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Best Shaving & Skincare Products For Men

We usually focus on the ladies here at Travel Beauty, but men, we want you and your skin to know that you are always on our minds. With Father’s Day around the corner, you may be able to cajole your family into snagging some of these shaving and grooming products for you. WARNING: Once you try them, you will never go back to your drug store brand again.

Binchotan Charcoal Shaving Gel

Binchotan charcoal, from Japan, seems to make every product with which it is infused exponentially better and more effective. Why? Known as the highest quality activated charcoal for purifying water, Binchotan charcoal can be used to absorb chemicals in tap water, remove toxins from the skin, capture moisture and odors from the air, enhance blood circulation in a hot bath, stimulate healthy soil in the garden and deflect negative ions in your home. Given this impressive resume, we are happy to have as many Binchotan charcoal products as possible, and they’ve now created a Binchotan Shaving Gel.

Binchotan Shaving Gel is a complete shaving experience, containing not only purifying Binchotan charcoal but also hydrating glycerin, invigorating rosemary and cooling menthol. What it does not contain are parabens, oil, synthetic fragrance or dye. Shaving Gel is a bit of a misnomer, as this is actually a 3-in-1 pre-shave lotion, shaving cream and aftershave that moisturizes, protects and soothes the delicate skin of the face and neck for a close shave that is not too close for comfort. As an all-in-one product, it’s perfect for busy mornings and, of course, travel. (Though we’re addressing the men here, it’s lovely on the legs as well, ladies, too.)

Binchotan Facial Soap

Many men prefer bar soap to liquid facial cleansers. If you are one of those, give Binchotan Facial Soap a go. It is gentle and has all of the purifying characteristics of Binchotan charcoal. Can be used as a 2-in-1 for the body as well.

Vine Minus Ion Care Water

Have extra sensitive skin that makes shaving a misery? After your shave, apply Vine Minus Ion Care Water, with a cotton pad, on your face and neck. Schpritz it on if you prefer. This miracle water from Japan is negatively charged and bonds to skin killing bacteria and hydrating the skin. It will also boost the efficacy of your aftershave. NASA uses this baby to keep bacteria from forming on the lenses of satellites that it sends into outer space. This is some serious high tech water that will heal and soothe your skin post shave.

Ursa Major Traveler’s Skin Care & Stellar Shave Kits

The Traveler’s Skin Care Kit  and Stellar Shave Kit are filled with travel essentials from our friends in Vermont at Ursa Major. Ursa Major provides men with healthy and highly effective skin care and shaving solutions that are a pleasure to use. These advanced formulations are robust, natural alternatives to the bland, chemical-laden products that pervade today’s marketplace. Ursa Major’s products never contain petrochemicals, sulfates, parabens, synthetic fragrance or color, glycols, silicones or PEGs.

The Traveler’s Skin Care Kit is a complete collection of simple and effective skin care for men in TSA-approved sizes all boxed up for easy use. It makes the perfect gift too! This kit covers all the skin care bases and includes Ursa Major’s Fantastic Face Wash, Essential Face Tonic, fortifying Face Balm and five individually wrapped tonic-infused Essential Face Wipes….that can even be used on the body in a pinch!

The Stellar Shave Kit contains a fine handcrafted black walnut razor, travel size Stellar Shave Cream and Fortifying Face balm.

Explore more shaving and grooming products for men.

By: Claire McCormack, Twitter & Instagram

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Our Holiday Beauty Bag

The Perfect Beauty Gift? It’s in the Bag

Even the most devout procrastinators are starting to think about holiday gifts. Everyone has that one person…who’s impossible to buy for. Who seems to simultaneously be super-selective, yet have everything!

Travel Beauty has officially solved this problem. We’ve gathered some of the most unique—and most effective—beauty finds from around the globe (five different countries, to be exact) to assemble a one of a kind, ultra-luxe exclusive beauty bag, complete with skin care, hair care and body care cult favorites. Even an extra special little something that just might make your smile brighter. You will not find a collection of beauty like this anywhere else!

So what do we have in our bag? Just ALL THIS:

From France

Cosmetics 27 Huile 27: 100% natural multi-tasking face oil can be used on face, body, lips, hair and cuticles. Nourishes, softens, regenerates and protects skin. Provides essential nutrients to restructure the epidermal tissue and help rebalance skin functions.

Institut Esthederm Cellular Water Spray: A multi-tasking miracle spray that energizes the skin and boosts the effectiveness of subsequently applied skin care. Can be used as a toner prior to applying serum/moisturizer, or to set makeup. Also perfect for a quick refresh at home and on the go.

From Israel

Lavido Alert Eye Cream: Revives, hydrates and protects the delicate skin of the eye area. Lightweight formula contains plant-based hyaluronic acid, cold-pressed avocado oil, organic pomegranate seed oil and citrus extracts to brighten, moisturize and relieve puffiness.

From Japan

Binchotan Toothbrush: The Binchotan charcoal blended into each bristle of this chic toothbrush prevents bad breath and helps removes plaque. Activated charcoal also gives off negative ions to prevent harmful bacteria from growing within the brush.

From The UK

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm: This multiple-award winning balm is the most pampering facial cleanser you’ll ever use! Thoroughly cleanses and purifies, helps minimize the appearance of pores, plumps, softens and revitalizes skin while also calming the senses.

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer: Originally created for Audrey Hepburn, this intensive moisturizing hair treatment delivers elasticity, bounce and shine to all hair types.

Philip Kingsley Moisture Balancing Shampoo and Conditioner: This duo strengthens and protects hair, leaving it shiny, manageable and lustrous.

Sapelo Skin Care Seaweed Enzyme MaskFrom The US

Mio Skincare Double Buff Dual Action Enzyme Exfoliator: A non-abrasive, omega-rich body scrub containing spherical particles of pumice, lava and bamboo to slough away dead skin cells and reveal soft, supple skin with increased clarity and radiance.

Sapelo Skin Care Seaweed Enzyme Mask: Exfoliates and renews radiance with natural plant-based papaya, pumpkin and yeast enzymes. Increases circulation, rehydrates skin and improves mild acne. Leave on for 15–20 minutes, once a week.

Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes: Made with bamboo fiber and infused with Ursa Major’s 4-in-1 Essential Face Tonic, these wonder wipes cleanse, exfoliate, soothe and hydrate.

Travel Beauty Travel Bag: Our signature bag is sleek with luxe touches. You’ll be shocked at how much beauty it can bear!

This is very limited edition, so grab yours now.

By: Claire McCormack, Twitter & Instagram

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Must Have Shaving & Skin Care Products for Men

We usually focus on the ladies here at Travel Beauty, but men, we want you to know you (and your skin) are on our minds as well. We’ve recently added new men’s grooming items from two of our favorite brands, and we’d like to introduce them to you – we think you just might like them.

Binchotan Charcoal Shaving Gel

The first product is the latest creation from Japan’s Binchotan Charcoal. Binchotan charcoal seems to make every product with which it is infused exponentially better and more effective. Why? Known as the highest quality activated charcoal for purifying water, Binchotan charcoal can be used to absorb chemicals in tap water, remove toxins from the skin, capture moisture and odors from the air, enhance blood circulation in a hot bath, stimulate healthy soil in the garden and deflect negative ions in your home. Given this impressive resume, we are happy to have as many Binchotan charcoal products as possible, and they’ve now created a Binchotan Charcoal Shaving Gel.

The Binchotan Charcoal Shaving Gel is a complete shaving experience, containing not only purifying Binchotan charcoal but also hydrating glycerin, invigorating rosemary and cooling menthol. What it does not contain are parabens, oil, synthetic fragrance or dye. Shaving Gel is a bit of a misnomer, as this is actually a 3-in-1 pre-shave lotion, shaving cream and aftershave that moisturizes, protects and soothes the delicate skin of the face and neck for a close shave that is not too close for comfort. As an all-in-one product, it’s perfect for busy mornings and, of course, travel. (Though we’re addressing the men here, it’s lovely on the legs as well, ladies, too.)

Ursa Major Traveler’s Skin Care Kit

The Traveler’s Skin Care Kit is another new travel essential from our friends at Ursa Major. Ursa Major provides men with healthy and highly effective skin care solutions that are a pleasure to use. These advanced formulations are robust, natural alternatives to the bland, chemical-laden products that pervade today’s marketplace. Ursa Major’s products never contain petrochemicals, sulfates, parabens, synthetic fragrance or color, glycols, silicones or PEGs.

This complete collection of simple and effective skin care for men comes in TSA-approved sizes all boxed up for easy use. It makes the perfect gift too! This kit covers all the skin care bases and includes Ursa Major’s Fantastic Face Wash, Stellar Shave Cream and Fortifying Face Balm. It also contains five individually wrapped tonic-infused Essential Face Wipes….that can even be used on the body in a pinch!

Explore more shaving and grooming products for men.

By: Claire McCormack, Twitter & Instagram: @ClaireMcMack

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I’d Lather Not: Creamy Cleansers for Suds-a-holics

I’ve Always Put My Hope In Soap

Squeaky clean: great for glass…fatal for face. We’re taught that getting our skin “too clean”- i.e.,  stripping away skin’s natural oils – is a skin care no-no, and will lead to all sorts of unsavory results: wrinkles, pimples, redness, flaking, etc. Not that that ever stopped me. For some deep-seated psychological reason with which a shrink would probably have a field day, I’ve never felt my cleansing was complete until my skin literally squeaked. To that end, I exclusively used soapy, foamy gel cleansers.

During the steamy days of summer, I felt completely justified about this habit. The mixture of sweat, skin care products and good ol’ New York City grime seemed to call for extreme clean measures. But even in winter I’d wash my face like the dickens, and then have to slather on about 3 layers of serums/creams/oils/lotions/essences to re-dew my dermis. Now, though, perhaps due to the sickeningly swift approach of a certain benchmark birthday, I have been more receptive to creamier cleansers. While these more nourishing formulas don’t give my skin the squeak, I’ve found some that still leave it deeply cleansed and – a new experience – comfortable.

The Cleansers: There’s One For Everyone!

  • Binchotan Charcoal Facial Cleansing Mask. Whether I leave it on for 30 seconds or three minutes, I get complimented on my skin every time I use this 3-in-1 makeup remover/cleanser/mask. The charcoal’s natural detoxifying powers draw out impurities from pores which prevents future breakouts and absorbs excess oil. This product is a great choice for anyone who’s really fretting over foregoing the foam, as it cleanses skin so deeply you can see the difference in your pores. This liquid cleanser looks like latex paint when you first pump it out of the bottle, and it is slick and silky to the touch. Just a little bit creates a thick mask, but unlike other dark detoxifying masks, it doesn’t dry up and harden, so it never leaves skin with that tight, parched feeling. When used as a cleanser, it just slides on and off easily with water. I massage it in with circular motions for about 20 seconds and then let it wash off in the shower. Unlike so many soapy/foaming cleansers, this one is truly safe for eyes – zero irritation or stinging, even when massaged in to remove mascara! It’s a “clean” cleanser, too: no parabens, alcohol, oil, fragrance or synthetic dyes.
  • Heaven Skincare New Edition Cleansing Cream. I was (pleasantly) shocked at how well just a little dab of this featherlight cream completely and thoroughly cleaned my entire face and eyes. It also happens to be the first bee venom cleanser in the world, which gives it anti-aging properties. Bonus! This is the ultimate strong yet gentle cleanser; it’s creamy and comprehensive. For all green beauty queens, all Heaven Skincare products are made with the highest quality natural and organic ingredients, so the anti-aging effects are achieved without nasty and/or harsh chemicals.
  • May Lindstrom The Honey Mud. This silky, pudding-like cleanser and mask gently exfoliates, detoxifies, soothes and conditions skin. It frees the skin of pollutants, infusing it with active enzymes and nourishment while restoring optimal hydration. Because it is so nourishing, it is a great choice for reactive or rosacea-prone skin. The Honey Mud not only looks like a delicious dessert, it smells divine as well. That’s thanks to its long list of active organic ingredients: Raw Honey is a naturally antibacterial humectant that promotes healing, Halloysite Clay deeply yet gently purifies and detoxifies and Colloidal Silver is naturally antibacterial, antifungal and antibiotic. Add to these skin superstars Cocoa, Vanilla, Ylang-Ylang, Frankincense and Myrrh, and you’ve got a unique product with a singular olfactory experience. This is something that May Lindstrom is truly a master of; not one of her products smell like anything else on the market (bravo, May!). Personally, I wouldn’t use The Honey Mud every single day (it’s a little to gentle and a lot not cheap), but what a treat it is a few times a week! Leave it on for a minute or two in the shower, enjoy the aromatherapy, then rinse off…I like to use a washcloth to remove for a little extra scrubbing effect.
  • Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm. Who’s the richest of them all? This jar par excellence, for sure. Emma Hardie is another natural, organic skin care line from the UK – coming VERY soon to Travel Beauty. This cleansing balm is Emma’s superstar product, having won about a dozen beauty awards since its launch just a few years ago. This balanced daily cleanser thoroughly cleanses deep in the pores, moisturizes and calms the skin. It removes all traces of face and eye makeup, and is so pure it doubles as a soothing and hydrating mask (just leave it on for ten minutes after massaging in). This is one of the best smelling products I have ever used, and yet it is completely devoid of any “fragrance”. The amazing scent comes from a long list of natural botanical ingredients (which also make it so beneficial for skin): Grape Seed and Sweet Almond Oil, rich in essential fatty acids, help to plump and soften skin, Moringa Seed Extract, Wild Sea Fennel and Vitamin E balance, purify and help minimize the appearance of pores, Orange, Neroli and Mandarin Essential Oils rejuvenate and revitalize the skin whilst calming the senses, and, lastly, Jasmine and Rose help to recondition dull, dehydrated and/or mature skin. Moringa Cleansing Balm starts as a solid, but quickly emulsifies into a luxurious liquid once you begin to massage it into damp skin. It feels and smells so good, I think I go into a bit of a trance every time I use it. Whether I’m in the shower or standing in front of my bathroom mirror at the end of a long day, I zone out a bit as I massage it in. Since it is so nourishing, you may only want to use it morning or night, depending on the moisture needs of your skin.

To preorder the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm, please email concierge@travelbeauty.com

If you choose to use any of these as a mask, I HIGHLY recommend adding several spritzes of Vine Minus Ion Care Water to your mask ritual. Why? This negative ion water is 170 times more absorbent than regular water, so it provides mega-moisture to skin and hair. Used in conjunction with skin care products, negative ion water works as a driver, boosting the effectiveness of those other products. Also, due to its pH of 12.5, bacteria cannot live in it, making it an insanely effective germ and bacteria killer. Vine Care Water is the perfect partner to whichever cream cleanser/mask you use.

By: Claire McCormack, Twitter & Instagram: @clairemcmack

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