4 Ways to Save Money on Your Grooming Routine
A man who has his grooming routine down pat knows his skin type and what corresponding cleanser and moisturizer best complements it. He shaves in the right direction, never misses a stray ear or nose hair that decides to sprout, and religiously slathers on a layer of sunscreen everyday. If we’ve just thoroughly described you, we (and you) know how much money you invest in keeping that mug of yours looking handsome. But what if there was a way to save on your grooming routine and still get the same results? Well, you’re in luck because we have compiled four of the most foolproof ways to save money on your grooming routine. What man doesn’t want to cut corners while still managing to look his best?
1. Don’t shampoo every day
We know that it makes you feel good after a long day to get in the shower and scrub your hair. It can make you feel like a whole new man, or maybe you just love the way it makes your hair feel after using it. But the fact of the matter is, if you are shampooing your hair daily or (gasp) more than once a day, you are doing more harm than good to both your hair and your wallet. You’re running through product like crazy and having to buy more, plus, you’re drying out that nice head of hair.
Hair naturally contains healthy oils within its structure, however, over-washing can strip your hair of those natural oils, causing it to dry out, flake, and frizz. Let’s face it — this is not a good look. So unless you’re sweating profusely at the gym every day and using massive amounts of product in your hair, you can get away with washing your hair every other day or even every third day. Not only will your hair look shinier, but you’ll be keeping your shampoo and conditioner bottle longer.
2. Purchase multitasking products
We multitask at work, when we walk, text, and change our music choices on our phones at the same time, so why are we not keeping with that mindset when it comes to our grooming routines? Not only will you save money because you won’t have to buy multiple products, but you’ll save time in your grooming routine as well. Who doesn’t appreciate those extra few minutes in the morning that you’ll end up saving? Here are some examples of multi-tasking products that will not only save you money, but time.
An all-in-one facial cleanser
The components to a proper skin care routine are as follows: cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize. Any man would be happy to kill three birds with one stone and Ursa Major’s 4-in-1 Tonic is the total package. Splash it on or spray it on a cotton round when your face needs a refresher. The product encompasses the four components that your skin care routine should include: Cleansing, which removes all the dirt and gunk from your face without stripping your skin of moisture or throwing off its pH balance; exfoliating, which clears any clogged pores and rids the skin of dead skin cells; healing, meaning if your skin is irritated either from the elements or from other product, it will be soothed; and finally hydrating, thus firming your mug.
A daytime lotion that’s also a sunscreen
Never choose between daytime moisturizer or sunscreen again because Clinique for Men Broad Spectrum SPF 21 Moisturizer not only provides your skin with UVA/UVB protection, but it gives your skin that much-needed daily hydration. Clinique’s special lightweight and oil-free formula prevents your pores from clogging and absorbs quickly without that annoying, lingering SPF feel. Use it on your face and neck and walk out your door for the day feeling happy that you’re protecting yourself against wrinkles and skin cancer.
A versatile styling product
Devin Toth, hairstylist at Salon SCK, tells Tech Times that you should have one styling product that can be used to multitask and create different looks for when you’re on and off duty. There’s no need to stock your cabinet with multiple products, when one product that does many things is more cost-effective for your grooming routine. Toth recommends Shu Uemura shape paste sculpting putty. “This is great for your hair because this one product can create soft, natural looks or controlled, clean looks depending on how much you use. I recommend using twice as much for work as you do on your weekend,” Toth says.
3. With product, more is not better
When it comes to say, using a facial moisturizer, there is no reason to glob it on, especially if you purchase a luxe brand. Even if you use a drugstore brand, the point is, you’re still spending money on skin care. We’ve all seen those guys that really go to town on their products and pile on too many pumps when they’re in a rush in the morning. Not only are you sacrificing your look when you use too much product, but you’re wasting a lot of money by unnecessarily overusing a product. When it comes to facial moisturizers that suit your skin type, use only a nickel-sized amount for your entire face. If you use too much, you risk looking oily and it can even lead to breakouts. With eye cream, a pea-sized amount for each eye is more than sufficient.
4. Home remedies
Come on, you knew this was coming. There is nothing worse than realizing you’ve run out of your favorite skin care products when your budget is already tight. Don’t panic, though — you don’t need to buy any big name brands to get the same effects in the shorter term. One such product that’s really a lifesaver, not to mention cheap, is coconut oil, which has been all the rage as of late. You probably have it in your house for that very reason, and in fact, it can be just as effective as a number of products across a man’s grooming routine. It can work well as a cleanser and is an excellent pre-shave lotion, and it also hydrates your body as a great moisturizer. (It’s great for when your skin is extra dry. Not to mention that it keeps your beard soft and hydrated.)
So, instead of going out and buying specific products to take care of your grooming needs and gripes, try a few of these that are lying around your home.