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Published on February 5th, 2018 | by The Local Staff

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The Beauty Attache’: DUUUUUUUDE……..

 

Charlene Commerford

 

I was sitting across from my husband last month and I realized that for the first time he was aging. I mean, we’ve been together for 22 years and he is 9 years older than me but he’s always been the better looking one. He’s that guy. To other guys, that really annoying guy. The guy that can play any sport, is really intelligent, flies helicopters, plays rugby, cooks, cleans, grocery shops, is ruggedly handsome…..annoying. As I looked at him I noticed some brown sun spots, some wrinkling around the eyes, and his beard is snowier. Then I thought what anti-aging things is he doing for himself? What are guys doing? I am so wrapped up in my girls…friends, clients, family, daughter….that I have never really preached any anti-aging to the boys in my life. Don’t get me wrong, they are big face washers but that is basically it. I have dropped the ball. BIG TIME. Thus began my new adventure Men’s Anti-Aging. I am a lucky girl to work with the best of the best, so I went to my girls.

 

First up, Leslie Sale Baker, she’s a Laser Tech at Spa Novus. You may have seen a few of our antics on social media, she’s written an article for me, and you can follow her on Facebook “Beauty and The Laser”. I simply told Tim, “You have an appointment with Leslie tomorrow”.  He said, “Wait. What?”. Then I think he saw crazy in my eyes and said, “What time?” He knows me. When my mind is made up on something it’s done. Off he went. Leslie did an IPL Laser on him. She said and I quote, “I’m going to go easy on him…..so he’ll come back.” You guys are babies.

‘Intense pulsed light (IPL) is a technology used in various skin treatments, including hair removal and photofacials. A handheld flashgun is passed across the skin, delivering a spectral range of light that targets the hair or skin issue. These types of treatments may also be called laser skin rejuvenation, photorejuvenation, or laser resurfacing.’ realself.com

 

Results – 2 thumbs way up! The brown spots have faded, his wrinkles have diminished some, and he has an overall more youthful glow. He will be back.

 

Next up, Tori Morse, a stylist at Rituals Salon and Day Spa. Aveda has a product called “Men’s Grey Blending”. Aveda Men 5-Minute Natural Grey Blending is a 95% naturally derived** formula and is infused with a plant oil blend including certified organic sunflower, castor, and jojoba to help keep hair looking healthy and is designed for colorists to blend away grey right at the shampoo bowl in a quick 5 minute processing time.“A lot of guys aren’t totally comfortable with the amount of grey they have but don’t know anything about simple, low maintenance options to minimize their grey,” says Ian Michael Black, Aveda Global Artistic Director, Hair Color. “If your client has a moderate amount of grey throughout his hair but it’s really concentrated in a few spots, it might look more balanced if the amount of grey was evened out all around. Aveda Men 5-Minute Natural Grey Blending can do that in just a few minutes at the shampoo bowl.”  estheticamagazine.com

Here was the challenge though, Tim has no hair on his head but he does have a Magnificent Beard that is beautifully maintained by my good friend Danny at Boston of the Top Barber Shop. So, how do we grey blend a beard? Tori said, “I don’t know but let’s go for it!”

Tim was terrified, he thought everybody would notice him, that it would be too drastic.  He and Tori went over the different shades went with one they both agreed on. She combed it in his beard, let it sit for 5 minutes, and then they rinsed it out in a shampoo bowl.  

 

Results – He loved it! You can barely tell and that’s the point….Grey blending, not grey coverage. It is just subtle enough to take a few years off.

Last up, Me…. I’m the esthetician. I have every anti-aging product at my fingertips. Tim graduated from just a cleanser and beard oil to a full regime. He now cleanses his skin morning and night, uses PCA Hyaluronic Serum a super moisturizer, PCA Ideal Eye Cream and sunscreen during the day. At night he cleanses and rotates moisturizer and PCA .05% Retinol. This will turn his skin over faster. Help him with a better skin tone. When you age your skin gets an pale or even an almost grey tone to it. We want pink and healthy.

 

Results – Tim wasn’t crazy about changing up his routine, but now he’s seeing a difference and is embracing new things. He isn’t a fan of the Retinol as it was “burning him” but now he says it doesn’t bother him anymore.

 

Next up, Bro-tox. We haven’t done it yet. But we are going to do it soon. “More and more men care about their appearances now than ever and have begun to understand that taking good care of their skin and even utilizing injectables like Botox can help them maintain a healthier, more vibrant look,” Dr. Mills said. “Plus, men having a little work done isn’t stigmatized the way that it once was. It isn’t just for women anymore – not by a long shot.” Men Are Getting Botox Now More Than Ever Plastic Surgeons explain why – Huffingtonpost.com

 

I will keep you posted on our Men’s Anti-Aging Adventures. Guys….welcome to to the club. It’s a high-def, super-competitive world out there and we are here to help you! Plus it’s always nice to have the guys around. Cheers!

 


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