Not a lot of men follow a daily grooming regime that involves much more than soap, toothpaste and deodorant – and sometimes not even that.
A lot of men seem to buy into the idea that in order to look and act like men, the more “rugged” they are, the better. The problem is that “rugged” usually translates to hairy and smelly for most men.
But your hygiene and grooming routine should include a lot more than a fast shower and a quick tooth brushing. The routine will look different for everyone, from taking care of your skin to getting manscaped, but it is important that you think through all the options and create a routine that’s right for you.
Here are a few reasons why you should develop a more extensive grooming routine, followed by suggestions for what you might want to include:
Why You Should Be a Better Groomer
Depending on what you include in your daily routine, there are a lot of benefits to creating a more extensive grooming routine.
To start, you’ll look better.
This is obvious in small ways. You wash your hair, and it suddenly doesn’t look as stringy or greasy. You comb your beard hair, and it doesn’t look as scraggly or dirty.
But you want to think beyond these simple fixes.
If you create an extensive grooming routine that includes skin care, hair care and more, you’ll look a lot better. You’ll look more polished and professional (though still as manly as ever). You can even look younger!
That means that you’ll be able to attract more professional opportunities and – of course – will be more attractive to the ladies. Even if you are currently off the market, making yourself more attractive will make your lady take more notice of you and want to spend more special time together.
When you look better, you will feel better. You’ll feel better about yourself, which will boost your mood and make you feel more confident.
And when you feel your best, you will attract more positive opportunities to your life, whether that means performing better in job interviews or being more charming on dates.
Finally, better hygiene means better health. Sure, no one is going to get sick being smelly (though others around you might feel sick from it), but that BO is indicative of another issue: Bacteria and germs.
Harboring dirt in your beard or fungus between your toes is bad for your skin and your overall health.
Those issues can easily spread to other parts of your body, creating nasty yeast or other infections that can be uncomfortable and painful.
What to Include in Your Daily Routine
We’ll start with the assumption that you are taking a shower or bath every day that includes washing your hair and all your skin and that you are brushing your teeth at least twice a day. If you aren’t doing that already, start. Now.
You also need to put together a complete skin care routine. You need to do more than just wash your face with the same soap you use in the shower.
You need a special soap designed for the type of skin you have on your face such as soap for oily skin, dry skin or sensitive skin.
Your skin care regime should also include daily exfoliation, toning, and moisturizing. Depending on the needs of your skin, you may find that you need to add deep moisturizing or firming masks.
If you like to keep your face clean-shaven, choose shaving products that will protect your skin and keep it moisturized. Keeping a smooth and soft face will make it more kissable and will help you look younger longer.
Speaking of shaving, make sure you are thinking beyond your face. Manscaping is an important part of your grooming routine, and it can include shaving your chest, your back, and under your belt.
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You can shave or wax to take care of your manscaping, depending on what feels best and what fits your schedule and your budget best.
For whatever hair is left, make sure you are taking care of it with the right products. Beard and other face hair can be especially coarse and hard to manage, so consider using a beard conditioner or other products to soften it and make it easier to tame. Doing so will improve your look and make shaving (and trimming) easier.
Finally, give some attention to your fingernails and toenails. Jagged nails are like a bad trim job on a beautiful home. Don’t let people see your dirty, jagged nails and think that you don’t take care of yourself or care about your appearance.
Keep your nails cleaned, trimmed and filed, and make sure your cuticles are pushed back and your hangnails trimmed. You’ll feel better, create a more put-together appearance, and have gentler hands when sharing time with your lady.
Good grooming isn’t just for distinguished gentlemen. Even the manliest of men should care about it to look better, feel better, and attract more of the things you want in your life.