June Grooming Guide: Summertime - and the Skincare is Easy
June, bloom, groom: notice how they rhyme?
June is the most popular month for weddings (followed by August, with more than one in three weddings occurring in summer) - and this June, you can expect more gay grooms and lesbian brides than ever before. Whether you’re walking down the aisle or leaping for the bouquet, you know you’re going to be photographed, so your skin had better be ready for its close-up.
Summer skincare is easy: drink lots of fluids, keep your skin hydrated - and don’t burn. Easier said than done, of course, given the manic pace of our lives these days, which is why we’ve rounded up some of our favorite summer skin salves to help keep your skin looking as radiant as a June groom.
Organic Male OM4: Age-Defying Antioxidant Serum
While most of us prefer drinking our merlots, cabernets, and pinot noirs, there’s apparently an argument for sloshing red wine on our faces. Not that this explains the bottle in your roommate’s bed, but still, he might be on to something. As you’ve surely heard by now, grape seeds and skins are rich in polyphenols, which are powerful anti-aging and antioxidant agents. It’s polyphenols that slow the aging process, while also protecting against DNA damage. In short, wine extracts prevent environmental damage to the skin.
Remember the episode of "I Love Lucy," where Lucy and Ethel stomp the grapes? Organic Male OM4’s Age-Defying Antioxidant Serum is a little like that mixture: slightly tacky to the touch until it soaks into your skin, leaving your face with visibly fewer lines and a more even skin tone. Seriously - you’re going to keep grabbing a mirror to marvel at the change. So how does it work? Vitamin B penetrates and moisturizes, while Stay C 50 helps stimulate collagen production and protects against sun damage. As for CoQ10, you probably know that’s one of nature’s immune boosters, while OM4’s Omega 3 Proprietary Antioxidant Blend repairs and softens the skin.
The four-step OM4 skin care system asks only that you take four minutes a day to take care of your skin. Four steps in four minutes - is that so much to ask? The products are all packaged perfectly for traveling - as lightweight as they are durable - and the entire collection derives its bio-nutrient strength from the mineral-rich, antioxidant-packed berries, grain, and wine extracts from Oregon vineyards and agricultural fields. As you might imagine, OM4 utilizes natural and organic botanicals of food grade quality - and none of their products contain harmful chemicals, parabens, or additives. In short, you could probably drink this stuff - but why deprive your face of something so beneficial?
Use OM4 on your skin - and sip the Lafite. Your skin will be glad you did.
PRICE: $45.00 / 30 ml (1.014 fl. oz.)
LINK: Organic Male OM4 Age-Defying Antioxidant Serum
Desert Essence : Gentle Nourishing Night Cream
The month of June is crazy with Pride. You’re out all day and night, with hardly time to sleep. Which is why you need to insure that your beauty regimen is working overtime during Pride month. What you need is a good night cream to help compensate for your debauchery during the day.
Recently, Desert Essence launched a new face care line, which includes Gentle Nourishing Night Cream. Fortified with argan oil, this is an antioxidant-rich cream that is as gentle as it is effective. (Surely, by now, you’ve heard about the wondrous properties of argan oil: some centenarians who swear by it don’t look a day over sixteen...)
For nearly forty years, Desert Essence has extolled the benefits of jojoba oil and aloe vera - and as the first American company to introduce Australian Tea Tree Oil to the States, Desert Essence has been at the forefront of natural and organic beauty care products. The company’s inspiration is the desert with its carefully balanced and sustainable eco-system, which is why Desert Essences eschews all pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and animal testing.
Desert Essence Gentle Nourishing Night Cream also contains white tea extract and aloe vera to help renew and soothe your skin while you sleep, but best of all, there’s evening primrose oil, loaded with fatty acids (which prevent eczema and other skin conditions). As you might know, the evening primrose blooms only after dusk. A flower after your own heart. Why not bloom at night - with Desert Essence Gentle Nourishing Night Cream.
PRICE: $16.99 / 2 fl oz / 57 g
LINK: Desert Essence Gentle Nourishing Night Cream
Frownies: Immune Shield
Listen, you’re probably going to get baked in June. On one of those days when you’re dancing for Pride on the beach, on the pier, by the pool, your skin is going to fry - and then you’re going to go back to your share, your cave, your hovel, and you’re going to worry about cancer and turning into a leathery geriatric.
Stop worrying - and instead, reach for Frownies Immune Shield. Created as an after-sun oil for overexposure to UV rays, Immune Shield is 40% whole vitamin E serum, made from organic whole oats. As you probably know, vitamin E is a proven antioxidant that stimulates healing and reduces scarring - and Immune Shield’s high percentage of active whole vitamin E helps to soften your skin and keep you from becoming Mr. Reptile Man.
Ever since 1889, Frownies have been eradicating wrinkles and reversing the signs of aging for men and women the world over, particularly those in the entertainment industries. Gloria Swanson famously wore Frownies Eye Patches in "Sunset Boulevard" - and Olivia de Havilland had them sent to her hotels. Even the Kennedy women used them. And women such as Raquel Welch and Rene Russo utilize Frownies for non-invasive treatments with proven results.
After showering, apply Frownies Immune Shield as liberally to your skin as the SPF you neglected to apply before hitting the beach. There’s a wonderfully nutty aroma to Immune Shield that will help take your mind off your pain - and maybe even make you feel like snuggling with your honey.
And if you’re prone to acne, use Immune Shield on your face in the morning after cleansing. Or if there’s a scar that needs healing, apply Immune Shield to the skin. Unlike other vitamin E products, Immune Shield goes on smooth, not sticky.
The truth is, we’re feeling a summer love affair coming on with Frownies Immune Shield.
PRICE: $32.00 / 60 ml
LINK: Frownies Immune Shield
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