The way in which the world looks at men who use beauty products has certainly changed. TV is full of adverts for just such men and the characters therein are often played by the manliest of sorts. However, you’ll be hard pressed to find many men who’ll admit to having a beauty regime, as such, and I don’t think this has anything to do with some sense of embarrassment; no, I believe we’ve thankfully moved beyond that. Rather, I’ve found many men don’t believe they have the time, or cannot be bothered for what they perceive as having little pay off. Hopefully, I’ll be able to explain a few tips here for being able to squeeze a little beauty into days already crammed.
1 – Do two things at once.
There are numerous tasks that can be completed simultaneously without exerting any real effort. The shower is a prime example of somewhere you can do more than simply wash. If you use stubble as a fashion statement, many electric trimmers now work in showers, and it’s not as though you really need to use a mirror for this kind of once over. Have a check after though; to be sure there are no unexplained fuzzy patches. If you’re the brave type, why not go for a clean shave with a razor even?
Alternatively, if you suffer from dry skin, or anything of that ilk, use the shower as a place to rub a little moisturiser onto your face. If you’re going to be washing anyway, you may as well make it the most effective it can be. Teeth brushing is also a nifty timesaver, and you’ll have a pleasant smelling shower after.
2 – Get products that do two things at once.
You can save a whole heap of time by buying things that’ll do the work of two. There are hundreds of different examples out there, but if you were like me before I researched this, here’s a quick guide:
- Many shampoos double as conditioners, and are often anti-dandruff to boot.
- Shampoos that serve as soaps and shower gels.
- Washing up liquid that softens the hands.
- Shaving cream that doubles as moisturiser.
- Deodorants that can be used as aftershave/anti-perspirant.
3 – Incorporate beauty into your daily routine.
There are plenty of little things that can be fit into your everyday tasks. If there’s one thing you can always count on young guys to do, it’s their hair. A quick look in any club will demonstrate just how successful the gel and wax industries have become. If you’re going to be at the mirror anyway, you might as well use the time wisely. Squeeze in a quick face scrub: trust me, any girls you meet will appreciate it. Also, after cutting your nails, give them a quick file to smooth over the edges – takes seconds and can make a surprising difference.
These are just a couple of examples that I use and don’t feel they take any time at all. It’s very similar to the office workout; use your time as effectively as possible. With the minimum of effort you can maximise the pay off – sorry to put it in such mathematical terms!
Philip is a beauty blogger and works at www.appointedd.com