For most men, the goal is to spend as little time in the bathroom as possible. But does that mean the basic soap and shampoo are going to cut it? Do you think you're forgetting a couple more things? You could feel a bit awkward to ask openly, so we've laid out a basic primer on how to take care of your body's aesthetic needs.
Here's a simple breakdown of what you need to do per body part:
- Cleansing: Put your best face forward by giving your skin some proactive loving. Regular soap just won't do when cleaning your face; men can use cleansers too! A natural face cleanser has the ability to gently get rid of all the dirt and oil your face has accumulated throughout the day. Aside from cleaning, these products have benefits like skin restoration and moisturization.
- Moisturizing: If you feel like giving your skin some extra love (and you should!), use a high-quality moisturizer in the morning before heading out and at night before going to bed, especially during seasons when your skin seems to get extra dry and flaky, which is normal especially for men. Retaining moisture on your skin will help you maintain your youthful, wrinkle-free glow...because let's be real, you wouldn't want to look twice the age of your partner in life, right?
- Exfoliating: Speaking of youthful glow, exfoliating is also a very important step to achieve this. This skincare regimen prevents dead skin from piling up on your face, so do this 1-2 times per week by gently rubbing your face with an exfoliating glove or using an exfoliant face wash. Ask your partner to a DIY exfoliating sesh with you. Who knows, it could be a fun activity!
- SPF: You love adventure and doing all things adrenaline-filled under the sun. It's all good until you realize you forget to put on SPF. This is a big violation against your skin because sun exposure is a cause for many skin-related problems. Next time you're out, even when you're just doing some quick errands, make sure to apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15!
Attaining great hair doesn’t take a lot of effort, either, as long as you know what to do. First things first: The kind of shampoo you use matters. A lot. Washing your hair with cheap shampoo is like washing your car with hand soap. The usual cheap shampoos are formulated with lots of harsh ingredients that can strip away too many of those natural oils that protect and hydrate your hair. When it's time to wash your hair, use a gentle formula that is sulfate-free and has natural ingredients instead.
How about for haircuts? Long hair is cool and all, but a well-trimmed mane makes a cleaner impression. That said, your barber should be your best friend. Regular haircuts are more than just keeping the shape of your hair in check. They’re also about keeping the rest of your head tidy.
- Proper Shaving
When shaving, preparation is very important. A lot of men frankly skip this step and go straight to dragging the razor through the face. This causes a lot of friction since there is no layer of protection on the face that leads to irritation, razor burns, and cuts.
So what's the proper way of preparation? The first step is rinsing your face with a pre-shave soap which helps with removing excess oil and dead skin cells that can clog up the blades. Next, apply gentle shaving cream--one that has a rich, creamy texture so it provides more lubrication.
How about the razor? It doesn’t matter if you use a disposable or safety razor, as long as it's SHARP. A dull blade can be as traumatic to skin as it causes itchiness and razor burn. While shaving, always remember to avoid putting too much pressure and just let the blade do the work for you. Finally, after all that, rinse with cold water and apply an aftershave which can help soothe your skin and replenish lost moisture.
- Decided to grow your facial hair?
Pruning is essential to a well-groomed beard—even if you plan on growing it out. Every few weeks, grab a pair of scissors and snip off uneven patches and split or loose ends. The important thing is to make sure you’re following the natural contour of your face. Make sure to keep a rounded shape, while keeping all the hairs in a uniform length.
Also, it goes without saying that you should regularly wash your beard. This is especially important in the early stages of growth, especially since trapped food and skin cells can exacerbate the itchiness. Scrub your beard several times each week with a specialized shampoo, then gently pat it dry. Apply a great beard balm for good measure. If you'd like to further condition and moisturize your beard so that it's easy to style on regular days, you can count on a high-quality beard oil to do its work for you.
Compromised underarms can result in bad odor and bad odor will never do you any good. When it comes to odor, the first thing you should look at is the state of your underarms. What kind of deodorant are you applying on your underarm?
It pays to know what exactly is in the stuff you slathering onto your body. Men with sensitive skin, in particular, should look to dedicated and alcohol-free formulations to minimize irritation. Even if you have normal skin, you aren’t off the hook. Ever wonder what's causing those ugly yellow stains on your shirt? It's actually the aluminum substances that are often found on generic deodorants.
With everything you’ve got to handle throughout the day, don’t let your daily grooming routine be the thing that falls by the wayside. Here's to looking good, man!
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