HAIR AND SKIN CARE ROUTINE FOR MEN

THIS TIME I AM GOING TO SHINE A LIGHT ON THE IMPORTANCE OF MEN’S GROOMING. OVER THE PAST YEARS I HAVE SEEN HOW GUYS HAVE INCREASINGLY BECOME MORE OPEN TO USING HAIR AND SKIN CARE PRODUCTS THAT FOCUS ON GOOD INGREDIENTS IN ORDER TO HAVE BETTER HAIR AND PERHAPS SLOW DOWN THE AGING PROCESS, PLUS HERE AT TΛVI, WE LIKE TO KEEP THINGS GENDER FLUID.

THE IDEA OF STAYING YOUNG IS SOMETHING I’VE ALWAYS BEING INTERESTED IN, SO TAKING CARE OF MY SELF IT IS SOMETHING I APPROACH VERY SERIOUS. I AM TURNING 38 THIS SUMMER, AND I ALREADY SEE A FEW MORE WRINKLES AROUND MY EYES AND HAIR IS BECOMING A LITTLE BIT LESS DENSE. GENETICS PLAY A HUGE PART OF HOW WE AGE BUT THERE ALSO THINGS THAT WE CAN DO PREVENT AND SLOW THINGS DOWN A TOUCH.

A HUGE PART OF MY JOB IS TO UNDERSTAND HOW INGREDIENTS WORK; I SPEND HOURS AND HOURS DOING RESEARCH AND COMING UP WITH TECHNIQUES THAT CAN HELP ME AND MY CLIENTS GET THE MOST BENEFITS OF SHAMPOOS, CONDITIONERS, AND FACE CREAMS. I RECENTLY CREATED A GUIDE ON WHAT PRODUCTS TO USE AND WHY YOU SHOULD BE GIVING THEM A SHOT.

LET'S BEGIN WITH ΛLOE VERDE LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER, I WROTE ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF PRECONDITIONING YOUR HAIR BEFORE YOU TAKE SHOWER, YES, YOU HEARD ME RIGHT, SPRAYING YOUR HAIR WITH A CONDITIONING SPRAY BEFORE JUMPING IN THE SHOWER WILL SATURATE THE FIBERS OF YOUR HAIR WITH GOOD NUTRIENTS AND WILL PREVENT THE HEAVY MINERALS FROM THE WATER BE THE FIRST THING YOUR HAIR SUCKS IN. I TYPICALLY DO THIS TWICE A WEEK, AND I DO IT THE DAYS THAT I USE A FACE CLAY MASK.

SPEAKING OF CLAY MASK, I AM OBSESSED WITH THE MATCHA GREEN CLAY MASQUE FROM GLOW RECIPE; I LOVE THE IDEA OF EARTHY INGREDIENTS SUCH AS CLAY PULLING OUT ALL TYPES OF IMPURITIES FROM MY SKIN, PLUS MATCHA GREEN TEA IS FULL OF ANTIOXIDANTS WHICH ARE ESSENTIAL TO KEEP US LOOKING YOUNG.

I WAS RECENTLY INTRODUCED TO THIS CALIFORNIA SUPER FOOD BRAND YT "YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE," A SKIN CARE COMPANY WITH SIMILAR VALUES TO TΛVI. EVER SINCE I HAVE BEEN USING YT CLEANSER WITH KALE, GREEN TEA, SPINACH AND VITAMINS I LOVE THE WAY IT MAKES MY SKIN FEEL. I STILL GET THE CLEAN SENSATION WITHOUT THE DRYING EFFECTS OF A TRADITIONAL CLEANSER. THEIR PACKAGING IS MADE OUT OF GLASS (TOTALLY SUPER COOL) BUT DO BE CAREFUL WITH HAVING IT IN THE SHOWER.

LET'S TALK ABOUT TONERS. WHAT ARE THEY? WHAT DO THEY DO? WELL, THEY ARE DESIGNED TO CLEANSE, HYDRATE AND SHRINK THE APPEARANCE OF YOUR PORES, THINK ABOUT IT AS IF IS A FILTER THAT WILL MAKE YOUR SKIN LOOK SMOOTHER. WHAMISA BY GLOW STUDIO, IS A KOREAN BRAND I HAVE BEEN USING FOR THE LAST SIX MONTHS AND I HAVE TO SAY THAT NOT ONLY MY SKIN HAS BECOME SMOTHER BUT IT ALSO HELPED WITH MY HYPERPIGMENTATION. MADE WITH GREEN TEA, KALE, BROCCOLI, AND HYALURONIC ACID. I TYPICALLY USE THIS PRODUCT RIGHT AFTER I SHOWER OR WASH MY FACE.

FACE PLACE, IT'S ALSO A LOS ANGELES BASED BRAND ESTABLISHED BY TWO DEAR FRIENDS, AND I HAVE BEEN LUCKY ENOUGH TO EXPERIENCE THEIR FACIALS. IF YOU ARE IN THE LA METRO AREA OR PLAN TO VISIT, MAKE SURE YOU BOOK YOUR SELF A GALVANIZED TREATMENT, MY FAVORITE. THEY ALSO MAKE A FACE SERUM THAT I SWEAR BY IT. MADE WITH PLANT STEM CELLS AND PEPTIDES, THIS PRODUCT COMES SUPER HANDY AFTER SPENDING 6 HOURS ON A PLANE. THE TWO MAIN INGREDIENTS ON THIS SERUM ARE GINKO BILOBA AND OLIVE EXTRACT.

FACIAL OILS HAVE BECOME HUGE IN THE SKIN CARE WORLD, AND I RECENTLY STARTED USING KIEHL'S CANNABIS SATIVA SEED OIL, NOT ONLY DOES IT SMELL AMAZING, BUT IT HAS HELPED TREMENDOUSLY WITH ANY REDNESS OR HYPERPIGMENTATION OF MY FOREHEAD. YOU PROBABLY KNOW BY NOW THAT I AM SUPERCONSCIOUS ABOUT IT. I DON'T LIKE THE PIGMENT OF MY SKIN TO BE UNEVEN, SO I AM ALWAYS ON THE HUNT FOR PRODUCTS THAT CAN HELP REDUCE OR GET RID OF IT COMPLETELY. WEIRDLY ENOUGH, SINCE I STARTED USING OILS, I ALSO NOTICED HOW BALANCE THE OIL PRODUCTION OF MY ENTIRE FACE IS, RATHER THAN JUST HAVING IT IN AREAS LIKE THE FAMOUS “T” ZONE.

ALMOST THERE, TRUST ME, YOU WANT TO KEEP READING. THE MAJORITY OF GUYS DONT THINK IS NECCESARY TO MOISTURIZE THEIR FACE. KIEHL'S RECENTLY INTRODUCED A CALENDULA SERUM-INFUSED WATER CREAM, AND I WAS A LITTLE SKEPTICAL ABOUT IT WHEN I WAS INTRODUCED TO IT, BUT LET ME TELL YOU, GAME CHANGER AND PERFECT FOR MEN WHO SHAVED WITH A RAZOR AS CALENDULA IS KNOWN TO SOOTHE AND REDUCE REDNESS AND IRRITATED SKIN. THE SMELL IS VERY MINIMAL AND IS EASY TO APPLY. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS CREAM FOR THE GUY WHO WANTS SOMETHING THAT DOESN'T LIKE THE FEEL OF A HEAVY CREAM OR OVERLY SCENTED.

I KNOW WHAT YOU ARE THINKING, TOO MANY PRODUCTS VERY LITTLE TIME! AND, YES, I AGREED, BUT YOUR HAIR AND FACE DESERVE THE PROPER CARE OUT THERE, BECAUSE THERE IS NOTHING MORE ATTRACTIVE THAN A WELL GROOMED GUY (NOT OVERLY) BUT WELL.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST, HAIR OILS, PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST COMMON MISTAKES GUYS CAN MAKE IS TO NOT PROPERLY MOISTURIZE THEIR HAIR.

I OFTEN HEAR THEM TALKING ABOUT HOW UNRULY THEIR HAIR CAN BE, AND PART OF THE REASON IS THAT THE HAIR IS LACKING MOISTURE. WHEN I DESIGNED LISO D'ARGAN, I WANTED A DRY OIL, THAT CAN BE USE DAILY. I TYPICALLY APPLY A FEW DROPS OF THIS MAGICAL ARGAN SERUM TO MY HAIR TWICE A DAY, BEFORE I LEAVE MY HOUSE AND BEFORE I GO TO BED. I HAVE SEEN HOW HEALTHIER, STRONGER, AND LONG MY HAIR HAS BECOME SINCE I STARTED DOING IT. WELL, THAT’S IT, WE ARE DONE, NOW GO AHEAD AND TAKE CARE OF YOUR HAIR AND SKIN. I GUARANTEE YOU LOTS OF PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE CHECKING YOU OUT.

*PLEASE BE MINDFUL OF ANY ALLERGIES YOU MIGHT HAVE BEFORE FOLLOWING ANY HAIR AND SKIN ROUTINE. STAY HEALTHY, MY FRIENDS.

-OCTAVIO MOLINA