The Grooming Manual
You deserve to have healthy, great looking skin. Unfortunately, many guys don’t make time for this important detail. They may make time for fitness, going to the gym several times a week and sacrificing other pursuits in order to stay healthy. But what about their skin?
Making time to take better care of your skin is an investment in yourself. Don’t you deserve to look and feel your very best?
Don’t let anyone scare you into thinking that having great skin requires hours of ointment application and expensive trips to the dermatologist. If you start with these 5 simple tips, you’ll notice significantly better skin within just a few weeks.
1 - Drink plenty of water.
Hydration is key to healthy, bright, smooth skin. When you’re dehydrated, so is your skin. So make sure you drink plenty of water everyday.
Notice that the key is drinking water - not just any liquids. If you skip water and reach for soda, sugary juice, and similar drinks instead, you won’t get the best results for your skin.
How to do it
Keep a large, refillable water bottle with you at all times. Set an alarm on your phone every hour to remind you to have another drink of water. Keep track of all the liquids you drink in a day and set a strict limit on how many sugary beverages you have.
2 - Reduce sugar.
A lot of guys consume much more sugar in liquid form than they realize. Soft drinks, juices, and sweet, creamy coffees are all packed with sugar. If you down a few each day, you’re increasing your risk for inflammation and bad skin.
How to do it
Keep track of the things you eat and drink in a day. How many of them are loaded down with sugar? Avoid sugary snacks by preparing healthier, natural snacks such as fresh fruit and vegetable slices.
3 - Limit sun exposure.
UV radiation from sunlight is the most significant contributor to the aging process. The sun’s rays damage your skin, causing wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots.
Think you look better with a tan? You won’t in a few years when the accumulated effect of all that sun exposure leaves you with worn, wrinkled skin. So do everything you can now to avoid unnecessary sun exposure.
How to do it:
Stay out of the sun when its rays are strongest - from about 11am - 3pm. If you have to be out in the sun during the heat of the day, use a wide brimmed hat, long sleeves, and sunglasses.
Even if you won’t be out in the direct sunlight for hours at a time, you should use an SPF product daily. Sunblock isn’t just for a long day at the beach - it should be part of your everyday skincare habit.
To keep your skin hydrated while also protecting it from damaging UV rays, use our Daily Defense Face Moisturizer before you head outside. It's zinc-based SPF 20 rubs in easily and doesn't contain any of the potentially harmful ingredients common in many SPF products.
4 - Follow an effective skincare routine.
A consistent, daily skincare routine will keep your skin clean, smooth, and hydrated. If you're new to the idea, start simple. Our Daily Essential routines only require two easy steps - use face wash and then follow up with face moisturizer each morning and evening.
Of course, you can step it up and enhance your routine with exfoliation, anti-aging, and deep pore cleansing. It all depends on your skin type, your skin's current condition, and what your personal skincare goals are.
5 - Get plenty of sleep.
Your body needs 6-8 hours of sleep each night to keep your skin looking its best. Even if it’s not currently realistic for you to hit that goal, make small steps by adding 15-30 minutes of rest each night. Any additional rest you can get will contribute to better skin - and better health overall.
How to do it:
Most modern phones have a sleep app or setting that will discourage you from using your phone once it's bedtime. Use it! It's also helpful to limit screen use, dim the lighting, and not eat within an hour or so before you got to bed. If you use a fitness or sleep tracker app, review your habits to see where you can make improvements to get more and better quality sleep.
You don’t have to apply all five tips immediately if that seems daunting. Start small. Choose the one that’s easiest for you to attain and work at it. Keep track of your progress. You’ll soon notice healthier skin - and likely a healthier you too.