Men, if you’re ready to up your grooming game, you’ve come to the right place. From small tweaks to your daily routine, to learning new ways to improve your hygiene, here are the top things every man should know about taking care of himself from head to toe.
Get a Cleanser for Your Face
If your idea of washing your face consists of splashing some water on it every morning before heading out the door, it’s time to graduate to a proper face washing routine.
And lathering up with the nearest soap in the shower—including the shampoo you just rubbed into your scalp—doesn’t count either.
While it seems that this multi-tasking approach should work perfectly fine, the reality is that it is less than friendly to your skin, especially the thinner and more sensitive skin located on your face.
You don’t have to have an extravagant or multi-step cleansing routine, but you should have a dedicated face wash and a little technique under your belt. Try it out for a few days and you’ll notice a difference.
Start by choosing a face wash designed for your skin type.
- Oily skin can look shiny or greasy by the end of the day, and may breakout more often than other types. If your skin fits this description, look for a face wash that specifies “For oily skin types.” Usually, this will be a foaming or gel cleanser.
- Dry skin is pretty easy to spot as well. You know you have dry skin if it feels tight after washing, and you may even get dry patches that flake and peel. Cleansers for this type of skin will often be a lotion or milky formula, but when in doubt just look for “dry skin” on the label.
- Combination skin consists of both dry and oily areas of skin. You can find cleansers for “combination skin” or use two different cleansers if the difference is great.
- Normal skin that is just right in the middle—not particularly dry or oily. This type is the easiest to deal with and can handle most cleansers, but you will find products marked “For normal skin.”
If you’re really not sure what kind of cleanser your skin needs, a visit to a dermatologist isn’t a bad idea. They can give you recommendations and advice for taking care of your skin and any other problems you may experience, such as itchiness or acne.
Once you have a cleanser, it’s just a matter of using it morning and night. Wet skin, massage in a small amount of cleanser, and rinse thoroughly. And be sure to always pat dry with a clean towel. Rubbing skin dry can redden or irritate your skin. And always follow up with moisturizer.
Hydrate and Protect Your Skin
Once your skin has been properly cleaned, you want to add back some of the moisture that your skin needs. Not only does your skin feel better after completing this step, but it actually helps keep your skin healthy and younger-looking.
Keep in mind that your skin is your body’s first barrier to the outside world and everything it throws at it. Its job is to protect you from germs, bacteria, pollution—all things that can make you sick. Fortifying it with nutrients and moisture is the least you can do to help it out with this very important task.
Keep your skin hydrated by applying lotion thoroughly to your entire face and neck. Its best to do this immediately after washing, or whenever your skin feels dehydrated. If you have dry skin you may need a more intensive moisturizer, so look for lotions made specifically for dry skin.
Curious about which ingredients you should look for in your products?
Well, it depends on your concerns…
- If you have dry skin, look for products with moisture-locking ingredients like shea butter and jojoba seed oil, which also boosts the skin with antioxidants while promoting moisture retention.
- If you have oily skin, look for lighter-weight products with humectants like hyaluronic acid, which attract water molecules from the air and bind them to your skin, helping to hydrate and mosturize the skin without making it oily or greasy.
- If you’re looking to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles (which can also be a side effect of dry skin), look for products with peptides, collagen, and antioxidants like resveratrol and green tea extract. The Resveratrol Men’s Sauna Serum, for example, features all these skin-plumping ingredients for a smoother, more youthful look.
- If you’re looking to brighten dull, clogged skin, look for products with vitamins, antioxidants and purifying clays like kaolin or bentonite to draw out impurities from the pores. If you’re not sure where to start, the Resveratrol Men’s Sauna Energizing Mask might be a good place to begin.
While moisturizing is best done both morning and night, for daytime you will want to include sun protection. You can add regular sunscreen on top of the moisturizer, or buy a two-in-one SPF moisturizer to start your day with. The most important thing here is consistency. Sun damage is responsible for premature wrinkling, sun spots, redness, irritation, and even skin cancer. So when you are going to be in sunlight for any length of time, don’t skip this important step.
If you have facial hair, you may be wondering how to apply sunscreen on or around it. While you may be tempted to think that your facial hair shades the skin beneath it and you are safe to just apply around a beard or mustache, think again. Unfortunately, even the best beards can’t block the sun’s powerful effects on your skin.
Dermatologists warn that since even a long, thick beard isn’t full protection from harmful UV radiation. While you may not need as much sunscreen in this area, it is still important to take steps to protect your chin and neck from excessive exposure. This means doing your best to get sunscreen to the area underneath the beard. If your hair is shorter, you can apply SPF as if the hair isn’t there, simply rubbing it in until the lotion disappears.
Since long full beards may prevent you from doing as thorough of an application, try wearing a hat that shades your face and neck from the sun when you will be outside for an extended period of time. You’ll also want to try to avoid spending long periods of time outdoors when the sun is brightest.
Wash and Condition Your Beard
A full and handsome beard is a timeless look that many aspire to. But once you’ve successfully grown your beard, there are several things you should be doing to keep it clean and tidy.
If your beard is long enough to comb then it needs to be washed just like the hair on your head. Just use your regular shampoo and give it a good lather in rinse when you shower.
Your beard could be collecting all kinds of things throughout your day—food particles, dead skin, dirt and dust—and that last thing you want is for this to accumulate into visible matting or odors.
Long and coarse hair may also benefit from conditioning. Just apply some after shampooing and rinse thoroughly. You can also find a number of different beard oils and other products designed just for shaping and maintaining facial hair. These can be helpful in keeping the hair smooth and avoiding a frizzy or scraggly look.
Once your beard is shampooed and conditioned, you will be able to comb and shape it more easily. Keep a good trimmer on hand with a few different comb attachments to keep the hair in line and shaped to perfection as needed.
Avoid Razor Burn and Bumps
For clean-shaven guys, the battle is against bumps and irritation. Depending on how often you shave, this can be a losing battle.
But there are several steps you can take that make ingrown hairs and razor burn a rare occurrence.
First thing’s first: use a clean and sharp blade. Thoroughly rinsing, drying, and storing your razor away from the shower is necessary after every shave. Also, changing the blade once it becomes dull goes a long way towards lessening irritation. A blade that is less than sharp will require shaving over the same spot many times to get a close shave. This is a recipe for irritation.
One problem is that changing blades often can be a big expense. Those with less hair and slower growth may get away with replacing less often, but other men may find their hair is too coarse and thick to reuse a blade more than a couple of times.
The simplest solution may be changing the razor you use. While many men are accustomed to a fancy, multiple-blade razor, a simple safety razor may be a better option.
Most of us have come to associate more blades with a closer and smoother shave. But is this actually the case?
It turns out that one blade changed more often, may do just as good a job as its 5-blade counterpart, all with less irritation and a lower cost.
Think about it. A succession of two, three, or four blades scraping across the surface of your face in quick succession. Sounds rough, doesn’t it?
While safety razors may seem old-fashioned or like some kind of retro trend, they are actually an eco-friendly and cost-efficient option for all your man-scaping needs. Replacing a safety razor blade costs less than a dollar—possibly even as low as $0.20 a blade!
So for the ultimate shave, keep it clean, sharp, and consider switching to a good old-fashioned safety razor.
If you’re not sure where to begin, try the Stainless Steel Classic Razor in the Resveratrol Men’s Tool Box. Its patented design allows for a close, sharp shave without hurting the skin.
Of course, to complete your shaving routine, remember to always apply after-shave balm! This will soothe freshly shaved skin and prevent irritation and dryness.
Don’t Pluck Nasal Hair
While we’re on the subject of hair removal, let’s move on to nasal hair.
We all have it, but you may never give it a second thought.
That is until you notice it poking its way out of your nostrils and into the view of those around you.
When you spot unsightly nasal hair protruding from your nose, you may be tempted to grab the nearest tweezers and brace yourself for the pain of pulling them out one by one. But think twice before you do it!
Nasal hair is there for a reason and it serves a very important purpose. Ripping these little hairs from the sensitive skin inside your nose can do more than just bring tears to your eyes. Pulling them out can leave the hair follicle open to infection and sores.
Of course, no one wants to walk around with hair sticking out of their nose. But try to refrain from any type of total removal. This includes waxing and hair removal creams. These can be downright dangerous to your sinuses, causing burns or other damage.
Instead, allow your nose hairs to continue their important work of catching dust and debris and keeping your airways clean. To deal with long hairs, use a pair of small scissors to carefully snip and shorten anything that sticks out. Just stand over the sink, tilt your head back, and get to work. You can also find small battery powered trimmers with nasal hair attachments to safely clear away and stragglers.
Clean Up Your Eyebrows
Nothing frames a man’s face better than a strong set of brows. They can add character, make you look mysterious, rugged, thoughtful…the list goes on and on.
Brow grooming is not just for the ladies, either. While many guys can pull off a more unkempt look, it doesn’t hurt to tidy up periodically. You’d be amazed at how much sharper your features can look if you tweak your brows a bit.
No need to wax or shave. Just use a small pair of scissors and a comb to shape and trim any hairs that are too long. If you want cleaner lines, use a pair of tweezers to pull hairs that fall too far outside of the natural shape of your eyebrows.
Keep Nails Clean and Short
Nothing is worse than meeting someone for the first time, shaking their hand and being scratched by jagged fingernails.
Worse yet, is noticing those sharp nails are also dirty and grimy.
This is one area that is easy to forget about, but also very easy to fix.
It’s best to trim nails on a regular basis so they don’t get too long or out of control. This goes for toenails, too. Usually, about every two weeks is enough, but keep an eye out in case your nails require trimming more often.
Cutting nails after a shower is best. You can give your nails a good scrubbing while you are in the shower, and nails will be easier to cut after softening in the water.
Use a proper pair of nail scissors or clippers, and cut straight, not curved. You will need to make at least two or three snips per nail to make it all the way across.
If there are any rough edges, use a nail file or emery board to swipe the edges a few times, moving in one direction only. This will ensure that your nails are smooth. You significant other—and anyone whose hand you shake—will thank you!