In the dynamic world of men’s grooming, the quest for quality products is ever-evolving. Gone are the days of a one-size-fits-all approach, as men now seek grooming essentials that cater to their unique needs. Whether it’s dry skin, acne prone skin, or something that’s a little all over the place, finding the right products for your facial hair and skin is vital. In this blog, we’ll explore essential grooming routines for men, with a spotlight on beard care and skincare using premium yet affordable products.
First Things First: Face Wash.
If you are unsure of your own skin texture or what works, we suggest using a neutral face wash that is gentle on all skin types. Khiels Ultra Facial Cleanser ($25) introduces a mild yet cleansing formula that is sensitive to all skin types.
It gently balances the skin’s PH leaving you feeling clean and refreshed. You should always be paying close attention to any facial hair when washing your face. Getting in and around the hair assures you are cleaning the hair follicle and removing build-up that can happen within the pore.
Shaving Prep: It’s Not Just Shaving Cream
We all know that shaving is sometimes an afterthought- something you do when rushing out of the door. Cuts and nicks can happen pretty easily, especially in a pinch. Not to say shaving will always be a methodical, tedious process, but when you can take your time, you should. When you are rushing, at least include some of these steps to give your skin a hug.
One excellent pre-shave product to consider is the Proraso Pre-Shave Cream ($13). Proraso is a renowned Italian brand known for its high-quality shaving products, and their Pre-Shave Cream is particularly effective for preparing the skin and softening the beard. Adding this product and allowing it to set for 2 or so minutes can dramatically improve your shaving experience, allowing the skin and hair to soften before taking to the razor. Thank us later.
Staying Sharp: Finding What Razor Works For You
The razor market for men is one that is pretty saturated. Finding an affordable razor that doesn’t drag or snag doesn’t mean you have to break the bank! The secret to a consistent shave is changing your razor blades when they get dull or old. The rule adopted by most is to change the blade after 4-5 shaves, depending on the amount of hair you’re handling. Dull blades lead to uneven shaves, ingrown hairs, and plenty of cuts waiting to happen.
Whether you’re an electric or traditional guy- finding one that works for you is key! We like The Schick Hydro 5 ($18), coming in with five Ultra Glide blades with skin guards and a hydrating gel reservoir and a flip trimmer that allows for easy precision trimming. The price point is comfortable, and the dual option feature works for the guy on the go.
The Finisher: A No Frills Beard Balm
We know what you’re thinking… “this seems like a little much”. Well, it’s not. Beard balms nourish and protect the hair. They are the perfect way to round out a trim, taming any of those unruly hairs while mainting a flexible and relaxed hold. Whether it’s a mustache, goatee, or you’re competing with Santa for Best Beard, a beard balm rounds out your look with ease (and smells good!).
Honest Amish Beard Balm ($12) is crafted from all-natural and organic ingredients, including essential oils, fruit and nut butters, and beeswax. This ensures a nourishing and conditioning formula that promotes beard health. Whether you have short, medium, or long facial hair, Honest Amish Beard Balm is designed to provide conditioning and styling benefits for all lengths. It helps soften coarse hair, reduces itchiness, and tames those hairs that are hard to pin down.
The Extras: That We Love
A Moisturizer That is There for it All: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream ($30). The pair to our listed facial wash provides a soft barrier on the skin to outside forces while moisturizing and nourishing.
Shampoo and Conditioner that Naturally Nourish: Godiva Shampoo Bar by Lush ($15) and Candy Rain Conditioner Bar by Lush ($15). These last for months, eliminate plastic, and soften and protect hair.
Silk Pillow Cases that Protect: Standard Silk Pillowcase by Blissy ($67). Silk pillowcases are naturally hypo-allergenic and soothing to the skin and hair when we sleep. It eliminates the risk for dirt and bacteria to transfer to skin and hair when sleeping, reducing acne and hair damage.
Grooming and self care undeniably have the power to boost ones confidence. Taking time and pride in your appearance is what we’re all about. Implementing a few of these products into your routines can increase that feel-good feeling. This holiday season, we call on you to bring a little more attention to what makes you feel good, like a new outfit for your holiday parties or taking care of your skin. Happy Grooming!