Fellas, do you have a skin and grooming routine? If you don’t, 2020 is a great time to get started. Just like you have a gym routine to take care of your body, you need a grooming routine to take care of yourself as you age. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not silly for men to take steps to ensure they age as gracefully as possible. If you have no idea how or where to even begin, well, that’s where we come in. We’re always on the lookout for the top men’s grooming products. We believe that grooming is an investment in your self-worth, and there are tons of great products to help you take care of your skin, hair and hygiene.
To help you put your best self forward, we’ve rounded up ten of the best men’s grooming products to provide as much armor as possible, as well as providing context as to why each is important. Some items you might be familiar with, others you might not be—but regardless, we’re here to make it all significantly less scary for everyone involved.
Below, our picks for the grooming products worth adding to your daily routine.
1. Proraso Refreshing and Toning Shave Cream
BEST SHAVING CREAM
Sometimes it’s best to stick with the classics. Founded in 1908, Proraso was the shaving cream of Italians everywhere before it eventually made its way stateside. With its eucalyptus oil notes, it helps to actively purify the skin to better ready your face for shaving. Once you’re done shaving, the menthol helps to provide cooling relief. Only a small amount is needed to fully lather your face with a soft, foaming base that will help your razor to glide all over your face. It’s the essential ingredient for a good shaving foundation, one that will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day.
2. Harry’s Truman Razor
SPY has sung the praises of Harry’s before, and for the money, they make the best razor cartridge and handle on the market. The textured grip of the handle is comfortable and supportive in your hand as you maneuver it around your face. The German-made blades are sharp and reliable without ever leaving your face torn up a la The Grinch. Furthermore, the precision trimmer helps to get those small areas where you want real precision. And with subscription service for replacement blades, it’s incredibly easy to make your shaving experience as easy as possible.
3. L’Oreal Paris Hydra Energetic Facial Wash
BEST FACE WASH
While some of the other options on this list might be new to you, we hope you’re at least washing your face. If you’re not, of if you’re making your body wash do double duty, we’re about to change your life. Washing your face helps to actively get rid of dirt and grime that can build up over the course of a given day, which is your best defense against breakouts. This cleanser from L’Oreal Paris actively includes charcoal to help get rid of dirt, while the cleanser itself helps to unclog deep pores (places where acne can form) and other impurities. Oh, and it’ll leave your face feeling refreshed and clean, which is a great feeling all unto itself. Remember: when assembling your men’s grooming products, no bathroom kit is complete with a good face wash.
4. Simple Face Facial Moisturizer
Considering the number of men that don’t even moisturize their face on a daily basis, springing for a simple cream — like this one from Simple Face — goes a long way into helping your face as it ages. Moisturizer has been proven to fight wrinkles, help dryness, ward off acne and counterbalance itchiness. Simple Face’s cream helps to lock in hydration for up to 24 hours while managing to say soft and smooth on your face. Additionally, it’s free from any dyes, artificial perfumes or harsh chemicals that may further irritate your skin. For an unscented facial moisturizer that’s perfect for guys, this is it.
5. Baxter of California Beard Comb
BEST BEARD COMB
If your beard is longer than Rip van Winkle’s, then you’re in need of a good beard comb like this one from Baxter of California. In the same way that you’d comb your hair to make it presentable, this comb will do the same for your beard, helping to break up tangles while also shaping and taming that often gnarled bit of facial hair. Produced with high-quality acetate, each comb from Baxter proceeds through a rigorous 12-step manufacturing process to ensure only the highest quality — and to provide smoothly taped teeth that are comfortable on your beard hairs.
6. Dr. Bronner Peppermint Body Wash
BEST BODY WASH
A good body wash should leave behind a subtle smell that signifies to yourself (and others) that you’re nice and clean. This body wash by Dr. Bronner has a bit of peppermint aroma that’s pleasant to the nose without ever being overwhelming. Additionally, the soap is non-toxic and all-natural, so you can feel good about using it. Speaking of feeling good, the combination of organic oils includes coconut, palm, jojoba, olive and hemp to provide a deep — and deeply satisfying —clean for your skin.
7. Kyoku Lava Face Mask
BEST FACE MASK
If you’re having issues with major acne breakouts, a face mask like this one from Kyoku will do wonders to help combat that issue. This Amazon-exclusive has natural volcanic mud that helps to draw out impurities in your face by naturally exfoliating your face. That leads to fewer breakouts and acne due to the fact that toxins and excess oil are being actively removed by the cream. Additionally, it helps to reduce oiliness and inflammation, the latter of which leads to those nasty spots of acne. Plus, it just smells wonderful when you lather it on your face.
8. AXE Dry Spray Antiperspirant Deodorant
No, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. Yes, in the year of our lord 2020, we did just recommend AXE body spray as a top pick for deodorant. Here’s the thing: when something works, it works. Which is absolutely the case here. I tested this antiperspirant spray in the brutal Washington, DC summer heat and it absolutely handled the challenge like a champion, keeping me dry all day long. Plus, the benefit of having a spray is that you’re not left with those less-than-ideal white marks that you can sometimes get with a stick deodorant or antiperspirant. Oh, and it actually smells really good. Turns out you can teach an old dog new tricks.
9. Kiehl’s Multi-Corrective Eye-Opening Serum
BEST EYE CREAM
Contrary to popular belief, serums aren’t what made Steve Rogers into Captain America. That being said, a good serum goes a long way. This is a solution that actively fights aging lines across your face and eyes. An effective serum, such as this one from the skincare experts at Kiehl’s, can actively heal, hydrate and protect skin cells. In short, that leads to less puffiness and reduced wrinkles, too. You know those dark circles that can linger under your eyelids after a long weekend? A few dabs of this around those spots will have them reduced in no time.
10. Layrite Natural Matte Hair Cream
BEST HAIR PRODUCT
If you’re in need of a good hair styling product that can provide a day-long hold without feeling like you’ve superglued every follicle together, Layrite is about to be your new best friend. Layrite’s unique formula goes in as a cream and provides hold like a gel without giving you that sticky-icky feeling you can often get from gel or pomade. In short, it’s a hybrid solution that’s the best of both worlds. And, since it’s water-soluble, it will wash right out at the end of the day — just don’t get caught in the rain if you’re headed off to date night and want to preserve a good do.