When it comes to men’s grooming, there’s a fine line between a regimen that will leave you looking like a total caveman…and another that will leave you looking like a member of a boy band.
That’s probably because a lot of guys don’t know basic grooming guidelines and feel too awkward to openly ask for advice.
Then there are the more nitty-gritty aspects of men’s grooming, including a few you’ve probably never considered. But don’t worry; we’ll start slow.
It’s time to put your mind at ease and answer all your questions about men’s grooming.
The Importance Of Men’s Grooming
First thing’s first — male grooming is important because we men, just like women, are people too.
A daily grooming routine helps to maintain your personal hygiene (something that we hope you already know is essential!) and is also important for keeping you looking and feeling young, attractive, and clean.
There are tons of home-based remedies as well as tried and trusted products on the market that will keep you looking your best with minimal effort. For example, you could keep your skin in tip-top shape without so much as lifting a finger with the SiO For Him FaceLift.
It’s true — SiO’s power patches actually work to hydrate your skin while you sleep. To wake up with the good looks of, say, Jude Law, all you do is apply your patches before bed (or for a few hours during the day while you pound out some video games) and you’re set.
After all, who doesn’t want to be the best-looking, most well-groomed man in the room? Well, we’re here to help you achieve exactly that. In this article, the experts at SiO share the best men’s grooming tips of 2018.
The Ultimate Men’s Grooming Guide
The Perfect Shave
For us guys, facial hair care is a delicate art. You want to try your best to get a close shave that won’t cause razor bumps. To achieve this, we recommend following the routine below:
- Take a hot shower, and wash and exfoliate your face and neck
- Pat your skin dry, and then apply moisturizer to the area you’ll be shaving
- Apply shaving cream (we suggest opting for a “sensitive skin” variety)
- Shave with a high-quality razor that has no fewer than three and no more than five blades (you can also opt for a straight razor — but only if you’ve been trained on its use)
- Shave in the direction that your beard hair grows (never shave against the grain)
- Rinse your face clean with hot water
- Apply aftershave and moisturizer
If you’re looking for an easier option and don’t mind spending a few extra dollars on your shaving routine, visit your local barber a few times a week for a professional shave with a straight razor.
In 2018, you’ve probably noticed that beards are very trendy. If you’re a guy with more facial hair than the run-of-the-mill stubble, keep in mind how important it is to brush your beard every day.
Use clippers to keep your beard even and clean as you grow it in, and wash it with shampoo, along with the rest of your hair, when you shower. Instead of applying conditioner, use beard oil to soften your beard and increase its shine.
We also recommend using a razor a couple of times each week to shape the edges of your beard to your preferred style.
Invest in a high-quality pair of tweezers and use them to pluck out the hair in-between your eyebrows. You should only need to do this once every couple of weeks. Just keep in mind that the “unibrow” look is definitely not in style.
For a cleaner and sharper look, you’ll also want to pluck any hairs that grow away from your natural brow area. Pluck the hair below your brow more vigorously and regularly than you do the hair above it.
Additionally, use an eyebrow hair trimmer to keep the hair at a nice length (or you can ask your barber to do this). Brush your eyebrows up and out every morning.
Don’t discount the skin around your brows, either. The SiO For Him BrowLift patches smooth and erase all traces of lines from your brow and forehead.
Trusted by docs, SiO’s power patches provide deep hydration and help promote your skin’s natural ability to retain moisture (in other words, keep it younger-looking and wrinkle-free). After all, what good are awesome brows when the skin around them isn’t?
The Perfect Haircut
Based on your hair’s texture and curl, decide what you want your style to look like. There’s nothing wrong with taking a photo of that look and bringing it to your barber or hair stylist.
To make the most of your haircut, ask for the products you’ll need to achieve that style at home, and don’t forget to visit your barber or stylist once every few weeks for a trim.
To maintain the clearest, healthiest skin possible, wash your face each morning and night with a facial cleanser. After washing, apply a light moisturizer to your skin (keep in mind that your daytime moisturizer should contain SPF sunscreen).
It’s also crucial to exfoliate up to two times per week to maintain clear skin.
When blemishes do happen, don’t pick at your skin! Instead of ever trying to pop pimples at home, make it a point to visit a dermatologist regularly and have your blemishes examined for more specific solutions.
If you’ve got a zit, treat it naturally with Benzoyl peroxide. Benzoyl peroxide kills the bacteria that contribute to pimples.
Apply it in and around the affected area with a Q-tip or your hands as best as possible. Sleep with the Benzoyl peroxide on your face for overnight healing.
The Ideal Scent
Wear deodorant every day (please!), but don’t rely on it.
Select a men’s cologne scent that compliments your personal style. For daily use, spray once on your wrist and pat that into your neck.
If you’re going out at night, use an additional spray on your clothing and your chest. Do not use too much – less is always more.
Body Hair Care
There are a variety of tools to help tame your body hair. The experts at SiO recommend stocking up on a pair of clippers, a nose and ear hair trimmer, a high-quality body razor, and an extended grip for that razor.
It’s best to keep your nose and ear hair as trim as possible – ideally grooming them once per week. Trim or shave your body hair (chest, armpits, back, etc.) to your preference.
You may also opt to get your body hair professionally waxed for a smoother, more even look. If you plan on shaving your body hair, it’ll require more frequent upkeep.
When it comes to your nether regions, very carefully use scissors to trim near your pubic area. Once or twice per week (depending on your preference), use a razor to shape any spots you’d like completely cleared of hair.
Let’s not forget about those pearly whites! Brush your teeth with whitening toothpaste every single morning and every single night — at least twice per day. Floss at least four times each week. Use mouthwash.
Remember to see your dentist for a regular check-up every six months. If you need to, use teeth whitening strips once every few months or so to keep your smile polished.
Whitening strips work on your teeth the same way bleach works to whiten your clothes or your hair. The peroxide in whitening strips bleaches color from your teeth in order to restore their natural white shade.
And don’t neglect the rest of what makes up your charming smile. Keep wrinkles and creases around your eyes and smile at bay with the SiO For Him Eye & Smile Lift.
These medical-grade power patches provide deep hydration to keep the skin around your pearly whites smooth and wrinkle-free.
Looking Good, Man!
With everything you’ve got to handle throughout the day, don’t let your daily grooming routine be the thing that falls by the wayside. Keep yourself in the best possible shape with this ultimate men’s grooming guide and SiO’s potent patches.