Top Tips to Care for Your Skin Not Just Your Muscles

From taking your partner on a date to visiting the gym for a workout, it’s likely you don’t want to leave the house without looking – and feeling – your best. Did you know that your skin is just as important to care for as your muscles? Especially if you choose to shave instead of growing a beard or are regularly outside. Read on to discover top men’s grooming and skin care tips including using the right products such as hand cream and sunscreen.

Top 5 best practices for men’s grooming and skin care

Just as you know to stretch before exercise to protect your muscles, it is just as important to have a good skin care routine to protect your skin. Here are 5 best practices you can utilise to bolster your skin care.

1. Get the right products for your skin type – especially if it’s prone to becoming dry. This includes washing with body cleansers instead of soap bars for dry skin or using powder to protect areas such as the groin and inner thighs from sweat. You know your body better than anyone, so pick out the product which most closely suits your skin type… most products will tell you on the packaging.

2. Don’t forget to moisturise. This doesn’t mean you need to use a body lotion to lather up from head to toe. However, a good quality hand cream and focusing on problem areas such as elbows, knees and lower legs can help to protect your skin from becoming dry, damaged and sore. If you’re looking for moisturising skincare and hand cream solutions, you can find more information here.

3. Cover up with sunscreen. Whether you work in construction or love to hike the great outdoors, sunscreen is your best protection against UV from the sun. The UV rays can not only lead to cancer but also be the cause of wrinkles. For extra protection, if you need to be outdoors for long periods of time, wear clothes than cover your skin.

4. Always use a good quality deodorant. Men sweat more than most, and with sweat – more often than not – comes odour. If you have trouble with odour, try switching up your deodorant, or even change when you put it on. Using deodorant at night may seem counterproductive as you’re at your least active when you sleep. However, it allows the product to diffuse into the sweat glands and protect you when you need it the most – during the day. For help choosing the right products to give your armpits a little TLC, check out our article on what makes a good deodorant.

5. Always protect your skin when shaving… and if you choose not to. Investing in good quality products will help to protect your skin before, during and after shaving – or if you choose to grow your beard instead. Top tips include:

Use a skin protecting lubricant. The best protection from razor burn is preventing it in the first place. Using a lubricant will help you achieve a smoother shave.

Don’t rush. Trying to get out the door to work and rushing your shave is a sure fire way to end up with sore skin irritation. Use a new razor, and a thin layer of shaving gel to provide an easier, quicker shave without rushing.

Exfoliate if you have a beard. This will help to prevent the build-up of dandruff and in-grown hairs as well as protecting your skin. You should also remember to brush and trim your beard regularly to keep it in the best condition.

Picking out the right products to protect your skin is important, and now – with just a handful of top tips – you can be sure to look and feel great every single day.

Clarks Originals Desert Coal Boots 

An evolution of Clarks Originals’ iconic Desert Boot, the Desert Coal has a slightly stronger and more rounded consturction with an extra eyelet to either side. 

They’re made from an upper of durable suede with a smooth leather lining and insole, sitting on a grippy and shock-absorbent Crepe rubber outsole.

The Originals range from Clarks is always full of amazing men’s shoes with a smart-casual vibe pumped into classic silhouettes. If something ain’t broken, why change it? Here we have the Wallabee which is their timeless Moccasin standard.

The upper is made from a thin cut of 100% leather suede for a flexible, comfortable, and breathable design which can stand the tests of time. The heel has an implant to enhance the stability of the shoe and secure the wearer, and a boxy toe construction provides amazing durability.

Health Benefits of Taking Up Martial Arts During the Lockdown

Words by Robert Milaković

The lockdown that started almost a year ago has had horrible effects on people’s physical and mental health. With the reduced time spent outside moving, socializing, training, and having fun, levels of chronic illnesses and obesity have risen, just like the rates of mental health issues. Though there aren’t many ways to combat the situation until the vaccines get rolled out and herd immunity is reached, there are a couple of things you can do not to become the worst version of yourself.

One of these is martial arts training. Yes, most countries have lockdown restrictions that affect most martial arts schools, so most people reading this article won’t have the option to start training. However, that doesn’t mean all is lost. One can still start to train in martial arts, at least some basic movements, while at home. In this article, I will go through why I think it is a great idea to take up some form of martial arts training until the lockdown lasts. If you are interested, read on for more!

Martial Arts Training: Health Benefits

First, let’s go through the basic list of health benefits you can expect to see if you start martial arts training. The first and most obvious one that everybody is aware of, even if they have not trained a second in their lives, is physical strength and fitness.

You can start training martial arts at home by not teaching yourself techniques at first but doing strength and conditioning training, which can prepare you for effectively training the art of your choice. You can do knuckle pushups if you are interested in starting some striking art to increase your wrist stability and strength, or perhaps all variations of squats and jump rope practice if you are looking to go into Taekwondo.

Whichever art you choose, you could build muscle by training it, which will result in better mental health, improved looks, better breathing, and just general fitness. It also relieves stress, which is one of the main factors of all sicknesses developing during the lockdown, so that is something to look forward to.

Aside from muscle strength and fitness, you can get amazing benefits like improved spatial coordination, better mental health, hand-eye coordination, improved reflex speeds, stability, joint strength, bone density, and the list goes on.

Health Benefits of Training During the Lockdown

Okay, martial arts are healthy and all, but why is it important to start training some form during the lockdown? Can’t it wait?

Well, the problem is that most people say this for almost every sort of movement now. Ever since staying home on your couch all day has become the moral thing to do, many people have found it a lot harder to start moving.

Martial arts training might be a great way to get out of this hole since it isn’t only training for the sake of training, but it also is something interesting. Martial arts have histories, philosophies, characters, and personalities, which add up to make it more than just a form of physical exercise.

This can draw more people in than, for example, traditional bodybuilding at home could. Much more people are willing to train something interesting rather than do a couple of push ups each day.

What this allows for is a sense of purpose and a new goal to be set, for example. This is great for anyone’s mental health since it will not allow the person to slump back into their chair and contemplate their existence anxiously. Instead of such a miserable life, one can get up and learn something new while also keeping their body moving.

Aside from the effects it can have on mental health, it can also profoundly impact physical health. Martial arts training can improve many aspects of human health (as mentioned earlier). From lung capacity (which is important in battling the coronavirus) to cardiovascular health, and even increased energy and mood throughout the day can all be convincing reasons for someone to pick up on a hobby like this one at home while the lockdown lasts.

How to Train at Home?

The first and most important thing is to clarify that martial arts are not a simple business. They are usually tough to learn, let alone perfect, so don’t expect to be a Bruce Lee after a week of training (or even 6 months).

The absence of a trained professional who can see exactly the mistakes you are making and correct them in a personalized fashion just for you to learn is something that makes martial arts training very difficult on your own.

There are many details to every movement that there is probably no book that holds the proper information for learning it. However, that doesn’t mean you cannot start to learn some basics.

First, learn the so-called kihon, which are the most basic, fundamental building blocks of most karate arts and related ones. Kihon consists of the basic punches, kicks, blocks, and movements one must know to execute techniques and katas properly. Kihon can be learned at home to some extent, so if you have the motivation to work out and train in the time of the lockdown, make sure you start with these.

Once you have these learned, it is time to search for a training partner to spar using techniques you see in videos or read in books. It would help if you took it slow since injuries can easily happen, and since there is no trained professional to watch, you can learn the wrong movements quite easily.

Nevertheless, until you get to a moderate-beginner level, the gyms and dojos will probably open up, so you can go to proper training. However, at that point, you will be proud of yourself for having some basics already learned and settled in your mind.

And God Created ADAM – ADAM the new Grooming empire

ADAM Grooming Atelier brings old-world craftsmanship and grooming rituals and updates them for the modern world. At ADAM, there is a lean into the history and mastery of the Turkish barber. Since 2016, the award-winning ADAM Atelier has created 7 uniquely designed spaces in London, where men can go to escape, replenish and emerge feeling nurtured and groomed for city life

We founded ADAM for the modern gentleman who values craft, tradition and artistry.” says Esat Kolege and Oytun Pakcan, Founders of ADAM, “Our clientele reflect the world we live in, whether it’s passion for science, art, commerce or sport, every ADAM man is connected in their ambition and desire to experience rituals that broaden the horizon.”

Founded in 2016 by Esat Kolege and Oytun Pakcan, both from finance backgrounds, who felt there was a gap in the market for a modern barber shop with the traditional skills that they had experienced from the Turkish barbershops growing up. Both are passionate about cities, modern design and culture and believe in creating unique experiences with impeccable service. ADAM helps men to relax and re-set from an increasingly stressful daily grind.

ADAM have refined and developed a range of services from the hot towel wet shave to beard reshaping, hot towel press and head and neck massage, through to modern skin fades. Customers can choose from a traditional haircut which includes a consultation, wash, cut, dry, second wash, hot towel, friction scalp massage, dry, finish and style, to new grooming services such as facials & manicures.  Guests can unwind with a freshly brewed Turkish coffee, an expertly crafted old fashioned or perhaps a Japanese whisky on the rocks from the Atelier’s in-house bar.  

ADAM embraces the history of the Istanbul barber shop, celebrating this hub of craftsmanship. Like the earliest artisans, ADAM’s talented barbers have acquired their expertise through years of experience and apprenticeship from the roots of the Roman barbering traditions to modern day practice. Whether you’re stepping into one of the Ateliers in London or New York, your time spent lets you indulge in the artful hands and discerning eye of the house barbers, ensuring you walk out feeling sharp, fresh and ready for city life.

ADAM is opening a newly designed atelier in the Men’s Superbrands dept in Harrods just before Lockdown.

The Atelier is designed by award-winning architect, Inanc Eray, who mastered his craft for many years with Zaha Hadid.

There will be exclusive services to Harrods, such as the hot towel wet shave to beard re-shaping.

Customers can choose from a traditional haircut which includes a consultation, wash, cut, dry, second wash, hot towel, friction scalp massage, dry, finish and style, to new grooming services such as facials & manicures.  Guests can unwind with a freshly brewed Turkish coffee, an expertly crafted old fashioned or a Japanese whisky on the rocks from the Atelier’s in-house bar.

Also launched in the latter part of the year, ADAM have created a new sustainable grooming collection that harnesses natural, organic ingredients and botanicals with proven benefits for hair, skin and wellbeing. Ingredients that have supported men through centuries in their daily ablutions.

3 Unique colognes, each scent has it’s own unique character, crafted from ingredients that have been used over time to help promote personal wellbeing.  The scents are created from raw botanicals, essential oils and spices from Anatolia.

Anatolia is crisp, green and aromatic and celebrates the forests of towering black pine trees. Wild Pine, Fir Balsam, Frankincense and Musk.

Black Sea is woody, warm and sophisticated. Infused with a Leather, Tobacco, Amber and Cedarwood essential oil blend.

Celebi is spicy, woody and exotic.  It is fused with citrusy Bergamont and luxurious hits of cinnamon  sage and ground coriander  Black Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Cinnamon and Clary Sage.

To accompany these scents the brand have spent time developing a range of grooming products that harness the invigorating, complex and nourishing ingredients that reflect the diversity of the cultures that make Turkish barbering the art form it is today.

The result is a collection that harnesses powerful essential oils that are exquisitely scented such as, wild pine, cedarwood, myrtle, and rosemary. These rare botanical ingredients have been chosen because their properties also combine natural cosmetic and dermatological benefits; be they antibacterial, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory or notable aromachological properties to soothe, balance and nurture the mind. Products such as beard oil, sea salt spray, shampoo, conditioner, facewash, clay and pomades are sourced only from the finest organic ingredients and natural plant extracts from Anatolia and the Aegean region. The products are certified organic, vegan, cruelty free and sustainably sourced.

The consistency of the daily grooming ritual supports physical and emotional wellbeing, and the artistry of this practice is a moment to savour each day, whether at the ADAM Atelier or at home. ADAM uses traditional wisdom passed down through generations and re-blends it to help you take on the demands of modern life.

Valentine’s Day Ideas for a Home Celebration

 

Valentine’s Day dates have become so overrated and so commercialized that there is nothing romantic about them anymore. Getting a dinner date at some fancy restaurant is next to impossible, booking a getaway trip became so expensive and going to the cinema lost its charm.

So, what can you do to put back romance into the most romantic day of the year? Here’s what you can do – you can celebrate Valentine’s Day at home, by doing some of the things you like the most with that one special person.

Make Valentine’s Day romantic and enjoyable again and in the comfort of your own home. Check out these ideas that can help you create a special Valentine’s day celebration at home.

1. Make a special breakfast