With the recent comeback of traditional barbershops, not to mention the proliferation of men’s skin-care products and services, there’s just no excuse for poor grooming these days. And don’t worry, it doesn’t take an excessive amount of effort. In fact, we’ve rounded up 8 awesome grooming tips to help all the gentlemen out there stay on top of their grooming game—easily.
1. Lay a solid foundation
Let’s start with the basics of any grooming regimen. Before you go exfoliating, moisturizing, trimming, plucking, or shaving, lay a solid foundation by taking care of your skin from the inside out. This means going easy on the alcohol and sugar, avoiding cigarettes at all costs, drinking lots of water, eating a varied diet that includes lots of healthy fats, vegetables, and fruits. Taking care of yourself from the inside will simplify your grooming routine, too, by minimizing dry skin, coarse hair, and excessive perspiration.
2. Protect yourself
Essential for every man, woman, and child, UV protection is a must. To all the guys out there who thought sun protection was just for the ladies, think again. While you may flaunt a rugged, laissez-faire attitude when it comes to your skin, the reality is that your skin is just as delicate as the rest of us. Start your daily routine with a layer of SPF protection, like Kiehl’s Facial Fuel UV Guard.
3. Develop a haircare routine
Probably the easiest thing you can do to keep yourself looking fresh is book a standing hair appointment. Too many men head to the barber only once their hair is past its prime. Avoid this common grooming pitfall by scheduling your next appointment (or four) at the end of your next trim. Then, simply schedule them into your phone’s calendar app with alerts to ensure you never suffer a mop-top again.
4. Don’t neglect facial hair
Facial hair needs love too. Sporting a beard? Be sure to shampoo, trim (your barber can help with this), and comb it regularly. We also love MCMC’s beard oil, which conditions hair and adds a classic, spicy scent. Are you a mustache man? Again, keep it neat. Invest in trimmers and clippers, and refer to a YouTube video or two to learn how to maintain your facial hair. Unruly eyebrows? Time to pick up the tweezers or, alternately, ask your barber to clean up your brows the next time you’re in.
Exfoliating before shaving will help you achieve a closer, cleaner shave. A word of warning: be gentle. Opt for a delicate exfoliator and use delicate circular motions when using it. Aggressive exfoliation can lead to irritated, sensitive skin. Bonus: exfoliating gets rid of any stray dead skin flakes, another grooming no-no.
6. Don’t forget your feet
Though they don’t get as much air time as your face, you’ll be doing the world a favour by looking after your feet. Trim toenails regularly, use a pumice stone after bathing to get rid of calluses, and dry feet thoroughly before putting socks on. Easy!
7. Keep tools and products up to date
At worst, expired grooming products will cause clogged pores, irritation, and even infection. At best, they’ll simply be ineffective. Check the back of your products for expiry dates and times, and chuck out old ones ASAP. Ditto tools. Keep razor blades fresh, sharp, and rust-free. Take good care of electric trimmers by keeping them out of moist environments and storing them properly. Trust us, you’ll save yourself a lot of frustration this way.
8. Remember it’s the little things
Whether you’re groomed to perfection or barely maintaining your routine, no matter your situation, an easy way to look well-kept daily is by taking a minute or two before you step out the door to make sure you look tidy. Is your hair combed? Any dry patches you should moisturize? Food in your beard? It’s as simple as that.