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What Your Skin NEEDS In Your Gym Bag

My Workout Wunderkinds: What’s In Your Gym Bag?

Tons of my friends are living more mindful lives through yoga. The Jiu-Jitsu guys at the club where I go for kickboxing classes get totally in the zone during their matches. Barre, CrossFit, Pilates, there are so many studio classes you can choose from to integrate into your daily work-life routine…each with proven physical and mental benefits. Committing to a more active lifestyle is a challenge as it is. It’s no surprise that your post-workout skincare is the last thing you think about. But don’t let all that hard work undermine your skin’s clarity! If your exercise is making you break out, that’s one more excuse not to work out…which is the last thing any of us needs.

Here are 5 multi-function wonders you should be packing:

1. Essence Superwash + Conditioner — gym amenities may not give you the same anti-allergy, anti-acne care. Getting clean as soon as you’re done with your sets helps prevent sweat and bacteria from clogging pores and wreaking havoc.

2. SuperSkin Care Regimen — just like exercise, it’s consistency that gives you results. Get travel-sized versions of your regular regimen — super handy to throw in your bag’s side pocket.

3. Id Monolaurin Gel — prevent post-workout sweat acne. And bacne. And buttne. This knockout sanitiser is also great for anything that requires hand wraps or gloves where perspiration tends to pool during your session. You should also apply it to any part of your body that comes into contact with shared gym equipment — kettle balls, kicking pads, the studio floor mat, etc. — because nobody has time for staph infections.

Side skinsider tip: if you start itching, check if it’s because you’re sensitive to dyes or rubber in your gym gear!

4. Boo-Boo Balm — for cuts or abrasions. I’ve had one too many a mat burn myself from kickboxing. This ouchless first aid champ has also come to the rescue of long-distance runners who suffer chafing.

5. Armada Sport 50+  — when you’re at the pool or sweating it up outdoors.

Karen leads VMV Hypoallergenics’ Global Markets division, traveling extensively and loving VMV’s distributors across the world, including Canada, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, Sweden, and Taiwan. Karen finds exhilaration in VMV’s aspirations of amicable global expansion, systems and strategies, the realm of words, English humor, and music festivals. Follow Karen on instagram for travel, health, and overall positivity!

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Skin Is In For Him, Too

“We’re determined to give our kids healthy habits. We explain why each step is important, then repeat, repeat, repeat. We ask them if they’ve brushed their teeth, showered, put on sunscreen. We make a VERY BIG DEAL every time they take care of themselves. We say, you eat fruits and veggies for your body, you do something active for your heart, you read for your brain…you wash up and wear sunscreen to keep your skin healthy. Skincare is just part of staying healthy for us.”

Juan Pablo, VMV COO, and son

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Gentle (Beneficial!) Shaving: The Skin-Saving Shave

Skin-Saving Shaving

VMV’s literal dad (husband to our founding dermatopathologist, my mother) loved to shave. It was his time for quiet contemplation and self tending. Yet it took a while for shaving to catch on at VMV because my side of the family, being Filipino and without a rich depilatory tradition, didn’t see the big deal…until my Argentine husband came alone. Thanks in part to his rosacea and seborrheic dermatitis, he hated to shave. Shaving hurt so he considered it a chore, and he envied my dad the pleasantness of his shaving routine.

Noticing that there weren’t a lot of options for people like him who had problem skin and wanted or needed to shave, he spearheaded the creation of a VMV shaving line. With my mom’s research, we discovered that we could make it multi-tasking: allergen-free safety and real skin benefits with each shave.

My dad succumbed to multiple myeloma, thirteen very full, active years after his diagnosis. His initial prognosis was 6 months and so we are forever grateful to the brilliant, researching, innovating, publishing minds at the University of Arkansas for Medical Services Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy for buying him over a decade of health. By the time we launched our shaving line three years later, we knew he’d be an inspiration for it somehow (or “skinspiration,” in our parlance 🙂 and he was. Everything about these formulations make shaving safer, less of a pain, gentler, and — with ingredients like yerba mate and coffee — a joy and a great morning picker-upper.

True to our mission of safety and proven efficacy, and our “why” of saving the world’s skin, this line’s efficacy, multi-beneficial elegance of function, and quiet luxury make this daily ritual a true pleasure, one that can be done leisurely, and with great benefits beyond the simple chore. And because these formulations are great on various skin and hair types, they’re awesome for anyone who needs to shave, any where!

We hope you enjoy it!

Laura, VMV CEO


Laura is the CEO of VMV Hypoallergenics and eldest daughter of our founding dermatologist-dermatopathologist. She has two children, Madison and Gavin, and works at VMV with her sister and husband (Madison and Gavin frequently volunteer their “usage testing” services). In addition to saving the world’s skin, Laura is passionate about learning, literature, art, health, science, inclusion, cultural theory, human rights, happiness and goodness.


How To Shave Right


WHY: Because you’re not gross. You clean the rest of you daily and it’s your face that gets the most dirt and pollution. Cleansing begins shaving’s softening and warming process, too. Try a scrub like 1635 Pre-Shave Scrub to dislodge dirt, dead skin and ingrown hairs that can clog up a razor.

DO NOT use bar soaps. Their higher pH dries out the skin and strips away hair-softening oils.

TIP: Cleanse during a warm shower — the two most important things in shaving are heat and water.


WHY: The same reason barber shops use wet, warm towels. Heat and water, that important.

DO NOT use scalding hot water. If you don’t know why maybe you shouldn’t be shaving.

TRY THIS: Right after a shower (the steam helps, too) prep skin with a lubricant like 1635 Pre-Shave “Oil.”  Made to mimic the barber-shop towel, it keeps the beard warm and soft, and traps in water for a longer time.


APPLY cream with a massaging, circular motion to work it through the beard well.

IT’S NOT the size of the lather that matters — lots can be mostly air and mean less contact between razor and beard. Shaving Creams are more follicle-fixating than most and come in three options customized to your beard’s texture: fine, coarse and in-between.

TIPS: Shave in the direction of hair growth. Going against it pulls hair up and away, increasing the chances of shaving below the skin’s surface (how ingrown hairs happen). Shaving in the right direction and not repeating strokes is also gentler on skin and prevents razor burn.


RINSE with cold water to reduce inflammation (like a cold compress on an injury). Gently pat dry (don’t rub) with a soft towel.

DISINFECT & MORE: A multitasking aftershave product does more than bring down inflamation and prevent infection. Try 1635 Soothing Aftershave Salve if your issue is razor burn, dryness or sensitive skin; Anti-Bump Solution for ingrown hair, acne and large pores; Invigorating Aftershave Gel for a little of everything plus a peppery kick of energy. Each formulation packs anti-aging, antioxidant and moisturizing stuff in it, too.

SUNSCREEN. Because you should. Because healthier, smoother skin makes for a healthier, smoother shave. And because no one wants cancer.


Our Founding Physician on Shaving –

Our Hypoallergenic Shaving Cream line exists because we believe shaving shouldn’t be a pain. And why not add real skin-therapeutic benefits while we’re at it! Our founding dermatologist-dermatopathologist joins other experts in sharing tips for healthy shaving on’s “6 Shaving Habits You Need to Drop immediately.”

Can’t make shaving safe, pleasant AND therapeutic? #candew!


1635 Gentle Men’s Therapeutic Shaving –

Our Hypoallergenic Shaving Cream line is in Cheat Sheat’s “13 Men’s Products Worth Splurging On“: for its

“combines shaving and skincare to help you multi-task when shaving. This the line to opt for if you have sensitive skin. Not only are all the formulations designed with anti-acne and anti-aging properties, the shaving creams come in various iterations specific to your hair type (fine, coarse, etc.). They’re also rich in virgin coconut oil to prevent razor burn.”



Gift Set For Men – Composure Magazine

Our gift set for men is Composure magazine’s Holiday Gift Guide for Him!



For All Ye Merry Gentlemen Gift Set –

Our popular gift set for men is in “His and Hers: The Luxury Beauty & Grooming Gift Guide” on!

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