Taking care of your health, not only physically but emotionally, is important for all men. Let’s face it, when we’re in our best shape, eating right, sleeping enough, and working through emotional issues, we look our best. On top of putting in the physical and emotional work, it’s also important to stay up on your grooming routines. While knowing how to smell good is a great starting point, your cologne should be the cherry on top of a perfect routine. From the ultimate skincare routines to perfecting how to shape your beard, there are key parts of grooming that all men need to master. If you’re unsure which grooming practices are a must and others can get put on the backburner (we’re all busy), keep reading for the top practices all men need to incorporate into their day.
Manicures and pedicures in the salon used to carry a stigma of a women’s only activity; thankfully, that is dead and buried. Staying on top of your finger and toenails is essential for everyone. If you’re the guy who can’t trim your toenails without going too short or causing ingrown nails, it’s best to leave it to the professionals. The same goes for the cuticles on your fingernails; if you can’t push them back, pay someone to do it for you. While some men can skate by on a monthly visit for a mani and pedi, it’s best to go every two weeks to keep your hands and feet looking their best. Added perk, your hands and feet will be baby soft.
While some men opt for the long, straggly, and unkempt beard, it’s really not a good aesthetic or how a healthy beard is supposed to feel. You want to regularly wash your beard with a shampoo that won’t dry out the skin underneath. Make sure you’re combing through your beard to get any loose straggling hairs taken care of, and add beard oil to enhance softness. While there’s a treasure trove of “how to” videos on Youtube and other platforms for how to keep your beard looking its best, some men still struggle with it. By regularly visiting a barber you trust, you can keep your beard looking its best – at least every two weeks.
Speaking of barbers, whether you’re rocking a high and tight or have luscious locks, it’s still a good idea to check in with your stylist or barber to keep looking sharp. If you have a close cut, play it safe by scheduling bi-weekly appointments to keep every hair right in place. Working with a salon stylist every six to eight weeks will keep split ends at bay if you’ve got long hair. No matter your style or length, you want to make sure you’re doing a deeply hydrating hair mask weekly – take the time in the shower to deeply clean your body more than you would during a typical shower and maybe do some man-scaping.
Exfoliation Is Key
Did you know that you should exfoliate your skin at least every week? Doing a deep exfoliating scrub sloughs off dead skin cells and build-up of cleansers, lotions, SPF, and more. Keep your skin soft and youthful by making sure you exfoliate every week. The hair, as mentioned above, the mask is the perfect time to scrub down. You want to exfoliate the skin on your face once a week too, but make sure you’re using an exfoliant made for your delicate facial skin, not the same one you use on your body.
The last section of critical grooming for men is the easiest because it’s seeing others do the items for you. Make sure you’re keeping regular appointments with your dentist and dermatologist too. Checking in on your teeth’ health makes your regular brushing and flossing go further. By getting any skin concerns checked out, you can nip them in the bud before they become more serious.
The list of key practices above is a starting point. Every guy is different and will want to add other items to his routine. Anti-aging treatments and red light therapy are examples of things some men consider crucial to their grooming habits. But, by using the outlined above as a starting point, you’ll be looking and feeling your best in no time. Now, get glowing, fellas!
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