Posted: Oct 19 2015
Every gentleman has a grooming routine, no matter how small or how big. But there are certain grooming rituals that all gents should follow. Here, we look at 6 habits that well groomed gentlemen have in common.
1. A gentleman stays protected from the sun
Up to 90 percent of what is considered as 'natural ageing' is actually caused by sun damage. That's why a well groomed gentleman knows that he has to stay protected from the sun. It's important to note that even when it's not 30 degrees, and you're lazing on a beach in Spain, but instead you're fighting off the cold in England, you still need to be protected from the harmful rays of the sun. So that means, getting yourself an SPF moisturiser to keep yourself safe all year round.
2. A gentleman pays regular visits to the barbers
We've all had that feeling of walking into the barbers looking like Tom Hanks in Cast Away, and coming away feeling like we've just won the Sexiest Male award. And rightly so, as your hair is a big part of your look. As Morrissey once said, "I do maintain that if your hair is wrong, your entire life is wrong." How often you go for a cut will all depend on your hair type, and how fast your hair grows, but at the very least we'd suggest keeping those sideburns and your neck hair regularly trimmed to keep your look as sharp as possible.
3. A gentleman applies a sensible amount of aftershave
It's always so easy to get carried away with the spray, but a true gent knows when to stop. We've all been stuck in a lift or up close and personal on a train to that man who has gone too far with his scent, so make sure you're not "that man". The perfect amount is 2-3 sprays at a distance of around 6 inches from the skin. Remember as a rule, that someone should only be able to smell you from an arm's length away. So if the lady 4 desks down can still smell you, you've gone too far!
4. A gentleman tackles tired, puffy eyes
You've had a few too many late nights, but you don't want everyone knowing, and even the finest gentleman can get himself a reputation with panda eyes. So make sure to tackle those tired, puffy eyes by incorporating this much forgotten skin area into your skin routine. Read our guide How to Get Rid of Tired Looking Eyes? here.
5. A gentleman keeps his stray hairs under wraps
Come on gents, it's time to finally end the problem of nose hair and unibrows! Gone are the days of our father's generation where a man needed these to be a man. So get out the clippers (or the garden sheers) and start trimming those stray hairs regularly.
6. A gentleman keeps his teeth sparkling clean
In a survey by Match.com, 71% of women said that they size up a man's teeth first when considering whether to date him. Dental hygiene is not just good for attracting a partner, it's also a very huge health factor, with most people suffering from some form of gum disease. A well groomed gentleman knows that he has to look after his pearly whites, so that means flossing daily, brushing your teeth twice a day, and paying regular visits to the dentist.
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