The 5 pillars of grooming that all men should know
We know you’re not going to ask your mates in the pub for beauty tips, but you can guarantee that they’re all secretly going online for hints and tips on how the celebs get their looks. Whilst you haven’t got a stylist, make-up artist or hairdresser on hand like your everyday TV personality, there are some key things you can do at home to make sure you’re turning heads in the street for the right reasons. Read on for our 5 pillars of grooming, and leave your mates wondering just how you did it.
It all begins in the shower
With so many options for shower gels it’s becoming more and more important to pick the right one for your image. Fragrance is key. Floral tones will give you an air of class and sophistication, whereas the muskier fragrances speak of strength and adventure. Choose wisely.
The next step is making sure you are using the correct shampoo. It may be that you have an oily scalp, dry scalp or a build-up of product that you need to remove. It’s important to identify your hair and body needs before deciding on the products you’re going to use.
Moisturising is life
All skin needs moisturising. If you want to keep it looking smooth and feeling supple, then moisturiser is a non-negotiable. Go through the luggage of any self-respecting celeb and you’ll find moisturiser because they know from experience that it’s the one thing you shouldn’t ignore. Most soaps are too harsh and will strip oils and collagen from the dermal layer. Instead, use a gentle face cleanser that locks in moisture. If your skin is oily, it’s important to start using a cleanser. Start exfoliating with a face scrub. This will reduce the dullness on your face and remove debris that contributes to wrinkles. Use a high-quality facial moisturiser at least once a day.
Look in the mirror at your eyes, what’s one of the first things you notice? Any bags, dark circles or saggy skin need to be addressed. Your eyes are such a key focal point and they can give a lot away, like the six pints you had in the Dog and Duck last night. Glowing skin from your new moisturising regime will be left unnoticed if your eyes look like a couple of extinct volcanoes. Eye creams can target bags and darkness around the eyes, but the real keys are sleep and hydration. Drink three litres of water a day and get at least seven hours of sleep. Get yourself a sleep app on your phone and start looking into your sleep patterns.
Whilst we are near the eyes, think about those caterpillar eyebrows, make sure these are kept neat and tidy. Invest is some tweezers and try to avoid using trimmers to control your eyebrows as this will make them grow back thicker. The key thing is to use your tweezers for the middle section in between your eyebrows and not to shave this area. Remember you can use a small amount of beard oil on your unruly brows.
Sweat the details
Let’s be honest no one wants to be able to plait their nose or ear hair. Purchase a small pair of trimmers to keep these areas tidy and smooth. They might seem like little details, but it’s the details that really matter. No matter how great you look, a bush of hair emanating from your ears is going to take away from your overall look. You can get a battery-operated trimmer for next to nothing, and it will pay you back many times over.
The final piece of the puzzle
Think about your skin and how dry it becomes in the winter; your hair is the same. In most cases there is no need to wash your hair everyday but using a conditioner or leave in conditioner is essential during the winter months. If you use a lot of gels, waxes or clays you may need to use a shampoo that removes product build up.
Style your hair with a product that allows you to achieve the look you want. Use a clay for separated, matte looks. Use a gel for slick backed wet looks. Sea salt sprays will give your hair a ‘just back from the beach’ look. Whatever your style, remember to use a small amount and build up as needed.
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