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
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Now that April is underway, we’ve officially entered the fickle season of on-again, off-again rain showers, thus complicating the already painful task of getting out of bed in the morning and starting the day. As if it isn’t already hard enough to quickly put together a nice work outfit, the bipolar nature of spring weather demands a careful mix of lightweight, waterproof layers, as well as appropriate footwear. Realistically, no one wants to wear a pair of chunky rubber boots around all day, but the only other alternative is to lug around a variety of gym shoes, heels, and flats to meet all of the day’s needs.
Coachella weekend kicks off this weekend, then there's Glastonbury, Lollapalooza, and so on. Some festivals are one-day events, others let you unleash your inner hippie and camp out on the grounds (or if you're like me, book the nearest hotel).
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I don’t know when having big feet became an undesirable trait—blame Barbie and her perfectly arched, teeny-tiny pieds?—as surely those of us with more, shall we say, substantial ground support are steadier on their legs and better at fleeing predators in some evolutionary sense. But when was the last time someone complimented you on your big, strong-looking feet? Consider the many websites devoted to celebrity feet (and they are legion): Few, if any, admire a pair above a size 8. And those belong to the professionally desirable!
I like to consider myself somewhat of a seasoned Coachella-goer. In just a little under two weeks, I’ll be attending the sun-soaked California music and arts festival for the fourth time—and since my first Indio experience in 2010, the three-day event has transformed from an outdoor concert series coincidentally attended by a handful of celebrities into a heavily photographed street style spectacular. Ironically, however, as the fashion set’s become more and more involved with Coachella, some pretty unfortunate trends have become inextricably linked with the festival—and seemingly refuse be left in the Indio dust where they belong. Flower crowns and face paint, anyone?