We do the best we can to take care of ourselves amidst a busy schedule of work, school, family and other commitments. One area that gets less attention as stress goes up is the face. Dark lines under the eyes, stress acne and five o'clock shadow are all indicators that you're burning the candle at both ends. And sure, it's likely that in the short term those should take a back seat to everything else you've got going on. But with a few adjustments, and a few devices, you can make a big difference in how you look and feel — always a plus.
Braun M90 Mobile Shaver (see above)
Obviously mostly for our male readers, shaving is one of the best things you can do for your face. A shave will remove dead skin and help you smell better as hair traps oils that give you acne and makes you smell worse. It also looks tends to look more professional. A generation ago men used to keep razors in their desks and it's not a bad idea to keep that going, even if it's only for the occasional shave. We like the Braun M90 Mobile Shaver because it's slick, portable and simple.
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Rejuvenator
Neutrogena says this little device exfoliates the skin better than professional microdermabrasion because it can be done more frequently. You attach a little puff to the head of the Rejuvenator, wet it and go to town on your face for one to two minutes up to three times per week. This removes dead skin cells, decreases pore size and can help people with ingrown hair issues, guys included.
Clarisonic Skin Care System
Looking kind of like a hair dryer with the end cut off, the Clarisonic is a vibrating cleanser that removes makeup and dead skin better than a liquid cleanser alone. While it's not a necessity if you're already using a liquid product, the system is a good addition for exfoliating and deep cleaning.
Omnilux MD Clear-U
This is one of many devices that use red and blue light to kill bacteria. The light works by heating up and killing P. acnes bacteria that cause blemishes. The red light in some devices penetrates deeper to stimulate collagen, while others, like the Omnilux, use the red to calm the skin. Other light-based alternatives include the Ansr and Baby Quasar.