A Dapper Man’s Guide to Personal Grooming, A must read for every Gentleman

In an era where wearing designer brands seem to have overtaken personal hygeine, it is worth educating some people that, designer outfits don't make a man but his grooming habits do. In this article, I am going to throw some light on a dapper man's guide to personal grooming ; endeavor to clean the body that wears the clothes

A dapper man must follow a grooming routine just as religiously as women follow a beauty routine. Magic is needed to make a frog become a prince, and to a stylish man, grooming is a big part of that magic. As Tom Ford once said, “Fine grooming is the mark of a modern gentleman. It is the way a man presents the best version of himself to the world, which must be followed as a daily ritual, to present nothing but your best self at all times".

When it comes to grooming a dapper man must follow an almost metrosexual way of self-care, always looking for high-quality products and making sure to check himself daily to avoid not to be in his best form. Keep in mind high-quality products doesn’t mean expensive products, the key to a smart grooming is to find products in your budget that works perfectly and specifically for you. Meanwhile, you just have to keep trying new products and researching to find the perfect match for you.

Here are a few essentials to include in your grooming routine:

1. Mouth Wash

For most men, it may be enough to brush your teeth with a soft toothbrush and a freshly scented toothpaste, followed by a flossing your teeth, but for a dapper man, it isn’t. To feel completely clean and ready to take on the day, enjoy a good night of sleep, and every meal in between, using a mouthwash is essential to get ready of every remaining bacterial because after all, not much can beat the satisfaction of having a perfect smile. Moreso, that perfect smile sometimes isn't solely dependent on mouth wash and toothpaste, teeth whitenening techniques have to be employed. There are several teeth whitening products out there and other home made practices with the use of baking powder.

2. Bathing

You would think bathing and mouth washing is a human routine but experience has taught me the contrary. Coming from a home where one was always compelled to visit the bathroom before breakfast, I thought that was the universal norm until I met people who would have a cigarette in their hand instead of a toothbrush and others who replaced a morning bath with a body spray. When it comes to dapper men, showering isn’t just showering, it’s an experience. From the great scent of the carefully picked body wash to the sensation of the water hitting the skin, bathing is something a dapper man do twice a day because it is impossible to choose between the joy of showering when you wake up or before bed. A bubble bath is also a motive of joy for all of those fortunate enough to have a jacuzzi, especially on cold days before cozying up in bed.

3.   Sunscreen

What’s the skin situation that comes to mind when you think of an old person? According to researchers, that’s not how our skin is supposed to look like when we age, one of the biggest reason it does is due to our unprotected exposure to the sun. The first and maybe one of the most important thing on the list, not only prevents you from having a bad looking uneven tan, but it helps you age better. Moisturizers and serums are great, but they are not miracle products, sunscreen is. So, do your future self a favor and put on sunscreen daily.

4.    Hydration

Not only of liquor lives a man. One of nature’s most precious resources not only is necessary for life to exist in our planet, but it is also something you should drink at least 8 cups of each day, as not only dehydrated skin can make you believe to have dry skin, but can cause fine lines and even wrinkles. One technique to know if you suffering from it is to pinch your cheek gently, if fine lines appear, you are dehydrated, so keep your sunscreen close, and your water bottle even closer.

5.    Manicure

The beauty is in the details, and when it comes to nails there’s nothing worse than to present yourself to someone with dirty/uncared for nails. The idea that mani-pedi is just for women is outdated. In this century, every man’s hygiene is expected to be perfect, and stakes are even higher to dapper man. It doesn’t matter if you are wearing the most well-tailored suit in the world, if your peers notice your nails aren’t on point, it won’t only be perceived, but severely judged. So, ask your friends or Google the best place to get a manicure near your location and be on top of the game. Plus, as a dapper man, you should always get a top coat!

6.    Pedicure

The occasions you are not wearing shoes may be the ones you wish to impress the most, rather it is for having people over your house, or at the beach, always be prepared to situations you won’t be able to hide your feet in shoes by not letting your nails grow to a point of poking through your socks, make it a point to check your nails often and make sure to get a pedicure every time it is necessary, not unavoidable.

7.    Facial Hair

Whether you have a beard or not, it is necessary to either have a perfectly clean shave or to trim it to perfection. It is not a good look to have a sloppy uneven beard, it makes you look gross and not put together, so make sure to invest on a good shaving or trim kit and work it as needed.

Being on the process of letting your beard grow is not a reason not to do the occasional trim, you should aim for an intentional looking beard, not the “have been running late and have no time for self-care” one, in this case, maintenance is key. Every dapper man should also know when it is time to visit a barber shop, for professional care.

8.    Nose and Ear Hair

Not taking care of your nostrils hair may be one of the biggest mistakes a dapper man could make. The problem with it, is that unlike when you have food on your teeth, people won’t warn you about it, as this subject, in particular, could come out as rude as there’s no polite way to warn this to someone and in most situations it would just make the person uncomfortable without being able to act on it, as it is not something you can take care of in a public setting.

To avoid embarrassment, make sure to pay attention to both your ear and nose and remember plucking hair in those areas can cause infections, so purchasing a good hair trimmer designed for the job is the best answer not only because the product is designed for both duty, but is also ideal to have an even hair length. Plus, with a trimmer, you are unable to go overboard and trim more hair than necessary, as the product is designed to not be able to trim more than a specific length.

9.    Haircut

A great haircut is noticeable and might just be a signature of a dapper man. The hair is the glue that sets the look together, so choosing a haircut that works for your face and style is absolutely necessary and having a professional opinion when making this choice is highly advised. Maintaining a nice haircut is also a must, you should get a trim every 2 to 4 weeks, varying from person to person, to avoid “losing” the haircut. Think of your hair maintenance as a tailoring necessary for a suit to best suit you, and make sure to make an appointment every so often to avoid looking like “you could use a tailoring”.

10.    Moisturize

Moisturizing is what keeps your skin from looking dull and dry. A well-moisturized body and face helps with the flexibility and soften the skin by chemically reducing evaporation. It is also key to keep your skin from aging too fast. Facial moisturizers must be bought to your specific type of skin, rather it is dry, combination or oily, make sure to read labels and ask professionals for help or research the best one for you. To find out what your skin type is, you can just take any online quizzes. It is also a good idea to start using the ones with anti-aging properties one you turn 25 years old.

When it comes to body moisturizer the process is much easier, you just look for one that makes your skin feel soft and have a smell you like.

11.    Serums

The best thing about serums is that you can find one for every complexion problem your skin may have and anything you wish to improve your skin. The best choice is to stay away from anything containing drying alcohols in its formula. Give preference to antioxidants ones if you are looking to repair sun damages and peptides to improve hydration.

Pro tip: Using a face toner after you showerer is great to help close the pores. Keep in mind it must be used before the moisturizer, serums and eye cream.

12.     Eye Cream

From your 20’s it is a good idea to use an under eye dark circles remover cream twice a day. Products such as de-puffing eyes rollerballs do the job just fine but the care must increase with age. In your 30’s, you must start using creams with anti-aging properties, such as retinol and vitamin C, as that’s the age the real fight against wrinkles begin. Once you turn 40 and your skin is completely mature, start looking for products that contain both retinol and vitamin C, plus peptides. In your 50’s, add an eyelid lifter to your routine.

13.    Pubic Hair

It is just not acceptable not to be well shaved in the pubic area in this era, and there are a lot of different techniques you can choose from such as shaving or waxing, as a dapper man don’t just trim. When the area is groomed it looks more aesthetically pleasing and clean. It is also a good way to avoid sweating in the area, as the hair makes it warmer. You can choose to do it yourself or with the help of a professional, which in the waxing case is the most indicated as you can easily burn yourself. If you choose to do it yourself, do so after you shower, as the pores will be open and the task will be made easier, plus, don’t forget to use an aftershave to stop the burn and kill bacteria.

14. Scent Statement

The perfect compliment to a dapper man is his signature smell. A complete dapper man must own a perculiar smell whether being indoors or outdoors. The key to smelling good always encompasses cleaning up oneself and also polishing up with body mists and fragrances. This is far from insinuating having all the fragrances on the fashion all fragrances on fashion magazines or online stores like you will see some people do, NO. All one needs is figuring out the right fragrance that imposes one's presence. The catching tip is buying fragrance with respect to seasons. Wood and Smokey scents work well with colder weather considitions and should be the basis of Fall/Winter fragrance shopping, meanwhile Light and Fruity smells are perfect for summer and spring. 

Now you know what the essentials of dapper lifestyle are. Instead of stressing yourself too hard to get that next designer products displayed on the runways, get yourself cleaned enough to attract even those without a sense of fashion. Ladies prefer a man who smells good over a man who looks expensive.

What are some of your grooming rituals and what products you can’t live without? Leave a comment down below!

  1. This is a good read. What stood out to me is the nose and ear hair, didn't realize that until reading this then I looked around me just to see some folks with the hair protruding out.

  2. Excellent informative writeup. I like the simple language used (easy to understand). Your writing style reflects the content under discourse.
    Lookout for unfinished language. In all, you did an excellent job.

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