The Importance of Establishing a Grooming Routine

Look after yourself from within, and your beauty will shine through on your skin

By Nicole McCray

April 30 2023

There is a true correlation between looking great and feeling great. Just think about times when you have travelled all day long, maybe on a plane, and felt groggy and gross.

Then, suddenly, after a nice shower and clean-up, you feel brand new. It’s true, both physically and mentally. 

Grooming routines are equally as important for men as they are for women.

Establishing a self-care method that works for you offers great hygiene. But sometimes, we get overexcited and introduce something a bit too complicated, only to give up on it later. 

Let’s talk about the importance of establishing a grooming routine that you can follow through with. 

Self-Care Routines Set The Tone

Having a self-care routine has been scientifically and clinically proven to both reduce anxiety and ease symptoms of depression.

This is critical given that stats on those affected with depression since Covid-19 have tripled.

Routine, in general, has a positive emotional reward. But more importantly, when we physically care for ourselves and our health, we feel that even more. 

Both men and women can set the tone of their day or even week by engaging in self-care routines. Of course, not every day has to have the same steps, but a general pattern of behaviour can go a long way.

It’s not to say that a skipped day here and there will hurt, but staying on top of your routine and having easy go-to’s that don’t require much thought is impactful. 

Staying Ahead of Hygiene Issues Is Key

Of course, there is a big benefit to staying on top of your hygiene.

The older we get, the more important it is to care for our bodies, skin, teeth, hair, etc. So something as simple as remembering to floss and brush your teeth regularly is crucial. If you don’t and end up getting gum disease, this can lead to several painful outcomes, such as tooth loss. 

Just because adults aren’t necessarily going through puberty anymore doesn’t mean they don’t have skin irritations and issues. Here are some things to consider. 

  • Your skin gets dry easily during wintertime in cold areas. That means using quality face moisturizers and oils to soften the beard is a must. 
  • Summertime and strong UVs are the fastest way to promote wrinkles, dark spots, and sun damage. Using good face sunscreen and pure anti-ageing products can help save your skin. 
  • Hair thins and becomes a bit more brittle as life goes on. Proper moisturizing and high-quality products without parabens, sulfates, and more can keep our hair and beards shiny and strong. 

Life gets busy, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if the older we get, the less we care for ourselves.

This is all the more reason to have a routine on lockdown. When kids and jobs take up a lot of our attention, a self-care grooming routine can be the reset you need. 

It’s Not a One Size Fits All 

Embracing a grooming routine means embracing the idea that it is not a one-size-fits-all. Instead, it’s a personal regimen that is unique to you. Here are the best tips and practices for making it more personal.  

  • Understanding your skin type is important. Some brands don’t believe in skin types, such as Drunk Elephant. They think more so the products make our skins react a certain way. Regardless, understanding the current state of your skin (oily, dry, combination) will help you find the right products.  
  • The same can be said for your hair or facial hair. Using just any product can result in your hair being greasy, too dry, and other issues. Investing in high-quality ingredients and brands that prioritize this is key. 

Getting general tips and routine ideas is always a good place to start. But making sure that it fits your schedule and preferences is key to making it last. 

How Long Should Your Grooming Routine Be?

The best way to approach this is to focus less on how long your grooming routine should be and more on what the priorities are.

For example, some people wish they had more time, while others could do away with the whole thing. So instead, make a checklist of things you need to do and how frequently. 

Things like washing your face, combing your hair, and showering, are all things that occur much more frequently than clipping your nails.

A routine can have interchanging items as long as you have a base to go off of. 

Check Your Product Labels

If you feel a bit lost on what to use, how to use it, and when to use it, don’t worry. Many labels nowadays will tell you about their product, the best way to use it, and the frequency.

If you don’t see this on your products, head to their website, or a simple Google about the product itself can tell you a lot!