Grooming Mistakes Men Make
The Worst Grooming Mistakes a Man Can Make
It's a shame, really -- a man can be intelligent, funny, successful, and even good-looking, and it can all be undone by a few untrimmed hairs. How you look, especially as you age, is essential for the places you want to go in life. And it's really not that hard. With a few basic grooming products and gadgets we can step up our game. There's a lot of competition out there, and at this very moment they're cutting their nose hairs and getting their beard trimmed. Let's not give up before the race has even started!
From gray pony tails to dirty fingernails, this lens lists the worst style offenses that men make every day, and helps with easy fixes to make everything okay. We can do better, gentlemen, and this lens will help.
Worst Grooming Mistakes for Men: Thinning Hair Grown Long
Okay, so maybe Riff Raff here, from the cast of the great cult movie Rocky Horror Picture Show, is an extreme example. But virtually all men's style writers and blogs agree: long hair on older men is highly risky. Even if you're one of the lucky ones with a full head of hair heading into your later years, everyone from GQ to Esquire recommends keeping it short. And if your hairline is in retreat, then by all means get thee to a barber for a nice, easy-to-manage buzz cut. There is noting at all wrong with an older man having less hair than he once had -- women, among others, expect it and are rarely bothered. But what does look weird and wrong is thinning hair grown long. It signals to the world a man trying to pass himself off as someone he obviously is not.
Worst Grooming Mistakes for Men: Nose Hairs
Gross, right? Nostrils are an unfortunate necessity, and they're not general all that lovely. Especially the nose-hole of a man over fifty. Gross nose hairs can undo all of our hard work in pretty much all other areas. Get rid of those icky visible nose hairs by giving them a regular trim -- like every time you shave. You can get in there with a little pair of cosmetic scissors (just don't let your wife or girlfriend catch you with her scissors up your nose), but it's easier and a lot less painful to get rid of nose hairs with an affordable, quality clipper.
Nose Hair Trimmer
Worst Grooming Mistakes for Men: Wild Eyebrows and Unibrows
The heavy brow of one of my fave cartoon characters, Boris Badenov, is an avoidable grooming problem. Let's say that yours, like mine, is not quite as heavy as, say, Robert Pattinson's. Ours can be managed with a very minor clip now and then. So why is it that so many men let their eyebrows go all mad scientist on them?
So let's get it straight -- a quick trim of the old eyebrows is painless, easy, and will show the people you meet that you actually care about the way you look. The products out there to help trim your brows are affordable and easy to use.
Worst Grooming Mistakes for Men: Untrimmed Facial Hair and Wild Beards
This is Alan Cox, a true genius and the man behind Linux. Certainly a lot more brilliant than you or me. But there's one way in which we can feel superior, and that's by trimming our beard and facial hair. Unless you truly don't care or have been lost at sea for six months, there's really reason to let things get this out of hand. So be smart and keep those stray facial hairs in check with a basic and affordable men's grooming device or two.
Worst Grooming Mistakes for Men: Dry and Flaky Facial Skin
This is a big one, men. Even though the vast majority of "aging skin" related research and reporting is aimed at women, men have similar issues keeping skin healthy as we age. The problem is declining stores of When you’re young, your skin has an abundance of collagen that keeps it looking young, and glycosaminoglycans, or GAGs, which keep your skin hydrated. The result is dry skin that starts to lose its youthful glow after the age of about thirty-five.
So what to do? It's really pretty simple (fortunately for most men). First, drink more water. Nearly all men don't drink enough water, and that's bad for your whole system, not just your skin. Second, find a quality moisturizer and apply it every morning. That's it! Get in some sweet new habits and you'll be taking care of the largest organ your body has. That's your skin, wise guy.
Skin Care for Men
Worst Grooming Mistakes for Men: Unclean Teeth
While research shows that the majority of men actually do brush their teeth at least twice a day, similar studies reveal that when it comes to going to the dentist, we're not quite as reliable. Get to the dentist, men -- you and I both know that things are only going to get worse the longer we wait.
One thing that may be holding us older men back from being to the smile doctor is the fact that dentistry, when we were young, was a lot more traumatic that it is now. Things have changed! Dentistry in this day and age is virtually pain-free. You really don't have that much to fear, but if you're among the approximately 23% of us who are legitimately dentist-phobic, then get yourself a Xanax or two and sail into the appointment without a care in the world.
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