Great Gifts for the Well-Groomed Man in Your Life

Give the man in your life — or yourself — the priceless gift of looking great this holiday season. These items in our holiday gift guide will give the well-groomed man in your life everything he needs to maintain his perfectly put-together appearance.

TENZING Adventure Pack Sandalwood: This grooming kit comes with our pre-shave oil, premium shave cream and moisturizer made from all-natural ingredients. The products condition skin and stimulate skin repair, giving you a smooth jawline free of razor bumps and ingrown hairs.

Happy Socks: Happy Socks, as the name suggests, will bring joy to your often tired and over-worked feet. The socks come in big dot, half stripe, stripe and stripe dot patterns. For $45, you can give the special guy — or girl — in your life a stripe unisex gift box.

John Varvatos Vintage Fragrance: Every well-groomed man should smell as good as he looks. This 4.2 ounce, $86 fragrance has an aromatic scent, with a touch of ruggedness.

Happy holidays!

How to Prevent and Treat Post-Shave Irritation

 

Razor burn is the bane of any guy’s post-shave existence.

Redness, bumps, nicks and cuts can happen even when you think you’ve gotten a perfect shave, but the key to avoiding all this is to improve your shave regimen. That starts with using the right products — and taking steps to prevent those pesky razor bumps in the first place.

Dull Razors and Other Bad Habits

A dull razor and dry shaving are a recipe for razor bumps, redness and cuts. Not exfoliating before and after you shave also leads to bumpy skin. Exfoliating before you shave gets rid of dead skin cells and positions the hairs in the same direction, leading to a smoother shave. And forget about dry shaving — it’s no good. Your skin should be hydrated before you shave. Shave after you shower, wash your face with hot water or at least apply a warm towel for a few minutes to moisten and soften the hairs on your face first.

Step Up Your Shave Game

We get it. It’s so much easier to buy the stuff on sale or the brands that everyone sees in commercials. But too often these products aren’t the best thing for your face.

Most of them contain parabens, dyes and other unnatural ingredients that add to your post-shave grief. Every time you shave, you remove the protective barrier that guards your skin from irritation. Shaving also dehydrates the skin, which means you have to use the right products to restore moisture. A good product will contain aloe, which has antioxidants that increase blood circulation and help to soften and remove dead skin cells, leaving your skin feeling smoother and more refreshed.

A good pre-shave oil is essential. Look for one that contains all-natural ingredients like castor and grape seed oils, which stimulates skin repair. Razor bumps often pop up because your skin isn’t lubricated enough, so the first step to perfecting your shave regimen is to make sure your razor has glide. Apply pre-shave oil before your shaving cream and you’ll be on the road to a smoother shave.  

Don’t shave without a premium shave cream. It should strengthen and hydrate your skin and contain ingredients (like aloe and shea butter) that minimize ingrown hairs, which lead to razor bumps. Apply it evenly all over your face to get the good glide we mentioned before.

Moisture, Moisture, Moisture

In the battle against razor bumps, there are three things you need: oil, cream — and last but not least — moisturizer. Moisturizer tones and rejuvenates the skin, adding much-needed hydration after your skin has been stripped of moisture during the shaving process. If you do everything else right but skip this critical step, you can say goodbye to a smooth shave and hello to bumpy skin.

We all sometimes get lazy with our grooming, but the results always show up on our face. Every guy should put his best face forward every day, and you can’t do that with a jawline full of razor bumps. So if you’ve been slacking, it’s time to step up your shave game. A little bit of effort will help you avoid plenty of irritation.

 

How to Use a Shaving Brush

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Admit it—you like to occasionally pamper yourself, too.

Last year, men spent more than $4 billion on personal grooming products, and most of this money went to skincare.

There’s nothing wrong with a little “mampering.” Every guy should embrace his inner George Clooney, and that starts with getting the perfect shave. There’s one often-overlooked way to accomplish this: a great shaving brush.  

Yes, we know you’ve been shaving since you hit puberty, but too many men still haven’t gotten the hang of using a shaving brush — if they’ve used one at all.

Regardless of the size, shape, hair grade or hair type, a good shaving brush is essential. Every guy should be schooled in the art of using one. Here’s your step-by-step guide (you can thank us later):

Step # 1: First, apply pre-shave oil to soften your beard before you begin shaving. This lets the razor glide easily and cut the hairs without irritating your skin.

Step # 2 Next, soak your shaving brush with warm water and shake off any excess moisture. Put your shaving cream into a shave bowl and lather the cream by whipping the brush and cream in the bowl. (Tip: Use a premium product with all-natural ingredients with your shaving brush to get an even smoother shave).

Step # 3: Lather up! Using the brush, rub the shave cream onto your face in a circular motion. The more pressure and speed you apply, the richer the lather, which leads to to a smoother shave.

Step # 4: Start shaving. Take your time and always shave with the grain of your hair first. If necessary, shave against the grain to remove any stubble you’ve left behind. When you’re done, rinse your face with cold water and apply moisturizer.

Step # 5: Take care of your shaving brush. Rinse it with warm water after each use and dry it off before using it again.

Shaving brushes are a grooming must. The bristles of your brush soften the skin underneath your facial hair, giving you a clean, smooth shave. They also exfoliate your skin, get rid of ingrown hairs and reduce the chances you’ll cut yourself when shaving. Bottom line: You need one. Don’t shave without it.

Why All Guys Should Invest in a Good Moisturizer

 

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Guys, you actually need moisturizer.

And we’re not talking about the flowery, scented stuff your wife or girlfriend uses. Or the cheap, store-brand stuff you bought because you caught a good BOGO deal. If you put a shoddy product on your face, imagine what you can expect long term.

Taking care of your skin is non-negotiable, and that goes for even the manliest among us. A good-quality moisturizer should be as much a part of your grooming regimen as shave cream, cologne and deodorant. If you still aren’t convinced, here are three reasons you should stock up.

Because Dry Skin = No Bueno

Weather has a huge impact on your skin. There’s less moisture in the air when it’s cold, which leads to dry, flaky skin that even the most outdoorsy guy can’t contend with. Heat isn’t good either, as the sun can pull moisture from unprotected areas of your skin. Using a moisturizer with shea butter is a great way to restore your skin’s moisture balance. Shea butter protects your skin from UV rays, pollution and dehydration. It also stimulates collagen production, which makes fine lines and wrinkles less visible.

Another tip: don’t just moisturize your face. You also expose your ears, neck and chest every time you step outside, so apply moisturizer to those areas, too.

Because There’s No Fountain of Youth

Aging is inevitable, and with it comes certain skin imperfections. While these are all signs of every late night and youthful adventure you’ve experienced, there are things you can do to minimize the signs of aging. Men should use a textured moisturizer that lifts and firms, since their skin is usually more thick and coarse than women’s.                                                                                                                
Want healthy, younger-looking skin? Then stay away from moisturizers with dyes, sodium lauryl sulfate and parabens (preservatives often found in cosmetic products) that can dry and irritate your skin. Instead opt for moisturizers with aloe, which hydrate and tone the skin and fight early signs of aging.

Because Bar Soap Just Won’t Cut It

If you’re cleansing your face with the same stuff you use to wash your back, then you probably need a good moisturizer. Harsh soaps — and even the detergent you use to wash your clothes — can strip moisture from your skin. To combat this, use a moisturizer with ingredients that enhance cell renewal and antioxidant protection, like willow bark extract, grape seed and acai oils.

You don’t need a complicated skin care routine to have good-looking skin, but you do need to invest a little effort to get there, and that starts with choosing the right moisturizer. Trust us, your face will thank you for it.