14 must-have grooming products every man needs to own.

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Grooming essentials for men

We guys need to take care of ourselves not just to look good but to feel good, and these 13 must-have grooming products and items help you in this regard.  Women no longer monopolize the dressing up and grooming game, men are closely following. There is a grooming routine every guy must follow to look good at all times. Taking care of our bodies means taking care of our minds and our lives. There are some items you need to facilitate you to take care of yourself and help you look good, these are the grooming essentials that every guy needs. So here is our minimalist list of 14 grooming essentials the must-have grooming products every guy must own, they should be part and parcel of your grooming kit. 

1. A shower gel/body wash:

Bar soap was once the only choice available for men, but this is no longer the case now. Shower gels and body washes have largely taken the place of simple bar soap for obvious reasons. Taking a shower has to be a fulfilling process, it must involve skin hydration, some serious exfoliation, and additional skincare. A body wash is your best option if you have oily skin and if you live in a dry and humid climate.  Shower gels were criticized for being environmentally hazardous because of microbeads but companies no longer use them in their products. So from an environmental responsibility perspective too, you are on the safer side.

2. A shampoo:

Hair thinning, hair fall, dryness, and dandruff are the issues every mortal man on the face of the Earth has faced at some point in his life. You just need a shampoo for your hair, if you have some left on your head, there can be no two ways about it.  You should opt for the one that caters to your personal needs. You should go for the one that is two in one, meaning that it’s both a shampoo and a conditioner. Sulfate-free shampoo is good for you if you are worried about the dryness of your hair. A shampoo that moisturizes and invigorates your scalp, volumizes your hair, and gives them a smooth texture and fragrance totally deserves a spot in your grooming kit.

3. Exfoliating face wash:

Long gone are the days when you could have left your face at the mercy of a bar soap used by all family members or roommates. Exfoliation is important, dermatologists sing the praises of routine exfoliation for a reason. You need to wash your face with a sufficiently exfoliating face wash to cleanse, smooth, moisturize, and rejuvenate your skin. You don’t want your skin to have dark spots, blackheads, dark circles, etc, you need an exfoliating face wash to be on the safer side.

4. Hair styling wax or cream:

To keep your hair tidy and well-set after a shower you need a hair styling wax or cream. You need this product to create definition and style and to avoid a bad hair day. A wax that is fragrant, and has a hold that suits your hair type is what you need. It all comes down to your personal choice, the kind of hairstyle you want, and the finishing you are looking for. Glossy or matte, stiff or flexible you can choose as per your preference. A hair styling wax offers you the solution to the bad hair problem you are looking for. It is a must-have for any guy who desires to keep his hair under control.

5. Shaving kit/ facial hair trimmer:

A shaving kit or a facial hair trimmer, in case you support a beard, is an absolute must for all men. There is a myriad of options available in the market and you have to choose the ones that are the most suitable for you and that offer cost-effective solutions. A shaving kit ideally consists of a shaving razor, a shaving brush, and an after-shave lotion. Your shaving safety razor must be a super sharp multi-blade one to provide you with a hassle-free shaving experience without dealing in too many nicks and cuts.  

6. A comb and a hairbrush:

The next item on our list of must-have grooming products for guys is a hairbrush. A hairbrush is the most important hair grooming product, more important than shampoos, hair gels, and conditioners, claims hair every day. You need to have a quality hair brush that detangles and styles your hair in addition to improving blood circulation on your scalp and distributing hair oils on your head.  Every guy must own a small pocket-sized comb to use when journeying and to clean his hairbrush. Cleaning the hairbrush is an important chore and it is made easy by a fine comb. A wide-toothed comb is particularly handy in untangling wet hair, it is preferred over a brush in this case.   

7. A signature scent:

Every guy must have a signature scent, this is a no-brainer. Well, as a matter of fact, you don’t need one signature scent, actually, you need to have at least 3 signature scents in your accessories collection. Why? There are many reasons, and this topic deserves a separate article.  Sticking with a single cologne all your life is not possible and it sounds lousy and low-budget to use a single scent every day. We recommend you have 3 distinct signatures when it comes to your choice of colognes to use, two for the office and daily use, and the third one for some special occasions and events like a wedding or a date. 

These two listicles of wardrobe essentials in black and white respectively for guys are an interesting read that help you stay stylish all year long.

8. Nail clippers:

Yes, nail clipping is an important part of not just the men’s grooming routine but as part of hygiene needs. You need an ergonomically designed pair of nail clippers that does the job right. This is one of the non-negotiable items that have to be on this list. You should opt for nail clippers that are made of stainless steel as they do not rust and are super sharp.  Your nail clippers must have an inbuilt nail file for smoothing rough nail edges, and if they have an integrated nail-catching feature that’s good as gold.

9. Battery-powered nose hair trimmers:

Nose hair is not all bad, they do something important for us, like filtering air, trapping bacteria/dust particles, and safeguarding against seasonal allergies. But overgrown nasal hair does not look good, they should be trimmed from time to time. This humble grooming gadget on our list of 14 must-have grooming products can make or break your persona without a doubt! Nose hair trimming is one of the indelible rules of the men’s grooming Bible. You need an effective and elegant nose hair trimmer in your grooming arsenal. You should opt for a simple, easily cleanable battery-powered nose hair trimmer that can be used wet or dry and it must have a reliable battery and sharp blades for efficient functioning.  

10. Tweezers:

Unibrows are a big no-no for modern men. It is important to clean the hair that joins your eyebrows. It is not at all advisable to use a razor to shave off these hairs. Plucking them up is always recommended and this job is done with the help of a pair of tweezers. You should have the tweezers that make the job easy, that make it easy to grasp the hair, the ones with wider curved endings are the best. Tweezing of your unibrow or trimming of your eyebrows has to be done at least once a week, a pair of tweezers is what you need to do the thing. 

11. A Dopp kit:

A man who takes his grooming needs seriously appreciates having a sturdy Dopp kit or toiletry bag. A Dopp kit is a small bag to store your grooming items in. You can store your items ranging from the toothbrush and hairbrush to your nail clippers and tweezers. A Dopp kit should be of an easily cleanable and waterproof material, like canvas, leather, or nylon. Your Dopp kit should be spacious enough to store all the important grooming gadgets and products and should be compact enough to be travel friendly. 

12. Electric toothbrush:

According to Mayo Clinic, an electric toothbrush is better than a manual one because it removes more plaque and thus it cleans better. Medical research exists that proves the superior advantages an electric toothbrush offers compared to the manual one in terms of stronger gums and plaque removal. Moreover, an electric toothbrush is easy to use, especially for people with disabilities. The one with short vibrating bristles and with a rotating-oscillating head gives the best results. There are electric toothbrushes that have smart pressure sensors, timers, and an AI-powered 3D teeth tracking that has an interactive color display that guides you during the cleaning process. 

13. Body groomer:

Manscaping is one area where men tend to be concerned these days. A body groomer is a gadget that offers a solution. You can trim your chest hair or remove them and shave the underarms and legs and everything in between. You obviously can’t use the facial hair trimmer as a substitute for a body groomer for hygienic reasons. It’s therefore expedient to invest in an efficient ergonomically designed body groomer to help you perform the manscaping job effectively.

14. Lip balm:

The last entry on our list of 12 must-have grooming products is the lip balm. Lips have the thinnest skin on your face and this makes them particularly tender and sensitive to changing weather. Chapped and dry lips are irritating not only for us but for others too because dry and flaky lips seldom send a welcoming message. Lip balm is a grooming product that protects our lips from this irritating condition. The essential oils and soothing ingredients in this salve for lips keep our lips moisturized and safe against the harsh effects of both heat and cold winds. 


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