Men who go the ex­tra mile By

Sunday Observer - - SCENE - Men groom­ing their nails 1. 2. 3.

Men's fa­cials are a lot like women's fa­cials but are for­mu­lated to the unique needs of men's skin. They usu­ally deal with prob­lems men com­monly face, such as ra­zor burn and in­grown hairs, dull­ness, and sen­si­tiv­ity.

Aes­theti­cians deeply cleanse skin be­fore ex­fo­li­at­ing away dead skin cells, steam­ing open pores, per­form­ing ex­trac­tions to clear in­di­vid­u­ally clogged pores, and ap­ply­ing a toner. The fa­cials may in­clude a vig­or­ous face, neck, and shoul­der mas­sage, and they of­ten con­clude with the ap­pli­ca­tion of a cus­tom mask and men's skin­care prod­uct.

Men's skin and women's skin dif­fer in a few key ar­eas. For in­stance, men's skin is 25 per cent thicker, has a higher col­la­gen den­sity and pro­duces more se­bum oil, which can lead to more break­outs. That's why fa­cials tai­lored specif­i­cally to men's skin ex­ist.

It's also an op­por­tu­nity to ex­fo­li­ate the top half of your face the way the bot­tom half is ex­fo­li­ated when you shave. And, it's an op­por­tu­nity to chat with a pro­fes­sional skin spe­cial­ist about the types of prod­ucts you should be in­cor­po­rat­ing into your groom­ing rou- tine at home. They can point you to­ward mois­turis­ers, serums, and ton­ers specif­i­cally for­mu­lated to male skin and its unique prob­lems. In ad­di­tion to be­ing re­ally re­lax­ing, stud­ies show that fa­cial mas­sage may help tone skin and pre­vent wrin­kles and crow’s feet.

Men should make it a habit to go for fa­cials their skin can feel no­tice­ably clean and soft after just one fa­cial. But if they want that youth­ful glow to last, should com­mit to book­ing a fa­cial once a month. Why? It takes around a month for skin cells to go through their en­tire life cy­cle, mean­ing the face will be full of dead, dull skin cells ready to be sloughed off again within that time frame. If that sounds a lit­tle too in­dul­gent for them, make sure to es­tab­lish a reg­u­lar ex­fo­li­at­ing rou­tine at home, us­ing ei­ther brushes or prod­ucts, and you'll be able to go longer be­tween fa­cials.

If you’d rather not ever set foot in a nail salon, we feel you. Fol­low these tips to per­fect your at-home nail-groom­ing skills:

Once you’re out of the shower, use a pumice stone or other de­vice to gen­tly buff away cal­luses. The thick skin on your feet will be softer im­me­di­ately after a good soak mak­ing it eas­ier to ex­fo­li­ate. This should be done no more than once per week if need- ed, and shouldn’t be painful. After ex­fo­li­at­ing, ap­ply a mois­turiser that con­tains urea or sal­i­cylic acid to help pre­vent dry rough skin and cal­luses.

Cut. Trim your nails in a straight line across the top-most part of your nail to help pre­vent in­grown nails from form­ing. It’s okay to trim your nails short, to the point where there’s no white of the nail re­main­ing, but you want to make sure you don’t trim too much as this can be painful and lead to in­fec­tion. Es­sen­tially you don’t want to clip the nail bed; that’s what’s con­sid­ered too short.

Shape and smooth: Go the ex­tra step and file your nails to make smooth borders; this way you don’t have any sharp edges that’ll snag on cloth­ing, mak­ing it prone to fis­sures and breaks.

The nail should be trimmed and shaped straight across and not have a rounded or tri­an­gu­lar shape. This is the best shape to pre­vent breaks. And if your cu­ti­cles tend to fray, try ap­ply­ing co­conut oil to them after trim­ming and avoid bit­ing or pick­ing so they can heal faster

Men should make sure they bud­get to get their nails done ev­ery month.It is at­trac­tive to women and first im­pres­sion last. Ev­ery mo­ment of ev­ery day, the peo­ple around you are qui­etly judg­ing you. When you pay for your morn­ing cof­fee. When you go to work. When you pick up a mar­tini glass. They are judg­ing your hands.

Chances are you just glanced down at your hands, ei­ther poised on your key­board or cradling your smart­phone. Are they soft and smooth, or rough and coarse? Do you have dry skin? Per­haps a hang­nail or two? These are the de­tails we sub­con­sciously no­tice, that co­a­lesce into our first im­pres­sion of a per­son.

The steps in­volved may vary be­tween es­tab­lish­ments, but here's what to ex­pect from the av­er­age man­i­cure:

First, your hands are sani­tised and a lo­tion ap­plied to soften your cu­ti­cles the up­per edge of skin around each nail

Next, cu­ti­cles are clipped to re­move rough or dry edges

This is fol­lowed by fil­ing and the nails with an emery board

Your nails are then buffed, not pol­ished, to a matt fin­ish

A few wipes with a hot towel then re­moves de­bris

Mois­turiser is then ap­plied to your hands to fin­ish off

A deluxe man­i­cure may also in­clude a hand mas­sage or scrub, hot oil, hot stones, you name it. You should al­low at least half an hour. shap­ing

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