Most men know that grooming is key for making a good impression – whether it’s on an interview, a first date or at a networking function. However, very few want to spend hours in front of the mirror perfecting their complexion, ‘do and facial hair. The modern man has integrity but isn’t vain, is meticulous but never fussy. So what methods will help you achieve this look every day without wasting time? Whether you’re clueless or capable when it comes to grooming, follow these tips and tricks, and you’ll see a major difference in your appearance.
You’ve heard that cleanliness is next to godliness, so bring your skin into a state of nirvana.
- While low-maintenance men tend to reach for a bar of soap in the shower, most of these products are chock full of harsh, irritating ingredients that can dry out your skin and cause flakes or itchiness. Instead, opt for a moisturizing body wash with natural ingredients to avoid stripping skin of its natural oils.
- Twice a week, reach for an exfoliator to scrub off the top layer of skin cells. You’ll notice that your skin looks instantly brighter and more youthful because you’ve revealed a new layer underneath.
- Moisture is a major factor to be mindful of, particularly in the winter. Since cold weather causes your body temperature to drop, it produces less oil. Dr. Mona Gohara, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Yale University School of Medicine, told Men’s Health magazine that the dry air in colder seasons can make your complexion look pale and feel parched. She suggested patting your face and body dry with a towel after bathing, and then following up with a cream, which can lock in more hydration than a typical lotion. The sooner you slather it on, the better. When you first step out of the shower, there is still a layer of water on your skin – so trap it in with a rich men’s facial moisturizer. Ideally it will have built-in SPF so you can ward off wrinkles and other effects that age you.
- Even if your face tends to get greasy, you still need to moisturize. Failing to moisturize will only make your glands produce more oil, so opt for a solution that can help promote balance for a matte finish.
- Don’t forget to keep an SPF lip balm on hand to protect your lips from getting dried out, sunburned or chapped.
You don’t necessarily need to spritz on potent cologne if that’s not your style. A subtle fragrance from a body wash or deodorant is enough for most men, provided it complements their natural scent.
- Once you’ve chosen your go-to, whether it’s a body wash or a full on cologne, know that less is always more. In terms of fragrance, it’s best to stick with a spray at your neck and torso on workdays and another near your ears for social events.
- Keep in mind that there is a major difference between deodorants, too. Dr. Benabio noted that it’s crucial to choose a formula that’s suited to your skin type, especially if you have sensitive skin that’s prone to rashes.
Your facial hair – or lack thereof – is another strong indicator of your integrity, so be mindful of your shaving habits.
- Men have been using shaving oil for years, but the secret to a smooth shave is a good cream. Michael Haar, a barber at F.S.C. Barber in New York, stressed in Details magazine that pre-shave oil only makes it harder to grip the razor, thereby risking nicks and making it difficult to get optimal contact with the skin.
- Pull your skin taut in tricky areas, like around the nose and chin, and maintain a 30 degree angle to get as close as possible without cutting your cheek.
- If your skin is easily irritated, it’s best to shave before washing as your face tends to be slightly swollen after your cleanse and scrub it. Otherwise, shaving post-shower is an optimal time as your pores are more open and your skin is still moist from the steam.
- Which razor is right for you? Five-blade is perfect for the man who can’t go a day without seeing stubble, while three-blade razors work best for guys with sensitive skin that tends to get razor burn. If you’ve spotted some ingrown, it might be time to slow down your shaving and switch to a safety blade.
You can tell a lot about a man by his hands. So it’s crucial to take care of your nails – especially when you’re shaking hands with the CEO or holding a woman’s in yours.
- If you’re not going for a weekly manicure, take the time to trim nails and cuticles once a week.
- Soak your hands in a bowl of hot soapy water to soften your cuticles for five to 10 minutes.
- Then use a cuticle pusher to clean the grit out from under your nails and gently push back the cuticles.
- Clip them so that they’re just short of the fingertip and then use an emery board to shape nails.
- If you have a tooth whitening product in your cabinet, that can provide double duty for your digits as well. Simply scrub some on to the nail bed and leave on for several minutes to get rid of any unsightly stains.