In this day and age, many men go to great lengths to ensure that they look their best at all times, but equally, there are guys out there who get it all a bit too wrong. Whether your failings are related to lack of effort or purely down to the fact that you are uneducated on the subject of male grooming, we’re here to point out your most common faux pas and tell you how to fix them before you embarrass yourself any further.
1. Shaving against the grain
A common misconception among shavers is that the only way to achieve a smooth finish is to shave against the direction of hair growth, but in reality, this belief will lead you to nowhere but disaster. If lumps, bumps and rashes are your look of choice then go right ahead, but you won’t look big, and you certainly won’t look clever. This is a one way ticket to pain-and-irritationsville, so mend your ways before you have to mend your face.
2. Using soap to wash your face
There’s nothing wrong with a big, manly bar of soap, but when it comes to the skin on your face, you’d be doing yourself a great disservice. Skin is acidic, while soap is alkaline, so lathering up means messing with the pH of your face. The result? Worsened skin conditions, from acne and irritation to dryness and flakiness. Not only that, but stripping your skin of its natural oils can result in premature ageing, so it’s a lose-lose situation. Choose a gentle face wash instead, ensuring that it’s designed for your specific skin type.
3. Failing to wash your flannel
If you already consider yourself a step ahead in the skincare department then think again. While lathering up with a flannel is highly beneficial and will help to slough away the dead skin cells that result in a dull and unhealthy-looking complexion, failing to wash it thoroughly on a regular basis could do more harm than good. Ideally, you should be rinsing thoroughly with hot water following each and every use and replacing with a clean one every day in order to avoid transferring bacteria back onto the skin.
4. Not cutting your toenails correctly
Leaving your toenails to grow too long or cutting them into a curved shape can result in painful ingrowing toenails. Nails should be clipped straight across to avoid this uncomfortable condition from developing, and feet should be kept clean and dry. Always ensure that footwear fits correctly, and apply moisturising foot cream regularly in order to maintain foot health.
5. Neglecting to replace razor blades often enough
For best results, blades should be changed every three to four shaves, as leaving them any longer can compromise the quality of your shave. It’s also important to keep them clean and dry, as a clogged or rusty blade can result in nasty nicks and cuts which could othersise be avoided.