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
It’s finally tights season, that wonderful time of year where you can simultaneously hide your pale legs and still wear that Saint Laurent slip dress. But who says you have to stick to boring black stockings? Why not keep your look above cool and clean, and let your bottom half shine? From patterned polka dots to colorful camouflage, here are six options that will make a statement all on their own.
How many holiday parties do you all have this season?
What if they were covered in Swarovski crystals?
Forget spanx! These clever pieces use color blocks and patterns to help you look thinner. Click through for 15 pieces that will ensure you won't have to hit the gym post-Thanksgiving.
Most regrettable trends come with warning signs: Do your teeth set off metal detectors? Are your lashes prone to tangling? Are your shoes ugly and uncomfortable? Here is this year’s crop of bad fads.
It was the chicest family night out ever in London yesterday, as Victoria Beckham hit the red carpet, along with her ADORABLE sons, Brooklyn, little fashionisto Romeo, and Cruz, to support the premiere of the soccer football documentary Class of ’92, featuring superstar dad David. And she looked perfect as always—in Victoria Beckham, of course.
There will always be a special place in our hearts for Pez—the completely absurd and impractical oblong candy that children are somehow meant to be patient enough to dispense, one by one, from a creaky plastic spring-loaded drawer contraption—and a newly minted shoe designer Camilla Elphick, a Cordwainers College graduate, has tapped into our oral fixation.
Tis the season for gift-giving, mistletoe, snowmen – and ugly holiday sweaters. Whether you’re headed to an ugly sweater party or just want to stay cozy in a festive, patterned pullover, Pinterest is chock full of joyful style inspiration this holiday season.
No one should have to sacrifice style when snow starts to fall. We've selected the top all-weather boots to keep you warm and chic on the streets (and indoors).
In the distant future, in a postapocalyptic universe, when aliens from faraway planets excavate Earth and cobble together a rudimentary construction of human behavior in the 20th and 21st centuries, they will surely marvel at the irrepressible, widespread, multigenerational, transcontinental prevalence of Ugg boots.
‘Tis the season… party season, that is. And while you probably have all of your social gathering outfits styled and ready to go, there’s one that requires a bit more strategic planning: the office holiday bash. You want to show off your sartorial skills, but need to walk the fine line between festive and professional. (A look that efficiently transitions from desk-to-party would be appreciated, too.) So let’s look to these 10 red carpet stars for some effortless office-to-holiday party outfit inspiration.