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How’s your grooming routine working out for you?
If you're like most guys, you probably realize that you could improve some things about the way you take care of your hair, face and body, but actually figuring out how to make changes for the better can be difficult.
After all, there is an overwhelming amount of grooming advice for men on the Internet, on television, and in magazines.
With so many articles and news stories giving grooming tips for men, it can seem like you have to do a million things to look your best, so you end up saying "forget it!" and doing nothing new at all.
The truth is that it doesn't take a lot of work to make big improvements.
By following one of these quick grooming tips for men every day for one week - and then continuing to do them, you can look better and have healthier skin and hair.
Day 1: Add a face moisturizer to your regimen.
Start off the week with a new skincare product that will make a huge difference in your skin: face moisturizer.
A moisturizer is used to hydrate your skin with healthy moisture, and it's essential for all skin types.
An example of a men’s face moisturizer is the Gameface Moisturizer from Triumph & Disaster:
You should apply a moisturizer twice every day. You can use the same product in the morning and at night or use one with SPF protection in the morning and one formulated for bedtime in the evening.
Apply your moisturizer after you have washed your face and applied any other products that you use (like toner or acne treatment products).
Be sure to choose one that's right for your skin type whether your complexion is oily, dry, combination, sensitive, or normal.
Day 2: Start exfoliating.
Exfoliating is an important skincare step that most guys overlook. When you exfoliate, you remove dead skin that can clog your pores and cause pimples and blackheads.
Eliminating this cellular debris also smooths the complexion, minimizes lines and dark spots, and can even decrease your risk of developing ingrown hairs due to shaving.
You can exfoliate easily with a face scrub, a product that contains abrasives like moisturizing beads, ground nut shells, or bits of minerals.
An example a men’s face scrub is the Scrub from URTH:
When using a face scrub, lather it up as you normally would a face wash. Rinse thoroughly to remove both the loosened skin and the scrub.
You should exfoliate at least once per week or 2 to 3 times per week if you're suffering from acne, rough skin, dullness, or signs of aging.
Day 3: Take care of your eyebrows.
By taking care of your eyebrows, you'll be able to avoid ending up with that dreaded uni-brow.
Start by combing your eyebrows with a ‘brow comb and then trimming them either with scissors and the comb or an electric facial trimmer. Then, use tweezers to pluck out stray growth. If you want to speed things up, you can use wax to shape your brows.
Typically, results from waxing last for 4 to 6 weeks, so you'll only need to groom and trim as needed in between.
Day 4: Inspect your nose (hairs).
It’s time to turn your attention to your nostrils! You don't want nose hairs sticking out and saying hello to the people that you meet during the day.
Get in close to the mirror, and examine your nose for any signs of hair. If you spot some, you can use scissors to snip them away but be careful not to poke the inside of your nose.
Investing in a good ear and nose trimmer can make removing those unsightly nose hairs simpler.
Day 5: Improve your oral care.
If your oral care regimen only consists of brushing twice per day, make tody the day you start improving the health of your teeth and gums.
Toothbrushes do a great job of removing food particles and bacteria from the tops, fronts, and backs of your teeth, but they can't remove plaque between the teeth or beneath the gum line.
To get rid of the plaque before it hardens into decay and gum disease-causing tartar, you need to floss. You can use string floss, an inter-dental cleaning pick, or a water or air flosser to get the job done. You should floss at least once every day.
After flossing, take a moment to clean your tongue with a tongue scraper. This will help to remove bacteria and food residue that contributes to bad breath. It’s a quick process, and you'll be impressed with how much cleaner you will feel.
Day 6: Condition your hair.
Does your hair care regimen only consist of lathering and rinsing? If you've been skipping hair conditioner, today is the day to change that.
Just as all skin needs moisturizing, all hair needs the hydrating and nourishing benefits of hair conditioner. Without conditioner, hair becomes dry and then more difficult to manage and more prone to frizz as a result.
Find a conditioner that is suited to your hair type and texture. If your hair is straight, you should condition at least a couple of times every week. For wavy and curly hair, condition more regularly to keep your hair hydrated.
An example of a men's hair conditioner is the Thick Conditioner from Portland General Store:
To learn more about conditioners, check out our guide on how to choose hair conditioners for men.
Day 7: Shave with the grain.
This is an easy change but it may be the most surprising of these grooming tips for men.
Many guys think that the only way to get a close shave is to go against the grain or the direction that hair grows, but this is actually the incorrect way to use your razor.
Shaving against the grain makes you way more likely to end up with razor burn due to added friction. Be kind to your skin by shaving with the grain.
If you use a razor with well sharpened blades, hot water, pre-shave treatment, and a good shaving lubricant, you'll still get smooth results.
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