3 simple (but important) men’s grooming products all guys should own
This is a public service announcement: It’s not a grooming ritual if it only involves one bar of Dove soap—for your body, face and hair. If you wash your armpits with the same object you rub on your forehead, it’s time for an intervention.
And, men, you don’t have to go full metrosexual. In fact, we don’t want you to smell like a springtime flower and take longer to get ready than we do. But there are a few grooming products out there that it wouldn’t hurt for you to try. Nothing complicated, and everything essential. You won’t know how you lasted without them. Here are our favorite three to start you out.
Clean your face
You really should wash your face, keep your pores clear and wipe away the sweat and hard work of the day. This is an inexpensive, easy-to-find (Walmart, Walgreens or any drugstore) and effective face wash. Splash it on morning and night, and you will be surprised by how much brighter your face looks, and how much cleaner it is. Neutrogena Men skin clearing acne wash, $4.93, walmart.com
Four steps to a perfect shave
Your beard or scruff is the centerpiece of your facial care. Try this four-product shaving kit, which contains contains pre-shave oil, shaving cream, after-shave balm and a shaving brush, to up your facial hair game. With no weird chemicals, drying alcohol, dyes or weird scents, these products are all made with pure essential oils and botanical ingredients, so they’re ideal for sensitive skin. Plus, this travel-sized kit (a great gift idea!) will give you a taste of the different products, so you can decide which you want to invest in full size. It’s a good way to ease into the idea of trying new grooming products. The Art of Shaving 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave, $60, sephora.com
Pucker up with soft lips
No, we’re not talking about lipstick. And what’s more manly and awesome than Jack Black? OK, well, this line is not affiliated with the actor, but the name familiarity doesn’t hurt. This lip balm is another entry point to try a variety of lip products, as the package comes with balms in mint and shea butter, mint and mandarin and mint and vanilla. All are designed to smooth and soothe your lips, especially important this time of year, and all contain SPF 25. See? Not too scary after all. Jack Black Balm Squad trio, $19.50, macys.com