Spring is officially here, and if you’re like many people, you’re deep cleaning your home or apartment, storing away your heavy coats and sweaters, and getting ready for fun in the sun. One huge part of warm weather is wearing less clothing which means you can’t rely on fashion to always look your best, so spring is the perfect time to up your grooming routine. Whether you already have a 10-step morning and evening skincare routine or not, there are certain warm-weather grooming essentials every man needs to master; keep reading to learn them all.
Clip Those Toenails
If you’re a healthy adult, chances are you’re already taking great care of your fingernails and keeping your claws at a reasonable length, but you may have neglected your toes more than you should have during cold weather. With warm weather comes sandals and flip-flops, so make sure you’re clipping those toenails and keeping things nice and clean. It’s always a good idea to visit a nail salon and get a professional pedicure to start the season and maintain it throughout spring and summer.
Trim Back the Hedges
While shaving all of your body hair is entirely up to you, keeping things trimmed back along the hedge line is essential for a men’s warm weather grooming routine. That means excessively long armpit hair hanging out of t-shirts should be trimmed back, anything visible beyond your swimsuit, and ear and nose hairs. This may sound like common sense, but how often have you been talking to someone and noticed some extremely long nose hair? Don’t be that guy!
SPF Every Day
If you’re up on your skincare routine, you likely know the importance of wearing SPF (sun protection factor) year-round to keep your complexion beautiful and fine lines and wrinkles at bay. If you still need to do so, start with warm weather to protect yourself from the more prevalent UV rays but carry this grooming habit throughout the year and into fall and winter. Wearing SPF daily is the number one recommendation all dermatologists make, regardless of their client’s age, skin type, or lifestyle.
Spring Scents for Men
Whether you wear cologne or not, spring is the perfect time to start dabbling in fragrance for men. Colognes are great at boosting your mood and attraction level, not to mention your confidence, and even boosting your style. Finding one is paramount if you still need to get a signature fragrance. While designer colognes can be expensive, you can find discounts through a Versace Eros sale, an online promo code for your favorite fragrance supplier, or even asking for a few samples from a fragrance counter in a local department store. Never underestimate the power that a great-smelling cologne can have in your grooming routine, the devil is in the details, and this spring, it’s all about smelling phenomenal.
Exfoliating Before Shaving
You likely already have your shaving routine down, but did you know it’s best to exfoliate before you shave? Exfoliating will eliminate dead skin cells, and your skin will not only be softer but absorb any products you use afterward, whether that’s toners, serums, moisturizers, and the above-mentioned and highly important SPF. Exfoliation before shaving also helps prevent ingrown hairs, which are uncomfortable and unsightly.
Deep Scrub Your Body
In addition to exfoliating before shaving your face, it’s also important to give your body a deep scrub to exfoliate the dead skin cells on your body. Pay special attention to your elbows, the heels of your feet, and any areas of your body where you develop rough or ashy skin. You show off a lot of skin during the spring and summer months, so keeping the dead skin cells soft off and the new cells visible is essential. Always follow up with a deeply hydrating moisturizer on your body.
As you go through your spring cleaning rituals this season, make sure you spring-clean your body too! Visit your local hair stylist or barber and get a fresh cut, visit your dentist and thoroughly clean your teeth, and of course, incorporate the above essential grooming habits into your routines. You feel good when you look good, so put some spring in your step with the right grooming habits.