Less may be more — most of the time. But when it comes to your grooming regimen, even the most minimal among you really still need a few key products in your bathroom cabinet. No longer will the days of a lone drugstore razor and a tube of toothpaste suffice. Now more than ever, it’s cool to invest more than a few seconds in keeping up appearances — especially with the continuing onslaught of the beard trend, which arguably requires even more attention than the clean-shaven look.
All that to say, it’s high time you gave yourself some well-deserved face time and upped your grooming game. So hang with us for a bit, and channel your inner metrosexual. And, no, we’re not saying that your vanity counter should look like the beauty aisle exploded.
With the simple addition of these five products to your normal routine, you will do wonders to take your hair and skin care to the next level, while still maintaining the minimal zen spirit that you crave.
Your face gets the most attention — and the most abuse — throughout the day. It is exposed to all the elements, from hot sun rays to blustery wind chills not to mention smoke, pollution, and grime. If you want to put your best face forward while protecting your skin’s radiance and resilience, you must treat it with care. And that starts by using a basic facial moisturizer twice a day. Nearly immediately, men will start seeing changes in the texture of their skin. There is no sense in taking the tough road on this one, as there is nothing appealing about leathery or dry skin. On the flip side, though, a smooth face is nothing short of handsomely welcoming — for you and for your significant other, too. Bonus points if you add a body moisturizer to the mix, too. Lather it on right after you step out of the shower.
Most guys tend to overlook the importance of exfoliation, but scrubbing away dead skin cells is essential to restoring radiance to your face. It helps unclog pores and keep your skin clean and healthy, while exposing beard hair follicles, which reduces ingrown hairs and makes for an ideal pre-shave treatment. Brighten up your outlook and get rid of any dullness by using a facial scrub soap with some grit in it or a cream-based exfoliator approximately three times a week.
The slightly gritty abrasiveness in exfoliating products is generally some combination of granulated pumice, sea salts, micro beads, or fruit seeds. Many products also contain salicylic acid and alpha-hydroxy acid, which help break down the bonds between the dead skin cells and your face. Just make sure the product you use isn’t too harsh for your personal skin type — you want to gently slough away dead skin cells not raggedly tear up your face. And, just like moisturizer, you can exfoliate your entire body using a gritty bar soap or a body scrub along with a pumice stone or a loofah.
Sunscreen is not just for a day at the pool — and the sun’s harsh rays don’t only affect your skin during the summer months; they are present all year round. From your morning commute to that afternoon coffee run, you simply cannot escape the sun. Exposure to harmful rays can not only cause wrinkles and premature aging, it can lead to skin cancer. By applying sunscreen that is at least SPF 30 before you leave the house on a daily basis, you can protect your skin. A great option is to find a two-in-one moisturizer with SPF built into the formula. Broad-spectrum sunscreens and SPF moisturizers are the best because they protect against both UVA and UVB rays, both of which can cause cancer.
4. Hair regrowth treatments
While some of you may already be working the Vin Diesel angle — intentionally — the bald look really is not for everyone. But if you’re one of the many men who is experiencing hair loss (and even if you’re not — yet), then one of the products you should be stockpiling in your medicine cabinet is a hair regrowth treatment. After all, a huge part of a successful grooming regimen consists of hair care. Perhaps one of the most ubiquitous products to tackle early signs of thinning strands is Rogaine foam. So bite the bullet and buy some sort of treatment if you’re not ready to bid adieu to those locks you love — or to take on the Vin Diesel ’do.
5. Eye cream
Guys, don’t turn your nose up on eye treatments. Cucumber slices and under-eye potions aren’t just for the girls. One of the first signs of aging in men is crow’s feet, also known as the fine lines that surround the eyes — especially if you have spent a lot of time squinting in the sun without shades or sunscreen. Puffiness and under-eye bags are also a problem for men and are a telltale sign of one too many late nights. But they can also show your age. By using an overnight eye cream, you can take care of those baby blues so they’re shining as brightly as possible. Look for overnight creams with retinol, which will help reduce wrinkles and increase collagen production. A day cream, preferably one formulated with a caffeine, will help kick puffiness and redness to the curb.