The 10 Grooming Essentials Every Guy Needs for Summer

Summer can wreck your skin and hair. Here’s how to protect yourself from the elements to look your best all season.


Think a bar of soap is all you need? Think again. Guys should use a variety of grooming necessities to look—and feel—sharp, especially in the warmer months. “Men's skin is very susceptible to environmental hazards and the summer months exasperate the potential damage to their skin unless they take care of it,” says Fadi Mourad, Chief Innovation Officer of Dollar Shave Club. “Men naturally produce more sebum than women and that sebum acts like a magnifying glass, intensifying the negative effects of UV rays. Additionally, men's skin is thicker, so when the damage from UV rays result in loss of elasticity, skin will sag and age at a faster rate.” Keep your skin and style ageless with these grooming essentials.


That drying bar of soap you’re using to clean your entire body after your workout isn’t doing your face any favors. That’s why opting for a cleanser specifically designed for your face is key. “One of the biggest mistakes that I've seen over the years is that men don't use a facial cleanser,” says Anthony Sosnick, Founder and CEO of Anthony, a shaving products brand. “This is critical in the grooming process to help avoid ingrown hairs, razor bumps and burn. Also, a clean face will help minimize the signs of aging.” He suggests using a formula appropriate for your skin type, typically one that slants toward normal to oily skin, like Neutrogena Men Invigorating Face Wash ($4.55, Amazon.com). “The key to keeping a healthy complexion in the hot summer months is making sure a product like this is used consistently and in the morning and at night if needed,” says Sosnick.


“This helps to remove excess oil and impurities after cleansing and preps the skin for a moisturizer,” Sosnick says. He recommends using a cotton ball or pad to apply all over face and neck. Alcohol-free Anthony Glycolic Exfoliating & Resurfacing Wipes ($18, Amazon.com) contain Witch Hazel Extract, a natural astringent that tones and refines, as well as Glycolic Acid, an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) that gently exfoliates dead skin cells to increase skin cell renewal, and chamomile, cucumber, white tea leaf and green tea leaf extracts to condition and hydrate.

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You may have seen your girlfriend don one of these at night, but they’re not just for women. Slathering one of these on takes removing oil and excess dirt on the face to another level. “It's a deep clean that works well in the summer months,” Sosnick says. After cleansing your face, pat it dry, then squeeze some of the mask—like LAB SERIES Skincare URBAN BLUE Detox Clay Mask ($29.95, Amazon.com)—into your hand. Apply it in a soft circular motion to help it get into pores. “You want it to be thin enough so that the whole mask can dry and therefore lift away that dirt and oil,” explains Sosnick. “You want the mask to be fully dry so it has sucked all of the impurities away from your pores.” Follow the directions and let the mask dry, which typically takes from 10 to 30 minutes, then rinse off with cool water, which helps seal the pores to prevent grime from getting in in the future.


Shaving cream isn’t the only product that makes a difference when a razor is involved. “A pre shave oil will help create a perfect slip and protection for the smoothest shave possible,” says Mourad. Viktor&Rolf Spicebomb Pre-Shave Oil ($38, Nordstrom.com) has nourishing botanical oils to soften hair for the closest shave and will leave you wanting more of the classic signature scent.


“Seal in moisture after shaving with the right post shave moisturizer for your skin type or shaving concerns,” Mourad says. Hair serum great for soothing, repairing, and moisturizing skin after shaving to prevent razor bumps, burns, and ingrown hairs.