Think beauty is only important for women? Not in today’s world where more and more men are discovering the benefits of maintaining a healthy and attractive look.
While there is so much to get out of our relationships with men, beauty advice often falls to the bottom of the list. Somehow, deep-seated gender norms have dictated skin and hair care routines are meant only for women, raising generations of men who scoff at anti-aging serum and roll their eyes over-grooming habits. Often, these are the same men who work out multiple times a week and chug protein shakes in search of a fit, healthier-looking physique. With these simple beauty tips for men, you’ll be able to keep your body happy without much work.
1. Moisturize your Skin
You take care of all the organs inside your body, but what are you doing to care for your largest organ- (Skin)? An adult carries about 8 pounds of skin, so you need to make sure it’s healthy. Moisture is the number one way to keep your skin healthy. Drink plenty of water and if your skin still feels a little dry, apply lotion after you shower. Use a body lotion well on your body and get a face moisturizer your face.
2. Protect your Face When you Shave
Shaving can cause irritation and in-grown hairs. Men’s skin is more prone to sensitivity, so if you’re not using a shaving cream when you groom your face. Look for shave creams with soothing, anti-oxidant ingredients like, Aveda’s Men Pure-Formance Shave Cream. If you also struggle with redness when you shave, a soothing shave cream will save your skin.
3. Cleanse your Face
Women are not the only ones who need to wash and cleanse their faces. Pollution, dust, sweat and dirt from just daily activities can clog your pores. At the end of the day, you need to wash your face to clean all that gunk from your skin.
Cleansers help to remove excess oil, so if you struggle with acne or oil, you will want to add a daily cleanser into your morning or night routine.
4. Minimize Wrinkles
In addition to keeping skin moisturized, your diet will keep wrinkles to a minimum. Watery fruits and veggies help with hydration, which keeps skin youthful. Add watermelon, tomatoes, cucumbers and lemons into your diet. Also eat more cabbage, it contains vitamin C and vitamin A, both of which help erase lines. It also detoxifies the blood and the fiber in cabbage pushes waste and toxins out of the body. Toxin can actually show up on your face, making you look older than you are.
5. Use Shampoo for Men
Men’s scalps are different than women’s. A man’s scalp is more likely to become itchy, irritated and react poorly to certain ingredients. Because of this, men should use hair products tailored to them. A man’s scalp also tends to produce more oil than a women’s, so you need a shampoo that can cleanse hair without over drying it. You need to find a shampoo built for men to keep your hair and scalp happy without drying either out.
6. Men Can Use Conditioner Too
You may have heard that guys don’t need conditioner. If your hair is under two inches, you might be able to get by without using it, but if you have longer hair, you’ll definitely want to add a bottle of conditioner to you shower shelf. Conditioner will add back any moisture your shampoo strips away.
7. Embrace the Brow Wax
We’re stealing a tip from women. Ladies shouldn’t be the only ones grooming their brows. To really enhance their facial features, guys should pluck and groom their brows. Keep the unibrows at bay by plucking on your own. To really get a handsome shape, visit a professional for a waxing.
8. Whiten your Smile
Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. Healthy, white teeth not only look nice, but they’ll save you time and money at the dentist’s office. Brushing, flossing and using mouthwash on a daily basis lowers the risk of gum disease, cavities, bleeding and infections. These can cause serious damage down the road. If you smoke or drink a lot of coffee, talk to your dentist about whitening options.
9. Get Plenty of Sleep
Noticing bags under the eyes? It could be because you’re not getting enough rest. The average adult needs between 7 and 9 hours of sleep. If you’re still seeing bags under your eyes, you can reduce the puffiness by placing cold spoons on your eyes. Also, chilled raw potato slices placed under the eyes for around 20 minutes can help reduce dark circles. They contain catecholase, a skin-lightening enzyme. Even if you can’t work all of these beauty tips for men into your daily routine, starting to do a few of these will help your skin, hair and teeth. You’ll look better, but more importantly, you’ll feel better!
10. Keep your Lips Soft
Here’s a simple beauty tip for men: use lip balm! Lips age drastically and they can dry out fast. Throw a lip balm, preferably one with sun protection, into your pocket and apply it throughout the day.
11. Style your Hair Before it’s Dry
“When going for a messy look on short hair, I get my hair about 80% dry, and then I add my product (like a pomade). I first make it really messy, and then I shape it without taking out the texture. I let it air-dry the rest of the way, and by the time it’s dry, it’s already styled.”
12. Get Into Spirulina
“Spirulina is packed with everything you need and has anti-aging benefits—it helps with skin health and dark circles, which is a huge deal.”
13. Invest in All-Natural Calming Products for Irritated Skin
One of my favorite products is a fresh mask that Lush sells called Rosy Cheeks. Because I have such fair skin, any redness I have is very noticeable. This mask is a blend of kaolin, calamine and Turkish rose oil, and it delicately calms my skin and restores balance.