Many men’s daily routine is complete after washing their face, brushing their teeth, and straightening their hair. While not everyone is expected to be a sartorialist, the adage that “the devil is in the details” has existed forever for a reason. Certain details must be added to your routine daily so you look your best and feel your best too. While the most important thing you can put on every day is a positive attitude and confidence, let’s look at the finishing touches no man should leave home without.
Mind Your Nails
While trimming your nails seems like a chore to a lot of people, the importance of a healthy nail bed cannot be overstated. If you’re the type of guy, who doesn’t enjoy the routine of trimming his nails, filing down any irregularities, and pushing back his cuticles, start making biweekly appointments at a nail salon to keep your cuticles in check. While you’re there, go ahead and get your toes done – at least monthly. Think of these appointments as self-care while you ignore your phone and relax in the massage chair.
Other details that can go unnoticed by men can easily be combated with essential hydration. Hydration is crucial for several aspects of a man’s life. Starting with making sure to drink your recommended eight glasses of water a day helps with digestion, skin health, and overall wellness. Hydrating your skin with a light moisturizer in the mornings and deeper nourishing cream in the evenings is key. Lastly, especially during the summer, ensure you’re hydrating your hair to avoid flyaways and frizz. It doesn’t matter if your hair is short or long, apply a weekly hair mask for deep moisture and use oils or pomades on days where your hair needs that extra hydrating boost.
While women are more known for wearing multiple pieces of jewelry, possibly a scarf and other types of accessorizing, men need to get on board here also. The devil is, in fact, in the details, and nothing says polished and put together like a turquoise pinky ring, a pair of cufflinks, or a nice Panama hat. Of course, you want to honor your personal style and aesthetic, but finding signature pieces to accessorize with takes your outfit up a level and instantly makes you more attractive, not to mention more confident.
The Importance of the Senses
We’re all familiar with the five senses – sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell. While the sound is not as much a component of your aesthetic, the rest are. Taste, we’ll imply metaphorically, have great taste in your clothing. Your sight is how you present to the world through your grooming habits and wardrobe. Touch through handshakes, hugs, and more. The smell is one sense that deserves more attention than some men give it. Of course, you’re applying deodorant daily, but are you versed on how to apply perfume on a man? Making sure you add cologne daily is the cherry on top of all your other efforts. Find a few scents that work with your body’s chemistry and apply them daily to your wrist and neck before heading out the door.
Small details that bother you, like premature lines and wrinkles, can be taken care of with Botox or Dysport. Unwanted gray hairs can be colored at the salon, and skin concerns need only an appointment with your dermatologist. Targeting problems before they become a bigger concern is a detail you can’t neglect. These minor things can become larger problems that get harder to fix the longer you ignore them. While you can choose to age with grace, many do; if you aren’t feeling something about your appearance, figure out if you can take care of it at home or need to see a professional for a treatment – you’ll be glad you did.
While this list isn’t all-inclusive, it’s a great starting point for details no man should ignore. An overall polished appearance can do wonders about self-confidence and attractiveness. While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, feeling good about your physical appearance is what you’re going for. The confidence that comes from being happy in your skin is one of the best gifts you can give yourself.