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
Put down the wrinkled button-down, step away from the Crocs, and open your closet. We need to talk about the new rules of casual.
Thirty-year-old Lisa Conn was shamed for her American Apparel swim suit.
This Instagram should be an ad campaign on billboards everywhere immediately.
Average shoe size is up about two sizes since the '70s, study says.
Front-row style star Miroslava Duma just clears 5′, Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon one-ups her—literally—at 5′ 1″, and fashion crush Rachel Bilson barely tops them both at a whopping 5′ 2″. But aside from standing at the diminutive end of the height spectrum, these three ladies have something else in common: the ability to nail every summer fashion trend. If you’re part of the petite girls’ club, take a look at these 12 fashion essentials—from closet staples to chic accessories—to keep you at the top of your style game this summer.
Quick, easy, everywhere-appropriate: There's no summer piece quite as versatile--or flattering.
These fresh, cute outfit ideas range from unexpected mash-ups to completely coordinated looks. What they all have in common is they'll get you out the door feeling totally confident.
Wide-leg pants are blowing up. Six women show us how to style a pair by Lauren Ralph Lauren.
It’s the best and worst time to be a single girl in the dating world. On the one hand, past generations of women didn’t have the freedom, financial independence, access to birth control (depending on your state and employer, of course), or plethora of options to meet new people—online and off—that we enjoy today. On the other hand, they also didn’t have to worry about sexting, selecting the best selfie for their profile picture, or accidentally swiping right on a coworker.
Sure, sunglasses protect your eyes and help you see, but they can also lend an instant, undeniable cool factor to just about anyone. Said cool factor is most apparent when sunglasses fit well, balance your features, and look like they were made for your face. Because one-size-flatters-all shades are unfortunately not a thing, we asked Bobbi Brown, makeup artist, glasses expert, and author of the new book Bobbi Brown: Everything Eyes, for her top tips for finding flattering sunglasses for every face shape.
When it comes to lounging on the beach in the buff, turns out that Germans and Austrians are the most comfortable with their birthday suits, according to a worldwide survey of beachgoing habits around the world.
Chic time-tested shades you'll love for this summer.