Cleansing and moisturising

When it comes to caring for the skin, men may not need a skincare regimen  with twenty steps, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need one at all. Just like a woman’s, a man’s skin gets dirty, oily and sweaty, and it can become dull, dry, irritated or blemished.

Since most men don’t wear makeup, dull skin is always obvious, and it never looks good. If you’re one of those guys who doesn’t believe in soap, you’re only doing yourself a disservice. Splashing water on your face may remove a small amount of dirt, but it just spreads the rest around your skin. Of all the skin care tips for men out there, using a good cleanser is definitely the most important.

If you have oily, shiny skin, you may want to use an astringent to soak up extra oil from your pores, which can help fight blemishes. If you suffer from dry skin, try applying facial lotion after washing to restore moisture and prevent flaky skin.

If you shave, you can usually skip the astringent or lotion as long as you use an aftershave. Aftershaves work as an astringent to close the pores, and they often contain moisturisers to prevent over drying of the skin.

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Facial hair

Men’s grooming should include tending to any hair on the face as well as on the top of the head. Facial hair tends to be ignored. If you have sideburns, a moustache or a beard, this hair can be as prone to split ends and strays as the hair on your head.

Brush out your moustache or beard, and look for split ends. Trim these off the same way you would if they were on your head. Coax stray hairs back into place, or think about trimming them to fit the shape of your moustache or beard.

If you shave, I would recommend the Philips Norelco Aquatec Wet & Dry electric razor, made specifically for black men with ingrown hairs. It gives you a refreshing wet shave when used with gel or foam, or a convenient shave when used dry, while being gentle on your skin.

Keeping your facial hair trimmed is the key to looking stylish. Moustaches, beards and goatees should be cut and styled for an overall neat appearance. A moustache should be even on each side and the hairs should never curl into your mouth. The hair in a beard or goatee should point down, never up or out.

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Ear and nose hair

Men often have hair growing out of the ears and nose. These stray hairs are always noticeable. I like the Philips Ear and Nose Hair Trimmer  because it doesn’t pull while trimming, and it is designed to prevent nicks or cuts.

Another thing to always trim are the hairs that grow out of moles, and that appear in any other awkward areas. Trim them as close to the skin as possible.

There are definitely some clear rules here, but for the most part each man needs to discover what works best for him. He needs to express himself through his style choices, within some basic frameworks.

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Beards

Some men were just meant to be clean-shaven, while others look dashing with a bit of facial hair. It’s best to get a good form shaver that is able to trim and shape, such as the Philips Style-shaver. It is ideal for those hard-to-achieve corners and will ensure you get your man-scaping just right.

A beard can enhance your facial features, but it can also have the opposite effect and highlight features you were trying to hide.

Before you grow a beard, spend some time in front of the mirror to decide what purpose your beard will serve. Is your chin large and dominant, or is it weak and recessed? Remember that a full beard will add width to the jaw line, so if you have a weaker jaw, a fuller beard will help balance out your face. Also consider the shape of your face and what type of beard will go with your hairstyle.

Keep in mind that growing a beard and keeping it looking good is a commitment that requires time and patience.