The options in grooming products can be overwhelming, even more so as men are adding antiaging products to their daily routines. The tips below will help you create a personalized minimalist grooming routine that takes 5 minutes or less after your shower—not including shaving time.
Cleansing includes shampooing your hair, washing your face, and washing your body. For your convenience, Uncle Jimmy created a noncomedogenic Hair, Beard, and Body Wash that is gentle enough to use from head to toe.
Shampoo your hair 1 to 2 times per week, closer to every 10 days if you have curly or kinky hair. Shampooing more often can strip your hair of its natural protective barrier, which can lead to dry, brittle, and damaged hair. Always condition after you shampoo. Uncle Jimmy’s Leave-In Hair and Beard Conditioner speeds up your shower so that you don’t have to wait to rinse it out.
If you get sweaty and need to cleanse your hair or scalp more frequently, use conditioner to “co-wash”. Conditioner will cleanse your hair and scalp without drying it out.
You need to wash your face every morning and evening. Also, after swimming and working out. This will remove daily oil, sweat, and environmental toxins. If you have facial hair, it will also wash away bacteria-causing food particles.
Shower at least once a day and after you swim or work out.
#2 Skincare Toner
It might look like little more than water, but toner is designed to rebalance your skin’s pH. Toner is a step that most men skip, and that not all men require.
You may require toner twice per day after you cleanse your face if your skin is consistently:
- Inflamed or irritated
Your dermatologist can also advise on whether toner may be helpful.
#3 Nourish and Moisturize
After you cleanse your hair, beard, or body you must always follow up with products that nourish and moisturize.
Facial serum is an essential part of antiaging routines. They are antioxidant-rich formulas designed to nourish your skin. They should be applied after toner and before moisturizer or beard oil or balm. You can begin using serum at any age, but it’s a must when fine lines begin to show.
Hair serum can be used as a proactive or reactive approach to keeping your hair thick and full. Contrary to its name, hair serum is designed to nourish your scalp. Healthy hair requires healthy hair follicles, so massage hair serum in at least a few days per week.
Some men skip body lotion, or only apply it in the winter months when the air is dry—or any time their skin is ashy. Ideally, you should apply body lotion after every shower to lock in moisture. This doesn’t just keep your skin from drying out but is essential for head-to-toe antiaging. Body lotion also helps to keep your tattoos looking their best!
Ensure the lotion you use is noncomedogenic so that it won’t clog your pores, which contributes to back and body acne.
Uncle Jimmy Body Lotion is naturally derived. It has a mild and masculine aroma that won’t compete with your cologne of choice. It’s formulated with shea butter, coconut oil, black seed oil, and honey for all-day hydration.
While it may be tempting, don’t apply your body lotion to your face—even if it’s noncomedogenic. The skin on your face is more sensitive than the skin on your body, so you must use products designed for the face or beard.
If you prefer, you can apply Beard Oil or Beard Balm to your face instead of facial moisturizer. However, you may want to personalize your skincare routine with a condition-specific facial moisturizer.
The only thing that ages your skin faster than the sun is smoking. Even if you don’t spend extended periods of time in the sun, you are exposed to UV rays every time you walk out the door—and even when you are sitting by a window.
You are also exposed to ultraviolet lighting and the blue lights of electronic devices. Applying a broad-spectrum facial moisturizer daily will minimize the damage done to your skin. Your PM facial moisturizer will repair some of this damage.
When you’ll be outside for extended periods of time wear sunglasses, a hat, UV clothing, and whole-body UV protection. Reapply sunscreen every 4 hours, and ensure it is sweat and waterproof.
#5 Styling Your Hair
We mentioned shampooing and conditioning earlier, now it’s time to style your hair.
Keep things simple by selecting naturally-derived products designed for your hair type and level of hold. If you like to mix things up you may need more than one hair styling product.
Uncle Jimmy has you covered with Styling Cream, Curl Cream, Molding Putty, and a product for your Locs.
#6 Facial Hair
As mentioned above, you must wash your face and facial hair every morning and evening—and after swimming and working out.
Shave as many times a week as you require to maintain the style you desire. Always use a clean and sharp blade or a clean electric razor.
Shave Gel is ideal for a clean shave and shaving large surface areas. Shave Cream is ideal for sensitive skin and cleaning up edges.
#7 Weekly Care
You may also want to personalize your grooming routine to include skin, hair, and condition-specific needs.
At the very least, you should exfoliate your face and body 1 to 3 times per week. This is as simple as using a body lotion on your body and a granular or gentle chemical exfoliator on your face.
While the goal is to slough away dead skin, always scrub gently. Apply moisturizer to protect your skin after you exfoliate.
#8 Monthly Care
Monthly grooming should include:
- Tightening twists and locs every 3 to 6 weeks.
- Trips to the barbershop every 6 to 8 weeks.
- Trimming your fingernails and toenails.
- Spa treatments that make you look and feel your best!
The grooming steps above may sound like a lot, but unless it’s time to shave, they take 5 minutes or less per morning and evening. Your barber and dermatologist can help you personalize and perfect your routine.
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