Male grooming: what is it?

Male facial

Male Facial

The facial is a great option for those who want to ease themselves into the salon or spa experience; all you’re required to do is lie down on the plinth and close your eyes.

No nakedness – No full-body contact – Absolutely no pain.

What does it involve?

Your facial will involve a combination of gentle massage and the application of a specially tailored product to your face. There are different facials to help with problems such as:

  • Acne
  • Oily, congested skin
  • Dull skin
  • Dry, flaky skin
  • Broken capillaries
  • Lines and wrinkles
  • Scars
  • Enlarged pores
  • Lack of skin elasticity
  • Uneven skin tone and texture
  • Irritation caused by shaving and preventing ingrown hairs
  • Stress and tension.

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Male manicure and pedicure

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Don’t worry, this does not involve having acrylic overlays, gemstones and brightly coloured varnish applied to your nails. Male manicures and pedicures are simply designed to give a naturally neat and healthy look to the hands and feet. Treatments usually involve a cleansing soak, a gentle massage, a good rough exfoliating scrub to get rid of hard skin, nice-smelling moisturiser to soften and hydrate the skin and nails, and finally a neat clip.

Manicures and pedicures are recommended for the following:

Men with physical jobs – e.g. construction workers, soldiers, policemen etc. – people who use their hands a lot are more likely to develop callouses, rough skin and thick nails. The Modern man who’s looking to hit the dating scene

Having a manicure and pedicure every once in while will make sure your hands and feet stay in top shape and ensure you make a good impression wherever you go.

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 Male waxing

Male Waxing

Some men want the flawless, sculpted and totally hairless look most male models and celebrities showcase, if you spend hours in the gym then us help show you off at your best. Others just want a general tidy-up. Whatever your hair removal needs, waxing is a great-looking, long-lasting and effective option.

Benefits of male waxing include:

  • No stubble from regrowth
  • Heightened appearance of muscle definition
  • Improves visibility for tattoos and piercings
  • Can help athletes become more streamlined
  • Can increase body-confidence
  • Creates a smooth, sculpted look.

And the question everyone wants to know – will it hurt?

To be completely honest – yes, it probably will.

Pulling hairs straight out of their follicles is always going to hurt, especially en-mass. However, your beauty professional will always prepare your skin in advanced to minimise the pain as much as possible. Some male grooming salons even offer a measure of whiskey before the treatment. If you think back to when alcohol was the only anaesthetic available for full-on surgery, no more than a few hundred years ago, a few seconds of stinging shouldn’t seem so bad!

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Male Spray tanning

 Male Spray tanning

Hear the word ‘fake tanning’ and most men will make a run for it. The oiled, bronzed, plastic look isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Mention the phrases ‘pasty skin’ and ‘English summer’, however, and perhaps those men will reconsider.

More and more health-conscious men are shunning the unhealthy, ageing effects of UV rays for the natural, modest look of a spray tan.

There’s no doubt about it, a spray tan has its benefits:

  • Gives skin a healthy-looking sheen
  • Hides blemishes like spots, red patches and freckles
  • Makes teeth and eye-whites (and white shirts) look even whiter
  • Has a slimming effect
  • Avoids the ageing and cancerous effects of a real tan.

The great thing about the spray tan is that you can control the depth and prominence of your colour. If you want to look like an extra from TOWIE, you can choose a deeper, darker shade. If you just want to create the illusion you’ve stepped off the jet from your weekend get-away in Florence, you can simply opt for a lighter shade.

Remember- not all fake tans leave you looking orange and unnatural.

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 Male spa treatments

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Spas are great for relaxing, unwinding and taking a much-needed break from the stresses and strains of every-day life. Whether you have a fast-paced career, a gruelling work-out regime or a tough personal life, a trip to a spa could help you feel happier and healthier.

Although once they were seen as the sole domain of wealthy, Pekinese-carrying women, now spas are open to people from all walks of life – whether young, old, male or female.

The average spa day will involve lounging beside the pool in a big fluffy robe, snacking on healthy or indulgent treats, enjoying the sauna, Jacuzzi and steam-room facilities and going for the odd private treatment, whether that be a massage, a body-wrap or a manicure and pedicure.

Popular spa treatments for men include:

  • Sports massage – the purpose of a sports massage is to ease any knots, aches and pains from muscles to boost athletic performance and reduce feelings of fatigue.
  • Mud wraps – mud wraps are designed to relieve stress and tension in the muscles and soothe the skin.
  • Scalp massages – designed to ease tension in the head – perfect for easing the stress of a fast-paced job.

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