June 6
Mon Jun 6,2011 12:31 am UTC

Tip #2 Shaving

Its about time!!! Dr Gram has written the shaving tip blog.

When developing my GRAM Skincare Men’s Shave I wanted to give the man on the go the best shave in the shortest amount of time.  So I combined the shave oils, shave cream and moisturizer all in one.  It is important that you always take the time to shave carefully. You want to avoid getting a shaving rash or any cuts on your face. To avoid the burning rash or the unsightly shave bumps first I want you to use GRAM Skincare daily scrub or clarifying cleanser to prepare the skin for shaving.  By using one of these products you will get rid of any dead skin so you can get the closest shave possible.  Next rinse with warm water and apply GRAM Skincare men’s shave and my favorite razor to use is the Power Fusion Razor from Gillette. Remember to rinse the razor often to ensure that you get a super close shave.   After you shave rinse your face with warm water and pat dry with a soft towel and then apply GRAM Skincare daily moisturizer.  This will guarantee you get the close, comfortable shave you desire.  Choosing the shave regimen is not to be taking lightly.  You may have heard that all shaves are the same…they are NOT!  Try GRAM Skincare and I promise you that you will not be disappointed.

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April 8
Fri Apr 8,2011 2:17 am UTC

Part 1 of the Men’s Facial Regimen

The Man’s facial regimen…3 parts

Part 1

First impressions are important and your face is front and center.  This is where people make their initial assumptions about what kind of a person you are. I will give a 3 part Men’s Regimen that will help keep your skin looking hot.  Part 1 will be how to wash your face.  Part 2 Shaving and Part 3 Moisturizing!

Facial Cleansers for a Man

It does not matter it you work construction or in an office cleansing your face is the first step to healthier, younger looking skin.

Using a mild cleanser can take care of this step. There are many types of facial scrubs that “deep clean” by cleaning our pores and exfoliating the dead skin that leaves your face dull. A good facial cleaner is mild yet removes dirt without removing moisture.  Step 1 choose the type of cleanser or scrub for your skin.  Dampen face with warm water gentle massage the cleanser or scrub in using fingers or facial sponge.  Rinse using cool water and pat dry.  This step in the cleansing regimen should take about 1-2 minutes.  Follow me on Facebook for Part 2.

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March 30
Wed Mar 30,2011 1:36 pm UTC

The Makeover Magic for Your Springtime Skin

The Makeover Magic for Your Springtime Skin

Using an exfoliation scrub on your face right after the winter time blues can ultimately make dry winter skin look and feel much worse.

Instead Dr Gram suggests a cleanser or moisturizer (or both!) containing an beta-hydroxy acid to rid your skin of those dull, dead cells. Dr Gram feels that if you absolutely need to use a “mechanical” form of exfoliation try a light jojo bead scrub.

This is about as harsh as you need on your facial skin and even the skin on your body, particularly when coming out of the winter season.  Following these simple little steps will help your facial skin look and feel springtabulous!!!

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November 30
Tue Nov 30,2010 11:30 am UTC

Don’t Let the Winter Weather Suck the Life Out of Your Skin

For many the words dry, cracked and red often describe the state of their skin during the winter months. But with just a few changes to your daily skin care routine you can keep your skin healthy and moisturized until the spring flowers bloom.

Although dry skin is prominent in winter, air conditioning in the summer often dries out skin just as much as cold, winter air. However, in the winter, heaters also have the same drying effect, adding to the stress your skin faces during the cold months. In order to keep your skin healthy, Dr. Gram suggests the following tips:

⁃ Keep your showers shorter with warm water rather than hot. In the cold winter months, it is tempting to turn your shower water extra hot, but hot water tends to dry out the skin quicker. Instead shower in luke warm water and pat yourself dry instead of wiping because this can wipe away the natural oils off the skin.

⁃ Keep drinking your water. Your skin is an organ and it needs to be fed from the inside as well. Drinking water in the dry months will help ensure your body stays hydrated and your skin looks beautiful.

⁃ Always clean your face with a non-drying cleanser. This rule should apply at any time of year, but in the winter this is even more important. A quality cleanser like GRAM Skincare’s daily or clarifying cleanser will cleanse your face without drying it out. Be wary of “oil-regulating” cleansers as they often dry out even the natural oils your body needs to keep the skin hydrated.

⁃ From there, apply your favorite moisturizer more often. You do not have to switch to a thicker moisturizer, but instead you should apply a moisturizer at least two times a day and for some people, three. Every time you wash your face, make sure to apply moisturizer.

⁃ The winter sun is just as brutal as in the summer time. Don’t skip the sunscreen. Even on cloudy, rainy winter days, always apply an SPF before heading outside. Sunscreen should be a part of your daily skin care routine regardless of the season.

By incorporating these simple tips into your winter skin routine, skin stays healthy and moisturized all winter long.

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October 26
Tue Oct 26,2010 7:00 am UTC

How to Help Your Tired Eyes

They say the eyes are the windows to the soul…but who is going to pay attention to your eyes if you’ve got dark circles and bags? Many things can contribute to beat up and tired looking eyes including age, poor eating habits, stress, lifestyle, environment, harsh skincare and cosmetics, lack of sleep and good old genetics from our parents. So why are our eyes so susceptible to damage? The skin under and around the eyes is very thin, meaning it is at a higher risk for damage caused by inflammation. Fortunately there are some things you can do to help fight the inflammation and simple lifestyle changes you can make to protect the skin around your eyes and keep it healthy.

Naturally, the hardest thing that you will have to implement is a healthier way of life.  Regular exercise, drinking at least eight glasses of water a day, eating more fruits and vegetables, and my personal hardship; getting eight hours of sleep a night will help improve your body and mind.  Following these guidelines will help improve your overall health and start to diminish the effects of inflammation of the skin around the eyes. In addition, make sure to wear sunglasses with an SPF factor. The sun can increase the melanin levels in your skin, which can lead to dark spots around the eyes and facial skin.

The next step to healthier, sexier eyes is to choose a great product that complements your healthy lifestyle. GRAM Skincare’s Eye Rescue will nourish the skin around the eyes with ingredient combinations that work to decrease inflammation, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and squish the dark circles.  Some of the active ingredients in the product are Rutin and Vitamin K, which work synergistically to diminish the dark circles, puffiness and discolorations. In addition, Eye Rescue features my patented Nutra-Vit ComplexTM, which is a combination of Niacinamide, Glucosamine and Vitamin E that work synergistically to additionally fight the effects of inflammation.

In addition to an eye rescue, it is always a must to moisturize your skin. GRAM Skincare Daily Moisturizer penetrates the skin and nourishes it with the Nutra-Vit ComplexTM and other great ingredients like organic soy bean, organic pomegranate and organic aloe that work synergistically to fight inflammation and most importantly moisturize the skin. I also recommend seeing your esthetician for a facial at least once every other month and if needed, getting a chemical or fruit peel 2-3 times a year. These professional services will only add to your skin health.

Since the skin around the eyes is so delicate and is so susceptible to damage, following the tips I outlined will help you get those younger healthier eyes that you have been looking for.

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September 9
Thu Sep 9,2010 12:29 pm UTC

How to Wash Blemish Prone Skin

We’ve all been there. You wake up in the morning and there’s a little red blemish staring back at you. Whether this is an everyday occurrence or something that happens every once in a while, we all need to know how to wash blemish prone skin. So if you have occasional acne or acne-prone skin, here’s Dr. Gram’s tips for you:

Limit washing:
Those who are prone to acne should avoid cleaning their face too much. Try cleansing your face no more than twice a day, typically once in the morning and once at night. If you exercise or have done anything else that has caused you to perspire more than normal, be sure you wash your face soon afterwards, especially if you have worn a hat or helmet which make acne worse. Sometimes acne is caused by stress or hormones. Although many think this type of acne is unavoidable, there are things you can do to limit the breakouts. Use a clarifying mask once or twice a week for 2-10 minutes. This will help control the breakouts and limit the duration of the breakout. When using GRAM Skincare’s clarifying mask, you can also use it as an overnight spot treatment on the lone star zit.

Use a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser:
Before choosing a cleanser for acne-prone skin, make sure the cleanser is gentle and non-abrasive. Ingredients that are too harsh for your skin, like alcohol, will dehydrate the skin. GRAM Skincare’s clarifying cleanser is gentle enough that it can be used twice a day without drying out the skin.

Use your fingertips:
When applying your cleanser, make sure you use your fingertips rather than the palm of your hand. This reduces skin irritation and will help diminish acne. In addition, using a washcloth, mesh sponge or anything else can irritate the skin can lead to breakouts.
 
Never scrub your skin:
Some think the harder your scrub, the cleaner it gets. Unfortunately, this is not true. Scrubbing the skin will not help to clear up your acne. In fact, scrubbing your skin will only irritate it and can actually lead to breakouts or make existing acne worse.
 
Use a combination of warm and cool water:
When you are beginning to wet your face, make sure to do so with luke warm water. This will open up the pores and allow the cleanser to get deeper. Make sure the water is just luke warm and not hot. Hot water will irritate the skin. When rinsing the cleanser off, use cooler water. This will close the pores and prevent dirt from getting in.
 
Shampoo Regularly
What is the one thing that surrounds your face most of the time? Your hair. If you have oily hair then these oils can easily transfer on to your face and increase breakouts. Therefore, if you hair sits on your face or if you have oily hair, make sure to shampoo often using Eufora Shampoo – Dr. Gram’s personal favorite!

Although, breakouts are a part of life, following these simple tips should help reduce the amount of breakouts you experience and help diminish how long the dreaded zit stays around. Once you incorporate these easing cleansing steps into your daily routine, keeping your skin clear and blemish-free should be easy!

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August 24
Tue Aug 24,2010 6:03 pm UTC

Skin Recommendations for Skin Discoloration

Skin discoloration can be frustrating, especially for certain ethnicities who are genetically predisposed to have pigmentation issues, particularly African American skin.  This common issue can also be caused by other conditions such as:

  • Insect bites
  • Acne scarring
  • Shave bumps
  • Pregnancy
  • Birth Control
  • Dry skin which leads to chapping
  • Oily skin which leads to clogged pores

Since skin discoloration can be caused by any combination of the above elements, Dr. Gram suggests employing the following treatments and products to ensure brightness and uniformity of skin tone.

  1. Scrubs: Scrubs remove unwanted dead skin cells and stimulate your body to produce new, healthy looking skin. Since your body is producing new cells, scrubs help to even the tone of your skin. Product Recommendation: GRAM Skincare Daily Scrub ( /products/daily-regimen/daily-scrub )
  2. Skin Lighteners: Using a proper lightener is important. Do your research and learn what the product is intended to do. Some fade the dark spots, while others work by controlling melanin production. I recommend using products that control the melanin production rather than fading spots. I also recommend staying away from Hydroquinone products because there are potential side effects, especially in Asian skin. My patented Nutra-Vit Complex, which is found in every GRAM Skincare product, includes Niacinamide, Glucosamine and Vitamin E. These three ingredients have many functions but one is to control skin tone by inhibiting the tyrosinase enzyme from activating the melanocytes which secret melanin and lead to discoloration. Product Recommendation: GRAM SKincare Daily Moisturizer (/products/daily-regimen/daily-moisturizer )
  3. Acids: Alpha Hydroxy Acids should be used by a professional only. I am a firm believer in regularly visiting an esthetician to receive a chemical peel or glycolic acid facial. I would not suggest using glycolic acid washes at home because improper use can dry, damage and destroy your skin. Beta Hydroxy Acids are similar to salycylic acid and are safe to use at home on a daily basis. Product Recommendation: GRAM Skincare’s Clarifying Regimen which uses salicylic acid as a mild exfoliator to brighten and even skin tone. It is not just for acne prone skin. (/products/acne-regimen )
  4. Micro-Dermabrasion: Micro-dermabrasion is like a gentle sandblast of your face. Sounds scary, right? It is actually painless and can provide immediate gratification. I always recommend seeing your esthetician to see if this treatment is right for you and I do not recommend the home micro-dermabrasion kits. These often do more harm than good.

Overall, the combination of good skin care products and professional peels and services, will help to fade skin discoloration and prevent further damage when part of a consistent routine. Read the labels on your skin care products and always consult your esthetician to avoid causing further damage by using harsh chemicals in the wrong way.

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August 18
Wed Aug 18,2010 5:04 pm UTC

GRAM™ Skincare Relaunches to Save More Faces: The Gentleman of Whom You Know Recommend the Dr. Gram Shave Cream

Below is the Gentleman of Whom You Know’s article about GRAM™ Men’s Shave!

This emollient-rich shave cream provides the perfect combination to deliver a close, comfortable shave you desire.  Wheat Germ, Grape Seed Oil, Aloe and Salicylic Acid blend harmoniously to prevent irritation and promote healthy, conditioned skin. Ideal for daily use, GRAM™ Men’s Shave is comforting to even the most sensitive skin.  The small size makes it ideal for travel.

The stats:

• Essential oils soften the beard in preparation for shaving.
• Fruit Stem Cell Technology
• Exclusive Nutra-Vît Complex™
• Paraben Free
• No pre-shave prep required: essential oil beard preparation and shave cream all-in-one
• Anti-Inflammatory Properties

The gentlemen of Whom You Know put this to the test, and they say:

I am now at day four of using GRAM’s men’s shave cream and I have to say this stuff rocks.  It’s spreads out much more densely than normal shaving creams, so you don’t use nearly as much for an optimal shave.  I have soft skin, that easily gets irritable with any lack of cream or an even slightly dull razor, but this cream makes life much easier.  I only use and need about a quarter of the cream I normally would with standard cream, it spreads thin and works perfectly.  Some of the ingredients in the cream are very unique, like grape seed oil & wheat germ which clearly make your skin far less irritable with every shave during and after.  The cream is soothing and the fragrance is extremely unique and addicting.  I highly recommend picking up a 2 oz tube to try and experience the GRAM way, it’s something that every guy who has to shave at least a few times a week needs to experience.  Great work GRAM!!!

I simply want to say that I love this shaving cream. Dr Gram has the best men’s shaving cream on the market. It’s amazing how it cushions your skin and really prevents your face from getting nicks and cuts. My face comes out smooth clean and so soft.  It’s very light and doesn’t clog up my razor. If you want a smooth clean shave then you have the best product out there.

I am the type of guy that sticks to one shave cream when I find one that I like, but since joining the skin care panel for Whom You Know, I’ve had the opportunity to sample more than my share of shave creams that I would never had tried before.  Some were good, a few were great, and then there are the ones that ended up in the trash can.  See, I have sensitive skin prone to irritation and bumps, so I am picky about my shave cream.  Having tried Grams Men’s Shave Cream, it’s safe to say this shave cream is GREAT.   I followed the instructions, (as I always do), dampening my face with warm water, lathering up, and rinsing the blade often.  No bumps or irritation, and my face was smoother than ever before.  And a smooth face makes for a happy wife. Gram Shave cream is definitely a keeper.

About GRAM Skincare
The professional apothecary line was launched in 2008 by compounding pharmacist, Dr. Bernard Gramlich. The highly effective yet gentle unisex formulas focus on the treatment of chronic skin inflammation by harnessing the power of unique, certified natural, organic and pharmaceutical grade ingredients. Products are free of parabens, sulfates and benzoyl peroxide. www.gramskincare.com

Source: Whom You Know

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July 21
Wed Jul 21,2010 12:55 pm UTC

Eye Care for Men 101

What is the first thing you see when you look in the mirror in the morning? Dark, puffy circles under your eyes or the beginning of crows feet?  With Dr. Gram’s eye care tips your worries are over. But before Dr. Gram tells you how to prevent those tired looking eyes, it is important to learn the science behind eye care.

Why is the skin around the eye so delicate?

The skin around the eye is very thin.  Since there are no oil glands in the skin around your eyes to help keep it moisturized, the fine lines and wrinkles show up sooner than they do other places on your face.  Dark circles come from exhausted capillaries under the eyes that leak and lead to darkness. In addition, this can be the cause of puffiness under your eyes.

Let’s take a look at the eye care hurdles we face, as well as the solutions to the issues…

DARK CIRCLES
Dark circles can be the result of one of the following: lack of sleep, dehydration, smoking, heavy drinking or aging. While you can’t control the aging or hereditary factors, men can beat the dark circle syndrome by getting at least 8 hours of sleep per night, drinking 7-8 glasses of water per day and avoiding smoking or being around those who smoke. In addition, you should always use Eye Rescue both morning and night. GRAM Skincare’s Eye Rescue contains Vitamin K and Rutin which work together to reduce dark circles.

PUFFINESS
Typically, puffy eyes are from lack of sleep, allergic reactions or fluid retention/dehydration. To avoid such baggage, some easy solutions include getting proper sleep and drinking water.  Vitamin C is a great ingredient to combat puffy eyes. Also, the ingredients in my patented Nutra-Vit Complex help to reduce puffiness.

AGING
As you already know, the skin around your eyes is delicate and thin, and as a result, fine lines and wrinkles show up faster. Another point to make is that as we get older, our collagen and elastin production decreases. Collagen and elastin are the ingredients that keep the skin tight and firm.  Using GRAM Skincare Eye Rescue will help keep eyes looking youthful because of my Nutra-Vit Complex which has Vitamin E, Glucosamine, and Niacinamide.  These three ingredients work synergistically to build more collagen and elastin so the windows to the soul stay young longer.

TAKE NOTE…

Now that we’ve addressed the most common issues and why they occur, it is necessary to note that applying eye products must be done properly to ensure you are taking care of the skin around your eyes correctly. Applying eye care products is a technique like a golf swing.  The recommended technique is to lightly dap the product around your eye area from the outer margin to the inner margin.  Rubbing your eye like you pet your dog is not advised.  The skin is delicate and will wrinkle faster if you rub because you will break the collagen and elastin down faster.

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June 29
Tue Jun 29,2010 11:35 am UTC

Dr Gram’s 4 easy steps for the close comfortable shave you desire!

Shaving doesn’t have to be a daily downer. Most men dread shaving because of razor burn, time commitment, shave bumps, etc., and after all that suffering, most don’t get the close, comfortable shave they want. Follow Dr Gram’s shave techniques to get that perfect shave you’ve been chasing all these years.

Products and tools you will need:

  • Hot water (Recommendation: shave after showering)
  • GRAM Skincare Daily Scrub
  • GRAM Skincare Shave Cream
  • Razor (Recommendation: Fusion Pro-Glide Razor)
  • GRAM Skincare Daily Moisturizer

Step1 #:  Prepare

Begin by exfoliating with Dr. Gram’s Daily Scrub. This will soften and lift facial hair for a closer shave. For those who shave daily, you can alternate days with GRAM Skincare Clarifying Cleanser.

Step #2:  Applying the Shave Cream

Most shave creams require the additional application of a shave oil to provide a slick enough surface for the razor. GRAM Skincare Shave Cream includes shave oils to eliminate a step and create a better shave.  To use, simply use fingers to work the shave cream into the beard aggressively in a circular motion.

Step #3:  Shave

Grab your Fusion Pro-Glide Razor and begin shaving with the grain of the hair, which is normally a downward stroke.  Use short strokes and rinse the blade often in warm water.  In the tough-to-get areas, you can go against the grain to ensure a close shave without the fear of shave bumps.

Step #4: Moisturize

Rinse your face first with warm water and follow it with a couple of rinses with cool water to tighten up the pores. Pat your face dry. Now it is time to moisturize skin with GRAM Skincare Daily Moisturizer and your favorite SPF product.


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