The men I know fall into one of two camps when it comes to appearance: Some are clueless about grooming; others spend as much time in the bathroom as I do. I’ve found that those in the first group think that asking for advice is girly. If this sounds familiar, do the man in your life a favor and casually drop these grooming tips for men. When he thanks you, pat yourself on the back. After all, who doesn’t love a well-groomed guy?
His way: Licks dry lips
Why it’s bad: As saliva evaporates, it takes with it natural oils, leaving lips feeling more chapped.
Have him try: A clear, unscented lip balm that moisturizes without looking shiny. ChapStick Lip Moisturizer SPF 15 and Aveda Lip Saver SPF 15 are both “unisex” and offer the added benefit of sun protection.
His way: Sports a unibrow
Why it’s bad: Bushy brows can overpower his features.
Have him try: Tweezing just the hairs between his brows. This produces a vast improvement without a plucked look. If brows themselves are out of control, he should use small, blunt-tipped scissors to trim only the spidery, straggly hairs by about ⅛ of an inch. The goal is to make his brows look neater, not perfectly manicured.
His way: Takes a razor to his face without prepping his skin first
Why it’s bad: Two words: razor burn.
Have him try: Shaving in the shower. The steam opens pores and plumps up hairs, making it easier to get a smooth, pain-free shave. Have him use a fogless mirror so he doesn’t miss a spot.
His way: Washes his face with the same bar soap he uses on his body
Why it’s bad: Bar soaps contain harsh surfactants that can strip facial skin of essential fats and oils, leaving it feeling tight. Many, like Zest and Irish Spring, also contain irritating deodorants. Facial formulas are made from gentler cleansing agents, such as those derived from coconut.
Have him try: A lathering face cleanser that will give him that sudsy feel he likes without stripping his skin. Bobbi Brown Lathering Tube Soap or Origins Checks and Balances both come in plain, nonfeminine packaging.
His way: Picks at the pimples on his chest or back
Why it’s bad: Messing with blemishes can lead to infection and scarring.
Have him try: A shower scrub that contains salicylic acid, an ingredient that fights acne. Suggest Neutrogena Body Clear Body Scrub; it treats breakouts and also has tiny particles designed to slough off dead skin cells that clog pores.
His way: Waits for a day at the beach to slather on sunblock
Why it’s bad: The majority of sun exposure is incidental (accrued while driving, golfing, etc.). UVA and UVB rays cause premature aging and also increase the risk of skin cancer.
Have him try: A daily face moisturizer with SPF 15 or higher. Recommend Nivea for Men Daily Protective Lotion with SPF 15. He should use it in the morning before leaving the house and then reapply before going out in the sun.