By Emily Conley | Photography by Chloe Darling Photography
Being ready for your wedding day involves more than just getting a quick shave and a haircut. We’ve got your guide to looking handsome and feeling suave right here.
BEGIN WITH THE BASICS
Don’t neglect your basic skincare routine. Wash your face, drink plenty of water and consider exfoliating once a week. If you have a beard, take time to keep it trimmed and conditioned in the weeks leading up to your wedding. It’s also quite common for men to get a few pre-wedding facials to really get their skin in order. Need a bit more help? See a dermatologist for a topical prescription if you suffer from bad breakouts and never pick at any zits or bumps. You might also consider laser hair removal. It’s a great solution for reducing ingrown hairs and redness, while saving you valuable time spent on shaving.
SOMETHING OLD, NOTHING NEW
Your wedding is not the day to try something new. Get your hair cut seven to 10 days before your wedding for a clean, natural look. Using hairspray or a new hair product? Don’t try it for the first time on your actual wedding day. Two weeks before the big day, spray some on for a test-drive to see if you like it and how it holds up. You may have just found a new addition to your dopp kit!
WANT AN ALTOID?
You don’t want your first kiss as a married couple to be marred by your bad breath. Tackle the issue at the root by visiting the dentist for regular cleanings, flossing every day and using a powerful mouthwash. Dry mouth intensifies bad breath, so stay hydrated (with water, not beer) and make sure you brush your teeth after eating anything before the ceremony.
Outdoor weddings are beautiful, but if it’s remotely warm out, expect to deal with some sweat. Even if you’re indoors, you may also have some sweat issues because of nerves or finicky thermostats. Outdoor grooms should wear sweat-wicking undergarments and choose light, breathable fabrics for your attire. Choose an antiperspirant rather than a deodorant since it actually blocks sweat ducts and can be applied outside of your underarms. Apply anywhere you typically sweat but test the application a few days ahead of time to avoid any irritation or staining.