6 No Sweat Grooming Essentials For The Modern Workout Warrior, Jetsetter, And Urban Gentleman
*This article was originally published in Men’s Health. It was adapted for Lean It UP.
Get you sh*t together.
Whether you’re rifling back to work after a killer lunchtime workout, jetsetting across the world from exotic locale to locale, recovering after a string of all-nighters at work, or trying your best not to look uber hungover at brunch with your SO’s parents, the modern gentlemen always pulls it together and looks pristine.
With the right cosmetic firepower, you’ll always look your absolute best, even in the most unflattering of situations. Just drop the Axe. It’s not high school, you’re better than that.
Don’t get paralyzed by aisles on aisles of grooming supplies. Use these six no sweat grooming essentials to safeguard your skin, keep your body alpine fresh, and look your absolute best regardless of whatever chaos life throws in front of you.
1. DEPUFF SO HARD
Your eyes are a dead giveaway that you’re either sleep deprived, hungover, or sprinting out of the gym. The skin around your eyes is extremely delicate and deteriorates quickly in less than ideal circumstances.
Keep it invigorated and glowing—both short and long term—with Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Eye De-Puffer. It uses the trifecta of hibiscus extract, caffeine, and rhodiola to immediately repair damaged skin, combat dark circles, reduce eye puffiness, and moisturize dry skin.
Think of it as your exhaustion eraser. It’s the lightest and most powerful thing you’ll ever throw in your gym bag. And if you’re at home, keep it in the fridge. Slap a little on in the AM after showering — it provides a cool, refreshing burst of arctic bliss that’ll help kickstart any day.
Get It: Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Eye De-Puffer, $20
2. WIPE IT DOWN
Long flights are absolute HELL for any skin. You’re more-or-less marinating in dry, stale, recycled air for copious hours at a time; and if it’s a red eye or international flight, you’re guaranteed to look 5 years older whenever you disembark the aircraft.
Use Ursa Major’s Essential Face Wipes to freshen up in a hurry. Not only do they polish off grease and soot, but they’re supercharged to exfoliate, cleanse, tone, AND hydrate in one fell swoop. It’s like a pocket shower for your face. And you know how much we LOVE efficiency.
The same goes for dire circumstances when you’ve got to run out of the gym without time for a shower. Toss a package in your gym bag to instantly freshen up, they’re lifesavers (and they smell oh-so-delicious, like lavender and orange).
Plus bonus points for sexy packaging.
Get It: Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes, $24
If you want radiant, acne-free, silky smooth skin that ladies love to roll their hands across, a high quality exfoliant is a critical part of any grooming arsenal. It’s like a power sander straight to the face. In particularly if you’re sweating like an animal in the gym or sloughing off grime from an outdoor sweat session.
We like Malin + Goetz’s Jojoba Face Scrub. It’s concocted with “ecoscrub” particles to dislodge dead skin and dirt, and uses cilantro and jojoba meal to actively hydrate, refresh, and reduce skin irritation. That provides a balanced effect that smoothes skin texture and keeps it looking radiant.
Unlike most mainstream exfoliants, it’s not overly harsh and won’t leave the skin feeling dry and/or red. You’ll feel clean, silky smooth, and reinvigorated to crush whatever’s on tap.
Go to town 2-3x per week.
Get It: Malin + Goetz Jojoba Face Scrub, $38
Wear sunscreen. Point blank, no questions asked. The skin on your face is precious — roasting it in the sun is the quickest way to expedite wrinkles, add years to your appearance, and develop skin cancer.
Especially if you’re running outside, crushing Tough Mudders, or hiking like a fiend all summer long.
For the body, lather on whatever your heart desires. But for the face, a lightweight, non-greasy, broad spectrum sunscreen is paramount. We love Kiehl’s Facial Fuel UV Guard. It provides broad spectrum protection against both UVA/UVB rays at an SPF 50+ caliber. Plus, it’s formulated with vitamin C+E, caffeine, and goji berry to invigorate, moisturize, and de-puff in the process.
It’s actually enjoyable to wear, and there’s no nasty fragrance or goopiness to go along with it. Get in the habit of applying it regularly. Badaboom.
Get It: Kiehl’s Facial Fuel UV Guard SPF 50+, $38
5. SHINE BRIGHT
A luminescent, white smile is an easy way to light up rooms, commandeer photos, and catch wandering eyes.
A yellow one does the exact opposite. Brighten up
For people with deeper wallets and whiter ambitions, Crest’s Supreme Professional Strength Whitestrips are an in-home, high impact way to whiten teeth at a level that’s comparable to any professional whitening treatment.
They work, and they work fatst.
For people on a tighter budget, gargling store brand hydrogen peroxide is an effective way to keep teeth sparkling without shredding cash. A huge bottle runs $3-4 at any CVS.
Get It: Crest Whitestrips Supreme Professional Strength, $59
6. UP YOUR HAIR GAME
Any good hair product has 3 qualities — it provides hold for hours that won’t wilt under the elements (and there are myriad during any night out); it’s malleable and supple enough for hands to come running through it; and lacquers on a sheen that’s matte with a subtle shine.
Paul Mitchell’s MITCH Clean Cut is an inexpensive, lightweight styling cream that’ll instantly give your hair game a lift. It’s easy to work with, looks clean and classy all day long, and isn’t greasy or disgusting to touch.
Bonus points: it smells exquisite.
Get It: Paul Mitchell MITCH Clean Cut, $13
ELLO ELLO I'm Bryan DiSanto.
I'm the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Lean It UP
, a CPT/CSN/Fitness Coach, Chef trained at Le Cordon Bleu – Paris, NYU graduate, ex-fat kid
, and all-around fitness junkie.
I also contribute to Men's Health Magazine
When I'm not working on my abs (or somebody else’s), whipping up avocado roses
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