With so many products on the market today, it’s difficult for a modern man to know what grooming products are truly essentials and which are fluff that aren’t worth the money. Packer’s Pine can give you the rundown on what you need in order to look like a put-together, well-groomed adult without breaking the bank on products that waste your time.
The most important product you can buy to look good, smell good, and feel fresh is plain ol’ soap. It might seem like an obvious choice, but you would be shocked by the number of men who need to be told that showering regularly is, in fact, mandatory if they want to fit in with modern society. Investing in high-quality soap is investing in yourself. This is a product that will live on your skin every time you use it, so it’s worth finding soap that’s gentle on your skin and smells fresh.
We think that natural soaps are best for men, as they frequently use ingredients that are gentle on the skin and avoid common irritants, like sulfates. Even better, natural ingredients in certain soaps, like pine tar, can help soothe inflammation and maintain healthy skin, no matter how sensitive it is.
If you’re not already buying separate soaps/shampoos for your body, hair, and face, now is the time to start. Stop using a 5-in-1 product and start using products specifically designed for your hair texture and facial type. A small change in your product line up can completely change the way your hair falls and skin glows.
After you wash, you should moisturize. This is especially true if you live in dry climates or naturally have dry skin. Nobody wants a man with ashy elbows or hands that feel like the Atacama desert. Facial moisturizers and body lotions can give you supple, touchable skin that feels great to live in.
Moisturize right after hopping out of the shower to help lock in the moisture of the shower. People with sensitive skin, or those who use signature fragrances later in their routine, may prefer an unscented product. This can minimize irritants and keep you from exuding an overwhelmingly lotion-y smell. For others, using a lotion with a strong odor, such as vanilla, cocoa butter, or floral aromas, may be a chance to lay a foundational fragrance that is reinforced with other products.
3. Signature fragrance
You’re not a middle schooler with aerosol deodorant anymore. It’s time to develop a fragrance your loved ones can recognize. If you haven’t already found one, shop around and sample plenty of colognes, aftershaves, and deodorants to find a smell that feels like “you.” Once you’ve found it, try to layer that aroma on your body throughout your self-care routine. For example, a woodsy or pine aroma can begin in the shower with pine tar soap or body wash. You can then reinforce that theme with a woodsy cologne, such as a cedar heavy fragrance. Alternatively, you may use a line of products that are designed to complement each other, which ensures everyone can recognize the unmistakable smell of you.
4. Hair trimmer
If you’re not keeping your beard and body hair groomed, it’s time for you to get a trimmer and whack some of those weeds. Maintaining your sideburns, beard, or mustache takes just a few moments each day and can drastically improve your appearance. If you’re a man with lots of body hair, it may be worth buying a second trimmer dedicated solely to manscaping. Trimming down some of your chest hair, back hair, or hair…down there, will make you look a lot more appealing when a date goes well. Even better, it can make your muscles look more defined.
5. Hair product
An adult man should know how to take care of their hair, which means he should be able to do more than get it cut occasionally and roll out of bed in the morning. A fresh haircut that’s well-maintained with a dedicated hair product makes a man look like he’s taken time to put some effort in each morning, which, in turn, makes him look more professional, more prosperous, and frankly, better looking.
If you haven’t yet found a product that suits you, it’s best to figure out your needs. Determine what kind of hair texture you have, then find products that suit you. Men with straight hair have very different shampoo, conditioner, and gel needs than men with curly or kinky hair. You may also find some products are simple to use daily, while others are more appropriate for special occasions. A little saltwater spray, pomade, or gel has benefited many men, and we shouldn’t be afraid of them.
If a man can master these basics, anyone can go from looking schlubby to looking like hubby material. A little grooming goes a long way, and all it takes is a few minutes in the bathroom each morning. Stay clean!