If there’s a best time to kickstart a new self-care routine, it’s right now! After all, a new year can mean a new you! The market for men’s grooming products has been booming for at least the past decade, according to reporting by CNBC. The accessories, skin and beard-care products we feature here would also make a great gift for any guy in your life. Check out these makeover ideas for the new year.
Pamper Your Face & Body
There are a few reasons why men need to pay attention to their skincare regimen. Using the right products can reduce the appearance of aging, especially around the eyes, cheeks and neck. The fact is, if your skin is deprived of moisture, it will dry out and risk losing its youthful elasticity. So it’s important to know which cleansers, conditioners and balms will work to keep you looking young. Here are some products that protect skin in a variety of ways, from blocking harmful UV rays to providing much-needed nutrients.
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Best Budget Moisturizer
L’Oreal Parks Skincare Men Expert Vita Lift
This hydrating moisturizer contains inflammation-reducing vitamin A. It’s formulated with ingredients that help reduce the appearance of sagging skin and firms the face neck. This anti-wrinkle formula contains SPF 15, which protects against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.
Best Nourishing Serum
Milk Vegan Milk Moisturizer
This fragrance-free lightweight moisturizer by Milk provides intense hydration. It’s packed with tons of ingredients that calms skin and seals moisture. Desert Milk, which is a proprietary blend of skin-friendly ingredients, such as baobab, aloe vera, Kalahari melon, and jojoba provides hydration.You’ll also find softening and soothing shea butter and fig milk.
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Best Cruelty-Free Formula
Ursa Major Face Balm
Ursa Major is a fortifying gel that nourishes and hydrates dry skin. It contains rejuvenating carrot, soothing willow bark, hydrating kendi seed, and birch sap for reducing redness and inflammation. Also, with hints of lime, lavender, spearmint and rosemary, you can share this mildly aromatic unisex product with your partner.
Hooray for Facial Hair
Here’s another new year, new you makeover idea. Grow a beard. Why? Women dig men with beards! If you don’t believe us, just asked researchers from the University of Queensland in Australia. The authors surveyed more than 900 women and determined that participants found bearded men more attractive than their clean-shaven counterparts. Notably, women interested in long-term relationships were especially attracted to guys with stubble.
So now you may be tempted to toss your razor. Stop! Your daily face-care routine is only just beginning. Check out some of the products you’ll need to keep your New Year’s beard smelling fresh, feeling fine, and looking sexy.
Best Electric Beard Trimmer
Philips Norelco OneBlade Hybrid Electric Trimmer and Shaver
Unless you’re into looking like a mountain-man, you probably know by now that facial hair can be pretty high maintenance. To make your life easier, we suggest investing in high-quality beard grooming products and tools, like an electric trimmer and shaver. The Philips Norelco OneBlade Pro Kit is an all-in-one beard maintenance kit. It comes with an electric trimmer and shaver, a charging stand, an adjustable precision comb for an even cut all over, and replacement blades. The clipper has several settings, offering lengths ranging from 5 o’clock shadow to full and scruffy.
Most Energizing Face Cream
Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Energizing Men’s Moisturizer with SPF 15
This minty fresh face cream was formulated for all skin types. It contains loads of vitamins C and E for improving your skin’s texture. It’s also made with caffeine, which is known for decreasing puffiness, wrinkles and inflammation. It also energizes skin and reduces inflammation.
Best Stubble Softener
Fur Stubble Cream
If you have sensitive skin, then you were probably warned of the possible perils of beard life: Itchy stubble and ingrown hairs. But here you are. If you do have these problems, then check out Fur Stubble Cream and Fur Ingrown. They’re designed to prevent ingrown hairs, as well as razor burn and bumps. First, dab Fur’s Ingrown oil on the textured finger mitt and massage hard, prickly hairs. Then use Stubble Cream aftershave to moisturize and smooth freshly shaved skin. Olive extract in the stubble serum softens stiff hairs and herbal extracts in the oil penetrates follicles so ingrown hairs are easier to remove.
Best Beard Wash
Jack Black Beard Wash
Using a well-formulated beard wash not only cleanses your whiskers, but also removes foul odors, dirt and oils. One of this product’s biggest selling points is that it conditions the beard as well as the skin beneath. Jack Black Beard Wash contains moisturizing vitamin B5 and jojoba protein. Shea butter and aloe leaf juice powder soothes irritated skin and reduces inflammation. Organic sea kelp rejuvenates dull beards, no matter the thickness or length of your whiskers. Finally, herbal extracts and grapefruit give the hair on your face a fresh scent.
Best Beard Brush
ZilberHaar Beard Brush
Whiskers on your face — like the hair on your head — need a good, daily brushing. And if your beard tends to get unruly, then you should brush more often. It puzzles some experts why this step is often overlooked by so many. Now, if you don’t invest in a quality beard brush, you’re not doing it right. Sure, high-end beard brushes cost a little more, but they have longevity. Many male-grooming-product roundups have included the ZilberHaar pocket beard brush. Its handle is made from fine-grained Austrian pear wood and it has firm, natural boar bristles designed to fully penetrate hair to distribute oils evenly. This travel-size brush is easy to take when you’re on the go.
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Best Beard Balm
Honest Amish Heavy Duty Beard Balm
Beard oils are not everyone’s cup of tea. Some complain that it can be difficult to apply the slick substance evenly, especially in big, bushy beards. Fans of Honest Amish products say beard balm is different. You just rub a small amount of salve in your fingers and then apply it throughout your beard.
Honest Amish Beard Balm is infused with more than 15 wild harvested botanicals, organic oils and butters. And we’re confident you’ll feel good about supporting this company. Their product tins are biodegradable, recyclable, and re-usable. Plus, Honest Amish products are handmade in the U.S. by workers who are paid a fair wage.
Best Beard Oil
SEB Man The Groom by Sebastian Men’s Hair & Beard Oil
If your beard is especially thick, wispy, or dull, then you could use a quality facial-hair rejuvenator like SEB Man The Groom Hair & Beard Oil. Not only will it give brittle whiskers a silky sheen, but it softens and helps tame dull and brittle beards as well. This product is infused with grape seed oil, which is known for restoring hair’s natural shine. And added argan oil protects beards from damage and prevent split ends.
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Wear it Well
You’ve probably heard the saying beauty is skin deep. It means that your character is more important than how you look — which is true, to an extent. We also know all too well that wearing a nice shirt, sporting some snazzy slippers can also make you feel like a million bucks. And who doesn’t want to like their own reflection in the mirror? Here are a few accessories that can help you feel better about yourself in the new year.
Freshest Smelling Slippers
Hanes Fresh IQ Odor Protection Slippers
Starts at $21
Covid changed the way Americans work, the way we shop, and how we dress, too. Sweatpants used to be relegated to workout gear and lazy days spent streaming Netflix. Now they’re essentially daily work-from-home wear. Slippers had an almost identical journey this past year. Hanes Fresh IQ Odor Protection slippers is a product men should know about. You can wear them around the house and, thanks to their rubber soles and odor-snuffing antimicrobial finish, you don’t have to change footwear when taking a quick trip to the store or before walking the dog. They’re even machine washable.
Handsomest Messenger Bag
Fossil Defender Messenger Bag
If you have a full-time office job and still pack your stuff into a knapsack from college days, then perhaps this bag will make you want to take another step into adulthood. The handsomely crafted Fossil Defender leather satchel will make you look good while keeping your organized. The interior is divided into three compartments, one of which is a padded laptop pocket. The bag comes in two styles — a cognac, black or brown messenger satchel with a flap or briefcase-style bag with leather handles and strap, in black, dark brown and midnight navy.
Best Dress Shirt
J. Crew Ludlow Dress Shirt
The little black dress is to a woman’s wardrobe the way the button-up shirt is to a man’s. It’s one of the few pieces of men’s clothing that can be worn casually and formally. It goes well with shorts and sneakers, with a pair of jeans and loafers, or with a tie and dress shoes.
At under $25, J. Crew’s Ludlow poplin dress shirt is criminally inexpensive. The “perfect fit,” machine-wash button-downs are treated to reduce wrinkling when they come out of the dryer. And it’s available and classic and slim cut.