There’s no shame in looking good. Matt Blackwell examines the most common mistakes men make when it comes to their appearance
The days when men could get away with leaving the house looking like they’d just rolled out of bed are long gone. In the 21st century, good things come to those who groom.
Historically, it’s always been the fairer sex who have invested time, effort and money into their appearance, but over recent years the phenomenon that is male grooming has swept the globe. Little by little, the concept is infiltrating the Middle East, with larger supermarkets beginning to stock essential male grooming products such as moisturiser and some of the more intrepid salons and spas extending their range of services to cater for men.
For those who want to get ahead of the well-groomed curve, Y looks at the top five offences men are most often guilty of and how to remedy them.
Hair is one of the first things people will notice about you and a dry, flaky scalp can easily give off a negative first impression. According to the health and fitness website Bodyandsoul.com.au, the average lifespan of skin cells is 28 days. For dandruff sufferers, this lifespan is reduced to around 10 days, with cells clumping together and becoming visible thanks to the oil on your scalp. Neutrogena’s T/Gel Daily Control 2-in-1 Dandruff Shampoo Plus Conditioner is considered one of the best products on the market and is available from large supermarkets and online at Amazon.com for RO5.94.
Wrinkles and bags
You can tell a lot about someone from their face. Each line and crease tells its own story and while it’s impossible to halt the process of ageing, there is much you can do to limit the effects on your features. Hydration is key here, so invest in a top-quality moisturiser. Menshealth.com recommend a few drops of Ahava Age Control All-In-One Eye Care (RO10.78 from Ahava.com) to lighten dark circles, plump lines, and ease puffiness. Avoid consuming anything that dehydrates you too much and always keep your body topped up with water – try to drink at least 1.5 litres each day.
Nothing can give the modern man sleepless nights like the thought of going bald. Thankfully, the grooming disaster that is the toupee has been banished to the annals of fashion crime history and with scientific advancements, those with thinning locks have more options than ever. If caught in the early stages, try investing in an Alterna Caviar Clinical Starter Kit (RO26.57 from Amazon.com), which detoxifies the scalp and strengthens individual stands over a six-week course. If the hair loss has gone past the point of no return, there are more radical treatments on offer including hair transplants and scalp micro-pigmentation.Always check with your doctor first.
On the flipside of not having enough hair is having way too much. And we’re talking in places that it shouldn’t necessarily be, like the chest, back, nose and ear. While some women may love the teddy bear look and feel, you’ll find that most, well, don’t. Spaloon in Qurum is Oman’s first all male grooming centre and offers a range of services including full and part body waxing. If you prefer to take matters into your own hands, you can always keep everything in trim with the Remington PG520 Head To Toe Body Grooming Kit (RO46.58 from Amazon.com), which pretty much has every eventuality covered.
Spending hours in the gym sweating as you sculpt the perfect physique, you always run the risk of breaking out in spots. In order to minimise the chances of contracting the phenomenon knows as “bacne” (pimples on the back), you should always wear breathable clothing at the gym and make sure you shower either at the gym or as soon as you get home to rinse the pores. Neutrogena comes out on top once more, as the brand’s Body Clear Body Scrub (RO10 for a pack of three at Amazon.com) contains salicylic acid, a proven acne-fighting ingredient, and leaves the skin feeling clean and refreshed.