Look, the rugged look will never go out of style and some ladies certainly appreciate a rugged, masculine, “manly man”. But you know what they appreciate even more? A well-groomed man. But it’s not just about appealing to a partner, it’s about self-respect, and the image you are projecting out into the world. Would you think highly of someone who smells bad, has matted hair, and looks like they’ve never seen a razor? I didn’t think so. Here are some male grooming tips & tricks to get you started.
1. A personal scent makes a massive difference
You’re a busy guy, you don’t have time to fiddle around with bottles and scents and girly things like that. Why would you take the time to look for something called a “signature scent” and then use it? Isn’t that just extra unnecessary stuff? No, not exactly. Allow me to explain. Taking the time to identify a personal scent is important because it’s how you make your olfactory mark. It’s easy to identify, and it distinguishes you immediately. It’s your scent, and no one can replicate it. It’s masculine, it’s powerful, and it instantly makes you seem more sophisticated and more dominant. Plus, you know, it’s nice to smell nice for other people.
2. Tidy beards are the best beards
I’m not going to insist on a clean shave, if that’s not your thing. After all, that hipster lumberjack look has been popular for a few years, now; they call it “lumbersexual”. However, what we insist on is a nice tidy beard. Opting for facial hair is fine, but having a sad, scraggly beard is not. Make sure to keep it trimmed and tidy and that you don’t have random stray hairs, or long, curly ones. The secret to making a beard look professional, as opposed to “alternative”, is to keep it clean and taken care of.
Pro tip:We suggest beard oil, conditioner and a beard comb? They’re the only things you will ever need to look great and make sure you don’t inadvertently scratch the face of your partner.
3. Keep your nails short and neat
You wouldn’t believe how important nails are to your overall appearance. I know you think no one will notice details like that, but they do, especially women. Now, you may not necessarily be convinced to get a manicure, but you can take care of your own nails at home. That means cutting them, taking the time to file them down, and then buffing the surface to give them some shine. That wasn’t so hard, now, was it?
4. There is no excuse for poor oral hygiene
This isn’t a Man Thing, it’s a Human Thing. It goes without saying that you should always brush your teeth in the morning, before you go to bed, and after every meal. If you are unable to do so, a stick of gum will suffice in a pinch, but I would recommend keeping one of those mini tooth brushes at your desk, just in case. In addition, you should be using mouth wash and everyone’s favourite – dental floss. Your smile will not only be disarming, but also healthy, and you’ll never have to worry about bad breath.
5. Skincare is nothing to be ashamed of
There’s this silly misconception that taking care of yourself is some inherently feminine thing. That puts a lot of men off of essential grooming habits, such as skincare. In fact, this isn’t even about the appearance of your skin, as much as it is about its health. There is nothing shameful or not masculine about using moisturizer to hydrate your skin, or an exfoliating product to get rid of the layer of dead skin cells. If you’re interested in going down that rabbit hole, there are countless products to look into, targeting different problems, like acne, signs of aging, discoloration, etc, that you can easily find on Lé Luna.
Pro tip: Don’t stop at products marketed “for men”. Skincare is skincare, it doesn’t detect male or female skin and it works the same on everyone. An effective product is an effective product, so don’t let the fact that it’s in the ladies’ section stop you.
6. Keep your hands moisturized
You know what’s off-putting? Taking someone’s hand and discovering that it’s dry, cracked, and just plain not nice to hold. Just because you’re a man doesn’t mean you should have rough hands. Invest in a good moisturizer and use it every morning and at night, before you go to bed. You can add extra applications after you wash your hands or take a shower, if your skin tends to get dry. In addition, you should be especially careful in wintertime - wear gloves, in order to protect your hands from frostbite.
7. Lip balm is your best friend
Speaking of romantic gestures, it is advisable to make sure that your lips are not dried, chapped, bleeding, or even worse, have cold sores. I know, I know, lip balm isn’t the manliest of products, but the skin on your lips is the most delicate and sensitive skin on your body and it tears very easily, so you need to be super careful and prevent cracking. Keep a lip balm in your pocket and re-apply as necessary, throughout the day.
8. You need a hairstyle
Here is one of the best male grooming tips you will ever get – just any old haircut won’t do; what you need is a proper hairstyle. I don’t mean something that requires weekly maintenance and spending an hour in the bathroom every morning. Take a look at what everyone else is wearing these days and keep up with the latest styles; you wouldn’t want to look like an outdated grandpa with last decade’s haircut. You can update your look as easily as sitting in a chair and allowing a professional to do their thing.