Eight must-haves in a man’s grooming kit
The everyday essentials of the Perfect Man.
The modern, stylish man can never be caught unawares. Personal grooming ranks up there with perfectly creased trousers, crisp shirts and elegantly cuts suits. In fact, a well groomed visage is a given if you want to climb the corporate ladder. What with all the travel and burning the midnight oil, here’s a list of eight essentials every man about town should keep handy to look perfectly turned out at all times.
This is self-explanatory. A five o’clock shadow or two-day stubble might look good on Brad Pitt but it’s unlikely to win any favors with the boss. Having a neat little shaving kit handy will save you loads of time. Invest in a good shaving brush like Kent White Socket Pure Bristle Badger Effect Shaving Brush made with 100% pure badger hair, and shaving cream to suit your skin type. Choose a shaving cream over a gel because creams offer thicker, better lather that create a barrier against cuts and nicks. Nykaa suggests Kent Premium Conditioning Shaving Cream 125Ml Jar. Then invest in a good electric razor instead of a blade razor because blades can dull after four or five uses while electric razors last much longer and force the whiskers above the skin line to give you a cleaner, smoother shave. We like Philips At756-16 Aqua Touch Wet & Dry 3Hd Shaver that comes with an Aquatec seal to ensure a comfortable dry and wet shave.
This is a must-have for the guy who likes to flaunt cool sideburns or a moustache/beard. These nifty tools also come in handy to trim excessive body hair. The Philips Body Groomer & Shaver-BG2024/15 is the perfect trimmer because it’s small, convenient and great to use all over to remove unwanted fuzz. We especially like the Philips groomer because this hypo-allergenic shaver is 100% waterproof with 50 minutes cordless usage time, and comes with an attached comb and worldwide voltage.
An ordinary bathing experience just won’t cut it for the man about town. Forget the trusty old bathing soap you’ve scrubbed yourself with through college. Now’s the time to experience an elevated shower experience. Try Nivea For Men Muscle Relax Shower Gel, an all-in one shower formula that can be used on face, skin and hair. The micro particles soothe away stress and refresh instantly. If you have normal-dry skin, it’s worth using Sebamed Cleansing Shower Oil that supports and protects the skin’s acid mantle and prevents dryness.
It’s always a good idea to keep a face wash handy for an instant pick-me-up especially if you’ve spent the day on the road or cooped up in meetings. Many men neglect to wash their faces at the end of the day but that’s the time you need to wash off the day’s dirt, grime and oil the most to prevent breakouts. Nykaa suggests L’Oreal Paris Men Expert Hydra Energetic Foaming Cleansing Gel that cleanses and wakes up skin without drying it out and reinforces the skin’s natural resistance.
For all the TLC you lavish on your skin, isn’t it time you spent a little time pampering your lips, the only part of your face that has no oil glands? Chapped lips are a huge turn off and it’s wise to keep a lip balm handy at all times, especially if you spend time on flights and AC rooms. Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Lip Moisturizer SPF 15 is a great product because it softens, smoothens and protects dry, chapped lips without a waxy feel. Plus it contains a PABA-free SPF 15 sunblock for added protection from the sun.
Hair styling essentials
Rare is the guy who isn’t a sucker for modern, trendy hairstyles. However, over use of alcohol-heavy styling products can dry out hair and deposit too much product on strands. Always opt for a light hair styling gel like BBLUNT Gel Oh! Natural Hold Gel that gives great gloss, natural fullness and just the right amount of hold, without weighing hair down. It’s also a good idea to have a clarifying shampoo in your kit to get rid of buildup and restore shine and softness to strands. Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Shampoo controls flyaways, reduces drying time and leaves your hair squeaky clean. Finally, keep a wide toothed comb or natural bristle brush handy to detangle hair. We like Roots Men’s Grooming Hairbrush that’s specially designed for man hair.
Why me? I’m a man, you might exclaim. Unfortunately you’re as vulnerable to the aging effects of UVA and UVB rays. Look for a broad spectrum formula like Neutrogena UltraSheer Body Mist SPF 30 that’s sweat-proof, water proof and easy to apply. The Helioplex technology provides superior broad-spectrum protection against skin-aging UVA and burning UVB rays. The one touch continuous spray works at any angle, making it a breeze to use. Remember to carry it with you everywhere, especially when you’re out playing sports or enjoying the great outdoors.
Now this is one kit essential no suave man would be caught dead without! Body odor is a huge turn off, in the board room and out on a date. Ideally keep an antiperspirant handy along with a sport fragrance and a special occasion scent to spritz on in the evenings. Nykaa recommends Aramusk Deodorant Spray For Men – Active, Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Stromboli Eau De Toilette and Gucci By Gucci Pour Homme Eau De Toilette For Men. Now be prepared to be complimented on how wonderful you smell.