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Skincare for Men (and Women)



A reader who asked to remain anonymous writes:

My 28th birthday was barely a couple of months ago, and I’ve noticed a couple of very faint wrinkles starting to form in my forehead. They’re barely visible right now, but I know that the problem is only going to get worse, and I don’t have any visible other signs of aging at the moment (no crow’s feet, smile/frown lines or lines in my neck etc.). My question is this: what skincare regimen would you recommend to minimize (if not eliminate) aging?

I’d appreciate it if you left my name out if you decide to make a post out of this.

Beauty privilege is real. People will judge you based on how you look. Better looking people earn more money for doing the same job. This is unfair. Welcome to life.

You should therefore have no shame in trying to look younger.

Most skin aging is due to not wearing sunscreen. Always wear sunscreen.

What most people consider aging is really just sun damage. Losing skin tonality, in other words, is not an internal natural process as much as it’s the result of external damage.

Compare a 40-year-old school teacher’s face to a working man’s face. The teacher’s face, unexposed to sun light, will have few lines. The skin will remain taught. The skin will slightly glow.

The man’s face will have deep line carved across his forehead. His facial skin will be dull and starting to sag.

The first rule of skincare for men is to wear sunscreen. If all a man did to his skin was apply a moisturizing sunscreen in the morning, he would look five years younger. (With a proper skincare routine, he’ll look ten years younger.)

There are hundreds of sunscreens on the market, leaving most men confused. There’s no need to be confused if you keep four things in mind:

  • The sunscreen must offer UVA and UVB protection;
  • The sunscreen must no clog your pores;
  • The sunscreen must moisturize;
  • The sunscreen should be paraben-free, as parabens are estrogenic.

You need two different sunscreens – one for daily office use, and one for serious outdoor use.

I use Vanicream sunscreen, and consider it among the best in breed. It’s titanium and zinc oxides provide full protection against skin-destroying UVA and UVB rays.

However, Vanicream is thick and can leave some white patches on your skin if, like most guys, you don’t spend several minutes working it into the skin. That’s fine for heavy outdoor use, but can look weird in the office.

Most guys want a “glob and move” sunscreen. Get a blog into your hands, smear it on your face, and get away from the bathroom mirror.

Neutrogena is a great daily-use sunscreen. It’s non-oily, so it won’t clog your pores or make your nose look like a greasy pizza. It’s also affordable.

If you have dry skin, Cetaphil Fragrance Free Daily Facial Moisturizer will be right for you. Cetaphil has extra moisturizing properties. Where as it might make a person with oily skin look greasy, it will make a person with dry skin have a moist face.

Once you’re wearing sunscreen daily, use these advanced skincare tips.

If you’re not wearing sunscreen before sun exposure, nothing else you do will matter. Once you’ve started wearing daily sunscreen, you’ll be ready for more advanced skincare tactics.

To answer your question, we can take one of three approaches. In order of ease and cost effectiveness, here you go:

  1. Vaseline on your forehead.
  2. Serums.
  3. Retin-A.
  4. Dysport.

Vaseline. If it won’t make you break out, put a small (smaller than you think, I’m talking not even a dime-sized blob) amount of Vaseline on your forehead before going to bed. That will keep the forehead skin lubricated and prevent wrinkles. You can also put some Vaseline on your forehead during the day. Just wipe it off before going out so you don’t look like a teenage grease ball.

By Vaseline, I don’t mean the fancy lotion they sell. Stick with the pure petroleum jelly.

Retin-A. Retinols (sold over the counter) are a scam. You need full, prescription-strength Retin-A. Retin-A works by encouraging cellular turnover in your skin. It essentially strips down the top, wrinkled layer of your skin, revealing a new smooth layer.

Be careful. Use a tiny amount and don’t use it every day, as it will strip the heck out of your skin if you do. You also have to avoid the sun. As with all prescription medications, do your homework before using it.

Botox/Dysport. The best time to get Botox done is before your wrinkles have formed. It’s actually relatively inexpensive if you’re a younger guy. Since you’ll need only a small amount, a treatment might only cost $300 or so every year. (You’re supposed to go every 6 months, but that’s for old ladies who already have deep wrinkles. If you’re just going for wrinkle prevention, once every 9-12 months is fine.)

Shop around. Dysport is a new competitor to Botox and they often offer coupons to compete with one another. Find a dermatologist on Yelp who only does Botox/cosmetic stuff.

Serums. Serums are topical antioxidants. Vitamin C+E encourages collagen growth. Cosmetic Skin Solutions is as good as the stuff they sell for over $125 in spas.

The Vitamin C serum only last around 30 days, as the Vitamin C oxidizes. It’s probably not cost-effective to just use it on your forehead, and is more for guys who do their whole faces.

Hyaluronic acid is a super moisturizer that will keep your skin moist and supple. For years I used a brand on Amazon that cost over $30 a month. Gorilla Mind has formulated its own skincare product.

This serum is loaded with hyaluronic acid, Vitamin B5, Vitamin E and other anti-inflammatory ingredients.

You can buy it here.





Is “Kung Flu” the latest Media Hoax?



Several White House reporters confronted Trump regarding his decision to call the coronavirus (or COVID-19) the China Virus.  One reporter asked him about a White House administration official who is alleged to have called the coronavirus Kung Flu.

When the reporter was asked the name of the official, the reporter said she didn’t know.

The original claim regarding Kung Flu comes from CBS reporter Weijia Jiang. On March 17th, she Tweeted:

This morning a White House official referred to #Coronavirus as the “Kung-Flu” to my face. Makes me wonder what they’re calling it behind my back.

Ms. Jiang has not identified the official.

One reason could be because this official does not even exist.

Under American defamation law, you can lie all you like.

You can’t lie about a person by name.

If no White House official called the coronavirus Kung Flu, or if there is some important context missing, then Jiang could be sued.

You can watch the Kung Flu exchange in this video here:

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The Stafford Act Text Message Announcing an Emergency Quarantine is a Hoax



By now you or someone you know has received a hoax text announcing martial law. With some minor variations, the texts all read the same:

  • In 48 to 72 hours the president will evoke what is called the Stafford act. Just got off the phone with some of my military friends in DC who just got out of a two hour briefing. The president will order a two week mandatory quarantine for the nation. Stock up on whatever you guys need to make sure you have a two week supply of everything. Please forward.


The National Security Council issued a rare public statement warning the public that the Stafford act text was a hoax.

How can you tell the Stafford Act Text is a Hoax?

Even if you refuse to accept the NSC’s word on the matter, the text message has some telltale signs of a hoax.

First, the text promises secret insider knowledge. “Just got off the phone with some of my military friends in DC who just got out of a two hour briefing.” This is a vague enough proclamation that it sounds plausible.

Second, no specifics of these friends are given. Who are these friends? Why did they call this specific person?

Third, the hoaxers ask you to spread the message. Why would anyone acting in good faith want to incite a panic?

If an emergency quarantine were able to be declared, the plan would be Top Secret. No one’s friends would just get out of a briefing and start alerting people. THEY WOULD GO TO PRISON FOR LEAKING CLASSIFIED INFORMATION.

If such an emergency plan were in the works and higher command wanted the story to get out, they’d leak it to a credible outlet. Not share chain-letter style text messages.

There’s also tradecraft involved in sharing classified information.

None of the telltale signs (and no I won’t share how to leak classified secrets here) were present in that alert.

UPDATE: Other outlets are now reporting that the Stafford Act text is a foreign disinformation campaign:

The Trump administration is alleging that a foreign disinformation campaign is underway aimed at spreading fear in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic, three U.S. officials said Monday. On Sunday, federal officials began confronting what they said was a deliberate effort by a foreign entity to sow fears of a nationwide quarantine amid the virus outbreak.

Agencies took coordinated action Sunday evening to deny that any such plans were put in place, as they tried to calm a nation already on edge by disruptions to daily life caused by the virus.



Read More about Mike Cernovich here.

Who is Mike Cernovich?

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How Trump Drafted Google into the War Against Coronavirus



Elvis Presley served in the Army after he was drafted, and in American history it was common for celebrities to serve their country during times of national crisis. Noblesse oblige, or the duty the noble and rich owed to society, arouse perhaps out of morality or maybe simple self-preservation. If you’re getting while the getting is good, giving something back goes a long way to avoid class resentment.

Those thoughts were perhaps on Trump’s mind (or more likely his instinct) when he announced that Google was taking massive action to help America fight the coronavirus.

Google at first pushed back at the suggestion that it, a nearly trillion dollar mega-corporation, actually doing something to help the users it profits from.

Why should Google help save lives? Why should Google do anything other than operate as an amoral, blood-sucking corporation that violates user privacy and exploits children?

The media bros were quick to rush to save Google. Poor Google! They were being bullied by the ORANGE MAN BAD.

Google’s media errand boys like Jake Tapper and others were quick to publish stories attacking Trump for suggesting that Google actually do something.

Some like your humble correspondent Mike Cernovich saw right away was Trump was doing.

Trump was drafting Google into the war against coronavirus.

Google, whatever its motivations, answered the draft.

Public pressure must intensify.

The corporations make billions of dollars a day by spying on users.

The least they can do is use that data to find out where coronavirus hot spots are, share that information with the CDC, and get information shared with the sick.

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