This original article was first published here: 8 Grooming Essentials Every Modern Man Should Have
If a woman swears on certain grooming essentials to live by, the modern gentleman has his own, too. A fine gentleman isn’t just someone who dresses well, he should also look well-groomed. No matter how handsome you may be, this will always be eclipsed by poor grooming and hygiene practices
Thankfully, you don’t need to spend so much to look neat. You only need to have the essentials at home, so that whenever grooming is necessary, there’s something you can use. Make sure that you’re using the right tools and products for guaranteed better-looking results. That said, here are eight of the essentials that you, a modern man, should always have:
1. Manscape Shaver
The term “manscape” is used by men to refer to cleaning out all forms of hair on their body. Yes, this includes those down there, too. So many men have gotten into trimming the hedges to ensure proper hygiene, to prepare for intimate moments with their partner, and to avoid any unwanted hair from sticking out of clothes.
While the process may sound straightforward, you still need to be careful. Incorrect technique and the wrong or blunt tools can lead to infection, ingrown hair, and skin irritation. You should have the right tool, a manscape shaver, to ensure that you’re doing it correctly and safely. Surely, you also don’t want any cuts in your sensitive area.
2. Nose Hair Trimmer
The nose hair trimmer is also referred to as the father of all trimmers. Although the nostrils only cover a small area, no one wants to see nose hair sticking out of them. Nose hair is supposed to stay inside, and not be seen. You can get away with dirty shoes or untrimmed brows, but hair sticking out of your nose is just too much.
3. Facial Cleanser
If you tend to spend long hours out in the sun or indoors, but in a humid room with blazing cold air conditioning the entire day, it’s time for you to make that upgrade from ordinary soap to a good facial wash or cleanser. When your skin is dry and sensitive, a facial cleanser will soothe and rejuvenate your skin. Plus, it does a better job of washing away dirt that may have stuck to your face the entire day.
Always remember to wash your face at least twice a day, preferably once after waking up and before going to bed.
4. Lip Balm
Relax, a lip balm isn’t only for women. You don’t have to feel as if you’re losing your masculinity simply because you’re using a lip balm. Even a man’s lips need moisturizing, too. For those men who have dry and cracked lips, using a lip balm helps. Otherwise, your dry lips can be a very bad conversation starter. The last thing you’d want is to be a turn off for women, as they wouldn’t want to go anywhere near cracked lips.
Everyone needs a good sunscreen in their grooming kit, whether you’re male or female. This is true for those men who work outdoors the entire day, such as those in construction or farming. You need to protect yourself from the harmful rays of the sun. It’s more than just an aesthetic thing. It doesn’t just help you avoid red skin and looking burnt all the time, sunscreen can also help protect you from diseases such as skin cancer.
6. Army Knife
An army knife is an ultimate gadget for men. It has small scissors that enable you to cut hair anytime and anywhere, even when you’re traveling. While it doesn’t have a nail cutter attached to it, there’s a file for your nails. Beyond just grooming, your army knife will get you out of sticky situations too, such as cutting any loose threads out of your suit.
7. Good Quality Razor
You shouldn’t skip having a razor, as this is one of the basic grooming products you’ll need. But there’s a reason why disposable razors should only be left in hotel grooming kits. It’s not for daily use.
Ditch the disposable razor and invest in a better-quality one. You’ll need a razor that has a 3-blade setup, for the closest, best and neatest shave.
8. Pocket Comb
The pocket comb is a classic that’ll never go out of style. It’s also very cheap, so there’s no reason for you not to have one. If you’ve got a little more to spend, you can even take your grooming kit up a notch by buying one of those pricier pocket combs which are meant to stay with you for a lifetime.
A pocket comb is a handy tool, especially if you’ve got quite a mane of hair on your head and your face. Obviously, if you’ve gone bald, then you can skip this and change it to a good quality hat instead, so you can protect your head from the harmful sun.
The modern man cares about his skin and grooming. Living like a caveman just won’t cut it anymore. If you’ve still got used to disposable razors and an ordinary soap for your face, it’s time to make a change. A few extra minutes for grooming in the morning and at night won’t hurt,. With this list of essentials, you can start creating a grooming routine that works for you.
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