For the most part men don’t need (or want) anywhere near as many grooming products as the ladies do, but that doesn’t mean you should just be rinsing your face and calling it a day. Here are some grooming products that are still low maintenance but can actually improve your appearance.
A Proper Face Wash
Don’t use the same bar of soap on your face that you use to scrub your body, the skin on your face has different requirements that can require tending to. Soap can strip the skin of its natural oils which we actually need. In fact stripping the skin of too much of its natural oils will actually lead it create more oil, which is why washing your face more doesn’t help to cut down on oil production. It really does the opposite.
For example, if you tend to break out from sweating it out at the gym, you should be using a face wash that contains an acne fighting ingredient like salicyclic acid. This will help to clean out your pores on a regular basis and prevent any breakouts or dull skin from forming by making the skin turn over regularly and naturally exfoliate.
A Moisturizer With SPF
After you wash your face you should be following up with a moisturizer, especially if you are using an acne fighting face wash which can dry out your skin. Go for a moisturizer that contains an SPF so that you’re protected from the sun’s rays throughout the day. Work the moisturizer onto your neck as well as your face for the best coverage. Go for one that is oil free to make sure that it’s not blocking your pores. This is crucial for the physically active.
A Two in One Shampoo and Conditioner
If you’re short on shower you might as well switch to a two in one shampoo and conditioner, which is going to better than skipping a conditioner all together. For long hair it’s generally recommended to suds at the scalp and work down but conditioning from the ends of the hair up, but most men don’t have this consideration so doing it all at once can work just fine.
A Water Based Texturizing Wax
If you want to style your hair in a way that looks natural, and water based texturizing wax will give you a strong hold without looking greasy or being hard to wash out. That way you can style your hair to look bead head natural, as opposed to actually being bed head natural.
A Good Shaving Cream
If you’re skimping on the shaving cream you could be irritating your skin more than necessary. Shaving cream creates a way for the razor to move seamlessly on the skin and cut the hairs closer to the skin, which can cut down on razor burn, missed spots, and just all around irritation. That being said, it’s just as important to have a fresh razor with a sharp blade, otherwise your shave is going nowhere fast. Always shave with the grain in short strokes.