It’s time to rethink your regimen. Your hair isn’t adorably disheveled—it’s just messy. And manly stubble is fine, but red bumps and razor burn are not. Eric Neher, our resident grooming expert, is here to show you how to add some polish to your look and ramp up your masculine cool. You can read Eric’s tips every week in his You’ve Got Male column but if you’re short on time, we’ve assembled a cheat sheet of his top commandments. Follow his advice, and you’ll never look like you just wandered out of the woods again.
Thou Shalt Ditch The Bar Soap
First things first: Move away from that bar soap (or even worse, body wash) to a cleanser that is made specifically for your face. I’m a huge fan of philosophy® purity made simple™ one-step facial cleanser. This basic cleanser gently rids your face of dirt and oil. It’s great for the guy who doesn’t want to get fussy.
Thou Shalt Pick The Right Shaving Cream
Don’t just rely on the same old tube of Barbasol you’ve been using since puberty. Perk up your skin while you shave with a rich formula like Anthony Logistics® for Men Shave Cream. Its see-through formula minimizes irritation while helping you get the closet shave possible.
Thou Shalt Dare To Use Moisturizer (And Eye Cream)
Hydrated skin is a guy’s best friend. Reach for Jack Black Double-Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20 to keep your skin moisturized and protected against the sun. And I know that guys are reluctant to use an eye cream, but puffy eyes and dark circles are the number one culprits when it comes to looking tired. My favorite quick fix is fresh Lotus Eye Gel because it’s light, smooth, and feels very cooling — good for early mornings on too little sleep.
Thou Shalt Fight The Pimples
Nobody likes dealing with pimples. They’re unsightly, painful, and tend to pop up at the worst moments (first dates, family photo ops, and the like). If I sense a blemish coming on, I immediately start using Kiehl’s Acne Blemish Control morning and night. It’s the best spot treatment I have ever tried. The key is to be relentless with application. I also love SIRCUIT® Cosmeceuticals Fixzit, which uses salicylic acid to calm blemishes.
Thou Shalt Wear A Good Deodorant
It’s important for a man to smell like a man. I think that many of us have a hard time getting away from that classic Speed Stick or Old Spice. But we don’t want to be an army of male-bots all smelling exactly the same. I suggest trying Pitt Boss Antiperspirant and Deodorant by Jack Black. It’s long-lasting and provides as much protection as the drugstore brands. Plus, it smells fresh and masculine.