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Male Cosmetics Has Been Rising In Popularity, But It’s Really Nothing New 

Male cosmetics were previously thought to be exclusively for rock stars and punk individuals looking to rebel against their parents. As we’ve grown into the 21st century more and more, however, the beauty space has grown immensely, and the lines between gender and who can acceptably wear make up began to dissipate. 

Men in makeup is also nothing new, according to Dr Alun Withey, who claims that men initially began wearing makeup products back in the 1750s!

“The 18th century is actually the beginning of the market for men’s cosmetics that we see today. Back then there was a new focus on refining the body, so personal grooming became extremely important for everyone.”

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Back in the 18th century, however, men and women alike didn’t have access to the information and ingredients that modern cosmetic products contain. In fact, Withey claims that musca fly, hog’s gall, and donkey genitals all were key ingredients in 18th century cosmetic treatments. For men, these ingredients were used as a means of soothing redness after shaving, or to thicken their hair. 

Within the last six months of 2020, a major cosmetic retailer claimed that they saw a 300% growth in men’s skincare when compared to the stats in 2019. Euromonitor projected that the male makeup industry alone could be a $49 billion industry based on how large the makeup and cosmetics sectors of our economy is currently. 

Today, it’s completely normal for men to be the faces of major makeup brands and movements. However, back in the 1700’s male makeup was less about artistry and more about economics, according to Withey.

“There wasn’t a ‘movement’ as such, so no celebrity advocated. It was more that men, and I think we’re talking about the middle class and elite men, had greater choice and opportunity to buy these things.”

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Withey continued to explain that “before this period, men’s use of cosmetics was frowned upon because of its associative use with women. Satires depicted ‘macaronis’ or ‘fops’ who were sometimes described as using perfume, and the practice carried suspicions of effeminacy.”

In fact, Withey claims that the introduction of shaving is what really brought male cosmetics to the mainstream back in the 18th century. “Shaving was an inherently masculine act, so shaving products were perhaps an acceptable outlet for men to use ‘product.’ It was after 1750 that men began to shave themselves instead of visiting a barber. For men, shaving became very important in meeting new ideals of the ‘polite’ male body.”

The ingredients from the 18th century cosmetics world, however, was anything but glamorous.  “Donkey genitals were burnt to a powder, mixed with other ingredients and applied to the [shaving] rash. Odd as that might seem to modern eyes, the use of animal products in remedies was completely normal at the time,” says Withey.

Historians and scientists are currently both looking into if there’s any actual scientific evidence that these old-school treatments actually worked for what they were intended for. Regardless, Whitley believes that with the introduction of these products brought on an era of men wanting to present themselves as clean, which indirectly led to what we see now in terms of male cosmetics.

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Taking Care Of Your Skin During Quarantine

The Covid-19 pandemic has definitely caused a lot of stress for everyone. Between working from home, taking care of the family, staying healthy, active, and relaxed, there’s no way not to get overwhelmed. One of the parts of self-care that many individuals are forgetting about is taking care of our skin. In times of uncertainty and panic especially, our skin is more susceptible to inflammation, wrinkles, acne, and general damage. 

Studies have also shown that increased exposure to blue light emitted from laptops or cell phones can also dramatically alter our skin’s condition, especially if we’re not getting any sun exposure as well. So what can you do to ensure that your skin is staying just as healthy as you are during this pandemic?

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First, make sure you’re still sticking to a daily routine everyday and maintaining healthy eating/drinking habits. You should be drinking at least 64 ounces of water everyday, and eating a serving of fruits and vegetables as well. Remember, orange foods like carrots or oranges are great for the skin. 

Sticking to a routine is much less stressful than waking up everyday blind to what you’re going to need to get done by the end of the day. Stress is one of the leading causes of acne, inflammation, and any other kind of negative skin condition. It’s important to implement things into your everyday schedule that keep you relaxed and separated from all things work, family, and coronavirus. 

As previously mentioned, drinking water and hydration in general is extremely important in terms of skin care. However, when you drink water, it actually hydrates your skin last, and takes care of the rest of your body’s organs first, so you have to make sure your skin is getting all of the hydration it needs. One of the best ways to do this is with a simple sheet mask. 

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Many face masks are great for relaxing and improving skin conditions like pimples or scarring, however, in terms of hydration, sheet masks really are the best bet. Doing a sheet mask every three to four days will keep your skin glowing and hydrated, while also giving you an excuse to disengage from the world for 30 minutes. 

Even though we’re spending an excessive amount of time indoors, it’s imperative that you continue your daily skin care routines and are putting on an SPF every morning. So many individuals think that just because a SPF’s main purpose is to protect our skin from sun damage that we don’t have to put it on now that we’re all stuck inside. This couldn’t be more false. 

SPF in general helps improve skin conditions like hyper-pigmentation, inflammation, acne, acne scarring, etc. Beyond that, SPF’s have amazing anti-aging properties, and if you’re younger, using an SPF daily will help prevent premature aging. 

Along those same lines, your skin does actually need sun exposure. The sun provides extremely beneficial vitamins for our skin, assuming that you’re wearing sunscreen/SPF. So make sure you’re getting outside at least once a day for 30 minutes if the weather permits it. Your skin will not only thank you, but your mental health as well.

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New Research Reveals Blood Proteins Could Hold The Key To Staying Youthful

New research by experts at Stanford University in California has revealed that the proteins in our blood could hold vital secrets to helping people to turn back the clock and stay young.

Scientists have uncovered three ‘waves of change’ that occur within our blood as the ageing process takes place and now it is entirely possible to determine an individual’s age simply from their blood sample. In fact, evidence has already shown that younger blood has had a rejuvenating effect on younger animals, suggesting that in the future, blood proteins could be used as part of anti-ageing treatments in humans.

These treatments are likely to be some way off, so what can we do in the meantime to help keep the ageing clock at bay? At 72, this is Stella Ralfini’s reality thanks to the power of nature and what it she has to offer. The author of Sensual Sourcery does not believe in wasting hundreds of pounds on high street beauty products that we all know are filled with preservatives and chemicals.

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“The claims of big brands are nothing compared to what fruits, vegetables and essential oils can offer our bodies, inside and out,” she says. Stella is keen to share some of her best anti-aging recipes using only produce derived from nature that are guaranteed to give amazing life-changing results.

Her anise wrinkle busting skin tonic is excellent for targeting wrinkles. The recipe includes the use of fenugreek, an amazing herb which is packed with minerals, rich in folic acid, vitamin B6, A, C and niacin, a nutrient essential for the human body. The anise itself has antiseptic, antibacterial properties and protects against outbreaks, not unusual on older skin. All you need is a bottle of rose water, one star anise, half a teaspoon of fenugreek powder and 2 drops of rose, geranium and frankincense oil to help deal with wrinkles further and soothe the skin. This beautiful skin tonic is a great way to bust wrinkles when used either straight from the bottle on a piece of cotton wool, or sprayed directly onto the skin from a spray bottle.

We all know that eliminating wrinkles and dark circles under the eyes can be difficult, however with repetition and dedication using the below recipes, you will be able to see results. One recipe Stella swears by involves mixing half a tsp of ginger powder, which helps with blood flow, into half a tsp of honey, a brilliant natural moisturizer. Massage this mixture into the trouble area below your eyes and leave on for 20 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.

A second remedy for the under eye area involves yogurt and parsley, the latter of which contains beta-carotene, vitamin C, folic acid and minerals to even out skin tone and prevent wrinkles. My grandmother swore by this recipe to get rid of dark circles, making it a very special recipe to me. All you need to do is crush some parsley leaves and mix into a tablespoon of plain yogurt. Apply the mixture and wait 10 minutes before washing off with cool water.

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Pineapple is a magic ingredient for anti-aging as it is packed with vitamin C and powerful antioxidants that stimulate skin and the immune system. This recipe is made up of four simple ingredients that, if used regularly, will work together for a powerful face lift and visibly tighter skin! All you need is ¼ cup of pineapple juice, 1 teaspoon of coconut milk, 3 drops of lavender oil for problem skin (or geranium oil) and half teaspoon of baking soda. Blend the pineapple juice and coconut milk together before adding the oil and baking soda to the mixture. This is enough for three treatments to be used for three days in a row.

Dab your clean fingers into pineapple mix and apply to your face and neck in small circular movements before leaving to dry and repeating twice more.When finished, rinse off with warm water then dab face with rose water to tone. The following day/evening, the recipe will be even better as the enzymes in the pineapple will have further fused into the other ingredients to add extra zest to your mixture!

Strawberries are a fantastic ingredient for anti-aging as they are rich in vitamin C, giving the skin an added glow. This recipe is also great for any discoloration you may be suffering from. All you need for this simple mask is ¼ cup of mashed strawberries, 1 tablespoon of single cream, 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and 4 drops of carrot seed oil. Blend all the ingredients together, smooth over face and leave on for 20 minutes before washing off with warm water. This mask is incredibly simple to make, smells delicious and is a fraction of the price of packaged store bought ones.