4 Grooming Products That Can Make a Man More Attractive
No longer are only so-called “metrosexuals” maintaining a solid and serious grooming routine. Men everywhere are getting their groom on, as any stigma surrounding the so-called un-manliness of grooming has lessened in recent years — especially with the trendy onslaught of the almighty beard taking over many a guys’ grins. (And, yes, you have permission to get that manicure, too. It’s a good thing.)
While men may be more regularly investing in everyday grooming products and practices, research shows that there are still some essential items that they are less likely to buy and use themselves. According to a study by The Benchmarking Company, guys are still slacking when it comes to certain products including self-tanner, sunscreen, hair regrowth treatments, non-razor hair removal products, and advanced facial skincare products.
That said, it’s high time to put your best face forward with these new-to-you grooming items that will have you wondering how you ever made do without them.
1. Self tanner
Step away from the potentially harmful, fake-bake tanning beds, and say goodbye to any uneven farmers’ tan lines. Self-tanner is here to save the day — and your skin tone. If winter has left you lacking a healthy radiance, it is the best thing you can do to forge a glow and immediately look as if you’re just back from the beach. If you’re afraid of going from Casper to an Ooompa Loompa, have no fear. Many self-tanner products on the market now are incredibly effective. St. Tropez is one of the original self-tan brands, and it’s a market leader for a reason: The mousse is practically aroma-free and it creates a natural, streak-free tan. Plus, it’s affordable and it’s easy to use — even on hairy arms and legs.
Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the most preventable risk factor for all types of skin cancer, including melanoma. But according to new research published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, only 14.3% of men report that they regularly use sunscreen on both their face and other exposed skin. For the rest of the 86 percent of you, stop the neglect and jump on the sunscreen bandwagon. It may be easy to forget to use an SPF product unless you’re laying on the beach, but it’s important to protect your face and any exposed parts of your skin on a daily basis. From morning commute to coffee runs to afternoon cocktails, you simply cannot escape the sun’s rays.
Apply a sunscreen that is at least SPF 30 or higher every morning. Not only will you be fighting your risk of skin cancer, you’ll also be preventing wrinkles, as UV exposure can lead to premature aging of the skin. A great option is to find a two-in-one moisturizer with SPF built into the formula such as Perricone MD Photo Plasma Broad Spectrum SPF 30, which is an oil-free moisturizer that creates an invisible shield against environmental aggressors and protects the skin. Broad-spectrum sunscreens and SPF moisturizers are the best because they protect against both UVA and UVB rays, both of which can cause cancer.
3. Hair regrowth treatments and hair removal products
If you’re experiencing a less full head of hair, you are not alone. Findings show that 32 percent of men report hair loss as early as age 35. Even so, hair regrowth treatments are often overlooked instead of added to the grooming routine. But if you’re not quite ready for your scalp’s great recession and want to maintain your strands, try out a treatment such as Men’s Rogaine Unscented Foam. By taking action at the first signs of thinning hair, you can begin to see regrowth and prevent additional hair loss.
On the flip side of hair, when it comes to hair removal products, many guys are still standing by their trusty razor — and nothing else — for removing unwanted body hair. A smarter, more effective way to eliminate unwanted furriness is waxing. Waxing may be slightly painful, but it helps avoid ingrown hairs, razor burn, and provides a smoother, more even and long-lasting result. Laser hair removal is another option if you’re firmly committed to losing the hair for good — you won’t ever have to contend with pesky stubble growth again.
Advanced facial skincare products
So you’ve added face lotion to your skincare regime, but you still shake your head at any sort of serum, oil, or exfoliator. Start nodding yes to these advanced facial products that aren’t just for the gals. There are plenty of oils and serums that cater specifically to men with multivitamin-rich formulas that provide deeper, more nourishing solutions than a surface-level lotion. Serums, such as Brooklyn Grooming’s Pilgrim’s Facial Serum, often contain jojoba, argan, and other natural oils and botanical extracts that moisturize while evening your skin tone. Some also are formulated with antioxidants to brighten your face and slow the aging process along with salicylic acid to shrink the appearance of large pores. Not bad for a little potion in a jar.