When one typically thinks of men’s grooming habits, the focus usually is on the ancient practice of “manscaping.” And while, yes, body hair topiary is essential to keeping things clean and tidy, male grooming extends so much further. I mean, how often do we gentlemen have to say, “Excuse me, madame, but my eyes are up here,” as a woman stares at a clean set of cuticles? Can I get an amen? So, to ensure that every man always remembers to look his best, we’ve compiled the best male grooming tips not to forget.
At the very least, you should be using a hand moisturizer. However, boys, we need to put the “man” back into MANicure. While having pointed claws may work if you’re running a Shanghai opium den, the average Toronto guy should have well-trimmed nails with no hangnails and cuticles that don’t reminisce of scenes from Jumanji. Given that many of us don’t have the time or skills for this level of maintenance, do not be afraid to seek out professional help. Manicures are generally inexpensive, fairly relaxing, and merely having well-done nails offers up a first impression of a person that is put-together and detail-oriented. We suggest the Sports Manicure at the Spa at the Four Seasons Toronto, which is designed for men and includes nail shaping, cuticle care, a nail buff, and a moisturizing massage.
Ears and Nose
Unless you fought in the Second World War or intend on guiding hobbits to lost treasure, nose and ear hair is not okay. Luckily, technology has met the needs of the modern man in this respect and has created nose and ear trimmers, such as the Panasonic Vortex which can be used wet or dry. Psst… that means you can add it to the list of things you do in the shower. Just think of it as cleaning out your ears – just with a battery powered Q-tip.
For those of us who can’t grow proper beards, it may come as a shock that you actually should regularly shampoo and condition your flowing face fuzz. While the brand isn’t super important, using a mild shampoo is best, followed by a thorough rinsing.
Having cracked, flaky, dry lips just ain’t cute. It’s a scientific fact. No lady (or man) is going to want to kiss you if your lips are looking like Tokyo, post-Godzilla. Given that men don’t have to worry about gloss or colour like ladies, it makes it pretty easy to narrow down your lip balm choices to something that is pragmatic and will get the job done. We love Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm, which is inexpensive, conditions the skin, and has Vitamin E to heal and moisturize.
Moisturize Your Face
We live in Canada, which is incredibly harsh on your skin on a good day. Having a well-moisturized face is essential to preventing dry skin (d’uh) which can lead to unsightly red patches, in-grown hairs from shaving, and general discomfort. Our favourite facial moisturizer for gents is Kiehl’s Facial Fuel SPF 15 which, besides feeling amazing pretty much instantly, is vitamin-enriched, energizes, and lifts dull skin while also protecting against the sun.