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Grooming Essentials for Men: Skin Care and Hair Products

Skin Care and hair products aren’t just for women. See which products can help create a well-groomed man.

Must-Have Skin Care Products for Men continued...

Few men want to devote a lot of time to skin care, says Manley. So it's essential to find multipurpose products that do the job with a minimum of time and hassle. Sunscreen is the single most important element in any skin care routine, she suggests. That's because it can be a lifesaver as well as a looks-saver.

Joyce Carboni, founder and director of Skinsational Spa in San Diego, suggests minimizing the wear-and-tear of daily shaving with certain shaving products. A shave brush, for example, is a great addition to skin care. It will help with an even application of shaving cream on each whisker, says Carboni. Both Persia and Arad recommend brushes made from badger hair.

Choose a shaving cream over a gel to use with your shaving brush. Creams offer a better, thicker lather, which creates a barrier against cuts. "Look for one with natural moisturizing and soothing ingredients, such as aloe vera," says Carboni.

Carboni also suggests trying an electric razor instead of a blade razor. While shaving blades can dull after 4 or 5 uses, electric razors last much longer, and reduce the chances of any cuts. "Electric razors force the whisker up above the skin line, where it can be cut easily," Carboni says.

In addition to shaving products, the following skin care products should be in every man's bathroom, says Manley:

  • Sunscreen for body
  • Cleanser
  • Toner
  • Moisturizer with SPF/antioxidants for daytime
  • Moisturizer with retinol for nighttime
  • Eye cream
  • Lip balm
  • Light hand lotion
  • Blemish gel
  • Shower gel
  • Antiperspirant
  • Cologne

Don't forget an exfoliator to remove dead skin cells, as well as nose hair clippers and tweezers, and a styptic pencil, says Persia.

Must-Have Hair Care Products for Men

Manley's list of recommended hair products for men is shorter than that for skin care products -- but no less essential. It includes:

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner (if hair is dry)
  • Hair styling product

Jet Rhys, owner of the Jet Rhys Salon in San Diego, suggests that a clarifying shampoo is an essential for anyone who uses heavy styling hair products on a regular basis. He suggests using this type of hair product once a week to get rid of buildup. It also helps to restore softness and shine. A wide-tooth comb is a good choice for getting out knots after the shower. It's less damaging than a brush on wet hair, which is particularly vulnerable to damage.

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