Did you know most men don’t smile on a Monday until 11.16am?  That’s around the time of the first coffee break. Where, ironically, most men spent a whopping 12 minutes complaining about Monday mornings. That leaves you around three minutes use the facilities, then slither back to your stall. If you are lucky, you won’t then be berated for being late, as yes, you guessed it; Monday also has the highest recorded late days.

 

With one in two men failing to make it into the office on time, we wanted to know:

 

What’s going on? We all know Monday mornings exist (they happen every week), but surely there has to be a reason why they creep up on us every time?

 

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Male Standard set to work, calling on the help of some rather strange experts. You are about to discover what skin care, and Monday mornings have in common!

 

The Monday Morning Mystery Revealed

 

The problem with Mondays (and the overlooked truth) is that they follow a weekend. I know that sounds obvious, but here us out.

 

During the weekend, your priorities change. Whether you are celebrating in the champagne room, or hiking across mountains, a weekend is a time to let lose. For most men, the weekend is not a time of healing and rest. The last thing on your mind is how you are going to look from all those wild adventures, or why it can help to make you feel more prepared. Then, you get the Monday blues when this change of pace inevitably comes to a standstill.

 

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No one is thinking about how to master the art of shaving on a weekend…there are bigger problems at hand!

When the alarm sounds, regret kicks in. It’s not actually due to the fact that it’s a Monday, or what you did (well possibly a little), but rather, what you didn’t do

 

Suddenly, you realize, you’ve been sporting three-day stubble. Your hair is wild. Those bags under your eyes let you know that yes, it was an impressive weekend, but now there is work to be done. Only, where did you put your razor? Do you have time to iron those creases? It’s no longer about putting your best foot forward, but about getting out of the front door in the least offensive way possible.

 

Also, as you become acutely aware, you have more to accomplish grooming wise than any other day; you’re more likely to make mistakes. It’s a race against the clock, and that frustration can influence the entire day (especially if you end up with razor burn). In fact, how you choose to groom on Monday is so pivotal that Tuesday through Friday, depend on running smoother because it functions on the efforts of the Monday morning grooming dash.

 

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By that time, all you are doing is effectively ‘keeping up appearances.’ The insider secret reveals that by choosing products that minimize your irritation, you can help save time!

 

Nivea for Men: Less Irritable Mondays

 

Male Standard teamed up with Nivea for Men, to discover new ways for men to make the most of Monday mornings. These product tips will give you the head start you need!

 

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We know making a strong impression extends to all aspects of life, and that is why we believe being able to correct the Monday morning madness is essential. Once you learn how to make your choice of grooming time more effective, you will immediately begin to see the results in other areas. Nivea understand the concept of work hard, play hard, and we want to show you how to get the most out of those all-important morning decisions.

 

You might think it counterintuitive to add a step to your shaving routine, but trust us when we say that adding in a sensitive post shave balm will save hours of irritation and stress. When you prevent skin complaints, you are not just doing your body a favor, your removing the obstacles standing in your path. This means you never even have to address them, saving you countless extra time and stress.

 

Think of Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon and his, ‘Look at the moon.’ If all you do is focus on your finger, you are not going to see that massive potential right there in front of you!

 

Sensitive Post Shave Balm (with Vitamin E and Aloe Vera)

 

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What It Is:

  • A Fast-Acting Balm Which Prevents Shaving Irritation And Razor Burn
  • Soothes The Skin For A Closer, Calmer Shave
  • Moisturizes And Protects The Skin After Shaving
  • Improves Your Skins Natural Defense Over Time

 

What We Liked:

  • It Had A Light, Clean Scent That Wasn’t Overpowering
  • It Didn’t Feel Oily, Especially On The Skin
  • It Absorbed Really Quickly, So Could Shave Faster
  • The Cooling Sensation Was A Fantastic Way To Wake Up

 

Why It Makes Mondays Better:

  • You Feel Refreshed And Rejuvenated
  • It Stops Razor Rash And Skin Irritation From Occurring
  • Gives You An All-Round Clean Shave Feeling That Can’t Be Beaten

 

Sensitive Gel Moisturizer (Enriched with Chamomile and Aloe Vera)

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What It Is:

  • An Intensive Moisturizer With Added Chamomile And Aloe Vera
  • Soothes And Protects Sensitive Skin After Shaving
  • Makes An Ideal Everyday  Moisturizer

 

What We Liked:

  • It’s Unscented, So Doesn’t Clash With Other Products
  • Skin Felt Soft And Smooth, Without Any Oily Residue
  • You Only Need A Tiny Amount (This Bottle Goes A Long Way)
  • It Also Absorbs Remarkably Quickly, So You Can Get On With Your Day

 

Why It Makes Mondays Better:

  • No Fuss, No Scented Product That Gets The Job Done
  • Stops And Prevents Shaving Irritation In Its Tracks
  • Soft, Smooth Skin Make You Feel Like A Champ

 

A Chance to Win:

 

$100 Visa Gift Card to make your mornings better.

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With Over 101 Expert Approved Tips, The Ultimate Guide To Male Grooming Is The Definitive Answer Men Have Been Waiting For! Thanks Nivea for Men, for sending terrific samples to test! These shaving products are ones that we highly recommend for all men, especially those with sensitive skin!

 

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