You don’t have to spend hours or a fortune to get your best face on for big meetings, special dates or just feeling confident about how you look. 

Here are some tips for minimum maintenance with great results.

Most men think a shower, a shave and a splash or a spray of something nice are all they need to look their best. A good start – but with a few simple tricks you can effortlessly take man maintenance to the next level.

Starting at the top – your hair will look better if you pay attention to your scalp. If this stretch of skin isn’t healthy, it can lead to dandruff and hair loss, while oily build-ups can cause acne.

Exfoliate your scalp to get rid of dead skin and bacteria. Look for a mild face scrub that containssalicylic acid (for black- or whiteheads) or benzoyl peroxide(for acne). Tee tree oil helps for dandruff and dry scalp. Add one or two drops when you shampoo.

Buy a good shampoo and conditioner. Seek out natural ingredients such as peppermint or tee tree oil and avoid anything with the word “sulphate” on the ingredients list.

Shower warm, not hot, and don’t use too much shampoo. Dull or frizzy hair might mean you’re washing too often and the shampoo soap is drying out your mane. Wash every second day at the most. Massage shampoo into your hair to spread it evenly and rinse well. Don’t rub your hair dry: gently squeeze clumps or pat dry using a towel. Use your fingers or a wide-toothed comb to brush wet hair. Don’t go out until your hair is air-dry so dirt and bacteria don’t stick to it.

Full beards need a wash and condition to smell and look good. For a thick and long beard, use a wide-tooth comb and bristle brush to removes tangles and keep it tidy. Beard oil hydrates and makes styling easier. Trim the beard regularly since longer hair might get split ends.

Facial hair absorbs moisture up to 30 percent of its volume, making them softer and easier to cut. So shave after a shower, or prep with a moist, warm towel over your face for a few minutes.

Even if you use a foam, spread it with an old-school shaving brush. It raises the hair and creates an even lather close to the skin. Check to see which direction the hair grows (it won’t be the same all over) and shave with the grain or across. Never shave against the grain. You may cut the stubble too short and get an ingrown hair, especially if your beard is coarse or very curly or your skin isn’t clean enough.

To prevent ingrown hairs, wash your face with a mild cleanser and warm water every day to unclog pores and remove dead cells. You can also make your own face scrub for this. Pulse half a cup of raw oats in a blender until ground. Take some in your hand and add water until a paste forms. Massage gently into your skin and rinse off.

After shaving, rinse your face first with warm and then with cold water. Pat dry, don’t rub. For a retro finish, splash on a bit of bay rum. It disinfects, soothes, smells great and is sold cheaply at pharmacies.

For important handshakes, you want your nails clean. Don’t use clippers or a file on soft nails after your shower – they should be hard. For a neat finish, nothing beats nail scissors on soft nails. 

Your face is too sensitive for body soap, which contains cleansers that can dry out skin. An eco-friendly and cheap option is a bar soap (no plastic bottles). Make sure you pick the right one for your skin type. There are some good organic options around as well. Rinse with cold water to close pores.

Men don't bother much with feet since they’re usually covered. But if you’re going to kick off your shoes, wash your feet thoroughly and especially between the toes where bacteria gather. Trim toenails regularly in a straight line so you don’t get ingrowns. You can sprinkle body powder on sweat-prone feet before putting on socks.

Sunscreen is a must for the outside, lots of water is essential for the inside. The screen helps protect against skin damage while water hydrates, eliminates toxins and promotes elasticity.

Skip sports drinks unless you’re actually doing serious exercise. For the gym, take along plain water or try coconut water, which is rich in potassium and antioxidants.

Sources: beardoholic.com, groomingessentialsblog.com, www.realmenrealstyle.com, www.webmd.com, eighteeneight.com, www.rewardme.in

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