Do you have an uncomfortable stiffness in your back? Apply muscle rub. Do you suffer from inflamed muscles and tendons? Apply muscle rub. Have you got an unflattering bruise because you hit yourself in the face trying to pry that lid off the jam jar? Apply muscle rub. This ointment has grown in popularity over the last couple of years but many customers are supposedly still cautious about how to use muscle rub. Do not fret. We have a little go to guide, which will help you apply muscle rub like a pro.

HOW TO APPLY MUSCLE RUB: CHECK THE LABEL

Despite the wonders that muscle rub can achieve, it is vital that you check the label before applying a new muscle rub. Big brands of muscle rub can use ingredients like diclofenac (an anti-inflammatory drug), which some people can be allergic to. I, myself, am allergic to this drug and I came out in itching hives when I applied Volterol to my shoulder. ‘But I do not know if I am allergic to this strange sounding drug’ I hear you ask. Do not worry. We recommend you apply muscle rubs that contain all natural ingredients. This way, you will be able to understand better what you are putting on to your skin.

HOW TO APPLY MUSCLE RUB: WHEN TO APPLY

Choosing when to apply muscle rub is important. Your skin must be clean but not hot. This means it is best that you wait for you skin to cool down after washing, swimming or undertaking any form of intense exercise. If your skin is hot, although the chances are slim, this can increase the side effects of a muscle rub.

HOW TO APPLY MUSCLE RUB: APPLICATION

Applying muscle rub is relatively straightforward and should not be a source of fear. Simply place a dollop of the product you are using on to your hand. The amount will depend on the size of the affected area. Now for the fun bit. Slowly massage the muscle rub into the affected area and wait for the funny little tingling sensation. After application, make sure you wash your hands. If muscle rub goes in your eyes, the tingling sensation does not tingle. In fact it burns. A lot. If this does happen wash your eyes with clean water immediately.

HOW NOT TO APPLY MUSCLE RUB

Now you’ve heard all the dos of how to apply muscle rub. However, there are a couple of don’ts. Don’t worry though, they’re all for your safety.

  • DO NOT apply muscle rub to the affected area more than four times a day. If symptoms continue, make an appointment with your doctor or physiotherapist
  • DO NOT apply muscle rub to your face, genitals or mouth. Like I said earlier, the tingly feeling is far from tingly and I guess it doesn’t taste very nice either.
  • DO NOT apply muscle to broken skin. Again, the feeling isn’t nice.

As you can probably gather, muscle rubs are strong and powerful little things. They are useful for all sorts of ailments and are generally handy to have on your person whether you are a Dad who cannot play with his children due to back ache, or an amateur athlete who cannot beat his PB due to a dodgy ankle. With your new found knowledge of how to apply muscle rub, your next quest is to decide which muscle rub to use. We recommend Bullet and Bones Muscle Activating Rub. Unlike other, larger brands, Bullet and Bone only contains natural ingredients so you can help muscles recover without worrying what you are putting on your body.

4 WAYS MACA EXTRACT CAN HELP YOU

The benefits of maca root extract have been recognised for years. Particularly, by tribes in Peru, who have been cultivating it for nearly 3000 years. Luckily, these tribes have not kept the plant’s benefits a secret, so let’s Peru-se (sorry, the joke was there!) the benefits of this wonderful butterscotch smelling wonder!

BENEFITS OF MACA ROOT EXTRACT… ON THE BODY

We’ll admit that Maca Root is the not the best known plant in the world. However, given the benefits of maca root on the body, it’s hard to understand why it isn’t more popular! If you struggle with fatigue, you don’t need to be branded as ‘lazy’ anymore! Maca Root is commonly taken orally to fight the symptoms of tiredness and anaemia. Trust me, I’d much rather take this than dose up on caffeine pills. It is SO much better for your heart.

If you’re that person in the workplace that seems to constantly have a cold, certain products that contain maca root extract will help you. You can now bid the nickname of ‘Sicky Steve’ good-bye. A key benefit of maca extract is that it helps boost the immune system given that it contains vital vitamins and minerals.

Lastly, studies have shown that doses of maca root extract can help you in the bedroom. Regular doses of the plant increase libido and fertility, which some may say is a pretty helpful benefit of maca root extract.

BENEFITS OF MACA ROOT EXTRACT… ON THE SKIN

The benefits of maca root extend to the outside of the body, as well as the inside. Some studies have shown that maca root extract could help protect against UV rays from the sun. However, even if this is the case, we are by no means implying that you should replace your SPF 50 with this useful little plant!

BENEFITS OF MACA ROOT EXTRACT… ON YOUR MOOD

One of my favourite benefits of maca root extract is that it can help reduce anxiety due to the compound flavonoid found within the plant. As someone who suffers from anxiety, I prefer to use natural products to help calm me down, instead of drugs that I don’t know the content of.

BENEFITS OF MACA ROOT EXTRACT… ON PERFORMANCE

Yes, we have mentioned the benefits of maca root extract on one type of performance, but the useful applications extend beyond the bedroom! If you have a big test you need to revise for and nothing seems to be going in, try using maca root extract. The plant is said to improve brain performance and enhance your memory. It might not get you full marks but every little helps!

Benefits of maca root extract can also be seen through exercise!  Studies have shown that the plant can help enhance energy and stamina. This is can be useful when trying to gain muscle and strength – be the Hercules you were destined to be!

As it can be seen, the benefits of maca root extract appear to be never ending. ‘But where can I get this handy little plant from?’ I hear you ask. Maca Root extract is included as part of Bullet and Bone’s signature blend in all their products. Designed to with athletes in mind, Bullet and Bone’s products help sportsmen both mentally and physically.

It seems odd that there is a specific moisturiser for men, which is different to moisturisers for women. However, just by looking at a man’s complexion, you begin to see it differs greatly from its female counterpart: there’s the beard for start, bushy eyebrows and the skin itself seems somewhat thicker. As a result, a moisturiser for men must be different from a woman’s in order for it to be effective.

Moisturiser in itself is designed to… well… moisturise. Although this may seem blatantly obvious, many believe that you only need to rejuvenate your skin when it gets visibly obvious. Wrong. You are exposed to conditions all the time, which could damage and dry your skin out, even if you cannot see it. So when learning how to use a moisturiser for men, there are a few tips we can learn from the ladies…

HOW TO USE MOISTURISER FOR MEN:  CLEANSING

Moisturisers for men and women work best when they are applied to clean skin. Doing this prevents your moisturiser from sealing in oil and impurities, which can cause acne. This is best done when your face is towel dried after a bath or shower. For the best results, use a body wash that is suitable for your skin type when in the shower. 

HOW TO USE MOISTURISER FOR MEN: DRYING

Although it may seem against the point, when applying moisturiser, you need to make sure your skin is dry. Here, we don’t mean your skin needs to be peeling, and chafed. We mean it cannot be wet. This is because wet skin prevents moisturisers from being absorbed quickly and can also create a slight shine. Take it from me; having a shiny face going into an interview or going on a first date does not look good. It creates the impression of ‘nervous wreck’ instead of ‘glowing man of confidence’. To truly prevent this from happening, choose a moisturiser for men that is lightweight and easy to apply.

HOW TO USE MOISTURISER FOR MEN: ROUTINE

When using a moisturiser for men, it is best to create a routine. As mentioned previously, the best time is to apply the moisturiser after washing, as the skin is clean and refreshed. For the best results, we recommend using a moisturiser daily. If your skin is dryer than you would like it to be, there is nothing wrong with topping up your application throughout the day! No one is going to think less of you for keeping your skin youthful, glowing and fresh.

HOW TO USE MOISTURISER FOR MEN: DON’T USE THE WHOLE BOTTLE

If your skin feels dry and it has seen better days, the worst thing you can do is over supply it with moisturiser. It can lead to your face and body feeling greasy and can cause acne due to the unnecessary build up of oils. This completely defeats the point of you showering and putting on the lotion in the first place. As mentioned earlier, it is a lot better for you skin to apply a small amount periodically throughout the day instead of splattering a whole bottle on yourself. For the best coverage of a moisturiser for men, use this routine:

  • Get a penny-sized portion of moisturiser on your fingertips.
  • Rub your hands together.
  • MOISTURISER FOR MEN ON YOUR FACE: apply all over but focus on areas that get particularly dry, for example your forehead and under the eyes.
  • MOISTURISER FOR MEN ON YOUR BODY: we are in no way suggesting that moisturiser should be applied all over your body, you’ll be going through bottles by the dozen. Men should only moisturise the areas that they feel are not as ‘plump’ as they should be. This is usually the feet, thighs, hands or elbows.

HOW TO USE MOISTURISER FOR MEN: 6 TOP TIPS

  • Apply after a shower or bath.
  • Allow your skin to dry before application.
  • Allow moisturiser to dry before applying other products.
  • Do not use moisturisers with lots of chemicals and unnatural ingredients.
  • Use more moisturiser on dry areas of the body.
  • Use less moisturiser on oily areas of the body.

The market for men’s moisturisers is growing and there are lots of great products on offer. When skin is exposed to a variety of elements, a moisturiser for men that we recommend is Bullet and Bone’s Protective Moisturiser. Made with all natural ingredients, this moisturiser is designed to keep sportsmen’s skin refreshed and supple in all weather conditions, whether it be wind, rain or shine.