Top Beauty Tips for Men
If you’ve stumbled across this page, there’s a good chance you’re a guy searching for pointers on men’s beauty tips. In fact, a lot of men just like you found this page simply by typing: “Beauty tips for men” right into Google.
Does this describe you?
If so, you aren’t alone. I’ve found that men are eager to learn all they can about personal care. Specifically, guys are interested in skin care routines, hair care products and the best ways to fight signs of aging.
But here’s the thing.
Because of our unspoken “bro-code”, we men don’t talk to each other about such topics.
We just don’t.
Maybe that’s why a recent research study found that the majority of guys seek out personal care information from the privacy of their home – meaning online.
Here’s a video of Aaron Marino; someone I give credit to for being super direct with his 12 men’s grooming (beauty) tips for guys. Why can’t we all be this way?
Men’s beauty tips you can use
As a men’s counselor that specializes in wellness issues, I completely get it. The bro-code is what is.
That’s why I decided to write this article. My hope is to offer you real male grooming tips in a straight forward, easy to understand way.
I’d like to give you a little background to help put things into context.
Men are searching for “beauty” info
Remember the “bro-code” I mentioned earlier? Because we don’t talk to one another about certain things, we’ve been left to figure some of this stuff out on our own.
For years, the male personal care industry has tried to make “men’s grooming” work. But in my opinion, it’s failed miserably. Honestly, how many people do you know that say things like: “Hey, do you have any men’s grooming tips?”
Let me guess – probably no one. I sure as heck don’t.
So, until someone comes up with a term that guys search for on how to look more handsome, I’ll be sticking with what guys input into the search engines.
With that out of the way, let’s move on to why you are here!
What follows are 102 men’s beauty tips for men. To help prepare this piece, I’ve consulted with a number of dermatologists and skin care experts. The goal is to give you the best advice to keep you looking sharp.
We’ll start at the top of the head and work down to the feet. It just seemed like the easiest way to do it.
For each suggestion, I’ve given some “how to” information plus product recommendations where necessary. The links go directly to either Amazon or product’s manufacturer.
As a matter of full disclosure, I am an affiliate for Amazon and Carhartt. Just leveling with you for the sake of transparency.
As you read this, keep in mind that I’ll use terms like beauty and grooming interchangeably.
Let’s jump right in!
MEN’S BEAUTY TIPS: HAIR
A) Get rid of dry hair
If you’re a man with dry hair that’s frizzed out, there could be a number of reasons for this. For example, if you live in a cold weather climate, wearing a winter hat can zap moisture from your follicles like crazy.
But other things can cause damage; like shampooing every day or using a hair dryer too frequently.
- Skip daily shampooing and switch to daily conditioning.
- Pick up a bottle of Rugged and Dapper remedy conditioner. It’s made from natural ingredients and helps to restore texture, luster and shine.
- Shampoo only once a week or once every other week. A high-quality product to think about is Mancave’s caffeine shampoo. It acts as a moisturizer without stripping your hair. Also, it encourages hair growth at the root.
- In cold weather that requires you to wear a hat, consider dabbing on a little anti-frizz cream. This will keep your hair moist so you don’t develop “static hair”. Great options Redkin’s Anti-Frizz hair milk.
B) Stop hair loss
If you are like most men, the older you get, the more hair you lose. There are a few guys who are genetically gifted but to keep it real, most us weren’t blessed this way.
If you want to prevent and stop hair loss, you’ll need to invest some money. The research shows that a combination of minoxidil and propecia are effective against male pattern baldness. See this research study from the New England Journal of Medicine to learn more.
- To get propecia, you will need a prescription from your doctor.
- Minoxidil can be purchased over the counter. To reduce costs, consider buying in bulk. You can get a six-month supply from Amazon at a reasonable price.
- Some men say Biotin (vitamin B7) helps to prevent hair loss and encourage growth. Do your research on this to discover potential benefits.
C) Men’s hair care tips
Every guy has his own way of taking care of his hair. The problem is, many of us do it wrong. I can’t list everything here but I’ll try to hit the biggies.
- Never “scrub dry” your hair with a towel. Instead, gently pat dry. Harsh, aggressive scrubbing movements can damage your hair follicles and in extreme cases, yank strands from their roots.
- The shorter your hair, the easier it is to manage. Check out these male celebrity hair styles for ideas.
- Be careful with haircare products. When you leave them on your scalp, they can damage tiny follicles and prevent growth.
- Avoid over drying your hair. Use a medium heat setting and don’t aim your dryer directly on the head. Instead, attach a diffuser and hold dryer so that it’s at an angle.
- If your hair is getting grey and you want to liven it up, you can either go to a professional and have it dyed. You can also pick up a hair glaze product that’s applied in the shower. Works like a charm and doesn’t look fake.
- Use sprays and gels that don’t weigh your hair down. There are tons of products to choose for men. Pantene makes great ones because the folks at Proctor and Gamble spend millions each year doing research. They know their stuff.
- If you have dandruff, it’s possible you aren’t properly washing out the products from your hair. You could also suffer from eczema or seborrheic dermatitis. Talk to your doctor about this.
- Most physicians recommend a coal tar extract product, like T-Gel, to treat dandruff. You can get this at most pharmacies and grocery stores.
- If you can find one in your town, consider going to a barber instead of a hair stylist. Barbers are specially trained to use clippers and blades. FYI: When you locate one you like, stick with him. That’s because barbers are becoming a dying breed.
MEN’S BEAUTY TIPS: FACE
There’s lots to cover here. To begin with, how you care for your face as a man largely depends upon your skin-type. For example, normal, oily or dry.
There are several “universals” that apply to all of us. I’ve listed a few of them on this this facial care for men page. What follows is a basic run-down, broken down by issue.
You’ll also find tips on beard trimming and shaving.
A) Moisturizing, wrinkle prevention, eyebrows
Most every man I know wants to prevent unwanted wrinkles and lines. The problem is a lot of us engage in the wrong routines and use the wrong products because we don’t know any better.
Right off the bat, you need to know men’s skin tends to be thicker than our female counterparts. A major reason for this is collagen production. We simply produce more.
That’s great news on the anti-aging front. The bad news is if you mistreat your skin, you’ll end up minimizing any benefits.
- Never use soaps on your face – ever. Most are too harsh and will strip oils and collagen from the dermal layer. Instead, use a gentle face cleanser that locks in moisture. Many guys have found Philosophy’s one step facial cleanser to be an excellent option. There are others as well to consider (see facial care for men hyperlinked page above).
- If your skin is oily, it’s important to start using a cleanser with salicylic acid. You can get this product at almost any pharmacy. If you can get store brand, you should. The name brand product (for this one) are made from exactly the same ingredients.
- Start exfoliating with a high-quality scrub. This will reduce the dullness on your mug and helps to dislodge debris that contributes to wrinkles. You’ll find many of these on the market but most of them are made with harsh chemicals and fillers. I highly recommend trying Men’s Science micro-fine scrub. It’s light, easy to apply and won’t rip your skin. Use at least 2 times a week.
- Start using a mask at least once a week and if you can do it twice, even better. You’ll need to do some checking around to see which is best for your needs. One product that is good for all skin types is by Fifth Street. It’s made from natural elements, like bentonite & kaolin clay. If you want something that reduces pore size, gets rid of excess oil and helps your face look smoother, consider this guy (check Amazon).
- Use a high quality facial moisturizer twice a day. Guys, I’m telling you now that this one is key. Many men find the products made by CeraVe work great. You can read all about these products on them on this men’s anti-aging Don’t forget to creams on your neck.
- If you have Rosacea or are prone to red skin, talk to your doctor. An excellent product that many guys use to calm redness is Cetaphil’s Night Moisturizing cream for redness prone skin. Dermatologist recommended. I use this product and it does exactly as it says. See Amazon for great price.
- Start focusing on your eyes daily. One of the first places your face will show age is underneath and around the eye area. Read my page on how to get rid of baggy eyes in men and reduce wrinkles to learn more.
- Use a sunblock. I won’t go on forever and a day about this because you’ve probably heard it a million times. The key thing is to apply the block on all of your face, meaning your neck and ears. Read this post on removing sun spots on the face if you’ve been struggling with this problem.
- If you have stress pimples, start to incorporate acne reducing activities into your life. See this post.
- Protect your face in winter with a scarf. As guys, we like to come off as rugged. But trying to look manly during winter has consequences. Generally speaking, if the temps start to dip below 25 degrees, you need to wrap your mug in a scarf. If you live in a super cold climate, I recommend a full head and neck mask. Check Carhartt to see pricing on their Liner Mask.
- Trim eyebrows so they appear even. Never shave the space between eyebrows. Otherwise, you may cause a unibrow to grow. See video: “How to trim eyebrows for men” to learn more.
- To keep eyebrows neat looking in between trimmings, use a spot of beard oil or cream. Then, use a beard brush to straighten. See info on beards below for more.
B) Beard Trimming and Shaving Tips
- Check out the video above for basic beard trimming tips.
- If you shave daily, it’s important to use high quality, precision trimming/cutting products. This means durable and beard trimmers.
- Never use the same razor blade twice. Doing so make cause a bacterial infection.
- Use a skin conditioning product prior to shaving to avoid nicks and cuts.
- If you have sensitive skin, use a gel or cream designed to reduce bumps and inflammation. See the many shaving products listed on this men’s stocking filler guide for ideas.
- If you are going for the shorter beard look or goatee, learn how to properly shape your facial hair to achieve the desired look. See this short beard styling guide for information.
- If you wear your beard longer or if you want to achieve the classic lumberjack look, see this lumbersexual style post.
- Use a little beard oil with a beard brush to create a well-groomed, attractive look. Consider Grave Shave’s beard kit that includes brush, oil, balm and wash (See Amazon).
- To achieve a more youthful appearance, consider coloring your beard with a product like Just for men. Available at nearly all drug stores.
MEN’S BEAUTY TIPS: TEETH
You can have the most attractive skin in the world but if your teeth look crooked or have large gaps, they can take away from your appearance in a major way. Let’s face it, people notice when you are smiling and when you’re not.
Before I move onto the tips, none of what’s suggested below will work unless you get yourself into the dentist office. As a counselor, I know how many men absolutely hate going in for checkups.
But guys, I’m here to tell you that the longer you wait, the worse your teeth will get. I should know. I did this and waited years between dental visits. The end result; thousands of dollars in repairs that were 100% preventable.
Read this post if you hold dental fears.
A) White Teeth and Lips
Your goal should be to have teeth that are as white as possible. You’ll also want them to look polished. Ideally, your teeth will be framed by a pair of healthy, red lips.
There are a number of things you can do to make this happen. I’ll give you teeth and lip tips below.
- Brush after every meal (if possible). I mention this because research suggests nearly a third of men admit to brushing only once a day. If this describes you, it’s time to up that number massively.
- Use a high quality, fluoride toothpaste with whiteners. There are many on the market to choose from. Excellent brands include Colgate and Crest.
- If you want super white teeth, consider ordering a custom teeth whiting tray kit. After you mold tray onto teeth, you ship to dental lab. They return customized trays to you that are perfectly fitted to your choppers. Amazon sells a product almost identical to what you see in video above.
- Floss at least once a day. An obvious point but worth mentioning because many men don’t floss. If you aren’t sure how to floss your teeth, see this video.
- Pick up a bottle of fluoride mouth wash. Most dentists recommend using ACT. It is recommended you rinse when you’re done brushing. The most important time to use this tooth saving product is just after brushing your choppers at bedtime.
- Use a tooth whitening product with proven results. One of the best on the market is Active White Teeth Whitening Powder (See Amazon for price).
- Visit the dentist at least 2 times a year for cleanings.
- Moisturize your lips with a balm designed to lock in moisture. Dime store Chapstick is fine but if you can get your hands on Jack Black’s intense lip therapy, even better. (See Amazon).
B) Crooked, Uneven, Gap Teeth
If your teeth are crooked, uneven, chipped or have gaps, you have lots of options. I’m not going to lie to you, cosmetic dental work can get very expensive! The reason is most insurance companies don’t cover these types of procedures.
Still, if you have a health savings plan at work or if you can afford it, it may be worth your while to have your teeth fixed so that you can smile with confidence.
- For crooked teeth, talk to your dentist about straightening options. A lot of guys opt for Invisalign; a product that works over time to align teeth evenly.
- Porcelain veneers are another option. They are placed on teeth that appear crooked or gapped. Again, not cheap but they can help to create unbelievable transformation.
- For brown or yellow teeth, consider laser whitening. Your dentist can fill you in on the details. Very effective option for guys who want a super white smile.
- Get teeth x-rayed once every 3-5 years to assess for bone loss.
MEN’S BEAUTY TIPS: HANDS
Men tend to be tactile creatures, using their hands to accomplish much work. For this reason and a host of others, the hands are one of the first areas to shows signs of old age.
In this area, I’ll give you the rundown on how to keep your hands looking young with a specific focus on skin and nails.
- Get hands professionally manicured at least once per month.
- Use care when trimming nails and make sure they are the same length. Avoid pointy edges when trimming.
- If your hands are rough and dry, consider soaking them in warm water and olive oil for 10 minutes, two days per week.
- Use gloves designed to deliver and seal in moisture. You can buy these online via Amazon.
- Always wear winter gloves when the weather turns cold.
- If doing manual labor, construction or household renovations, pick up a pair of Jersey gloves and use them. Most hardware stores carry.
- When camping, hunting or hiking, carry a pair of heavy duty work gloves.
- At least twice a day, apply a high-quality moisturizer to your hands. Brickell’s sells a great men’s product. Check online at Amazon for pricing.
- When outdoors, even for short periods of time, apply a moisturizer with a SPF sunblock of 30 or higher. This will prevent sunspots and wrinkling.
- Use a moisturizing cleanser when washing hands and avoid harsh soaps. If possible, try to apply a hand moisturizer afterwards.
- If you visit the gym and use free weights or machines, always wear gym gloves. You can get these at any sports store.
MEN’S BEAUTY TIPS: BODY
As men, we often forget the importance of taking care of the skin below the neckline. That’s a shame because you need to think of your skin as one big organ. In fact, most experts agree it’s the largest organ of the body.
In this part of the grooming guide, I’m going to walk you through the particulars for different parts of your upper and lower torso with a focus on skincare and appearance.
A) Body Hair and Manscaping
- If you are a guy with excessive body hair and want to manscape at home, you’ll need to use a number of high quality products. See this men’s guide on how to trim your privates for more information.
- If you have back hair and it bothers you, there are ways to have this removed. One option is through laser treatments. Visit your dermatologist for more information.
- If you want to remove hair from the back at home, you can. The Body Groomer is a favorite of many. See Amazon for price.
- If you want to remove the hair from your buttocks area, you’ll need to use special care. For specifics on how to shave your butt, visit this buttocks hair removal page for men.
B) Body Moisturizing for Men
- Always use a moisturizer after showering or bathing. There are many on the market to choose from and the product you use needs to be linked to your skin type (dry, oily, normal).
- Avoid time in the sun if possible to prevent skin damage. If you simply can’t avoid it, use a sunblock with a minimum of SPF 30.
- Avoid tanning beds and instead, opt for a sunless tanner. You can pick these up at most drug stores.
- When showering, do not use “soaps”. Instead, opt for a moisturizing cleanser. A great choice is Anthony Logistics Body Wash. See Amazon for pricing.
- Occasionally, use a loofa sponge when showering as an exfoliator. This will remove dead skin cells and other debris to deliver softer, more supple skin.
- Consider an exfoliating body scrub for men at least once a week. Brooklyn Botany carries a powerful product. You can buy at some department stores or online at Amazon.
- If you go for massage regularly, ask your masseur to use an oil that doesn’t clog pores.
- During cold weather, always double or triple layer to keep torso covered. Below zero temperatures can rob your dermal layer of moisture – instantly.
C) Men’s Penile Care: Moisturizing
This may seem like an odd area to cover when giving men’s beauty tips but it’s critical we touch on it. Just like the rest of your body, your penis is covered by skin.
The problem is most guys don’t moisturize this area of the body because they don’t think it’s important. In truth, penile care is linked to how it appears and how it feels during functioning.
Penile care tips:
- Always wash your penis with moisturizing cleanser (see area above).
- After showering or bathing, apply a moisturizer that is specifically designed for this area. Many men swear by a product called Man1 Oil. See Amazon for pricing.
- When in cold weather, make sure your privates are properly layered. There have been cases of men getting frostbite and losing their manhood per government reports.
- Use caution when manscaping in this area for obvious reasons.
- Use caution with zippers and always use a slow motion when zipping up.
MEN’S BEAUTY TIPS: LEGS & FEET
If you are a guy, there’s a good chance you wear shorts during warm weather. Not to generalize, you probably also don’t focus on this area when moisturizing.
I’m listing here because the legs are an important area of focus as part of total men’s skin care.
- When wearing shorts outdoors, apply a moisturizer that contains a SPF 30 sunblock or higher.
- During wintertime, it’s important to apply extra moisturizer to your legs because extremities (legs) are one of the first body parts to chaff. Opt for “extra strength” products, such as the ones made by the folks at Gold bond.
- If you are wearing socks (short or high) make sure you apply additional moisturizer around the ankles.
- If you manscape your legs, always use a fresh razor with the right shaving product (see area A under manscapping ).
- Trim toenails at least once a month with a durable clipper.
- Consider getting a pedicure from time to time. More and more, guys are doing this.
- To remove excess skin from the heel of your foot and around the pads, pick up a pumas stone. You can get these at many drug stores.
- If you have rough heels, consider soaking in warm water for at least 15 minutes.
- Use foot powder in your shoes to keep feet dry. Some men sprinkle into their sox.
- Moisturize your feet like any body part. Do this after every shower and be sure to cover the entire foot.
MEN’S ADDITIONAL BEAUTY TIPS
Now that we’ve covered the entire body from head to toe, it’s time to move on to general beauty and grooming tips for guys. Some of these you may already know. Others might surprise you!
- Use a woody cologne to broadcast a manly vibe. See this guide for the best cologne options for men.
- Don’t smoke cigarettes because they are scientifically known to cause premature aging and hair loss.
- Apply a retinol moisturizer to your face and neck several times a week. This helps to encourage collagen growth. There are many on the market. Elimis makes an excellent product for men. See Amazon.
- Drink at least 10 glasses of water per day to keep your body hydrated.
- Avoid sugary soft drinks as they are known to rob the skin of vital nutrients.
- Take a men’s multi-vitamin as the nutrients will help to replenish important stores of Vitamin A, C and E in your dermal layer.
- Consider drinking a cup of green tea each day. The anti-oxidants are known to replenish skin and kill free radicals.
- Use the right type of brush on your hair.
- If you want to color your hair, you can do it at home but your best option is to visit a professional stylist.
- Be mindful of posture. Over the course of time, slouching can cause your bone structure to give you an “old man” look.
- If you have light colored eyes, like hazel or green, wear sunglasses. Research shows men with lighter eye shade colors are more prone to certain ocular cancers.
- Make sure you have the right grooming kit with you when traveling. See my men’s grooming kit ideas page for more insight.
- Don’t forget to trim around your ear canal and earlobes.
- Tilt your head in mirror and assess nose hair situation. If you see hairs sticking out, use a trimmer to remove.
- Consider using a collagen mask from time to time to restore lost collagen stores on the face.
- Some men opt for Botox as a pathway to wrinkle prevention.
- Dermal fillers may be an option for hollowed out eyes, temples and cheeks. Talk to your dermatologist.
MYTHS ABOUT MEN’S GROOMING
Because of the taboo I mentioned at the beginning of this article, there exists a number of myths connected to men, beauty and grooming.
Here are a few of the biggies:
- Men who pay attention to appearance are arrogant.
- Guys who are into self-care are narcissists.
- Men who are into grooming can’t be straight.
- Men’s beauty is a nascent industry.
- European guys don’t focus on grooming.
- Women’s skincare products are the same as men’s.
MEN’s GROOMING POLL
Just for fun, I’m including a poll below that is fairly direct. It asks how much you focus on self-care and grooming as a guy. Your vote is completely confidential.