How to Remove Chest Hair

Explanation of different hair removal techniques for chest hair, including waxing, laser, and shaving.

Blame gold-medalist, Ryan Lochte. The Olympic swimmer’s smooth chest is igniting a trend.

Here’s a quick look at different techniques for chest hair removal:

1. Shaving: Pros: Cheap, easy. Cons: Grows back quickly; itchy chest. Shave with the grain of the hair, not against it. And Kramer’s wrong on this one. Shaved hair does not grow back thicker or darker.

2. Tweezing: Pros: Cheap, easy, hair grows back less quickly. Cons: It takes a long time, especially if you’re really hairy, and is slightly painful.

3. Depilatories: Pros: Painless, cheap. Cons: Funky smell, messy, and chemicals can cause irritation or rash.

4. Waxing: Pros: Hair grows back less quickly; faster than tweezing. Cons: It’s expensive and hurts, as Steve Carell illustrates. Don’t try it at home.

5. Electrolysis: Pros: Permanent. Cons: Permanent. Can also be expensive depending on the number of treatments needed, and hurts. It works by zapping the hair and plucking it out. The zapping part makes it more permanent than tweezing.

6. Laser hair removal: Pros: Permanent. Cons: Permanent. Very expensive and painful. It works by using a laser to explode the hair follicle, which feel like snapping a rubber band against your chest. It only works for darkly colored hairs. Lightly colored or gray hairs don’t respond.

Guys, A Shower Shortcut You Can’t Afford

Shampoo should not be used as a body wash, since it will lead to dry, damaged skin.

44/365 better late than never

Your mornings are hectic — eat breakfast, watch Sports Center, take the dog out for a walk, watch more Sports Center. I get it. And I get that you want your grooming routine to be fast. But if you’re using shampoo for both your hair and body wash just to save a few seconds in the shower, I’m telling you, it’s not worth it.

Shampoos are designed to get oils off your hair, so when you use them on your body, you actually strip needed oils off your skin, leading to dry, damaged skin. Always wash with a moisturizing soap that helps lock moisture in, such as Dove Men + Care Body and Face washes.

For the record, ladies, this goes for you too. But I figured you already knew that.

Photo credit: FCC, ~Twon~.

I am a medical adviser for Unilever, the company that makes Dove Men + Care products.

3 Reasons Men Should Take a Break from Shaving

3 Reasons Why Should Take a Break from Shaving.

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If you’re a guy who prides himself on his close shave, then think about taking a break once in a while. Here’s why:

1. Allowing your hair to grow can help unclog pores and reduce ingrown hairs in just a few days. Longer, trapped hairs are easier to pluck free than short ones. Once free, be sure to shave it gently and not too close to the skin so it doesn’t start to grow inward again. Don’t pluck it. Plucking can lead to a new ingrown hair when that follicle starts to grow hair again.

2. Shaving is a form of exfoliating, which is good for sloughing off dead skin cells. However, too much exfoliation can sometimes to lead to irritation in the form of razor bumps and redness. Exfoliation exposes tender skin underneath. Taking some time off gives your skin a chance to heal.

3. It’s easier to soften your beard when the hairs are longer. Short, just shaved hairs are pinchy. As the hair grows it becomes softer. Apply warm water and warm shaving cream to your beard and let sit for 3 minutes before you shave again.

Bonus: Periodic displays of facial hair demonstrates to your potential mate that you’re a healthy male who’s capable of siring children for her someday.

Photo credit, FCC, mymostofme // metamorphograph

Can Men Get Cellulite?

Men and women are different. Everyone with estrogen has some cellulite. Everyone without estrogen has no cellulite. Men, er, manly men, should have no estrogen and therefore no cellulite.

However, excess fat can create estrogen, even in guys. That’s why some overweight men develop man boobs — they’re making estrogen. They can also rarely have cellulite; though not as rarely as having periods.

Two Things You Must Do To Prevent Razor Bumps

Razor bumps are painful red bumps that develop from ingrown hairs. Shaving against the grain or using a razor with many blades can cause them. In this video I’ll show you what causes razor bumps, also called pseudofolliculitis barbae (in case your date asks and you’re trying to impress her). I’ll also give you two tips to prevent them.

How To Grow A Mustache Like Wes Welker

I’ve has a sudden deluge of e-mail asking me how to grow a mustache like Wes Welker from the New England Patriots. Well, just as you might not be able to put up yards-after-carry like Wes does, you might not be able to grow a mustache like he does. It takes time and testosterone. My advice? Get started soon. In this video I’ll tell you how fast (er, slowly) a mustache grows for most men.

Shaving: Fewer Blades Is More Manly

How many blades do we need to shave?

I am a man. I use a two-blade razor.

This might surprise you. I have means, so why don’t I use the latest five-blade-vibrating-titanium tool? Any razor good enough for Tiger Woods Derek Jeeter should be good enough for me, right?

Advanced technology doesn’t always make a product better. Think of your universal remote control; it has half a dozen buttons you’ve probably never pushed and, if it’s like mine, changing the channel is a complicated affair.

Last week a patient of mine, who looks a lot like Javier Bardem, came to my office, frustrated. He had been using the latest-blade razor and had red razor bumps on his neck and cheeks. Why?

Because there is such a thing as a shave that is too close. If your beard is cut at or below the level of the skin, then the hair can become trapped when it regrows. The coiled hair continues to grow downward causing a painful, red razor bump. For some men, the closer the shave, the more likely they’ll have this problem.

For a close, comfortable shave, you don’t need a new gadget; you need good technique:

  • Warm your face with water. Massage shaving cream and let set for 1-2 minutes before you start.
  • Shave it the first time – one stroke. Rinse your blade between every swipe.
  • Sharp blades cut without pulling hairs; change your blade often.
  • Pull the skin taut for a closer shave, let it relax for a more comfortable shave.
  • Always shave with the grain of the hair.

I might not be manly enough for a straight razor, but I’m sticking to my classic two-blade shaver, even if it is circa 1970’s technology. Like moving the ball half the distance to the goal when your already at the goal line, shaving twice a close when you’re already close doesn’t matter much. Sometimes close is close enough.

What is your favorite razor?

Is your shave better now than it was 5 years ago?

Photo: Guarana