ESSENTIAL GROOMING TOOLS EVERY MAN SHOULD HAVE
Impression lasts, it really does. A man’s bathroom says a great deal about his approach to life. Caring for your appearance doesn’t place you feminine; it doesn’t label you a dandy, and it doesn’t classify you as a metro. Regardless of what styles you choose, what fashion trends you follow, or the beliefs you hold about the importance of appearance, every man needs a collection of tools to ensure that he is looking his best.
STUBBLE TRIMMER RAZORS
Maintain your look, everyday with the next generation in stubble control technology. To someone used to zinging an electric razor over their face a couple times each morning, a traditional shave can be quite daunting, but it really only involves three items: a quality razor, a good brush, and some glycerin-based shaving cream. When purchasing a shaving set, it can often feel like a lot of money initially, but remember that a good shaving set should last for many years. So, as shaving is something most of us do every day, why not make this daily routine enjoyable?
A BRUSH AND COMB
Men’s hair care starts with quality brushes and combs designed for men’s hair. Hair is notorious for being unruly, especially when you have a big meeting or date coming up. When the wind blows, there’s nothing like a comb for a quick fix-up, so keep one handy at all times. For your morning grooming ritual, you’ll want a hairbrush, too. Opt for soft, natural-bristle brushes.
The condition of your teeth can affect everything from your smile to your heart health, so brush twice a day and between meals if you can manage it. You might also want to consider brushing your tongue. Manual brushing makes it easier for you to get at plaque under your gum line and do a more thorough job of brushing between teeth rather than electric methods. This method is considered done correctly rather than using electric toothbrushes.
Some of you may want to carve a couple of eyebrows out of your unibrow, give the back of your neck a touchup between haircuts, banish those stray hairs peeking out of your nose or ears, thin your beard, or perform some landscaping on your back or points more south of the region. There are specialty razors for all kinds of manscaping tasks. The trick is to marry the right tool with the task and learn to use it effortlessly. Some newer specialty razors have multiple blades and can perform more than one function by just switching out the head. They can be versatile and convenient — after a little practice. Single function razors, like those with spinning blades that won’t snag the tender skin in your nose or nick your earlobe, can only remove hair efficiently from a few areas, but what they do, they do very well.
Cologne is supposed to be an accent, not the basis of your hygiene routine. So, use a very small amount, two or three dabs or sprays at the most. A man’s cologne isn’t meant to mark his territory as he roams from place to place, it should only be noticed by those in intimate proximity. It is recommended to put cologne on pulse points such as the wrists, the base of the throat, and behind the ears as the heat produced in these areas will help activate the scent.
MOUTHWASH/ TONGUE SCRAPER:
Bad breath, or halitosis, is nothing more than bacteria in your mouth feeding on various proteins. You can be the best-looking, most talented man around, but if a closer encounter reveals some foul-smelling breath, all bets are off. Having a good mouthwash such like Listerine or Scope in your bathroom is an essential part of starting each day off on the right foot.
Tongue scrapers are a lesser known tool in the fight against bad breath, but can be the most effective part of your arsenal. Most odor-causing bacteria are found on the tongue, so a tongue scraper goes right to the primary source of bad breath, removing bacteria, food particles, and the discharge that drips down from your nasal cavities.
Nail care is important. No woman wants chipped or jagged nails near her soft skin, wherever that skin may be. Use them–not only for your finger nails, but for your toe nails as well. Clean nails harbor fewer bacteria, and short, well-trimmed nails (and toes) will leave you less vulnerable to problems like hangnails and ingrown toenails. Look for clippers that will fit the curve of your nail so that one or two quick snips will do the job cleanly.