Your guy doesn't need to have a seven-step skincare routine to prep for the wedding. If he follows these simple (but essential!) grooming tips from Chris Salgardo, author of Manmade: The Essential Skincare and Grooming Reference for Every Man, he'll be ready for the big day in no time.
Choose the Right Products
"Don't use bar soap on your face and hair just because it's in the shower, or body lotion on your face to save time," says Salgardo. They do make separate hair, body, and facial products for a reason, and using the wrong product can do more damage than you might think. For example, Salgardo explains, "a body soap that's meant to scrub away dirt and grime on your body will strip your face of necessary oils." Kiehl's Facial Fuel and Oil Eliminator collections are made specifically for a man's skin, which can be oiler than a woman's.
Salgardo's second tip addresses shaving: "One of the biggest mistakes men make while shaving is not prepping their skin properly. Wash your face with lukewarm water and then before you shave, hold a steaming hot towel over your face for at least a minute." We know this sounds like a lot of work, but the payoff is pretty huge. "That one simple step will give you a closer shave and keep you from nicking yourself," says Salgardo.
Don't Forget to Moisturize
According to Salgardo, moisturizer is absolutely essential. "You must protect your skin with a moisturizer every day and night. Men sometimes think that they don't need to moisturize, and then they wake up one day wondering why they look older." So basically, guys, the key to keeping that young, charming face of yours is to lotion up. Salgardo recommends a light moisturizer, "ideally containing SPF protection like Kiehl's Facial Fuel With SPF 15, during the day, and then use a richer formula, like Kiehl's Facial Fuel Heavy Lifting, at night." He also encourages everyone to wear sunscreen every day: "It's the least expensive thing to delay aging that you could possibly do."
Put Some Thought Into Your Hairdo
And now for the most important grooming tip: keeping your hair looking its best. "Nothing sends a stronger message about your sense of style than how you wear your hair," Salgardo points out. "No matter how you style it, regular cuts and trims are essential." Make sure to go in at least every six weeks, and sometimes more often if you're sporting a short style. Salgardo advises us, "no matter your haircut, make sure to style your own hair daily. Without help from a styling cream, like Kiehl's Creme with Silk Groom, a gel like Kiehl's Clean Hold Styling Gel, or paste like Kiehl's Malleable Molding Paste, even the best cut won't hold its shape." Hear that boys? It's totally acceptable to use hair product—all the cool guys do.