Whenever go out in the public, we want to look our best. We brush our hair and dress in nice clothes to enhance our charm and personality. However, personal grooming is more than that, and men have started taking personal grooming seriously in today's world.
Grooming essentially starts with taking care of our hygiene. A well-groomed persona can help you stand out from the crowd. With the correct regime and right products, looking nice is not a tough task.
The Art of Manliness: Toiletries and Grooming Essentials for Men
From shaving and moisturizing to fragrance, every man needs certain self-care products in their grooming kit to achieve that dazzling and confident look.
Let’s take a look at 10 must-haves for men’s grooming:
#1. Soap/Body Wash
When it comes to maintaining hygiene, a bathing bar is a must-have. Granted, a bar soap requires more manual work than body wash, but they can both cleanse your skin equally well. However, only the right soap/body wash will rejuvenate your body while the wrong ones might leave your skin dry, scaly, and dull.
So, be careful while choosing the soap/body wash. Look for products that smell good (for a better part of the day) and add essential nutrients to your skin. Avoid the ones with sulfates that can strip its moisture.
#2. Hairstyling Products
No matter what type of hair you have, you’re going to need some help in looking a cut above the rest. While no one does hairstyling better than the barber, every man must own some basic products like shampoo and conditioner. Applying these will keep hair shiny, voluminous, and healthy in the long run. Gels, waxes, pomades....while not essential, can definitely add to the neat and sleek look.
#3. Shaving Kit
It’s easy to be swept away by the sheer number of choices available when it comes to shaving products. A sturdy hair trimmer makes the job easy to keep your mustache and beard well-trimmed.
While choosing the razor, opt for one with multiple blades, flexible hinge, and a heavy handle so that it doesn’t slip or slide all over your face. If you are into wet shaving, choose one that lathers beautifully, smells great, and feels rejuvenating on your skin.
As we set out to face the challenges of the day, the harsh sunlight can damage the skin on your face, and the dust, dirt, and dead cells can block the pores. This can lead to acne, pimples, blackheads, etc. if not taken care of in time. The right cleanser does just that. Not only does it remove dirt and impurities, but it also replenishes the skin with essential nutrients and makes you feel fresh and rejuvenated.
Men, too, lose a lot of moisture from their skin, which can result in the skin being dry and flaky. So, a moisturizer is a must in every man’s grooming kit. Not only does it hydrate your face and body, but it can also be used for softening beard stubble. A moisturizer is an all-purpose lifesaver that you can use to smoothen your hair or even rub it on your palms to make them soft and smell nice.
It is important that while selecting a moisturizer you keep in mind your skin type, i.e. dry, oily, or combination skin, and make the choice accordingly.
Still confused whether you need a moisturizer or not and how to choose the right one if you do? Check out this article for all your queries on moisturizers.
#6. Toothbrush and Toothpaste (the obvious!)
Most of us begin our day with brushing and very rightly so. Germs and leftover food can accumulate in between our teeth and can result in plaques or cavities. Bad breath is another serious issue that needs to be taken care of. A sturdy, flexible toothbrush can reach the farthest corners of your mouth and thoroughly cleanse them.
The choice between toothpaste and tooth powder is a tough one, but the latter has been found to be more efficient at kicking out plaque. Whatever you choose, it should be devoid of dye, glycerin, and fluoride, and bring a feeling of freshness to your mouth. There are specialized kinds of toothpaste for people with sensitive skin or swollen gums, etc. and you should choose yours accordingly.
Yes, we all know that everyone has their unique body scent, but that can easily be overpowered by perspiration during the course of the day. Especially in sultry, hot summers, the battle is even tougher. So, a strong and stark deodorant is a must-have in your grooming kit.
Even when you are traveling, whether to your office or to the mountains, carry one inside your pocket, and it might come handy any time.
No matter whether you live in the hot, tropical countries or in the cold deserts of Alaska, you will definitely need a sunscreen to protect your skin from the harsh and harmful sunlight. While the heat of the Sun can tan your exposed skin, the ultraviolet rays (UV rays) can cause it irreparable damage which can even lead to skin cancer. So, it’s absolutely vital that you have sunscreen lotion in your grooming kit.
Go for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or above and make it a part of your daily skincare regime.
#9. Exfoliating Scrub
It’s time to discard the age-old prejudices about scrubbing being a feminine thing. Men need exfoliation too. Considering the amount of dust in the air and the rising percentage of air pollutants, your skin demands regular exfoliation. It not only removes dead cells but also helps prevent ingrown hairs. Use the scrubs every night, and soon, you will witness a fresh, glowing texture on your face skin.
#10. Lip Balm
With all else being taken care of, it is really unjust to leave your lips completely unattended. The good old chapstick or lip balm can actually keep your lips hydrated and prevent them from getting dry or flaky.
Given how hard a man works to achieve his goals, his body needs a bit of care and attention too. For a stylish modern man who wants to make a clear-cut positive impression, personal grooming is a way of life. With these 10 self-care products in the grooming kit, every man is all set to conquer their world.