A good grooming routine takes time to develop. You probably don’t need a ton of bells and whistles, but there are a few essentials that every man should have in his arsenal. Nothing fancy, just the basics to help you feel and look your best.
I don’t care what your hairstyle is. I don’t care if it’s a tight buzz or a full-blown hippie cascade of curly locks. Hair product is essential. Here’s the thing guys, its not always about styling. Maybe you wish your hair would fall like it does in the pics on Pinterest, and sure hair gel can get you there. But a man’s hair product gives it shine. Frizzy textures look dull in the sunlight, but a soft hair product will make your cut pop and sizzle.
A Good Chapstick
A good one. Please, please, throw out that dollar store or checkout isle garbage that you’ve tossed carelessly into your kitchen drawer. A good chapstick takes your lip game from sticky and chapped and plush and full. Lips aren’t just the kissy-face attractors, they’re also for talking. You’re not going to be confident as a man if you can hear the stickiness of your lips before the first word even exits your mouth. Get some good chapstick, and use it three times a day. Burt’s Bees has some great stuff.
Check out the stuff that Manscaped offers. Let’s face it guys, the tools we use to shave our face shouldn’t be the same tools we use to shave the lower regions. It’s gross to mix blades, and you should have a tool specially designed for it. You wouldn’t use your oil dipstick to check your antifreeze, and you shouldn’t use your face razor for your crotch.
Whether you’re looking for a smooth finish or a curated lawn, invest in products designed to make you feel fresh and sexy.
Exfoliating Body Wash
Your hands are probably not the callous-ridden mitts of John Wayne in a sandstorm, which means that when you rub smooth body wash on yourself, you’re not getting a good deep clean. Get a washcloth with some texture, for starters, and then invest in some exfoliating body wash. It’ll clear the dead skin off you and get the soap deep down to refresh those dry layers.
Urban Outfitters has some great stuff here. Your skin might be clear enough at this point in your life to avoid the intensive daily moisturization rituals. If not, by all means, please get
some face wash. But assuming that you’re snagging enough sun, saltwater, and sweat to keep that face a polished color, the most you’ll need is a good face mist. On days where you’re feeling oily, rinse off in water and then apply the mist. On days where you feel dry, go straight for the mist. It’s face care without the goop.
The key to a good grooming routine is “know thyself.” You should be experimenting with new products, trying new things, and paying attention to how it makes you look and feel. The right products are the ones that work for you. Don’t be afraid to spend a little more to get the good stuff!