For years our society has prescribed strict gender roles for both men and women, which have often prevented both sexes from embracing what they desire. While a woman who wants to join sports is told to behave like a girl, men are taught to suppress their emotions in the most adverse of circumstances because ‘boys don’t cry’.
Similarly, the concept of beauty is something which has remained women-centric throughout the years. However, currently, people are beginning to realize that the beauty industry needs to cater to both men and women.
Beauty is not only about looking good, but also about taking care of oneself and feeling confident. Therefore, it shouldn’t be a surprise that men need and want beauty tips as much as women do.
Here are a few handy beauty tips for men that men should make use of:
1. Washing and scrubbing your face
Every day we are exposed to a lot of pollution and dust, which tend to settle on our skin and make our faces appear unclean. Washing your face daily is important; not only because it helps you look better, but also because it ensures that your skin stays healthy and clean.
Experts claim that people should wash their faces with face wash twice in a day- once in the morning and once at night before going to bed. As with women, men should also choose a face wash which is suitable for their skin type, as the wrong kind of face wash can impact your skin negatively.
Since most drugstores and supermarkets have a variety of face washes in their stock, it shouldn’t be hard to find one which is most suited for your skin. It is also advisable to splash your face with water whenever it starts to feel sweaty or oily.
Another thing that most men don’t do regularly is scrubbing. Exfoliating your skin is essential because it helps to get rid of blackheads, acne as well as ingrown hair, however, you must ensure that you don’t exfoliate your skin more than twice or thrice in a week.
It is also important to follow your face washing regimen before you shave, as a cleaner face will provide for a better and smoother shave. A healthy face cleansing routine will only help you make a better impression on people, and at the same time also ensure that your skin remains unaffected by age.
2. Moisturizing your skin
It is absolutely necessary to apply moisturizer after you exfoliate or shave, as both these activities make your skin dry. Even if you have oily skin, it is advisable to not ditch the moisturizer as you can simply substitute your regular moisturizer with one that is suitable for oily skin.
Moisturizing after a hot shower is equally important, as the hot water takes away all the essential oils from your body. Moisturizing not only helps to avoid various skin problems by preventing your skin from getting too dry or too oily but also helps you maintain young and wrinkle-free skin.
While most shampoo ads target women, it is equally important for men to shampoo as well as condition their hair. Even if you have very short hair, you need to shampoo and condition your hair regularly; as it not only nourishes your scalp and hair but also helps you avoid hair problems like dandruff and split ends.
Instead of only shampooing your hair daily which could cause your hair to frizz out, you must ensure that you condition your hair every time after shampooing. To avoid damage to hair follicles, you should also avoid scrubbing your wet hair with a towel and instead gently pat your hair dry.
If you use sprays and gels on a regular basis, it is best to opt for products that don’t weigh your hair down or cause any kind of damage.
4. Safe and efficient shaving
To begin with, you should rinse your face completely because without that layer of moisture, the chances of you cutting yourself while shaving is higher.
Using warm water for this is even more helpful as it opens up your pores which helps you to get to the ingrown hairs and also provides for smoother movement of the blade.
The next step is applying a good shaving cream which is suitable for your skin. The most important part is choosing the blade, which should at all times be new and sharp. A dull blade cannot only cut you but also cause various kinds of skin problems and irritation.
It is also advisable to wash the razor after every few strokes in order to get rid of the hair and cream which may get caught between the blades. In order to have the most efficient shave, it is important that you move your blade in the direction of the hair growth and not against it.
5. Eating healthy
Just like any weight loss regime, all the above steps would be futile unless you supplement them with a healthy diet. Eating healthy means following a balanced diet, which is rich in vitamins and proteins and also enhances the overall experience.
You must also include only good carbs in your diets like green and leafy vegetables, and get rid of the bad carbs which are high in calories. It is also important to stay away from sweets and oily food; which not only make you gain weight but also cause acne and blemishes on your skin.
At the end of the day, no healthy diet is complete without drinking lots of water. Water is also one of the most crucial factors responsible for ensuring healthy and glowing skin.
Moreover, it’s time that we, as a society, debunk the myth that men need to be ruggedly handsome and therefore, don’t need to pay much attention to their appearances. Men have different needs than women, and we need to acknowledge these specific needs because human beings- men or women- need to take care of themselves in order to lead a happy and healthy life.
Sara O Brown is a working mom, lives with her dentist husband and her adorable dog, Casper. She is passionate about traveling and cooking. She has been a regular contributor for – https://remedyliquor.com/blog/ and you can follow her on facebook, twitter.