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Grooming 101: The Basics Every Modern Man Should Know

How do you get on the level of grooming gods everywhere? While some of it can be chalked up to good genetics, there’s a big chance that impeccably-groomed, envy-inducing celebrities and models have a few tricks up their sleeves.

We’ve rounded up a handful of grooming must-knows you should adopt for yourself—starting now:

Wear SPF Daily

You don’t want to look old and wrinkly by the time you’re 40, do you? Then it’s time to get serious about sun protection. Applying sunscreen every day is key to achieving age-defying skin and reducing your risk of skin cancer. If you want to speed up your morning routine, use a daily moisturizer with SPF on your face. You can reap the hydrating benefits while simultaneously protecting your handsome mug from the sun’s UV rays. How’s that for a win-win?

In addition to applying a daily moisturizer with SPF, be sure to follow other sun safety practices as well. A 2014 study suggests that sunscreen alone may not be enough to protect your skin from skin cancer.

Use Conditioner Every Time You Shampoo

Want to have great hair days every day? It could be as simple as using a conditioner every time you shampoo.

Although shampoo is effective at clearing away dirt and grime from the scalp, it’s a little too good at its job. Shampoo can strip away the natural oils from your scalp—oils that your hair needs to remain healthy and strong. To replace some of the moisture that your hair loses from shampoo, make sure that you’re following it up with conditioner after you shampoo. Before you know it, you’ll have sexy, run-your-fingers-through-it hair that women can’t resist.

Apply Beard Oil Like It’s Your Job

If there is one beard care product you need to have in your grooming arsenal, it’s definitely beard oil, as it can take your scraggly scruff and magically transform it into a lush, refined-looking beard in no time.

Beard oils are basically a conditioner for your beard that doubles as a moisturizer for the skin underneath your facial hair. Find one that hydrates without adding greasiness and boom—you’ll finally have lush and soft whiskers that won’t give your girl a rash after she kisses you.

Adopt a Three-Step Skin Care Regimen

Cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize. This three-step routine is key to achieving and maintaining healthy skin. Best of all, this routine is ridiculously easy to adopt for yourself. Start by swapping out your old bar soap (you know, the one that’s actually meant for your body) with a gentle facial cleanser formulated to treat the skin on your face. Cleanse once in the morning and once at night, followed by a daily moisturizer.

Don’t forget to exfoliate once or twice a week. (Daily, however, is overkill, and counterproductive.) Exfoliating removes excess oil and dead skin cells that can build up and cause pesky skin problems such as acne around the mouth or blackheads on your nose

Weather-Proof Your Look

Mother Nature has a nasty habit of foiling our best efforts to look presentable. How do other guys manage to have perfect hair despite heavy rain and wind? They just know the trick: a rain-resistant pomade. And on the flip side, if your face is breaking out all of a sudden due to the heat and humidity, you can battle excess oil with topical salicylic acid.

Disguise Under-Eye Circles with Eye Cream

Whether you had a poor night’s sleep or you’re genetically prone to under-eye bags, the dark circles under your eyes can be a real bummer. Well-groomed guys get under-eye bags, too. They just know how to fix them fast.

The key to combating dark circles is using an eye cream for men that contains potent ingredients such as vitamin B3 and caffeine. Both ingredients help improve blood flow around the eyes and tighten the skin to give you a younger, more awake-looking appearance.

Even if your eye circles aren’t that bad, it doesn’t hurt to get into the habit of applying it twice daily. Although you might not be stressing about wrinkles right now, it never hurts to be proactive with your anti-aging skincare routine.

Make Time for Exercise

You probably know that exercise does a body good, but did you know that working out can also improve your hair and skin? With just a single sweat session, you can increase blood flow to the skin and achieve a healthy glow that others will find irresistible.

Exercising regularly also reduces stress by boosting endorphin levels. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, feeling stressed can negatively affect our hair, skin and nails, so anything you can do to alleviate your anxieties is sure to help improve your overall appearance.

Don’t Rush Through Your Routine

We get it: you want to save some precious time in the morning by zipping through your shave routine. The only problem with rushing through your daily grooming routine is that you’re bound to make mistakes—usually, of the painful variety.

Going fast will only result in nicks, cuts and red razor bumps, which generally aren’t a good look on a professional. Just go slow and accept that you might need to set your alarm for five minutes earlier in the morning. We promise, the confidence you’ll gain from your grooming routine is well worth it.