About fifteen years ago, men who took pride in their physical appearance were frequently labeled "metrosexuals", often intended as an insult. Thankfully, it's not only socially acceptable for modern men to go above and beyond the most basic personal hygiene habits, it's encouraged. There's no shame in the grooming game, especially if you have a beard.
Whether you're looking to attract a partner or just want to look and feel your best, every man has to find the self care routine that works for him. But we've created a guide to the modern man's essential grooming habits to get you started.
We’ll start with the most important grooming tip in this guide: beard care. While managing your facial fuzz can seem overwhelming with the abundance of products available — from trimmers, combs, and washes to butters, balms, and oils— a daily grooming routine can relax and refresh you, rather than feel like a chore. Plus, the benefits of dedicating some extra time to your beard will not go unnoticed.
Let’s start with beard wash. We're sure you wash your hair and body, so your beard shouldn't be ignored! Use Fresh Beards Beard Wash at the sink or in shower to remove any dirt, oil, and grit and leave your beard smelling fresh and clean.
When you wash, you ahould also gently comb through your man mane to remove any tangles and apply either beard butter, beard balm, or beard oil, depending on your personal preference and need. Beard oil and beard butter hydrate and soften your beard and the skin underneath, while beard balm will give your beard more hold for styling.
Don't skip trims either! Frequent bear maintenance will help your beard grow faster and look more polished. When it’s time to trim your beard, follow the grooming tips that we outline for you in our blog here or visit a local barber for a professional trim. Your beard will thank you.
Get a Helping Hand for Nail Care
Your hands can be an indicator of the work you do everyday. Whether the calluses and dirt under your fingernails are from your job or hobby, hard working hands and feet look and feel rough. Wear and tear is unavoidable, but a true gentleman still does his best to keep his skin and nails clean and trimmed when he steps out of the garage and into a social setting.
While it's more common than ever for men to schedule professional manicures and pedicures, some still shy away from nail care and avoid salons. We're here to tell you that should change. When shaking someone’s hand or taking off your shoes in the presence of a significant other, you don’t want them to cringe. Getting routine manicures and pedicures will remove any dead skin and calluses, ensure your nails and cuticles stay appropriately trimmed, and moisturize your skin. It's also relaxing experience that helps de-stress.
If you’re still uncomfortable getting professional nail care done, or just don't want to spend the money, remember to buy a basic nail kit to trim and clean beneath your nails at home, at least once every two weeks. Invest in a good hand cream to use daily. And, consider using a pumice stone to occasionally soften up your feet.
With these simple tips, you’ll nail your hand and feet care.
Fresh Breath and White Teeth
The first feature most people recognize on a stranger is their smile. Make a great first impression and take care of your pearly whites.
Most men brush their teeth at least twice a day, but some neglect to floss or use mouthwash, both essential for fresh, clean breath. You've got your beard smelling nice thanks to us, so don't ruin it by slacking on your dental hygiene!
You may also want to consider whitening products. Everyday habits can yellow and stain teeth, including drinking coffee, soda, and wine. A whitening toothpaste may be enough to do the trick, but if yours need a little extra care, try at-home products like whitening strips or brush-on gel, or take the natural route with oil pulling or charcoal powder. If all else fails, talk to your dentist, who can offer safe product suggestions or professional whitening services.
You don't need blazingly white Hollywood style teeth, but a stain free smile goes a long way in making you feel confident and look attractive.
Let’s Face It - Skincare is Important
Acne is not an exclusive problem for adolescents. Many adults still experience occasional breakouts, along with other skin problems such as dry skin, oily skin, wrinkles, and dark circles, but there are steps to take to resolve or prevent these issues.
Investing in a quality skin cleanser, exfoliant, moisturizer, and sunscreen is crucial. Use a facial exfoliator once a week to remove dead skin and clear up pores and use your facial wash daily, especially if you sweat a lot or are prone to acne. If you have dry skin, make sure to moisturize every day with a lotion specifically designed for the face. Everyone, regardless of whether you have naturally oily or dry skin, should apply sunscreen if you plan to be outside for more than 20 minutes to help prevent premature aging.
If you want to go the extra mile, you can apply an under-the-eye serum or use an eye roller to reduce puffiness under the eyes and lighten dark circles.
If you feel younger than you look, try these simple and quick skincare tips to rejuvenate your face and bring it back to its prime.
Find the Grooming Routine That Works for You
Every man is different and requires different grooming practices. Not everything in this guide is a necessity, and each man should pick and choose what's important to him. But self care can make you look AND feel better. You’re always taking care of others, now it’s time to devote some time every day for yourself.