Grooming For Men: 7 Practical Grooming Tips

Good grooming habits don’t only improve men’s physical appearance—they make you feel more confident and give you that much-needed self-esteem boost too.

The good news is that you don’t need to spend a fortune or break the bank to look fresh and smell good.

From your beard, hair, and skin up to your feet, here are some useful and practical male grooming tips you can get started on this 2024 to help you look your very best.

How important is grooming for men?

For starters, men’s grooming is important because a proper daily grooming routine helps maintain and improve your personal hygiene.

Aside from that, well-groomed men are more attractive (inside and out) because as your physical features improve, your self-confidence also gets a much-needed boost.

This relationship between physical appearance and self-esteem has long been proven by Science.

Additionally, our physical appearance affects how other people, especially strangers, perceive us. In fact, a person can make a snap decision on how they feel about us in the first seven seconds that we meet them.

This means that even before we’ve had the chance to introduce ourselves, other people have already made their first impression of us.

If you’re well-groomed, chances are, you are perceived as likable, and you project an image of self-confidence.

Good grooming also has some serious health advantages, as proper hygiene can help you avoid illnesses. For example, dirty nails can harbor dirt and germs that can cause infections like pinworms.

Regardless of what your style choices may be, it’s essential that you find a proper grooming routine that works for you and stick with it.

7 Grooming Tips For Men

It’s worth mentioning that there are various aspects to men’s grooming, and the personal preference of a man may vary from others.

Still here are seven men’s grooming tips you can get started with to help you achieve a healthier, new you:

Trim your nose hair

Before you grab your nose trimmer, we’d like to emphasize the fact that nose hairs are perfectly normal as they are a natural part of the body, and everyone has them.

The hair in your nose prevents allergens from entering the nostrils and keeps the air moist as it enters your nasal passages.

However, some nose hairs tend to be so long that they protrude from the nostrils, which means they are already outside of where they’re supposed to be.

The best way to create a nose hair care routine is to get started by using a trimmer—never pluck or wax them, as this can lead to irritation, ingrown hairs, or worse, infections.

Do this in front of a well-lit mirror, and never force the trimmer inside your nasal canal. Target only the visible hairs and keep those that are inside of your nose intact so they can continue to fulfill their function.

Keep your nails short and clean

Good grooming means taking care of your body, even up to the smallest parts. With this said, your fingernails and toenails should always be kept short and clean.

The simplest way to do this is to wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Soap eliminates germs, while clean running water rinses it down the drain.

As for your toenails, you can use a small nail brush and scrub your nails every time you take a bath.

Aside from this, make sure to use a nail cutter when trimming your nails. Avoid biting it, as this can transfer bacteria from your nails to your mouth, and your teeth can even end up getting chipped or cracked.

Brush and floss your teeth daily

Brushing your teeth daily is essential as this removes plaque which is the primary cause of tooth decay, bad breath, and gum disease. Dental experts suggest brushing your teeth twice daily, each time lasting for at least two minutes.

You should also change your toothbrush every three to four months, as worn-out bristles don’t do you any good and just prove inefficient.

Note that brushing your teeth isn’t the only thing you should be doing frequently—you have to floss too. Your toothbrush cannot reach the small gaps and tight spaces between your teeth.

Otherwise, the build-up of plaque on your teeth can harden and turn into tartar, and this is something only your dentist can remove.

Groom your beard and eyebrows

There is no rule that you should remove your beard altogether for proper hygiene, but the thing is, you should maintain it. Wash your beard as you wash your face, as oil and dirt build up on this area can affect your face.

Also, don’t let your beard grow like crazy—trim it every few weeks (or weekly, as there are men whose beard grows fast).

Aside from having a good beard care routine, it is important for you to groom your eyebrows as well.

You don’t have to do this often, but if you notice a couple of stray brows, use a trimming scissor (not your big, regular scissors) and snip whatever hair falls out of your brow’s original shape.

Establish a skincare routine

You might have heard of people with seven (or even ten) steps in their skincare routine, and this might’ve freaked you out.

Different skin types require different routines, but we’ll share with you one of the most basic routines you can try as you establish the perfect routine for you:

Cleanser

First off, start by using a facial cleanser that suits your skin type. Gel-based products are ideal for acne-prone, sensitive, and oily skin.

For dry skin, you can opt for a moisturizing face wash with a creamy formula to hydrate your face.

If you are one of the lucky men with normal skin type or a combination skin where only the T-Zone is oily (the T-Zone includes your forehead, nose, and chin), then you can use either foaming gel products or creamy cleansers in washing your face.

We also suggest opting for a facial cleanser formulated especially for men.

Exfoliator

Aside from a facial cleanser, adding exfoliation to your grooming routine one to three times a week can help reduce oil, remove dead skin cells, prevent acne and blackheads, and improve your overall skin tone.

If you have dry and sensitive skin, it is recommended to exfoliate your face at least once to twice a week. Meanwhile, men with oily, acne-prone, and combination skin can exfoliate twice to thrice a week.

For starters, we recommend just using a facial wash with beads to gently exfoliate your skin, but don’t scrub your face too hard, as this can damage your skin barrier.

Moisturizer

It turns out, moisturizers date back to the time of Cleopatra, as she was said to bathe in donkey milk and honey to get its moisturizing qualities.

While this could be just one famous legend, milk has long been used as a remedy for sunburn and helps relieve itchy and flaky skin.

However, bathing in milk isn’t necessarily for everyone because aside from it not being practical to pour milk down the drain, we also prefer to have our milk in coffee.

So, in lieu of milk, we recommend using a facial moisturizer that suits your skin type.

However, with tons of products on the market, it could be hard to determine which one would give your face the proper moisturizing it needs.

To start, choose a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid if your skin is dry to normal. If you have sensitive skin, choose a lightweight and gel-type moisturizer, particularly those products that are fragrance-free.

Men can incorporate this in their skincare routine by using a facial wash first, followed by a moisturizer while the face is still a little damp (not dripping wet) to lock in the moisture.

Have a signature scent

Don’t just grab and spray whatever men’s perfume you can find—pick a cologne you absolutely love and use it as your signature scent.

Note that our sense of smell is intertwined with our memories and emotions, which means it could be a powerful tool to make a lasting impression and even create a positive emotional connection.

Use sunscreen on your face and body

Last but not least, use sunscreen or products with high SPF (Sun Protection Factor) on your face and body. SPF tells you how much the sunscreen’s ability to protect you against the sun’s harmful rays is.

As proven by Science, getting exposed to the sun for a prolonged period of time can cause sunburn and skin cancer. Wearing sunscreen products is still the best way to protect your skin and prevent premature aging.

For daily use, you can apply sunscreen with SPF 30. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, you need products with SPF 60 or more. Note that the higher the SPF, the greater the protection it can offer you.

To incorporate this in your grooming routine, apply about 1 ounce of sunscreen on your face, neck, arms, and your legs. If you’ll just be using it on your face and neck, about half a teaspoon would do the trick.

You can apply this after you moisturize your face and before you apply your CC Cream.

Grooming Mistakes Guys Should Avoid

After knowing the importance of proper grooming and reading some of the tips we’ve shared above, it’s time to dive into the things you should avoid when coming up with your own grooming routine:

Using too much cologne

Too much of anything is never good at all, especially when it comes to men’s cologne. If you want your perfume to last all day, spray it on the pulse points of your skin, like your neck and wrists.

You can apply two to four sprays on your initial application; anything above this can end up being just a little too much and overwhelming. Also, avoid spraying cologne on your hair as it contains alcohol, which can end up damaging it.

Using excessive hair products

We know you love your hair, but using too many hair products is actually doing your crowning glory more harm than good.

In fact, using too much hair products, like pomade, can cause breakouts as the oil in this product can find its way from your hair to your face and clog your pores.

Aside from that, applying too much gel or wax can leave your hair stiff, brittle, dry, and can even lead to hair loss. As always, moderation is the key.

Taking very hot showers

While hot showers might be the best way to end your day, this can actually trigger skin problems like eczema and skin acne. The reason? Very hot showers can cause hair loss and remove the natural oils of your skin.

Instead of taking a steamy shower, it would be better if you indulge yourself in a cold shower around 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit instead. This can help increase your endorphins, strengthen your immune health, and improve your circulation.

Not replacing razor blades

What’s the point of replacing it if it still works, right? Wrong.

When you keep using your razor blade (and just one blade on different parts of your body), it accumulates hair debris, soap, and dead skin cells. In worst cases, you can even see rust formations on some parts of the blade.

Once the grime accumulates and is accompanied by a dull blade, you are less likely to get a clean, smooth shave and are more likely to get nicks and cuts.

The worst thing is men use razor blades on their beards, and there are some who use the same razor “down there too”.

This is certainly a recipe for disaster. Lots of men who do this end up getting bumps, ingrown hair, inflamed and traumatized skin, or worse, skin infections.

Men’s razor blades differ, so there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to this one. What we’d recommend is that you change your razor once it doesn’t glide smoothly over your skin anymore or if it has started to rust.

Using harsh skin products

There’s no magic approach when it comes to skincare, as you have to curate one that suits your personal needs well. If you don’t, you can end up using products that are damaging your skin instead of actually repairing it.

We recommend using products that are tailored specifically for men and those that suit your skin type, so you can rest assured that they are targeting whatever skin concerns you have.

There are also guys who use the soap they use on their bodies to wash their faces, and this is an absolute no-no.

In fact, while it is good for the rest of your body, using soap on your face can make it dry and irritated and make acne worse.

Instead, use a face cleanser that is formulated precisely to help retain your skin’s Natural Moisturizing Factor (NMF), especially if you have very sensitive skin.

Ignoring foot care

While it is the most abused part of the body, it is often neglected and often receives little grooming to absolutely no care at all.

Your feet are also a part of your body, and you should pay attention to it just as much as you pay attention to your skin. After all, your feet bear your body weight and carry you miles on a daily basis.

To care for your feet, you can use some of the products that you use on your body as well. For instance, after taking a bath, you can moisturize it with lotion or body cream.

Also, don’t forget to cut your toenails, but be careful so as not to cause any cuts or ingrowns. Lastly, avoid wearing tight-fitting shoes.

Final Thoughts

Men having proper grooming habits isn’t something new, as guys need to take good care of their well-being too—from their hair, teeth, skin, nails, and all the way down to their feet.

We hope that the practical grooming tips for men we’ve shared prove useful as you work your way into achieving a healthier and more confident you.

FAQs

How can men look clean and neat?

Men can look clean and neat by following basic grooming tips, such as trimming their nose hair, keeping their nails short, using the right amount of perfume, and having a good grooming routine while using products that are tailored specifically to their skin type.

What is the most important aspect of men’s grooming?

The most important aspect of men’s grooming is maintaining proper hygiene. At the end of the day, all well-groomed men are those who don’t just look good but also have good hygiene.

Do men need a cleanser?

Yes, men need face cleansers just as much as women do. Using soap on your face is never recommended, as this can strip your skin’s natural barrier and leave your face dry, flaky, and irritated.

Instead, use a facial cleanser that suits your skin type and targets your specific skin concerns.