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How to Choose the Right Men’s Grooming Products

When you’re thinking about using a new product, how do you decide which one to pick? It can be overwhelming with thousands of options, all claiming to be the best. But of course, they can’t all be the best.

So how do you weed through the masses and find the platinum-level product that’s going to do exactly what you need it to?

You might walk through the aisles of a drug store, but that’s just a bit too limiting, and somehow overwhelming at the same time.

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You may google it, but that will give you about 145,000,000 results, no really, that’s the number of results when you google “men’s grooming products.” This may lead you to google “best men’s face moisturizer” or “best shaving cream” and go with one of the first links, and then choose one of the top three on the first list. Don’t do that! Why would you want to pick a product based on how much money the company spent on advertising?

Another question is what exactly do you need? Do you need a moisturizer and a pre-shave oil, or just one? What kind of conditioner do you need? Basically, it’s lots of questions and options and frankly, you just want to have the right product in hand and move on. So let’s break it down, simplifying the process, so you can confidently choose the right products for you.

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Identify the Problem

Maybe your hair is oily, or your forehead is peeling. Whatever it is, pinpoint the problem. Once you know the problem, you’ll know exactly which type of product you need. If it’s dry skin, you need a good moisturizer. If you have razor burn, you may need a pre-shave oil and a new razor.

Identifying the type of product you need is half the battle, now you can conquer the next part.

Four Things to Look For

Let’s continue with the guy who has dry skin and has deemed a good face moisturizer the solution. it’s time decide what he’s looking for in a face lotion. I’ll make it easier and tell you what’s important to look for in any grooming product you’re looking for. Quality ingredients, good reviews, compatibility with your specific issue, and pleasant smell and texture. Now for the breakdown.

#1: Quality Ingredients

Looking for quality ingredients in your grooming products is important simply because whatever goes on your skin, enters your body. Your skin is your largest organ, so doesn’t it follow that you should care about what you put on it?

I know it’s one more thing to have to think about, but once you pick the right products with quality ingredients, you won’t have to think about it again. Do it once, and do it right.

How do you know there are quality ingredients in product? Well, usually if a product or line of products uses good quality ingredients, they do two things: boast about the good ingredients they use, and boasts about the ingredients they don’t use.

Keep an eye out for those two things and you’ll start seeing it everywhere. When a product doesn’t do at least one of those two things you know you’re getting something comprised of chemicals and filler ingredients.

#2: Good Reviews

Another aspect of choosing a grooming product, in this case, face moisturizer, is finding one with good reviews. Whether you’re buying online or in a store, it’s important to take the time to read reviews on Amazon, Google, or the product’s website itself. Keep in mind that reviews on the product’s website may be skewed so going with Amazon or Google is probably a safer bet.

Just be sure you don’t go with the product with the highest number of reviews; just because it’s popular, that doesn’t mean it’s good. Also, be sure to read a couple of the negative reviews. If they seem to be issues with the one product that person got, ignore it. However, if it seems like all the negative reviews are about how the product actually works, take notice.

#3: Compatibility

Let’s look at the compatibility of the product with your specific issue. It sounds complicated, but it boils down to asking yourself one question: Based on the information I have about this product, will it work for the problem I’m trying to solve?

So, for the face moisturizer we’re on the hunt for, if we find one with quality products and good reviews, it’s time to see if this moisturizer will work for you. If it’s marketed for people with dry skin, and your skin has just been dry for the winter, maybe this isn’t the best one. If it’s marketed for those with sensitive skin, and your skin isn’t all that sensitive, it may not be a heavy enough formula to work for you. Focus on how the product is being marketed, this will tell you what you need to know.

#4: Smell and Texture

To learn about the product’s smell and texture, look for that information in three places: the product packaging, reviews, and your senses. The package usually mentions a scent, or the fact that product is unscented. So whatever you’re looking for, make sure to read with enough detail to get that information. You don’t want to end up with a raspberry-scented moisturizer if you absolutely hate raspberries.

Reviewers will usually mention smell or texture only if they love it, or hate it. If it’s just pleasant, or unmemorable, it won’t be mentioned. So, if you don’t see it mentioned, that’s probably a good thing. If you do see it mentioned positively, even better! If you see smell or texture mentioned negatively, keep that information in perspective. Each person’s senses are very different; an annoying smell or texture to one person may be perfectly fine for someone else.

This leads to the best source, your own senses. If you can sample a product from a friend or at a store, that’s great. But you have so many more choices online, so just buy what you think you’ll like! Most companies have some sort of guarantee and will refund or replace the product if you’re not satisfied.

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Now is the Time to Make a Great Purchase

After going through that process, it’s time to pick a moisturizer. You’ve identified that a face moisturizer is definitely what you need and researched the above criteria and you’re down to a few products. Just pick one! You found one with good reviews, quality products, a seemingly pleasant smell, and it’s definitely going to work for your specific moisturizing-needs, so buy it.

You’ve done enough leg-work that you’re well-versed in what you’re looking for; it’s time to trust your instincts. While you’re looking at them, one of them will just seem like the right choice, so go with that one. It’s easy to be paralyzed by too many choices, but you’ve already whittled the list down. You’ve done the hard work, so trust that you’ve done the work well.

Whether you’re carrying it to the checkout line or clicking the “Look Good Now,” button on our site, do it with confidence. Who knows, you may just end up with your new favorite product.

Why Does Being a Well Groomed Guy Matter?

Four Reasons Why

Being a well groomed guy is about how you present yourself. You’re already professional, put together, and confident, and it’s time to show it.

Whether you are meeting a client or going on a first date, you have about seven seconds to make a good impression, don’t let an unkempt beard or uncouth hair get in the way. If you have gunk in your eyes or unruly eyebrows, you might as well get back in bed.

Wait! Don’t actually get back in bed though, just follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to taking over the world.

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Prepare for Greatness

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” When Benjamin Franklin said this he probably wasn’t referring to being well groomed, but then again, maybe he was. Either way, start by preparing your mindset. It’s time to enhance what you already have.

Your face, wash it. Exfoliate once or twice a week. If your skin is dry, moisturize. If your skin is oily, you probably still need to moisturize. Experiment, make it a routine, and stick to it. You only get one face in this life, and it’s the first thing people see. So take care of it!

Your beard, wash it. A clean beard is a happy beard. When you reach past a fellow coffee shop dweller or hug your partner, your beard better be clean and fresh.

Your hair, wash it. Wash, condition, deep condition, and don’t wait too long before washing again. You also don’t want to over-wash and dry your hair out. Do you have thick, curly hair? Try washing every 2-3 days. If you have fine, oily hair, you might need to wash every day. Try different schedules to find what works best for your hair.

Use Quality Products

You might wash your face, but your skin isn’t as clear as you’d like it to be. You may use beard oil, but your beard is still just as rough as before you started using it. Your hair could be clean, but is it healthy? It’s not just about what you do, but what you use.

Choose products that you are proud to recommend. Take a second to think about the ingredients, do you know what they are, can you pronounce them? Using the right products is the difference between being groomed, and being well groomed.

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Have a Look With a Purpose

If you choose to keep a beard, choose the style and length that enhances your features. A well groomed guy is one that embodies strength and self-awareness. If you feel lost, ask a professional. A sit-down with a barber might be one of the best things you can do for your bearded self.

If you prefer to go clean shaven, use a quality pre-shave oil, shaving cream, and a good razor. Don’t forget to keep up with it. The weekend scruff should be gone by Monday.

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Get into the Details

Do you need to trim your eyebrows? Ear hairs? Nose hairs? A great way to get into the details is to get a magnifying mirror so you can see your face up close and groom the small areas you don’t often think about. Taking a few extra seconds to make sure nothing is getting out of hand is probably a good idea.

You’ve done all this, now what? Meet the client or the first date head-on, confident. You are now ready to take over the world. People may not be able to pin down exactly what’s giving you that extra manly pep in your step, but you’ll know. They may not say it out loud, but they’ll notice a difference. And you’ll smile knowing that you’ve mastered being a well groomed guy.

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8 Reasons Why Guys Should Use Quality Grooming Products

Take A Closer Look at Grooming Products

It’s easy to rely on what’s most available when it comes to grooming products for guys. At drug stores, big box stores, even online realtors like Amazon, you’ll often see the most recognizable brands in stock and on sale. With that type of access, it’s probably tempting just to buy whatever you see first — regardless of what the reviews might say.

The thing is, quality does matter for grooming products. It’s a good idea to slow down for a second and consider what you’re actually putting on your face and body beyond the product type and brand name.

When you get deeper, the quality of a product can influence the long-term health of your skin and body, all while impacting the little day-to-day moments of how you feel and how you look. Those are pretty significant things to ponder, but fear not — we’re gonna help you out and break it down into eight simple reasons why guys should use quality grooming products.

#1 Feel Better

It’s simple, right? When you use quality grooming products, your skin is going to feel better. It doesn’t matter if it’s your chin, your cheeks, or your scalp — when you use products that provide natural dermatological benefits such as moisturization, all while providing a deep cleanse, it’s going to make a difference. That can translate into a number of different overall benefits. Cleaner skin feels great, and that great feeling lasts much longer throughout the day. It’s also nicer to the touch when you’re getting up close with that special someone in your life.

#2 Look Better

In almost all cases, it means that it works better. So, for instance, if you’re using quality shaving cream and aftershave, it’s going to do a better job keeping your skin clean. Not only does this keep it smooth and soft to the touch, it also means it’ll be clear of problems such as acne and other blemishes that occur when skin isn’t properly cleaned. The result? You’ll simply look better, and when you look better, you’ll feel better — not just the “feel better” of cleaner skin, but the “feel better” of being confident and pretty much awesome as you go to work, get a coffee, or hit the town. And who doesn’t want that?

#3 Look Younger

All right, we get that there’s a certain market for the “rugged older man” look. But honestly, we’d all want to look younger. That’s a universal thing. So, how do you do that? Given that your skin is what everyone sees, it’s a good idea to take care of that. Moisturizers, shaving creams with essential oils, and shampoos without harsh chemicals that can be pretty brutal to your skin and hair. Thus, take care of your skin, look younger longer. One of the easiest ways to do that is to treat your skin well with quality grooming products.

#4 Smell Better

If you’ve ever looked at the ingredients list of a popular shaving cream or shampoo, there’s a good chance you’re going to be hit with a huge list of chemical compounds that you’d never be able to pronounce. (Unless you took organic chemistry in college; then it’s probably no big deal.) The thing about those types of chemicals is that they often are used to replicate the real thing when it comes to aroma — but it’s simply not the same. Something smells a little off, and for men, that probably means it’s “generic musk dude smell.” In a pinch, that’s fine, but we’re guessing you’d prefer to have slightly higher standards than that. For quality products made with a blend of natural oils, it’s pretty easy to know what you’re getting. If you see eucalyptus oil on the ingredients list, then you know that you’re getting eucalyptus oil rather than a mystery chemical — and if you want to dig one level further, it’s easy to look up the dermatological benefits of eucalyptus oil  (here, we looked it up for you). And you’ll know exactly what smell you’re getting out of it rather than a mystery chemical stew.

#5 Know What You’re Getting

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When we say quality, we usually mean something that’s not necessarily mass produced, particularly in overseas factories where quality control is often exchanged for efficiency. That’s simply a fact of big business. What that also means is that those products include a mix of chemicals you’ll never be able to pronounce. In addition, there will probably be filler (most likely water in a shaving cream or a shampoo) that dilutes the overall effectiveness of the product. This is how large corporations stretch their budget, and while they’re in every right to do such a thing, there’s a certain quality that you just get when more time and effort are put into a product.

#6 Get More Choices

There are many good things that come out of mega-corporations. They create a lot of products that we need, and they get the job done. But that doesn’t mean that they’re always the better choice. The problem is that when mega-corporations are the only available choice in the marketplace, quality can suffer. But when you go with smaller, more-focused companies — dare we say artisan? — consumers have a range of choices at their disposal. And by supporting smaller companies that have a greater emphasis on quality, this forces everyone to up their game and create better products. So, if you want everyone to raise the bar on grooming products, picking up quality products made by smaller companies will do wonders for your skin and it’ll send a message to the entire industry that quality matters.

#7 Happier Animals

Look, we don’t want to be the bearer of bad news, but big corporations often test on animals. So, if you don’t want to think about those poor bunnies and mice having various products tested on them, the best thing to do is to look for a higher quality grooming product. That often means going with the smaller guys, the companies that have a better sense of quality control over all aspects of the process: formulation, testing, manufacturing, and customer service. Try it, and not only will you get the benefits listed above, you can picture bunnies frolicking in a field without any sense of guilt.

#8 Be Awesome

No, seriously. Everything about shaving with quality grooming products using a traditional blade is awesome. You know how you can tell? Those modern disposable blades have flashy commercials with intense music and computer-created razors that whoosh around the screen. You might say they’re trying just a tiny bit too much. But when you think of traditional shaving, it’s a clean cut that you control. Precise. Smooth. Excellent. And quality grooming products make that whole process better for you and your skin. If that’s not awesome, we don’t know what is.

Now that you’ve learned about the benefits of quality grooming products for guys, you may be wondering “where could I possibly get products as wonderful and as beneficial as these?” The answer, dear reader, is quite simple. Click on this link to check out the catalog of all-natural high-quality products from The Well Groomed Guy. We’re confident you’ll love what you see, and if you have any questions, give us a holler. Yes, we’re also the type of company that responds to customer feedback. Seriously, give it a try, we really want to hear from you, both before and after you try our products.