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Fight Stress With A Little Male Pampering

Photo by Michael Gilman

Stress happens. A big project at work, a visit from the in-laws, a malfunctioning Play Station remote – all of it raises tension levels. It’s no secret that such anxieties have an impact on one’s overall health. From headaches to skin challenges, everything is impacted by ramped-up stress.

Whatever the root causes, stress can be battled in many ways, one of which is from a “grooming perspective.” And since that’s the only angle we’re remotely qualified to speak on, here goes…


De-stressing through grooming starts with creating the right environs everywhere grooming plays a role. Working up thick and sweet-smelling shave lather come shave time, slathering on a calming body wash in the shower or lighting a manly candle around the abode -- it all helps. Whatever the choice of tools or settings, take slow and deliberate actions. Stress speeds up the heart-rate and quickens breathing, so as obvious as it sounds, breathing deeply and slowly and finding that “inner Zen” is a plus.


  • The Traditional Wet Shave: While a bit slow and methodical wedged into a workday morning, a quality wet shave (using a shave brush and all) makes for a relaxing experience. Heat up the lather or pre-shave, whip up some cream or soap and spend an extra 10 getting smooth. It’s a mini-vacation and both face (and mind) will thank you.
  • The Candle-Light Vigil: Candles aren’t just a romance enhancer. Reading or meditating by candle light will help slow thoughts and relax the heart rate. Wick it out.
  • The M-ubble Bath: While most men have popped some bubbly, they’re less inclined to bathe in it. Lock the bathroom door after a long day and try a 15-minute suds bath. A high-quality cleansing gel or muscle soak can make it happen. Rubber ducky optional.
  • Spa, Spa, Spa: Build in a trip to the spa once a month for a relaxing service(s). Facials, massages, treatments… they all help chill a gent out.


Stress reduction can happen in an instant. Give these subtle secrets (not all grooming related) a go:

  • Heaven Scent: Try using a unique-smelling shave cream instead of the standby, unscented version. Besides the great shave, the new scent is a unique way to “snap out of it.”
  • Get Moving: Even 20 minutes of exercise a day helps. Do some jumping jacks, Jazzercise, chop wood, whatever. You'll feel better, have more energy and get better sleep. Make sure to shower post exercise though.
  • Chug-A-Lug: Drinking ample amounts of water has been proven to keep one healthy and less stressed. So, drop the Dr. Pepper and grab some H20.
  • Get Out: Whether at work or locked up in the house, a quick walk outside can do wonders to clear a gent's mind. Don't question it, you've got five minutes. Get struttin'.
  • Meditate: Sounds wacky to some, but it's scientifically proven to work.

What are your tips for reducing stress via grooming or other?  Let us know.

This article was written and appeared on Grooming Lounge and our Founder, Mike Gilman, were quoted a lot, so we borrowed the article. Giving them credit -- hope it's OK.

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