The 50 Best Grooming Tips + Products for Men
Give us an engine rattle and we'll just step on the gas. But show us an oil pan full of troubled transmission parts and we'll spring into action--if not by hoisting a ratchet, then at least by lifting the hood on the yellow pages. We're no different in front of a medicine cabinet. In fact, if women didn't insist that we make ourselves presentable, we'd probably all walk around looking like Cro-Magnons. Clearly, motivation matters. That's why we asked a few ladies to write about the powerful impact of great scruff, skin, and scent to anchor Men's Health's fourth annual grooming awards. Their words, plus this year's crop of best new products and cutting-edge tips, will help you look your best. Read on and reap the rewards.
"Old" is all in the eyes
Wrinkles, bags, and dark circles in the delicate skin around your eyes increase your "apparent age" more than changes in other facial features do, according to new research from France. "As the skin loses collagen and elasticity, repetitive contractions like squinting can etch deep lines," says Rhoda Narins, M.D., a clinical professor of dermatology at NYU's school of medicine. Here's how to turn back the clock.
Keep your chin up
Gravity pulls fluid downhill as you sleep. The result? Puffy bags. Reduce them by slipping an extra pillow under your head.
Cover your assets
Wide-frame sunglasses or UV-protective prescription glasses can curb squinting and shield skin from the sun.
Freeze out lumps
Placing chilled spoons or cotton balls dipped in a 50/50 mix of cold water and milk over your eyes in the morning for 5 minutes can reduce swelling.
Can't wait for clear skin?
Skip the soap. Instead, wash twice a day with Zirh Wash facial cleanser ($14, zirh.com). Harvard researchers found that washing any less increased the incidence of acne lesions by up to 30 percent. Any more dries out your skin's delicate oil balance, says Kenneth Beer M.D., a dermatologist based in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Your lips require protective custody
Your lips can have as few as 10 layers of skin, compared with 20 or more elsewhere on your body. "Men are less likely to wear glosses and lipsticks, so their risk of lip cancer is three times higher," says Vilma Cokkinides, director of risk-factor surveillance at the American Cancer Society. Use a lip balm with an SPF of 15 or higher, and reapply it at least every 2 hours if you're in the sun. You should also add a protective swipe in the morning and at night before bed to stop splits and rehydrate the skin.
A menu can be a mirror
Your waistline isn't the only thing affected by what you cram in your belly. Some foods and ingredients can change your appearance in other ways.
People with diets rich in vitamin C decreased their odds of having fine lines and dryness by up to 11 percent, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. To boost your C intake, eat papayas.
In the same study, a diet rich in linoleic acid (an omega-6 fatty acid found in nuts, olive oil, and eggs) also showed age-preventive effects. What's more, Korean researchers found that skin treated with eicosapentaenoic acid (an omega-3 in fish oil) had 79 percent fewer collagen-destroying proteins after exposure to UV rays. Drizzle olive oil over cold-water fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines) for a boost of both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
Increasing your daily intake of carbohydrates by 50 grams (a medium order of McDonald's fries) or fat by just 17 grams boosts your odds of having wrinkles by up to 36 percent---independent of both age and sun exposure--according to a British study. But you've already sworn off those deep-fried death sticks, right?
Adding 1 1/2 tablespoons of flaxseed to your diet could save your hair. Taiwanese researchers found that 50 milligrams a day of lignans, the disease-fighting compounds in flaxseed, slowed hair loss in 9 out of 10 participants in 6 months.
fashion ideas and fashion advice
Smart fall shopping can’t be boiled down to some set-in-stone lineup of items. It’s much more about how you play with what you’ve got rather than just racking up a bunch of new stuff; sometimes your bank account’s balance simply won’t allow for a full-on wardrobe refresh. That’s when it’s important to know what’s worth it—and what isn’t.
Autumn’s just a few short months away, and we’ve got sweaters, coats and booties on our minds! Below are the first things we’ll be buying (or have already bought!) to kick off next season.
Although summer is winding down and days spent by the beach are numbered, there is one gift of the dog days that we can take with us through fall: the pearl. Whether it is dotting denim or lining sandals, the lustrous rarity has become the embellishment of the season and is no longer confined to your grandmother’s jewelry box. For this week’s Most Wanted, we explore how to make your sartorial world your oyster with the ocean gem, along with some of our favorite “pearls of wisdom” to guide you.
It's far too often that "The Best Styling Tricks Evaaarrrr"-type stories leave you at a loss. Sure, if you had the legs of a supermodel and a closet full of designer goods, you, too, could probably pull off wearing a shoe on your head and your drop-crotch pants backward. But, for real life, where looking not-crazy is as important as looking unique, sartorial advice needs to be more tailored to accessibility, practicality, and what's actually flattering. So, yes, this story is titled "Plus-Size Layering Tips," but we're confident these pointers can benefit everyone's dressing game.
For any trade, it's totally counterintuitive that an industry could so obviously not cater to the largest demographic out there — but that's exactly how the plus-size world is.
Look stylish, even when you have absolutely no idea what to wear, with these totally amazing style hacks.
Controversial.... Or empowering?
Telling a brand their model looks like she needs a sandwich is cruel and helps no one.
The redeeming factor of summer, sadly, not being endless? New seasons require a different wardrobe, and there’s no time like the present to start your fall shopping. With autumn creeping up, I already know the boots and sweaters I’ll be heaving out of the stuffed containers under my bed that I think of fondly as my second closet…but there’s always room for fresh blood. I quizzed Shopbop’s fashion director, Elle Strauss, for help with getting the best strategy in place. Herewith, the 10 pieces she suggests picking up now (plus chic ideas for how to start incorporating them into your current closet).
We may have one more month left in summer, but pretty soon you’re going to have to start thinking about fall outfits. And what’s a bigger fall wardrobe workhorse than denim? Audit your closet to see if you own these jean essentials, and if not, consider adding them to your fall shopping list.