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Room for groom for improvement April 14, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in MetroSexual.

Men need grooming tips just as much as women. Here’s some expert advice.

Just like a car, a man’s grooming routine needs a regular service. We asked the experts to compile a manual to update every guy’s regime.

Close shave > secrets for the closest, smoothest shave.

step 1 > Proper cleansing is the key to a smooth and comfortable shave. Warm and cleanse skin while in the shower, or use a damp towel; warm water helps soften the beard and prepares the skin for shaving. Hot water can dehydrate skin. Rinse with warm water. Apply cleanser to warm, damp skin to exfoliate, prevent razor burn and leave skin smooth.

step 2 > Apply a thin layer of a pre-shave oil to lubricate the skin, soften beard hairs and help shield the skin against razor burn.

step 3 > Smooth a thin, even layer of shaving cream over the face and neck. Don’t use too much or the razor will clog and skip. Before you begin, check the direction your beard grows, the general rule being to shave in that direction. To avoid cuts and nicks and achieve a close shave, use your free hand to keep the skin as taut and flat as possible. Use short strokes, starting with the sideburns, cheeks and neck. Finish with the upper lip and chin. Rinse your face with cool water, then gently pat dry. Don’t rub.

step 4 > As a final step in protecting against razor burn, apply an aftershave balm that contains soothing aloe vera and strong antioxidants to help disinfect, hydrate and soothe.

Complexion correction > advice for every skin need.

oily skin > Use a foaming, non-drying, cleansing gel morning and night. Apply with a moist, round sponge to provide better exfoliation and deep cleansing. Follow with a gel-based moisturiser. A complexion scrub used twice a week will help eliminate dirt and grime and prevent blackheads.

dry skin > Use a moisturiser containing humectants and oils to keep skin moist all day; look for ingredients such as sodium hyaluronate, dimethicone, algae, glycerin, avocado oil, sunflower seed oil and grapeseed oil. Moist skin should feel dewy, without being greasy to the touch. In cold weather, apply a soothing and protective serum prior to your moisturiser to prevent potential broken capillaries and rashes.

anti-ageing > Invest in a rich eye cream that will act like a second layer of skin around the eyes. Use morning and night and follow with ananti-ageing moisturiser.

Back to the future > The most effective, long-term way to get rid of back hair is to invest in laser treatments. Generally, a course of laser treatments reduces hair growth by 80 to 95 per cent. The laser emits energy at a specific wavelength, which is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle, injuring and disabling it. The pulse is controlled to produce only enough heat to damage the follicle and not the surrounding skin. It takes between four to eight treatments to achieve optimal results. Patients experience varying degrees of discomfort depending on the energy levels used, the skin type, coarseness of hair and the individual’s pain tolerance. After treatment, the area can feel mildly sunburnt, which we minimise with a cooling gel.

Smells like… > the inside info on buying a scent for yourself, or for the man in your life.

judge the scent by its box > The scent and packaging are usually created in sync, so if you’re drawn to the box, you’ll probably like the scent. If the look is modern and contemporary, chances are the fragrance will suit a younger, trendier guy. Likewise, masculine and traditional fragrances usually come in square, solid bottles with more subtle, simple packaging to suit a more mature or conservative man.

culture club > Men from different cultures tend to go for different types of scents. European and Middle Eastern men tend to go for something more exotic, with woody, musk or amber notes. The more heady scents suit their dark, olive skins. Fair men from Anglo-Saxon backgrounds suit softer scents with earthy and aromatic ingredients. Asian men love light fragrances with citrus or soft floral notes.

colour code > The colour of the actual fragrance can give a clue to the type of scent inside the bottle. Dark amber fragrances are usually a heady musk or an exotic woody oriental. Fragrances that are almost colourless are generally citrus or water fragrances that are light and fresh. The rule is the darker the colour, the heavier the scent.

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