15 essential grooming tips all men need to remember and follow

15 essential grooming tips all men need to remember and follow

If you're a man, you've been made to believe that your grooming routine needs to be at a bare minimum. But men need a grooming routine too. Here are some necessary grooming tips.

You may pretend like it isn't true, but people really base our character on their first impression of you. So it's important to look good if your goal is to make a lasting impression on someone. But not a lot of people pay attention to their appearances, the people being most men! 

Are you making a good first impression? (Pixabay)
Are you making a good first impression? (Pixabay)

If you're a man, you can probably relate to this. You've been made to believe that your grooming routine needs to be at a bare minimum. But the truth is, men, do require a certain amount of upkeep. Here are some essential grooming tips men tend to mess up or miss out on: 

1. Getting a good manicure/pedicure

Mani-pedis are not just for women, they're with anyone with hands and legs! Nails require upkeep, and that's something that men tend to overlook. Maintaining nails is not something trivial, but when you reach out to people to shake their hands, they will notice. 

2. Using moisturizer

Keep your skin moisturized (Pixabay)
Keep your skin moisturized (Pixabay)

Moisturizing is something that dermatologists highly recommend for everyone. Skin can tend to get dry and flaky, so slathering on some good moisture after your shower will keep your skin moisturized and soft to the touch. Moisturizing also prevents the skin from cracking so ask your dermatologist to recommend a good moisturizer.

3. Applying sunscreen

Wear sunblock, it's good for you! (Pixabay)
Wear sunblock, it's good for you! (Pixabay)

The sun's rays are pretty damaging to human skin. Applying a good amount of sunscreen before you step out will prevent your skin from getting sun-damaged. A good practice would be to get a moisturizing sunscreen. That way, you'll be killing two birds with one stone. Make sure that the sunblock is at least SPF 15.

4. Avoid having hot showers

Very hot showers are bad for your skin (Pixabay)
Very hot showers are bad for your skin (Pixabay)

Hot, scalding baths do give us a much-needed wakeup. But what we forget is that hot water is actually very damaging to our skin. Instead of having scalding hot water baths, try to stick to room-temperature or luke-warm baths. 

5. Using dull blades

Change your blades every week and make sure you keep them clean (Pixabay)
Change your blades every week and make sure you keep them clean (Pixabay)

Using dull blades to shave is a big no-no! It can give you cuts and abrasions which can also lead to infections. What's worse is that dull blades leave you with a very botched finish and bumpy skin. Make sure you keep your blades clean and change them once a week.  

6. Mixing and matching scents

Don't overwhelm yourself with a mix of scents. Find one and stick to it (Pixabay)
Don't overwhelm yourself with a mix of scents. Find one and stick to it (Pixabay)

If you're wondering why your favorite body scent/s isn't attracting any ladies, it's probably because they're overwhelmed by the confusing scents you're emitting. If body odor worries you, then use a mild-smelling roll-on, and follow that with a cologne that doesn't melt the nostril hairs off people. 

7. Exfoliating

Use a natural scrub to exfoliate your skin (Pixabay)
Use a natural scrub to exfoliate your skin (Pixabay)

Using a good face scrub to get rid of the dead skin on your face is another thing you should focus on. A natural exfoliant with ground walnut shells is a good way to get rid of the layer of dead skin on your face. Daily exfoliation also removes the day's impurities off your face, which will help your skin breath. But remember, don't over-scrub when you use an exfoliant. 

8. Manscaping

Manscaping is something that will keep you smelling good, too (Pixabay)
Manscaping is something that will keep you smelling good, too (Pixabay)

Manscaping is something that a lot of men tend to overlook. We're all for the au naturel look that a lot of men aspire to emulate, but guys, please trim that jungle down there! Grooming your chest hair, pubic hair and armpit hair will not just make you look good, but it's going to make you smell good as well. The lesser the hair, the lower the chances of bacteria thriving in that environment. 

9. Keep changing your hairstyle

Experiment with your hairstyles to get something that works for you (Pixabay)
Experiment with your hairstyles to get something that works for you (Pixabay)

A change in hairstyle is a great way to experiment with your looks. You can try out a different style every month and stick to one specific style based on how easy you find it to maintain the look. Getting a haircut can improve the way you feel as well, so give to lovely locks a chop to see how you feel with the change. 

10. Maintain your beard

Bear maintenance is important if you want to look well-groomed (Pixabay)
Bear maintenance is important if you want to look well-groomed (Pixabay)

Beards make men look 'manly', but a scraggly, badly-maintained beard is the downfall of every man. It turns them into cavemen. Keeping your beard well-maintained may be a routine, so a good way to save time on this is to find a barber that knows how to shape your beard to your liking. 

11. Use good shampoo and conditioner

Learn what shampoo works for you (Pixabay)
Learn what shampoo works for you (Pixabay)

This is something a lot of men forgo! Not every shampoo just 'works' on a whim. There are specific shampoos for certain hair types, so it's important to know what kind of hair yours is before you lather up. A conditioner is something most men skip, but incorporating conditioner in your hair wash routine will give your hair an all-new softness and bounce. 

12. Get into the habit of moisturizing your feet

You should take care of your feet and regularly moisturize them (Pixabay)
You should take care of your feet and regularly moisturize them (Pixabay)

Pedicures get rid of a lot of dead skin, but to make sure your feet keep looking good, get into the habit of regularly moisturizing your feet. Use a good rejuvenating cream that will help heal your dry soles and moisturize your foot as well. 

13. Keep your eyebrows in order

Maintain your eyebrows instead of letting them grow out (Pixabay)
Maintain your eyebrows instead of letting them grow out (Pixabay)

We're not saying go and get those thick caterpillars plucked, we're just asking you maintain them because they can tend to look like two mustaches perched on your forehead. Eyebrows give a lot of definition to your face, so if you have a set of conjoined twins on your forehead, then consider separating them. 

14. Trim that nose hair

Nose hairs can look like a spider escaping your nostril (Pixabay)
Nose hairs can look like a spider escaping your nostril (Pixabay)

Guys, your long nose hair is quite visible, and they're also disturbing to look at. If you've got long nose hair, it can look like a spider fighting hard to escape your nostril. Regularly trim them if you find your nose hair poking out from underneath.

15. Wearing well-fitting clothes

Get well-tailored, and well-fitted clothes instead of baggy clothes (Pixabay)
Get well-tailored, and well-fitted clothes instead of baggy clothes (Pixabay)

Baggy is out, fit is in! Don't wear ill-fitting clothes just because it can be 'comfortable' or 'easy'. Put in an effort in the way you dress up. Wear pants, shirts, t-shirts, and jeans that are your size. You'll look like you're wearing the clothes instead of the clothes wearing you. 

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