Let’s Talk Men’s Grooming!
Let’s have some fun and talk about men’s grooming!
If you are somebody that is preparing their own skin mask on the regular or I see you through the window getting a manicure then I am going to guess you may know all of this already. For the rest of us trying to find our way in this crowded space of men’s grooming options, this post should provide clear instructions on how to protect your moneymaker, your face.
1) Keep your skin moisturized. It’s a must.
Use a cream that has hyaluronic acid as the main ingredient. Hyaluronic acid keeps your skin moisturized much longer than most creams. Use this and you will feel a world of difference. You only need a fingertips worth each morning to keep your skin feeling incredible.
There are a number of options out there, but I use the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel. It is $15-25 dollars depending on where you live and where you buy it. Trust me, it is worth it because you do not need much to put your face at ease. One lotion bottle will last you several months.
Try it. You will then understand why I am making this recommendation.
2) Fight razor burn.
This couldn’t be simpler. After you do a close shave, take an ice cube and run it all over your face. The intensity of a cold ice cube touching your skin will close the pours that you have opened up by shaving. In addition, the ice cube will calm the skin down and reduce any potential irritation. This simple trick will reduce razor burn by 50%.
3) You sure you need to use a straight razor on your entire face?
If you have sensitive skin like me, then shaving daily/ weekly is not in your best interest. This will cause skin breakouts, razor burn, ingrown hairs, and other headaches. I highly recommend that you purchase a pair of hair clippers that you can use without the guard. Very important that the blade must cut a 0.5mm closeness to the skin without a plastic or metal guard in order for this to be effective.
Using this pair of clippers, you are achieving the goal of an incredibly close shave to the face without cutting the skin directly thus eliminating a number of the headaches mentioned above. To ensure that your clean shave hides your secret of not shaving entirely then do a straight razor shave along your lower neck and your cheekbones. This straight razor shave reduces shadows allowing the face to look like it was newly shaved. Remember to use an ice cube directly after to eliminate any chance of skin irritation. Then dry your wet skin from the ice cube and apply a cream with hyaluronic acid.
The beauty of this technique is that you can use the clippers every day/ every other day as needed to maintain the clean-shaven look.
4) Pluck your eyebrows.
It is about to be 2020, spend that 5 extra minutes a couple of times a week to pluck your eyebrows. If nobody has stepped up and shared with you that you need to pluck your eyebrows with tweezers then your close friends and family have let you down. There is no shame in looking good. You still need to do your part in making this happen.
5) Every haircut comes with a free eyebrow touch up.
Most men don’t know that it is free for the barber or hairdresser to touch up your eyebrows. Let me be clear, this is not the same thing as plucking. This is simply an effort to ensure that your eyebrow hairs are not running wild. The hairdresser/ barber will use a comb and cut off any hairs that are noticeably exceeding the length of the others. It takes 5 seconds to trim off any longer eyebrow hairs and will make a world of difference to complement your new haircut. All you have to do is ask.
Just to be very clear, you are not asking for threading or microblading. You just want him or her to remove any longer eyebrow hairs.
I can promise you that if you do these five steps you will protect your skin, bring attention to your face, and effectively tackle the much-dreaded skin irritation, breakouts, and razor burn. Self-love is a good thing my friend! Take care of your moneymaker.