A woman’s bathroom can be an overwhelming place. Endless rows of lotions and potions, various sharp and dangerous-looking tools, and an array of what you assume are hair products that you’ve never even heard of. It’s easy to think you’ve accidentally stumbled upon a crazed scientist’s lab. But the truth is, you can learn a little something from women when it comes to their beauty regimens. Here are five grooming tips to steal from the ladies.
1. Wash your face.
Two words: face wash. No, the shampoo suds that drip off your head and onto your face while you’re in the shower don’t count. The good news is, whether you need anti-aging serums or acne-fighting creams, there is an array of men’s face wash products out there that can help your skin look its best. It’s also a good idea to use an exfoliating face wash once a week to get rid of dead skin cells.
After you’ve gone through the trouble of washing your face, don’t let it go to waste by skipping the moisturizer. Men don’t want wrinkles any more than women, so lather up. Don’t forget the rest of your body either. Put on a layer of lotion right after showering to lock in moisture, applying extra to elbows and dry heels.
3. Apply sunscreen every day.
Women know that sunscreen is not just for a day at the beach. Sun protection prevents fine lines, wrinkles, sunspots and, most importantly, skin cancer. Whether SPF is part of your face moisturizer or a separate product, use it daily.
4. Tame the brows.
Bold brows are in, it’s true, but there is a limit. If your brows are looking more Martin Scorsese than Zachary Quinto, you’ve got a problem. Brush your brows straight up and trim with small scissors straight across to remove excess volume. Then, tweeze any strays between your brows and any crazy ones underneath your arch. Don’t get carried away; you want them groomed but still natural and masculine.
5. Take care of your nails.
There’s nothing wrong with a guy getting a manicure or a pedicure, but we understand that it may not be your cup of tea. At the very least, keep your nails and toenails trimmed and clean. We’d like to avoid getting sliced with your razor of a big toenail while we’re sleeping next to you.