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As if your beard already didn't need enough care on its own, you need to take care of your skin, too. Between the constant fight against acne—even decades after puberty has ended—and the first signs of wrinkles, it can sometimes be difficult to win the game of healthy skin. Many people will blame their problems on genes, but—befo...
As if your beard already didn't need enough care on its own, you need to take care of your skin, too. Between the constant fight against acne—even decades after puberty has ended—and the first signs of wrinkles, it can sometimes be difficult to win the game of healthy skin. Many people will blame their problems on genes, but—before you do that—ask yourself if your skin care routine, lifestyle and daily habits match up to your expectations. And by this, we don't mean stealing your girlfriend’s fancy products and spending hours in front of the mirror. Actually, the perfect routine can be quite simple. Naturally, male grooming goes further than just the skin; maintaining a healthy body odor, healthy hair, and a healthy body is just as important. In this category, you'll find all the details, as well as related products, including:
- Skin cleansers
- Body washes
- Bars of soap
- Hair conditioners
- Facial scrubs
- Anti-wrinkle creams
- Moisturizing lotions
- Lip balms
- Eye creams
- Daily care regimen
- Nail clippers
- Styling gels
So, no matter your style—whether you have a big lumberjack beard, a 6'' handlebar mustache, or the fresh feeling of a beardless face—this category is important for you. Let's talk about the basic tips for an effective daily routine—so that you can grow a beard that's worthy of a Beard-King!
The first thing to realize is that cold water is your best friend. Not only will it wake you up, but it also wakes up your skin and closes your pores. A good cleaning, with appropriate products, will help you get rid of those dead skin cells that make your face dull. Use a facial cleanser that contains glycolic acid, both in the morning and before bedtime. You should also exfoliate your skin deeply once or twice a week; this stimulates the growth of new skin cells. Just don't overdo it, because you may end up irritating the skin and causing more damage than anything else.
Using a facial scrub offers a host of benefits that will help keep your skin in top-notch condition. Moreover, scrubs are easy to use. They remove those dead skin cells that form at the surface of the skin. Plus—whether you need to wipe off the grime from a hard day at work or rinse off the sweat from a long workout at the gym—your skin always needs a deep cleaning.
Applying a moisturizer should be Step 2 after you've cleansed your skin. Apply moisturizer when the skin is still damp; this will help seal in moisture. Most moisturizing face lotions are oil-based, which is not only perfect for normal skin, but it's also a must for dry skin. On the other hand, if you have oily skin and are prone to acne breakouts, opt for a water-based solution.
But the lotion is only half of hydration equation. In fact, the skin needs to be hydrated properly inside the body as well. Therefore, we suggest that you drink about 6 to 8 glasses of water per day. Also, keep an eye on the amount of caffeine and alcohol that you drink, because these both cause dehydration.
Even if bartenders still ask you for ID, adding a retinol cream to your daily routine in your twenties will help you ward off bad luck in the future—i.e., fine lines and wrinkles. In addition, retinol also stimulates the growth of the skin, as well as the production of collagen. All of this improves skin tone, even if skin is not wrinkled. This type of lotion must usually be applied before bedtime, and it works its magic while you're asleep. A good way to simplify your routine is, undoubtedly, to opt for a moisturizer that combines moisturizing cream with retinol.
Indulge yourself occasionally, but don't make a habit of drinking a caramel latte every day. Diets high in sugar cause inflammation and lead to unwanted breakouts. Naturally, you should avoid donuts, cakes, cookies and soft drinks. But it's also important to remember to check the sugar content of seemingly healthy foods like flavored yogurt, protein bars, cereal, and tomato sauce. These foods can prove to be real sugar bombs, even though they're not classified as desserts.
Nothing attacks the skin as much as the sun. Its rays accelerate your skin’s aging process by slowing down the production of collagen and cell growth. The result is that your skin loses its elasticity. Make sure you protect yourself with a good sunscreen.
By sleeping the recommended 7 to 8 hours per night, you'll be giving your cells time to correct daily wear and tear, erase wrinkles and fine lines, and eliminate skin rashes. You should also not compensate missing a week of sleep by sleeping in on Sunday morning, as the body needs consistent sleep to be in tip-top shape.
Aim for variety when you're filling up your fridge. From berries to carrots, fruits and vegetables each provides you with different antioxidants. These compounds help fight free radicals, which are molecules that exacerbate the effects of inflammation, sun damage and aging. Consuming more than 7 servings of fruits and vegetables a day will help you maintain a clear skin tone.
Working 12-hour days, followed by endless traffic jams, not only affects your mood, but it affects your skin as well. Stress causes your hormone levels to rise, which damages healthy skin cells and makes you even more prone to skin breakouts and wrinkles. Of course, we don't offer bottled zenitude for sale. Instead, we can advise you to lower your stress levels with fun, relaxing activities, like biking and reading.
You can add yellowing skin to your list of reasons why you shouldn't smoke. This is because smoking reduces circulation and the production of collagen, which results in skin losing its natural color. Your skin will instead swap that color for a pale, unhealthy-looking shade. In addition, smoking causes wrinkles and other signs of premature aging. Now—since we know that smoking a pipe or cigar adds to your badass lumberjack look—vaping is definitely a good alternative for you!
Shampoos are often classified according to the type of hair they are intended for. Shampoos labeled for ''normal hair'' will be sufficient for most men, and they will not the scalp of its natural oils. Shampoos for ''greasy hair'' should be used only on oily scalp, as they have the tendency of drying out “normal hair.” Meanwhile, moisturizing shampoos are designed to provide extra moisture for dry hair. However, they will make normal hair appear greasy. In any event, whatever shampoo you use, a drop that's about the same size as a quarter is amply sufficient.
A good conditioner will make your hair softer and shinier. Moisturizing conditioners allow the scalp and hair to retain more moisture, and they are ideal for people who have thick, curly, or dry hair. Thickening conditioners make hair more voluminous by coating them with proteins. This type of shampoo is designed for people who have fine or flat hair. The only important point you need to remember when you're using conditioner in the shower is that you should leave it in there for at least 1-2 minutes--so that it can work its magic--before you rinse out your hair.
Styling gel is hair gel that has been designed more for wavy or curly hair. it's ideal for creating styles that require a strong hold. Be careful not to overdo the amount you use; if you do, you risk ending up with crisp and dry hair.
Unlike gel, hair ointment offers a less strong hold, but it creates a more natural-feeling texture. Pomade usually contains conditioning ingredients, and it adds a bit of shine to your hair. This type of styling product is perfect for men who have short or medium length hair.
We know that, for most of you, grooming yourself is walking a delicate line between being a caveman and being a member of OneDirection. But ultimately, you want to look at your best at all times; you should under no circumstances be ashamed of your own personal hygiene. Furthermore, by employing the tips mentioned above, you'll already have made a step towards a healthier lifestyle. For more information, remember to take a look at our ''Shaving'' category.