Did You Know That URBAN CAMO Is a Vegan and Cruelty-Free Concealer For Men?

Cruelty Free Makeup For Men

Our iconic URBAN CAMOUFLAGE® is the first concealer for men, available in multiple shades and popular among celebrities, models, professionals and regular guys since 2000. But did you know that our popular CAMO is also vegan, in that it doesn’t contain animal products AND has also never been tested on animals? Yes, MENAJI’s broad range of skin tone true concealers are winners ….. again!

The secret’s out. Now you know that your secret weapon to covering up blemishes, dark eye circles and redness is also better for the environment and helps minimize your carbon footprint.  As the best known brand of men’s undetectable cosmetics and problem-solving grooming products, MENAJI is proud to be a company which shares a commitment to saving animals as well as the planet.

Food for Thought.  Did you also know that Vegan + cruelty-free products don’t just save animals—they can help people, too. Since it takes tons of crops and water to raise farmed animals, a shift to less animal-intense consumption (across multiple sectors), can be very helpful as we all look to help protect the environment.

So what makes MENAJI Urban Camouflage® a winner?  Made from fruit and plant extracts, essential oils, and Vitamin E, our CAMO Concealer is formulated to withstand the higher oil production of men’s skin while remaining free of parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, lanolin, petrolatum, and phthalates. Simple and easy to use, you can create a flawless look while also maintaining healthy skin. When you shop for our CAMO Concealer, you can do so with added confidence of knowing that you are helping others and yourself – both inside and out, since it’s VEGAN and Cruelty Free!

Pollution vs Your Skin

Did you know that 90% of the world breathes polluted air and 80% of the planet drinks polluted water?

In a world with increasing environmental issues, extreme climate events and an aging population, it makes sense that anti-pollution skincare products such as masques, serums and moisturizers have quickly become so popular. Add to these concerns the growing challenge of healthy air quality and pollution in big cities, and you get the idea — your skin is under attack daily.   So how can you maintain healthy skin to look your best and defend yourself against today’s environmental pollutants?  Today’s “anti-pollution” targeted skin products may be the answer.  Which then begs the question, do they really work?

First, what is pollution? Pollution is defined as the physical assault of air borne particles, along with the sun’s rays which together, can cause topical skin problems, aging and irritation. However new research shows that the effect of these pollutants can be reduced with the use of topical and chemical sunscreens, and by putting moisture and healing properties back into your skin after exposure. For example, in the morning you can use SPF protection to ward off harmful rays before going outside as well as protecting your skin if you are in an environment that gets light in doors (e.g. air travel, sunlit offices) . Then at night you can slough off dirt, dead skin and other particles and use our serum and moisturizer to rehydrate thirsty skin. For some easy steps, see below for our suggestions.

Step 1: Avoid pollutants and harmful chemicals with cleansing

The first part to combating pollution is to use products that cleanse and protect your skin while avoiding dangerous chemicals, specifically petroleum and plastic based derivatives such as Parabens, Sulfates, and Phthalates. These can cause irritation and possibly lead to even more dangerous problems.

Our Face & Body Scrub is a good start, as it cleanses away oil, dirt and exfoliates dead skin. This advanced formula is specially made for men, using a natural and unique blend of certified organic lime peel oil, jojoba, ginseng, kelp, azulene and aloe. It helps clear clogged pores, scrub away dead and dull surface cells, and alleviates rough areas with vitamins and botanical components, keeping your skin healthy from the inside out. Free of added color and fragrance, our Scrub is a one step way to clean naturally and never tested on animals.

Step 2: Correct – restore what nature has stripped away

The next step is to improve your skin – adding back what time and nature have taken away either from stress, pollution, or lack of water and sleep. While you can’t really go back in time, it is possible to minimize wrinkles and rejuvenate damaged skin. Our Anti-Aging Eraser is made from a proprietary Green Apple Stem formula to help regenerate surface cells and erase fine lines by delivering collagen back to the source and enabling skin to hydrate. This proven anti-aging skincare formula uses the molecular structure of peptides to enhance the elasticity, strength and texture of your skin, reduce redness and age spots, and restore dryness from sun and weather damage. Use it at night before bed after washing your face.

Step 3: Protect – use barriers against environmental and sun damage

While it feels healthy to be in the sun, and it’s important to spend time outside, unfortunately the sun is the biggest cause of cancer, aging and environmental damage. Makeup products and creams that protect the skin from outdoor elements sun damage with at least an SPF 30 are the gold standard in skin care, especially for men who are more likely to get skin cancer because they generally don’t  wear sunscreen or cover their heads and bodies. Our new Power Hydrator PLUS is the first SPF 30 tinted moisturizer for men, with three natural skin tone shades that deliver a healthy suntanned look without any sunblock white residue. The lightweight lotion blends easily to even out complexion, smooth skin and minimize pores, with natural oils to lock in hydration. To reinforce the powerful barrier against the sun’s damaging UV rays, we use both zinc oxide and octinoxate. These tried and tested ingredients are the most effective protection against sun damage that exists on the market. Antioxidant enriched with these healthy ingredients, it is also non-irritant and non-allergenic, and a convenient all-in-one product for busy men.

Finally, don’t forget to protect your lips – where thinner labial skin is also prone to skin cancer. Our Lip Agent with SPF 15 protects, soothes and nourishes with vitamin E, sunflower, macadamia and jojoba oils without leaving a glossy or waxy appearance.  It’s non-shine look is preferred by many guys.

Minimizing the effects of pollution is an ongoing and complex issue, but hopefully these simple steps can lead to big changes in taking charge of your skin’s health and appearance.  In addition, you can ward off the effects of pollution both inside and out with a smart lifestyle – maintain a healthy diet, drink plenty of water, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep.

Dapper Confidential Highlights MËNAJI’S Power Hydrator Plus

With Winter finally behind us, many look forward to traveling during the upcoming warmer months. So here are a few travel tips plus what’s included in a well-stocked travel dopp kit according to Dapper Confidential who polled male frequent fliers for their must have products and it just so happens MËNAJI made the list!  FYI, most of our products are TSA approved so you can even bring them in your carry on.

Did you know that you should wear sunscreen on the plane? Not only is the sun stronger and more direct at higher altitudes but the indoor lightning can cause faster aging too. Plus on-board air conditioning dries out the skin, so definitely pack a moisturizer. Our Tinted Moisturizer for Men – Power Hydrator Plus is TSA approved and checks all the boxes. It provides SPF 30 protection plus all-day moisture with a natural tint to even out skin tone.

To avoid looking tired after a long flight and minimal sleep, pack our popular 911 Eye Gel which instantly cools the eye area and reduces the appearance of fine lines and puffiness. Also in a TSA approved size, our oil-free natural eye gel refreshes like a mini-ice pack due to the formula’s unique combination of chamomile, aloe, eyebright, allantoin, and wheat protein.

Finally, while the rest of you needs hydration, don’t forget that dry air can cause chapped lips, so check out our Lip Balm Agent which delivers rich botanical moisture and contains an SPF 15. Protect, soothe and nourish your lips with our non-waxy formula enriched with vitamin E, sunflower, macadamia and jojoba oils.

And remember to drink plenty of water, get up and stretch your legs hourly, and go easy on the caffeine and alcohol. Happy travels and enjoy the article!

 

 

SAVING FACE: Shaving Hacks for Guys

If you shave your face and/or body, hopefully these simple shaving hacks will make your life easier … and get you out the door feeling and looking great!

#1: Take your time. We know you’re busy and you do this often. But don’t rush. Make sure your razor is rinsed clean, dried and stored in a dry place not in the shower. This consistent practice ensures that the blade remains sharper longer. Make sure your skin is also clean prior to the shave. The use of a gentle non-comedogenic cleanser with antioxidants (ex. vitamins A & C) is recommended.

#2: No water? No problem. Our Clear Shave 3 in 1 Formula lets you shave anywhere, any time — since no water is needed. The clear gel delivers sculpted mustaches, beards and sideburns, clean necklines, head and body hair removal, etc. The easy glide botanical-based formula ensures healthy moisturized skin, eliminating redness and razor burn.  With a natural built-in botanical toner, it also helps prevent in-grown hairs.

#3: If you shave during the shower or right after –  the quicker the shave cream or gel is applied to a moist face, the more effective it will be in preventing razor burn and other potential shaving concerns. “Always remember that the razor is a sharp blade going across your face so, the more protection the better,”  explains Craig the Barber, Hollywood’s top groomer. (Visit him at www.craigthebarber.com.)

If you prefer a cream, Burke Avenue by Craig the Barber (https://www.burkeavenue.co)  – Moisturizing Shave Cream is formulated to use with water.

#4: Exfoliate twice a week.  Exfoliation means gently scrubbing off the top layer of dead skin. For men, exfoliating the cheeks, chin and upper lip is especially important, because it also gets rid of built up dirt, sweat, and ingrown hair. Exfoliating twice a week is a good way to clear pores and avoid the annoying and painful bumps and breakouts associated with shaving daily. But remember, exfoliating too much or too hard can make skin dry.

Our exfoliating Face & Body Scrub is made for men’s skin using a unique blend of organic lime peel oil, jojoba, ginseng, kelp, azulene and aloe.

#5: Spend money on a good razor. The fancy 5-blade razors cost more than the ones you use once and toss but are better quality and last longer. Don’t hit the razor against the edge of the sink as it scratches the blade, simply rinse it.

#5: Use short overlapping strokes with-the-grain.  “This allows for a smooth and close shave while reducing the number of times the razor touches the face; thereby creating the potential for less shaving irritation,” explains Craig the Barber.

#6: If you prefer to use water, be sure to finish your shave with cool water to aid in calming and tightening the skin.  Otherwise, if you use our Clear Shave gel, you’re all set as this formula works three ways — pre-shave, shave, and post shave given its natural properties.

#7: Heal and moisturize. We saved you a step…Multifunctional products like our Power Hydrator aftershave will not only save you time but your face! Made with powerful antioxidants and botanicals, it soothes and moisturizes your skin without the sting of alcohol-based aftershaves which dry out the skin.

#8: Got cuts? Use a styptic pen or even a natural formula lip balm in case of nicks and cuts. Our Lip Balm Agent contains mint and vitamin E to help soothe and cool the skin…along with your lips.

Happy shaving…

Winter Grooming Resolutions

We all know that resolutions are hard to keep after the first few weeks.  So, now that 2018 is in full swing, we wanted to share a few easy to accomplish fail-proof grooming resolutions to keep you on goal and get you through the cold, groggy days of Winter looking and feeling good. And remember: only three more months until Spring!

  1. Deep clean. Use a masque for smoother skin. Applied 10-15 minutes before getting in the shower twice a week, our Deep Cleansing Masque helps detoxify, nourish and energize skin, absorb oil, exfoliate and reduce pore size.Our specially formulated Masque addresses the 20% higher oil production in men’s skin that other clay and mud masks do not. It’s just a quick extra step a busy man can take to make sure his skin looks great and stays healthy.
  2. Get a better shave. Our Clear Shave 3 in 1 Formula let’s you shave anywhere, any time — since no water is needed. The clear gel delivers sculpted mustaches, beards and sideburns, clean necklines, head and body hair removal, etc. The easy glide botanical-based formula ensures healthy moisturized skin, eliminating redness and razor burn. As long as you have a sharp, clean razor, you’re all set.
  3. Fight sun damage and aging. Coupled with plenty of water, exercise and sleep to fight free radicals and environmental pollution, our Power Hydrator Plus is a convenient 3 in 1 product — water repellant, tinted moisturizer that contains a powerful sunscreen with SPF 30. It comes in three natural skin tone shades, so your skin has the healthy glow you want if haven’t seen the sun in a while.
  4. Take a vacation somewhere warm. If that’s not possible, check out our Sunless Tan Anti-Shine pressed powder to bronze up and look like you’re just back from vacation. Used on face and neck, this easy-to-use, long lasting product will give you a summer glow without the sun damage. Natural and vitamin based, it is a grooming essential for a healthy look in the Winter months.
  5. Give yourself a break. After a long day at work or on the road, don’t deprive yourself but be moderate with fatty foods, alcohol and sugar, and get to bed early. And be sure to apply our Anti-Aging Eraser before bed. Enhanced with peptides and collagen, it helps to rejuvenate the skin, minimize wrinkles, redness and weather damage, and enhance the skin’s elasticity, strength and texture. Sleep tight…warmer and sunnier days are ahead!

Movember Daily Men’s Health Tips

While November is a busy season for family, football, turkey and holiday celebrations, it has also become a time to raise awareness about men’s serious health issues such as heart disease, prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health. Commonly referred to as Movember, this month-long annual event is recognized by men growing moustaches and beards, started by the Movember Foundation (us.movember.com). MENAJI has been part of Movember since its beginning, and this year, in addition to supporting raising money, we’ve put together a month’s worth of healthy lifestyle tips to help you tackle some of these challenges. We hope the following ideas are helpful.

  1. Happy World Vegan Day. Studies show that a plant based diet is better for your heart and the planet. Veganism also includes animal-free products like our vegan CAMO Concealer which provides undetectable spot coverage for blemishes, breakouts, dark under eye circles, redness, and irritated skin.
  2. Stay hydrated inside and out. Sorry guys, coffee won’t cut it. You need six 8 oz cups of water daily. Hate water? Then add some fruit, lemon or mint. To help keep your skin healthy and hydrated, remember to moisturize too. Use our Power Hydrator AfterShave, to soothe your newly shaved face with powerful nutrients without the sting of alcohol-based aftershaves.
  3. Carnivore or herbivore or somewhere in between? Make sure you get an average of at least 80 grams of lean plant or animal protein daily. For an easy post workout boost, try protein powder mixed with ice, almond milk and fruit. Post workout shower, try our Deep Cleansing Masque to detoxify, nourish and energize your skin, absorb oil, exfoliate and reduce pore size.
  4. Exercise 60 minutes daily. Get off the couch and get to the gym or take a run. Your heart will thank you later.
  5. Feeling tired and depleted? Try a multivitamin, one specifically designed for men. For puffy eyes, try our 911 Eye Gel – it’s a miracle worker.
  6. Is it Friday yet? Before you hit the bar, think about limiting alcohol intake. Your liver and your wallet will thank you. Plus you’ll save yourself from a hangover.
  7. Flossing is forever. If you want to keep your teeth healthy, you need to take care of your gums. So floss. Every. Single. Day.
  8. Late night or long trip? Stay hydrated and do light exercise today, and shut off those electronic devices and get to bed at a decent hour. You need a proper 8 hours to perform your best. To give skin a boost, before bed use our Anti-Aging Eraser serum to enhance skin elasticity, strength and texture, reduce redness and age spots, sun and weather damage. You’ll wake up feeling (and looking) like a million bucks.
  9. Time flies…did you make your annual physical appointment? If not, you should and make sure to get a flu shot, as well as a PSA test to detect prostate cancer. Don’t forget!
  10. Men are more likely to get skin cancer. If you enjoy being outside, be sure to wear sunscreen minimum SPF 30. Our newest product, Power Hydrator Plus incorporates after shave, tinted moisturizer and a powerful sunscreen to offer convenient all in one grooming and sun protection. (product shot)
  11. An apple a day. Keep your pipes clear by eating plenty of fiber to keep fats and cholesterol in check. Fiber friendly foods include whole grains, veggies, fruits, nuts and beans.
  12. Here’s to honoring the sacrifices of our nation’s heroes on this Veteran’s Day. Today and everyday. It’s important to remember.
  13. Feeling blue? Help others! Studies show that giving back helps people better. Check out @ThirstProject which helps bring clean water to areas around the world that need it most. #savewater
  14. Going to holiday parties? Give yourself a confidence boost. If you’re looking blotchy or have under eye circles, try our iconic Urban Camo concealer in several skin tone shades.
  15. Get outside! If you like to run, hike or bike, studies show that being in nature and spending time outdoors decreases depression and anxiety. Just remember to bring the sunscreen and keep your lips moisturized and protected from sun with our Lip Agent.
  16. Had another late night? Hope it was fun, but try to wake up at the same time each day. Eat some protein for breakfast like a Greek yogurt and granola. For puffy eyes and dark circles the morning after, try our 911 Eye Gel – it’s a secret weapon used by models, actors and athletes.
  17. Slow down and relax. Studies show stress is the leading cause of heart disease. To save time, try our convenient 3 in1 Clear Shave Formula, which benefits face, head and body. It will come in handy once you shave your mustache!
  18. Get social. Studies show that spending time (in real life not just online) with friends and family increases longevity. So call your mom. Maybe take her to lunch and shopping. Then you can hop back onto Instragram and tell us how you’re doing!
  19. Tough day? A dose of mindfulness helps. Take some deep breaths, and count to 10 – this helps you focus on the present and away from your worries. Next, take a hot shower and try our Face & Body Scrub which helps exfoliate, clean and renew your skin with organic lime peel oil, jojoba, ginseng, kelp, azulene and aloe.
  20. Eat the rainbow! Make sure your diet contains various bright colors of fruit and veggies daily, especially greens – for maximum nutrition. Think sweet potatoes, pomegranates, blueberries, beets, carrots, and spinach. Organic and locally grown are best.
  21. Work the mind, not just the body. Remember the library? Find a good book. Then book your next trip to expand your horizons and feed your soul. Remember to check out one of our fabulous kits like the Gregory Travel Kit -perfect size for travel or the gym.
  22. Avoid the winter blues. Make sure you get outside daily and soak in some natural light. Open the windows, and get a special full spectrum bulb for your desk lamp. Then check out our HDPV Anti-Shine Sunless Tan to keep you looking like you’re just back from vacation. This undetectable, easy-to-use powder will give you a healthy summer glow without the sun damage.
  23. Hit the gym. You have a big eating day coming up tomorrow. (Plus the gym might be closed.) Be sure to take a sauna for a quick detox afterward and try our Deep Cleansing Masque to detoxify, nourish and energize your skin. Our specially formulated Masque addresses the 20% higher oil production in men’s skin that other clay and mud masks do not.
  24. Happy Thanksgiving! Gratitude counts. Remember to acknowledge the ones we love and good in our life. People who are grateful are healthier. Now go watch football and enjoy some turkey.
  25. Get productive. After sleeping in, get a headstart on your holiday gifts with our Black Friday gift sale.
  26. Take a yoga class and find your inner shine. But in the outside world, don’t let them see you sweat. After class, try our Liquid Powder Shine Eliminator, which absorbs excess oil and knocks out shine to deliver a soft, ultra matte finish.
  27. Need motivation? Team up with a friend to workout or compete in a race. Check out the Movember Foundation for tips and ideas to raise money for men’s health issues.
  28. Talk it out. Sometimes life is overwhelming. If you’re feeling depressed or suicidal, please talk to your doctor, or visit the Suicide Prevention Hotline.
  29. Keep it clean. Flu season is here, so be sure to wash your hands often – before eating and after using the bathroom, especially while traveling and at the office. And after a long day, wash off with our Face & Body Scrub which helps exfoliate, clean and renew your skin.
  30. Check yourself out. Testicular cancer strikes young and old, and is the most common cancer in men aged 15-34 in the US. Do a self-check monthly and feel for any changes or lumps.

Ten Secrets to Sensational Skin

Sensational Men's Skin

Every day, the team at MENAJI receives at least one call from a customer asking how he can take better care of his skin. So, in an effort to answer this question and to inspire all guys to think about the skin as an external organ that needs attention, we dedicated our June 2016 blog to revealing uncomplicated ways to take care of your skin – particularly the skin on your face.

We didn’t get into the skincare game because we don’t know men’s skin intimately. So here are our top glow-boosting skin care tips for men to keep your skin refreshed, revitalized, healthy, and oh yes…clean.

  1. NEVER USE SOAP to wash your face. Use a tiny bit of face cleanser, and gently foam into a lather in your hands and then apply to your face.
  2. SLEEP A LOT. When you sleep the decline in body temperature increases blood flow to the skin.
  3. WEAR SUNSCREEN daily.  Protection goes a long way.
  4. EXERCISE to increase blood flow which helps carry away waste products, including free radicals, from working cells.
  5. CONSUME ALCOHOL in moderation — Too much booze is simply not good for your skin.
  6. DON’T SMOKE.
  7. DRINK lots of WATER.
  8. REDUCE stress.
  9. EAT lots of avocados, citrus fruits, tomatoes, and papaya.
  10. BE HAPPY. Think positive thoughts, do something you love each day, and keep in touch with friends. A happy soul is a large contributor to healthy skin!

911? Chill Out.

911? Chill Out.

Experts know that the secret to making a person commit to a beauty brand is the way it makes them feel. Eye gels that contain specific formulations to reduce puffiness are always a hit because you see immediate results and they feel soothing. The better the formulation, like Mënaji’s 911 Eye Gel, the better the feeling.

That said, there are more ways to enhance your experience with a terrific eye gel like our 911.

Chill it in the fridge.

The use of cold therapy on puffy eyes or under-eye “bags” is effective because cold temperatures constrict the blood vessels, which reduces the flow of fluid into the soft tissue. This results in a reduction of inflammation and puffiness—and feels really great!

Coolness also stimulates lymphatic drainage and a lot of people wake up with puffy eyes because fluid can pool in trough of your under-eye area, especially if you’ve had too much salt the day before.

Don’t make the mistake of putting it in the freezer though, because you will have to replace it. Eye gels do not thaw out back to normal. The extreme cold ruins the product and its efficacy.

8 Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating

Clinical nutritionist Donna Brown, M.S., offers a guide to healthy eating strategies. Look good and feel good this holiday season!

‘Tis the Season! Festive spirits abound, along with holiday parties, family gatherings, company celebrations and goodies galore. The groaning table of treats, favorite comfort foods and boozy drinks that we dream of all year long is back. We give ourselves permission to indulge now and believe we will lose weight in January.

Guys, try something else this year and avoid the Un-Fab Five by re-thinking our excessive tendencies. Try these tips instead:

  1. Use the 90/10 rule: Eat healthy 90% of the time and eat what you crave 10% of the time. This goes a long way in taking a few liberties and complying with a healthier eating plan.
  2. Don’t skip meals the day of the holiday dinner or party or you might as well kiss your self-control good-bye!
  3. Eat a protein snack before the dinner that will provide much needed energy and keep your resolve going until dinner is served. Grab an egg, a small handful of nuts, a cup of vegetable based soup, an apple with nut butter, or a plain Greek yogurt.
  4. Eat low-glycemic foods that will not cause your blood sugar to rise quickly and crash—making you even hungrier! Low glycemic foods include all vegetables plus protein and fat containing foods.
  5. Hydrate properly beforehand to keep up energy, mood, and self-control.
  6. Slow it down! Don’t grab every treat in sight! Retrain yourself to look over the buffet, fill your plate with veggies and lean protein choices first and then take smaller portions of starches and sweets, if at all!  Chew your food! Take two bites of dessert or a favorite food instead of the whole thing and you may feel satisfied.
  7. Weigh yourself in the morning.  Face your weight and keep the number you want to weigh in mind when the dessert tray or the next bottle of beer is passed around.
  8. Scare yourself a bit. Taking off five pounds is no picnic and much harder than passing up the pie!

 

Donna Brown, M.S., is a clinical nutritionist in private practice in Fairfield, CT. The Nutrition Kitchen offers personalized programs for nutrition and aging, healing nutrition, weight management, sports nutrition, food coaching and overall wellness with the goal of feeling healthier and more vibrant into the decades. www.nutritionkitchenusa.com