6 Websites made just for guys

Guys, are you making use of the huge array of websites geared towards you? The ease of making a website nowadays means everyone is online, and many are sharing their ideas when it comes to fashion, sports, food, travel, and more.

So you don’t have to wade through the riff raff of a Google search, we pulled our 6 favorite men’s websites. These are top-notch sites that will help you learn to be a better man.

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Art of Manliness

Art of Manliness is probably the most popular men’s site online besides the major magazines. They do a great job combining modern tips and ideas with history. They teach everything from making a tourniquet to fashion. They have their own style when it comes to graphics, which you’ll be able to notice after reading just a few articles.

Check out
10 people every man should have in his rolodex

The Suit Ladder

Mantelligence

Kyle Boureston created Mantelligence because he was sick of the boring content online for men (we know what you mean Kyle). The content on Mantelligence follows 3 rules: easy to understand, actionable, in-depth.

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Hack your memory with the Pythagoras Memory Technique

How to become a better man: 57 insanely manly life tips

Real Men Real Style

We reference Real Men Real Style a lot here on the blog. That’s because their site covers everything fashion and grooming related, as well as communication skills, and travel & living. They create popular infographics to help illustrate many concepts that get shared hundreds and thousands of times.

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10 Beginner Style Mistakes

Man Made DIY

Learn how to make awesome stuff! The first thing we noticed was a wooden bottle opener tutorial.

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How to: Simple, stylish wall-mounted lighting project

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Dudepins

Guys, if you like Pinterest but you’re a bit ashamed to admit it, then Dudepins is for you. This site is Pinterest but for guys. Food, fashion, DIY, fitness, cars, etc.

Primer

Primer is an online magazine/blog that styles itself as a guide to helping guys grow up after college. There are topis like love, train, invest, learn, spend, earn, and live. The site has great content and is very well put together.

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Getting Over Phone Anxiety

Making the Leap: Leaving your first job for your second job

 

Skincare Guide for Men

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That’s right fellas, you may think skincare is a girl’s game, but everyone has skin and we all should be taking care of it. It’s important to develop a regimen, and try to follow some of the skincare do’s and don’ts that are out there.

We put together this quick guide to help you find some tips you can incorporate into your life. We don’t want to overwhelm you with too too much, don’t worry.

Ready to go?

Buy moisturizer
You probably don’t want to be one of those guys who has moisturizer, but you’ll be glad to have it when you need it. Moisturizer will hydrate dry skin and prevent it from becoming flaky. It’s a good idea to do this after a cleanse, and after showering.

Water > Caffeine and alcohol
Sure, the latter two many will argue taste much better. But in terms of skincare, water will help moisturize your skin and prevent it from drying out. Caffeine and alcohol have the opposite effect and can dehydrate the skin. That doesn’t mean you can never have alcohol or coffee, you just should watch how much you’re having.

Eat better
Vegetables are great for your health and for your skin. Many of the vitamins in veggies and fruits can fight off free radicals.

Get enough sleep
Bet you can’t argue with this one. In terms of your skin (and the rest of your life), a good night’s sleep does wonders. This time will allow cells to repair and replenish, and you’ll feel better in the morning.

Don’t go against the grain
Shaving against the direction of hair growth can cause inflammation of the skin. A smoother shave will result in shaving with the grain.

Just a splash
When you wake up, you might like splashing water on your face to get yourself feeling refreshed. A good splash of water can also removed dead skin cells that remain on your face. If you want to go further, get an exfoliating scrub to use once or twice per week.

Watch the tan
If you like hitting the pool or beach to get some rays, you’ll want to bring some protection. The sun can do lots of damage to your skin and loosen it’s elasticity, speeding up the aging process. Apply SPF 15 sunscreen and reapply every two hours.

Ready to up your skincare game? Here are Esquire Magazine’s favorite skincare products.

Grooming Tips for Men

You’ve got the fashion part down, what else is there to looking good? Sit down while we take you through the world of male grooming. I’m sure you’re familiar with the constant trips to the barber for trims, but what other grooming practices do you participate in regularly? Do you wash your face? Moisturize? What about using specific hair products? If you’re one of those guys who doesn’t really think about this stuff, you may want to start.

According to Neutrogena, we touch our faces 10-12 times an hour. Who knew!? It’s not just touching your face that is the problem, it’s all the other things our hands touch during the day right before they touch our face. You probably know about the amount of germs on common things you touch. By touching your phone, pillowcase, and hair you are transferring oil and bacteria to your skin. The best way to get these things off your skin is by cleansing twice daily. This means getting a good facial cleanser to wash with in the morning and before you go to bed. This will keep your skin healthy and your pore clear.

At least once a week, use an exfoliating scrub. This will remove the layer of dead skin from your face and help get moisturizer in deeper.

As for the rest of your skin, you should be paying attention to your hands and feet. You use them a lot each day and probably don’t pay them much mind. Start using a hand cream if you are noticing calluses. If the calluses are really hard you may need a pumice stone or callus shaver. Just make sure when using these that you don’t touch the soft skin around the hard spots.

As for your feet, you may have calluses there too. Get a pumice stone to heal those too. If your feet a dry and cracked, invest in some lotion (even Vaseline) to keep them hydrated daily. Make sure the lotion doesn’t have alcohol as it can further dry your feet.

As for your hair, if you have short to medium hair you should be using a paste to help hold it in place. For longer hair, use a styling cream to weigh it down. You should be shampooing your hair twice a week, otherwise you can end up with oily hair or a very dry scalp if you do it too often. You likely also don’t need conditioner if you have short hair. It’s mainly beneficial for those with curly, long, or coarse hair.

When it’s time to brush your teeth, you better do it! The last thing you want as you age is to start having bad teeth issues. Using medium or hard bristles can cause gum recession and eat away your teeth’s enamel. So try using a soft bristle. Also brush your tongue! A tongue scraper should be a part of your daily grooming gear. There is a lot of bacteria on your tongue and it’s the primary cause of bad breath. Then lastly, you have to floss more. I know it’s painful but unhealthy gums can lead to serious issues.

Get those nails trimmed. It doesn’t take long, but it’s a good idea to get in the habit of trimming your nails once a week.

Daily
Wash and Moisturize Face, Body
Brush teeth, floss, use tongue scraper
Brush & Style hair
Moisturize Feet and Hands

Once a Week
Trim Nails
Exfoliate the face
Trim hair (body, facial, and head)
Shampoo (or twice a week)

Different Beard Styles

Beards are in! I’m declaring that for 2016 the beard is still going to be in style. I don’t see them going away anytime soon. So if you have been wanting to grow one, there’s never been a better time to do it. The problem for some guys may not be “Should I grow a beard?”, it is probably “What beard is right for me?”. It’s a good question because there are plenty of beard styles out there. It depends on your personal style, face shape, and especially your ability to grow one.

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Birch Box recommends the following styles based on common face shapes…
– Square Face: Keep hair fuller on the chin, shorter on the sides.
– Round Face: Grow hair longer on the bottom, shorter on the sides.
– Oblong or Rectangular Face: Keep the sides fuller, and the bottom shorter.
– Oval Face: Oval faces are a middle ground between the other shapes, so most styles will work well.

Now here are some beard guides to help you find that perfect look.

Beginners Guide to Styling & Growing a Beard – Real Men Real Style

Growing a Manly Beard – Art of Manliness

Beard Grooming Tips: 8 Ways to Optimize Your Beard – Birchbox

How to Trim Your Beard – Grooming Lounge

Designing a Neck Line for your Full Beard – Beards.org

Which is the Best Beard Style for You? – Beard Trim & Groom

A Man’s Guide to Beard Styles – Men’s Journal

The Best Beard Styles, and How to Get Them – Men’s Journal

The Details Guide to Trimming Your Beard – Details

No Shave November or Movember?

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During November, the weather starts cooling down. People pull out their pants, boots, and heavy shirts. And it seems that guys start sporting more facial hair. Well this isn’t just a coincidence. During November, there are two initiatives that take place: No Shave November and Movember.

No Shave November
No Shave November is “a month-long journey during which participants forgo shaving and grooming in order to evoke conversation and raise cancer awareness.” “Grooming and trimming are perfectly acceptable”. But for the most part you are to grow out your facial hair for 30 days. Their mission is “growing cancer awareness and raising funds to support cancer prevention, research, and education.” They donate 80% or more of the funds they receive to the American Cancer Society, Prevent Cancer Foundation, Fight Colorectal Cancer, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Movember
The Movember Foundation is about raising awareness for men’s health issues like prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health, and physical inactivity. During November, you can grow a mustache in support of the cause, as well as donate. The foundation started in Australia back in 2003 and is now in 21 countries.

Whether you want to grow out your beard, mustache, leg hair, or anything else, it’s important to remember the reason behind it. Sure, growing out a beard is fun and definitely in style nowadays. But it’s important to participate to raise awareness and know why you’re participating. Get your friends involved and make it a group event! Help spread awareness of these issues during November, and the rest of the year.

Top Men’s Hairstyles

Have you been keeping up with the latest trends in men’s hairstyles? Man buns are in, as is the undercut, and top knit. These styles have become popular just recently, so don’t be surprised if you start seeing guys sporting these soon. You may even want to try one out yourself. The infographic below from Hairstyleonpoint will help you visualize each of these top styles. So you will know a pompadour from a side part. These styles may not last forever (remember the last time guys had pony tails? Yeah we don’t want to remember either). So get in on these trends while they last.

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Grooming Gifts for Guys

Many girls love shopping for personal care items, whether it’s lotion, face cream, makeup, hairstyling products. This isn’t the same for guys. It seems like there really isn’t a lot out there made for me, but that’s totally false! There is a growing trend of guys getting into grooming and keeping up their appearance. You will look fresh, and feel good with these grooming products.

Swiss Army Hanging Travel Kit
If you travel and plan to bring your grooming products along you will need this hanging organizer. It’s big enough for a full-size bottle of your favorite shampoo, and has multiple zipped pockets.

Boscia Super-Cool De-Puffing Eye Balm
This is made for men and women and works wonders on tired-looking eyes. It will cool and sooth puffiness around the eyes as well as dark circles and fine lines.

Tree Ranger Beardsman’s Kit
This is the ultimate beard guy box. It comes with beard oil, mustache wax, mustache comb, pocket beard comb, large beard comb, boar’s hair brush, and bear trimming scissors. It’s made in the US and comes in a fancy wooden box.

Marc Jacobs Brow Tamer
This soft gel formula will shape and hold your eyebrows all day. If you find your eyebrows are a mess after a few hours out, you need this formula.