According to a MH survey
a man’s good grooming habits can lead eight out of 10 women to overlook his weight gain.
Call it all goop, but that would be missing the point. Grooming products are carefully designed tools – and next to TP, they’re the most useful things in your bathroom. They soften your skin, help you smell good and keep you looking fresh. You may think all you need is that shampoo you brought home from the hotel, but we guarantee there’s a woman near you who disagrees.That’s why we prepare our annual roundup of the best new products. We also asked hundreds of readers and trusted grooming experts to tell us about their favourite products and included their selections along with ours. Pick out a few and try them. You’ll be hooked.
By MH Staff - Posted on 3rd March 2012
According to a MH survey a man’s good grooming habits can lead eight out of 10 women to overlook his weight gain.
The further down your body you go, the more you need to attend to it. That’s because blood flow slows as you go lower - making, say, your legs drier (and potentially worse looking) than your arms. The lesson: attend to individual parts and you’ll have a whole body worth showing off.
Can You Smell Me Now?Cologne makers say scents smell different on different men. True? Many sprays later, we found out.
The testFor three days, three cologne-wearing MH guys were sniffed by a panel of Women’s Health staffers but the gals weren’t told they smelled the same three products, each day on a new guy.
The resultsEach woman described the same cologne differently depending who wore it. Sometimes she loved it, sometimes she hated it. This is what they had to say. CK FREE blue edt 50ml R585 Edgars Alistair: “A traditional scent, but I thought it was a little too old for him. I liked the citrusy smell.” Clinton: “A subtle and fresh scent that’s seems modern and addictive.” Dylan: “This is a sophisticated, but sexy kind of cologne, with an earthy, floral scent.” AZZARO POUR HOMME elixir EDT 100ml R695 Truworths Dylan: “Not for wallflowers! Wouldn’t like a guy to wear this in bed, but at a party he’d get my attention.” Clinton: “I thought this scent smelt great on him. Not too over powering and it would definitely turn heads.” Alistair: “I like the fresh, almost soapy, smell. I’d like to snuggle up with a guy wearing this while watching a DVD.” GIVENCHY EDT PLAY SPORT 100ml R885 Edgars, available in June Clinton: “This smelt too musky. It’s not my favourite scent on him.” Dylan: “Masculine without being too musky. Definitely worth a second (or more!) sniff.” Alistair: “I love this on him. He had my attention at the first smell. It’s woody and musky for the cool and confident guy.”
How you should chooseYour skin type, health, diet and the medications you take all play a role in how a cologne smells on you. So instead of buying a scent because your buddy uses it, go with a woman to the store. Try a few on, give the scents a few minutes to mix with your own smell and then let her weigh in. Trust us – she’ll pick a favourite. * Sometimes the benefit of good cologne has nothing to do with smell at all. When men wore cologne, women said they looked more confident, a 2009 study from the University of Liverpool found. And that’s the big key to winning her over – smelling great is just a bonus.
2 On The Shelf
(from top, left-right) Evening Armani Code Pour Homme EDT 75ml R849 Woolworths A fresh, spicy composition for the contemporary man. Best worn after dark Sporty Lacoste L.12.12 BLANC EDT 100ml R750 Edgars A woody composition with fresh and floral accents for that playful approach on or off the court E vening Christian Dior Eau Sauvage Extrême EDT 50ml R625 Stuttafords This masculine scent possesses a blend of tangy citrus, rosemary, lavender and cedar Everyday Boss Hugo Boss Bottled EDT 50ml R610 Edgars It’s fresh and sharp with a warm woody base, an instant everyday favourite Classic Terre D’Hermes EDT 100ml R930 Stuttafords Citrus accents, mineral notes and spices makes for a woody, classic scent Classic Aramis EDT 60ml R490 Edgars The smell of leather, wood and spices are well blended and appreciated Statement Paco Rabanne 1 Million EDT 50ml R590 Woolworths Hints of grapefruit, mint and spices earn you the right sort of attention Aftershave Clarins Men Aftershave Soother 75ml R355 Woolworths A non-oily and alcohol-free fluid which soothes skin after your shave Razor Gillette Fusion Pro Glide Power razor R110 Clicks Its superfine blades have a low resistance coating, so they move with ease Shave Tool Phillips Body Groom Shaver R399 Philips The all over body groomer gets the job done, even in sensitive body zones Razor Gillette Fusion Pro Glide Power razor R110 Clicks Its superfine blades have a low resistance coating, so they move with ease Shave Oil Lab Series for Men Smooth Shave Oil 30ml R265 Edgars A lightweight pre-shave oil rich in emollients, softens the beard for that close shave Aftershave Clarins Men Aftershave Soother 75ml R355 Woolworths A non-oily and alcohol free fluid which soothes skin after your shave Aftershave Balm Nivea for Men Skin Energy Double Action Balm Q10 100ml R77 Clicks The light combination of coenzyme Q10 and soothing chamomile calms the skin after shaving Shaving Gel Gillete Fusion Hydra Gel Ultra Protection 200ml R70 Dischem Comfort from the first stroke to the last, give it a go Aftershave Balm Nivea for Men Skin Energy Double Action Balm Q10 100ml R77 Clicks The light combo of coenzyme Q10 and soothing chamomile calms the skin after shaving Bodywash Molton Brown London Re-Charge Black Pepper Body Wash 300ml R265 Woolworths The black peppercorn oils are deeply invigorating and aromatic Shower gel Dove Men-Care Clean Comfort Body & Face Shower Gel 250ml R26 Clicks At this price nothing softens or cleans your face and body better Body Moisturiser Vaseline Men Cooling Body Lotion 200ml R18 Clicks Why you like it: its non-greasy formula cools the skin and locks in hydration, ideal after a MH workout Sunscreen Nivea Sun Invisible Protection Transparent Spray SPF 50 200ml R130 Dischem A non-greasy texture and a high SPF, what more do you expect from a sun protector? Roll-On Garnier Mineral Men Absolute Dry Deodorant 50ml R15 Clicks When your pits are really cooking this is your best weapon Deodorant - Spray Nivea for Men Silver Protect Deodorant 150ml R22 Clicks Light and easy to use, plus the silver molecules eliminate bacteria
Razor commercials promote fast, sharp blades, as if shaving is a process in need of speed. Don’t listen to them. A close shave requires time. The hot water needs to open up your pores, you need to scrub your face clean, remove dirt (so that it doesn’t snag the razor) and for the oils in your pre-shave lotion to make your skin smoother. Come on, your face is worth 10 minutes. When flirting at a bar, most women prefer guys with a day’s scruff. But they say they’d rather kiss a clean-shaven man. (Offer to shave at her place!) – mh survey “I prefer wearing three day stubble but I make sure I maintain it well. My Philips beard trimmer is a handy tool. I keep my beard at around no. 1 in length. I’m just not one of those clean cut guys.” - Warwick Wright, pro-surfer
Groom yourself for a jobMake sure your face matches a future boss’s expectations. We asked dozens of hiring managers and experts in nine fields if certain facial-hair choices would affect an applicant’s chances of landing a gig. This is what they found acceptable. Clean-Shaven: Food service, teacher, office worker, retail, creative media, professional, I.T., construction, barber 5 0'Clock Shadow: Creative media, construction, barber Long Sideburns: retail, creative media, professional, construction, barber Full mustache: Food service, teacher, office worker, retail, creative media, I.T., construction, barber Pencil mustache: retail, I.T., construction, barber Short beard: Food service, teacher, office worker, retail, creative media, professional, I.T., construction, barber Full beard: retail, creative media, construction, barber Chin scruff: creative media, construction Full goatee: Food service, teacher, office worker, retail, creative media, I.T., construction, barber Soul patch: office worker, creative media, construction, barber Merv Hughes: construction ZZ Top: construction
4 On The Shelf
(From top, left - right) Face Moisturiser Vaseline Men Face Moisturiser Oil Control 50ml R50 Clicks Reduces shine and makes skin look smooth and even toned Anti-ageing Neutrogena Men Age Fighter Face Moisturiser SPF 15 40g R95 Clicks Reduces wrinkles, protects your skin against the sun and fights dryness, three for the price of one Eye Serum Clarins for Men Anti Fatigue Eye Serum 20ml R370 Edgars This lightweight serum works wonders after a heavy night of partying Acne Treatment Dermalogica Concealing Spot Treatment R275 Dermalogica Sulfur and zinc oxide help combat outbreaks and the subtle tint works to camouflage redness Face Moisturiser with SPF Eucerin Sun Fluid SPF 50+ 50ml R160 Dischem Compact and powerful with a very high SPF Scrub L’Oréal Paris Men Expert Pure & Matte Deep Exfoliation Gel Wash 150ml R80 Dischem This soap free scrub unclogs pores and fights blackheads Cleanser Nivea for Men Skin Energy Face Wash Q10 100ml R58 Clicks Kick start your morning with this, invigorating cleanser, it’ll soften your beard to optimise shaving Eye product Nivea for Men Revitalising Skin Eye Roll-On Q10 10ml R85 Clicks The cooling roller ball makes it quick and easy to apply Shampoo Redken for Men Mint Clean Invigorating Shampoo 300ml R233 Redken for Men A shampoo with protein and peppermint leaves your scalp with a cooling sensation Styling product Mitch Hardwired Maximum Hold 75ml R245 Palladium Hair All you need is an almond size amount and you can use it on wet or dry hair Conditioner Head & Shoulders Classic Clean Anti-Dandruff Conditioner 180ml R34 Checkers Conditioning your hair is as important as shampooing Styling Gel L’Oréal Paris Studio Mineral Control Invisi’gel 150ml R55 Clicks Easy styling without the flaking Anti-dandruff shampoo Clear Men Anti-Dandruff Shampoo R40 Clicks Conditions your hair and scalp, reduces hair fall and leaves you flake free Hair Loss Nioxin Scalp Activating Treatment 2 100ml R450 Nioxin Contains antioxidants and botanicals that help thicken the hair Thinning Hair Wella System Professional Just Men Maxximum Tonic Intensive 100ml R287 Wella System Professional Strengthens your hair and stimulates the blood circulation of your scalp Toothpaste Aquafresh Extreme Cleaning Whitening Toothpaste 100ml R7.85 Clicks Gives your teeth and tongue a good clean Electrical Toothbrush Braun Oral B Triumph 5000 with Smart Guide R1 495 Dischem An electric toothbrush with a wireless display monitors how long you’ve brushed Mouthwash Dentyl Ultra Cleanse Mouthwash 250ml R45.95 Pick n Pay Kills germs as your mouth tingles Floss Oral B Floss Essential R29.95 Dischem Floss at least once a day and follow the curve of your teeth Toothbrush Aquafresh Clean & Flex Toothbrush R20 Clicks The flexible neck adapts to the shape of your mouth
On average, a man’s scalp produces more than twice the volume of oil that a woman’s does (thanks in part to pores that are double the size of hers). So we have to be especially mindful of scalp acne, eczema and other dermatological issues. A simple first line of defence: wash your hair every other day. And don’t forget to look after your scalp, says Andrew Guilfoyle, salon owner at Scar Hair.
Manage your MopIt’s a great styling irony. The most casual look requires precise prep.
TextureMedium to thick hair is the easiest type to form in a mess. You’ll need more product if you have finer hair.
CutAsk you barber for short sides and a texturised top. The key is to avoid being squared on top. You want it choppy and you need enough length to be able to move it around - two to three centimetres is good.
ProductUse a R5 coin sized dab of a matte paste to hold the mess in place.
Style1 Hair is thickest in the back, so start there, massaging the product in. Then move your hands to the front. 2 Grasp the ends of your hair and pull pieces to create definition. Pull to the right and left. 3 One direction will naturally look better than the other. That’s cool. Just don’t go straight up. 4 Once your hair is well mussed, don’t pat it down; it’ll settle naturally. It shouldn’t look too shiny, styled or perfect. 5 If you have fine hair, blast it for a few seconds with a blow-dryer to make the gel disappear. Or let it air-dry and then move your hands over your hair to erase the gel’s wet look. A cream wax can be used on most hair types says Delin Naude , creative director at Palladium Hair. It moisturises the hair and leaves it flake-free and easy to style . Source: Theodore Leaf, Suave Professionals
Everyone seems obsessed with having white teeth. Here’s what you should be more concerned about: clean teeth. (They’re related, sure, but even blindingly white teeth can have cavities.) If you don’t brush and floss, plaque forms within 24 hours. Then it starts rotting away your teeth. Still smiling?
Find the right toothpasteSome 69 new toothpastes came out last year. Ridiculous! Ignore the flood and use this guide.
Start Here“Despite all the marketing, there aren’t many types of toothpastes,” says Matthew J. Messina of the American Dental Association.
FlavourPick any. Toothpaste is generally a matter of preference. The only reason flavour matters is because you might not brush for long enough if you don’t like the taste.
Gel or Paste?“There’s no functional difference, generally the difference is in the method that they are manufactured,” says dentist Dr Imraan Hoosen. Hoosen recommends that you just use the one you prefer.
Any Teeth Issues?They hurt when I drink cold water: Use sensitivity toothpaste with potassium nitrate. It helps fill in tiny holes on your teeth that cause the discomfort. I have lots of tartar buildup: Use a tartar-control toothpaste that contains sodium pyrophosphate, which bonds with tartar and dissolves it.
According to a MH survey
a man’s good grooming habits can lead eight out of 10 women to overlook his weight gain.