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Hair mousse is a hair styling product that is dispensed in an aerosol foam spray. It adds volume to hair and often provides both conditioning and hold. One of the lighter weight hair styling products, hair mousse is applied to wet hair before drying and styling. It may also be referred to as styling foam.
This versatile styling product is a popular choice for both short and long hairstyles. When applied to wet hair that is allowed to air dry, the hair is often left with a wet look that can be crunchy feeling, but unlike hair gel, hair mousse combs out easily for a softer look. When applied to wet hair that is dried with a hair dryer, this product provides additional volume and hold.
There are hundreds of brands of hair mousse, from professional to store brands, many delivering a quality styling product. Certain brands contain alcohol, which is fine for most hair types except dry. For dry hair, look for brands that contains natural conditioners and vitamins, but no alcohol. You might also consider checking hair mousse and other styling products for ultra-violet sun protection.
One way to determine quality hair mousse is by its expansion when dispersed into your palm. If it barely expands into its foam state, but rather remains mostly liquid, try a different brand. You should be able to dispense the product into your palm and have it expand from silver dollar size to about egg size. Quality mousse not only expands well, but is easy to easy to distribute throughout your hair.
Use this product to give your hair volume, control frizz and flyaway, and to provide moderate styling control. If you are looking for strong hold to create molded or sculpted hairstyles, consider using hair gel, pomade, or wax instead. Additionally, if you are extremely conscious of aerosol dispensers and their effect on the environment, you can find lightweight, non-aerosol spray gels for styling that hold as well as hair mousse. Experiment with different brands and you will most likely find one to be a staple favorite.
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Exfoliation removes dead skin and dirt, keeping your skin cleaner and healthier. Doing it regularly can create glowing, smooth skin, but if you do it too much, your skin can be damaged. How often you should exfoliate depends on a number of factors, including what exfoliant you use, your skin type, and your general skin health.
As a general rule, the softer an exfoliant is, the more often you can use it. Some scrubs are so gentle that you can use them on a daily basis; many scrubs designed for the face, for example, are soft enough for daily use. Coarse scrubs which are extremely grainy should be used no more than once a week, while scrubs which fall somewhere in between can be used two to three days a week. Salt scrubs tend to be the most coarse, while sugar and plant fiber scrubs are much gentler.
If you have oily skin, you can generally exfoliate two to three days a week without any ill effects. Obviously, you should skip it if your skin feels sensitive or irritated, or if it looks red and flaky. People with more dry, delicate skin should exfoliate one to two times a week, ideally with a gentle scrub which will not irritate their skin.
If you're not sure about whether or not a particular product works for you, test it on your inner elbow, where the skin is especially tender. If the scrub causes irritation, it indicates that it may not be a good choice. If no irritation is experienced, you can safely use that product on a regular basis.
Your skin health also plays a factor in how often you should exfoliate. If you suffer from eczema or other skin conditions, you may want to ease back on your exfoliation schedule, especially if your doctor recommends the use of gentle skin care products only. If you've recently been sunburned, you should also avoid exfoliating until the sunburn starts to peel, because you don't want to pull new skin off while it is trying to heal.
When you exfoliate, less is more. Use only a small amount of exfoliant and take the time to really scour your skin; if you take a large dollop, the product will grind against itself more than your skin, and you will not receive any benefit. After exfoliating, always apply a layer of moisturizer to keep your skin healthy, supple, and moist.
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The best sugar exfoliator uses raw, organic sugar cane as a base ingredient, combined with natural oils and minerals. This type of product is designed to rejuvenate skin by removing dirt and grime from the surface while improving the appearance of pores. It also contains anti-inflammatory properties that make it an ideal treatment for mild skin rashes and irritations that leave red, itchy patches that cause discomfort. Individuals who are sensitive to fragrance should avoid purchasing products that contain additional perfume and fragrance oils. This product is easy to use, and can be lathered onto skin and scrubbed in vigorously during a bath or shower.
A sugar exfoliator uses glycolic acid, a naturally occurring chemical found in sugar cane, to scrub excess dirt and dead skin cells from the body. It also naturally reduces the appearance of pores and improves skin's elasticity — a quality which tends to fade with age. The sugar used as the base in the exfoliator should be both organic and raw. This type of cane produces a large exfoliating crystal that is non-abrasive and nourishing to the skin. Smaller crystals can tear at and damage more sensitive skin, and occasionally causes allergic reactions if the scrubbing crystals begin to clog pores.
A good sugar exfoliator will also contain additional moisturizing minerals and oils. Ingredients, such as almond oil and jojoba oil, can soften skin following the scrubbing process, and prevent it from drying out. Almond oil is recommended by some dermatologists to combat the inflammation and itching sensation associated with overly dry skin. Jojoba oil will not evaporate from the surface of the skin like water based moisturizers, and creates a protective barrier that locks moisture into skin cells and promotes healing simultaneously. Other common exfoliator additives include green tea extract, safflower oil, sunflower seed oil, and natural fruit extracts.
This type of product is generally recommended as a topical treatment designed to improve the appearance of skin and soothe irritated, dry patches that may have become damaged from a skin condition or overexposure to the sun. Those individuals with allergies to fragrance may benefit from purchasing a sugar exfoliator that is free from dyes and perfumes. Most product labels will include perfume in the list of ingredients to help consumers avoid purchasing items that can harm them. The raw sugars, almond oils, and jojoba oils found in some scrubs are naturally anti-inflammatory and have no fragrance.
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An exfoliating wash is a dual-purpose toiletry product that simultaneously cleanses and smooths skin by scrubbing away dead skin cells. They are available for both men and women and are usually divided into versions meant for use on the body and gentler versions intended specifically for use on the face. There are a multitude of exfoliating wash formulas, which can be designed to suit a variety of skin types. Some exfoliating washes rely on solid particles to remove dead skin while others use chemical components.
It is possible that an exfoliating wash designed for the body is also sufficient for use on the face, but generally there are some differences between the two. An exfoliating body wash might employ larger, coarser exfoliating particles, which can be anything from tiny round beads to more jagged crushed nuts or salts. The cleansing and moisturizing ingredients may also not be gentle or light enough for use on the face, which is unsurprising since many people use different cleansers and moisturizers for their faces than they do for their bodies.
Using an exfoliating wash can help clear up multiple skin complaints. While some people find that exfoliating every day is too rough for their skin, using an exfoliating wash a couple of times a week will slough away any dead skin cells lingering on the surface that inhibit the fresh, bright skin underneath from shining through. Not only can these exfoliating washes brighten skin, they can also help prevent breakouts caused by dead skin cells that clog pores by trapping dirt or oil inside. Additionally, some types of exfoliating washes include moisturizing ingredients to not only cleanse and smooth, but hydrate as well.
Many exfoliating washes use solid particles suspended in cleansing soaps to scrub away dead skin cells, but some versions also use chemical exfoliators such as glycolic acid. Glycolic acid appears in very low concentrations in exfoliating washes, but can still cause irritation to people with sensitive skin. Using an exfoliating wash with glycolic acid will cause a chemical reaction that peels away the upper layer of dead skin cells and reveals the fresh, smooth skin below.
It is common to find exfoliating washes that are marketed specifically for men or specifically for women, but there is usually little difference besides the fragrance. Typically, scents targeted toward women are fruity or floral, and scents targeted toward men are clean or nature-inspired. Generally, the intention of an exfoliating wash for men is the same as an exfoliating wash for women, and the ingredients can also be essentially the same.
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Choosing whether to shave with shaving cream or shaving soap is mostly a personal choice. The difference between the two is usually subtle and not of importance unless the shaver has sensitive skin or a sensitive nose. Most people start out with a cream because it is easiest to use and then graduate to soaps for a slightly slicker shave. Shaving cream from an aerosol can is rarely recommended by shaving enthusiasts, however, because of its poor quality and tendency to dry out and age skin over time.
Shaving creams found in aerosol cans are often inexpensive but of poor quality. They sometimes contain an excessive amount of chemicals that dry out a shaver’s skin. The cans do not always have a rust-proof bottom, leading to rust stains on the bathtub, near the sink, or wherever the can is set when wet. In addition, while aerosol cans no longer contain chemicals harmful to the environment, improperly disposing of the cans might injure landfill workers. The cans are under pressure in order to work, but accidentally puncturing the can or heating it beyond the recommended temperatures can cause it to explode.
Some people settle the shaving cream or shaving soap debate by choosing soap because of their sensitive skin. Shaving cream is sometimes heavily scented and has more chemicals than shavingsoap, especially if it comes from a can. Both scents and chemicals can irritate skin, which can influence a person to choose soap over cream. While shaving cream is more likely to irritate skin than shaving soap, every person’s skin is different.
Scent is an area that influences some people’s choice between shaving cream or shaving soap.Shaving creams are usually more scented than shaving soaps, so they may interfere with other scents. On the other hand, soaps are often unscented or subtly scented. A person who likes a strong scent may prefer using a shaving cream, but a person who prefers little to no scent might choose shaving soap. Of course, creams do not always have a stronger fragrance, nor do soaps always have little to no fragrance.
High-quality shaving cream or shaving soap is usually expensive. Moderately good-quality products are the middle ground and are typically more affordable to the average person. In addition to the shaving cream or shaving soap, the shaver needs at least one shaving brush with bristles dense enough to sufficiently lather the cream or soap.
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Shaving soap is soap that produces a substantial amount of foaming lather. The lather softens the coarse hair so that it can be removed easier. It also allows the razor to smoothly glide over the face and neck area, which decreases the possibility of getting nicked or cut. Shaving soap puts a barrier between the face and razor for added protection. This is a way to get an extremely close shave without irritation or bumps on the skin.
Even though there are a few brands of soap that offer excessive lather, they typically are not the same as shaving soap. Along with the extra lather, these other soaps only work to cleanse the skin. They can also take out moisture and dry the face. Glycerin or other moisturizers are normally added to soap that is used for shaving. It reduces the chances for skin irritations or dry scaly skin.
Bentonite clay is another important ingredient found in shaving soap. This clay works to exfoliate the skin, which means that it can reveal the newer skin that lies beneath the dead skin cells. It can also hold water within the skin for added moisture. Bentonite clay is used in clay baths and spa treatments and it is known for naturally removing toxins and impurities from the body. Although it does not have a sudsy or foaming consistency, it does offer a soft, slippery feel to the shaving soap.
Most soaps used for shaving have a pleasing fragrance but they are typically scented with essential oils or other types of naturally scented moisturizers. This is because shaving soap is mainly used to avoid any irritations to sensitive skin. Heavy perfumes and chemical cleansers can cause allergic reactions that result in rashes, skin irritations, and bumpy skin. Shaving soap is made with all-natural ingredients and using it can decrease the risk for an allergic reaction. These ingredients are good for the skin and they can produce softer, younger-looking skin.
Using the correct razor along with shaving soap is important when it comes to stopping things like razor burn, ingrown hairs, and bumps. A single-bladed razor is recommended for the closest and safest shave. Exfoliating and completely cleansing the skin before applying the soap also helps to reduce skin irritations. Applying soap using a shaving brush can increase the lather production and it can be mixed and then spread evenly all over the face and neck.
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There are many pros and cons to using designer cologne, and the duration and strength of the scent and the amount required to produce the scent are among the many pros. Making up some of the cons to using a designer cologne are the small quantities that are typically packaged, the inability to match the fragrance with other commercially produced product scents, such as deodorant, and perhaps the greatest con of all, price. The large number of designer cologne fragrances available make the choice between using the designer brand or a commercially produced cologne — for either a man or woman — a difficult choice without comparing the pros and cons of each.
Some of the pros to using a more expensive type of designer cologne begin with the duration of the scent as compared to a commercially produced version. The quality oils and fragrances used in the production of the designer cologne result in a scent that lasts far longer than most commercially available brands. This also rings true for the relatively small amount of the designer brand that is required to produce the same intensity of scent that the lesser versions are able to produce. Activated by body heat, the designer fragrance has the ability to become stronger as the body heat is increased from close contact or activities, such as dancing.
Designer cologne is commonly purchased in much smaller amounts than commercially produced colognes. This is often seen as a con to buying the designer version of a product. Often, a buyer will elect to purchase a lesser quality product simply because it can be purchased in a much larger quantity than the designer brand. Other cons to buying a designer fragrance are the often difficult ability to match the intense fragrance of a designer scent to that of a commercially produced antiperspirant or shampoo.
Price also plays an important role in the decision-making process. The cost of a designer cologne can often be several times that of a larger quantity of a commercially produced version. Often, a consumer will consider all of the other purchases that could be made if not for the designer fragrance purchase. This single con is the reason for many shoppers choosing to forgo the designer fragrance in lieu of a less-expensive brand. Many times, a savvy shopper is able to purchase a very similar knock-off fragrance at a greatly reduced cost, allowing a nearly identical cologne to be obtained for a fraction of the price.
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There is no right or wrong way to choose eau de toilette for men, since fragrance is really a matter of opinion. You should consider the price range of items to choose from as well as any skin reactions you've had in the past. Whether or not those issues will be of importance to you will primarily depend on your budget and whether or not you have sensitive skin.
The primary factor most people consider when choosing eau de toilette for men is the fragrance. Most have musky, masculine types of scent that men usually wear. Others may be a little softer, or richer. There is a wide range of option to choose from, so it might take some time to find just the right scent for you. The only way to determine which ones will work best is to try them out.
Many companies offer free samples to allow customers to try fragrances before purchasing. Make sure you put the sample on your skin, since scents can often smell different from the bottle than they will when they're actually on. This will also allow you to find out if you have any skin reactions to any particular product before you cover yourself with it. In addition, you will be able to tell how long the fragrance lasts, since some products may not be worth the cost if they disappear within an hour or less.
Another factor you should consider when choosing eau de toilette for men is whether or not you have a history of skin reactions. Those with sensitive skin should choose products that won't cause pain, redness, or other irritation. Unfortunately, there isn't a way to tell which products will cause an issue and which ones won't until you try them. If you are prone to reactions or skin sensitivity, place a small amount of the product you're using on one area of skin. Wait several minutes, or even hours, to see if any irritation occurs.
Price is another main concern when choosing eau de toilette for men for many people. There is a large price range when it comes to fragrances, so no matter what your budget is, there will probably be something for you. Choices will be limited if you are on a very tight budget, but there are still many department stores that carry nice products for very little money. Just come up with a price you would like to spend before shopping, and then keep it in mind before making a purchase.
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Choosing an eau de parfum for men is a very personal decision. It is especially difficult to do if you are choosing the parfum for someone else, but it takes some trial and error even to select a one for yourself. The best method is to decide on your budget and then visit a department store or fragrance outlet to experience some scents for yourself. After deciding on two or three fragrances, purchase samples and try out each for a few days to decide which you like best before buying a full sized bottle.
Eau de parfum is the strongest concentration of fragrance available, It has the highest percentage of essential oils in the formula — up to 40% concentrate. It is also the longest lasting and most expensive. With that in mind, consider your budget carefully. Smaller bottles of eau de parfummay fit into your budget, but if you replace them frequently, you can end up paying more than the cost of a larger sized bottle of fragrance.
All fragrances, whether an eau de parfum for men or a body splash for women, have three "notes" or stages to the scent. The first note is the initial impression of a fragrance, or how it smells immediately after you apply it. The second note occurs about 15 minutes later, usually somewhat subdued, but interacting with your own body chemistry. The final note, approximately 45 minutes after application, is the scent that lingers for three or four hours, depending on the concentration of the essential oils of the eau de parfum.
Visit a store that offers sample of eau de parfum for men. If you have a preference for a certain family of fragrances, like citrus or evergreen, don't hesitate to ask the store clerk for a recommendation. Write down the name of the fragrance on a sample card, called a blotter, and then apply the scent to the card. Smell it immediately for the first note and move onto another fragrance. Experience two or three other scents and then return to the fragrance for the second note. Keep the cards so that you can smell the final, or third note, later.
You may have to make several trips to the store, it can becomes more difficult for your nose to distinguish between scents after smelling three or four fragrances. It helps to sniff coffee beans, which are often available at the fragrance counter in between samples, as their scent neutralizes many other scents. Once you have decided on two or three fragrances that are pleasant, especially in the third note, purchase a sample size.
Try a fragrance for two or three days to find out how it interacts with your skin. The chemistry of your body and the scents from your natural oils will combine with an eau de parfum for men to create a unique scent. In some cases, the interaction is not pleasing, but that judgment is subjective and personal, so only the wearer can decide.
Keep in mind that a fragrance can also be combined with scented body products, like after shave and deodorant. Many companies offer a fragrance in multiple forms, so consider switching to an aftershave or body lotion with your favorite scent or, perhaps, using unscented products in addition to your eau de parfum. In any case, refrain from using multiple forms of the same cologne as this can produce an overwhelming scent.
The sense of smell is different for everyone, especially since a scent often triggers unique memories and associations. What can be appealing to one individual is replusive to another, either because of the actual scent or because of a mental reaction to it. If you are purchasing aneau de parfum for men as a gift, consider buying a sample collection of fragrances and a gift certificate for a full bottle of fragrance instead of choosing one yourself.
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