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Keep it Clean

“When it comes to men’s grooming, skincare is key,” says Larchmont makeup artist Jay Alvear (j-guerra.com). “Start by using a cleanser for your skin type: For oily skin, choose a foaming wash like Bioré Skincare’s Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser. For drier skin, use a lotion-like cleanser such as Kiehl’s Washable Cleansing Milk. Be sure to exfoliate to remove any dead-cell buildup on the surface of the skin. My favorite is MAC Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator because it uses natural volcanic ash and raw sugar crystals to gently unclog pores. Use this to scrub other parts of the body, which may be rough or coarse—like hands, feet, knees, elbows, and shoulders.”

Keep it Protected

Guys need sunscreen, too. Every day. The UVBs burn and the UVAs age your skin, a double whammy that leads to age spots, wrinkles, and fine lines. T. Cooper, a New York City-based makeup/hair artist and groomer (majorface.com) recommends using a moisturizer with a sunscreen in it that has an SPF of at least 30. “A great one that you can find at any drugstore is Complete Daily Defense by Olay,” she says.

Don’t forget your lips. To keep lips hydrated and protected, Alvear suggests using a lip conditioner containing SPF and re-applying throughout the day. “Jack Black’s Intense Therapy Lip Balm comes in different delicious scents and protects from the sun and wind with SPF 25,” he says.

Keep it Trimmed

“The unshaven look, which has been around since the days of Caligula’s empire, is still a smoldering hot look, but you need to keep it tidy,” says Cody Hepworth of the Maximus Clark Salon at Oasis Westchester
(oasiswestchester.com).“I suggest men invest in a small trimmer like the Wahl Peanut. It comes complete with guards, which takes the guesswork out of grooming. For a more artistic look, try Wahl’s Pencil trimmer.”

Alvear recommends using a new razor each time you shave to prevent razor burn, ingrown hairs, and acne. He also likes Jack Black’s Beard Lube. “This lightweight, all-in-one shaving balm softens whiskers and minimizes irritation. For a scruffy, yet clean, look, only shave your neck below the jaw line and keep the scruff on your face,” he says. “This is a great way to keep that five o’clock shadow but still look well-groomed.”

Cooper prefers a T-Outliner Trimmer by Andis to traditional razors. “It delivers a very close shave while reducing the likelihood of razor bumps,” she says. 


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