Habits Of Well-Groomed Men

“Ordinary things done consistently produce extraordinary results.” These wise words belong to seasoned entrepreneur Keith Cunningham, but their essence extends far beyond the world of business. For example, regular sit-ups reap washboard stomachs – not a monthly burnout at the gym. Similarly, small (and possibly tedious) chunks of daily revision will earn you a distinction. Cramming through the night on a diet of Pro Plus and Red Bull will not.

The same is true for a man’s appearance: a one-off investment in a super expensive moisturiser or a bi-monthly overhaul won’t affect your appearance as much as taking care of the small details on a regular basis. And with that, we unpack the ten habits of a perfectly groomed man.


2. Enter a LTR   (Long Time Relationship) with your barber.
This is one of the most important relationships a well-groomed man can have. When you click with a stylist, make a (silent, non-verbal) commitment to them. On a logistical level, that means pre-booking appointments every couple of weeks rather than waiting until your hair has reached maximum fluff and then cheating on them with a random barber.
And, just as in any functional relationship, let communication be open and consistent. The more a stylist or barber understands you, the more they will be able to mould your look to reflect your personality.

3. Seek out a signature scent (but don’t overspray it)
In an ideal world, you will become synonymous with a single scent – something unique that will instantly remind others of how you make them feel. Avoid the commercial concoctions that line department store shelves and go in search of the cult classics or niche brands that are less well-known. The endless testing will pay off when you find your true nom de perfume. Just don’t asphyxiate everyone with it.

4. Manage your facial hair
Attractive beards don’t just happen by accident. Even though your follicles have been left to their own devices, that doesn’t mean they’re exempt from a regular tidy. If you can house stray canapés in your moustache, it’s definitely time to give it a trim. Invest in a hardwearing trimmer like the Braun Beard Trimmer, which has 25 different length settings and will allow you to contour your style with precision. If you have a voluminous chin-strap, you might also want to think about conditioning it with a beard oil.


5. Exfoliate twice a week
An overlooked but critical component in any successful grooming routine, exfoliants yield immediate results by sloughing off dead cells and revealing a fresh, new layer of skin. Rather than scrub your skin with a “mechanical’” product containing microbeads, invest in a chemical exfoliant that will dissolve debris by way of natural acids.

6. Tame your feet
It’s little use making sure that your face is well groomed when you still have hooves for feet or discoloured talons for nails. These are the details your bed partner will notice (as will everyone in the street if you’re flagrantly airing your feet in sandals this summer). In summary, tend to corns and overgrown nails at home or, better yet, employ a professional to give you a pedicure with industrial strength power tools.

7. Groom in your sleep
Granted, your looks aren’t exactly a top priority when you’re sleeping but, as you snooze, your skin is considerably more receptive to reparative or “active” ingredients. This is largely because your body isn’t busy fighting off environmental aggressors during the small hours and will default into repair mode.


8. Manscape
Manscaping is a thing now. Deal with it. If you plan on taming fuzz below the neckline, do so with restraint. A little trim here and there is good manners but shaving or waxing everything off when you haven’t been a regular at the gym may make you look like a baby porpoise.
If, however, your pecs and abs are hiding underneath a wolverine sweater, then by all means get those pesky follicles removed with a dedicated product.

9. Sunscreen is not just for sunny days
Most guys only crack open a bottle of sunscreen when they hit the beach. But the fact is, we’re exposed to UV rays all the time – even in winter. And there is no quicker way to speed up the passage of time than by leaving your skin unprotected.
Start thinking about sunscreen as an anti-ageing product rather than seasonal protection. A minimum application of SPF 15 every day will be far more effective than any age reversal concoction on the market. Read our guide to find the safest and most effective sunscreens on the market

10. Learn how to shave properly
It’s a sorry state of affairs when a grown man can’t shave his own beard correctly. Most guys learn to shave through trial and error and inevitably pick up bad habits (shaving against the grain, using too much resistance) or do their skin unnecessary damage. Get a wet shave from a barber every once in a while and pick up some personalised tips along the way. This means asking questions, which they will be happy to answer. Larger cities may have barbershops with shaving schools. Alternatively, you can read guides to the perfect shave.

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Unhelpful Cosmetic Products

Sometimes advertisements play tricks on us. In the pursuit of beauty, we buy lots of useless creams, masks, and serums that promise us many desirable effects. This site pondered all this marketing mess and prepared for you a list of cosmetic products you don’t really need.

split ends
Split end remedies
No matter how much we want it, there’s no cosmetic remedy that can solve the problem of split hair. Serums and balms with the appropriate label give only a visual effect, sticking the split ends together for a while. The only thing that works is a haircut.

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Hand cream, foot cream, body lotion

Another myth that marketers have created: people need different creams for different parts of the body. Your face does require special care, but in most cases you can use a single product for your entire body. All moisturizing creams and lotions work the same way, and you can use them for both your hands and body.

Dandruff shampoo
Dandruff shampoo
When your sebaceous glands work poorly, the spread of a fungus called dandruff begins. An ordinary shampoo cannot help you get rid of this problem. Besides, it dries out the scalp. You need a special medical shampoo, which you can buy at a pharmacy.

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Facial Toner
Facial toner is one of those things we consider necessary because we use the wrong skin care products. Cleansing soap is more effective than toner. It doesn’t contain alcohol, doesn’t dry your skin, and has a neutral pH level.

lip balm
Lip Balm
Most producers claim that the only way to moisturize your lips is to buy a lip balm. However, the “perfect is the enemy of good” principle works here. Some balms can really help you, but most of them contain alcohol that dries your skin. An affordable and more useful alternative is cosmetic Vaseline or beeswax with a drop of olive or coconut oil.

shaving cream
Shaving cream
Before shower gel appeared, shaving cream served an important purpose: it softened the hair follicles and helped the razor blade slip easily over the skin. But since shower gels contain a lot of glycerol and more moisturizing substances than shaving cream, the choice is obvious.

butt cream
Cellulite Cream
Lots of people are still inclined to believe that there’s a magic wand that will make us perfect in a moment. One of the myths we want to dispel is the effectiveness of a cellulite cream. At the moment, there are only two things that can really fight cellulite on the buttocks: an active lifestyle and a healthy diet. You can also try various types of massage and use scrubs, as they stimulate blood circulation. The cream is only able to soften the skin a little and give a short cosmetic effect.

cuticle oil
Cuticle Oil
Using a couple of drops of special oil seems to be an excellent way to get a decent manicure. However, once it’s absorbed, the effect disappears and brings no use. If you really want to help your nails, try cosmetic Vaseline or basic natural oils.

masks
Facial masks
We cannot say tissue masks are absolutely useless. They really can make your skin look better for a special occasion. But, in fact, you don’t need them. Most of them are simply moisturizing or oil absorbing, and you can achieve the same effect using a simple cream.

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