10 Grooming Essentials for Men

Your bathroom should be stocked with more than just the bare essentials. Read on to learn about the 10 grooming essentials that every man needs.

Grooming Essentials 101

Gone are the middle-school days of dousing yourself in cologne to make up for the fact that you skipped showering after gym class. You’re a man now, and like changing a tire or tying a tie, a properly stocked bathroom and a solid grooming routine are two things that every man should master. Despite the jungle of health and grooming products, there are only a few items that a man needs on hand to always look and feel his best. Whether you’d like to clean out your inventory and simplify your routine, or if you need to build a small stash of core products, start with this list of 10 grooming essentials every man needs.

10 Grooming Products Every Man Needs


Soap/Body Wash

This might seem like a no brainer, but a good soap is key to a good clean — especially if you’ve just worked up a good sweat. Sure, it’s tempting to sleep a little longer and just hop in and out of the shower in the morning, but it’s worthwhile to take a few minutes to lather up. Soap or body wash will help to strip away sweat and oil, leaving you squeaky clean and smelling fresh. And if you’re stuck on the bar soap vs. body wash debate, the fact is that both products can deliver the results you want — like moisture or exfoliation — it’s just a matter of finding something that you like best.

Shampoo and Conditioner

Whether your locks are long or short, you should always take a few minutes to care for your hair. You should only wash your hair every other day, because daily suds will strip your hair of its natural oils and dry it out. To keep your mane soft and shiny, always follow up with a conditioner. You don’t need anything too fancy, but pay attention to your hair type. For example, if you have dry hair, use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner; if you have dandruff, use a dandruff shampoo and conditioner.

Face Wash

Don’t forget about your face! It’s important to wash your face every day, especially if you have oily skin or if you work up a good sweat on a daily basis. This will help to keep your pores clean, which will prevent breakouts. Tip: using a washcloth will give you a good cleanse, which gently lifts dead skin so your face wash can really do its job. Don’t scrub too hard, just in soft, circular motions.


Washing your face will strip it of its natural oils, so you should always follow up with a moisturizer. Not only does it keep your skin soft, but it also prevents your skin from drying out, which can cause flaking and redness. You can find moisturizers for every skin type, so even if you have oily skin, you shouldn’t skip moisturizing. Even better: reach for a moisturizer with SPF to protect your face from the sun’s harmful rays.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is great as a spot treatment for blemishes. If you’ve got a pimple brewing, simply dab some tea tree oil on the spot after you’ve washed your face. You likely won’t need to use this every day, but you’ll be glad you have it in your cupboard when a blemish starts lurking under your skin.

Lip Balm

Don’t confuse this with your girlfriend’s fruit-flavoured, shine enhancing lip gunk. Lip balm is simple, slick, only slightly shiny, and most importantly, it keeps your kisser smooth. The skin on your lips is thin and sensitive, so it’s important to care for it, especially when the weather turns cold and dry. Even in the summer, it’s important to keep your pucker protected with an SPF lip balm.

Sharp Razor

A sharp razor is a vital component of a good shave. A dull razor will pull at your hair and irritate your skin, whereas a sharp razor will cut the hair in one clean stroke. The number of blades you use can make a difference, but it’s more important that the blades are clean and sharp. After all, two sharp blades are better than four dull ones. If your razor starts to get dull, pitch it and start fresh; you’ll be glad you did.

Shaving Cream

If you’ve taken up the habit of dry shaving, stop. Raking a razor over your skin is harsh, and if you do it dry, you’re tugging at your hair and skin. A good shaving cream or a good lather reduces the friction between the razor and your skin. In the end, you’ll have a smooth shave, and your skin will thank you. Tip: either shave in the shower, or just after. The warm water will open your pores and soften the hair, making it easier to shave.

Trimmer Set

A few stray hairs can take your look from suave and polished to coarse and unkempt. Don’t let it ruin your look. For touch ups in between trips to the barber, you’ll need a good trimmer set. Look for one with attachments for hair, ears, and nose — just to cover all your bases.

Hair Product

You don’t need much to tame your mane — a pomade, wax, or putty will do. These products help to hold your hair in place without the heaviness of gel, and are perfect for short to mid-length hair. The main differences: pomade is slightly shiny and helps to slick hair back; putty has a matte finish for a natural look; and wax can be used to tousle hair or smooth it down. If you have long hair, use a cream to tame frizz, to give your hair slight hold, and to add a touch of moisture and shine.

Skin Types

Understanding your skin type will help you to care for it properly. Skin types can be narrowed into five main categories, which are the most common skin types for most people.
Normal Skin
Normal skin is the ideal of skin types: everything is just right. Normal skin isn’t too dry or too oily, it’s not sensitive, and it’s not prone to blemishes. If you have normal skin, high-five yourself; this skin type is easy to maintain.
Dry Skin
Dry skin is best characterized by a dull, rough complexion, with occasional red patches and dry spots, and it will feel tight after washing. At its worst, dry skin can crack and peel, or become itchy and irritated. If you have dry skin, look for skincare products that will add lots of rich moisture and protect your skin from harsh elements.
Oily Skin
Oily skin is prone to blackheads, pimples and blemishes, with lots of shine on the nose, chin and forehead. It’s important to wash your face once or twice a day if you have oily skin — especially after you sweat. It’s also important to use a moisturizer, but look for something specially formulated for this skin type. Tip: don’t pop pimples. They’ll heal faster if you let them be.
Combination Skin
Combination skin is a mix of a few skin types. If your skin is oily on your forehead and nose, but your cheeks are dry, you likely have combination skin. To care for combination skin, you should spot treat each problem area; you may need a rich moisturizer for dry patches, and a light moisturizer for oily areas.
Sensitive Skin
Sensitive skin is fragile and needs a little extra TLC. This skin type is characterized by feeling tight and dry, and it becomes irritated and inflamed easily. Sensitive skin is prone to redness and itching, so it’s important to know what your triggers are to best care for your skin. 

Grooming Tips:

• Moisturizing helps minimize fine lines
• To prevent razor burn, shave using light pressure and short strokes in the direction of hair growth
• Always use a sharp blade to shave
• Cut your hair every three to four weeks
• If you’re cutting your hair before a big event (like a wedding or graduation), get it cut three days to one week prior. This gives it enough time to grow out and look natural.
• Don’t forget to brush and floss!

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