Jimmy is Scottish and has a dry wit, which some may find difficult to appreciate. He enjoys educating others with his various grooming tips.
Male Beauty: Then and Now
Male grooming is now on a par with the female grooming routine. Men are taking a lot more pride in their appearance and want to look great when they are in the public eye. Grooming products and services aimed towards men have become a thriving marketplace.
From well-manicured nails to male lipstick and eyeshadow, the modern man has a host of products to choose from to help him achieve his best look. Men can also use cosmetic surgery to enhance their features, remove unwanted fat and even reduce breasts if they have "man boobs." For those who worry about the size of their manhood, there is a surgery available for that too.
Yes, times have changed.
If you haven't caught up with them, scroll down to discover what you may have overlooked.
7 Beauty Tips and Secrets for Men
Men's beauty standards have changed dramatically in the last few decades, but fear not. If you are looking to revamp your appearance, you're in luck; looking your best can be just one manicure or gym membership away. In this list of seven tips (and secrets) for becoming your best self, I will detail these self-care essentials.
- Perfecting the Shave
- Manicures and More
- Glowing Skin for Days
- Mane Care
- Keeping Your Pearly Whites White
- The Hair Down There
- Clean Linens and Things
Are you ready for a change? Let's get started!
1. Find the Shave That's Right for You
Shaving seems to be optional, rather than required. Men who have a five o'clock shadow can be desirable, but this look doesn't work for everyone. Although it looks rather cool and rebellious, ironically, it only works if you've put a lot of thought into it.
For example, there's a fine line between shadow and full-fledged beard, and if you have thick hair on your neck, that might not look so great. Plus, if your facial hair is unkempt or patchy, you'd better just take the razor to it and be clean-shaven for your night out.
2. Get Routine Manicures
Manicured nails look great on anyone. When you've got black stuff crusted under your nails, your date will wonder where that hand has been. But you don't have to break the bank to get yourself a good manicure. Your female family members have probably been doing their own nails for years, and I am sure that they will gladly help you; all you have to do is ask. Plus, these days men go to nail places to get their nails done all the time, so don't think twice about it.
To enhance your well-manicured nails, a spot of clear nail polish or varnish will make them look even cleaner.
3. Follow a Skincare Regimen
Using an exfoliant gets rid of dead skin particles, leaving your face feeling smoother and looking great. It can also help prevent blackheads, acne and ingrown hairs. This apricot scrub doesn't cost a lot and works nicely to clean skin and minimize pores.
Moisturizing is key to keeping your skin balanced. If your face is too oily or dry, acne can flare or skin can peel. An anti-aging cream is also a great preventative investment, and it works just as well on men as it does on women. While you're at it, you might want to choose one with sunscreen in it to protect your skin from sun damage. It is important to note that some creams can cause excess shine, though.
Cosmetics can be introduced to your skincare routine as well, but these products should be chosen carefully, depending on your skin type. There are many popular lines designed for men, and while there is no real reason for you to wear lipstick, eye shadow or blush—if desired, they can be used to enhance your best facial features.
The best way to go about applying cosmetics is to seek out an expert to show you how. If applied correctly, cosmetics can draw attention away from flaws.
4. Create a Teeth-Cleaning Routine
No matter how often you clean your teeth, they can become stained from drinking tea or coffee, smoking or eating certain foods. There are many different ways to whiten them, but the cheapest option is to use a whitening toothpaste. Although it might take a little longer than other methods, it will give you a brighter smile in two to three weeks.
Having whiter teeth doesn't always mean that you have fresh breath, and although regular brushing does help, investing in a good mouthwash is essential. Mouthwash gets to parts of the mouth that brushing can't reach, leaving your breath fresher and your mouth cleaner.
5. Wash and Treat Your Hair Regularly
Regardless of hair type, it is important to use a shampoo that is gentle on your hair. Ingredients such as vitamin E and coconut oil are great for naturally strengthening and conditioning the hair follicles. Hot oil treatments also leave your hair with a great natural-looking shine.
Don't be fooled by super-fragrant shampoos, either. Be sure to read the labels, as these types of products can contain artificial ingredients that don't do much for your hair.
Shampoo Ingredients to Avoid:
- Parabens (i.e., methylparaben and propylparaben)
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Sodium lauryl sulfate
- Propylene glycol
- Paraffin oil
6. Don't Neglect the Hair "Down There"
To shave or not to shave is a matter of personal preference; if it feels right, go ahead and do it. But if you'd rather not "manscape," don't. You can manage growth by trimming the hair now and then with scissors or an electric groomer, taking care not to endanger your chances of having children in the future.
Pro Tip: If you've got a wicked case of razor burn on your most sensitive area, try rubbing an ice cube over it.
7. Take Care of Your Clothes
No matter if you are going to a casual event or a formal one, ensure that your clothes are well laundered, at least. Cleanliness is next to godliness, after all, and if you have worked on all of the other care tips above, you could spoil it all by having poorly washed or pressed clothes. And don't forget the shoes, which should be well cared for and polished.
How Much Time Should a Man Spend Grooming?
When I was younger and getting ready for a night out on the town, it would take half an hour at most to transform myself from Mr. Slob to Mr. Super-Cool-Dude. All it took was a quick shower and shave, a dash of aftershave, a spray of deodorant, a quick swipe of a comb with a bit of Brylcreem and I was good to go.
Getting that half hour to use the bathroom was the most difficult part of my simple beauty regimen because my sister would be in there for at least three hours getting ready herself: shaving, plucking, puffing, slicking, applying her war paint (cosmetics) and whatever else women do to preen themselves. Of course, after that, she would spend another hour or two in her bedroom, choosing clothes and accessories to match her look.
My story is meant to demonstrate that there is no magic number. Everyone has their routines and rituals when getting ready. So hog that bathroom to your heart's content!
Now Have Fun!
You look good, you feel good and you are oozing confidence. All that is left is to enjoy your night on the town.
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I'm passionate about my man's facial hair! He is a knock-out specimen of a man in his middle sixties; his beard, mustache, and mad hair are still a total turn-on when I get to trim them!
CLeigh13 on October 19, 2016:
here are my recs/what i use and find really effective:
exfoliating: yu-be foaming skin polish
cleansing: neutrogena invigorating face wash
moisturizing: yu-be moisturizing skin care
A'li on March 15, 2016:
Should a men use facial powder for oil control? Is there any side effect? If yes, what should be the products to use?
Sandy Mertens from Wisconsin on April 13, 2015:
Funny how the times have changed with male grooming. I use to spend some time during this, but I have gone more natural.
Paul on December 29, 2014:
I love looking after myself in terms of appearance. It makes you feel better about yourself and boosts your confidence.
Lorelei Cohen on October 20, 2014:
Hubby turned 65 and decided to grow a beard. He came home this morning with a new beard trimmer.
Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on September 10, 2014:
Very useful and interesting hub with good tips.
abhishek on September 04, 2014:
I have an oily skin what shall I do
Barbara Tremblay Cipak from Toronto, Canada on August 24, 2014:
ok, why did I have to read this hub first in your collection? Well, as the mom of 4 sons and the only girl in the house, except the dog, it's a topic near and dear to my heart! lol - especially the finger nails - can't get through to my handsome guys to take care of their nails a little better!
Debra Allen from West By God on August 21, 2014:
This was great. I am surprised it is 5 years old! Manscaping....hmmmm.......I would have never thought of that one.
Yes men have to also look well groomed in public too.
Sylvia from Corpus Christi, Texas on August 20, 2014:
Very nicely done! It's great to see this topic written for men. It's a much needed discussion! Thanks & I'm going to show it to my husband and get his take on it.
vigneshwar on January 02, 2014:
The above tips are very nice and comfortable,then i've used some product which that the inclusions of product as well,thanks and given some more tips.
salman on November 29, 2013:
pleas i want to by this produck,, i am just 18 years,,so how i have brought this product??
safik on April 23, 2013:
i am not looking fair what can i do for looking fair
Zia Uddin from UK on February 27, 2013:
Good tips you've got there on beautifying men. Good hub and voted up.
Caroline Smith from Montclair, New Jersey on February 19, 2013:
Nice hub. I'm still trying to convince my partner to moisturise on a daily basis, wish me luck with the rest of your tips :)
Penelope Hart from Rome, Italy on February 18, 2013:
Shall link this great hub with one I've just written! Thanks.
shashi on December 29, 2012:
latheef on December 17, 2012:
its very help full..
Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on August 16, 2012:
Great tips! I plan to give my hubby a makeover, complete with teeth whitening and facial scrub. Thanks so much!
Tonette Fornillos from The City of Generals on June 18, 2012:
Wonderful tips. Most men, busy as they think they are, tend to neglect about taking good care of themselves. This list should keep reminding them, at least. All men still would care looking and smelling great for everyone. Very useful hub Jimmy, thanks for the care to our men. Best wishes! :-)
riyaz on June 12, 2012:
i want the suggestions form u ,my face has pimple black spots and i want my skin glow .
kapil on April 30, 2012:
fedrick emmanuel.f on December 26, 2011:
sayyam arif on December 24, 2011:
nice tips i like that
Arron on December 18, 2011:
Many thanks be to you.
Humble & grateful I is.
sathish on November 17, 2011:
Buy Dermacai on October 24, 2011:
Great article and Thanks for sharing this with us as well
anurag on October 21, 2011:
but simplest ismost beautiful things
lover bert on October 14, 2011:
i apply those tips given but only problem is the height what is alternative ways wihtout using any chemical suppliment please advice me thanks
Asad on October 03, 2011:
I want to know about my hair that is 2 problem for me what should i do many time i used many kind of Shampo but no result ...
also which kind of cream should i use plz advise me .
Sunny jut on September 27, 2011:
I think these are great tip for man but we want more
muhammad ahsan amjad on September 04, 2011:
suresh patel on August 25, 2011:
Very interesting tips on beauty overall. give more tips like this.
Sunny on May 11, 2011:
These are the great tips 4 me and i m compleltly impressed
Preet Gurbani on February 26, 2011:
Nice tips, it will be useful for my husband,thanks.
Lin Poa from at the beach on February 25, 2011:
Well this was certainly a very interesting hub on beauty overall, very comprehensive..
Adam Browning on February 21, 2011:
fine stuff you have here. thanks for the trick
Alee on February 17, 2011:
XaxiiFan on January 13, 2011:
Nice tips. I look forward to the day when a guy asks for advise on Nails ;)
WhiteCoolio on January 09, 2011:
nice, girl should follow the tips above also.
Jimmy the jock (author) from Scotland on November 23, 2010:
To CMA DEEPPAK DHINGRA, I have removed your comment for 2 reasons.
1: Capital letters, please use lower case.
2:I do not accept comments where an email address has been added.
please feel free to repost your comment.....jimmy
ramzanweb from Lahore Pakistan on November 18, 2010:
Nice an article
sumanth on September 11, 2010:
my face has black moles how to rectify
wasi shah on September 04, 2010:
nice sharing keep it up///////
Rush on September 02, 2010:
Great tips on male grooming. Men have come a long way. We do like to look our best these days.
Simple Tim on July 24, 2010:
I saw the brylecream bottle in a pic so had to come over to read more..the last I saw one of those was in the 80's when my dad used them! brings back memories...cool hub...us guys do take for granted that we also require maintenance...not makeup just good skincare and hair regimen.
zzron from Houston, TX. on July 02, 2010:
I agree with megha_5012, I don't think men should wear makeup on their face unless it is to cover up a scar or something like that.
james on June 18, 2010:
why would men need to know about eye-shadow, lipstick or blush? that sort of make-up would look TERRIBLE on a man.
i do think concealer is an excellent thing. its great for covering little red spots and dark under-eye circles. i have not worn foundation i would be concerned that it might be visible but concealer seems to really blend in.
megha_5012 on June 03, 2010:
& saree wearing men
Narendra Jangid on April 24, 2010:
Vizey on September 09, 2009:
Thanks for beauty advice. I am most concerned about the skin care. My skin is ok but I need to make it better.
4ever Mo on August 21, 2009:
Thanx a lot for the piece Jimmy. My people should read this. In my culture its not manly for a man to take good care of themselves/groom. It's considered femnine but am glad I've not been paying them no mind lol. I think some beliefs should die hard!My Brothers take care of yourselves!
egos on June 16, 2009:
I like these 10 tips. Concerning Teeth Whitening,
I would say that it is not very healthy treatment.
hnyaji on May 21, 2009:
great hub! I don't like Brylcreem though! Try out Bedhead. They are available in Bodyshop.
Hub Love from United States on February 04, 2009:
Great hub! Lots of useful tips! All true!
2patricias from Sussex by the Sea on September 16, 2008:
Bit of a giggle! We certainly agree with the points about being clean. We would add good posture to your list.
Another good hub.
hot dorkage from Oregon, USA on September 16, 2008:
ROTFL looking at the chubby David..... Too funny.....
pjdscott from Durham, UK on September 15, 2008:
This hub was both informative and very funny! And no mention of male mascara, thank goodness! Nice one and thumbs up for it.
Jimmy the jock (author) from Scotland on September 13, 2008:
thanks for your comments guys, and thanks for the inspiration HUP, this page made number 1 on google an hour after publishing YOU SURE KNOW HOW TO PICK A GOOD TOPIC.....JIMMY
laringo from From Berkeley, California. on September 13, 2008:
Good tips! I"ll have my husband read this Hub too.
Ryan Hupfer from San Francisco, CA on September 13, 2008:
Hey Jimmy, thanks for answering my request - great tips! Also, my girlfriend told me to thank you as well. :)