Remember not too long ago, when looking your absolute freshest meant projecting confidence during a big day at the office or on a date with someone special?
These days, that’s just not the case. Staying inside has become the new norm. And while there’s still no place like home, getting fresh to walk from the living room to the kitchen, just isn’t incredibly gratifying.
Fortunately, many states are slowly reopening across the country, as reported by a number of major news outlets, including the New York Times. Now that things are slowly returning to normal, it’s time to shift the focus back to ourselves and revisit our regular grooming routines.
And that’s because grooming is an important part of self care that people need more than ever before. Even if our pets may be the only living creatures who have seen us face to face for weeks.
Since Booksy has already created and published a list of home grooming tips for women, we wanted to provide grooming tips for guys to make sure both men and women are doing everything they can to look and feel normal, while still practicing social distancing.
Groom Beard Growth
Well groomed beards have been accepted as a trend for some time now. The rest of the quarantine period is a great time to let your beard grow, since small patches where hair doesn’t grow evenly or as quickly will go relatively unnoticed.
While letting your facial hair grow, know that beard oil will prevent uncomfortable burning and itching that can and will happen. Beard oil will soften your facial hair, while keeping your beard shiny and lustrous, because the skin underneath will be healthy.
Even if you don’t want to leave the home, beard oil can be purchased through many different popular online stores, including Amazon and Target. Part of the reason that it’s so accessible, is a combination of necessity and popularity, because beard oil will nourish and hydrate.
The best time to apply beard oil is directly after a hot shower, since your hair is both clean and soft. But do towel-off applying beard oil. Water makes it harder for hairs to absorb the beard oil.
Get Rid of Unwanted Hair
If the idea of grooming at home doesn’t sound appealing, remember it’s not about stepping out of your comfort zone. First and foremost, keep in mind that it’s important to stick with the basics. Practice many of the same grooming routines that you were performing before the shutdown.
Make sure you trim unwanted hair and pay close attention to your ears and nose. Also get rid of unwanted neck hair, which will make you look less presentable during friendly Zoom chats or work related conference calls.
Removing back hair is another important step, especially if it’s something that you haven’t been doing in the past few weeks. There’s a host of different hair removal creams and tools, which are available online—from electric trimmers to body hair clippers.
Finding the specific tool, cream, and routine that works perfectly for you may take a little trial and error. But this is still a perfect time to invest in yourself and make sure that you’re a better version of yourself, when everything reopens.
Invest in Skin Care
Take some time to develop a skin care routine. Don’t forget that this is a great time to invest in yourself. This small step will minimize acne, wrinkles, and more serious dermatological issues.
The best place to start is by finding a skin care cleanser that will help get rid of bacteria that can accumulate overnight. Think about your skin type and whether it’s oily or dry, before purchasing a skin care cleanser. And remember that a host of cleansers are available online.
Using a moisturizer is the next step, because it can help your skin stay hydrated. And if you have oily skin, moisturizing can also help with that. Once you’ve mastered these tips, stick with it. A solid skin care routine is a great new habit to pick up during this tough period.
Take Care of Your Hair
Another important grooming tip involves making sure the hair on top of your head stays healthy for when you do return to a barber. Don’t make the common mistake of over shampooing and conditioning, which can cause breakage and split ends.
Using too much shampoo and conditioner can you strip your hair of its natural oils and proteins that keep your hair healthy. For the remainder of the shutdown take a break from washing your hair every day and only wash about three times a week.
If your hair is a little longer, it’s also a great idea to ease up on blow drying, which can remove too much moisture, causing the cuticles to become rigid and dry. Instead, let your hair air dry. It’s a more natural solution that will help with hair health.
While this is a great time to develop some new habits—make sure to keep some of the same ones that have kept you looking great over the years. Now is not the time to start shaving against the grain, which may seem more expedient but will cause nicks, cuts, and irritation.
It’s also a great idea to continue spending the extra time and money on shaving kits and products that have been working for you. For example, just because you’re at the grocery store grabbing essential items doesn’t mean that you should start using disposable razors, especially if you have more sensitive skin.
Make sure that you also keep shaving just after you hop out of the shower, while the skin is still soft and clean. And always use shaving cream, while regularly replacing your razor blades.