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A Grooming Guide for the Husband-to-Be


There is a ton of information out there to help brides prepare for their big day, but grooms are often overlooked. It is equally as important for a groom to arrive to his wedding looking polished and properly groomed. Follow these simple but effective tips to look and feel your best on your wedding day.






SKINCARE

Establishing a skincare routine early in the wedding planning process is ideal. However, even a couple months of a consistent proper skincare regimen can make a huge difference when it comes to putting your best face forward. Whether you are needing targeted treatment for a specific issue or just looking for healthy glow, the more time you give your skin to adjust to this new routine, the better.


Keep it simple. Cleanse and moisturize morning and night. Exfoliate once or twice a week.



If you are targeting a specific problem like acne, try products that are meant to treat that specific issue. Keep in mind, acne treatments can be harsh and drying to skin, so choose moisturizing products to accompany your targeted treatment product. Consider setting up a facial with a skincare expert. They will be able to analyze your skin, give recommendations and customize your treatment accordingly.


HAIR

When it comes to the cut and style of your hair for your wedding day, we recommend sticking to your signature style. If you are wanting to switch it up, make sure to try out your new look several months in advance to make sure you like the end result. There's nothing worse than trying something different the week before your wedding and absolutely hating it. Schedule you haircut around the style that you choose. If you are wanting a precision cut - like a fade, schedule your appointment for the day before your wedding. Otherwise, an appointment with your barber scheduled for a week before your wedding, will give your hair a chance to settle more naturally.



FACIAL HAIR

For the bearded men out there, if you are wanting that polished look with out losing a lot of length, consider a beard trim the day before or morning of your wedding. If you are thinking about a major change, make sure to test out your look several months prior to your wedding date. If it turns out you don't like it, you'll still have time to grow it out.


If you find your skin sensitive and irritated when freshly shaven, plan to shave the night before your wedding unless your hair grows especially fast. Make sure to prepare your skin beforehand with a shave oil that'll help the razor easily glide. Soaking the blades in warm water will also help by expanding your pores, reducing redness and irritation. Consider splurging on a professional hot shave with a straight razor. When done correctly, this service will provide the closest shave with the least irritation.




EYEBROWS

Thick eyebrows are great but are there two of them or do they meet in the middle? If you have some monobrow action going on you can tweeze stray hairs to separate them or ask your barber to clean them up when you are there for your cut.




NAILS

Expect your hands to be photographed, highlighting that new shiny ring. Be sure to care of your hands by trimming your nails and moisturizing your cuticles in the weeks leading up to your wedding date especially. Even a professional men's manicure would be a great idea to get those hands photo-ready.




PROFESSIONAL TREATMENTS

Are you needing help that product alone just won't provide? There is a variety of in-office procedures available to help you with fine lines and wrinkles, smoothing acne scars and addressing sun damage and texture issues. Many of these procedures, including laser, botox and fillers, microneedling, some chemical peels need to be scheduled for a month or so out for optimal results and time for healing. Set up a consultation with a skincare professional to discuss your goals and possible treatment options.




DAY-OF CONSIDERATIONS

You've done all of the prep work and your wedding day is here. Consider the following to pull everything together for the day-of.


Hair Products

Wash and dry your hair as you normally would. For short to medium length hairstyles, use strong-hold poducts that are matte so your hair will stay in place but not look overly shiny. For longer hair, use product that you would normally use to tame fly aways and keep your hair looking smooth. Your wedding day is not the day to try out new products or techniques. Stick to your signature style.


Professional Men's Grooming

Many makeup artists offer men's grooming services. This typically consists of an application of skincare, grooming brows and facial hair, and color correcting any hyperpigmentation, blemishes or under eye circles. This color correcting makeup is applied in a manner that is undetectable when done correctly.




Bottom Line

Start preparing early so that the morning of your wedding day runs smoothly. Most importantly, do what feels natural to you and gives you the confidence that you look and feel your absolute best.



Cheers!







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