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