An expert groomer knows his skin type and has every corresponding cleanser and moisturizer to complement his skin, he shaves in the right direction, is an expert at trimming nose and ear hair, and he even remembers to slather on a layer of sunscreen every day. If we just described you, you know what you’re doing, how much effort you have to put in to keep that mug of yours looking handsome, and how much money it all costs. Proper body maintenance can be a job in itself and some guys throw in the towel before they even try and get themselves in a routine. But what if there was a way to streamline your grooming regimen, cut corners, and still manage to look your best? It all comes down to choosing the right products that multitask.
By simply choosing products that pull double duty and keeping some grooming appointments here and there, you can save yourself precious amounts of time every day. Here are some multi-purpose items and grooming appointments to keep to simplify your life and save you some time.
1. Use an all-in-one face cleanser
The components to a proper skincare routine are as follows: cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize. Any man would be happy to kill three birds with one stone and Ursa Major’s 4-in-1 Tonic is the total package. Splash it on or spray it on a cotton round when your face needs a refresher. The product encompasses the four components that your skincare routine should include: cleansing, which removes all the dirt and gunk from your face without stripping your skin of moisture or throwing off its pH balance; exfoliating, which clears any clogged pores and rids the skin of dead skin cells; healing, meaning if your skin is irritated either from the elements or from other product, it will be soothed; and finally hydrating, thus firming your mug.
2. Use a daytime lotion that’s also a sunscreen
Never choose between daytime moisturizer or sunscreen again because Clinique for Men Broad Spectrum SPF 21 Moisturizer not only provides your skin with UVA/UVB protection, but it gives your skin that much-needed daily hydration. Clinique’s special lightweight and oil-free formula prevents your pores from clogging and absorbs quickly without that annoying, lingering SPF feel. Use it on your face and neck and walk out your door for the day feeling happy that you’re protecting yourself against wrinkles and skin cancer.
3. Shower with a double duty shampoo and conditioner
Although many of us covet a nice warm relaxing shower, if you’re one of those men who showers in the morning, you’re more likely have limited time to enjoy your shower and do what you go to do in there. If you’re pressed for time and a separate shampoo and conditioner is not going to cut it, then Jack Black’s Double-Header Shampoo + Conditioner with Coconut Oil & Kelp Extract is your answer. The creamy sulfate-free lather gently cleanses the hair to remove oil and product build-up while conditioning and soothing a dandruff-prone scalp.
It also hydrates and conditions to improve the health of your hair all at once. Please note, although using a double duty 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner is great for when you don’t have the time to properly wash with each individually, a combo will never work as well as the real thing. However, if you’re looking to downsize, this is one of your best bets.
4. Soothe and protect your skin after your shave
Shaving it great, but it’s not so great when you have razor burn and ingrown hairs. Choosing an after-shave lotion that combats those two offenders is one of the best ways to multitask: What man wants to use several products to combat this ever-present problem? Neutrogena Men Sensitive Skin Post-Shave Balm does it all. It’s a gentle after-shave balm that instantly calms irritated, dry skin after a too-close shave and is specifically designed with extra protection from razor burn and ingrown hairs. It’s a fast-absorbing gel balm that will immediately cool and calm your face. It’s also oil and alcohol free, so it won’t dry out your skin and cause further bumps.
5. Don’t skip a barber’s appointment
Think about it this way: By keeping regular appointments with your barber, you’ll save time by not having to trim or cut any part of your hair at home, which can likely cause a regrettable mistake. Too many men wait until their locks get forlorn-looking before they do anything about it. Simplify your life and save time having to trim and cut anything yourself by booking your next appointment while you’re there. Think of it as being proactive, not reactive, and saving a lot of time when it comes to your grooming routine.
6. Go for that MANi/pedi
Along with scheduling your barber appointment, the same rules apply when it comes to maintaining nice hands and feet. Instead of spending time several times a week scraping, scrubbing, and cutting your nails, get a MANicure and pedicure. Get it done in one quick shot and save yourself the trouble of having to do it yourself. Plus, your feet and hands will come out extra smooth and your significant other will be happy and grateful.