A bit of effort makes all the difference, especially with grooming habits and making them part of your routine is the way to looking the best you can.

There are not many guys among us who naturally look effortlessly well-groomed. Most of us try to live up to some impossible standard of men we see in advertising, sports or music celebrities or social media influencers, but by all accounts that isn’t a realistic goal or even realistic in itself.

Over the last few decades guys are spending more time and money on grooming products and services. And that’s a good thing. Why shouldn’t you look and feel good about yourself? You deserve it and anyone who tells you otherwise should be cut out of your life. Nobody needs that kind of negativity.

The question is – which grooming behaviours should become a habit?

Treat you facial skin with care

LQD Skin Care

LQD Skin Care

Growing up I spent a lot of time in the pool as a swimmer. Now, imagine being in the chlorinated water of a swimming pool 6-7 times a week for at least an hour for 15 years and the damage it will do to your skin. Especially if you don’t try and counteract some of those chemicals and overexposure to water to your skin.

And for the last 25 years I’ve used pretty much every skin care brand marketed to men out there. To a degree they delivered what they said they were doing, but they also brought some bad stuff with them. Like essential oils, parabens, fragrances and colourings to name just a few.

A few years ago I came across a brand with products that really answered the male skin care market and my search for products without the crap (excuse my french). This brand was LQD and for the last 4 years I’ve only used their products on my face from scrubs, daily wash and moisturiser. And no, this is not sponsored content, it actually works and I get complimented all the time how good my skin looks.

It’s so simple. I use the Scrub 2 times a week, use the Wash every time I was my face and apply the Hydrate moisturiser after every wash. That’s it. You can buy their products directly from their website here.

The Barber is your Friend

The Barber is Your Friend

The Barber is Your Friend

Find a barber you trust, not only with the hair on your head, but also with your facial hair. Too many “barbers” these days don’t have proper skills anymore and can barely cut your hair properly. When you find him/her, never let go!

Depending on your hair length and style you should see your barber every 3-4 weeks for a haircut and beard trim. If you are of the clean shaven persuasion a professional shave once a week or every two weeks is not a luxury, but a must.

A good barber can also recommend the right products to maintain your look and to keep your hair healthy. Sure, he’s gonna make a buck out of the products sold to you, but if it works, who cares.

Don’t neglect your extremities

Extreme Extremities

Extreme Extremities | Image: Cia Pix

Maybe I’m weird, but aside from someone’s face one of the first things I notice about a person is their hands and that’s probably why I think it’s important for guys to get manicures and even pedicures.

Get those nails cut and buffed and your hands treated. The same goes for your feet. We’ve all seen things we can’t unsee, don’t inflict your neglected feet with badly cut nails and calloused edges upon the general population. Do something about it before putting on those flip-flops.

Keep up on the upkeep

Chest Hair

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Manscaping, waxing, trimming, laser…..you name it, most of us have done it. Nobody likes to look like a Wookie when taking off their clothes and there’s no reason why you should.¬†That said, the completely bald look is not very attractive either so try to find a middle ground.

Trim back the chest hair and pubes with a trimmer and get that unwanted back, butt and shoulder hair lasered. The advancements in laser technology have come very far to the point where you don’t feel it any more when its being done. 5-6 treatments and its pretty much gone. Maybe every 2 years you need a top up treatment for those hairs that were playing hide and seek.

Get your smell right

Guerlain, grooming

My fragrance this winter – L’Instant de Guerlain pour Homme

If I can smell your cologne from a mile away you’re probably wearing too much of it and it most likely doesn’t suit you. Every fragrance reacts differently to skin and subtly changes the longer it interacts with the skin. Change your cologne depending on the season with strong musky/woody fragrances best avoided in summer.

And finally, unless you are allergic to deodorant…..wear it. Do us all a favour and don’t smell like a garbage truck on a hot summer day.

These are just some of my suggestions, but I’m sure there are plenty more. Let me know what your grooming tips are in the comments below!

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