Men grooming tricks and tips has always been something I believe we as men need to know about!
Learning how to groom yourself is art to me!
So today we are talking about a few life-saving tricks when it comes to mastering men grooming.
Become a regular at your barbers
Stick to your word and book your next appointment while you’re there for roughly 4 weeks time, and stick to it. Too many men wait for the ‘forlorn tugging of your locks’ stage before doing anything about it.
Basically, if you’ve noticed your hair needs a cut, then other people have too. The trick is to be proactive, not reactive – and having a regular place you trust will cut down on the ‘oh my God what if he messes this up’ anxiety dramatically.
Know which hair products work for you
Hair products for men have got a bit more confusing since the Brylcreem your Granddad swore by, so make sure you’re clued up on what each product is for.
Thicker hair and messy styles can handle waxes and pomades, but if your hair’s thinner, then lighter products and sprays will give your barnet some staying power. Ask your barber if you’re a bit in the dark, but the right product can make all the difference.
Find your signature scent
Aftershave isn’t supposed to be loud or obvious. You don’t want people to stop in their tracks and notice (if they do, you’ve worn too much). Rather, it should become a subtle part of your overall presence.
Rather than owning 8-10 average quality bottles you pick from each morning at random, find one or two classic scents you really like and invest in them.
Two things every woman notices: your shoes, and your smile. When it comes to the latter, there is no longer any excuse for ignoring advances in technology.
Electric toothbrushes are designed to do most the work for you, plus, they’re better for your health: according to a study by Sheffield University, rotating brushes reduce 11% more plaque than manual toothbrushes, and can also significantly reduce gum problems.
And while you’re at it, use a mouthwash after you brush first thing in the morning.
Learn how to manscape properly
Trimming your pubic is not only perfectly acceptable in 2017, it’s polite. And no, we’re not talking about the porn star look either – just aim for what you’d appreciate in a partner, i.e. keep things neat and tidy.
Top tip: keep whatever device you use for this sensitive task separate from what you shave your face with. There are plenty of electric razors on the market designed for the nether region’s unique challenges without having to fill your Mach 3 with short and curlies.
Scrub your face
Use a microbead-free scrub on a Monday morning to scrub the weekend off your face, and every other day of the week go for a plain face wash that’s less abrasive.
You’ll be looking better than you feel in no time.
Manage your facial fuzz
Unless you’re planning to move out into the wilderness to find yourself, facial hair of any length needs to be tamed and maintained if you want to be taken seriously.
You don’t have to spend much on a beard trimmer, so pick one up and get into a weekly habit of tidying up. Don’t, however, go too far. More David Gandy, less Bebe from Eastenders.
Learn how to shave like an expert
You might not have time in the morning for an extensive wet-shaving routine, but learning the basics of a good shave is important.
Preparing your skin beforehand with a shave oil will help the razor glide over your hairs, while soaking the blades in warm water will help your pores expand, allowing the hair to come off your face with less redness and irritation.
If it still feels like a chore, leave your precious face in the hands of the experts and get a professional shave once a week.
Put your best feet forward
A good foot care routine is still important. Take care of them after a bath or shower (when the skin is softest) using a pumice stone on any dead skin, before lathering a generous amount of moisturizer on.
Then when summer rolls back around, you can wear your flip flops and cause an absolute minimal of disgust in others.
Tackle dark circles
Look, we all made our peace with moisturisering years ago. But the stuff you use on your face is still too much for those patches under your eyes, where dark circles and puffiness reveal your heavy weekend and make you look under-slept and older than you are.
Incorporate an eye cream or roll-on into your morning routine to help counter the problem.
Sort those eyebrows
Big eyebrows aren’t a problem but if they’re meeting in the middle, you’ve got a problem on your hands (and face). Pay attention to the spot in the middle, and any errant hairs above and below your brows are also worth staying on top of.
Plucking is time-consuming, though, so if needs ask your barber to tidy your brows up when you’re next in. Believe us, he’s heard it before.
Nail your hand-care routine
Cutting your nails once a week – preferably after a bath or shower, to soften them and make them easier to trim – is basic.
But that rough, flaky skin around the nail bed that somehow irritates you more than it looks like it should?
Treat with a tiny bit of moisturizer every couple of days to smooth things over.
For many men, the idea of including a tinted moisturizer in their routine is one step away from swapping their trunks for Speedos. It really shouldn’t be given we all look better with a tan and good products will give you a subtle healthy glow nothing like the scene with Ross in Friends.
We recommend this Lab series tinted moisturizer, or if you can’t bring yourself to bronze, make sure you’re at least using a moisturizer with an SPF to protect your mug.
Wash your face before bed
If you want to head to bed with a clean slate then you’re going to need a solid face wash routine, particularly if you live in the belly of a great, coal-powered beast like London, where your face and skin collect grimy pollutants throughout the day.
Start the process with ice cold water (no problem at the moment), before moving onto a light, alcohol-free face wash and remember, avoid moisturizing to give your pores a chance to breathe a bit.
It might seem counterproductive and, frankly, a bit pointless to apply anything featuring the word ‘sun’ on to your skin in the depths of winter, but your face will thank you for it (not literally, that would be terrifying).
Even at this time of year UV rays escape through the walls of fog, rain and darkness, drying out and damaging that precious skin of yours.
Best Time To Cut Your Nails
There is no ONE best time – it depends on your technique. If you’re using clippers or a file, you want your nails to be hard. Do it before your shower.
Clippers are pretty hard on men’s fingernails and difficult to achieve a neat look with. Filing is better. But your best option by far is nail scissors – which you’ll want to use AFTER you shower. Their sharper edge will give you unmatched precision on a shower-softened nail.
Take Cold Showers
This grooming tip works even better in the WINTER! Why?
Cool or cold showers may not exactly be a treat, but they’re less irritating to the skin. This is especially true in the winter and for those who get dry skin easily.
Unless you’re a real masochist, you’ll also be in and out of a cold shower way faster. This gives you more time to spend polishing your appearance overall.
Wash Your Hair Less Often
Frequent shampooing is necessary for most because hair collects dirt and sweat. The soap in shampoo, however, is very drying – and it can cause your hair to look dull, frizzy, or straw-like. If your hair is unmanageable, washing too frequently may be to blame. Try shampooing every other day.
Shave The Back Of Your Neck
Shaving the back of your neck once a week can add a week or more to your time between barber visits. Save money – and time in the chair getting your hair cut.
Ideally, you’ll want to use a trimmer – smaller than a clipper and specifically designed to trim your hairline. If you do use a razor on the back of your neck, remember to use shave cream to avoid razor burn.
Use a handheld mirror to see what you’re doing, and follow your natural hairline. Don’t push it up too far or create hard lines – they tend to grow out unnaturally.
Relief For An Itchy Beard
When you’re first learning how to grow a beard, your new beard hair tends to be very coarse and dry, often causing horrible itching that drives many potential beardsmen to give up. I know a lot of you are desperate for grooming tips to solve this.
Substitute For Shaving Cream
In a real pinch, you can just use soap, but conditioner or cooking oil will dry your skin far less. You only need about a teaspoon to get the job done. Just rub it onto your face in circular motions and shave as usual. Then rinse off any excess.
Substitute For Conditioner
Hair and beard conditioner are important to your grooming routine because – as I said before – shampoo is drying and strips the natural oils from the hairs. You may find yourself without conditioner though – especially if you’re traveling.
Unruly eyebrows can mess with your facial symmetry and draw attention away from your eyes – both big hits to your overall good looks according to scientists who study attraction.
If you’re not quite ready to borrow your girlfriend’s brow gel, hair gel works just fine. You only need a tiny bit though – if you try to use even a fingertip-sized glob you’ll get an eye full.
There you have it, 23 Life-saving Men Grooming Tricks That Works Wonders!
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