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