Now that I make my own body creams and butters, it’s not uncommon for me to whip out some cream if I see someone with an ashy skin crisis. I attempted to help another ashy friend the other day, but he quickly schooled me about real men’s etiquette. I learned that real men don’t wear lotion as he showed off his gray-white elbows, hands, and ankles with pride. Our conversation made me think about my Dad who is the same way; though he enjoys getting fancy every now and then, he is much more comfortable walking around with ashy knees in his holey jeans, walking on the back of his shoes. So in that same spirit, here are 6 grooming tips for the rough and tough man in your life!
#1-Soap and Suds. We get it, you’re a man; you will sweat and you will stink. In some cases, the man funk is sexy, in most cases, it’s not. Do us all a favor and select a good quality soap. These days there are no shortage of fancy bath products. The fanciness of it all may turn some men off, but it’s possible to be satisfied with a no-frills soap. Bar soap has a tendency to be drying and strips your skin’s natural oils. Consider a natural castile soap that contains oils to keep your body moisturized while cleaning.
#2-Brushing Your Teeth. A swish of Listerine is not considered brushing your teeth. You should brush at least twice a day-your loved ones will thank you. Don’t forget the floss! If you’re lazy, invest in a spinning toothbrush and waterpik--both tools will do all the work for you. Doing so will help keep your teeth strong. Though you may think you’ll still be super fine when you’re old and toothless, your partner may not feel the same.
#3-Shaving. It should be a male rite of passage to learn to shave the correct way. The best time to shave is during or after a shower because your hairs are softer due to the steam in the shower. Begin your shave by washing the area first. Be sure to exfoliate to remove dead skin and clear dirt in your pores. Do not use regular soap...invest in a high quality shaving cream and make sure there is plenty of lather before you begin. A shaving brush is also a great investment to help evenly spread the cream. As you shave, move the razor in the direction that the hair grows. When you’re done, rinse with cold water to close your pores and moisturize your face while your face is still damp.
**If you have a beard, it should not be a storage space for random food particles and lint. Treat it the same as the hair on your head. Remember to regularly wash, condition, and moisturize your beard. Also, comb and brush to remove tangles. There are beard care items popping up all over the place now. Start here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/01/beard-oil-facial-hair_n_5629592.html
#4-Washing Your Face. A man’s skin is typically 25% thicker than that of a woman’s, which means men have a higher collagen density. Collagen provides the structure for our face and keeps our skin looking young and healthy. Men also produce more sebum than women which makes their faces more prone to oily skin and clogged pores. Knowing all of this, do not forget to wash your face with a gentle cleanser and exfoliate two to three times a week to help clear clogged pores.
#5-Moisturizing. I know this is the hardest one for you to swallow. What man in their right mind would waste time putting on lotion when you’re going to get dry all over again? To help with keeping your body moisturized, evaluate the soap you’re using and make sure it is not drying you out. Look for soaps which contain natural oils like shea, jojoba, and olive. Also, add lotion or creams while your skin is still damp to lock in moisture from the water left over on your skin. Be sure to include vitamins C and E in your diet and drink plenty of water to keep your skin healthy and glowing.
#6-Hair Trimming. If you can cut the grass, trim the hedges and pull weeds, then use those same skills to trim your ear and nose hairs. It’s ok if you don’t want to admit you have hair growing out of your ears, but there will come a time when you will no longer be able to deny. An electronic nose and hair trimmer is a great investment. If you must use scissors, use scissors with rounded ends to avoid injury. Your body still needs the hair, so do not trim too much-just trim away hairs from sight.
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- June 21, 2015
- Tiffany A