by Mr. Spruce
While the classic shower and shave routine is enough to keep you clean, certain occasions call for stepping out in style. 'Grooming' basically means making an effort to look your best, but, hell, why not aim for devilishly handsome?
Dapper guys don't necessarily spend a fortune on hundreds of products or spend hours in the bathroom - but they do follow simple routines that are easy to maintain. Check out the top 10 grooming habits of dapper guys.
The reason dapper guys are mates with their local barber, is that they go once a month. Most hairstyles begin to look a tad shabby after four weeks, depending on the growth rate of your hair. Being proactive, rather than reactive, ensures your locks are always in top-notch condition.
As an added bonus, your barber can recommend suitable hair products, so you can avoid potential disasters at your next big event. As a general rule, thick hair can cope with heavy waxes for texture, but thin hair requires a lighter touch. Gel will preserve your style through a cyclone (with the 'wet' look you may love or hate), while pomade is a good choice for easy styling, flexible but strong hold and a glassy finish.
Exfoliating your face literally brings new life to your skin and immaculately groomed guys aren't scared to scrub every week or two. It helps to clear acne and breakouts by reducing clogged pores, it speeds up the skin's renewal process, it reduces the signs of aging and it helps you to shine (in a good way).
By lotions, we mean sunscreen and moisturiser. No matter what time of year it is, sun exposure is one of the main causes of premature aging, so 'slip, slop, slap' when you're out in the rays. Regularly moisturising, with products containing natural ingredients, hydrates and nourishes your skin for a smooth, clean look.
Whether you love the fresh-face look, rock a goatee or live the bearded lifestyle, dapper gents keep their facial-fuzz under control. Learn to shave like an expert, by preparing your skin beforehand with a shave oil and soaking the blades in warm water. Invest in a beard trimmer and try beard oil for shape and moisture, to avoid the dreaded itch.
Even if you're never without your shoes in public, your feet will end up on display eventually. You can always leave it to the professionals for a pedicure, but an easy DIY foot routine includes getting out the clippers on a weekly basis, using a pumice stone in the shower to get rid of dead skin and moisturising when you need to.
Your smile is one of the first things people notice, so tending to your teeth is a top priority for grooming. Head to the dentist for a regular clean, use an electric toothbrush to reduce plaque, don't forget to floss and carry a natural mouthwash so your breath is minty fresh at crucial times!
Hair, anywhere on your body, benefits from being neat and tidy. Trim or remove any excess hair, or have a professional do it for you. This includes your eyebrows, which, though fantastic large or small, always look better when they don't meet in the middle.
You don't want your scent to scream your arrival into the office. It needs to be subtle and sophisticated, while representing your style and boosting your confidence. Think light, spicy, woody or citrusy and ensure your deodorant is unscented, so it doesn't clash with, or over-power, your cologne.
Last, but certainly not least, dapper gents are great friends with the bathroom mirror. It reflects back to you any stray hairs, dirty or chipped nails and random poppy seeds from the slice of toast you had for breakfast.
Quite simply, it's the little details that make all the difference between the shower and shave routine, and the grooming habits of dapper guys.
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Mr. Spruce aka Andy. One half of Worthy & Spruce. Blogging about all things gentlemanly, and many things not. Tired but tireless dad, business dude, consumer of coffee, and deliverer of timely quips.
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