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13 Fast, Easy Grooming Tips For Busy Guys

For busy guys, hygiene is essential, but grooming (though crucial) has been known to get the second-class treatment, falling to the wayside when life gets going. But it doesn’t have to. What if there were some effective things you could do on the way out the door? Or simple techniques to keep you from having to go to the barber or drugstore when you don’t have time for it? Well, go ahead and grab your keys, phone, wallet and coat, because here are some grooming tips you can accomplish quickly so you can get on with your day.

1.Clean Your Nails
Certified Personal Image Consultant and best-selling, award-winning author of Look Good Now and Always, Marian Rothschild is especially concerned with the unappealing nature of dirty nails and cuticles (ahem, just like you should be). Washing your hands is a good start, but to get everything really clean, scrub your cuticles briefly with a washcloth or the corner of a towel, dry your hands, then immediately scrape dirt from under the nails with a tissue or handkerchief.

2.Unwrinkle Your Shirt
Marian also has a solid tip for unwrinkling your shirt in about ten minutes: “If your shirt is wrinkled, but otherwise [clean and odorless], spritz some water on the shirt, throw it in the dryer with a dryer sheet, and set the dryer on ‘light’ for five or ten minutes. Have a hanger close by; when the timer buzzes, hang your shirt immediately.”

3.Mimic Barbershop Techniques
Dermatologist and founder of VMV Hypoallergenics Dr. Vermen Verallo-Rowell has a couple of great ideas for the home barbershop effect:
“When lathering up with shaving cream or gel, let it sit for two-three minutes to really soften skin and make a one-pass shave easier.”
Before shaving, use hot towels (writer’s note: dampen a face towel and throw it in the microwave for 30 seconds) or shaving oil to open and clean your pores, ensuring hot, moist facial skin ready for shaving.

4.Smell Great At All Times
Tiffany Kirkham, owner and founder of Inkling Scents, fully believes that “a guy that smells great is perceived as having it all together, whether he actually does or not.” She recommends going with a small, portable roll-on cologne that’s made with natural ingredients and zero chemicals for an understated fragrance.

5.Stay Clean Sans Shower
Founders of Goodwipes Sam Nebel and Charlie Siciak understand the benefits of a good, daily shower. But sometimes you sleep late, it’s late in the afternoon and you just need to freshen up, or you’re in the Gobi desert and can’t find an oasis. He offers up a solution: handy, hypoallergenic, biodegradable, pocket-sized wipes for adults. Just don’t stop showering. Please?

6.Be Gentle With Your Hair
Celebrity grooming expert and Rogaine spokesperson Diana Schmidtkeworries about your hair and scalp health. “When getting out of the shower, many men use their towel to vigorously rub their hair dry by quickly running the towel over their hair back and forth. Hair is like fabric and should be taken care of to prevent damage. [Rubbing] is too rough.” Instead, go easy and pat it dry. It’ll save future you some time and energy worrying about hair loss.

7.Remove Dark Circles
Diana also begs us to remember the number one skincare issue men tend to neglect: the areas under your eyes. To dull the dark circles under them, use a DIY cooling eye mask (because nobody wants to make a special shopping trip for one). To do this, buy a simple eye cream, freeze it for 15 minutes then apply. The coolness helps reduce “vasoconstriction,” which makes the blood vessels under the skin smaller, reducing puffiness and darkness.

8.Shave In The Shower
The Art of Shaving’s Master Barber John River goes a bit further, recommending you shave in the shower, or just after. “It saves time and the steam allows the pores to open up, softening the beard. Shaving in the shower also eliminates cleaning up the sink.”

9.Get Creative With Baking Soda
Ray Brown, VP of Research & Development at Church & Dwight, has a sweet recipe for homemade “products” that’ll keep you fresh:

10.Pre-Shave and After-Shave
“Add one tablespoon of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda to one cup of water for a pre-shave or soothing after-shave treatment. [It’s] sensitive-skin friendly and helps with instant razor burn relief too.” Oh, and as with any potentially caustic substance, avoid the eye area — cool?

11.Toothpaste and MouthwashFor toothpaste, “Sprinkle baking soda into your palm or a small dish, dip a damp toothbrush into it, and brush. For mouthwash, “Use 1 teaspoon baking soda in half a glass of water.” (This only works with fluoridated water, since there is no fluoride in baking soda.)

12.Sports Gear and Smelly Shoes Freshener
“Quickly freshen up after the gym by sprinkling Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (which works by absorbing odor-causing moisture while neutralizing existing odors) into hard-to-wash items like your gym and golf bags. You can also shake a little into shoes to avoid embarrassing odors. Just tap out the excess before wearing.”

13.Tame Your Scruff
Mike Finfrock, the bearded inventor of The Soft Goat, recommends a grooming tool (like The Soft Goat, a small, circular pad that you glide lightly over your facial hair with “wax on, wax off” motions a la Mr. Miyagi, softening it up in the process) for when you don’t have time to shave but also don’t want to scrape loved ones with said scruff if you choose to get up close and personal.
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