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Men’s Grooming Tips and Information – skin care, teeth whitening, shaving, razor burn.



Men’s
Grooming

from
safecosmetics.com


Guys are
becoming more conscious these days about their appearance and there are
more
male personal grooming products on the market than ever. If you are
new to the male grooming scene or if you just want to know more about
how to keep yourself looking young and in tip top condition, here are
some tips to get you started.


Shaving Tips

  • It’s best to avoid shaving the very first thing in the morning. If
    possible, let your skin wake up a while. This allows any puffiness
    from fluids collecting in your skin during the night to recede. Then
    you will be able to get a closer shave. 

  • Use an exfoliant such as a facial cleanser or mild scrub to
    eradicate dead skin cells and open up the pores of your skin to
    prepare it for a close shave. 

  • Stubble should be wet with warm or hot water before shaving. This
    makes the hair shaft swell and allows the blade to cut the hair
    closely without cutting your skin. 
man having a wet shave
  • Thoroughly massage shaving cream into stubble. A vitamin and Aloe
    Vera based shaving cream or gel will provide a close, soothing shave
    and protect against razor rashes and burns.
  • Use a sharp blade. A dull blade is responsible for many shaving cuts
    as it drags over your face and catches your skin along with the
    hairs of your beard.
  • Rinse the blade often in hot water when shaving and use slow short
    strokes. Don’t rush.
  • Always shave in the direction that your hair grows on your face.
    Shaving against the grain can cause redness, rashes, razor burn and
    ingrown hairs. 
  • After shaving, apply an oil-free moisturiser to soothe and protect
    the face. If you prefer an after-shave, check the label for
    alcohol. 
  • (alcohol
    can irritate and dry out skin)

Avoiding
razor burn


The technical
term for this condition is pseudofolliculitis barbae (PFB) and the
primary cause is shaving with a blade. Men with curly, coarse or even
fine hair often experience razor burn or razor bumps after shaving
because the hair curls back, punctures the skin and becomes ingrown. You
could eliminate the problem by simply growing a beard or rarely shaving.
But of course you many not want to do this and unfortunately, for many
professional men this is not an option. Here are some tips to help you
recover from razor burn:


  • Prep
    your skin before shaving by using a face scrub to exfoliate and help
    lift the hairs from under your skin. 

  • Liberally
    wet your face and apply shaving cream. Wait 2-3 minutes before
    shaving. The use of a shaving cream that contains vitamins and Aloe
    Vera is preferable over brands which may contain skin irritants such
    as sodium laurel sulphate. 

  • Use
    a high quality razor and change the blade often. Dull blades are
    often the cause of skin irritations and shaving nicks. 

  • Shave
    in the direction the hair grows on your face. 

  • Do
    not pick at the bumps, as this tends to make them worse. 

  • If
    possible, take the weekend off from shaving to give the irritation
    time to improve.

     

TIP

You can find a very
comprehensive article on all the different types of razors and the art
of shaving

here
.





Skin Care

man rinsing face after wet shave

 

 

 

  • Always
    wear a hydrating sun block with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at
    least 15.


  • If
    you’ve got a problem with mild to moderate acne, opt for
    alcohol-based topical antibiotics or benzoyl peroxide treatments.


  • Drink
    at least 8 glasses of water each day to keep your skin hydrated.

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  • Trim
    your nails straight and file out rough edges.

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  • Moisturise
    your skin regularly to keep it young looking and wrinkle free.


  • Get a regular hair cut to look trim and
    keep your hair in optimum condition.

Nose
and Ear Hair


It’s an
unfortunate reality for men, but they generally start noticing hair
begins to sprout from their ears and nose as they age and the chances of
them emerging and multiplying increase as you get older. The purpose of
this hair is to act as a barrier to prevent unwanted dirt from entering
your ears and nose-just as your eye lashes protect your eyes.


Remember,
your ear and nose hair has always been there, it has only changed its
growth pattern over time as a result of hormonal changes in your body.
Some hair experts link this growth to the male hormone DHT (dihydrotestosterone),
although the exact relationship of DHT to nose and ear hair growth is
still unclear.


The best way to deal with it is to get yourself a good
quality hair trimmer.  Hair
trimmers work in two different ways. Some trimmers feature a rotating
blade that spins in one continuous direction, while other trimmers work
with an oscillating blade that rotates from left to right. Both types
work extremely well.

Keeping
Your Teeth White


Everyone
likes a brilliant smile. Teeth can become stained for a number of
reasons, the most common being consumption of coffee, tea, berries,
fruit juices, smoking, and aging. Here are the most common teeth
whitening procedures:

Bleaching


Bleaching is
done with custom-fitted mouth trays and bleaching gel.


The most common
active ingredient in tooth bleaching gel is 10% carbamide peroxide,
which breaks down into 3% hydrogen peroxide when dispensed.


First, your
dentist will make impressions of your teeth and create custom mouth
guard trays for your mouth.


To protect your sensitive gum tissue, (s)he
will leave a slight space between the tray and your gums when forming
the tray.

man smiling showing white teeth


You’ll then be instructed on proper use of the mouth guards
and bleaching gel.


You’ll probably be told to squeeze a thin line of the
gel into the mouth guards and wear them for several hours nightly, or
even overnight (not to exceed eight hours). You must be consistent in
using the gel-apply it nightly usually one to two weeks, without
skipping any days.


The dentist will compare your teeth with a
shade guide, and will probably ask to see you again in a week in order
to monitor your progress.


The most common side effect associated with
bleaching is tooth sensitivity. However, it’s generally mild and
temporary, usually only lasting as long as the duration of the bleaching
procedure.



Whitening
Toothpaste


Whitening
toothpastes can slowly help remove surface stains and keep yellowing
from returning once you’ve had it bleached away, but by themselves the
toothpastes won’t cause the quick, dramatic changes you’ll see with
bleaching.

Lip
Care 


Your lips
have fewer than half the cellular layers of the rest of your face, and
no sebaceous glands to provide protective body oils. A good lip balm
will preserve this delicate skin. There are many gender-neutral versions
out there, and some specifically made for men. Look for natural
ingredients like shea butter, vitamin A, jojoba and avocado oil. 

****  I have been
informed that some recent scientific research have found no proof that
drinking 8 glasses of water benefits skin or wellbeing.