A Guide to Daily Grooming for Men
Posted on 13 September 2017
Even if you pride yourself on your grunge appeal, there are certain grooming processes that, just like brushing your teeth and showering, you need to do every day, no doubt about it.
A lot of people underestimate the importance of washing their face every day. During the day, your skin traps bacteria, pollutants and other debris that can harm it. These contaminants lead to break outs, enlarged pores, tired skin, and dis-colouration. By washing your face, you are removing these contaminants and giving your skin the best chance of stay healthy and clear. Clearing your skin will also help you absorb protective products such as moisturiser or aftershave because your pores are now unblocked.
Be sure to choose the right face wash for your skin. If you suffer from dry skin, use a gentle cleanser which contains few chemicals that won’t dry out the skin even more. For oily skin, use a foaming cleanser that deeply cleans the skin and remove excess oils.
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Moisturising every day hydrates the skin, replacing nutrients lost in the cleaning process and providing a protective layer to help reduce water loss. In the long term, daily moisturising will ensure that your skin is performing at its peak, turning over dead skin cells regularly, which has many anti-aging benefits including leading to less wrinkles and a youthful appearance.
You should moisturise even if you have oily skin. After washing your face, a moisturiser will ensure that your skin produces minimal oil because it will recognise that the skin is already hydrated and protected.
FOR THE BEARDED MAN
Wash Your Beard
You should wash your beard daily. Why? At certain lengths, a lot of particles get caught in beards like food, dust, sweat and other debris creating a filthy beard. That’s the ‘do’. The ‘don’t’ is to use any old shampoo. Why?
These products use harsh soaps like sodium lauryl sulfate that strip away all the natural oils in your beard, leaving your skin dry, irritated and your beard brittle. Especially designed beard washes do not contain harsh soap like a beard shampoo. A beard shampoo and conditioner will wash away the filth while being gentle on the skin at the same time. It will also condition the hair, leaving it silky, smooth and healthy.
Use Beard Oil
Beard oil is vital for a healthy beard. Think of it as the conditioner for your beard. Daily use on short beards or stubble will reduce irritation, hydrate the skin and soften hair. In a longer beard, the oil will not only soften hair but reduce flakiness, tame unruly hairs, and give it a healthy natural shine.
Brush Your Beard
Your beard should be brushed daily for a number of reasons. Brushing will detangle, straighten, and also exfoliates the skin removing dead skin cells, dirt and grime. Brushing your beard every day will also train the hair to grow in the direction you want so in the long term it is much more manageable.
Using a shave soap every day, can accelerate the aging process through water and oil loss.
A suitable daily replacement for a shave soap is a soap free shave gel. Shave gels are revolutionary because they do not dry out the skin, instead, they hydrate while also providing a slick shave. Simply apply, shave and wipe off dry with a towel.
Shave Gels also go on clear. This means if you have a beard or any kind of facial hair, you can clean up those hair lines with ease. A clear formula allows you to see what you're shaving and get sharp lines every time around the neck and cheeks.
After Shave Lotion
The physical shaving process can irritate and inflame the skin. The blades can microscopically cut the skin causing ‘razor burn’. These little cuts not only burn but can lead to break outs caused by bacteria. A good after shave lotion will sooth the skin. It will also help fight bacteria - look for gels with witch hazel in the formula. By forming these simple habits daily you will feel and look your best without blowing the budget.