Top 10 male grooming tips: simple and essential tools
Advice on how to take care of your skin, get the best haircut and make the most of your assets
The skin you’re in: Did you know that men’s skin (the stratim cornium) is 20 percent thicker than women’s skin! That means that men’s skin is prone to becoming rather ‘oily’. Banish all skin problems by incorporating a skincare regime in your routine. Here’s what you need to know... The basics: Grab yourself a quick and easy two-in-one cleanser and toner. Preferably a cleansing gel… Why? Gels gently strip away the excess sebum (oils) and leave your skin looking clear and healthy rather than dry. If your skin has the occasional black head here and there, (normally scattered across the T-Zone area) – use a face scrub once or twice a week. Choose a scrub that is not too coarse, it will remove the dead skin cells, allowing your pores to breath leaving you with soft, smooth and an even skin tone. Maintenance: Men also need to moisturise, but there's probably a reason why they don’t. Do all these lotions and potions leave your skin excessively oily and heavy? Don’t worry, you can skip the expensive serums (just avoid using her moisturizer), all you need is a light weight face cream that includes SPF (minimum sun protection factor 15) that is quickly absorbed and leaves your skin looking fresh and hydrated. It will protect your skin from external factors, i.e. pollution, excessive heat, A.C… etc. Lather up: Let’s talk soap for a moment and flash back to your high school chemistry class. \nDo you remember PH balance? The scale from 1-5 is acidic (which is actually safe to use on the face) anything above 5 is alkaline and will be way too dry for the skin on your face. Soap usually has a PH balance of 6 and above, so our chem lesson for today proves that a bar of soap is simply a bad idea (for your face anyway). Shaving: This deadly, daily chore for many, need not be so gruesome. These two tips will leave you longing to maintain that perfect shave. Tip 1: Prep your skin for a cleaner shave using a good quality pre shaving oil. You will immediately see the difference. Tip 2: Prone to nicks, cuts and skin irritations? Check your blade, the second you feel the blade ‘tug’, it’s dull. Throw it away and replace it with a brand new one. Manscaping: Yes, we dare to go there. Manscaping is considered a modern day necessity for many men, but let’s be real, it’s an intimate affair and how far one goes depends on how dense the forest is. Whether you decide to thread, wax, trim, or shave this is what you need to know: Leave it to the professionals: If this is unfamiliar territory for you, then the best advice would be to leave it to the professionals. Avoid shaving course thick hair; the re-growth will be unavoidably uncomfortable. Keep your eyebrows natural, groom them don’t prune them, threading works well for those unwanted strays. For chest and back waxing, avoid direct sunlight for 48 hrs, as for the gym, sauna or a hot shower wait at least 8 hours. Haircuts by face shape: If your face is round, choose a cut that will add height and lengthen your face. Keep your sides lean and short. Play around with your parting, off center works rather well. Oval shaped faces can virtually carry any hairstyle, short, long, traditional or funky – it all looks good on you! If you have a strong square jaw line and chiseled features, you have the perks of the oval face shape, but seem to have a similar dilemma as the gentleman with the round face. Keep your sides sharp and short, your hair combed off your face and towards the back. The importance of blood circulation: The circulatory system is incredibly important, poor blood circulation often manifests and results in uneven skin tone, muscle cramps & spasms, acne and problematic skin, dark eye circles, even cold hands and feet.. To combat this common concern a regular body massage, foot reflexology, even a body scrub will work wonders by shedding dry, dead skin cells and promote healthy blood circulation. A little R&R: Aka relax and rewind or in our case rugged and ready to rumble.\nLet’s keep things simple, some of us love to indulge in some regular me-time at the spa, but some of us just…erm don’t. 1847 is designed to suit the needs of today’s fast-moving executive lifestyle and caters to all men’s grooming queries with a no-fuss policy, highly trained professionals and stringent clinical hygiene standards. The name 1847 originates from a turning point in the history of men’s grooming with the revolutionary discovery of the safety razor, patented by English inventor William Henson. You can find the brand’s male grooming lounges at the Emirates Towers Boulevard, Grosvenor House Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Mirdif City Centre and CityWalk.