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Guys, do you really know what’s in your grooming products?

Do you REALLY know ALL of the ingredients?

Odds are you don’t.

Your skin is like a sponge, whatever you put on it will go into your body.

That is why it is so important to know what toxic ingredients in skincare you should avoid.

Today, I have a list of the 12 most toxic ingredients found in most grooming products that you must avoid!

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Toxic Ingredients in Skincare – Contents

  1. Parabens
  2. Phthalates
  3. Formaldehyde
  4. Fragrance/Parfum
  5. Mineral Oil
  6. Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT)
  7. Aluminum
  8. Coal Tar Dyes
  9. PEG Compounds
  10. Siloxanes
  11. Triclosan
  12. Plastic Microbeads

 

1. Parabens

toxic ingredients in skincare parabens

What are Parabens?

Invented in the 1950s, parabens are a group of chemical preservatives. Parabens allow a longer self-life for grooming products. They prevent the growth of mold and bacteria.

Why are Parabens Bad for You?

Parabens are linked to cancer and hormone disruption. They can also elevate the chance of cellular damage from UV exposure. Parabens have been known to lead to causing allergic reactions are well.

 

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What products are Parabens in?

Shampoo, conditioner, body wash & moisturizer

What are Parabens Labeled as on Products?

Methylparabens, Propylparabens, Butylparabens and Ethylparabens.

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2. Phthalates

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What are Phthalates?

Phthalates are a group of chemicals in most plastic containers that hold your grooming products in them. They maintain the quality of the plastic and prevent it from becoming brittle.

Why are Phthalates Bad for You?

Studies done at Harvard, in conjunction with the CDC (Center of Disease Control), have found links to birth defects and hormone disruption when Phthalates are used. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) are currently monitoring Phthalates.

What Products Use Phthalate?

Most grooming products in plastic containers including shampoo, deodorant lotion and fragrance.

What are Phthalates Labeled as on Products?

Diethylphthalate, Monoethylphthalate and anything containing the word phthalates.

 

3. Formaldehyde

FORMALDEHYDE

What is Formaldehyde?

Formaldehyde used to preserve corpses. You are putting this on your skin… But in grooming products, formaldehyde prevents microbiological growth.

Why is Formaldehyde Bad for You?

Asthma, neurotoxicity and developmental toxicity are all linked to formaldehyde. On top of all of that, Formaldehyde is also a carcinogen.

What Products Use Formaldehyde?

Shampoos, soaps, lotions and deodorants

What is Formaldehyde Labeled as on Products?

Formic Aldehyde and Methanediol.

4. Fragrance/Parfum

toxic ingredients in skincare fragrance

What is Fragrance?

No I’m not talking about the kind of fragrance you spray on you. A catch-all term, fragrance is a cocktail of irritants, allergens and carcinogen.

It’s impossible to know exactly what is in every fragrance cocktail. Manufactures disclose it. This is due to “Fair Packaging and Labeling Act of 1966.”

Why are Fragrances Bad for You?

These fragrances can contain synthetic, preservative or allergy-provoking substances that you should know about.

What Products Use Fragrances?

Shampoos, conditioners, moisturizers and just about any other skincare product.

 

5. Mineral Oils

toxic ingredients in skincare mineral oil

What are Mineral Oils?

Used to keep your skin hydrated, mineral oil is a clear, odorless liquid. It does this by locking in moisture with a barrier on your skin’s surface.

Why are Mineral Oils Bad for You?

Mineral Oil exposure increases your risk of non-melanoma skin cancer.

What Products Use Mineral Oils?

Moisturizers and hair conditioners

What are Mineral Oils Labeled as on Products?

“Paraffinum Liquidum”, “Petrolatum”, “Cera Microcristallina”, “Microcrystalline Wax”, “Ozokerite”, “Ceresine Isoparaffin”, “Paraffin” and “Synthetic Wax”.

 

6. Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT)

toxic ingredients in skincare bht

What is BHT?

BHT is a synthetic ingredient made in a laboratory used as a preservative in grooming products.

Why is BHT Bad for You?

BHT disrupts testosterone levels, induces allergic reactions and disrupts hormones. BHT causes kidney, thyroid and liver problems in mice after long term exposure.

What Products use BHT?

Moisturizer, anti perspirant and exfoliators.

What is BHT Labeled as in Products?

Butylated Hydroxytoluene is listed as BHT.

 

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7. Aluminum

toxic ingredients in skincare aluminum

What is Aluminum?

Found in soda cans, aluminum reduces wetness and sweat by blocking your skin pores. This blockage leads to your body not being able to cleanse itself properly.

Why is Aluminum Bad for You?

Aluminum blocks your pores preventing your body to cleanse itself correctly. It also has been shown to increase your chances of developing Alzheimer’s Disease.

What Products Use Aluminum?

Deodorants and antiperspirants

What is Aluminum Labeled as In Products?

Aluminum or Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex GLY and Aluminum Chlorohydrate.

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8. Coal Tar Dyes

toxic ingredients in skincare coal tar dye

What are Coal Tar Dyes?

Next on the list of toxic ingredients in skincare, Coal tar is made from petroleum. This mixture of chemicals as a treatment for dandruff, seborrhea and psoriasis.

Why are Coal Tar Dyes Bad for You?

Coal tar dyes contain small amounts of heavy metal additives such as aluminum. Coal tar is also a brain toxin and carcinogen.

What Products use Coal Tar Dyes?

Hair dyes, dandruff treatments and other hair products

What are Coal Tar Dyes Labeled as in Products?

Coal tar dyes are identified by a “five-digit Color Index (C.I.) number.” The U.S. color name may also be listed (“FD&C” or “D&C” followed by a color name and number).

 

9. PEG Compounds

toxic ingredients in skincare peg

What are PEG Compounds?

Polyethylene Glycols are compounds based in petroleum. PEGs used in grooming products as thickeners, moisture-carriers, solvents and softeners.

Why are PED Compounds Bad for You?

PEDs reduce your skin’s moisture levels and speed up skin aging. If used on broken skin, they can cause irritation on the skin and can cause toxicity.

What Product uses PED Compounds?

Moisturizer

What are PEG Compounds Labeled as in Products?

Poly(ethylene oxide) and Poly(oxyethylene).

 

10. Siloxanes

toxic ingredients in skincare siloxane

What are Siloxanes?

Siloxanes help to make hair products dry quickly. Moisturizers use siloxanes to help the application to your skin.

Why are Siloxanes Bad for You?

Interfering with hormone function, siloxanes can cause liver issues and reproductive issues.

What Product uses Siloxanes?

Moisturizers and hair styling aids

What are Siloxanes Labeled as in Products?

Cyclotetrasiloxane and Cyclopentasiloxan

 

11. Triclosan

toxic ingredients in skincare triclosan

What is Triclosan?

Triclosan is a preservative that helps stop bacteria from growing on grooming products. It is also a biocide which helps preserve personal care items.

Why is Triclosan Bad for You?

Ticlosan can cause a weakening of the immune system and it can also cause developmental and reproductive toxicity.

What Products Use Triclosan?

Antibacterial soaps, deodorants, face washes and shower gels.

What Triclosan is Labeled as on Products?

Hydroxydiphenyl Ether

 

12. Plastic Microbeads

toxic ingredients in skincare plastic microbeads

What are Plastic Microbeads?

Microbeads are small plastic particles. Made of Polyethylene that are less than 5mm, The microbeads are unable to dissolve in water. Exfoliating products use plastic microbeads.

Why are Plastic Microbeads Bad for You?

These microbeads can enter your body through dermal absorption and can get into your eyes under the eyelid and scratch your eyeball. Furthermore, prolonged use of these can also lead to scarring and infections leaving your skin with abrasions.

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They also are harmful to the environment as they are so small they pass through filtration plants and can be found in the Arctic sea-ice on the ocean floor. For example, a single shower can result in 100,000 plastic particles entering the ocean.

What Products Use Plastic Microbeads?

Face Scrubs and body scrubs

What Plastic Microbeads are Labeled as on Products?

Olyethylene (PE), Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET), Nylon (PA) Polypropylene (PP) and Polymethyl Methacrylate (PMMA)

 

Toxic Ingredients in Skincare – Summary

Now you know the main 12 toxic ingredients in skincare you need to avoid.

When you’re shopping, be on the look out for all of these as they can be labeled many different things and be harmful to you.

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As much as you won’t like hearing this, you’re probably wearing your watch wrong.

It’s not your fault; you may have never been taught how to wear a watch properly. After all, there is more than one way to wear a watch.

But how do you know which way is the right way?

Don’t worry, gents; as always, I’ve got you covered. I’m here with the best way to wear your favorite timepiece properly and look as stylish as ever.

In today’s article, I’ll be covering:

  1. Origins Of The Wrist Watch
  2. What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?
  3. Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?
  4. The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch

#1 Origins Of The Wrist Watch

old watches

When it comes to wearing a watch correctly, it’s important to note why the wristwatch came about in the first place.

Dating back to the 1800s, the first watches modified to be worn on the wrist were primarily worn by women as accessories. One of the earliest was created by Patek Philippe as a fashion accessory.

At the start of the 20th century, watchmakers became intrigued about using a wrist-worn timepiece for men in the military. They believed it would help them tell time quickly while on the battlefield.

Watchmakers started modifying pocket watches to fit on a bracelet worn on the wrist. Men would not wear the first iteration of the modern wristwatch until well into the 20th century.

Then developed as a ‘trench watch’ for military use, the earliest wrist watches offered something the pocket watch didn’t have – convenience.

After the wristwatch became less of a fashion accessory and more of a functional tool, watchmakers would spend the next century modifying them into the modern wristwatches we enjoy today.

#2 What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?

man wears watch

The age-old question: what wrist to wear a watch on? The answer – it depends.

The reason it depends is that since the creation of the wristwatch, men have mostly worn their watch on their non-dominant wrist. And since most people are right-handed, you would wear your watch on your left wrist.

But this isn’t always the correct answer. You may want to wear your watch on the right wrist if you are left-handed. But you may also want to wear it on your dominant hand.

So how do you know for sure?

The most significant benefit of wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is that you can quickly put the watch on and navigate the dial more efficiently than with your non-dominant hand.

Wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is less likely to damage the watch as you tend to do more with your dominant hand. If you were to wear it on your dominant hand, you’re more likely to scratch or ding the watch than on your non-dominant hand.

So the rule of thumb here is to wear your watch on your non-dominant hand for the best way to navigate and protect your watch.

#3 Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?

watch facing inside

The next question is, why would a man wear his watch facing inward on his wrist instead of outward?

This trend is seen primarily in individuals who need to check their watch frequently and in the most efficient way possible. Among the many reasons you should wear a watch, one of the most common is to support you in your profession.

You will see men in the military do this, as it’s easier and prevents sun glare better than when it’s on the outside of the wrist. It also offers faster convenience to other tools on the watch in addition to the time.

Another reason you may want to wear your watch facing inward is that it can help protect your watch from scratches and dings. Again, this is just a preference.

But you’re a stylish guy looking for the best way to wear his watch. What should you do?

The answer here is to wear it facing outward, as that is the most common way to wear a wristwatch. It shows off your timepiece that you love while also still being functional.

Unless you’re in a profession where you need to check your watch quickly while managing other tasks, the best way is to have your watch facing outward. After all, you probably didn’t spend money on that beautiful timepiece to hide its character.

#4 The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch

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Now it’s time to find out exactly how to wear a watch in the most stylish way a guy can.

Assuming you’ve selected the right size watch for your wrist, the first thing you want to do is figure out if you’ll be wearing your watch on your right or left wrist.

As mentioned above, traditionally, the watch is worn on your non-dominant wrist. So if you’re right-handed, this means wearing your watch on your left wrist. For left-handed guys, this means your right wrist.

After you figure that out, it’s quite easy. The first thing you want to do is locate your wrist bone.

You want to wear your watch face up just above your wrist bone. If done correctly, your watch should slightly peek out from under the cuffs of your shirt when wearing long sleeves.

Next, you want to tighten the strap so it’s loose enough to be comfortable. You don’t want it so loose it can spin freely around your wrist. You also don’t want it too tight, or it will feel uncomfortable, especially when you bend your wrist.

After doing this correctly, you’ll be wearing a watch in the most stylish way possible.

There you have it, gents.

Now you no longer have to worry about wearing your watch incorrectly.

There is more than one way to wear a watch, so find what’s most comfortable for you personally, and rock your favorite timepiece accordingly.

If you want to take your watch knowledge to the next level, check out this article I wrote about the difference between quartz and mechanical watches.

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Fall Capsule Wardrobe Preparation (Buy Now and Get $$$)

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We’ve all been there – fall comes around, and you open your closet only to find you have nothing but polos and shorts.

So what’s a stylish guy to do? Pay a premium to build an entire fall wardrobe last minute? Sure, if you’re loaded. But not every guy is that lucky!

Don’t worry; as ever, I’ve got you covered. In today’s article, I’ll show you how to get the best bang for your buck when building your fall capsule wardrobe.

We’ll be covering:

  1. What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?
  2. How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?
  3. Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?
  4. What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?

#1 What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?

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One of the most common headaches guys run into in their closet is having too many clothing options to choose from but not enough of the right options.

While more options aren’t bad, they can be overwhelming, especially when you rarely wear most items. This is where building a capsule wardrobe comes into play.

A capsule wardrobe is a limited selection of clothing items that complement each other. This means you can buy a smaller selection of items and create a larger number of outfits.

This is crucial to understand because most guys don’t have an unlimited budget for buying clothes. A capsule wardrobe allows you to purchase and use items frequently with little redundancy.

But where do you start in building your fall capsule wardrobe?

#2 How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?

fall clothing items

After you have put together the perfect capsule wardrobe, you can start to add a few fall-specific items. This is done by adding a few staple pieces that complement what you already have.

For most, fall offers mild temperatures mixed with slightly warmer temperatures.

This means that layering will be of the utmost importance because you may leave the house needing a jacket, but it might be warm enough by midday to sport only the t-shirt underneath.

Start with the basics when building your fall capsule wardrobe and add pieces accordingly.

Keep It Simple

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Fall is primetime for layering, so you only need a few outer layers and should focus more on the innermost layers.

You want to make sure that interchangeability is at the top of your list when it comes to your wardrobe. Everything should complement each other for ease of use.

With that said, having a few staples and adding additional items as you change seasons is essential.

For this reason, ensure you have the following items in your fall capsule wardrobe:

  • A dark three-piece suit 
  • A light-colored tweed blazer
  • A leather bomber or biker jacket
  • An overcoat (dark or light)
  • A formal button-up shirt (white)
  • 2 casual button-up shirts (flannel or chambray, you choose)
  • 2 sweaters (1 shawl, 1 crew neck)
  • 2 t-shirts (1 white, 1 black,)
  • 2 pairs of Jeans (1 dark, 1 light)
  • 2 pairs of slacks/chinos (1 dark, 1 light)
  • 2 belts (1 black, 1 brown)
  • 1 pair of black dress shoes
  • 1 pair of brown oxfords (leather or suede, you decide)
  • 1 pair of sneakers (plain white or brown)
  • 1 pair of military boots (black or brown)

When it comes to accessories like watches, scarves, or gloves, you can use what you have as most men won’t need all of them, so I won’t count them in.

#3 Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?

clothing on sale

As it is the middle of summer, fall will be approaching quickly.

Now is a great time to snag up some of last year’s sale items at department stores as they usually have sales on previous season items. By now, most men aren’t thinking about what to wear in the fall.

While you still might be able to find good deals on last year’s fall items, it’s usually the most optimal time to purchase these items after the season has ended. This is when retailers try hard to clear space and make room for the next season’s clothing.

When they do this, it is a great time to get excellent deals on items that have just gone out of season.

Another great option to buy men’s clothing is online at your favorite retailers, as they will often have sales and discounts on items they have in their online inventory but are not yet in prime season.

The most expensive items in your fall capsule wardrobe are the ones you want to focus on, as you can often save a significant amount of money out of season for them.

These big ticket items include:

  • Your dark three-piece suit and blazer
  • Overcoats and jackets
  • Dress shoes and sneakers
  • Boots

These items will be some of the most expensive items and can be found discounted out of season. Put these at the forefront of your fall capsule wardrobe search.

#4 What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?

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You want to adhere to a few staples when building your fall capsule wardrobe.

Since fall weather can vary, layering will be essential. These few items are crucial as mainstays that can be layered with other items within your wardrobe.

For example, if you experience a rather chilly day in fall and need to wear a suit, an overcoat is essential as that outermost layer because you can simply remove it when you no longer need it.

When it comes to the concept of layering within your fall capsule wardrobe, you want to make sure you nail these following items.

Overcoats

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Having a good overcoat to complement your fall capsule wardrobe is crucial.

The overcoat acts as the outermost layer and will be removed whenever you go indoors. This makes for a great option as you can wear it with anything as it offers excellent versatility.

When searching for the perfect overcoat, it’s essential to know your size as they usually come in sizes of suit jackets, not regular sizing. After you’ve nailed the size, focus on color.

Dark-colored overcoats tend to be the most versatile. However, a light camel color can work as well. Stay away from patterns with overcoats as the goal is to be as versatile as possible.

Leather Jackets

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A good leather jacket goes a long way. You can choose a leather biker jacket or a leather bomber; it’s your call.

Biker jackets can be slightly harder to pull off as most of the time, they will have a larger and more aggressive collar, but they still look great.

A leather bomber jacket is an excellent option because it looks great on all body types and often has more options than biker jackets.

For color, opt for black or dark brown, as that gives you the most versatility with other items in your fall capsule wardrobe.

Sweaters

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Sweaters are to fall, what t-shirts are for summer. This means they are a critical piece as they are season specific and offer great versatility when it comes to layering.

So how do you find the perfect sweater?

You want options, so have a couple of different collar choices to give yourself the most bang for your buck.

Having a shawl neck sweater and a crew neck sweater ensures you have all your bases covered.

Make sure you choose neutral tones such as greys, creams, and tans for color. This ensures maximum versatility with other items within your wardrobe and gives you the most options.

That’s it, gents.

To learn more about how versatile this concept of capsule wardrobes can be, check out how I turned 16 pieces of clothing into 256 outfits.

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The Best Zara Fragrances

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We all know of Zara and I’m pretty sure the majority of us own at least one piece from them, but I’m not here to talk about their reasonably priced clothing, I’m here for their fragrance.

Not quite a hidden gem but I don’t feel that they vast range and high quality fragrance that they create is given enough air time, I’m about to change that. The fragrance game is massive at the moment, everyone from the big fashion houses all the way to footballers have a scent on the market and they all carry a hefty price tag, with some of the bigger hitters asking in excess of

£100 for 50ml.

Zara clearly understand the need for a great fragrance but also appreciate not everything has to be overly expensive. I’ve been lucky enough to sample my fair share over the years and wanted to share with you what I feel are some of their strongest.

Tobacco Collective 100ml – £16.99

This is one of my absolute favourites, it works perfectly as an everyday scent. The initial smell is strong and masculine but with undertones of vanilla bourbon help to soften it slightly.

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For Him 100ml – £22.99

My current daily spray, its warm, modern and intense. It just so happens to be the perfect blend of three of my favourite scents, bergamot, cardamom and sandalwood. It’s strong yet light, never over powering and leaves a wonderful trail.

Florence 100ml – £16.24

Summer calls for a fresh fragrance and I cannot recommend this highly enough, its light, fresh and citrus scent is perfectly for those warmer days. Notes of black pepper, strawberry and guaiac wood allow this scent to sit gently on the skin with offending the noses of those around you.

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