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Men Men's grooming essentials: a head-to-toe guide

Men's grooming essentials: a head-to-toe guide

Guide to men's grooming
By Calvin Chong
April 16, 2014

With men getting more well-versed in the art of personal grooming by the day, we share with you a head-to-toe guide that brings you through the essentials from hair style and care, body moisturising to makeup and scenting.

When we last talked about men's grooming, we went  men’s essential facial routines, but with the current generation of dapper dans, there is so much more than just facial care in the art of men's grooming. 

With the sheer abundance of men grooming products in the current market, choosing the right one might be harder than looking for a birthday present for your significant other.

Rest assured, we have all your bases covered for you with our head to toe men's grooming guide from moisturising and hair care, down to finishing your look with a seductive scent.


Moisturising the rest of your body

Moisturising does not stop with just a simple facial cream because each part of your body requires a different hydrating supplement. That’s when you need the Clarins Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm and Clinique Anti-fatigue Eye Gel to revitalise your chapped lips and strained eyes to prevent further damage.

For those who work in an air-conditioned environment, Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream is great to keep your hands soft and supple while preventing your cuticles from cracking.

Another important part is the feet; the feet are often neglected, resulting in cracked soles and calluses. Kiehl's Cross-Terrain "Dry Run" Foot Cream is a great option tool to keep your feet silky smooth and healthy at all time.

In the occasion where you’d be basking in the sun, always apply sun lotion like the Clinique SPF50 Sunscreen Body Cream to ward off harmful UV rays.

Hair grooming

The first thing about hair is that you always need to keep it clean and tidy. Even if you are opting for the casual 'je ne sais quoi' look, you'd need to have it kempt and presentable. The American Crew Pomade is a perfect all in one style product that helps to achieve the natural and pliable look for any occasion. You can either comb it down to a sleek-do for the formal occasions with the Mason Pearson comb or toss it up for a tousled weekend look.

As for the hair-savvy man who utilises every possible hair product and tool to create the perfect hairstyle, there is one thing that's often neglected – hair damage. Daily application of hair products and constant high temperature blow-drying or ironing can result in hair thinning and dandruff issues.

After a day out, you can wash the hair with Kerastase Specifique Bain Exfoliant Hydratant shampoo to clear the styling wax/gel and restore nutrients to your locks. For those who already have hair thinning issues (genetic or causal), a post-shower step is definitely recommended like using the Lab Series Root Power Hair Tonic that helps strengthen your roots.

Trim and shave

No one likes a shabby looking man and while you want to keep your facial hair for that extra touch of masculinity, keeping your moustache and bread trimmed will make you look more appealing.

All men should own a set of shaving equipment and Truefitt and Hill has an excellent range of shaver sets for all sorts of facial hairs. For stray hairs between your brows and side burns, use the Laura Mercier by Tweerzerman tweezers that is known as the Victorinox equivalent for hair-plucking tools.

Let’s not forget the art of trimming nose hair and Panasonic Nose Trimmers is great for its hypo-allergenic stainless steel blades that leave the proper amount of hairs for natural filtering. There is also the Ace for Men Nail File Pick where you can even rough edges and clean out the nitty and gritty excess in your nails.

Putting the finishing touches

For the final touches of your grooming needs, we go to the makeup and fragrance section. Whether you could like to admit it or not, Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp does not look good by default, so it is perfectly normal for men to put makeup to look presentable - as long as it looks natural and nude. The release of CC Creams are perfect for an overall natural coverage to hide blemishes and even out your skin tone.

For some men, eyebrows can pose a problem but luckily we have the Marc Jacobs Brow Tamer Grooming Gel. The clear gel is designed to keep the brows in check for the dandy gentlemen - similar to a hair styling product.

Lastly to finish off your seductive new look, put on a dash of a beautiful scent. First comes the deodorant to help prevent odour and sweat from developing and Aesop has a great option that brings a tinge of vetiver and grass scent. Then top it off with the Terre d’Hermes’s eau de parfum for an earthy masculine tone.

(Product photos are courtesy of all respective brands)


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