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Think you know how to shower properly? Yeah… so did I.

Then I found out I was making a LOT of mistakes. I’m willing to bet YOU are making some of these 10 mistakes.

If you care about looking good, feeling good and smelling good then read on. Here are the 10 common mistakes men should avoid:

  1. Don’t make your shower too hot.
  2. Avoid showering too often.
  3. Don’t shower too long, either.
  4. Avoid shampoos with harsh chemicals.
  5. Don’t scrub your skin aggressively.
  6. Avoid leaving your washcloth or loofah growing bacteria in the shower…
  7. Thinking you don’t need conditioner.
  8. Using more than an almond-sized blob of shampoo or conditioner.
  9. Leaving your razor in the shower.
  10. Not rinsing your hair and body properly.

Mistake #1 Overly HOT Showers

I love a hot shower – but you’ve got to understand that if you take a hot shower you are:

  1. Irritating your skin.
  2. Stripping away the essential oils that are there to protect your skin and hair.

Cold showers can wake you up, boost your mood, improve your circulation and train your willpower. Plunging into a cold shower can even improve your resilience to stress.

But if you don’t want to go the whole way, try a warm shower rather than a steaming hot one.

Or try a James Bond shower (starting hot and gradually turning it down to cold – the way Bond showered in the books.) 

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Mistake #2 Showering Too Often

man disliking showering so often

I know what some of you guys are thinking – “Antonio, is this really a problem? Cleanliness is next to godliness!”

Okay – but there’s such a thing as too much cleanliness. If you’re showering four times a day, unless there’s some medical or life reason why you actually need to – you are too clean.

The truth is, showering once a day is perfectly fine for most of us.

Your skin needs a LITTLE natural oil left on it unless you want to look like an old crocodile. And unless you’re dripping with sweat, you only need a hair wash every 2-3 days.

Mistake #3 Showering Too Long

shower with clock
Time is money… don’t waste it in the shower.

If you’re spending 30 minutes to an hour in the shower – come on, think of all that water you’re wasting. It’s not doing anything good for your skin either.

There’s nothing wrong with enjoying water. If you’re showering for longer than 10 minutes though you’ll use less water by taking a bath instead.

Or try a hot tub, sauna or a swim in the pool instead. Saunas are great for your skin – they boost your circulation and clear your pores, meaning you’ll have a healthy glow and fewer spots. Swimming pools are not so great for your skin because of the chlorine but at least you’ll save water and get some exercise.

A great way to reduce time and water is by having a navy style shower. Click here to discover what the navy shower technique is.

Mistake #4 Harsh Shampoo

man applying shampoo

I get it – you want clean hair. You want to get rid of that product buildup. But understand that when you’re stripping away the product you’re also stripping away the oils from your hair.

You could also be irritating your skin. A lot of shampoos have harsh chemical ingredients that can cause irritation to your scalp. And a flakey, spotty head that you can’t stop scratching is not a good look.

What can men do to prevent irritation and flakiness? To avoid this mistake, use a natural shampoo for men. The more natural ingredients, the better.

Make sure the ingredients are actually listed on the website where you can read them – if not, they probably have something to hide.

Avoid toxic ingredients in men’s skincare, like Formaldehyde, Butylated Hydroxytoluene, Aluminum, and PEG compounds.

Mistake #5 Aggressive Washing

Are you way too aggressive when you’re washing your skin? I know you like to take that washcloth or that loofah and scrub your face hard. If so, I’m sorry to say you don’t know how to shower properly.

If you look at yourself in the mirror afterward and you’re red – it’s irritating your skin. You are removing layers of skin.

Don’t do that – it can lead to breakouts and all kinds of issues. It’s fine to use a loofah, but you don’t need to be that rough.

Mistake #6 Putting Bacteria All Over Yourself

man with acne

Closely tied to that last one – if you don’t use a fresh washcloth or you’re storing your loofah right there in the shower…

When something has been sitting there for a day damp and warm, that’s a breeding ground for bacteria.

Aside from just being nasty, if you have any trouble with acne you’re going to make it worse. Also, adding bacteria to your body is not going to make you smell better. So be careful with reusing washcloths.

Mistake #7 Not Using Conditioner

You need to use conditioner in your hair. It’s not just for long hair.

If your hair is anywhere over an inch and you’ve used shampoo, the shampoo strips away all of the oils. The conditioner puts it back. 

So, how to shower properly? Use a natural moisturizing conditioner. Trust me when I say it makes a huge difference. It actually goes in there and remineralizes the hair. Try it – you don’t need to use too much.

Mistake #8 Too Much Shampoo Or Conditioner

man holding bowl of almonds
Shampoo size guide: ONE of these. Not all of them.

Speaking of too much, we’re almost all guilty of this one – using way more shampoo or conditioner than we need. Part of knowing how to shower properly is being able to judge the right amount and avoiding being wasteful.

I know some of you guys are saying, ‘But Antonio, I like to fill up my entire hand’ – no. Overusing shampoo is just a waste. It doesn’t get your hair any cleaner.

Don’t worry, I’ve made it easy for you. The truth is that you only need a very small amount – about the size of an almond. Anything else is overkill.

Mistake #9 Leaving Your Razor In The Shower

razor in the shower

There is no single correct way to shave your face so there’s nothing wrong with shaving in the shower. That’s not what this is about.

Remember what I said about leaving things in a warm moist place though. Bacteria builds up, especially on those nicks and breaks in the razor if it’s a disposable one.

What do you get if you shave with a bacteria-laden razor? An infection on your face.

Just take a minute and put your razor in the bathroom cupboard when you’re done using it.

Leaving it on the bathroom sink is not an acceptable substitute…bacteria goes flying into the air when you flush the toilet and settles on surrounding surfaces. So yeah – put your toothbrush in the cupboard too.

Mistake #10 Not Rinsing Properly

This mistake can lead to irritation because the shampoo is actually left on your hair and on parts of your body, especially in cracks and crevices.

Get rid of all the shampoo, conditioner, and body wash, or as soon as your skin gets moist it’s going to suds back up and keep cleaning.

It’s going to strip away those oils. That can lead to irritation in the armpits and other areas I won’t mention. So make sure to rinse properly.

Be honest, did you think you knew how to shower properly before reading this? How many of these mistakes you were making? I know I’ve made a few myself.

Gents, take this knowledge and use it wisely. Improve your skin, hair and body hygiene today.

Click below to watch the video – Why Are Celebrities Ditching The Shower?

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How to wear your watch correctly

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As much as you won’t like hearing this, you’re probably wearing your watch wrong.

It’s not your fault; you may have never been taught how to wear a watch properly. After all, there is more than one way to wear a watch.

But how do you know which way is the right way?

Don’t worry, gents; as always, I’ve got you covered. I’m here with the best way to wear your favorite timepiece properly and look as stylish as ever.

In today’s article, I’ll be covering:

  1. Origins Of The Wrist Watch
  2. What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?
  3. Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?
  4. The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch

#1 Origins Of The Wrist Watch

old watches

When it comes to wearing a watch correctly, it’s important to note why the wristwatch came about in the first place.

Dating back to the 1800s, the first watches modified to be worn on the wrist were primarily worn by women as accessories. One of the earliest was created by Patek Philippe as a fashion accessory.

At the start of the 20th century, watchmakers became intrigued about using a wrist-worn timepiece for men in the military. They believed it would help them tell time quickly while on the battlefield.

Watchmakers started modifying pocket watches to fit on a bracelet worn on the wrist. Men would not wear the first iteration of the modern wristwatch until well into the 20th century.

Then developed as a ‘trench watch’ for military use, the earliest wrist watches offered something the pocket watch didn’t have – convenience.

After the wristwatch became less of a fashion accessory and more of a functional tool, watchmakers would spend the next century modifying them into the modern wristwatches we enjoy today.

#2 What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?

man wears watch

The age-old question: what wrist to wear a watch on? The answer – it depends.

The reason it depends is that since the creation of the wristwatch, men have mostly worn their watch on their non-dominant wrist. And since most people are right-handed, you would wear your watch on your left wrist.

But this isn’t always the correct answer. You may want to wear your watch on the right wrist if you are left-handed. But you may also want to wear it on your dominant hand.

So how do you know for sure?

The most significant benefit of wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is that you can quickly put the watch on and navigate the dial more efficiently than with your non-dominant hand.

Wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is less likely to damage the watch as you tend to do more with your dominant hand. If you were to wear it on your dominant hand, you’re more likely to scratch or ding the watch than on your non-dominant hand.

So the rule of thumb here is to wear your watch on your non-dominant hand for the best way to navigate and protect your watch.

#3 Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?

watch facing inside

The next question is, why would a man wear his watch facing inward on his wrist instead of outward?

This trend is seen primarily in individuals who need to check their watch frequently and in the most efficient way possible. Among the many reasons you should wear a watch, one of the most common is to support you in your profession.

You will see men in the military do this, as it’s easier and prevents sun glare better than when it’s on the outside of the wrist. It also offers faster convenience to other tools on the watch in addition to the time.

Another reason you may want to wear your watch facing inward is that it can help protect your watch from scratches and dings. Again, this is just a preference.

But you’re a stylish guy looking for the best way to wear his watch. What should you do?

The answer here is to wear it facing outward, as that is the most common way to wear a wristwatch. It shows off your timepiece that you love while also still being functional.

Unless you’re in a profession where you need to check your watch quickly while managing other tasks, the best way is to have your watch facing outward. After all, you probably didn’t spend money on that beautiful timepiece to hide its character.

#4 The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch

stylish watch

Now it’s time to find out exactly how to wear a watch in the most stylish way a guy can.

Assuming you’ve selected the right size watch for your wrist, the first thing you want to do is figure out if you’ll be wearing your watch on your right or left wrist.

As mentioned above, traditionally, the watch is worn on your non-dominant wrist. So if you’re right-handed, this means wearing your watch on your left wrist. For left-handed guys, this means your right wrist.

After you figure that out, it’s quite easy. The first thing you want to do is locate your wrist bone.

You want to wear your watch face up just above your wrist bone. If done correctly, your watch should slightly peek out from under the cuffs of your shirt when wearing long sleeves.

Next, you want to tighten the strap so it’s loose enough to be comfortable. You don’t want it so loose it can spin freely around your wrist. You also don’t want it too tight, or it will feel uncomfortable, especially when you bend your wrist.

After doing this correctly, you’ll be wearing a watch in the most stylish way possible.

There you have it, gents.

Now you no longer have to worry about wearing your watch incorrectly.

There is more than one way to wear a watch, so find what’s most comfortable for you personally, and rock your favorite timepiece accordingly.

If you want to take your watch knowledge to the next level, check out this article I wrote about the difference between quartz and mechanical watches.

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Fall Capsule Wardrobe Preparation (Buy Now and Get $$$)

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We’ve all been there – fall comes around, and you open your closet only to find you have nothing but polos and shorts.

So what’s a stylish guy to do? Pay a premium to build an entire fall wardrobe last minute? Sure, if you’re loaded. But not every guy is that lucky!

Don’t worry; as ever, I’ve got you covered. In today’s article, I’ll show you how to get the best bang for your buck when building your fall capsule wardrobe.

We’ll be covering:

  1. What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?
  2. How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?
  3. Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?
  4. What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?

#1 What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?

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One of the most common headaches guys run into in their closet is having too many clothing options to choose from but not enough of the right options.

While more options aren’t bad, they can be overwhelming, especially when you rarely wear most items. This is where building a capsule wardrobe comes into play.

A capsule wardrobe is a limited selection of clothing items that complement each other. This means you can buy a smaller selection of items and create a larger number of outfits.

This is crucial to understand because most guys don’t have an unlimited budget for buying clothes. A capsule wardrobe allows you to purchase and use items frequently with little redundancy.

But where do you start in building your fall capsule wardrobe?

#2 How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?

fall clothing items

After you have put together the perfect capsule wardrobe, you can start to add a few fall-specific items. This is done by adding a few staple pieces that complement what you already have.

For most, fall offers mild temperatures mixed with slightly warmer temperatures.

This means that layering will be of the utmost importance because you may leave the house needing a jacket, but it might be warm enough by midday to sport only the t-shirt underneath.

Start with the basics when building your fall capsule wardrobe and add pieces accordingly.

Keep It Simple

man wearing coat

Fall is primetime for layering, so you only need a few outer layers and should focus more on the innermost layers.

You want to make sure that interchangeability is at the top of your list when it comes to your wardrobe. Everything should complement each other for ease of use.

With that said, having a few staples and adding additional items as you change seasons is essential.

For this reason, ensure you have the following items in your fall capsule wardrobe:

  • A dark three-piece suit 
  • A light-colored tweed blazer
  • A leather bomber or biker jacket
  • An overcoat (dark or light)
  • A formal button-up shirt (white)
  • 2 casual button-up shirts (flannel or chambray, you choose)
  • 2 sweaters (1 shawl, 1 crew neck)
  • 2 t-shirts (1 white, 1 black,)
  • 2 pairs of Jeans (1 dark, 1 light)
  • 2 pairs of slacks/chinos (1 dark, 1 light)
  • 2 belts (1 black, 1 brown)
  • 1 pair of black dress shoes
  • 1 pair of brown oxfords (leather or suede, you decide)
  • 1 pair of sneakers (plain white or brown)
  • 1 pair of military boots (black or brown)

When it comes to accessories like watches, scarves, or gloves, you can use what you have as most men won’t need all of them, so I won’t count them in.

#3 Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?

clothing on sale

As it is the middle of summer, fall will be approaching quickly.

Now is a great time to snag up some of last year’s sale items at department stores as they usually have sales on previous season items. By now, most men aren’t thinking about what to wear in the fall.

While you still might be able to find good deals on last year’s fall items, it’s usually the most optimal time to purchase these items after the season has ended. This is when retailers try hard to clear space and make room for the next season’s clothing.

When they do this, it is a great time to get excellent deals on items that have just gone out of season.

Another great option to buy men’s clothing is online at your favorite retailers, as they will often have sales and discounts on items they have in their online inventory but are not yet in prime season.

The most expensive items in your fall capsule wardrobe are the ones you want to focus on, as you can often save a significant amount of money out of season for them.

These big ticket items include:

  • Your dark three-piece suit and blazer
  • Overcoats and jackets
  • Dress shoes and sneakers
  • Boots

These items will be some of the most expensive items and can be found discounted out of season. Put these at the forefront of your fall capsule wardrobe search.

#4 What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?

man shopping for clothes

You want to adhere to a few staples when building your fall capsule wardrobe.

Since fall weather can vary, layering will be essential. These few items are crucial as mainstays that can be layered with other items within your wardrobe.

For example, if you experience a rather chilly day in fall and need to wear a suit, an overcoat is essential as that outermost layer because you can simply remove it when you no longer need it.

When it comes to the concept of layering within your fall capsule wardrobe, you want to make sure you nail these following items.

Overcoats

man wearing overcoat

Having a good overcoat to complement your fall capsule wardrobe is crucial.

The overcoat acts as the outermost layer and will be removed whenever you go indoors. This makes for a great option as you can wear it with anything as it offers excellent versatility.

When searching for the perfect overcoat, it’s essential to know your size as they usually come in sizes of suit jackets, not regular sizing. After you’ve nailed the size, focus on color.

Dark-colored overcoats tend to be the most versatile. However, a light camel color can work as well. Stay away from patterns with overcoats as the goal is to be as versatile as possible.

Leather Jackets

leather jackets

A good leather jacket goes a long way. You can choose a leather biker jacket or a leather bomber; it’s your call.

Biker jackets can be slightly harder to pull off as most of the time, they will have a larger and more aggressive collar, but they still look great.

A leather bomber jacket is an excellent option because it looks great on all body types and often has more options than biker jackets.

For color, opt for black or dark brown, as that gives you the most versatility with other items in your fall capsule wardrobe.

Sweaters

man wearing sweater

Sweaters are to fall, what t-shirts are for summer. This means they are a critical piece as they are season specific and offer great versatility when it comes to layering.

So how do you find the perfect sweater?

You want options, so have a couple of different collar choices to give yourself the most bang for your buck.

Having a shawl neck sweater and a crew neck sweater ensures you have all your bases covered.

Make sure you choose neutral tones such as greys, creams, and tans for color. This ensures maximum versatility with other items within your wardrobe and gives you the most options.

That’s it, gents.

To learn more about how versatile this concept of capsule wardrobes can be, check out how I turned 16 pieces of clothing into 256 outfits.

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The Best Zara Fragrances

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We all know of Zara and I’m pretty sure the majority of us own at least one piece from them, but I’m not here to talk about their reasonably priced clothing, I’m here for their fragrance.

Not quite a hidden gem but I don’t feel that they vast range and high quality fragrance that they create is given enough air time, I’m about to change that. The fragrance game is massive at the moment, everyone from the big fashion houses all the way to footballers have a scent on the market and they all carry a hefty price tag, with some of the bigger hitters asking in excess of

£100 for 50ml.

Zara clearly understand the need for a great fragrance but also appreciate not everything has to be overly expensive. I’ve been lucky enough to sample my fair share over the years and wanted to share with you what I feel are some of their strongest.

Tobacco Collective 100ml – £16.99

This is one of my absolute favourites, it works perfectly as an everyday scent. The initial smell is strong and masculine but with undertones of vanilla bourbon help to soften it slightly.

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For Him 100ml – £22.99

My current daily spray, its warm, modern and intense. It just so happens to be the perfect blend of three of my favourite scents, bergamot, cardamom and sandalwood. It’s strong yet light, never over powering and leaves a wonderful trail.

Florence 100ml – £16.24

Summer calls for a fresh fragrance and I cannot recommend this highly enough, its light, fresh and citrus scent is perfectly for those warmer days. Notes of black pepper, strawberry and guaiac wood allow this scent to sit gently on the skin with offending the noses of those around you.

Written by Tom Loughran

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