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5 Common Grooming Mistakes Almost Every Man Makes

Here are some of the most common grooming no-nos that men make, and how to avoid them!

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With everything going on in the world right now, work stress and busy family life, grooming may be the last thing on your mind. “Men have adopted a grooming routine over the years based largely on trial and error and a little guesswork. Face wash. Moisturise. Shaving. Showering and keeping your hair neat, crossing off the items on your daily grooming checklist as quickly as possible and then going about your day,” explains Themba Ndlovu from male skincare brand Clere For Men.

However, are you completing every step of your grooming regimen correctly? “Probably not,” says Ndlovu. Most guys make at least a few men’s grooming mistakes without even realising and therefore don’t benefit from the time they spend in the shower and in front of the mirror.

Ndlovu highlights some common grooming mistakes and how you can avoid them:

Not moisturising before bed – It’s easy to think that as day turns to night, you can put your grooming regime to bed. The truth is, however, is that things are just getting started for your skin after using your evening face wash. Cleansing strips away dead skin cells, dirt, and bacteria, but it can leave the skin dry and lacking hydration. At night, the skin switches into recovery mode, and cells start to repair themselves up to three times faster than during the day. To help the process along, invest in a solid moisturising lotion or cream containing skin-saving ingredients like Vitamin E. Clere For Men’s range of lotions and crèmes are enriched with Glycerine, Vitamins E & A, and will help keep your skin nourished and moisturised for up to 48 hours.

Your showers are too hot – Few things are more relaxing than a long, hot shower. However, too hot and your skin will pay the price. Scalding temperatures dry the skin out and can aggravate a range of issues such as rosacea and eczema. It’s time to chill out. If a cold shower is too much of a leap, why not opt for a lukewarm one?

You don’t wash your hair often enough – With everything from natural oils to daily styling products, our hair, in particular our scalp, needs washing more often than we may think. A pristine scalp is a healthy scalp. Use a daily shampoo that strengthens the individual hairs while keeping your scalp clean using natural oils.

Your razor is outdated – Worn down, rusty blades are a no-no. Most razor heads have done their best work after a few uses and ignoring their expiration will cause your skin all sorts of problems: burning, itching, stinging and redness. Sharp blades require less pressure on the skin and therefore cause less damage. Alternatively, opt for an electric razor, with cutters that last between four and 18 months.

Unkempt feet – It’s little wonder that the areas of your body you see the least receive the least care. But that’s no excuse for unkempt feet. The easiest way to make your feet look semi-presentable in open shoes is to take a foot file to any unsightly calluses and patches of dry or hard skin. Plus, moisturise, always moisturise.

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Buyer’s Guide: Father’s Day Gifts That He’ll Actually Use

Ditch the socks! Here’s how to make Father’s Day one to remember this year.

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Regardless of whether you’re sticking to a budget or thinking of going above and beyond for your dad or partner, these premium products and curated gift sets are perfect even for the man who claims he “doesn’t want anything.” With Manscaped’s full line of head-to-toe grooming products, dad will be set when it comes to staying fresh through the summer and beyond.

The Boxers 2.0

The Boxers 2.0 (R595 for single; R1,600 for 3-pack) is a brand new addition to the Manscaped line-up. The Boxers 2.0, featuring The Jewel Pouch, follow on the success of our original Boxers and make a great last-minute addition or standalone Father’s Day gift. Launching exclusively on Manscaped.com on 17 May, the new and improved Boxers 2.0 will be available well in time to get your Father’s Day shopping on.

The Performance Package 4.0

The Performance Package 4.0 (R 2,000) – This ultimate luxury grooming kit features our two best-selling tools, unique formulations + free gifts. Inside you’ll find:

  • The Lawn Mower 4.0 Groin & Body Trimmer – Packed with benefits like SkinSafe technology and ceramic blades to help reduce the risk of nicks and cuts, plus a 7,000 RPM motor with QuietStroke technology, waterproof design, wireless charging, travel lock, and 4,000k LED spotlight so he can see where he’s trimming, this trimmer truly has it all.
  • Weed Whacker Electric Nose Hair Trimmer – This revolutionary tool features SkinSafe technology and a 360° rotary dual-blade system to help reduce the risk of pulls and cuts as well as a 9,000 RPM motor, ergonomic design and waterproof capabilities for a confident trim every time.
  • Crop Preserver Ball Deodorant – A specially formulated anti-chafing lotion with soothing aloe vera to keep him feeling fresh and dry all day long.
  • Crop Reviver Ball Toning Spray – Keep high-friction areas cool and protected with just a spritz of this calming spray
  • Magic Mat Disposable Shaving Mats – Make clean-up a breeze.
  • The Shed Travel Bag (£30 value) – Travel in style.
  • Manscaped Boxers – Performance boxer briefs.

Weed Whacker

Weed Whacker (R600) – If The Platinum Package is a bit out of your price range, our Weed Whacker is available as a standalone gift. The revolutionary electric ear and nose hair trimmer is the perfect Father’s Day gesture to help your dad or partner remove unwanted hair and keep his face and ears looking clean and presentable. It features:

  • SkinSafe Technology
  • 9,000 RPM Motor
  • 360-Degree Rotary Dual-Blade System
  • Powerful 600mAh li-ion Battery
  • Waterproof Intelligently Contoured Design

Hook me up!

And as a bonus, we’re giving our readers the opportunity to get 20% off on any MANSCAPED products plus FREE shipping, by simply going to manscaped.com/menstuff. The discount code will be auto-applied so you can get treating your precious parts without breaking the bank! Alternatively, use the code MENSTUFF at checkout to ensure you get your 20% off and shipping costs cut!

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5 Life-Saving Grooming Items You Didn’t Know You Needed

Get the right tools to prep your grooming game for winter.

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Guys, we’ll admit it for you – looking after ourselves is a lot of work. We just don’t have the perseverance and dedication to prime ourselves day in and day out (like we should be doing), but given the harshness of winter and some great new easy-to-use products available, we thought it was only fair to highlight some items that can make the grooming process something to look forward to, rather than dread.

A trusty (and safe) grooming companion

When it comes to grooming your goods, you could, of course, use the run-of-the-mill razors and shavers to do your ‘tidying up’, but the reality is that you need the best tools for the job. Thankfully, there’s The Lawn Mower 4.0: the creme-de-la-creme of MANSCAPED’s line-up, which is extremely well-built, ergonomically designed, and does the job without any hiccups. Let’s get to the brass tax, though: we know the real concern with any grooming down there is the risk of injury or accidents. Thankfully, the MANSCAPED trimmer features SkinSafe™ technology to reduce the risk of cuts or nicks and a safety guard that can give you a super-close shave, without causing any grievous bodily harm — so that concern has been squashed.

The Lawn Mower 4.0 trimmer also comes with a wireless charging dock, which the trimmer can be popped into for quick topping up. A small, but appreciated touch, is that the dock, and even the charging cable, have been branded with MANSCAPED’s iconic logo. This won’t be a device you ashamedly hide in your basin cupboard, but rather display proudly in your own little grooming area.

A fresh start

It might sound a little unorthodox, but having a weapon in your grooming arsenal to give your downstairs a quick refresh makes all the difference during those long, active days. MANSCAPED’s cream-based ball deodorant, the Crop Preserver™ (which uses Tapioca starch from Brazil’s native cassava plant) is a great addition. This unique formulation features cooling Aloe Vera, has anti-chafing properties, is quick-absorbing into the skin, and is scented with MANSCAPED’s signature Refined scent. The process can be further enhanced with the ‘Crop Reviver™’ refreshing spray, which includes Aloe Vera and Witch Hazel to soothe high-friction areas, and ensures that you stay fresh and cool throughout the day.

Pocket-sized refresher

These refreshing moist ball and body wipes were specially designed for male hygiene and extra care for your intimate parts. They keep “the boys” clean and refreshed and feature soothing Aloe Vera which leaves the skin feeling smooth and balanced. These individually packaged wipes can be carried in your pocket or wallet, since they’re approximately the size of a credit card. Great for daily use at work, at the gym, camping, while traveling, or anytime a shower is not available.

Foot-funk killer

Winter is always a tricky one for feet, as you’ll be spending more than enough time in thick socks and warm shoes, which, while comfy, also means that the dreaded ‘foot funk’ can creep up on you. Say goodbye to stinky foot odors with the Foot Duster™ deodorant spray. This essential hygiene solution features cooling tea tree oil for a pleasant experience on your feet. Trusted by professional athletes and specifically designed for active lifestyles, your feet will thank you!

Those who nose, know.

One of the areas men often forget about when it comes to grooming is the good ole schnozz. Thankfully, there’s now a simple solution: the Weed Whacker™, MANSCAPED’s first above-waist grooming tool, which is a 360-degree dual-blade nose and ear hair trimmer.

To use the nose-hair trimming Weed Whacker, you simply pop it into your sniffer and trim away any unruly hairs which may be trying to escape. It also trims the inside of the ears effectively — an area which a lot of men tend to neglect.

Hook me up!

And as a bonus, we’re giving our readers the opportunity to get 20% off on any MANSCAPED products plus FREE shipping, by simply going to manscaped.com/menstuff. The discount code will be auto-applied so you can get treating your precious parts without breaking the bank! Alternatively, use the code MENSTUFF at checkout to ensure you get your 20% off and shipping costs cut! Keep in mind the customs tax when your goodies arrive in South Africa.

What grooming products are you looking for this winter? Maybe treating yourself to something special? Let us know in the comments below and tweet us @MenStuffZA!

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WIN: Mercedes-Benz’ Latest Men’s Fragrance Valued at Over R1,600!

Stand a chance at winning Mercedes-Benz Man Bright.

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Luxury car manufacturer and coveted lifestyle brand, Mercedes Benz, has launched a new men’s fragrance in SA: Man Bright, and we’re giving away a bottle to one lucky reader.

Priced at R1,695 for a 100ml bottle, Man Bright is a woody aromatic scent designed by master perfumer Olivier Cresp, the creator of best-selling Mercedes Benz Man Eau de Toilette. It also comes in an eye-catching, futuristic, and modern bottle that will makes a statement as sophisticated as the scent.

The fragrance features two exclusive natural extracts using CO2 extraction as the most advanced, safe and ecological process. Efficient and modern, this SFE* (supercritical fluid extraction) method avoids any degradation and obtains an extract olfactively very close to nature.

Top notes: bergamot, pink pepper SFE, mint essence (Zesty and energising)
Heart notes: lavandin, jasmine, incense SFE (Modernity)
Base notes: cederwood Virginia essence, white musk, tonka bean (Sensuality)

Pink pepper SFE is spicy, effervescent and fresh while incense SFE is sweet, woody and warm. Together, they uplift the fragrance and contribute to its unique scent.

For this new scent, the iconic bottle gets a shiny, mirror-like makeover, like a star. The neon blue used for the window matches perfectly with the silver colour for a futurist and a very modern result.

Cool, so how do I win?

To stand a chance of winning the bottle of Mercedes-Benz Man Bright, simply email competitions@menstuff.co.za with your name, contact details, and answer the following question:

“What is one of the notes in the new Man Bright fragrance?“

One entry per person, please. Competition ends on Friday, 29 April 2022 at midnight. Please read our competition terms and conditions here.

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Wax, Pomade, or Gel — Which is Best?

Which product is best for your hairstyle of choice?

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When it comes to adding a bit of pizzazz — whether it be some volume or structure — to your hair, there are a few options out there for the guys. However, not many know one product from the other, so before you lather your head with anything you can find on the shelf, we’re here to give you some tips on what type of look and feel each type of styling product delivers.

Wax

If you’re looking for a product that will hold your hairstyle throughout the evening (and in most cases, beyond that), then wax is often the way to go. Wax absorbs moisture in your hair, leaving a drier and more firm look, and the best part about wax is that it won’t stiffen or harden up your hair. Although it is thicker than gel, a good wax has a smooth finish which usually gives you a matt appearance at the end of the application.

An option to try is the Britsh Layered Wax from Gatsby (R84.99), which brings a textured and flowy look to your hair, that can be restyled too. It’s great for short and medium-length cuts.

Pomade

Pomades are everywhere these days, but in addition to sounding pretty cool and making you seem like you know what you’re talking about, what exactly is a pomade? Well, you’ll more often than not find pomades in two variants: water-based and petroleum jelly based. Water-based pomade is less shiny, but has a neat finish while petroleum-based pomade is greasy with a stronger hold. The difference between pomade and gel is the way it feels on the hair, so if you want some thickness and volume to your hair but still like to chop and change your style throughout the night, pomade is a more recommended choice, as it does provide a hold, but far more malleable than other options.

If you have fairly medium to long hair, a great option to add some thickness and volume is Gatby’s Pompadour Style Styling Pomade (R119.95). It’s got a great hold, but still feels flexible enough to run your fingers through it. On top of that, it smells great and washes off your hands and out your hair with ease.

Gel

Gels are often the best holding of the three, but cheaper and more run-of-the-mill gels can look greasy or stiffen your hair beyond what you had in mind. Furthermore, once you apply the gel and set your hair, you’re likely going to have a lot of trouble trying to restyle your hair later on, forcing you to wash it. Unlike what people usually believe, if you want to stick to gel use one that has a lower hold.

If you’re gel guy, but don’t want something that looks too fake and rigid, the Gatsby Water Gloss Super Hard (R59) is the perfect balance between a super strong hold and a natural look.

What’s your go-to product for your desired style? Let us know by tweeting @MenStuffZA, posting on our Facebook page, or commenting below.

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These Iconic Grooming Tools are Now Available in SA

Elevate your grooming game with the best in the business!

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When it comes to grooming your goods, you could of course use the run-of-the-mill razors and shavers to do your ‘tidying up’, but the reality is that you need the best tools for the job, and thankfully, while they were initially out of reach for us down in the Republic, MANSCAPED’s range of premium grooming goodies is now available to South African men.

As the category creator of its namesake, MANSCAPED offers a full line of premium products specifically designed to elevate one’s above-and-below the waist grooming routine and to help men unlock their confidence. The fast-growing company that launched in the US is dedicated to reinvigorating the self-care routines of men around the world by providing the best grooming tools and formulations on the market.

What makes them different?

While many other razor and shaving brands are geared towards your face, MANSCAPED’s products and trimmers are specially designed with those sensitive regions in mind by having a premium build-quality and super-effective safety guard, giving you confidence when tackling nether region growth or trimming your ear or nose hair.

And it’s the Lawn Mower 4.0 that is the creme-de-la-creme of MANSCAPED’s line-up, which is extremely well-built, ergonomically designed, and does the job without any hiccups. Let’s get to the brass tax though: we know the real concern with any grooming down there is the risk of injury or accidents. Thankfully, the MANSCAPED trimmer features SkinSafe™ technology to reduce the risk of cuts or nicks and a safety guard that can give you a super-close shave, without causing any grievous bodily harm — so that concern has been squashed.

The Lawn Mower 4.0 trimmer also comes with a wireless charging dock, which the trimmer can be popped into for quick topping up. A small, but appreciated touch, is that the dock, and even the charging cable, have been branded with MANSCAPED’s iconic logo. This won’t be a device you ashamedly hide in your basin cupboard, but rather display proudly in your own little grooming area.

If you want to pick up the best deal, including the Lawn Mower 4.0 and some other incredible MANSCAPED items to give your body the boost it needs, the Performance Package 4.0 is a winner:

The Performance Package 4.0

Price: R1,760

The Performance Package 4.0 includes the brand’s flagship trimmer, known as The Lawn Mower 4.0, along with a handful of other integral items, such as a -cream-based deodorant for your goods (yup, you read right), a reviving toner, and some anti-chafing microfiber blend boxers, which fit extremely well and keep your nether region cool and comfortable throughout the day. It also includes the Weed Whacker, MANSCAPED’s first above-waist grooming tool, which is a 360-degree dual-blade nose and ear hair trimmer.

Of course, the nose-hair trimming Weed Whacker does its job too, allowing you to pop it into your sniffer with ease, and trim away any unruly hairs which may be trying to escape. It also does the edges of the ears effectively — an area which a lot of men tend to neglect.

Hook me up!

And as a bonus, we’re giving our readers the opportunity to get 20% off on any MANSCAPED products plus FREE shipping, by simply going to manscaped.com/menstuff. The discount code will be auto-applied so you can get treating your precious parts without breaking the bank! Alternatively, use the code MENSTUFF at checkout to ensure you get your 20% off and shipping costs cut!

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