When women look at razors, they see a lot of parts that need to be tended to. They often shave their legs, armpits, and bikini lines as part of their regular processes. When men look at razors, however, they see something different. As a man, you might want to know how to shave your armpits because it’s simply something that’s not talked about. So, do men shave their armpits? You might be surprised to find that a recent survey by MANSCAPED™ found that 68% of men do groom their armpits. On the other hand, 21% of men don’t groom their armpits because they simply don’t know how. With this in mind, let’s explore the world of men’s grooming from an under-the-arm point-of-view.
Should Men Shave Their Armpits?
Does armpit hair really have any real purpose? Why do we have armpit hair? Sure, it exists because there was probably some evolutionary reason that would explain why men have underarm hair, but is this historical context still useful today? As with many of the topics we talk about, it’s always a personal choice. However, there are some great reasons that lean toward the side of going hair-free in the armpit region.
Benefits of Shaving Armpit Hair for Men
Armpit hair removal offers a number of benefits to men, including:
- Reduction of body odor. Armpit hair traps odor and moisture (sweat), which attaches to the follicles and can make your scent smell worse than you want it to. The pores in your armpits release odor-containing pheromones, which naturally produce chemicals that play a role in sexual attraction. However, when these pores become clogged with sweat and dirt, the end result can be quite the opposite of what you’re going for. By giving your armpits a proper shave, you can give yourself a chance to smell great without carrying around an extra amount of stench.
- Feels Airier and Less Itchy. When you’re first trying to figure out how to shave your armpits, you might be embarking on this task because you’re tired of feeling itchy or wooly under your arms. This is completely normal, and it’s one of the reasons 21% of men in our survey said they shave their armpits when grooming. If you don’t want to feel like a wooly bear, it’s completely acceptable to shave your armpits and alleviate the unwanted hair that can weigh you down.
- It Looks Better. Let’s be honest—many of us want to look good. Whether you’re out on the beach or having a rendezvous in the sheets, it’s always best practice to put your best face (and pits) forward. Ultra-hairy armpits can be a turnoff, so keep them clean and feel better about the way you look.
- You’ll Perform Better at Sports. Many athletes have shaved all of their body hair—including their armpit hair—for decades now. A lack of body hair is said to enhance speed and performance in sports such as swimming and biking. Even if it doesn’t do anything for aerodynamics (the jury’s still out on that one), it can help you get in a better mental state.
Reasons Men Don’t Shave Their Armpits
There are plenty of reasons you might want to know how to shave your armpits, but why would anyone want to leave their underarm hair there?
- Grooming Issues. Some guys simply don’t want to be bothered with an extra trim or shave when they’re doing their daily duties. Moreover, some don’t even do daily duties, which could be the reason for lots of hair, smells, and other unwanted implications.
- Skin Issues. Some men who have sensitive skin are afraid of getting razor burn if they try to remove their underarm hair. This fear can be squelched by using the right tools and products for the job.
- Does Shaving Reduce Sweat? It may or it may not. For guys who want less-sweaty underarms but are unsure if hair removal will take care of the situation, they may not be enticed to give it a go.
- Don’t Like the Look. Some men simply don’t like the look of having bald armpits.
How to Shave Armpit Hair
If you’re ready to get rid of the hair on your armpits, it’s important to follow our shaving directions so you can avoid shaving bumps and other unwanted injuries. You need to make sure you have the right tools and products at hand before you begin so everything is within easy reach when you’re ready to trim your armpit hair.
1. Trim Your Armpits
Start by finding the right guard length on your body groomer. If you’re just starting out on your journey, you might want to opt for a longer guard. Remember, you can always go shorter later, but if you go too short in the beginning, you’ll have to wait for it to grow back. MANSCAPED’s The Lawn Mower™ 3.0 trimmer was designed with SkinSafe™ technology that’s perfect for your sensitive parts. It includes an adjustable guard with two lengths, so you can figure out how long or short your armpit hairs should be.
2. Shower Off to Soften the Hair and Get Everything Clean
Once you’ve gotten the outer layer of your follicles taken off, hop in the shower and get your body clean. Be sure to use a pH-balanced body wash such as MANSCAPED’s Crop Cleanser™ hair and body wash to ensure your body is moisturized, hydrated, and clear of rogue hairs that could make your shaving journey more difficult.
3. Exfoliate Your Skin
Exfoliating helps you get a closer shave because it removes the dead skin cells, dirt, and debris that hang out on the top layer of skin. In turn, you’ll get a smoother shave. This process can also help prevent ingrown hairs. Be sure to exfoliate with products that contain salicylic acid or beta hydroxy acids so your pores are cleared and less likely to get clogged after you’re done shaving.
4. Choose a Razor
You might think a multi-blade razor would be the best option because you’re getting more bang for your buck, but before you go that route, bear in mind that multi-blade razors can actually cause razor burn. If you’re wondering how to get a close shave on your armpit, opt for a single-blade razor so you don’t have to worry about the hairs getting trapped in between various blades. If you do go for a multiple-blade razor, make sure the blades are close together; the further apart they are, the more likely it is for your hair and skin to get trapped between the blades, which can cause nicking, pulling, tearing, and painful razor burn.
5. Apply Shaving Cream
When you’re searching for shaving cream for your armpit, opt for a formula that’s moisturizing and doesn’t contain alcohol. Products that contain aloe or glycerin are usually good bets for this sensitive part of the body. Stearic acid and colloidal oatmeal are also good finds for great shaving cream ingredients.
Now that you have all of the prep good to go, it’s time to take your razor to your skin. Start by shaving with the grain. Do so slowly so you don’t accidentally nick your skin. Once you’ve gotten most of the surface hair finished up, be sure to shave in all directions to get the smoothest, cleanest shave possible.
Moisturizing after shaving helps prevent irritation. It also helps the shave last longer and feel smoother.
How Often Should Men Shave Their Armpits?
The skin under your armpits is a sensitive area. That means you should go slowly and carefully when you’re performing this task. There’s no hard-and-set rule about how often you should shave your armpits, as each man’s hair will grow at different rates than other men. Pay attention to how your hair grows and how your skin feels after shaving. More than likely, you won’t need to shave your armpits every day. That’s because razors not only take off a tip of hair—they also remove a layer or two of skin cells. Most men can at least skip a day or two between shaving sessions, but you can always take more time as you’d like. According to our study, 60% of men shave their armpits weekly or every other week.
How to Avoid the Greenish Effect on Skin After Shaving
There are several reasons you could be seeing a greenish effect on your skin after you shave. It’s possible that if you’re not getting a close enough shave, your hair is showing through your skin. In this case, be sure to shave both with and against the grain to eliminate the issue. It can also help to exfoliate and use a warm towel before shaving to open the pores and soften the hair follicles.
Is Plucking Your Armpit Hair Bad?
Plucking (or tweezing) your armpit hairs means you’re removing it from its roots. While the hair might grow in a lot more slowly than other hair removal options, the process can be quite painful. But here’s the thing about plucking your armpit hairs: you could easily be setting yourself up for ingrown hairs and an overall painful experience. The process isn’t bad, per se, but there are better ways to take care of your skin and body, in our opinion.
Tips for Shaving Your Armpits
Now that you know the pluses and minuses of bald armpits, let’s examine some facts. Since 33% of men shave their armpits because they like the appearance, and 23% do it because it feels good, it’s worth giving a quick tutorial so you can join this group of guys, should you so choose.
- Replace your blade often. Depending on how often you shave, you should change your blade from every one to two weeks (for daily shaves) to every four to six weeks (for twice-a-week shaves).
- Try to avoid shaving the same area over and over to avoid razor burn. Give each section a one- or two-and-done motto and move on. Don’t wear your skin out in the same spot.
- Always moisturize to avoid ingrown hairs in your armpit. Moisturization is key after shaving, even if that seems counterintuitive to a place where you’d normally prefer to keep moisture away. Be sure to use high-quality products that include natural ingredients so your sensitive skin doesn’t suffer after you take the razor blade away.
- Don’t ever share razors. Treat your razor like you treat your toothbrush—give it its own space and place in the world, and don’t let anyone else use it. You’re better off buying disposable razors at the grocery store than using someone else’s used razors. They carry bacteria and particles that shouldn’t be shared between two people.
- Use different razors for every part of your body. Do your beard and your balls a favor—let them each have their own tools. Every part of your body has different stuff that shouldn’t be introduced to other parts of your body. The best way to keep yourself healthy while shaving is to allocate a different razor for each part of your body you’re going to be shaving.
- Never shave over a wound. If you have a cut, scrape, nick, or pimple, leave your skin be so it can heal on its own. Taking a razor to already-compromised skin can make it susceptible to infection or a slower healing process.
- Hold your skin taut while shaving. Always keeps your skin taut when you have a razor close to it. If you allow it to become too loose, it could become caught in the blades or trapped beneath the razor—both of which can cause great pain.
MANSCAPED is the place where you’ll find an assortment of tools, products, and tips to help you make sure your grooming mission is on track. From trimmers to after-shave care, we’re proud to say that we’ve procured a catalog of items perfect for any man who’s ready to start (or continue) his grooming endeavors. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
By: Chris Eckstrum
Title: How To Shave Armpits – 21% Of Men Don’t Know How
Sourced From: www.manscaped.com/blogs/grooming/how-to-shave-armpits-21-of-men-dont-know-how
Published Date: Tue, 03 Nov 2020 18:06:24 +0000
How to wear your watch correctly
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:
- Origins Of The Wrist Watch
- What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?
- Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?
- The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch
#1 Origins Of The Wrist Watch
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?
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?
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
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.
The post How To Wear A Watch The Right Way appeared first on Real Men Real Style.
Title: How To Wear A Watch The Right Way
Sourced From: www.realmenrealstyle.com/wear-watch-right-way/
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 10:19:42 +0000
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Fall Capsule Wardrobe Preparation (Buy Now and Get $$$)
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:
- What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?
- How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?
- Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?
- What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?
#1 What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?
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?
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
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?
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
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?
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.
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.
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 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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Title: Preparing Your Fall Capsule Wardrobe (Buy Now And Save $$$)
Sourced From: www.realmenrealstyle.com/fall-capsule-wardrobe/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 23:59:00 +0000
The Best Zara Fragrances
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.
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
The post The Best Of Zara Fragrances first appeared on Mens Fashion Magazine.
Title: The Best Of Zara Fragrances
Sourced From: www.mensfashionmagazine.com/the-best-of-zara-fragrances
Published Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2022 09:57:00 +0000
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