Toiletry bag essentials
So you've remembered your toothbrush, you're good for deodorant and you've stolen half a bottle of shower gel from your parent's on the way out. It's a solid start, but owning your own bathroom means
stepping up your toiletry bag game. Here are five additions that separate the boys from the men.
1. A quality moisturiser
Ignore what your dad says: in 2015, men mositurize. Why? Because flaky, bad skin looks awful whatever your gender and, unfortunately, life is one long process of drying out and shriveling up. You may not have wrinkles on your face now, but using a simple, non-greasy moisturizer on your face and neck once a day will help prevent them appearing in the future. And anyway, admit it — it feels kind of nice, doesn't it?
2. An eye roll-on
While we're talking about your face, have a feel of that skin under and around your eyes for a second. Notice how it feels softer than the rest of your face? That's because it is, which means unless you want to end up looking like Steve Buscemi at 30, you'd best pay it special attention. An eye roll-on will fight off the effects of all those late nights and hangovers, and add less than 20 seconds to your grooming routine.
3. A face scrub
Despite the impression you may have got from your sex ed class, spots and blackheads don't stop after puberty. "Exfoliating" sounds like one of those made-up cosmetic industry terms but it just means "removing dead skin cells," which is what you need to do to avoid pizza face (as well as making shaving more comfortable). Apply a decent scrub just after showering when your pores are open from the steam — oh, and remember to pay extra attention to your nose. It needs it.
4. Post-shave balm
According to the movies, men should follow up a close shave with a splash of aftershave that burns like a hard slap, because that's manly — or something. We say that's BS. The high alcohol content of aftershave dries and ages your skin, so be a better friend to yourself and opt for a cooling aftershave balm that soothes rather than irritates.
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5. An all-season signature scent
Traditional thinking when it comes to aftershave dictates that you want a heavy, woody scent for fall and winter, and a lighter, citrusy number for spring and summer. But more and more scents are hitting the market that work all year long, meaning even less hassle. Find one you like and write it in permanent marker on your holiday wish list.