Times are changing. Gone are the days when being well-groomed was a woman’s domain. Over the past decade, men have been claiming their fair share of the beauty industry. What began with basic hygiene products has today snowballed into a niche that’s growing faster than ever.
Yes, we’re talking about men’s grooming. The metrosexual man today is equally keen on flaunting healthy skin and hair. Men are at par when it comes to their women counterparts. The cosmetic industry that focused on men’s range of grooming has now hit the marquee. There are lots of products to choose from, and lots more to explore.
Exactly why we’re here to simplify the process. We’ve put together an interesting list of A-Z of grooming items for men – a glossary of grooming must-haves that will take you from being a man to a gentleman, in no time.
A = Aftershave
A refreshing splash with a zing! Aftershave is an important part of grooming. Not only does it make you smell great but it also helps the skin by closing pores and preventing bacteria, and works as an antiseptic by taking care that those little nicks and cuts so they don’t turn into a skin issue. A word of caution, if you have dry skin, avoid any aftershave that contains alcohol as it will dry your skin further. You can try an aftershave balm instead, which is just as refreshing and also works as an anti-irritant.
B = Body wash
Body wash is an absolute must-have. As effective as a soap, it cleans without drying up the skin. It also helps get rid of dirt and grime without being aggressive on the skin. Moreover, a little goes a long way and works up a generous lather. Many body washes come with moisturizing and hydrating properties that work wonders especially if you have dry skin.
C = Cleansers
Cleansers are perfect ‘gear up’ for your skin. Men’s skin is oilier than women’s, and cleansers help remove the excess oil and balance your skin.
Look for cleansers that say oil-free or non-comedogenic, as these won’t clog your pores. Opt for mild and gentle cleansers and ensure you wash your face regularly.
D = Deodorants
Your grooming routine is incomplete without a deodorant. A deodorant not only smells great but also reduces odour-forming bacteria, and keeps sweat in check. Moreover, it also acts as a confidence booster that keeps you feeling good for the day.
E = Exfoliation
If you thought exfoliation is only for women, you’re wrong. Men’s skin is oiler than women’s skin. This causes dead skin cells, excess oil, and dirt to get accumulated on the surface, leading to pimples. If you have oily skin, exfoliate once in 10 days.
If you have dry skin, exfoliate once in 15 days. A thumb rule to follow is that if your skin feels rough, then you need to use a face scrub on your skin. Be gentle while you scrub so as not to harm your skin.
F = Feet Care
Grooming is essential from head to toe, quite literally. That’s why, feet care is so important. And yes, men too can indulge in pedicures. It’s relaxing and a huge part of cleanliness. Ensure you keep your toenails short and clean. Wear clean socks. Keep your feet dry and fungus-free.
G = Good Dental Hygiene
Bad breath and ill-maintained teeth are a huge turn-off. Exactly why good oral hygiene is so important. Brush your teeth twice a day and ensure you visit your dentist for routine check-ups to maintain the health of your teeth. Eat healthy, avoid smoking and you’ll be able to enjoy a brilliant smile.
H = Hair Products
Who doesn’t want a good hair day, right? And that’s what you’ll get every day when you take care of your hair. Keep your hair clean by washing it with a gentle shampoo, oil it regularly, hydrate it with serum, and give it timely trims for best results.
I = Itch Stop
Keep itches at bay, be it itchy skin or itchy scalp. If an itchy scalp is a concern, dandruff is usually a primary cause. Opt for an anti-dandruff shampoo and use it regularly. If it’s itchy skin, then apply soothers like Aloe and Green Tea. If the problem persists, do consult a dermatologist.
J = Jojoba Oil
This miraculous oil is light, non-greasy, and works wonders for the skin. It has a host of benefits right from moisturizing to hydrating your skin. Packed with antioxidants, it delays the signs of ageing too. What’s more is that it is non-comedogenic and has anti-bacterial properties, and can be used for skin and oil. An absolute must-have!
K = Keep the Sun Out
Yes, sunscreens. The holy grail of skincare that you simply can’t skimp on. It protects the skin from the damaging rays of the sun that can cause many skin issues like sunburns, pigmentation, wrinkles, premature ageing, and in some cases, cancer.
L = Lip Balm
Breaking news! Lip balms are not just for women. That’s right! If you have dry lips, make sure you slather lip balms. These soften the lips, hydrate them and prevent them from drying. Remember, it is not just the winter that dries your lips, dry weather can do so too. So be well-armed and keep those lips nourished.
M = Moisturizers
Moisturizers keep your skin hydrated and nourished. It prevents skin from drying thus keeping it healthier and younger-looking. Remember to keep your skin type in mind before buying a moisturizer. If you have oily skin, opt for water-based moisturizers. If you have dry skin, go for heavier, oil-based ones.
N = Nail Care
Nail care is an important part of grooming. Unkempt nails are a huge put-off. Keep your nails short and well-clipped. File them to prevent sharp ends. Keeping your fingernails dry and clean will prevent bacteria from collecting under them.
O = Oils
How can grooming be complete without oils? Whether it is your beard, or your hair, applying oil is essential. An oiling regime will nourish your hair and strengthen it, giving it bounce, shine, and healthy growth. You can choose from a huge variety right from the timeless Coconut Oil to Castor Oil, or even Jojoba, Amla, and Argan Oil.
P = Peel Off Mask
Relax and melt away the day’s stress with a Peel Off Mask. These masks help to clean pores, remove blackheads, sun damage, and dead skin cells and brighten skin giving it a smooth, flawless texture.
Q = Q-Tips
Also known as Cotton Swabs, these help to remove wax collected in the ear. Use it to clean on the outside and never push the Q-tip deep inside the ear as it may harm the eardrum.
R = Razors
For the millennial man, the razors too have changed. You can choose from a plethora of options like a straight razor, safety single or double-edged razor, electric razor, or disposable razors. But three-blades razors are best for better comfort and total handle control. Such razors are designed to glide on your skin to give you a comfortable shave.
S = Serums
Be it hair or skin, serums are super nourishing. Face serums will boost your skin’s texture and hair serums will make your mane look healthy and smooth. It is non-greasy, light, and can be used every day.
T = Trimmers
Trimmers are a handy tool that can save the day. You can use it to get rid of pesky nose hair or trim an unkempt beard. Overall, these trimmers help improve the appearance and amp up your style quotient too.
U = Undercut
An ‘undercut’ is the new-age hairstyle that’s contemporary, classy, and oh-so-cool! Defined by clean-shaven sides and a longer crop on top, it is an iconic haircut of modern times that oozes style and confidence.
V = Van Dyke Beard and Moustache
A contemporary mix between a goatee and a classic moustache, this distinguished style is one of today’s favourites. A perfect balance of masculinity and drama, this style suits most face cuts, giving it an air of sophistication.
W = Wet Wipes
This is another useful item that you should carry with you. These super handy wipes act as an instant perk-me-up and help keep your skin sweat-free and dirt-free. Travel-friendly and easy to use, these are an absolute must-have.
X = X Factor
The most important part of grooming is the X-Factor, the extra edge to your personality. Your confidence, your attitude, and your style say a lot about you. Enrich your personality–read more, travel more, indulge in hobbies, take time off and hone every aspect of you.
Y = Yoga
While Yoga may not be associated directly with grooming, it is an essential part that keeps your mind, body and soul, well-balanced. Regular yoga sessions will not only improve your overall health but you will see a difference in your overall personality too.
Z = Zzzzzz
Yes, that’s right! By Zzzzzz, we mean a good night’s sleep. Believe it or not, a sound peaceful sleep is beneficial in more ways than one. Not only will it keep your health in check but it will also boost your immune system and keep you healthy. After all, better sleep means a better mood.
So there you have it. A wholesome glossary of men’s grooming, from A to Z, to keep you looking your best. As they say, the better you groom, the better you feel, and the better you attract. We hope you make the most of this list and enjoy the process. Happy grooming!