7 Male Grooming Habits Women Should Do Too
Shave Your Face
Yes, you read that correctly. Besides the obvious fact of removing unsightly peach fuzz, shaving your face is also an effective form of physical exfoliation, says celebrity men's grooming expert Diana Schmidtke. An added boon? "Creating a smoother surface on your skin leads to better, more even makeup application," she adds. Your guy's Mach3 may be too harsh for your more delicate skin though, so pick up a razor made for finer, female facial hair, like Ladyn Touch 'N Brow Razor ($5; sallybeauty.com). For best results, Schmidtke suggests shaving immediately post-shower, while your complexion is still damp (no shaving cream required) and gently gliding the blade across your face, without pressing too hard. For most women, a weekly shaving session is sufficient. (Psst...men are also trying these 6 Beauty Treatments.)
Get Regular Haircuts
Ever notice how often your guy visits the barber shop? Men typically come in every four weeks to clean up their hairline, says Ricardo Alvarado, Master Stylist at Joseph Michael's Salon and Spa in Chicago. If you're sporting a shorter style (a bob or cropped pixie), stick with this timeline to help keep the shape sharp. Got longer layers? Schedule trips every four to six weeks to trim off split ends, Alvarado advises. "Keeping your ends fresh not only preserves the shape of your haircut, but also prevents further damage to the hair," he adds.
Go Electric "Down There"
Most men use an electric razor or body trimmer for manscaping, a smart option for your intimate grooming needs as well. While these don't deliver as close a shave as a manual razor, an electric variety minimizes the risk of razor burn and irritation, says Schmidtke. One tool to try: Bliss Trim and Bare It Hair Grooming System ($64; blissworld.com). Keep in mind that if your hair is longer than an inch or so, it's best to use scissors to trim it first. (And definitely brush up on these 6 Tricks for How to Shave Your Bikini Area.)
Don't Neglect Your Nose
If pesky nose hairs are driving you nuts, take a cue from the boys and pick up an electric trimmer, like the Remington Smooth & Silky Precision Hair Remover ($13; remington.com). "The newest models are longer and gentle, and it's much less painful than plucking out errant hairs," says Schmidtke. Not to mention it's better for your health: "Nose hairs filter dirt and pollution from the nasal cavity, so my advice is to trim them rather than remove them," adds Joshua Zeichner, M.D., assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
Streamline Your Shower
Get in and out of the shower faster (and cut down on bottle clutter) by multi-tasking like a man and opting for a two-in-one shampoo and conditioner, especially if your strands are finer or naturally oily. "Two-in-one formulas are lighter than standalone conditioners and won't weigh down fine hair," explains Schmidtke. You and your guy will both love the new L'Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Power Moisture 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner ($5; lorealparisusa.com). (Can you Break the Shampoo Cycle entirely?)
Rethink Your Shaving Routine
Spend a little extra time and invest in a few new products when it comes to hair removal. "For men, shaving is a ritual," says Schmidtke. "Most women just haphazardly swipe at their legs or underarms while they're in the shower." Start with a pre-shave oil; it softens the skin and ensures the razor glides more smoothly. Post-shave, be sure to hydrate. Swap your standard lotion for an aftershave balm, which delivers more moisture and decreases the likelihood of unsightly bumps and ingrowns. Schmidtke likes the fresh scent of the Art of Shaving Lavender Pre-Shave Oil ($25; theartofshaving.com) and the accompanying Lavender and Roman Chamomile Overnight Balm ($45; theartofshaving.com).
Go For the Gold (Bond)
Guys know that a sprinkle of powder is an easy and effective way to ward off unwanted chafing, and the same holds true for women. "Drying powders can help prevent the development of excess yeast and irritation in areas where the skin rubs together, like the underarms, in between the thighs, and under the breasts," says Zeichner. Stash some in your gym bag; it will minimize any chafing around your sports bra and in between you legs during a long workout. Try Lady Anti Monkey Butt Anti Friction Powder ($7; amazon.com). (And Banish Boob Sweat with These 3 Tricks.)