Many men naturally assume they don’t need any form of body-care or grooming routine, save for their daily shave.
Well, today’s reality is far removed from this old mindset, since looking clean, neat and tidy is the least employers, colleagues and even spouses expect from a man.
Here are five most common grooming mistakes men make, and how to fix it or avoid it altogether in the future.
Dry and oily complexions
Men must understand that dry facial skin does not equal ruggedness, masculinity or toughness. It only means early ageing and a flaky complexion, both of which are far from attractive.
If you are clueless about how to use facial moisturisers or which are best suited for your skin type, ask your spouse or a friend at work to help you choose a lightweight moisturiser with SPF.
Gel or cream moisturisers can make a world of difference to how your skin will look.
A bushy beard is hardly attractive – you either look like a wild cavemen or a lumberjack.
If you wish to keep a beard, go to your barber for a neat trim around the edges, so you can maintain the desired look and shape at all times.
Remember to use a shampoo on your beard and a leave-in conditioner because after all, it is hair – whether it is on your head or on your face.
Taking the time to dress-up whether for a business or social appointment is important. Besides having a shower, remember to spritz on some cologne but don’t pack on too much.
Too much can be overpowering for some people, and cause them to feel either nauseous or have a headache.
Only use one spritz of cologne on your wrists, the back of your ears and your nape, as your body temperature in these spots warms up the fragrance, making it linger on your skin for longer.
Unless stuffed with dirt, most men don’t pay attention or even look at their nails. However, clean and well-trimmed nails say a lot about your self-confidence, self-esteeem and hygiene.
If you can never see yourself walking into a salon for a manicure or a pedicure, then make sure you regularly trim your nails at home at the very least.
Overgrown nose hairs and eyebrows
Research shows that when interacting with each other, people generally gaze at the other’s eyes, nose and mouth. Thus, stray nose hairs peeking out from your nostrils can be both distracting and unpleasant.
Make it a point to always trim your nose hairs at least once a week and while you’re at it, attend to your eyebrows as well.
For those with unruly, bushy eyebrows, pluck or wax your eyebrows whenever you go for a haircut.
This article first appeared in hellodoktor.com and was reviewed by Dr Duyen Le. The Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.