With spring nearly here, it's time to get serious about your warm-weather grooming habits.
Here are the biggest grooming mistakes you're making each summer, and how to avoid them.
If there is one thing keeping dermatologists up at night, it's the consistent and steadfast refusal of men to wear sunscreen.
Despite their increased risk of developing melanoma, many men just aren't willing to use a sunscreen every day. Still, it's a necessary tool to prevent sun damage and reduce the risk of skin cancer.
In the warm, sun-drenched months, that danger only becomes more pronounced.
Washing your face too much.
Dr. Terrence Keaney, a dermatologist working with Dove Men+Care, recommends his male patients wash their face twice a day -- and only twice a day.
'When you wash your face, the soap or cleanser that you're using not only strips away the oil and sweat, but also strips away some of the natural lipids in the skin, so it can be potentially irritating,' Keaney told Business Insider.
So, even if you get sweaty, try to limit the times the times you wash your face in a single day. And always moisturize afterwards to replace the lost moisture.
Not taking the proper underarm precautions.
The worst part about summer is sweat, especially in sweat-prone areas like the underarms. Many men don't know the proper way to prevent sweat in the underarms: it's all in when you apply the antiperspirant.
It takes time for your antiperspirant to work its magic and close your armpit's sweat ducts. After this process happens, good antiperspirants and deodorants usually last 24 to 48 hours. Therefore, the best time to apply antiperspirant is at night, before you go to bed.
Your white shirts will thank you.
Wearing the wrong cologne.
Not all cologne scents are good for every occasion.
If you have just one signature scent, it can be off-putting at times, as G. Bruce Boyer writes in his book 'True Style: The History and Principles of Classic Menswear.'
'Because heat tends to intensify fragrance, it's best to wear the lightest scents in warm weather and save the stronger ones for fall and winter,' Boyer writes.
For this reason, it's not wise to wear conflicting scents. Others shouldn't be able to smell both your deodorant and your cologne. These scents will mingle together, creating a confusing cloud of scent around you.