12 Best Grooming Products for the Well-Groomed Groom
Get handsome for your walk down the aisle with a leg up from these secret skin-care and styling weapons.
While most eyes will be on the bride, at least one very important set will be fixed on you. Look the part. Leading up to the big day, adopt a grooming routine to make you marriage material. These products, picked with help from Chris Easter, co-founder of The Man Registry, a site specializing in wedding tips for men, will have you looking dapper from your I do’s to your last dance.
“This isn’t the Jack Black you already know,” Easter says of the skin-care brand whose name is shared by the famous actor. “Its daily cleanser gets down deep into your pores to remove dirt and oil while working gently on sensitive skin.”
Jack Black Daily Facial Cleanser, $18; nordstrom.com.
“Combat dry, chapped skin (and lips) with a nourishing cream,” Easter recommends. This oil-free moisturizer combines the hydrating powers of natural antioxidants, vitamins E and B5, soothing chamomile, and fatty acids.
Malin + Goetz Vitamin E Face Moisturizer, $45; malinandgoetz.com.
Before reaching for the razor, massage this oil into your face to soften scruff. The mixture of olive, eucalyptus, peppermint, and rosemary oils with vitamin E and calendula helps prevent irritation and ingrown hairs without clogging pores.
Anthony Pre-Shave Oil, $24; nordstrom.com.
Cream of the Crop
“Do yourself a favor and stop using shaving gels that are high in alcohol,” Easter says. Instead, seek a more natural option. Made with licorice root extract, cucumber, and aloe, this soothing formula is designed to be easy on the skin.
Harry’s Foaming Shave Gel, $8; harrys.com.
As It Stands
Treat yourself to the barbershop experience from the comfort of your own home with this set, which includes a badger hair shaving brush and chrome razor and stand. It’s also a great groomsmen gift idea!
Fusion Chrome Collection Manual Shaving Set (Pure), $290; theartofshaving.com.
Post-shave, slap on this skin toner-aftershave hybrid to close pores and soothe razor burn before it begins.
Watermint Gin Aftershave Soother, $26; blindbarber.com.
It Takes Two
This handy 2-in-1 trimmer features a dual head—rotary or detail—making it easy to target tricky, hard-to-reach hairs. Because, as Easter puts it, “It doesn’t get much more embarrassing than showing excessive nose and ear hair during your celebration.” It’s also the ideal tool for trimming sideburns, necklines, goatees, mustaches, and more.
Wahl 5640 Micro Trimmer, GroomsMan Lithium Power Precision 2 in 1 Detailer, $25; macys.com.
Your body deserves better than whatever soap is on sale at the grocery store. Made with natural oat bran, oat kernel, and pumice, this bar exfoliates rougher areas while working up a lather that moisturizes skin.
Ultimate Man Body Scrub Soap, $15; kiehls.com.
Blow her mind with a handsome head of hair, with every strand held in place with this texturizing pomade cream infused with clay and beeswax.
Baxter of California Clay Pomade, $20; nordstrom.com.
There will be more photos of you on your wedding day than possibly any other day in your life. Make sure your smile is up to par. For professional results sans the expensive trip to the dentist, pick up some whitening strips.
Crest 3D White Advanced Vivid Whitestrips, $35; target.com.
You’ll even want decent-looking hands for the close-ups of your wedding band. This James Bond-style kit includes clippers, grooming scissors, tweezers, and a file—all stored in a convenient leather zip-up case. “The design is perfect for the man-on-the-go,” Easter says, “—or an international spy.”
Twinox® 5-Piece Mountain Kit, $199; nordstrom.com.