In the old days, guys used to think that the only shower products a man needed were a razor, shaving cream, shampoo, and a bar of soap. Fortunately, we’ve since realized that grooming is something that everyone should do, regardless of their gender, and we’ve moved away from that mindset. If you want to look your best, you’re going to need to buy the right toiletries to care for your hair and skin.
Some of you may think that it’s okay to simply borrow from your girlfriend or wife, but their expensive shower products won’t necessarily give you what you need as a guy. Besides, they’re probably sick of you using all of their products. But after this list, you won’t need to borrow any more shower products, because you’ll know exactly what to look for.
The first thing you should do when you get out of the shower is to moisturize your face. Keeping your skin hydrated can slow down the effects of aging and help you keep your youthful look well into middle adulthood. But not any type of moisturizer will do, so don’t go to the grocery store and pick up a generic bottle of lotion. You’ll want to get a type of moisturizer designed specifically for your face that also has some sort of SPF (usually 15, but you can find creams with SPF 20 or 30). The added SPF will turn your moisturizer into a barrier against pollution and the sun’s UV rays, both of which are known to cause aging.
The best way that you can start your day off on a high note is by doing something you like. Why not add some flavor to your morning routine by playing some music as you get ready? Your Bluetooth shower speaker will link up with your smartphone, computer, or tablet so that you can listen to your favorite tunes while getting ready in the bathroom.
Regardless of what you may think, those generic shower gels that sell for under $5 are not doing wonders for your skin. What you need is something that gives your skin the nourishment that it needs to maintain that healthy look throughout the day. And if your skin feels dry the moment that you step out of the shower, you’re probably not using a good soap or gel. Try looking for a shower gel that has a moisturizing agent like Shea butter or aloe in it, and make sure to get a man’s shower gel if you want to have that clean, masculine scent of sandalwood and essential oils.
Do you really want to wash your face with the same type of soap that you use everywhere else on your body? Despite what some people may say, face washes aren’t a gimmick. They’re designed to be much more gentle on your skin than body soap, which is great for preventing breakouts and keeping your face well hydrated. Save the bar soap for other regions of your body and stick to a top of the line face wash for your mug.
In case you haven’t noticed, the classic razors that our fathers and grandfathers used have come back into fashion – and for good reason. Whether you’re using one blade, two blades, or four blades, those supermarket shaving kits are not giving your skin the care it needs, which is why so many men struggle with razor burn. What you should be shaving with is an old-fashioned double-edge safety razor.
There are a couple benefit of using the safety razor to shave. For starters, the razor blades that you buy at the drugstore tend to be sharper and more durable than the ones that come with disposable shavers. This means that you don’t have to go over the same patch of hair more than once, resulting in nicks and irritation. In addition, you’re also free to change out your razor blades at will, so when you buy a box of blades, you never have to worry about shaving with a dull razor again.
Now that you have your essential bathroom starter pack, you’ll be able to make your morning grooming session much more effective and enjoyable.