For years, personal grooming for men has been something of a taboo subject – many of us do it, but hardly anyone talks about it. Lately though, that has started to change and now below-the-waist men’s grooming company Manscaped has become an official sponsor to not one but two UK football clubs.

Both Wolves FC and Scotland’s Hibernian have partnered with the California-based company, suggesting that ‘manscaping’ really is becoming something every man is aware of.

What is ‘manscaping’?

Manscaping is the term used to describe male grooming below the waist. Just as there are for women, myriad options are available, depending on how adventurous you’re feeling: you can go for the fully shaven look, or just neaten up with a trim. Some men even like to opt for a fade to keep things looking super sharp down there.

Many men prefer to leave these things to the professionals, with regular salon trips. Manscaped, however, is aimed at those who like to tackle their own tackle, as it were. The brand produces everything from razors to ‘Ball Toner’, disposable shaving mats – to catch the clippings – to anti-chaffing boxers.

Why would you do that?

Obviously, it’s a very personal thing, and plenty of men still like to go au naturel down below. But for some of us, it’s nice to look like you’ve made an effort. Particularly as our female counterparts have been shaving, plucking and waxing themselves into oblivion since time immemorial.

There’s also a practical element, with many men reporting feeling cleaner and more comfortable with less pubic hair.

What’s the link with football?

It’s fitting that the brand should have chosen sports clubs to team up with – and not just because of the obvious ‘balls’ analogy.

Sportsmen are the most likely candidates for manscaping, as hairlessness makes them more aerodynamic. In fact, male athletes have been shaving their privates, backs and chests – even their legs – since long before it hit the mainstream.

What’s the best way to manscape?

While waxing produces longer-lasting results, it’s no secret that the area we’re talking about is pretty sensitive, and most men shy away from the kind of pain involved in the waxing process. Regular shaving, therefore, is the most commonly used manscaping method.

There are some tips to follow, however, if you want to ensure that you get maximal results with minimal fuss:

  • Pick your razor carefully; even if you’re not going to opt for a manscaping-specific razor (and you really don’t have to), it’s a good idea to use one that is designed to be used on sensitive areas. And change it regularly! Some men also find clippers to be better than a disposable razor, as they offer more flexibility
  • Protect your skin; it’s advisable to prepare your skin before shaving. As previously mentioned, this is a sensitive area with delicate skin, and the last thing you want to do is cause irritation. A pre-shave oil will help keep things lubricated
  • Pre-empt the regrowth discomfort; as with any kind of shaving, there will be stubble, and this can be uncomfortable as it grows back in. If you use hair conditioner on your body post shave, it will help to coat the hairs as they grow, reducing the itch.

You’ve finally won the battle against acne, but the aftermath is often worse. Acne scarring can often be just as debilitating as experiencing acne in the first place as wherever you had a pimple, there’s a chance you’ve been left with a permanent reminder in the form of a red or darkened mark on the skin or even a nasty indentation or scar.

What is acne scarring?

Skin colour changes are usually seen after inflammatory acne lesions have healed and they usually improve with time, but sometimes don’t fully resolve. There is also sometimes actual scarring after acne and the type of scarring depends on the type of acne you experienced:

  • Ice-pick acne scarring: these are deep, narrow pits that often fail to heal
  • Rolling scars: these typically present as a broad depression with a sloping edge
  • Boxcar scars: like a rolling scar, these are broader depressions but have more sharply defined ages
  • Atrophic scarring: common on the jawline and the chest, these are elevated and firm scars
  • Keloid scarring: similar to atrophic scarring, but they can grow bigger than the original spot and appear thick and lumpy

Best acne scar treatments

Dermal fillers: temporary hyaluronic acid dermal fillers can be used to fill the depressions in the skin, but they aren’t a permanent solution.

Microdermabrasion: superficial layers of the skin are removed, which stimulates cell turnover and collagen production to improve the appearance of scars.

Chemical peels: similar to microdermabrasion, a chemical peel can unclog pores and boost cell turnover to improve blemishes.

Laser treatments: these can improve any discolouration left by the acne and can also stimulate collagen production to promote better skin healing.

Microneedling: this stimulates the body’s own natural healing process by causing microscopic skin injuries.

Skincare products: look for products that contain glycolic acid which boosts cell turnover. Retinol is a vitamin A derivative that can greatly improve the appearance of acne scarring.

Grizzled and dry is out when it comes to beards. Modern beard enthusiasts know that a beard oil is essential to ensure your facial growth is soft, well-conditioned and shining with good health. Usually blended from hair-friendly nutrients such as jojoba oils, tea tree or argan, a good beard oil will condition both your facial hair and underlying skin. In compiling our list of best beard oils to purchase this year, we’ve also looked for oils that contain strong masculine scents.

Bulldog Beard OilPocket-friendly option: Bulldog for Men

Available at Boots and most supermarkets, Bulldog’s beard oil is a chemical-free concoction of green tea, aloe vera and essential oils.

PRICE: £5.50

Luxury option: Conditioning Beard Oil by Tom Ford

As a long-term beard enthusiast, it’s no surprise that American designer Tom Ford has created his own must-have beard oil. Get on the A-list with his blend vitamin E, almond and grapeseed, available in three iconic Tom For scents of wood, Neroli Portofino and Tobacco Vanille.

PRICE: £44.00


Hydrating option: Neville Beard Grooming Oil

There’s nothing worse than a dry, scratchy beard, which is why we are recommending this mid-priced option. British brand Neville uses a mix of organic argan and grapeseed oil to quench the driest of beards.

PRICE: £20.00

Embrace something new this new year. Here are the top three self-care resolutions we’ve adopted this January:

#1 Use SPF every day!

Even when it’s cloudy out, the sun’s rays can damage our skin, causing accelerated skin ageing and even potentially leading to skin cancer. Incorporate a high factor SPF moisturiser into your morning regime and look to reapply midway through the day for full spectrum coverage.

#2 Look for sustainable skincare products

Male grooming brands are embracing responsibility and sustainability in 2020, reflecting the concerns of their consumers. Look for products that use recyclable packaging and avoid plastic and palm-oil. There’s a growing proliferation of vegan and vegetarian brands available also.

#3 Expand your skincare routine

It’s no longer enough to just slap on whatever moisturiser that’s lying around on your shelf. Hopefully, you are already aware of the importance of cleansing and exfoliating, but now’s the time to take your skincare routine to the next level. Serums that brighten the complexion, tones that balance oil levels and hydrating masks to nourish the skin should all be incorporated into your skincare routine.


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