If shower, shave, and go is all you need to walk out of the door with confidence—you’re all set. If you want to elevate your look, impress your partner, and kick your anti-aging up a notch turn to the grooming tips below.
#1 Pearly Whites
Dental hygiene is something we are taught in school, but we must not let it fall by the wayside as adults. Not only will it keep your teeth and gums healthy but your breath fresh. Beyond your teeth, poor dental hygiene can cause bacteria to build up in your body, increasing the odds of countless health conditions. Last but certainly not least, you want to avoid implants, partials, and dentures for as long as possible.
- Floss at least once per day.
- Brush at least twice per day.
- Consider upgrading to an electric toothbrush.
- Use a fluoride mouthwash after you brush.
- Go to the dentist at least every 6 months.
- Consider dentist-recommended teeth whitening.
Tired of tight, itchy, and ashy skin? Want to stave off fine lines and wrinkles for as long as possible? Then it’s time to add moisture to your daily routine. Your skin loses its natural moisture after you shower, so nourish and lock in moisture by applying body lotion.
The skin on your face is sensitive, so use products designed specifically for your face. If you have facial hair, apply beard oil or beard and skin balm after you wash your face in the morning and evening. This will restore moisture and provide a protective layer. If your skin is dry or you need extra protection (such as when it’s cold and dry) use balm. If you also use a facial serum and moisturizer, layer them on before your beard oil or balm.
#3 UV Protection
The sun ages us faster than almost anything else, but the sun isn’t the only UV rays we are exposed to. Between the sun, fluorescent lightbulbs, and our constantly connected lifestyles—we are exposed to UV rays all day long. Protect your skin by layering a broad-spectrum sunscreen on after your moisturizer. Protect your eyes by wearing blue light filtering glasses and using the blue light filter on your electronic devices.
Yes, men of color need UV protection too! While you may not burn or develop fine lines and wrinkles as quickly as men with less melanin—the sun ages your skin too.
#4 Groom Your Facial Hair
Grooming your facial hair requires washing your face and facial hair in the morning and evening, after swimming, when sweaty, and anytime food particles get trapped in your mustache or beard. Always follow up with beard oil or balm.
We suggest using Uncle Jimmy Hair, Beard and Body Wash, which is gentle enough to cleanse from head to toe without stripping the natural moisture from your skin or hair.
Trim and clean up your edges as needed and head to the barber every 6 to 8 weeks for a professional trim, shave, and shape.
#5 Groom The Hair On Your Head
Another reason to head to the barber every 6 to 8 weeks is to have your hair trimmed or restyled. Your barber wants you to look your best, so they will advise you on everything from beard care to hair care, grey hair, dry hair, thinning hair, and hair products.
Just keep in mind that their job is to upsell the products in their barbershop. For highly effective and budget-friendly premium products—browse the product line at Uncle Jimmy. Unlike most men’s grooming lines, we formulate our products with naturally-derived ingredients such as Black Seed Oil, Honey, and Shea Butter. We have options for every hair texture and type.
Don’t be shy! According to Men’s Health, 62% of men trim or shave below the belt and over 70% of men trim or shave their chest and/or back. If you prefer, you can head to a spa for your manscaping, or follow the at-home tips below:
- Always shower before manscaping to minimize bacteria by washing away sweat, oil, and daily grime. This will also soften your hair making it easier and more comfortable to manscape.
- Apply a pre-shave oil to minimize irritation. If you don’t have a pre-shave oil, use your beard oil!
- Sanitize your clippers and slowly and carefully trim.
- For a clean shave on hair that is an inch or longer, trim with your clippers first. Then use a clean and sharp razor to slowly and carefully manscape. Invest in a smaller razor for below the belt, and only use your manscaping razor for manscaping.
- If you accidentlly cut yourself, cleanse, apply pressure, and add a topical ointment such as Aquaphor.
- Follow up with your beard oil or preferred after-shave lotion to minimize razor bumps, ingrown hairs, and irritation.
#7 Hands and Feet
No one enjoys looking at dry and cracked feet or being touched with scratchy hands! These tips will help:
- Your feet may be covered up most of the time, but that doesn't mean they should be forgotten. If they get dry, apply lotion. If they are rough and scratchy, it’s time for a pedicure.
- Invest in a simple nail kit to keep both your fingernails and toenails clean and shaped.
- With continued daily use of pandemic hand sanitizer, your hands are likely to be drier than ever before. So, carry a naturally-derived lotion with you.
- And no, there is nothing wrong with going in for monthly manicures and pedicures. An increasing number of men’s spas offer both or make it a date by booking your appointment with your partner.
The final tip for elevating and personalizing your grooming routine, is to find a cologne that makes you feel sexy! Head to your local department store to select a scent that you enjoy. However, you must not judge a cologne solely by how it smells straight out of the bottle.
Colognes will smell similar when applied, but they interact uniquely with your body chemistry, so don’t be shy to ask for samples to determine what smells best on you. Or to determine what your partner likes best.
Here’s to stepping out with confidence each and every day!
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