Ten years ago, you would have been hard-pressed to convince the average man to use more than one soap bar for his face and body. Much less a night-serum moisturizer, pore minimizer, anti-ageing eye cream, root-boosting hair tonic, etc. Indeed, men's grooming today is as essential as getting nicely fitted clothes or having a wine collection. More and more men are taking better care of themselves, and they are not ashamed of it, which is great.
However, contrary to trending Tiktok influencers' videos or YouTube tutorial videos, men's grooming routines don't need to include tens of items and products or a full-hour long process. But what exactly constitutes the essentials of a man’s grooming routine? How little is too little, and how much is too much? Here’s your step-by-step guide to taking care of your face.
A Man’s Skin Is Different
While most grooming routines are pretty similar, men's grooming differs slightly from women's for the obvious reason that a man's skin is different from a woman's. Men tend to have thicker and oilier skin, which is more prone to wrinkling, especially in expressive areas (forehead, around the eyes, etc.). In this case, a man's grooming routine should address the specific needs of a man's skin as well as his unique complexion and concerns.
With that said, grooming isn't just about skin care. It encompasses everything, from the scalp to the soles. Whether you are a wash-and-wipe kind of dude or indulge in some skincare and haircare treatments from time to time, it is vital to have your grooming routine set to help you feel and look your best.
The Basics Of Men’s Grooming
Lather up with body wash.
Sure, your girlfriend or wife's body wash smells fantastic, aromatic even. But it is not designed for your skin. Thus, choose a body wash specifically designed for men's skin.
Most men will prefer multi-purpose or all-in-one body wash they can use for their body, hair, and everywhere in between. And why not when it makes the time in the shower more efficient? Your best bet, however, is to choose a cleanser formulated with combinations of vitamin C and zinc. These nutrients help cleanse and condition your skin. You can, of course, choose those with menthol for a refreshing shower.
If you prefer a bar of soap, choose an exfoliating soap that contains oat bran and pumice. These ingredients help remove dead skin and moisturize dry areas to soften tough skin. Other efficient ingredients include glycerin and citrus extracts, which can help invigorate your senses.
Cleanse your face
The most basic form of men's grooming is cleaning your face by washing it with a cleanser specifically designed for men's skin and your skin type. The idea is to remove dirt, sweat, and oil from your face without overdoing it (overcleaning will dry your skin). A foaming gel cleanser with caffeine, menthol, and vitamin E suits almost any man's skin type. This can be used daily for clean and healthy-looking skin.
Cleanse your hair, too.
Whether you have a faded haircut or you wear your hair longer, keeping your hair clean and free of oil and buildup is extremely important. Sure, you can use the world's number one anti-dandruff shampoo, but you can also never go wrong by nourishing your hair and scalp. Nourishing your hair and scalp is the most effective way to get rid of dandruff and keep your hair strong.
Wash your scalp thoroughly with 2-in-1 shampoo with conditioners. Choose shampoos with pracaxi oil on its list of ingredients, as this can help clean your hair and promote healthy-looking strands.
Scrubbing your skin may sound like too much work, but it's pretty easy. It removes dead skin cells, prevents ingrown hairs, and will make your skin look and feel smoother, especially after you shave.
Choose a gentle exfoliating facial wash with a natural Alpha Hydroxy Acid. Aim to exfoliate twice a week, maximum. Yes, just twice because over-exfoliation can irritate your skin.
Many think moisturizers are optional for men since their skin is naturally oily. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Moisturizers provide a barrier for your skin to keep it healthy and strong. Men’s moisturizers will not only help your skin hydrate, but it can also combat signs of aging.
For daily hydration, you can use a lightweight face cream with vitamin C and caffeine. Both will revitalize dull and fatigued skin and are suitable for all types of skin. Those who frequent the sun should opt for moisturizers with SPF to protect their skin from the harmful rays of the sun.
Learn how to shave properly.
Shaving your face is not only about gliding a razor over your beard and mustache; it's a skill worth learning.
Here’s how you should do it:
- Start it warm – Shave after a hot shower or bath; this will help soften your facial hair and open the pores for a much closer cut.
- Prepare – Lift your hair and exfoliate to prevent ingrown hairs.
- Leave the difficult spots for last – Begin shaving the flat areas of your face, such as your cheeks. Then, move to the upper lip. Avoid the nicks around your chin, ears, and delicate places. Make sure to shave in the direction of hair growth.
- End it cool – Apply a post-shave balm generously and rinse your skin with ice water. This will help close the pores.
The best time to shave is after cleansing but before moisturizing, when your skin still feels soft and damp. Invest in a good shaving cream for a comfortable shave. Choose those with camphor, menthol, and sesame oil. To make your skin feel smoother, use an aftershave that contains aloe vera, lipo-hydroxy acid, and willow herb. These ingredients will soothe your skin and make it feel relaxed and hydrated.
Invest in quality tools, and remember to replace the blades regularly. Never use dull razors.
Cut your nails
Your hands can say a lot of things about you; keeping them clean by trimming your nails is a crucial part of grooming.
Oral hygiene is non-negotiable.
Brush, floss, and use mouthwash multiple times a day. Dentists actually recommend brushing your teeth three times a day or every after meal. Yes, you should bring a toothbrush and toothpaste with you to work.
Visit your dentist twice a year, and replace your toothbrush every three months.
Choose your scent
Everyone has a distinct smell, so pick one that works best for you. Experiment with fragrances and choose one that fits your personality. Create a collection with basics for daily use and special and various events.
Also, shower daily and choose a deodorant you can use daily.
Men's grooming should neither be complicated nor time-consuming. With a bit of a routine that includes the basics and the right products, you can look and feel your best every day.
Remember, grooming isn't about vanity; it's about self-respect and representing yourself in the best way possible.