The Essentials of Men’s Grooming
Grooming and skin maintenance aren’t just for women— there are simple things that guys can do that will visibly improve the look and feel of their skin.
Though men’s grooming is on the rise, it is often when guys hear the words “grooming routine”. They envision a lengthy process involving many products. Similarly, spending as much time in front of the mirror as their wives and girlfriends. This misconception about skincare can have painful consequences:
Think about this: 50 percent of men experience some form of underarm discomfort or itching. and believe this is the price to pay for using a powerful deodorant. It doesn’t have to be this way.
Practical Grooming Tips for Men
Here are some tips to help guys take better care of their skin without cutting into their free time.
Ditch the Soap
Guys often rely on a generic bar of soap (or worse, shampoo) to wash their bodies. These products are too harsh and strip essential oils from the skin. The dryness caused by soap is cumulative—the more you use it, the more damage you do to your skin.
Upgrade Your Workout Gear
While working out or playing sports, try wearing fabrics that wick sweat away from the skin. This is to help prevent skin from staying wet (when moisture is trapped on the skin, it is at a greater risk for infection).
Cotton, for example, is not ideal because it absorbs moisture. Check your local sports shop for moisture-wicking apparel made of materials like polyester or microfiber.
Don’t Forget Your Skin on Game Day
Tailgating and getting painted up in your favorite team’s colors is a tradition for many guys. Still, face paint makeup can clog pores and lead to irritation. After the big game, to completely remove the gunk, use a moisturizing body wash in the shower.
Remember That All Deodorants Are Not Created Equal
If the skin under your arms starts to itch or you see a rash developing, your deodorant is likely the culprit. Never treat this with rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to “disinfect” the trouble spots.
The problem is almost never an infection. It’s usually a contact irritation. Look for a formula that works best with your skin. And also gives you the odor and wetness protection that you need.
Have a Good Road Warrior Routine
When traveling to and from new regions with differing climates, know your skin and use products that you’re already familiar with. Now is not the time to experiment with new lotions and deodorants that hotels might give you. Always have these basics in your travel bag: facial wash, moisturizer, and sunscreen.