. Don't starve and then binge. Skipping meals could end up promoting more fat storage and lowering your metabolism due to fluctuating insulin and blood sugar levels.

3. Set regular mealtimes and stick with them. Once your body comes to expect a meal at the same time everyday, it's easier to avoid sudden cravings and snack attacks.

4. When hunger strikes, make sure you've got some healthy snack options available to you (this is a great way to get in your 5-9 servings a day of fruits and vegetables).

5. Protein is more filling than simple carbohydrates and has fewer calories, so be sure to include fish, lean beef and pork, white-meat poultry, eggs, nuts and beans in your diet.

6. Reduce serving sizes and eat a wider variety of food. Don't deny yourself your favorite foods...just consume them in moderation.

7. Avoid drinks that contain calories and stick to water instead. Many men don't realize that beverages are often loaded with empty calories and don't accommodate for them with their meals.

8. One simple way to avoid packing on calories is to use more spices in your food and less condiments like mayonnaise, butter and sour cream.

9. Eat slowly so your body gets a chance to register the food and you won't end up eating more than you should. Eat until you feel satisfied; not stuffed.

Check out more tips on weight management in the Tips & Advice section on www.menscience.com.

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