Man Guide – The Absolute Basics of Looking after Yourself
December 26, 2016 (No Comments) by Annabel Hynes

 Man Guide – The Absolute Basics of Looking after Yourself

There can often be undue pressure placed on women for personal maintenance, which we have discussed in previous posts on Unrealistic Beauty Standards, but contrary to popular belief, there are some universal ground rules for looking acceptable in society for men too.

Hygiene

It’s the most basic requirement imaginable, and yet it escapes so many people; showering regularly and thoroughly. It cannot be underestimated in terms of making an impression. It is healthier for your hair and skin to do so every second day, or three times a week at the bare minimum. Showering too much can disrupt your skin’s moisture balance and leave your hair weak and dry. Brushing your teeth twice a day is a must. Making steady and reliable use of that stick of deodorant is also highly recommended, though not to the degree that you suffocate anyone within a five foot radius with anti-perspirant.

Some help: Boss Bottled Deodorant Spray

The Hair

A lot oftoniguy-anti-dandruff-shampoo-and-conditioner people tend to overlook the care their hair needs, while some just neglect it entirely. For men, it’s rarely as intricate or particular a job as it is for women, but that doesn’t mean you should settle for swiping it with shampoo and leaving it to the elements. Ensuring your hair is well-looked after, hydrated and not at risk for split ends is a profoundly simple task, one that gets easier the shorter your hair. Don’t be afraid to use conditioner regularly if your hair tends to get dry, and invest in a decent medical shampoo if you’re at risk for dandruff.

If you find yourself thinning on top it’s advised that you switch to matte products, and always avoid products containing alcohol, as a general rule. Men are also known for vigorously rubbing their hair dry, which will only weaken hair.

Some help: Toni&Guy Anti-Dandruff Shampoo and Conditioner

Skincare

Looking after your skin is important, as it reveals your overall health and wellness. The most basic thing you can do to keep your skin looking refreshed and youthful is to drink plenty of water, old news though this may be. It has been proven to work time and time again. Diet plays a significant part as well, and so in the long term it’s worth it to investigate how you can treat both your insides and your outside to a better lifestyle. Using sunscreen while outdoors is an adage we’re all used to, though it’s mainly put to use for when you leave Ireland and its permanent cloud cover.

Short term, keeping skin hydrated with moisturiser will prevent flakiness and blotchy patches, especially for those with facial hair. Washing your face daily with or without product is advised, and exfoliating is always an option for anyone who wants to go the extra mile.

Some help: Liz Earle’s Men’s Face and Body Wash

liz-earle-mens-face-and-body-wash

Clobber

Of course, your style and choice of clothes or what your wear is your own; however ensuring they’re appropriate for the scenario should be a priority, as well as checking that they’re clean in public or for selected company. That wardrobe dedicated to the GAA is admirable, but variety is definitely encouraged, too. Many people are hesitant to step outside the bounds of a style they’ve had since they were thirteen, when trends and fashion are constantly changing. It’s entirely probable that there’s some garment or combination that you would have skirted around before that is actually approachable now.

Experimenting with clothes can be done at any age, and it’s encouraging to see people dress differently to how they did as a teenager – even if you’re in your twenties and think the difference wouldn’t be noticeable, it likely is.

Some help: The Idle Man’s Style Guide

the-idle-mans-style-guide

Last Minute & Self Care

Take one last look in the mirror for stains you might have missed, then remember appearance isn’t everything. Just be confident in yourself. As for everyone, if you feel good, you will look good.

Some help: Steps to Higher Self-Esteem

Annabel Hynes
Lifestyle and entertainment writer with an interest in politics, despite the groans it incites at the dinner table. Sci-fi obsessive.

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Man Guide – The Absolute Basics of Looking after Yourself
December 26, 2016 (No Comments) by Annabel Hynes

 Man Guide – The Absolute Basics of Looking after Yourself

There can often be undue pressure placed on women for personal maintenance, which we have discussed in previous posts on Unrealistic Beauty Standards, but contrary to popular belief, there are some universal ground rules for looking acceptable in society for men too.

Hygiene

It’s the most basic requirement imaginable, and yet it escapes so many people; showering regularly and thoroughly. It cannot be underestimated in terms of making an impression. It is healthier for your hair and skin to do so every second day, or three times a week at the bare minimum. Showering too much can disrupt your skin’s moisture balance and leave your hair weak and dry. Brushing your teeth twice a day is a must. Making steady and reliable use of that stick of deodorant is also highly recommended, though not to the degree that you suffocate anyone within a five foot radius with anti-perspirant.

Some help: Boss Bottled Deodorant Spray

The Hair

A lot oftoniguy-anti-dandruff-shampoo-and-conditioner people tend to overlook the care their hair needs, while some just neglect it entirely. For men, it’s rarely as intricate or particular a job as it is for women, but that doesn’t mean you should settle for swiping it with shampoo and leaving it to the elements. Ensuring your hair is well-looked after, hydrated and not at risk for split ends is a profoundly simple task, one that gets easier the shorter your hair. Don’t be afraid to use conditioner regularly if your hair tends to get dry, and invest in a decent medical shampoo if you’re at risk for dandruff.

If you find yourself thinning on top it’s advised that you switch to matte products, and always avoid products containing alcohol, as a general rule. Men are also known for vigorously rubbing their hair dry, which will only weaken hair.

Some help: Toni&Guy Anti-Dandruff Shampoo and Conditioner

Skincare

Looking after your skin is important, as it reveals your overall health and wellness. The most basic thing you can do to keep your skin looking refreshed and youthful is to drink plenty of water, old news though this may be. It has been proven to work time and time again. Diet plays a significant part as well, and so in the long term it’s worth it to investigate how you can treat both your insides and your outside to a better lifestyle. Using sunscreen while outdoors is an adage we’re all used to, though it’s mainly put to use for when you leave Ireland and its permanent cloud cover.

Short term, keeping skin hydrated with moisturiser will prevent flakiness and blotchy patches, especially for those with facial hair. Washing your face daily with or without product is advised, and exfoliating is always an option for anyone who wants to go the extra mile.

Some help: Liz Earle’s Men’s Face and Body Wash

liz-earle-mens-face-and-body-wash

Clobber

Of course, your style and choice of clothes or what your wear is your own; however ensuring they’re appropriate for the scenario should be a priority, as well as checking that they’re clean in public or for selected company. That wardrobe dedicated to the GAA is admirable, but variety is definitely encouraged, too. Many people are hesitant to step outside the bounds of a style they’ve had since they were thirteen, when trends and fashion are constantly changing. It’s entirely probable that there’s some garment or combination that you would have skirted around before that is actually approachable now.

Experimenting with clothes can be done at any age, and it’s encouraging to see people dress differently to how they did as a teenager – even if you’re in your twenties and think the difference wouldn’t be noticeable, it likely is.

Some help: The Idle Man’s Style Guide

the-idle-mans-style-guide

Last Minute & Self Care

Take one last look in the mirror for stains you might have missed, then remember appearance isn’t everything. Just be confident in yourself. As for everyone, if you feel good, you will look good.

Some help: Steps to Higher Self-Esteem

Annabel Hynes
Lifestyle and entertainment writer with an interest in politics, despite the groans it incites at the dinner table. Sci-fi obsessive.

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