5 common grooming mistakes guys don’t know they’re making – and how to fix them

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shutterstock_136236386Guys have it pretty easy when it comes to grooming.

In most cases, as long as you’re brushing your teeth every day and showering on a regular basis, you can get through the workday without drawing too much attention to yourself.

But as easy as it is for guys to keep their self-care act together, we still manage to screw it up.

To get a better idea of what guys get wrong, we asked Birchbox Man editor Nathaniel Nagy about the biggest and most obvious mistakes guys make while grooming. Below, you can find his advice on how to avoid them, and any other bad grooming habits you might not know you have.

Mistake #1: Shampooing every day

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Washing your hair too often can dry it out, and cause your body to overproduce sebum. Instead, aim to wash your hair 2-3 times a week, and just rinse it on the off days.

To train your hair to produce less oil, try an oil control shampoo like Davines Naturaltech Rebalancing Shampoo. You could also try using a dry shampoo or dry shampoo and styler combo to help soak up oil and mattify your hair.

Nate’s Pick: Davines Naturaltech Rebalancing Shampoo, $26.50

Mistake #2: Going to bed without washing your face

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Oil, dirt, and bacteria builds up on your face throughout the day, and letting it sit on your face (or worse, sleeping on it) can damage your skin.

Washing your face with a gentle, soap-free cleanser every morning and night will ensure your skin stays as healthy as possible. If you use a night cream, washing before bed will help it penetrate skin more effectively.

Nate’s Pick: Ernest Supplies Soap-Free Gel Face Wash, $18.50

Mistake #3: Using a moisturizer without SPF

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Sunscreen isn’t just for beach days. To help prevent skin cancer and early signs of aging, it’s best to apply a moderate amount of SPF (Sun Protection Factor) moisturizer anytime you leave the house.

Using a moisturizer with SPF will protect your skin from the sun and keep your skin healthy without an added step.

Nate’s Pick: Clinique for Men Broad Spectrum SPF 21 Moisturizer, $27


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