Tuesday, July 16, 2013

THE BATH TO ENLIGHTENMENT (THE REASON WHY I TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY SKIN)

I have this article in my drafts for quite some time now. I got this from GQ and I'm just waiting for the right moment to publish it and I think now is the perfect time.

You see, GQ is like a bible to me in a way. Whatever it says, I follow. Truth be told, I read my GQ magazines more than my bible. Sorry Jesus.

Now back to the relevance of this post, we're gonna talk about skincare. Yes, skincare for guys. It's from GQ so it's legit. We men can talk about it now. Again, GQ says so.

But I'm gonna ease your way into understanding and at the same time appreciating the benefits of taking care of one's skin.

Take the time to read this very interesting article:

The Bath to Enlightenment
Are you the kind of rough-and-tumble guy who works hard, plays harder, and doesn't give a damn about silly things like hygiene, a savings account, or a healthy liver? Dude it might be time to take a bubble bath.
by Will Welch; illustrated by Zohar Lazar
I look back on my twenties and shudder. Let me know if any of this sounds familiar: Publicly I seemed well put together. I was successful at work and thrived socially. But privately I was a mess. I hated being alone, only cleaned up my apartment if somebody was coming over, worked way too much, slept way too little, never had my shit together financially, rarely went to the doctor. Like a lot of my friends, I was a sort of rambling, overgrown Peter Pan, suspended in perpetual adolescence. I made little effort to take care of myself.

Here's the part you might not relate to: What changed me was an $80 jar of body balm.

I was never the fastidiously groomed type. In my roaring twenties, I wore my self-destructive streak like a badge of honor. I thought it was cool that I rarely so much looked in the mirror.

Then, three years ago, when I was 28, my girlfriend (now fiancee) caught me standing in a towel at her sink huffing a bottle of her body balm. I was surprised to hear her say, "Try some!" Wait, really? It was expensive, and she'd been carefully rationing it out. At her insistence, I slathered on about 5$ worth. It made me feel like a grizzly drifter who'd broken into a luxury spa. But I laughed when she offered to buy me a bottle. "You gotta be kidding!" I said. "I can't use stuff like this." She stopped me. "Why is it okay for me but not for you?"

Look, I know how this sounds, but seriously? Growing out of the whole adolescent self-destructive shtick started with me (literally) cleaning myself up. I was like a delinquent kid who lands in the military and finds himself taking perverse pleasure in folding his uniform and cornering his bed. For the first time, I took a good look at my skin. I went to a dermatologist. I started using pore strips for the blackheads on my oily noise. (Yes, really.) For ten minutes in the morning and ten minutes at night, I took care of myself - and I didn't stop at grooming. I'm probably still rough around the edges, but now I go to the gym, I go to the doctor, I set up my 401(k).

I'm not saying anyone else is going to to experience a rite of passage at the bottom of a bottle of glorified skin moisturizer. But in a time when men are encouraged to live like eternal frat boys, we've got to find an entry point to the grown-up world. You can't keep living like Seth Rogen in Knocked Up or some bootleg Keith Richards wannabe. Bad credit is not cool. Unwashed bedsheets are nasty. And never going to the doctor? C'mon, son. Find one aspect of your life where you can learn to take care of yourself and the rest will fall like dominoes. For me, bizarrely, it happened when I admitted that I'm a grown-ass man with dry skin and an oily nose - and that is was time to do something about it.

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Relatable eh? Pretty much the same as the guy in the story, I started to seriously take care of my skin at the age of 28. I used to be the type whose skincare regimen includes just a facial wash and sunblock and once in a while, a visit to the derma when I have breakouts. But as I grew older, I realized that it's just not enough.

I recently got introduced to the ISkin kit (available at Flawless) and I, being all about looking young and fresh, made the effort in adding 10 minutes in the morning and another 10 at night to basically wash and slather my face with whatever it is that you see below.
The ISkin Kit costs around Php17,000 and is available through prescription at Flawless
I've been using the kit religiously for more than two (2) weeks now and so far, I like what it has done to my skin. There's a minor breakout (part of the purging process) during the second week of usage but nothing that a regular facial from Flawless can't fix. No photos yet but wait until I get to the first month. Will update you by then.

How about you? Ever tried using the the ISkin facial care set?

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