5 Body Treatments Every Guy Should Consider This Winter

Text: Peter Minkoff

We age — it’s inevitable. But we have better ways to combat that than ever before, especially since the taboo of men + beauty is on its last legs. Winter is coming and it’s time to prepare yourselves for those holiday dinners and parties. Good thing there’s no need to undergo invasive cosmetic surgeries just to look your best. Take a look at these five beauty treatments every guy should consider before Christmas.

Massages

One hours on the massage table will do wonders for your body, you can be sure of that. Taking a sport massage should definitely be on your to-do list before the end of 2017. Sports massages are not only for the Michael Jordans of the world. Make your muscles fresh, and up and running again. If you’re an athlete, this is a must for you — if you train like a pro, you should learn to relax like one. Even if you’re not really training for anything, try this massage and you’ll see the results as soon as you get off the table.

Facial treatments

Drinking beer, fixing cars, chopping wood — that whole “being a real man” thing can really take a toll on your face, but you still think facial treatments are only for women? Anti-aging treatments, removing impurities and chemical peels are just some of the things you can treat yourself with. Not only will these treatments make your face look fresh, but they will also help your skin remain young and soft. So promise yourself to visit your beautician at least once every two months!

Manicure / Pedicure 

Even though you can’t spell manicure without man, it took ages for guys to consider getting their fingernails done. Did you know that almost 1/3 of times a mans’ hands are one of the first things anybody notices? Up until a couple of years ago, many men had manicures and pedicures in the comfort of their own homes (they would maybe have been embarrassed were they to be seen in a beauty parlour), but a lot of athletes and celebrities have since been vocal about their beauty treatments, and, now, it’s not unusual to see a guy getting his nails done. If you think you should get one done, do so. Hands are very important and leave big impressions on people.

Non-surgical liposuction

After botoxing was normalized, many men turned to other non-surgical treatments to get their bodies or faces into shape. One such procedure is the non-surgical liposuction, which is a non-intrusive and pain-free way of getting rid of all the unwanted fat pockets in your body. With a body sculpting treatment, in just about 60 minutes, you could eliminate that chunk of fat you were trying to get rid of through diet and exercise.

Eyebrows

Groomed beards are definitely a thing now. It’s almost impossible to see a bearded guy who doesn’t take care of his beard. However, many forget the eyebrows, another set of facial hairs that’s equally important. Monobrows, McDonald eyebrows, birds, etc. should most certainly be a thing of the past. Add plucking your eyebrows and simply taking care of them on your list.

To sum up, getting a nice beauty treatment is for both guys and girls, and you shouldn’t be scared to do this for yourself. Do this at least once, and see the results. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to do it again. But it’s at least worth a try.

Hey Dude, Pass the Botox

Written by Alexander Sauve

Botox during their lunch hour, Chemical peels every few months, fillers once a year. When it comes to wrinkles and aging skin–men in greater numbers are opting for Botox and other nonsurgical procedures to strengthen their prospects in today’s competitive job market.

You’re aging. I am aging. We are all aging. It’s something that cannot be avoided. But luckily for you, there is a wide range of cosmetic procedures to give you back what time has taken away. Today’s nonsurgical procedures give men back their youth, which doesn’t hurt their chances in today’s cutthroat job market.

A procedure most often associated with women, Botox (OnabotulinumtoxinA) or Brotox (as known in some circles) has become increasingly popular among men who have the desire to look rested and appear more youthful. Botox is used to temporarily relax or paralyze the muscles in the upper portion of the face. The wrinkles on the forehead, the lines around the eyes, and the furrow lines between the eyebrows virtually disappear within days. The procedure can be done during your lunch hour. Is quick and painless. And is finished in less than twenty minutes.

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According to statistics released by the American Society of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), Botox remains the most popular nonsurgical procedure for both men and women. In fact, the number of men “flocking to plastic surgeons for surgical and nonsurgical procedures continues to increase and are up 43 percent this year alone.” Since the ASAPS began collecting statistical data in 1997, the number of surgical and nonsurgical procedures performed on men has had an increase of 273 percent over last decade and a half.

The pressures of navigating a competitive and sometimes ageist job market can be difficult. Now, men in various stages of their lives and careers are getting Botox to maintain their appearance and feel better about themselves in the process.

Tanner Bradford, 43, an educator from Toronto Ontario, exercises and watches what he eats, gets plenty of rest, and takes regular walks with his dog, and by all accounts describes himself as an active, moderately fit guy. Except when he looks in the mirror.

“I would see the bags and wrinkles under the eyes, a little drooping in the cheeks. My colleagues and friends would ask me if I was tired or sick when I wasn’t. I would look in the mirror and wouldn’t recognize myself. It was brutal,” Bradford recalls.

He didn’t want to look ten or fifteen years younger, he explains, “I just wanted to look as young as I feel and feel comfortable in my own skin again.”
So over the last few years, Bradford has opted for Botox a couple of times of year to look and feel rejuvenated.

“At first glance, everyone thought I had a haircut or had a lot of sleep over the weekend” he recalls (laughing).

Toronto’s NewDermaMed Cosmetic and Advance Laser Clinic estimates 20 percent of its clients are male. “We are seeing a general increase in male interest for cosmetic treatments such as Botox, Fillers, Scar Removal, Skin Rejuvenation, and Under Eye Circle Treatments,” states Clinic Director Alin Gharibian.

The increase of men opting for Botox and other nonsurgical procedures have helped remove some of the stigma associated with men getting these treatments. “There is a (fleeting) stigma attached to cosmetic procedures in general; this is likely born out of an idea that cosmetic procedures presents a false appearance,” states Gharibian.

With Botox and other similar procedures gaining popularity in recent years–men are mainly opting for this treatment because of its effectiveness, little downtime, and its affordability. Although there are varying reasons why more men are opting for Botox and other anti-aging treatments, most men are still very conscious and want the changes to be subtle.

“Every client is unique; their individual reasoning for having a certain treatment is personal and we value that privacy. However, a general trend toward a lifestyle more conscious of health and physical appearance is very apparent and males are no exception to this. Advanced technology and non-invasive cosmetic procedures offer no recovery time for treatments, which is another factor contributing to rising male interest.” States Gharibian.

For guys considering Botox but are still somewhat apprehensive–don’t be. I am a client at NewDermaMed and have Botox done once or twice a year. In my thirties and just beginning my career, I completely understand why so many men opt for Botox and other procedures. Your resume and qualifications will get you in the door, but if you don’t look the part, and someone else does, guess who gets the job.

Having the procedure done reaches far beyond vanity and trying to look younger. At this point in my life, I want to look as good as possible–for as long as possible. Botox softens my appearance but at the same time doesn’t change the way I look. If men got past the ideology that Botox is something only women do, more men would be apt to add Botox to their grooming routines.

We live in a culture where beauty and youth are prized and celebrated–often at any cost. Should you decided to jump on the Brotox craze–and let’s be honest, none of us are getting any younger–discuss the results you’re hoping to achieve with qualified doctor who is experienced in treating male patients.

Men have begun to adopt an open and more proactive attitude towards their appearance. We are currently in an age where male beauty and grooming have gone mainstream with no indication of slowing down. If your goal is to look better, and appear more rested and youthful–Botox may be the answer for you.