Grooming Essentials: 6 Terms All Men Should Know

The beauty industry can be confusing. Products, even those geared toward men, seem to be labeled with an endless assortment terms that can leave you feeling like you need a dictionary. But it’s important to protect and take care of your skin. Here, we break down six of the most commonly used products and grooming terms, so that you can make informed decisions when purchasing your grooming and skin care essentials.

1. Serum

Every man should know these grooming terms

Every man should know these grooming terms. | iStock.com

Idiva.com explains serums, which are packed with nutrients and vitamins, are able to “penetrate deep within the layers of your skin, so that you get phenomenal results. Unlike other skin products, these have a higher concentration of active ingredients and usually come in a creamy gel form. In fact, new age serums use silicones, which allow your skin to receive the supplements, without the grease.”

Simply put, serums have anti-aging effects on your skin, and can be much more moisturizing than standard anti-aging creams. Gentlemen, if you want to maintain youthful skin, this product is a must-have.

2. Toner

A man applying toner

Yes, a man should use toner. | iStock.com

Many men don’t need toners. If you’re lucky enough to be blessed with a relatively even complexion, then a regular face wash will do just fine. However, you can use a toner, like this one, to reduce blemishes and blotches. This is a great product for men who have an uneven skin tone and want to improve the overall tone of their faces.

3. BB cream

Get a flawless comlexion with BB cream

Get a flawless comlexion with BB cream. | iStock.com

BB stands for blemish balm. This product was initially geared toward women as an effective complexion-clearing cheat, but brands have recently jumped on the wagon, releasing BB creams for men too. Basically, BB creams, like this one, work as a moisturizer that leaves behind a subtle, make-up-like foundation. Although this product can be worn daily, it’s best left for those days when you’ve stayed up late and have to be up early the next day.

4. Age correction

A man applying skin cream

Don’t look like a grandpa too early! | iStock.com

Age correction products, like this one, do exactly what it sounds like — they help slow the skin’s inevitable aging process. If aging skin is something you’re concerned about, then you may want to consider an age-correcting product. Look for one that contains collagen, which is meant to increase elasticity in your skin and offers the facade of youth.

An important note: Proceed with caution when it comes to using an anti-aging product too early, because it can slow your body’s natural production of collagen. These products are best for use when you start to see a little deepening of fine lines.

5. SPF moisturizer

man rubbing sunscreen onto his shoulder

You should have been wearing SPF even before you knew what it was.  | iStock.com

Hands down, SPF is one of the most important elements to add to your skin care routine to prevent premature aging. Sunscreen moisturizers also protect against skin cancer, which is especially important since men are more likely to get it than women. Aim for a daily moisturizer that contains SPF 15 or more. And don’t skimp on the lip balm either.

6. Top note

Man applying cologne

Knowing the proper terms for your cologne won’t hurt. | iStock.com

While this may sound like part of a musical score, it’s actually a way of describing the composition of a fragrance. Knowing this term can be useful when making your next cologne purchase. The top note is the combination of smells, usually something citrus-y, that hits you right upon spraying. Next is the heart note, which is a deeper scent that eventually appears.

After you’ve sprayed your skin with the fragrance, you’re left with a combination of the heart and lingering base notes. So gentlemen, before you buy your choice fragrance — spray the sample and continue shopping for 40 minutes before coming back. The smell that is left on your wrist is the one that you’ll end up buying (if you like it, of course).