These days it’s not just women who need to plan ahead – the modern man also needs a few back-up grooming tools on hand at all times. Here are five products that men must absolutely keep at the ready to stay on top of their game.
1. Hair Comb and Gel
The comb is a no brainer, but it’s easy to forget that if you’re going for a particularly tall do, it may not hold up over time. A strong texture paste or gel can fix a deflated quiff or smooth out any unwanted bumps and wispy strays in minutes. Companies like Uppercut Deluxe always have the best quality products available to maintain the perfect hairstyle all day (and night) round.
2. Lip Guard
Cracked lips are never a good look – no matter the gender. The outdoorsy types are particularly at risk, with those harsh UV’s often resulting in unsightly flakes and dryness. A strong moisturizing balm is always good to have on standby, with most having an SPF of 15 or above. Don’t worry about unintentionally rocking the lip-gloss look – most are designed to eliminate any shine. Even if you aren’t planning on locking lips with anyone, it’s better to be prepared!
3. Hand Cream
A handshake says a lot about a person – whether you’re heading into a job interview, meeting with new clients or embarking on a date, you don’t want cracked, dry hands to make the first impression. A good hand moisturizer is a must have to keep them soft and supple. Many brands cater for skin sensitivity, and you can find creams made entirely from natural products such as beeswax. Also, if you find yourself needing a quick fix, fast-absorbing lotion options won’t leave your palms slippery.
Another obvious choice, but you’d be surprised how often it’s left on the bathroom shelf – every man should have decent quality cologne that can be whipped out and sprinkled on for unexpected occasions. Leave the cheap and nasty concoctions at home – not only is the smell superior when you use high quality colognes, it’s also a better look to pull out a Ralph Lauren fragrance than whatever was at the bottom of the bargain bin. Just remember – cologne is not for bathing in. A quick spritz of the neck and wrists will do the trick.
5. A Satchel/Backpack
You’re probably thinking – this is all very well, but I don’t think my pocket space is going to suffice. Never fear – there are numerous sophisticated options for men’s bags on the market. You can’t go wrong with a classic leather-bound strapped satchel, or if you’re more of a backpack person there are plenty of practical, stylish choices to be found.
It’s just as essential for men as it is for women to keep the necessaries on hand – and you never know what may arise in the course of the day. You’d be surprised what difference a scent or soft skin may make to any unexpected events.
What products can’t you leave the house without?