Grooming 101

Simply put – grooming is an art. With the recent resurgence of facial hair and suave ‘dos, your morning routine is more vital than ever. While contradictory, it takes time and commitment to master a seemingly effortless balance between sexy scruff + well-kept.

I’ll be the first to admit that rolling out of bed sounds existentially more appealing at 6am. But I hate it to break it to you – we should never compromise the up-keep of our money maker. Appropriate grooming habits not only give you a boost of confidence, but it also becomes an element of your personal aesthetic.

There is certainly no manual on how you should groom yourself. So in pursuit of helping the fellow gentlemen improve his mourning routine, I’ve put together a short list of my favorite grooming essentials.

Face Wash: Jack Black Daily Facial Cleanser, $19Jack Black Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser Photo Courtesy of NordstromIf you’re looking for a good facial cleanser, lather on this baby to start off your daily morning routine. Jack Black’s dual purpose 2-in-1 cleanser and toner is jam-packed with natural moisturizers leaving your face smooth and shave ready.

Shaving Cream: The Art of Shaving Shaving Cream, $25The Art of Shaving Shaving Cream, Photo Courtesy of www.ParisGallery.comWhen it comes to shaving, you might as well listen to those who the company who has turned shaving into an art. Yep, the guys over at The Art of Shaving definitely know what they’re doing. The aromatherapy-based products not only leave you smelling like a freshly-shaven lumberjack who just rubbed pine on his face. In other words: utterly masculine. Personally, I’m a huge fan of their shaving cream. The rich and foamy lather helps protect your skin from irritation by improving razor glide and leave your face silky smooth.

Moisturizer: Kiehl’s Facial Fuel, $25
Kiehls Facial Feul, Photo courtesy of skincare company that began as an old-world apothecary clearly knows what they’re doing if they’ve been around (and prospering) since 1851. Kiehl’s Facial Fuel with SPF 15 is a vitamin-enriched and energizing non-oily facial moisturizer. Apply this hydrating lotion in the morning to invigorate your fatigued skin.

Hair Wax: Blind Barber 60 Proof Hair Wax, $18

Photo Courtesy of pomades.comNow I’m not always into hair products – especially when they leave your head looking like a helmet. But I’m all for formulas that will style my hair without weighing it down. This hair wax is light-hold with a matte finish. Rich with nutrients, this hair wax is light-hold with a matte-finish. With just a dime-size dollop, apply the hair wax liberally throughout your hair to create a polished and weightless style perfect for that effortless look.

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