MANLY MONDAY: Brandon Johnson

There’s no doubt we all like to take care of our skin. Whether it’s just going to work, going out on a date, hanging with friends, whatever it may be, no one wants dry, oily, or blemished skin. But what if getting behind a camera and having your mug on show for the world to see was your job? Now that’s a lot of pressure and a gig I’m sure would take a lot of time and effort preparing for and maintaining. Now I’m not the guy to give advice on this topic as the time I spent behind the camera was short lived, though there is one man who is perfect for the job. Brandon Johnson is his name, and as an American actor and TV host, he knows exactly what the demands are like. Appearing on such hit shows as Disney’s Shake It Up, HGTV’s RV 2013 and My Yard Goes Disney, and TNT’s upcoming competition series 72 Hours, Brandon faces the spotlight on a daily basis and must always be on top of his skin care.

Working 12-16 hour days, and dealing with the stress and jet lag that comes with working on location in all types of conditions at months at a time is nothing like the cushiony cubicle I get to sit in from 9-6, 5 days a week. So I caught up with Brandon the other day for a chat about the pressures of being an actor in LA, the toll that can take on your health, and some of his skin care tips

How long have you been involved in the entertainment business?

I’ve been lucky enough to have been working in the industry for over 10 years now, from the stage, to print modeling gigs and a ton of TV and film projects.

Has your mentality to skincare changed over the years?

Absolutely. When I was younger I didn’t think much of it at all, but once I started acting and doing more TV work, I ended up wearing on-camera makeup. My skin didn’t react well though and I had to find ways to stop breakouts. The more you breakout, the more makeup you have to wear, so it’s vital you take on a quality skin care regime.

How important is it to keep your skin healthy?

For me it’s very important because of my line of work.  Let me assure you the camera doesn’t lie, and having good skin affects my mood, my spirit & gives me confidence.

Why is it important to take control of your skin with what you do?

I’m a very social person and I like to be out & about a lot.  I always want to look my best if I have a choice—one only gets one shot to make a first impression.  I have to shave often for work, and so to prevent razor bumps or burns I’ll use two products: either Zirh Shave Cream followed by their Soothe post shave solution, or Murad Cleansing Shave & Razor Burn Rescue. It’s a great way to keep my skin clean & get a close shave.

What is the one product you can’t go without?

That’s a good question, but I guess the one thing would be a good hydrating face lotion, and always with SPF protection.  I usually shuffle between Murad Face Defense SPF 15, and Kiehl’s Facial Fuel.

How do you keep your skin healthy?

I’ll begin with my diet, obviously staying away from fried foods and those that are high in sodium.  Reducing sugar intake and drinking a ton of water will also help. I take fish oils at night along with various other vitamins.  Exercising often & doing bikram yoga helps detoxify my skin.  Getting a good nights sleep will help with ones appearance too. Regarding how I keep my skin clean and healthy, I always begin with a great face wash.  Currently I’m using Murad AHA-BHA Exfoliating Cleanser a few times a week & then I’ll switch to their Clarifying Cleanser, basically just alternating the days.  For those all-important areas just under the eyes I’ll use Zirh Restore of a night time, and lately I’ve also been testing out Murad T-Zone Pore Refining Gel, just an extra treatment for the very end of my wash.

What are the things you have to watch out for that can harm your skin?

Some I’ve already mentioned bad eating habits (poor diet), lack of sleep and hydration, but the big one for me is sun exposure. First off, I live in LA & it’s sunny hear all the time, plus, I also shoot a lot of my shows outside & I’m always facing the sun for good light.  This is brutal on my skin & I end up squinting, which doesn’t help the crows feet on the sides of my eyes!  So using some type of sun block is crucial.  All the face lotions I use contain some sort of SPF protection, but if I’m working in intense sun, I’ll reach for Murad Oil-Free Sunblock SPF 30. I love the matte finish that doesn’t make me look too shiny on camera, and so I’ve literally been going through bottles of the stuff!

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