Whether you’re going for a business meeting, a date, or a singing performance, first impression is of utmost importance. The way you dress up makes up for a big part of your personality, but a great outfit, sadly, goes down the drain if you’re not well groomed.
Quite a few times men would assume that fashion and grooming are for the women, however, that is far from the truth. How you groom yourself is reflective of your sophistication and maturity.
Here we have top tips to get your grooming game tenfold better!
- Have a minimalistic skin care routine.
Before you scoff and say “I don’t have time for a beauty routine,” hear us out. First things first, it will hardly take 5 minutes of your day. Secondly, you would appreciate the wonders (like no more acne!) of it once you carry it on for a week. Here is the most basic skin care routine that you can easily manage to perform during any time of the day.
It’s not enough to just shave and slap some aftershave before heading out for the day. First, wash your face using a men’s scrub. This will exfoliate your skin and make the whiskers softer. Then, prefer bathing before shaving, so that the hair can get even softer for a closer shave.
Purchase a face wash that matches your skin type and make sure you use it after a workout, or after coming home from a sweaty day. Before your face wash, make sure to wash your hands with soap. After your facewash, make sure to apply some moisturizer on your skin.
Hair products for men have become a little bit more complex than the hair oil our grandpas swore by. But the logic is simple. Limit products like hair wax and hair gels for occasions you need to be dressed up for. Shampoo at least twice or thrice a week and make sure you condition your hair after. Use a shampoo which suits your hair type. If your hair feel dry, you can use a few drops of scentless hair oil or some hair cream. Other than that, one hack is to always carry in your bag a comb and a tiny bottle of water spray that can fit in your palm, so that you can give your hair a quick brush up before a meeting or an impromptu date right after work.
Also, make sure you never miss an appointment with your barber, which should ideally be twice a month. This one habit will help you a great deal in being labelled as a well groomed man.
- Take care of what you smell like
It doesn’t hurt to have a signature scent; it rather adds a whole new olfactory dimension to your personality. So whatever scent you choose, be it of cologne or an aftershave, remember that it isn’t supposed to be too significant. Rather, make it a more subtle part of your presence. Invest in one or two good aftershave lotions and also a decent perfume or two for parties.
A clean shave is always decent to look at and it also elevates the whole look of your face. As mentioned before, always shave after taking a shower so that your stubble is easier to cut. Make sure to invest well in a good shaving cream and a good quality razor.
Razor burns are quite a menace that are caused by the friction of a razor when it passes over your skin over its microscopic folds. It is further agitated by hot water, sweat and chemicals. You can radically reduce the amount of razor burns you get by changing your technique of shaving. If that doesn’t work, try using a different razor altogether.
Never forget to trim your nails regularly! Women have reported dirty or long nails to be an instant turn off, especially on an otherwise well-groomed man. This also includes your toenails. When your nails aren’t long enough to be cut, make sure that at least they are clean. It is a part of good proper hygiene.
- Become a regular at your barbers.
- Know which hair products work for you – ask your barber.
- Find your signature aftershave – typically lighter, citrusy scents work best in spring and summer, while woody, spicy or herby scents suit the winter months.
- Tailor your haircut to your face shape – If you have a rounder face, get a haircut that’s tighter on the sides. If you have a longer face, ask your barber for longer hair on the sides and around your temples.
- Wash your hair only three times a week.
- Learn the correct number of times to wash your face in a day – twice a day — and only twice a day.
- Ear hair needs to be attended to.
- Trim your nose hair every week.
- Trim your toes nails every week in the summer / every other week in the winter.
- Brush your teeth and don’t forget to floss.
- Less is more with cologne – for an average cologne, pump three times (three pulse points).
- Hydrate, hydrate, and hydrate yourself – healthy skin and starts from the inside out and one of the best ways to bring out the glow on your skin is to drink at least 2 liters of water every day.
Incorporate these 17 aforementioned grooming tips in your daily life and watch yourself become a more overall developed individual. Not only will it help you score brownie points during your very first encounter with people, it will also turn you into a more confident person in general. Shine on!