Gone are the days when men’s grooming consisted of a simple shave, haircut and splash of aftershave routine. Modern men have woken up to the benefits of personal grooming in the last few years. Though aimed primarily at one’s physical appearance, personal grooming has the potential to uplift one’s mood, relieve stress and anxiety and instil a sense of confidence. When a person looks his best, he also feels his best!
Unfortunately, due to the virus and months of lockdown, people’s regular grooming routines have been badly affected. Women are largely adept at practising beauty routines and methods on themselves; however, men still hesitate to groom themselves beyond the most basic requirements.
For men missing their grooming routines, Yes Madam’s at-home service for men is the answer. With their innovative “pay-per-minute-of-service” method, this app/web-based salon-at-home service offers the best prices with the most experienced and hygienic beauticians. Their pan-India presence allows people from different cities including Delhi-NCR, Lucknow, Chandigarh, Jammu, Bareilly, Jaipur, Kanpur, among many others, to access their services from their homes.
However, if you are not familiar with the concept of men’s grooming and are hesitant to try salon services at home, you can begin with this simple self-grooming routine, before proceeding further:
Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells or layers, for new and healthier skin to emerge. This procedure not only removes the dead layer of skin but also prevents the formation of ingrown hair, while simultaneously getting rid of pre-existing ingrowth. Men should not ignore the exfoliation of their faces, as it improves the texture of facial skin and adds a natural glow to the face. Men can exfoliate as frequently as every day, since their skin is less sensitive than that of women.
Regular soaps are too harsh to be used on one’s face, the skin of which is more sensitive than one’s body. It is high time that men realised this, and switched over to using face wash instead of traditional soaps, which may cause acne or allergies on the face. Apart from being gentle on the skin, face washes remove dirt, impurities and dead cells. However, be mindful of using the correct face wash for your particular skin type in order to avoid adverse effects. A face wash for dry skin may lead to spots and breakouts in men who have oily skin, and one for oily skin may cause itching and rashes on men who have dry skin.
Regularly shaving facial hair is the easiest and quickest way to look well-groomed and put together. It allows you to feel fresh, light and hygienic. However, if you like having facial hair, ensure that you trim the beard and moustache regularly, to avoid looking and feeling unkempt. For Sikh men or others who do not cut their facial hair, it is advisable to wash and condition the beard and moustache regularly, and maintain upkeep by using hair pomades or styling products.
Regular application of sunscreen is often ignored by men. Keep in mind that the rays of the sun can damage the colour and texture of your skin and even lead to premature ageing. To minimise the harsh effects of the sun, sunscreen should be applied on the face and hands. Make sure to apply a product with a minimum of SPF 30 for optimal protection.
A good lip balm is necessary to avoid chapped and bleeding lips. Though often ignored, lips also age with time. Men cannot resort to makeup to hide the effect of excessively lined and chapped lips. Hence, applying a hydrating and nourishing lip balm at night will help to fight this natural tendency.
These are five easy ways for my male readers to begin their selfgrooming routines. If, however, you are looking for more in-depth grooming services from the comfort of your home, you can search for Yes Madam’s highly-rated at-home salon services on their app and website.
The writer is a lawyer who pens lifestyle articles on her successful blog www.nooranandchawla.com. She can be found on Instagram @nooranandchawla.