If you’re like most guys, you want to maintain a respectable appearance without a ridiculous amount of effort. Well, we’ve got you covered. If you know what you’re doing, you can stay looking good without an embarrassing time commitment. And we’re here to make sure you know what you’re doing.
From tips on beating back unsightly and uncomfortable razor bumps to making sure you don’t give into sloth and let that beard creep all the way down your neck, we break it down for you.Ease The Burn With Our Razor Bump Cream
Now a note on this list before we get started: We aren’t going to condescend by detailing the utter basics that every adult human knows. You aren’t six so we don’t feel the need to remind you to brush your damn teeth and shower and use deodorant. We’re here to focus on grooming aspects that regular people may understandably overlook.
Now let’s get after it and put you on an easy but highly effective path toward grooming success.
Shave the right way
If you’re constantly googling things like “how to get rid of bumps on the face,” you might be doing something wrong, especially if razor bumps are your primary foe. While razor bumps are an inevitable part of every shaving man’s life, they don’t need to be rampant.
Make sure you’re using a relatively fresh raze, and for the love of God, shower before you shave. There’s no debate on that front. A warm shower softens your facial hair and clears dead skin cells and grime, making it easier for your razor to do its job. And don’t shave against the grain. Less resistance for your razor means fewer bumps. But when those bumps come, you have to be ready for them. Our razor bump cream greatly reduces your bump risk by eliminating bump-causing bacteria. It also provides soothing relief for the bumps that do sprout.
Now if you’re the full-beard-rocking sort — the kind of guy who just lets that facial hair run wild — you may be skimming through this section. But you need to stop right now and pay attention. Because if you aren’t shaving at all, that means you have a neck beard, friend. We just can’t abide by that.
You really should trim everything below your Adam’s apple. As for that region between your Adam’s apple and your beard line, which runs along your jawline about 1.5 inches up from your Adam’s apple, you have a couple of options:
- If your overall look is neat and clean, consider shaving this region.
- If your look is a little scruffier — longer hair, fuller beard — you should fade into your beard line, using a setting on your razor that’s a couple of clicks shorter than your beard.
Clean it, scrub it
You know you need to wash your face. Everyone knows that. But lots of guys don’t realize how important it is to wash the right way. If you’re washing the wrong way — if you’re using an all-purpose bar of soap, for example — you may end up defeating the purpose. As dermatologist Rachel Nazarian says, “Regular soap is for regular things. Your skin is not regular.” Regular ol’ soap can interfere with your natural oil production and put you on a path toward dry, irritated skin.
So, yes, wash your face, but do it right. We recommend using our charcoal face wash twice each day. It rids your skin of toxins and impurities without drying you out. It also reduces breakouts with its charcoal and salicylic acid combo. Shrinks those pores, too.Keep It Clean With Our Charcoal Face Wash
Now for the scrub. Until every guy in the land appreciates the importance of exfoliation, we won’t quit shouting it from the rooftops. Even when you choose the right face wash and use it like a champ, your skin becomes a veritable wasteland of acne-causing dead skin cells and assorted gunk — unless you exfoliate a couple of times per week.
Our bamboo scrub does everything you need an exfoliant to do. Its blend of walnut shells and bamboo stems scrubs the wreckage from your pores. And while that’s going down, a combo of jojoba esters, pineapple and papaya extracts break down the oils that clog you up and lead to breakouts.
Just, please, man, exfoliate.
So now you’re cleaning properly. You’re exfoliating, too. But, still, you can go a level deeper into that skincare routine. It’s time for a peel-off face mask for blackheads. We understand that this may seem out of place on a list about simple grooming solutions.
But using a mask is about as easy as it gets. All you need to do is clean your face — bring out that charcoal face wash — apply the mask and then peel it off about 15 minutes later. If you have any doubts about whether a mask is a necessary addition — and we just recommend using it once per week — just take a peek at all the blackheads it uproots.
While we’re here, we should remind you that you absolutely should not pop your zits. It’s just bad for your skin. It can result in pockmarks and lead to more acne. If you’re popping one, you’re probably creating another. But that satisfaction you get from looking at all the blackheads your mask has extracted — trust us, it’s as satisfying as popping pimples. This method just happens to be good for your skin.
Every guy needs to moisturize.
This is true for guys who have naturally dry skin. And though it might seem counterintuitive, it’s true for guys who tend to be a little oiler, too.
Moisturizing is a critical and truly simple way to keep your skin looking healthy. It’s just all about picking the right moisturizer for your skin type.
If your skin is dry and you don’t do anything about it, your sebaceous glands will go into overdrive, producing enough sebum for a surefire acne outbreak. So if you’re on the dry side, check out our ultra-hydrating moisturizer for dry skin.
If your skin is oily, the right moisturizer will persuade your sebaceous glands to tone it down a notch or two on the sebum production. If you fall into that category, go with our oil-free moisturizer for oily skin. It’ll level you out.
So no matter your skin type, moisturize.
Just say no to ear, nose and uni hair
Unless you’re NBA megastar Anthony Davis, famous for his basketball skills and his unibrow, you need to take action at the first signs of unibrow development. A neck beard is bad, but a unibrow is just flat-out unacceptable. Get your tweezers and stay vigilant because there’s no greater sign of grooming cluelessness than a unibrow.
BUT serious ear and nose hair are in the same realm. While the tweezer can get the job done here, too, you may need a little assistance. After all, when you’re tweezing in the ear, you’re basically tweezing blind. And plucking nose hairs can sting. It’s not hard to find an ear and nose hair trimmer. Lots of beard trimmers even come with the attachments. The hard part is reminding yourself to do it.
Just make it a part of your routine. It’s not a good look to have hair sprouting in unfortunate places.
For whatever reason, lots of guys are reluctant to apply sunscreen. Some guys will only slather it on if they are gearing up for a full day on the beach. Others might be a little more open to sunscreen. They may rub some on the nose if they’re going to be out in the summer sun all day.
But not enough guys use sunscreen the way they should — almost every day, all year round. As dermatologist Katie Manno says, “When you are outside, you are constantly being exposed to UV radiation.” Clouds don’t stop it, Manno notes. UV radiation doesn’t take a break during the winter months, either.
Damage from the sun builds up. It can make you look old before your time. And worst of all, it can cause cancer.
So, gentlemen, don’t be too proud to protect your skin with sunscreen on a regular basis.
The items on this list aren’t going to suck up a lot of time or money. But if you take these tips to heart and make them a regular part of your routine — along with those everyday basics like brushing your dumb teeth — you can look good without feeling like you’re being overly self-indulgent or vain.
After all, when you look good, you feel good. And it doesn’t take a ridiculous amount of time or energy to maintain your appearance.