Grooming for men is not about self-importance but self-respect. We go beyond skin deep and share just how you can take care of that handsome face of yours.
Combat the visible signs of ageing with a foolproof skincare regime. With the right products, smoothen out wrinkles and fine lines and revitalise tired skin. We break down the three essential methods to keep skin looking its best at all times:
Cleanse and Exfoliate
Start the day with a face wash. Refrain from the typical male mantra “one product does it all”! Do not use soap and water or shower gel as this will not be kind to your skin. Hard water will leave skin dehydrated and not clean; dry in some places and oilier in others. Investing in a good cleanser is important, as this is crucial to preparing a good base for the moisturiser to be absorbed into later.
Exfoliate once a week if you have oily skin and twice if your skin is dry. A good exfoliation will allow the moisturiser to be absorbed and hydrate skin effectively. Use products that contain glycolic acid as it helps buff away dead skin cells and encourage the growth of new ones, making skin look younger and healthier. Take this step a little further. Exfoliation isn’t limited to just the face as dead skin cells accumulate everywhere. You can use the scrub on the neck, elbows and anywhere on the body where you can get a breakout of acne.
Start by getting your face wet in the shower and then rub a small amount of the exfoliator into your hands. Massage you face using circular motions. No need to scrub too hard as the coarseness of the product will do the work. After massaging for about 30 seconds to a minute, rinse clean.
Moisturise and Protect Your Skin
A good moisturiser helps replenish the moisture you lose on a daily basis. In fact, shaving is a form of exfoliation. Hence moisturising after you shave will help soothe the skin and restore its protective barrier. Generally, men have normal to oily skin, therefore a water-based, oil-free moisturiser would work best. Choose a moisturiser that contains antioxidants like vitamin A, C and E, which can protect skin cells from ageing.
Invest in a combination moisturiser-sunscreen for extra protection against harmful UV rays. Make sure it has SPF of at least 15.
Apply moisturiser on slightly damp, towel-dried skin. A little hoes a long way, don’t slather it on as it could have a negative effect on your face. Use a little and spread it evenly over your face, from the driest area, which are the cheeks. Use circular motions gently with the tips of your fingers.
Shaving and Trimming.
If you like a clean shaved look, you will need to include shaving in your daily morning routine. If your facial hair doesn’t grow relatively fast, you can also shave every other day or even every three days. If you have decided that you want to grow a beard, you must be willing to invest time and effort in the upkeep other wise just don’t bother to grow one. Growing a beard is almost an art and involves a lot of care and grooming.
Start off with washing your beard with a beard shampoo and then condition it – this will help soften the hair. Use a brush and brush against the grain of your beard; this will make the hairs stand up, making it easier to trim and also spot inconsistencies in length. Then, use your clipper and trim to your preferred length starting with a bigger guard and work your way down. For a simple look, work with an even length all around. For more shape, use a longer guard around the chin and a shorter one at the cheeks and temples.
For the moustache, comb hair down over the upper lip and trim away anything that covers the lip.
For the neck, place two fingers above your Adam’s apple and draw an imaginary line from behind each ear to this point, creating U shape. Shave everything below this spot.
For healthy, resilient hair, you could get away with a good wash once a week. Heavy and frequent shampooing can strip away the good nourishing oils your scalp needs to stay healthy and keep hair hydrated. Nevertheless, rinsing your hair every night and day is essential. There is always an exception to the rule. Guys who use a lot of hair products should wash it off every day to avoid buildup and clogged pores.
For the best results ensure your shampoo has some of the following to help upgrade you show-stopping mane:
- Argan oil: An ideal conditioner that helps to treat split ends to promote a softer and silkier balance
- Coconut oil: High in Vitamin E and a great moisturiser to heal damaged skin
- Glycerin: A humectant that pulls moisture into hair and retains it
- Keratin: One of a family of fibrous structural protein that targets the cuticle to strengthen hair
- Jojoba oil: Used to reproduce hair cells at a fast pace
- Aloe vera: Helps to repair dead skin cells on the scalp
- Moroccan oil: Keep frizz under control and serves as dandruff remedy
- Olive oil: Provides softness and does away with flakiness
- Shea butter: Feed moisture, vitamins and fat to the scalp
- Tea tree oil: Unclogs follicles to nourish roots for hair growth
Nothing like starting with a hot shower that opens up your pores and getting rid of the dirt. Whether you choose a bar soap or body wash, it is essential to use one with moisturising ingredients such as Vitamin E, olive oil and jojoba oil.
A body lotion is essential for guys with dry skin or parts that have dry skin. Best applied after shower especially on elbows, knees, shoulders, lower legs and hands.
Hands are often susceptible to becoming dry, chapped and cracked from frequent use. Hand lotions that are rich in hydrating qualities but not greasy are best.
Body hair can be sexy but that all depends on where and how much. Chest hair has to be trimmed and tamed, so start your electric trimmer on the longest setting and prune all the way to a desired, comfortable and neat length.
Trim underarms but don’t remove it all as that will have some women questioning your masculinity, unless you’re a male model. So, up the manhood and keep it nice and neat.
Back and shoulder hair was never a turn-on for most women. So, do yourself a favour and get rid of it.
Likewise, a well-groomed landscape around your genitals will keep unpleasant odours at bay and perhaps make you look more well endowed?