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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Beauty Myths Debunked

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Myth 1: Wearing nail polish all the time will make your nails turn yellow.
This is true, but you can wear enamel all you like and still avoid discoloration. Nails are porous, and they absorb the pigment in polishes. “Darker colors, especially reds, have more pigment, so they often stain your nails,” says Maria Salandra, the owner of Finger Fitness, in Cliffside Park, New Jersey.

The solution: Before applying polish, paint on a clear base coat,  to prevent nails from absorbing pigment.

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Myth 2: Brushing your hair 100 strokes a day will make it shine.
Marcia Brady, it turns out, was overzealous in her beauty routine. “One hundred strokes is too much,” says Christopher Mackin, a trichologist (someone who studies hair) at the Gil Ferrer Salon, in New York City. “You’ll do more damage than good.” Hair will break if you tug on it too much.

However, gentle brushing―a few strokes here and there―will make hair shine by distributing the natural oils from the scalp down the hair shafts and flattening the cuticles to make them reflect more light. More significant, light brushing removes impurities and stimulates blood flow to the scalp, which nourishes hair follicles and keeps them healthy.

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Myth 3: Sleeping on your back or with a satin pillow will help your face stay wrinkle-free.

That’s a big exaggeration with a little truth behind it. As you age, the collagen and elastin fibers in your skin break down, so when you burrow your face into a pillow, putting pressure on these fibers for several hours at a time, the skin is increasingly less likely to snap back. “If you have a pattern of sleeping on one side, that side of your face will typically show more wrinkling than the other,” says Tanzi, who adds that the difference is very subtle.

Learning to sleep on your back can help your skin a bit, but you’d fare much better wearing a good sunscreen every day than sleeping on a satin pillow, says Woolery-Lloyd.

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Myth 4: Applying mayonnaise to your hair will make it glossier.
Mayo is made with an oil base, and it makes hair shine.

But to avoid a mess, try this method:

  • Apply a cup of mayonnaise mixed with a teaspoon of vanilla extract (to cut the mayonnaise scent) to dry, unwashed hair.
  • Cover your head with a warm towel to help the mayonnaise penetrate, and leave it on for 20 minutes.
  • Before you step into the shower, apply a heaping handful of shampoo to your hair. Don’t add any water yet; just massage it in thoroughly for several minutes. That will help break down the excess oil, says Berkovitz. Rinse with cool water in the shower and your hair will come out shiny and silky.
    If the idea of putting a condiment in your hair makes you queasy, try a rich glossing treatment

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Myth 5: Sitting down and crossing your legs won’t cause varicose or spider veins, but standing may.

Pronounced veins often crop up on people who either have a genetic predisposition to them or have jobs that require them to stand a lot, says Kevin Pinski, a dermatologist in Chicago.

Standing makes the vascular network work extra hard to pump blood from the legs up to the heart. If the valves, which keep blood flowing in one direction within your vessels, aren’t functioning properly, a pooling of blood can occur and result in unsightly veins. Pregnancy, which puts added pressure on the circulatory system, or a trauma―getting hit by a softball or a car door, for example―can also lead to varicose or spider veins.

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Myth 6 : Drinking water keeps your skin from drying out.

“This is one of the biggest myths out there,” says Frank. What keeps skin moist is oil, not water. Certainly, drinking water helps vital organs operate properly, and too little water in your body can give you a wan appearance. But your skin can still look dry even if you drink eight glasses a day.

Source: real simple.com

Things That Attract Men’s Attention To Women

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What do males notice first about women? If they have never talked with you and do not know anything about your character, temper and attitude, then you are judged by your looks.

It does look superficial and shallow; however, there is not much we can do to change the situation. Here are 9 things that usually attract men’s attention and considered to be important by most men:

1. Hair
Shiny and healthy hair can also attract men’s attention. The time that you regularly spend at your hairdresser’s is not useless. Healthy hair tells men about your overall health and we always find health attractive and beautiful. Wash your hair and keep it clean, moisturized and nourished. Apply balm or use conditioner to make it soft and fragrant.

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2. Eyes
Women’s eyes are also a powerful weapon that can conquer any man’s attention. Our eyes tell others all about our feelings and thoughts. It is really difficult to hide your true intentions and emotions unless you are wearing sunglasses! It has been proved that more than 70% of all men look in woman’s eyes when they meet her. It is just another myth that men rate your chest or hips. Besides, complimenting woman on her eyes is never offensive. On the contrary, ladies respond to it quite approvingly. However, it is strongly recommended to avoid commenting on other body parts in order not to be wrongly understood.

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3. Smile
A sincere and friendly smile attracts everybody. Men are no exception. A smiling person looks much more approachable and warm. A smile is a signal informing others that you are happy and satisfied with life and yourself. Smile more often if you want to demonstrate happiness and optimism. Do not get surprised if you start hearing more compliments and be sure to meet more people who will want to communicate with you. Smiling people make others smile and feel relaxed hence they usually surrounded by people.

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4. Weight
Tastes differ and it is not really about how many pounds you carry and whether you are overweighted. The point is to carry it the right way and be proud of your own body. If you are self-confident, people can see and feel it. Curves do count and if you want to change your shape, you should go to the gym. There you will tone up your muscles and become even more attractive.

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5. Chest
Most women mistakenly think that it is their chest that attracts men’s attention. However, this is just a stereotype and in reality chest is not number one priority by which men judge about women. Nevertheless, men do include this part of female’s body in their list of things that they notice when they meet a woman. If you are not totally satisfied with the shape of your breasts, then we recommend weight-lifting exercises. Some ladies are ready to do plastic surgery to make their breasts bigger or smaller. This kind of change is too extreme and costs a lot. Actually, there is no need to drastically change your chest, because in most cases appropriately fitted underwear can do the trick.

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6. How genuine are you?
Fake people are avoided by others. Be genuine in what you say and in how you act. This also includes your looks. Hair extensions and false nails or eye lashes is a turn-off for most men. Do not be naive thinking that only you know that you are wearing fake stuff. Men are not stupid and can easily tell what is natural and what is not. Applying make-up is fine. Do not use too much of it though. Nude shades and light colors are always better. They will make you look fresh and youthful. Treat your hair with masks, shampoos and styling hair products of higher quality.

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7. Legs
You are probably not surprised at all to hear that men like beautiful legs. Men notice shapely legs, toned calves and groomed feet with nice pedicure. In summer your legs should look absolutely impeccable. If you know your legs look good, wear skirts and shorts. Scientists say that the reason why males like slim long legs and shapely hips is that this is a signal that the lady is fertile and feminine. Men also pay attention to women’s knees. Take care of your legs and feet, do massages and apply anti-cellulite gels or creams to make your legs look their best.

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8. Skin
Skin cover you from head to food. It is the largest organ that tells it all about your health! Does your skin look its best? Are you completely satisfied with it or is there something you would like to improve and change? Take proper care of your skin. Men find healthy complexion extremely attractive.

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9. The witty woman

Yes, you can get a man interest with just looks and sex. But keeping him interested for more than three weeks takes intelligence. Men like witty, educated girls who can keep the conversation alive and have something interesting to say. Women who can finish a sentence that isn’t about shoes, tanning, him or Kim Kardashian’s ass.
They like you to be more creative in talking than “What did you do today”, “I called you and you didn’t answer”, “how can you like football” and “you care more about your friends than you do about me.”

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