The why, how and what we do for our personal grooming is important to looking good and feeling great.
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The why, how and what we do for our personal grooming is important to looking good and feeling great.
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Intimate grooming is kind of confusing, what's too hairy and what's not enough?
Looking good isn't an accident. Welcome to modern male grooming and why, how and what we do for our personal grooming is important to looking good and feeling great.
Face washes these days are specifically created for your skin type and will be PH balanced, so your face doesn’t feel stretched like a canvas or dry.
Healthy skin will only require a once a day cleanse, best at night to ensure the dirt and grime of the day is washed away before bed.
Cleansing brushes can provide a deeper clean and are great for city dwellers and people with short beards or stubble as they can lift and soften the beard.
Clean skin is the first step to ensuring healthy skin.
Toning is usually applied after cleansing and before moisturising. Toning is for getting rid of impurities left after cleansing or washing and to prepare the skin for moisturising. Toning may be optional for some men as their skin may not require it. It’s best to see how your skin feels after toning. Toning does not close pores but may assist with skin issues such as dry or excessively oily skin.
Using a moisturiser is essential to keeping your skin feeling good and looking hydrated.
Morning skin care will need a SPF formula with added goodies to protect against the sun and pollution. If your skin is feeling a little tired or after a big night out energising formulas will assist in keeping the dark lines away.
Evening skin care is repair time, so using a night specific formula will assist with cell rejuvenation and fight fine lines.
Don’t forget the change of season’s may require an adjustment to your skin care regime. For the warmer months use lighter water-based or gel-based products. In the cooler months use a heavier hydrating formulas or oil-based products.
Everyday we humans moult dead skin cells. This is a natural and important function to keeping your face looking fresh. As we age the process of skin renewal slows and mother nature may need assistance in the exfoliation department.
Exfoliating the skin removes the top layer of the epidermis, this allows the pores to remain unblocked, and a fresher, smoother skin.
Cleansers or face washes often include exfoliants such as salt or grains or chemicals such as alpha hydroxy acid. Exfoliating once a week for most skin types is fine, everyday may be too taxing on the skin.
New kid on the block for men are serums. Serums are really targeted moisturisers. The molecular structure is serums are smaller than traditional moisturisers allowing the targeting of fine lines, wrinkles or pigmentation issues. If your current moisturiser is too heavy or greasy then a serum may be the go.
Face masks are a great way to replenish your skin and feel great. There are many types of liquid or clay masks and now sheet masks, which all have different aspects of treating the facial skin. Have a look at a face mask which you think will add benefit to you. Masks are a great way to have a forced relax stop. Try one.
The first line of offence? Eye creams and serums. They may not work miracles, but they may assist in the reducution and appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as revitalised.
The key ingredients being ceramides, peptides and hyaluronic acids. Products with hyaluronic acid have been proven to reduced the depth of wrinkles by up to 40 per cent. Caffeine and bark extracts may assist in detoxifing the eyes and reducing puffiness, making them appear brighter.
The family of powerful anti-ageing compounds know as retinoids are a great tool in the battle against time.
Retinoids are vitamin A derivative that have been provento reduce the appearance of wrinkles and brown spots by elevating collagen production and increasing cellular rejuvenation.
Retinoids’ less powerful, yet effective, family member is retinol. Retinol is usually available in a concentration of 0.05 to 1 per cent.
Remember, hydrate to assist with drag, nicks, cuts, and irritation. Shaving after showering, or even in the shower assists with well hydrated skin and hair follicles. Hydrating plumps your hair, allowing the razor to glide more easily. Using a face scrub or wash to remove oil, dirt, and dead skin, is good preparation for a comfortable shave.
Using light, gentle strokes, let your razor work for you.
Rinsing your blades often also enable a better shave. Remember, don’t shave without shaving lubricant or over-shave the same area, as this may cause irritation.
With or against the grain? The response is yes to both. Facial hair grows in all directions, so you’ll shave both with and against the grain at different times during your shave. Shave in the direction that feels most comfortable. But don't drag the razor.
A good haircut stands out and a bad haircut just makes you look bad. No matter what your hair style a regular haircut is one of the pillars of a good grooming regime.
Find a good barber, use Facebook, google or yelp to get reviews or information. A good barber will ensure your hair is always looking at its best and can provide advice on the best cuts for your face shape, your hair type and age. When you find a good barber make regular appointments so your barber can get to know you and what you like.
Yeah, I wash my hair regularly. But, are you doing it correctly? Keeping your hair clean is always a good thing, but remember washing with shampoo can strip the hair of its protective oils. You should wash your hair when you feel it’s beginning to get greasy – for some people that could be daily, for others it could be up to a week.
There may be occasions when you have to double down on the shampoo such as when you’re removing product build-up. Feel your hair it’s communicating. Did you know that the scalp has a natural maintenance system? Six weeks of not using shampoo may restore your scalps natural cleaning rhythm. But, for those less daring always use a balanced shampoo.
As with all hair products less is more. Whatever your hair styling product start with an amount about the size of a five-cent piece. Then work the product into your hair from back to front. That way you won’t have clumpy hair.
Don’t forget to select a product to complement your hair type, style and hair health. Understand different styling techniques that provide you with differing looks. Apply product on a wet hair and the effect will be a more out-of-bed look while using a hair dryer will provide a more presented look.
Remember if you’re using a pomade, clay or wax to warm it up by rubbing your hands. This will make it easier to apply and style.
Is it snowing?
Dandruff may be caused by a yeast imbalance in the skin. "Everyone has yeasts on their scalps, but one known as Malassezia furfur is thought to increase and trigger an inflammatory response. Leading to the topmost layer of the skin to fall off, leaving white flakes on your shoulders.
Use one of the Dandruff Treatment options to give yourself peace of mind.
Using a silver shampoo once or twice a week will strip grey hair of any brassy, yellow tones. A lesson in colour theory: because silver shampoo contains a purple pigment (and because purple is located opposite yellow on the colour wheel), it works by neutralising any yellow undertones in grey hair.
This is also when short hairstyles come into their own. “Because of their slightly rougher texture, grey hairs tend to ‘flick out’ from the scalp, which means shorter hairstyles that are kept neat around the ears and neck work better.”
Looking After Your Teeth
Good oral hygiene and scheduled visits to the dentist will help you maintain healthy teeth and gums.
Intimate grooming is kind of confusing, what's too hairy and what's not enough? Even if you are or your partner loves a hirsute figure, let's be honest you're going to have to weed-wack it sometime.
No body knows really. It is suspected that curly hair holds pheromones secreted from sweat glands around the groin area better.
Sidebar - it's theorised that pre-modern man had a pleasant pungent odour wafting from their junk and was actually considered an aphrodisiac.
Most pubes grow between 25mm and 38m.
As you age and your testosterone decreases, usually in your 50s, you’ll start to notice things are a little less bushy down there.
Manscaping makes your nether regions look neat and can lower your risk of zymosis and looks better for you and for your partner.
You don't have to go crazy with the clipper. For some people, hair is attractive. For instance, chest hair is manly and pleasant to look at, unless you're looking gorilla-like, then you're getting rather niche. Hair does have terminal length, the point the follicle stops growing and replaces it with a new hair it. That's why your chest hair might maintain a perfect range without the clippers.
Clipping or trimming does allow for a neat and tidy appearance, and that's a good thing. But remember each pubic area does have different grooming needs.
Understand the Wax and Shave Requirements
If you're after the complete smooth body look waxing and shaving are probably the best choice.
Shaving will give you a small amount of smooth time and is preferably less painful than waxing. Shaving is a better option, for example, if you're off to the beach tomorrow and need a hair-free chest or back. Waxing requires healing time if you don't want to look like a plucked chicken.
If you've got time waxing is way more effective and give you about 2 weeks of the smoothness you're looking for. Waxing isn't subtle, it's ripping hair from the skin after all. Defoliating your skin leaves the pores more prone to bacteria, dirt, sweat, and other nasties. Aftercare is the key to healthy skin guys.
High-friction areas, like between your legs, and/or the buttocks waxing is the better deal, lots of guys, especially athletes, do this. Shaving these areas will only bring you pain. The regrowth and stubble will annoy the hell out of you. It's always a good idea to let the treated area get some air afterwards too.
Be Kind To Your Body
Remember a hot shower before to open the pores before you manscape, and a cold splash of water after to tighten them. Aftercare treatment is just as necessary as your facial regime. Check out the Dollar Shave Club.
Hygiene is crucial
Always clean your body before you shave or wax. A new razor is required every time. Otherwise, you're at risk of infection or ingrown hairs.
If a rash or breakout follows a shave or wax, apply a disinfecting face or body wash. It will clear up in a couple of days.
Trimming is easier to do than waxing or shaving. Trimmers don't penetrate the skin, so you've got to fret less about infections, preparations, and hygiene. If you'll be able to tolerate trimming more frequently than you'd otherwise shave or wax, get an honest body groomer, try the super range at Shaver Shop.
Body trimmers can trim right down to a fine stubble, so you appear smooth. And you may be, for a few days. Then, another easy trim with the groomer will keep you tidy and pain-free. (Plus, you get the various guard lengths.) It's an all-in-one tool. Invest.
You already know the science, a man with a beard is more desirable. Congratulations on wanting the beard of envy. Now is the time to make your beard then manhood symbol it can be.
Your beard hair is coarser and structured differently to the hair on your head. The regular hair shampoo will have a drying effect on your facial hair, causing your beard to become brittle and your skin to dry and flake.
A good beard wash will naturally assist with exfoliation and cleansing while hydrating and detangling the beard and skin (not the detangling part though).
Using beard wash is just like shampoo for your beard. Usually, you won't need to shampoo every day.
Most beard washes today have a conditioning agent in them, but if you feel your beard is dry or coarse then a beard conditioner is just the go. Your beard will scream for joy with the extra hydration and care.
If your beard looks and feels like steel wool or for long beard lovers, nourish and repair even the wiriest beard with Proraso Beard Oil Treatment. Assists in achieving a healthy growth without breakage and leaves beard super soft. Your beard and friends will thank you.
Taking care of your beard isn't only oil and clean. The right beard gear allows you to train, trim, guide and mould your beard into your desired style and look.
A bear comb assists with distributing beard oil or balm through your facial hair evenly and effectively, it separates the strands, helps in preventing split-ends and ingrown hairs and arranges the beard for a fuller look.
A moustache comb has narrower teeth to assist in keeping the moustache hair aligned.
A boar's hair beard brush is the ultimate beard tool. The boar hair which has a microscopic scaled texture distributes natural sebum as well as beard oil throughout the beard. The detangling bristles unclog and clean the hair follicle and massage to increase blood flow. Boar's hair doesn't snag or pull out beard hair and is better than most synthetic brushes.
As with your skin, your beard needs hydration, washing your beard keeps it clean, but it can also dry your facial hair and cause itching by stripping your sebum or natural oils. Beard oil is a leave-in conditioner which assists in harmonizing your natural beard oils and your skin.
Applying Beard Oil
Apply your beard oil after showering. The warm water opens your skin pores and hair follicles. Hand dry your beard dry and apply oil. Size matters when using beard oil, so as a guide a smaller beard may only require 3 or 4 drops, while the fuller beard may need 7 or 8 drops. Test it out, starting smaller than more as needed.
Beard balms are also leave-in conditioners to nourish your beard and skin. Beard balm also has a low-level of styling control. A balm is weightier than oil and provides an extended conditioning effect and may contain beeswax, shea butter and oils. You can use beard oil and beard balm at the same time for a shiny glossy look.
Applying Beard Balm
Apply as you would with beard oil using a small amount, and use more if needed.
Moustaches look great on their own or as part of your impressive beard. One thing to remember though you must care for it; otherwise, it will take over and become overgrown. So be sure to trim and shape to your desired style.
For the au natural moustache style, place a small amount of wax on your thumb and massage between your thumb and fingers until the wax is tacky to the touch. Start to apply the wax from the centre of your moustache working outwards. Style and now you’re ready for stepping out.
APPLYING BEARD OIL
Ok, we’ve washed and oiled and are ready to style. It’s ok, it sounds like a lot but this whole process is quick and easy, only a few minutes, really.
Now get your beard gear ready, we recommend comb, brush, beard balm or styling lotion and a hair dryer or heated brush.
Apply the balm to your beard and use your comb or brush in the direction you wish to style your beard.
Then using your hair dryer about 15 -30 centimetres from your beard, follow with your brush or comb through the beard as you style. Section heat the area you are styling. We don’t want heat damage.
Finished styling? Use the cold setting on your hair dryer or a fan to set the product into the beard.
If desired you can add additional oil, balm or styling lotion. You’re set to go.
APPLYING BEARD BALM
There are genuinely many great men’s fragrances on the market, but the success of these mighty stand-alone, time-tested colognes ascend the marketing hype and fads to become the kings of scent. We have assembled into the four scent categories for your olfactory pleasure. So come and claim your new signature scent, add to your collection or find that perfect gift.
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our scent or range of colognes you use says a lot about you and what you want people to know about you. Your signature scent needs to be able to be associated with you. There is much information on fragrances and colognes, but we’ve broken it down into two easy pointers.
When people talk about colognes, they will always start with notes. What are these? These notes are the layers of the cologne; there are top, heart and base notes. The top notes are the first you smell or the strongest, which then fade and allow the heart notes to equalise and combined the top and base notes. The base notes are the longest lasting and become the most noticeable; these are the lingering perfumes.
ALL IN THE FAMILY
The family of scents cover the basic fresh, floral, oriental and woody. In the colder months, oriental or woody scents work well. In the warmer months fresh and floral work with the Sun. We’ve broken the top fragrances from each family into these categories for you below.
Your signature scent can be used year-round but sometimes utilise a colder/warmer months sub-scent to ensure your signature fragrance is continually associated with you.
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The fresh scents category cover clean, bright fragrances with a dominant herb, citrus or aquatic scent. Fresh scents are dominant in men's fragrances and commonly combined with spicy notes to create a more full-bodied fragrance with aromatic or tart notes or blended with zesty or fruity scents.
The floral scents category for men's fragrances has a popular rose, violet, orange blossom or jasmine note with a familiar perfume of freshly cut flowers or a powdery shade to them.
The oriental fragrance category is the sexy and exotic scents. Think of nutmeg, jasmine or musk, herbs and resin notes. Lavish and aromatic, these notes are usually moderated with amber or sweet notes. These are punch, exotic and sensual.
The woody scent category carries incense-like fragrances like sandalwood and patchouli and cedar. Warm notes are commonly blended and incorporate some fresh notes like citrus or floral. Woody notes are coniferous or woody and bitter.
Losing your hair is such a visual and stressful transition for most men. So, let's get a better understanding of Male Pattern Hair Loss (MPHL), its stages and how to deal, stop or live with the outcomes of this life-changing truly male phenomenon.
Hair follicles shrink as we age. Hair grows progressively shorter and finer until no new hairs grow.
Most Caucasian males develop some degree of hair loss, due to their age and genetic makeup. MPHL affects up to half of all Caucasians by the age of fifty (50) years and up to eighty (80) per cent by the age of seventy (70) years. Other ethnic groups are less affected by MPHL.
If your relatives have hair loss you have a higher chance of hair loss yourself.
To better understand, diagnose and treat MPHL the medical profession utilises a number of scales to demonstrate the progression of hair loss. The Norwood Scale is the most utilised and uses a scale of one (1) to seven (7) stages. This is because most men experiencing MPHL tend to lose hair in a progressive manner.
Yeah, so your mother was right, eat healthy, be healthy. Giving your body the nutrients, it needs to create healthy hair is a great start. So, eat a good selection of fruits, vegetable and iron-rich foods.
Hair loss shampoos contain ingredients designed to assist in cleaning and unclogging pores. This may prevent blockages that could influence hair loss.
It's oh so nice, massaging the scalp regularly may increase blood circulation to the scalp, assisting in healthy hair follicles.
A study suggests that there could be a link between smoking and hair loss.
Do you really need that colour or hair chemical? Avoid using hair dyes and chemicals as they weaken and thin the hair.
Using the Norwood Scale can assist you in understanding at which stage your MPHL is at and your treatment options.
As a matter of fact, though you may be able to treat mild forms of MPHL, it becomes increasingly harder as we age and hair becomes weaker and thinner.
However, you decide to cope with hair loss, whether it be treatments, transplants, hairpieces, shaving your head or surrendering to the inevitable, it is important to remember, MPHL is a natural and normal part of aging and is not something to be embarrassed or ashamed about. Don't overact. You’re great. Remember, change what you can and live with what you can’t.