The Right Morning Grooming Routine for Men

If you’re like most of us, then you probably don’t look anywhere near your best when you first get up in the morning. And it’s for this reason that a good morning grooming routine is so important. You want to ensure that you step out of the front door looking immaculate – but you don’t want to have to spend hours in front of the mirror each morning to do so.

Happily, the right grooming routine needn’t be all that demanding. You can think of the job in terms of five distinct components, which can be rattled through in order to produce reliable results. Let’s take a look at each of them in turn.

Cleansing

To begin with, you’re going to want to actually wash your face. It’s this stage that’ll remove all of the grime and harmful microbes from the previous day’s exploits, and from your pillow. At a bare minimum, you should be using soap of the sort that you’ve washed the rest of your body with. But ideally, you need a soap that’s more attuned to the sensitive skin on your face. After all, you want to remove dirt and grime, but you don’t want to be damaging the surrounding skin cells as you do so.

Look for a cleanser that promotes the natural oil-production mechanisms of your skin. There are myriad cleansers on the market, and the one that’s right for you will vary depending on what sort of skin you have. If you’ve got naturally oily skin, then go for something dryer; if you’ve got naturally dry sin, you can get away with something that’s more oil-rich.

Naturally, you should try out several different alternatives in order to get an idea of which one best matches your skin. Once you’ve gotten the right results, you can then stick with the cleanser that helped achieve them.

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Baxter of California Skin 123 Kit

Exfoliation

Your skin is being constantly replenished with new cells from beneath, which replace the old ones on the top. When skin cells die, they remain on the top layer until you brush against something and they come off. But this doesn’t always happen right away – and thus those dead skin cells can hang around for awhile, blocking up pores and causing other skin complications. Happily, there’s a simple way to get around this: scrub those excess skin cells away. This can be done with a soft-bristled brush, but exfoliant pastes will do the job at a more close-up level.

There are a raft of exfoliating products out there, incorporating abrasive grains that will scrub away dead cells without causing undue damage to the surrounding, healthy tissue. Note that not all exfoliants are created equally: some come with environmentally-catastrophic grains of plastic called micro-beads. These take thousands of years to biodegrade, and can end up inside the lungs of the ocean’s wildlife within a few days of you flushing them down the plughole. So look for a biodegradable alternative. Charcoal based exfoliants, for example, come with tiny black specks that’ll chip away at the top layer of your skin and then dissolve once they’ve been flushed.

Moisturising

At certain times of year, the air around your face is naturally going to be dryer than at others. And the simple act of washing can interfere with the skin’s natural balance of oils, leaving visible puffiness and causing irritation. This effect might be particularly obvious in the aftermath of a shaving session, particularly if the razor is less than sharp and the soap is less than ideal. In order to counteract this effect, we need to apply a regular moisturiser.

A good moisturiser is one that’s as natural as possible, and that will encourage the body to produce natural oils of its own. A bad one, by contrast, will simply cover the skin in an impermeable layer of goop, preventing it from breathing and making the problem even worse.

As a general rule, the former category tend to be the natural sort. Again, you’ll want to try a few alternatives before you settle on the one that’s right for you. Remember when applying moisturiser that less is often more – and that it’s better to go for a little of something effective than a lot of something cheap and nasty.

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Eyecare

The first thing we should say here is that we’re not talking about the eyes themselves, but the protective shield they come with. Of all the areas of skin on the human body, it’s the eyelid that’s the thinnest and most fragile. That’s why they get so puffy and wrinkly as the years go by. If you’d like to combat this effect, then you’ll need to incorporate an eye-care component into your morning grooming ritual.

This is an area of skincare that many men overlook – but it doesn’t take much care and attention to give your eyes a much better chance of staying healthy-looking for longer. Invest in a specialist eye cream and dab a drop or two onto your eyelids each morning. You’re sure to notice the difference after a few weeks!

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Baxter’s of California Under-Eye Complex

Fragrance

Before you can declare the job finished, you need to ensure that you smell good. Choosing the right fragrance, aftershave or cologne is a matter of personal taste, but generally you want something airy during the summer months and muskier when things get colder. Again, less is almost always more. You don’t want to overpower everyone you meet with cologne. Better to apply just a spray or two from an expensive bottle.

If you’ve gotten each of the five stages we’ve discussed here right, then there stands a good chance that you’ve gotten your grooming routine right. And if this sounds like a lot of effort to go to, then bear in mind that each of these steps need only take a few seconds – and if you’re performing them on a regular basis, you should be able to get the entire procedure down to a fine three-minute performance. Now all that’s left is for you to get your shaving routine that’s just as polished! For more guidance visit our 10 indispensable grooming tips for men.

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Taylor of Old Bond St. Eton College Cologne

Men’s Grooming Trends for 2019

2019 looks set to be a year in which men’s grooming takes a few more significant steps forward. We’ve identified several trends that look set to land at some point this year – but which are flashes in the proverbial pan, and which are here to stay? Let’s consider a few of the candidates.

Body-hair Sculpting

If you’re a particularly hirsute gentleman, then you might find that your body tends to lack shape when you’re not wearing much. If you have tufts sprouting, seemingly at random, from your shoulders, chest, abdomen and legs, then you risk looking a little bit unkempt – particularly if you’re sitting beside the pool.

The practice of tapering one’s body hair looks set to solve this problem. Electric shavers AKA personal groomers have long come equipped with attachments designed especially for this purpose. So, you might opt for a lower grade on your belly than on your pectorals, and shorter hairs on your feet than around your thighs.

This is something that requires particular dedication, and thus it strikes us as only worthwhile during summer – but if you’ve got the time to give yourself an all-over shave, or you’re preparing for some outdoor event that requires taking your clothes off, then we don’t see why not. Just don’t overdo it.

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Surgery

Depending on which polls you believe, men are having more cosmetic surgery than ever before –vand it’s millennial men that are leading the way. This is a welcome development for a burgeoning cosmetics industry, but it’s probably not so great for the mental health of young men who feel that they have to pay thousands of dollars to have their body permanently altered. Men are sure to be sharply divided on the issue – but we’re all individuals who can make our own decisions, and so it seems slightly churlish to pour scorn either way. In many respects, cosmetic surgery is a bit like a tattoo – and there’s no longer any real social stigma applied to getting inked, even among those of us who aren’t sailors or convicts.

You can probably expect to see an anti-surgery backlash in a few year’s time, when men of the world begin to gravitate toward the natural look. For the time being, however, you can expect to see more men walking around with dermal fillers and botox – and in some instances, you might not even realise that that’s what’s happened.

Obviously, surgery is a radical procedure. It’s also one whose results vary tremendously depending on who’s wielding the knife: the best procedures produce remarkable results, the worst will leave you permanently mutilated. The former will cost more money, but they’re surely preferable.

Smartphone Protection

Given the amount of hours we’re spending buried in our phones all day, it’s probably unsurprising that there’s a growing demand for skin-protection. The most harmful sorts of light produced by your screen, when it comes to skin ageing, is the blue sort with a wavelength of between 400 and 500 nanometres. Light sources like this are also to be found in modern hyper efficient LED bulbs, of the sort that are now omnipresent in the modern home.

Prolonged exposure to light of this sort, it’s claimed, is the equivalent to spending a short time in the sun. We should therefore take steps to protect our skin in much the same way: with a moisturiser that’ll block certain wavelengths. It’s just that, rather than dealing just with UV light, this stuff focuses on the blue stuff, too. In a few decades, our skin is sure to thank us. Of course, you might equally protect yourself by buying warmer hued light bulbs, and by fiddling with the colour balance settings on your computer monitor at work – but then you’ll lose some of the advantages that modern tech presents.

Stop Washing Your Hair

Okay, we know that this one might sound a bit strange, but there’s sound reasoning behind it. The hair naturally produces protective oils, which hot water and shampoo will strip away. By not washing your hair quite so much, you’ll protect your scalp and ensure that your hair remains lush and vibrant for longer.

If you don’t want your hair to be greasy, then you can use a dry shampoo to strip away the excess. After all, there’s no other species of animal on earth that relies on daily washing with shampoo, so why should human beings? Or, so goes the theory. Note that while you can refrain from washing your hair every day, you can still wash the rest of your body using a high quality body wash – fail to do so, and you’ll assuredly begin to repel everyone you meet.

Cannabis Oil

Provided that you filter out the psychoactive ingredient, THC, cannabis oil is remarkably good for your skin. It soothes redness and irritation, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties.

Manufacturers face a little bit of a legal and cultural minefield when developing products that take advantage of this, however – not all of us feel comfortable rubbing the stuff into our faces. Attitudes are changing, though, and this might well be the year that CBD-oil products make the jump into the mainstream of men’s grooming. Just don’t try to smoke any of them.

Dietary Supplements

In pursuit of a superior physique, men have been quaffing dietary supplements for decades, now. And the logic is simple – if you’re lifting weights all day, but can’t get enough protein for optimal muscle growth, then you need to take a supplement. The same applies to the bones and nervous system – great nutrition often means supplementing a healthy diet with a few extra pills and powders.

Of course, your hair and your skin are just as dependant on the foods and drinks we eat as skeletal muscle, and so you can expect dietary supplements that focus on maintaining those organs to achieve greater prominence in 2019. Naturally, these products are meant to be supplementary – you’ll still need to eat your share of cabbage and broccoli if you want to safeguard your appearance (and all-around good health).

Beard Growth Oil NZ

If you’ve been cultivating facial hair with any seriousness, then you’ll probably have heard of beard oils, beard balms and waxes. These products are there to keep a beard manageable, glossy and generally pleasant to look at and wear. The best of them will confer benefits to the underlying skin, too.

But there’s a certain category of oil which, legend has it, will not only improve the quality of the beard you’ve already got, but promote the growth of beard hair. Being experts in all things grooming related, we thought we’d take the opportunity to run you all through the science, and see if we can determine precisely what effect these beard growth oil products have.

 

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What’s Contained in Beard Growth Oil NZ?

Most beard-growing oils will contain one or more of a small group of key nutrients. These are believed to stimulate growth, either directly or indirectly. Let’s assess a few of them.

Argan Oil

This naturally-occurring carrier oil comes from the seed of the Argan tree. It’s used extensively by the global cosmetics industry, much to the delight of Moroccan people, in whose country the Argan tree is overwhelmingly found. The country’s climate is dry and scorching hot, and thus the tree has adapted to store large amounts of nutrients in its kernels. You’ll find antioxidants, essential fatty acids and healthy doses of vitamin E in each helping. Argan oil is typically cold-pressed, as warmth tends to destroy a portion of the nutrients, while emphasising a naturally nutty aroma.

Jojoba Oil

Here we have a variety of nut, this time coming from a shrub rather than a tree. It’s found in California and Mexico, and its oil contains unusually long straight-chain wax esters. For those of you who aren’t experts in biochemistry, this basically means that it has more in common with animal fats than it does with those found in other plants. Jojoba oil is used extensively by sufferers of acne, sunburn and other skin conditions. It also acts as a mosquito repellent, effective for up to three hours.

Tea Tree Oil

Of all the entries into this list, you’re probably most familiar with Tea-Tree oil and its much-trumpeted acne-fighting properties. It has, interestingly enough, nothing to do with the plants that make actual, drinkable tea; the oil is poisonous when ingested, and should be administered only topically.

Tea trees are found all over the world, but the plant is especially important in New South Wales, where there are extensive plantations devoted to their cultivation. Tea-tree oil is favoured as a natural alternative to anti-acne medications, and it’ll therefore clear up the skin in order to allow for a fuller beard to come through. After all, those hairs won’t be able to penetrate areas where the skin is all blocked up by acne scars.

Almond Oil

Almonds, as we all know, aren’t actually nuts. They’re the seeds of the fruit of the almond tree, and they’re used extensively in cooking. Grind them into a flour and they’re great for baking; squeeze them into a liquid and they’re a great vegan-friendly alternative to milk.

Almond oil can be refined to more easily extract the chemicals. However, if the process employs excessive heat or caustic chemicals, then the medicinal properties of the oil can be greatly inhibited.

The fats found in the oil can act as an emollient, reducing moisture loss from the skin and helping to keep it hydrated. Much like Argan oil, almond oil is also rich in vitamin E, which guards against damage caused by ultraviolet light, and which helps to slow the ageing process.

Grapeseed Oil

Grapes are delicious – and their seeds contain an oil that’s good for your skin, too. The seeds are a by product of the world’s vineyards, and thus this particular oil is in abundant supply. It’s therefore not quite as expensive as some of the other nutrients we’ve talked about.

The oil is rich and fatty, and dense in key nutrients like vitamins C, D and E. It will keep the skin taught and hydrated, and thereby provide your beard with the perfect environment in which to thrive. It also contains acne-fighting polyphenols and antioxidants. As well as bolstering the health of the skin, it’ll also help reinforce and strengthen the hairs themselves.

Do I Need a Beard?

You might assume that only people who already have beards should bother with beard oil. They work by working the oil into the hair (using either clean hands or a comb) and thus those who haven’t yet grown any facial hair should wait a few weeks until they see a decent amount of hair. But what if there’s a part of your face that simply won’t start growing?

The truth is that the moisturising and stimulating effects of beard oil are just as potent when the stuff is applied directly to clean-shaven skin, or stubble. In fact, given that you’ll need to use much less of it, you might find that it goes a lot farther.

 

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In Conclusion

Some men are blessed with good fortune. They’re able to grow thick, bushy beards in next to no time. The rest of us aren’t quite so lucky. We might be suffering from a nutritional deficit, or we might just have naturally blotchy, dry skin that isn’t conducive to optimal beard-growth.

In many cases, these problems can be corrected with a few alterations to diet. If you’re not getting enough essential fats and vitamin E, then you’re not going to be able to fulfil your beard-growing potential. Malnourished men rarely, after all, sport healthy beards. If you can’t get enough of those key nutrients through the stuff you eat, we’d suggest that tracking down the right beard growth oil NZ is a sensible next step. Suffice to say, we’re a premier stockist of beard oil NZ has to offer – so, if you’d like to see what’s on offer, be sure to peruse our extensive selection!