10 Men’s Grooming Mistakes You Shouldn’t Be Making

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Taking care about the way you dress is definitely an important part of showing who you are, especially in 2018. However, even though many spend a fortune on clothes and fashion in general, they forget to take care about their physical appearance, and that’s a big no-no. The way you care about your skin, hair or beard is definitely something that says a lot about you, so you can forget about your clothes if you don’t pay attention to your grooming. So, perhaps you’re making some of the most unforgivable grooming mistakes and not even know it, but worry not as we are here to help you. These are the top 10 grooming mistakes that you certainly shouldn’t be making:

1. Avoiding facial massages

One of the most common grooming mistakes men make is not getting facial massages as much as they need to. First of all, getting a regular massage is something that we take for granted, as we rarely remember to book one, not knowing that it can do wonders for both our body and mood. And if this is the case with regular massages, what about all the other spa treatments that we should be booking from time to time? A facial massage is definitely one of those, as it’s very important to get our facial muscles relaxed from time to time and give them a reboot they desperately need.

Have you experienced a slimy snail massage? It’s the latest beauty fad. While the facials are new, potions made from snail mucus are said to date back to ancient Greece, and in recent times, the French have turned this essence of escargot (a delicacy consisting of cooked land snails) into different creams and lotions.

2. Growing bushy eyebrows

The brow game has definitely been stronger in the last couple of years, with full, bushy eyebrows reigning. However, having bushy eyebrows is not the same as having bushy but well-maintained eyebrows, so make sure to have them checked by a beautician. Monobrows are also something that should be punishable by law, so try to get rid of them until it actually becomes illegal.

3. Not caring about your beard

Yes, beards are meant to be rugged, but this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have a product or two that you will use to make your beard even better. Shampooing and washing your beard is a must, just like using oil to make it shinier and softer. Don’t forget to pay attention to the neckline as well, as this is the thing that either makes or breaks your bearded charisma.

4. Getting rare haircuts

Another mistake many men make is connected to the frequency of getting a haircut. Everyone has a haircut, this really is true, but many choose to wait until their hair is overgrown or full before actually getting it trimmed and presentable. If you wait more than 3 weeks to get your haircut, you should definitely make new plans. If you’re balding, getting a haircut every two weeks is the best idea.

5. Not moisturizing before bed

A skincare routine is also extremely important, and you should know that it’s not only for girls. Your skin also grows older, and the older it gets, the less elastic it is, so you really need to use that moisturizer and a night cream if you want to keep the freshness in your face for as long as possible. During the night, the skin switches into recovery mood, so this is a great time to do whatever it takes to keep it young.

6. Pubic hair

This is not something that caters to everyone’s taste, but it’s a fact that some men tend to care so much about grooming the upper part of the body and not take care of their intimate parts. Even though there are some men (and women as well) who prefer a full bush downstairs, it really is important to keep it trimmed and neat, regardless of the amount of pubic hair. So, guys, take a peek downstairs and see if there’s any work to be done there.

7. Being embarrassed by your greys

According to many people interested in men, greys in one’s hair are definitely something that gives that “more matureand sexier feel. So, gentlemen, if you have greys in your hair, it’s time you learned how to appreciate and embrace them.

8. Overdoing it

Grooming can sometimes be a double-edged sword, as it’s not a good idea to overdo it. For example, getting your teeth professionally whitened might not look as great as you think it does. It’s rarely subtle and you can have nice teeth if you regularly brush and floss them. Over-using hair products is also something that you should stay away from. If you have a neat haircut, you don’t need a lot of products.

9. Believing grooming’s only for girls

Come on, we live in the 21st century where guys opt for microbladed eyebrows, so you really have no place thinking that grooming is a girly thing and that you shouldn’t pay attention to the way you look. This doesn’t mean that you should get yourself clay masks and sit on the couch with cucumber wheels on your eyes, but using a moisturizer, getting regular haircuts and using beard products is definitely something you might want to incorporate into your routine.

10. Not visiting your dentist regularly

Do we really need to tell you about this?

So, no – grooming’s not for girls only. Another important thing is that if you care about grooming, you should also care about doing it the right way!

Peter is a health writer at Essential Men's Clinic blog. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.

5 Benefits of Essential Oils for Men

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One will rarely hear men using essential oils in their grooming routine, or at all for that matter, and men who still haven’t started using them simply have no idea what they’re missing. Essential oils have always been a part of our lives and grooming rituals, they have numerous uses, not to mention health and other benefits, and it’s time for all the men to jump on the essential oil bandwagon. Just in case you’re not convinced, we’re here to nudge you in the right direction with some pretty compelling benefits that come with using different oils, so let’s get started.

The wonders of eucalyptus

Eucalyptus oil truly is a wonder as it comes with no less than twenty different benefits. In case you’re battling a sinus infection, just a few drops of eucalyptus oil and hot water, and a towel of course, can provide you with immediate relief as the scent is so strong that it opens up your sinuses almost immediately and you can finally breathe again. However, this isn’t the only way this oil comes in handy. When applied directly to the skin, it serves as a powerful natural bug repellent, not to mention that it’s a great alternative for vapor rub, and since it’s considered a powerful antiseptic it can also be used to treat cuts, scars, burns. On top of all that, for men who suffer migraines, rubbing the temples with a few drops of this oil can be of great help, and finally, when it comes to regular grooming, it is a total life saver against dandruff but the grooming winner is the fact that this powerful oil can be applied to acne and it will shrink and dry them right up without drying the rest of your skin.

Everyone deserves some R&R

We all led hectic lives and sometimes we need to shed all the stress off our shoulders and go for a nice and relaxing massage. Since we live in an age when everything can be delivered to our door, why go to a spa for a massage when you can book an at-home massage and have a spa day in the comfort of your very own home. You can of course, while waiting for your masseuse, set the mood with the music that puts you in that ‘chill’ mode, dim the lights, and light up some amazingly aromatic soy melts. The best possible scent you can choose is lavender. You may think it’s girly, but lavender has powerful soothing effect and you can even light these soy melts before hitting the hay as lavender will put you to sleep in almost no time at all.

Boost that immunity

Unhealthy diet, stressful lifestyle, lack of exercise – there are many factors that result in a dip of your immune system. While it is highly recommended that you bring your immunity in spick and span shape, there are, in the meantime, tons of essential oils that can be of great service for that purpose alone. You see, there are certain essential oils that contain terpenes, esters, phenolics, ethers and ketones, which have the power to fight foreign pathogens pose a threat to your health, and that is why you should turn to them. Luckily, there are tons of them, so you can take your pick according to scent preference. You have oregano, myrrh, ginger, lemon as well as cinnamon, and you can either rub them on the surface of your skin or place a few drops in an essential oil diffuser and create a bacteria-free environment.

Reduce anxiety

One of the original uses of essential oils is to create a stress-free environment that will help you shed anxiety and feel at peace again. Roman chamomile, bergamot, ylang ylang, orange, rose, frankincense and vetiver are some of the finest oils for this particular purpose, as they all have incredible soothing properties. The best part is, you don’t have to do any of the work – you can simply open the bottle, sprinkle a few drops on your furniture or simply leave the bottle open, and when stress and anxiety really take a toll on you, simply inhale them for a few moments or rub a few drops on your temples and under your nose and you’ll begin to feel the anxiety leave your body almost immediately.

Enhance your skin

We live in a new era in which men have taken to personal grooming more seriously and diligently than ever before. The use beard oils, pomades, special shampoos and conditioners and have even taken to caring for their skin. However, aside from a cleanser and a men’s facial cream, they usually don’t go above and beyond for their skin. This is where essential oils step in. In case you’re battling acne, which isn’t uncommon, you need the antimicrobial, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory benefits of helichrysum oil. After a close shave your skin can become a tad irritated, and lavender is here again to soothe and soften the skin. Feel free to apply it on the irritated area, but make sure you dilute it with a bit of lukewarm water as on its own, it can be quite strong. Finally, if you have a skin that’s prone to producing excess sebum, a nice little bottle of lemongrass oil can definitely take care of that. Make a facial mist using distilled water and a few drops of this highly powerful oil, and you will be grease free forever.

From relaxation, immunity boost, to cuts and burns and even skincare, you will not find a problem that the right essential oil can’t fix. Just make sure you use them properly, always read the labels and you will get the results for every need you have, every single time.

Peter is a health writer at Essential Men's Clinic blog. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.