How long do you spend on daily grooming? If you’re like most men, you probably spend as little time as necessary to prepare for the day, and you may only worry about grooming when absolutely necessary.
For example, those that work in construction may not do much more than shower daily. Others get busy and overlook certain maintenance routines, such as beard grooming. While some of this is understandable, you’re doing yourself a disservice by skimping on your daily grooming routine.
Life is all about how we present ourselves, and daily grooming is our way to prepare for how we’re going to be perceived. You may think that your daily grooming routine is on point, but odds are there are areas that you’re overlooking. That’s OK! We can help you with that.
Today, we will share with you what to address in your daily grooming routine. We’ll tell you how long you should groom and why you need a daily routine. We’ve also interviewed some of the top lifestyle bloggers and editors to get their thoughts and tips on how to establish a daily grooming routine.
How Long Should You Spend Grooming?
Some of you are reading this and thinking that you don’t have time to establish a daily grooming “routine.” Odds are that you have the time but don’t realize it. How much time do you spend watching TV, surfing Facebook, or doing other less productive activities? Many of us can find the time, especially once we realize how little time daily grooming takes.
We spoke with Dalton Primeau, Men’s Lifestyle Blogger at thewearhousedistrict.com about his daily routine, and he told us, “During the weekdays when my schedule is a bit more hectic, I spend less time on grooming than I do on the weekends. I’ve learned that keeping my routine as simple as possible is the best way for me to stick to it.” He later explained, “Typically on a weekday I spend about 30 minutes on grooming each day.”
Dave Bowden, Founder of Men’s Style Blog Irreverent Gent, keeps an even simpler routine. He told us, “My daily routine really only takes about 10 minutes in the morning to floss/brush, shower and apply sunscreen, then maybe two or three minutes to brush again in the evening. Shaving takes about 20 to 25 minutes once per week. So it’s really not much of a time commitment.”
“During the weekdays when my schedule is a bit more hectic, I spend less time on grooming than I do on the weekends. I’ve learned that keeping my routine as simple as possible is the best way for me to stick to it.”
Daily grooming does not have to be overly time-consuming. Often, it is best to establish these grooming habits early in the morning, which means possibly adjusting your morning routine. A split grooming schedule may be helpful as well. The most important items are addressed in the morning session, while things such as beard and eyebrow maintenance can be taken care of in the evening session.
Depending on your personal needs, between 10 and 30 minutes a day should be sufficient. If you’re just beginning to establish your routine, allow for a bit more time until you’ve adjusted to your new habit.
What to Include In Your Daily Routine
Your daily grooming routine should be quick, but also thorough. Just hopping in the shower and toweling off is not a sufficient grooming routine. Here are some things you should address in your daily grooming routine.
Shower – We won’t tell you how to shower, as by now you know how to get clean. However, we will give you some tips on what to use. If you want to keep the natural pH balance for skin and avoid stripping the natural oils out of it, you should use an all-natural soap like those made by Dr. Squatch.
If you want to keep your hair healthy, you should shampoo less often. Most people should use organic shampoo no more than one to three times a week. In between shampooings, use an all-natural conditioner to keep your hair clean. Using natural products will help improve the health of both your hair and scalp.
Facial Hair – If you’ve grown a beard or mustache, you should monitor it daily and perform maintenance as needed. Afterward, using organic beard oil to keep your facial hair soft and healthy. Yes, you can use it on your mustache as well.
If you prefer to stay clean shaven, stick with organic shave bars that help nourish your skin and will help prevent razor burn. You may even find yourself able to skip aftershave.
Body Hair – Some of us are blessed with abundant body hair. As necessary, take the steps needed to trim or maintain this hair, especially if your hairier parts are more exposed to the public.
Feet – The feet are often the most overlooked part of the body. Check your feet daily to see if you need to trim your toenails. This helps promote feet health and will also prevent you from destroying your socks. If you’re prone to excessive foot odor, consider using some form of foot powder or take extra care in washing your feet in the shower.
Teeth – Did you know that it’s recommended to brush your teeth at least twice each day? To help promote dental health, take a couple of minutes to brush your teeth with a tooth-whitening toothpaste. Over time, you will notice a dramatic improvement in the color of your smile, and you’ll experience fresher breath. Your dentist will appreciate it as well.
Eyebrows – Most of us are at the age where our eyebrows seem to have a life of their own. Invest in an eyebrow trimmer to help keep them at an acceptable length. Consider getting some tweezers as well to help keep yourself from forming that dreaded unibrow.
Nose Hair – These are perhaps the least fun hairs to deal with, but if you don’t trim them, people will notice. You can use tiny grooming scissors, or you can invest in a nose and ear hair trimmer. We don’t recommend tweezers for these hairs.
Ear Hair – No, we are not joking. Ear hair is a very real thing. We’re not just talking hair inside the ear, but some of us have hairs that grow on the outer earlobe. The eyebrow trimmer will work wonders for trimming any that you notice. Use tweezers as a backup for tiny hairs that the trimmer misses.
Blemish Care – If you’re prone to develop acne, then you need to take steps to prevent it. While organic soaps will help to prevent acne, you can also consider using a facial cleanser as well, especially around the nose or other areas where many of us are prone to acne.
Should you develop a zit, consider treating it rather than popping it. Either visit your dermatologist or use a product with Benzoyl peroxide to help heal it.
Deodorant – To help prevent underarm sweat and odor, it’s a good idea to use some form of deodorant. Whenever possible, unscented deodorant is usually best. Don’t go overboard with the application or you risk staining your clothes.
Cologne – If you prefer to wear cologne during the day, consider using an all-natural cologne that uses natural oils to create a scent rather than using store-brand products that contain “scent,” which is another way to say “chemicals that stink.”
This may sound like a lot to go through, but once you get your routine established, you’ll be surprised how quickly you can go through this checklist. It just takes a little practice. Once you get a routine established, you’ll put yourself in a position to start your day in the best way possible.
As Bowden explains, “Grooming is literally the key to putting your best face forward. As human beings, our eyes are naturally drawn to the faces of others, meaning your face and hair will usually be the first things people see and notice about you. Taking time to maintain a grooming routine helps you ensure that you’ll make a strong first impression when people meet you for the first time, or see you again the next time.”
The Importance of Establishing a Daily Routine
Many men don’t see the point behind establishing a daily routine. As long as they are clean, why should they sweat the small stuff like teeth whitening or beard trimming? What you may not realize is that a daily grooming routine has extra benefits unrelated to hygiene.
As Primeaux explains, “Routines are important. They keep us mentally organized. Eventually, we don’t have to remember to use a scrub or moisturize because it becomes a habit, and we’ve already mentally accounted for the time we need to do so. Grooming routines keep our skin and body healthy and looking great. And when we look great, we feel great.”
So how long does it take to establish this routine? The old myth was that it takes 21 days to develop a new habit, but that’s not the case. A study by the European Journal of Social Psychology showed that it takes about two months for a new behavior to become a habit. Of course, this varies from person to person, with some people in the study developing the new habit in as few as 18 days.
“Routines are important. They keep us mentally organized. Eventually, we don’t have to remember to use a scrub or moisturize because it becomes a habit, and we’ve already mentally accounted for the time we need to do so. Grooming routines keep our skin and body healthy and looking great. And when we look great, we feel great.”
A daily routine does more than promote good hygiene. It can also improve your mental and emotional well being. John Moore, Editor at Guy Counseling, told us that, “It’s important for men to keep a regular grooming routine because it encourages greater self-esteem and stronger mental health.”
When you practice a daily grooming routine, you leave the house knowing that you’ve put in the time to look and smell your best. This gives you greater confidence in interacting with others and relieves stress. This confidence is transmitted to others and can help to improve relationships and create opportunities both personally and professionally.
Now that you know the importance of keeping a daily grooming routine, we encourage you to develop a daily routine or reevaluate your present one to make sure you’re doing all you can to keep yourself impeccably groomed. For more tips like these or advice on male lifestyle hacks, check out the Dr. Squatch blog.
Last modified: November 15, 2019