Whether you’re going back to school or heading into the workforce, there’s a lot to be said about keeping a certain level of esteem in your mentality and outer appearance.

What we’re talking about here is professionalism and it can take many forms. For some, being professional means something as simple as doing good work and being punctual for classes, while for others, professionalism means something a little deeper. This is Bevel, so we’re going to focus on the style and grooming aspects of the game to help elevate yourself, no matter the scenario.

To Shave, Or Not to Shave?

hair skin care grooming work mens professional styleThis is less of the question as modern workplaces continue to err on the side of casualness (and classrooms have never been a place where most people put their best fashion foot forward). Facial hair and beards are big business, however, and they can certainly affect the way others perceive you. Whether that’s positive or not is completely subjective on your unique situation, so here’s a couple of rules of thumb to consider:

If you insist on keeping your facial hair, make sure you’re giving it that routine maintenance. Whether you’re a student who decides to do it at home or a professional who enlists the help of a barber, keep your beard in check with the proper tools and techniques. Use a trimmer to catch those stray hairs from acting unruly. Utilize a beard balm or beard oil to keep your hairs healthy-looking. And don’t forget to give it the shampoo treatment a few times a week. Cleanliness is next to godliness, and that goes double for the follicles on your face.

If you prefer being clean shaven, the rules still apply: groom well, groom often. We’ve already covered some of the best shaving techniques and habits, so it’s time to put them to good use. Routine is important here, for the moment you fall out of schedule, it’ll be noticeable.

Treat Your Skin

hair skin care grooming work mens professional styleThick or thin, your skin is there to protect you, no matter what, so the least you can do is take the proper steps to look less like a zombie when going into the classroom or workplace in the mornings. Aside from staying hydrated, make sure you take special care of areas where your skin is more sensitive, like under your eyes (which is neglected by way too many of us fellas out there).

Invest in a good toner, moisturizer, and cleanser for daily care, and on those rare occasions, you go out on a work night, make good use of an under-eye cream or roll-on to help revitalize.

A Little Off the Top

hair skin care grooming work mens professional styleKeeping the hair on top of your head clean and composed is equally important to the rest of your body. We’re not saying you need to keep a fresh fade, but whatever your preferred style is, it’s easier to make sure it’s cleaned up and presentable than you think. Trim it up at home or at your favorite shop – either way, consistency is key. If you have long hair or dreads, keep your kitchen tidy and dreads in check, and you be fine.

Find the right combination of routines, stick to them and perfect them. A set grooming routine is what’s gonna get you from Regular Reggie into Grooming God… (with the corner office, mane).