12 habits of impeccably-groomed men

12 habits of impeccably-groomed men

Time was when a man who spent too long in the bathroom was met with a level of scorn and suspicion. Thankfully times have changed. No longer is groomi

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Time was when a man who spent too long in the bathroom was met with a level of scorn and suspicion. Thankfully times have changed. No longer is grooming the exclusive preserve of women. More and more men now see the  need to go the extra mile in their daily grooming routine if they must turn out looking their best, at all times. Call them metrosexuals if you will. The trick isn’t to spend a fortune on a thousand different products, or to lock yourself in the bathroom for hours at a time. Rather, you should develop a daily routine that is quick, simple and above all else, about maintenance, ensuring you don’t let yourself or your ensemble down with ungroomed appearance by indulging in these twelve easy grooming habits.

Become a regular at your barbers
Cut or trim your hair regularly. Too many men wait until their hair gets to a bushy before doing anything about it. The trick is to be proactive, not reactive and have a regular place you trust will do your hair justice.

Desmond Elliot

Electric shaver


Know which hair products work for you
Hair products for men have gone beyond the mere washing with a bar soap and petroleum jelly thereafter. There are now so many products addressing various hair issues and for different hair types so make sure you’re clued up on what each product is for. Thicker hair can handle pomades, while thinner hair will do well with lighter. The right product will make all the difference.


Invest in your smile
There are two things every woman notices: your shoes, and your smile. When it comes to the latter, there is no longer any excuse for ignoring advances in technology. Electric toothbrushes are designed to do most of the work for you, plus, they’re better for your health; rotating brushes reduce 11 per cent more plaque than manual toothbrushes and can also significantly reduce gum problems. And while you’re at it, use a mouthwash after you brush first thing in the morning. Also make it a point of duty to get your teeth cleaned and whitened regularly. Brown teeth isn’t attractive.

Alex Ekubo

Teeth essentials; mouth wash, toothbrush and toothpaste and dental floss


Learn how to ‘manscape’ properly
Trimming your pubic hair is not only perfectly acceptable today, it’s polite. Not the porn star look though, just aim for a clean look, that is, keep things neat and tidy. However, keep whatever device you use for this sensitive task separate from what you shave your face with. There are a lot of electric razors designed for the nether region’s unique challenges. So indulge yourself with one.  

Electric shaver


Scrub your face
Face scrubs are textured face washes designed to get dead skin off your face. There are different types you can avail yourself of; scrubs for everyday, scrubs for twice or thrice in a week. Use one that’s less abrasive. You’ll be looking better than you feel in no time.



Manage your facial fuzz
Unless you’re planning to move out into the wilderness, facial hair of any length needs to be tamed and maintained if you want to be taken seriously. You don’t have to spend much on a beard trimmer, so pick one up and get into a weekly habit of tidying up.


Learn how to shave like an expert
You might not have time in the morning for an extensive wet-shaving routine, but learning the basics of a good shave is important. Preparing your skin beforehand with a shave oil will help the razor glide over your hairs, while soaking the blades in warm water will help your pores expand, allowing the hair to come off your face with less redness and irritation. If it still feels like a chore, leave your precious face in the hands of the experts and get a professional shave once a week

your best feet forward
They might not be on show much at this time of year, but a good foot care routine is still important. Take care of them during a bath or shower when the skin is softest using a pumice stone on any dead skin, before lathering a generous amount of moisturizer on them afterwards. Commit yourself to a monthly pedicure to keep them looking good. 


Tackle dark circles
Banish dark under eye circles which make you look under-slept and older than you are by regularly using an eye roll-on into your morning routine to help counter the problem.


Sort out stray hairs
Big eyebrows aren’t a problem but if they’re meeting in the middle, you’ve got a problem on your hands and face. Pay attention to the spot in the middle, and any errant hairs above and below your brows, ears and any sticking out of your nostrils. Plucking is time-consuming, though, so if need be, ask your barber to tidy you up in these areas. If you an handle it, use a tweezer.

Nail your hand-care routine

Cutting your nails once a week, preferably after a bath or shower, to soften them and make them easier to trim is basic. But that rough, flaky skin around the nail bed can be quite irritating. Treat your hand with a tiny bit of moisturiser every morning, night and each time you wash your hands to smooth things over.