Men’s Grooming Tips – from slob to suave in 10 easy steps!
It can be hard in such a busy, hectic world to keep up with what’s generally expected of us guys in terms of grooming. But, I’m here to help with an actionable list of grooming tips you can start using today. I’ve left off obvious things that everyone should know to do already, like brushing your teeth or washing your ass. If you need me to tell you to do those things, you may be beyond my ability to help.
So, without further adieu, let’s jump right into The Nines’ top 10 Men’s Grooming Tips to look younger, stay fresh and generally be a hit with the ladies (or fellas).
10. Use an under-eye treatment
We’ve all been there. Maybe you were up all night studying for exams. Maybe there was an office party that got a little wilder and ran a little later than you thought it would. Maybe you have a baby at home who wakes you up a few times a night. Whatever the cause, tired eyes can age you considerably. Those dark circles, that droopy bagginess, they’re tell-tale signs of a tired soul. Or, sometimes they’re just genetic. In either case, there’s a solution: eye balm.
You can also get creams that come in tubes with “massaging” roller balls, but in my experience, a good quality balm in a plain jar can’t be beaten in terms of pure results.
Guys, exfoliating isn’t just for the ladies, anymore. There are just too many benefits to exfoliation for you to leave it out of your routine. Let’s take a quick look at what a good face scrub can do for you:
- Removes outer layer of dull looking dead skin cells
- Softens skin
- Prepares face for a close, comfortable shave
- Unclog pores, preventing blackheads and acne
- Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
8. Trade in your multiblade razor
Are you still using those “cheap razors” with 3 to 5 blades? Or even worse, the single blade plastic razors like you get out of a vending machine? Well, sir, it’s time for an upgrade. Switching from a multiblade razor to a safety razor or a straight razor will not only save your face, it’ll save your wallet in the long run. Let’s do a little comparison.
We’ll use the Gillette Fusion5 ProGlide as an example since it’s a relatively popular and ubiquitous razor. You can pick up the razor itself for around $9, whereas a decent quality safety razor or straight razor will run you at least $35. So far, it seems like a no-brainer, right? Sure, unless you add up the cost of continuing to use that cheaper razor: a pack of Gillette Fusion5 blade refills will run you $17.97 for 8 cartridges. How much do safety razor blades cost? $2.99 for a 10 pack. So that means you would have made back that $26 you saved on the cheaper razor after running through just two of those Gillette 8 packs. After that, you’re saving a cool $15 every time you stock up on blade refills.
So, you’ll save money, absolutely. But there are so many other reasons why you should throw out those old multiblades that it warrants an entire list. Luckily, I just happen to have such a list handy. But in the end, Obi Wan said it best, when passing down his safety razor to Luke: “not as clumsy or random as a multiblade–an elegant razor for a more civilized age.”
7. Stop using cheap soap
If you’ve been following me for a while, you already knew this would be on my list. The main reason is this: there’s nothing good for your skin in that cheap, grocery store soap. It’s literally just water, a buttload of sulfates, fragrance and preservatives. That’s it. Nothing to moisturize your skin, nothing to help protect it from the harm the sulfates may be doing. I do a more in-depth compare & contrast between cheap soaps and the kind we carry at The Nines in the video below.
6. Learn the art of manscaping
Look, guys. It’s almost 2019. Giving the boys downstairs a little trim isn’t just acceptable, anymore–it’s expected. And, really, it’s the polite thing to do. Now, being a hairy guy, myself, I would never tell anyone else what to do with their own body hair. I like to keep my chest hair fairly natural, but it can get a little too long so I’ll give it a trim about once every few months. But that’s just me. What you do with your own hair is your business.
That being said…we live in an age where guys who don’t trim the hedges are going to be at a disadvantage to those who do. Now, nobody’s saying you have to shave the boys completely (in fact, don’t do that…especially if you’re hairy everywhere else. It just looks weird) but you should definitely at least take the clippers to that mess. I mean, you don’t ask someone to a nice surf & turf dinner without at least shaving the cow first. Does that analogy work? I don’t know. Just trim your pubes, guys. It’s time.
5. Maintain your beard
Beards are often seen as a symbol of wisdom and joviality, but all of that is ruined if your beard is smelly and/or unkempt. Remember: growing the beard is just the first step. You have to take care of it just as much as you do the hair atop your head. So, to keep your beard looking more like Tommy Lee Jones in The Hunted than Tom Hanks in Castaway, here’s a couple of quick tips.
Don’t use regular shampoo on your beard. Invest in a beard wash. Your scalp has different needs than the skin on your face, so it’s important to give the skin beneath your beard the nourishment it needs. How often you should wash it depends on a number of factors, but I’d say every other day is probably fine for most guys.
Moisturize and soften with beard oil or balm. That way you’ll keep the dreaded beard-dandruff from showing its ugly face on the front of your shirt. Applying some oil or balm will help tame fly-aways and keep your beard looking neat. You’ll want to do this once a day. You can bump that up to two if you feel it’s necessary, but for an average beard once in the morning is generally enough.
Brush or comb your beard daily. This will do a couple of things for you: it’ll distribute the oil/balm evenly throughout your beard and it’ll smooth and style your facial hair. I tend to brush my beard in the morning and then carry a comb with me to touch it up throughout the day as needed.
4. Keep your nails clipped
Guys, the last thing you want to do when getting intimate with your partner is to is to scratch them with your jagged nails or the rough scratchy skin that can grow around them. So, it’s time to stop picking or biting at your fingertips and start clipping them. There’s a good, comprehensive guide on how to get those bad boys smoothed down here.
The only thing I would add to that article is that you can use your beard oil on the tips of your fingers to soften the skin surrounding your nails. It’s why Detroit Grooming doesn’t even refer to their oils as “beard oils”, opting instead for the “grooming oil” moniker. This is important because that rough, dry skin can scratch your partner just as easily as sharp fingernails.
3. Trim your nose and ear hair
Is this really that important? Women certainly seem to think so. A Men’s Health survey of 400 women revealed that 46 percent would rather talk to a guy with bad breath than nose and ear hair poking out their respective orifices. Even so, I can’t give this the top spot, simply because I did my own informal polling. When asked what their biggest pet peeve was when it came to men’s grooming, only 1 out of 100 women chose “nose and ear hair.” So, there seems to be some incongruence and fluctuation on how high this grooming issue is on women’s list of turn-offs.
The good news is, it’s a super simple problem to fix. Just grab a pair of nose hair scissors (you know, the kind with rounded ends instead of sharp, pokey points) or an electric trimmer and cut down any strays that are visible. You don’t need to trim further inside your nose, though, as those hairs are necessary to keep particles from entering your body.
One of the most important things you can do to keep your skin looking young and tight is to moisturize at least once a day. Doing so can help to retain the moisture that’s already in your skin and replenish the moisture that you lose throughout the day, especially in the winter. Keeping the moisture in your skin where it belongs helps to keep your skin supple and prevent wrinkles from forming.
On the flip side, moisturizing regularly can also help to keep your skin from producing too much oil. Showering (especially with a soap that uses harsh surfactants) can strip your skin of too much of its natural oils, causing your body to overreact by producing entirely too much oil in response. That can lead to clogged pores and breakouts. So, if you’re afraid to moisturize your face for fear of causing a breakout, you may be doing yourself a disservice.
1. Use sunscreen
This is the single most important thing you can do to keep your skin looking young and vibrant. The sun delivers many benefits to your skin and your mental health, but its UV rays can damage your skin and cause you to age prematurely. Protecting against those rays can help you to avoid developing wrinkles and age spots, as well as keep you from developing melanoma.
Seriously, guys. It’s an issue.
This is particularly important on your face, so finding a good face moisturizer that has at least SPF 10 UV protection can be a good way to kill two birds with one stone even in the winter. But, don’t neglect the rest of your body during the summertime, either. It’s no good having a youthful face with a body that looks like an unmade bed.