Grooming is becoming much more of a focus point for modern men. While not every man goes to the point of having his chest waxed, we certainly want to make sure we are clean and neat. When you look good, you also feel good. Unfortunately there are a few myths out there that can make grooming properly a little confusing. So I decided to look at some of the common myths and see what the real story is!
Myth #1 – Soap is soap – you can use body soap for your face too
Your skin is not the same all over your body. The skin on your face is different to the skin on the rest of your body, and a lot more sensitive. Regular soap will dry out your facial skin very quickly if you use it on your face regularly. Soap designed specifically for your facial skin has different ingredients to regular soap in order to cleanse out your pours better and not dry your skin out. So rather than using the regular bar of soap for your face, invest in a good face wash.
Myth #2 – Men and women’s skincare products are basically the same stuff
This is something I personally always believed. Men and women’s skincare products are the same stuff made in the same factory, just with different labels on them in order to sell more.
However this is not the fact. Men’s skin differs from women’s skin in that men have much thicker skin, is typically rougher in texture and also a bit oilier. So men’s skincare products are specifically designed with these differences in mind. So stop using your girlfriends/wife’s skincare products and get your own men’s skincare products.
Myth #3 – Shave against the grain
Shaving against the grain of your hair gets a really close shave, right? Here is why you shouldn’t shave against the grain though – when you shave against the grain of your hair it can cause skin irritation, razor burns and ingrown hairs. So while you might have a close shave, you are going to have nasty looking red bumps and ingrown hairs on your face.
Rather invest in a really good shaving razor with a sharp blade for a close shave. Before you shave, prep the hair that is to be shaved with some warm water and possibly some pre-shave oil to soften up the hair. After that, you can use your shaving cream and shave with the grain!
Myth #4 – Stress leads to grey hair
The more you stress, the more grey hair you get…right? Just look at people in highly stressful positions, they go grey quickly…right? Actually grey hair is a genetics things, not a stress thing. But be warned that stress can have an effect on hair loss though! So rather than stressing about something that you probably won’t even remember in a year’s time, just relax and keep your hair on your head.
Myth #5 – Shaving hair makes it grow back thicker and faster
When you shave your hair it does not grow back faster and thicker. If that was the case, we would all look like bushy bearded cavemen! Unfortunately the ability grow a full and bushy beard is also a genetic thing that you either have or do not have.
Myth #6 – Bad breath comes from the back of your tongue
This one is actually true!! Generally halitosis (which is the fancy word for bad breath) is due to what is going on on your tongue. So do not just brush your teeth, give your tongue a good brush too! Modern tooth brushes actually now have a rubber brush on the back specifically designed to help you brush your tongue.
There are a lot of myths out there related to grooming, but I hope looking at the myths above has at least helped some of you to not fall for these old-wives tales. I know I certainly got an education on some of these myths that I thought were actually true, but were not (like stress causing grey hair!).
This article was provided by Andries, from manomics.com. Manomics is a men’s lifestyle blog that focuses on men’s grooming, fitness and health.