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Gentlemen! Let’s get serious for a moment and have a chat about personal-care. Nothing screams confidence, success and attractiveness like a well-groomed man. If grooming to you means a hot shower and a quick comb of the hair every morning, congratulations! You’re about to a enter a new world with brand new possibilities!
Here are some grooming basics that every man should master:
1. Trim those nails!
Men, listen up! Any woman you’re trying to woo will look at your hands and judge you based on how you take care of them. Unkempt, bitten, fraying, or over-grown nails are all a massive turnoff. Take care of your hands and trim your nails often using a quality nail clipper. If you really want to step up your game you can get a complete grooming kit. Here are a few grooming tips to keep your nails in ship shape:
- Don’t cut straight across. Instead, round your nails.
- Keep them short! A man’s nails should never be longer that the width of a dime.
- Clean underneath. If the tips of your nails are any colour other than white, clean them.
- Smooth out the edges. Run a nail file across the nail in one direction. Don’t hold the file flush, but tilt it slightly backwards from below the nail.
- Moisturize. Apply hand cream once per day.
2. Wear deodorant every day
Let’s be real folks, deodorant is not an optional extra! Controlling your underarm funk and smelling fresh and clean is a social necessity. Surprisingly, sweat itself is not the culprit of underarm body odour! Rather, it is caused by the bacteria living on your skin that break down your sweat proteins. Many of us likely use either deodorant or antiperspirant to combat this, but do you actually know the difference? A deodorant masks the smell by using fragrances and occasionally alcohol to kill bacteria. Antiperspirant, on the other hand, prevents you from sweating entirely using pore-clogging aluminum salts. While certain occasions may call for eliminating sweat altogether, we recommend opting for deodorant over antiperspirant where possible due to the potential health concerns.
3. Find your signature scent
Wearing a fantastic cologne can change your life. It is an invisible part of your personal style that can make you more attractive and confident. Unfortunately, most men have absolutely no idea what they are doing when it comes to fragrances. Some bathe in the stuff, others apply it to wrong areas of their body, and still others pick fragrances that in no way complement their body chemistry. A good fragrance will have a lasting impact on how people see you and remember you. Here are a few tips to help you smell great:
- Trial and error! Sample a variety of fragrances and learn what works for you.
- Don’t be too cheap. Cologne is an investment, not a party favour.
- Apply to your “pulse points”. Behind the ears, collar bone, and wrists.
- Less is more! Don’t drown everyone in your scent. 2-3 pumps is sufficient.
- Avoid applying to your clothing. Fragrances are meant for your skin!
4. Take care of your hair!
Just like fashion choices, hairstyles are not one-size fits all. Pick a style that suits your face-type. A great haircut will frame your face, accentuate your attractive facial features and help hide bald spots or imperfections. Get into the habit of visiting the barber every month or two to keep your style fresh. Chances are if you notice your hair getting a bit scraggly, so does everyone else! But your job isn’t over once you leave the barbershop, taking care of your hair is a daily ritual. Use styling products as directed by your barber or stylist, but don’t go overboard. Make sure to rinse and condition your hair daily, while shampooing every other day so as not to strip out the natural oils that keep your hair healthy!
5. Trim your beard
There is nothing manlier than having a thick, well-groomed beard! However, if you do decide to go clean-shaven, make sure to remove any growth every 1-2 days otherwise it will look messy and unkempt.
Similar to a great hairstyle, a good beard is one that accentuates attractive facial features and hides others, such as a weak jawline. But be warned, a beard is not for the lazy at heart. A scraggly grown-out beard will have the exact opposite effect and just make you look like a slob. So tend to it regularly, shave away any growth on the cheeks, remove that neck beard, and keep your lines sharp and intentional. Check out this video on how to trim your beard.
6. Trim your nose, ears and eyebrows
It’s the 21st century gents! Which means that you’ll actually have to pay attention to hair on parts of your body you didn’t think mattered (or perhaps existed). This means trimming down your overgrown eyebrows, clearing out those gross nose hairs and shaving off your fuzzy ear hair. To get started, grab your hair trimmer, slap on a #3 guard and run over each eyebrow once. Next, grab a good pair of tweezers and pluck away any hairs inbetween your eyebrows (do not shave this area otherwise you’ll be the proud owner of a 5 O’Clock shadow uni-brow, congrats)! Once you’ve finished up with your eyebrows, take a clean pair of nostril scissors or an electric nose hair trimmer and trim anything that is poking out your nose! Finally, clean out the nose hair trimmer and run it over your ears to clear away any of the unsightly ear fuzz. Make sure to get both the outer edge and the pointy little part in the middle, otherwise known as the tragus.
7. Look after your face!
If you’re like the average Joe next door then you likely have no idea what proper skin care actually is, nor do you likely care. But as the handsome gentlemen you are, you should care! Proper skincare can significantly reduce the affects of aging and make you look younger and healthier. It will reduce the visibility of wrinkles, decrease dark spots and can all but eliminate acne and other types of flareups. But effective skincare takes more than just rubbing on whatever soap you have laying around onto your face. You’ll need a cleanser, some moisturizer, an exfoliate and most importantly sunscreen (if you don’t take steps to protect from sun damage, then there’s pretty much no point in doing any of the other stuff).
Here’s a basic facial skincare routine that anyone can stick to (see below for some of the best products to use in each category):
- Cleanse once per day for 45 seconds
- Moisturize you face & dry areas twice
- Exfoliate 1-2x per week; avoid harsh scrubs
- Apply sunscreen whenever you go outside
8. Take care of your pearly whites
Keeping a beautiful smile and maintaining nice white teeth takes a lifetime of care and attention. So brush your teeth for 2 minutes with a fluoride toothpaste when you wake up and go to bed – make sure to be gentle so as not to strip away the enamel or damage the gums. Don’t skip the flossing as it will get rid of all the gunk in between your teeth and reduce plaque, lower inflammation and help to stimulate your gums. Most of the bacteria that causes bad breath lives on your tongue, so give it a couple scrubs next time you’re brushing your teeth. If you have stubborn bad breath, one of the most useful tools in your arsenal is a tongue scraper. If you’re having trouble getting to all the hard to clean places, use a mouth wash. It will go where your toothbrush can’t and held reduce the amount of acid in your mouth – which will be a godsend if you’ve got a sweet-tooth.
9. Take cold showers
Do you take a shower every day? If so, congrats! You’ve already mastered the absolute basics of bathing. But why not try taking things to the next level and turn that tap to cold next time you step into the shower. It might seem like a ludicrous idea at first, but the benefits of a cold shower are profound. It will make you feel more alert and will boost your mood! Your heart rate, blood pressure, and respiratory rate go up and your metabolism kicks into high gear to maintain a stable body temperature. Your immune system is also triggered into action once you’ve spent at least 30 seconds under cold water, so you’ll be less likely to fall ill and call in sick. Just try it and you’ll be amazed at how great you feel from the inside out for the rest of the day!
10. Do a little manscaping
When it comes to your gentlemen parts, do yourself a favour and pay them some attention! Over 50% of men admit to engaging in some form of landscaping down-under, and for good reason: it looks better and it reduces bad odours. Less hair means less surface area for dirt and bacteria to cling onto, and less moisture means a more hostile environment for bacteria to thrive in. So next time you’re in the bathroom, take your electric trimmer and give those nether regions a haircut.