If you’re anything like us at Esquire, your grooming routine is constantly evolving. Taking care of your skin, styling your hair—hell, even brushing your teeth—all mean something different today than they did yesterday. (Are those laugh lines?) No matter where we are in our grooming evolution, though, we want to look good now, dammit. That’s why we buckled down and slathered, rubbed, spritzed, lathered, and tested every new product we could get our hands on—hundreds in total—to make sure you know the absolute best ways to upgrade your grooming game right now.
A budget-conscious trimmer that acts like it costs way more? We can get behind that. We especially love the digital length control that adjusts cutting length without the the need to pop guards on and off (and flip it up to reveal an edger).
This post-shave balm was specifically designed for especially curly hair and we can confirm that it actually does help prevent ingrown hairs and razor bumps. Maybe it’s the tea tree oil, maybe it’s the azelaic acid, but whatever it is, we’re thankful for it.
It’s impossible to choose one greatest thing about this razor, so take your pick: the ability to cut up to seven days’ worth of stubble, the best-in-class efficiency, the AutoSense tech that adjusts to your beard’s density, the travel case that also charges . . . we could go on.
Yes, beard masks are a thing and yes, you should be using one. First, massage the conditioner into your beard, then fit the dry mask over it and hook it to your ears. It might look weird, but in twenty minutes, you’ll have the softest beard of your life.
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Two-in-one1 products can often leave your hair dry and crispy (too much shampoo, not enough conditioner), but not this one. This dandruff-controlling formula is designed for curly and textured hair with the addition of coconut oil to help protect and hydrate dryness-prone strands.
If you use a blow dryer to dry your hair, this heat protective cream helps control frizz and keep your hair smooth. But even if you don’t, the natural finish and smoothing effects of this cream help keep your ‘do looking smooth all day.
Unlike goopy, oily pomades of the past, this futuristic goo contains “elastic-like fibers” that grab to your hair to keep it in place, while still allowing you to run your fingers through your coiff without messing it up. Plus, it’s lightweight enough for fine or thinning hair.
Sure, this daily supplement will help with hair loss by reducing shedding, but it’s great even if you’re not concerned about that. It also helps limit breakage; promotes stronger, healthier hair; and increases hair hydration. Plus, it may help decrease grays.
Testers loved this foam because it boosted volume and texture and held in place all day, without the need to add additional products or even use a blow dryer to shape it. If you’re worried about wind, don’t be – this stuff holds up to strong gusts.
If you like a little grit to your bar, this moisturizing soap scratches that itch thanks to jojoba beads that gently exfoliate your skin as you scrub. We especially love the minty scent, which leaves your skin smelling fresh but doesn’t overwhelm.
Our testers gave this lotion top billing because it’s thick and moisturizing, but also has exfoliating acids to help your skin stay smooth and less bumpy. It was especially good on super bumpy or sensitive areas since it caused no irritation whatsoever.
The best thing an antiperspirant can do? Deliver on its promise to keep you sweat-free. This one does—for a long time, in fact. Out of all we tested, we kept reaching for this one for the combination of sweat protection and not-offensive scent.
When you need to bring out the big guns, reach for this exfoliating body cleanser. Not only does it have charcoal to help soak up dirt and oil, but there’s also volcanic stone to help exfoliate dead skin cells leaving your skin smooth and fresh.
If we’re living in a world where hand sanitizer is as essential as keys-wallet-phone, this refillable tube is your best bet. It’s slender enough to fit into your pocket so you’re never caught without it, and it smells way better than any others we tried.
As far as trimmers go, this version is like getting two for the price of one. The vertical head is perfect for delicate below-the-belt trimming and the horizontal head can tackle anywhere else on your body. And we’re happy to report it’s snag and pull-free.
The combination of acne-fighting heavy-hitters glycolic acid and salicylic acid in this spray means that it’s able to address hard-to-treat pimples anywhere on your body. That, plus the innovative bottle head can turn 360 degrees and deliver a continuous spray so you never miss a spot.
Even though this gel moisturizer is ultra lightweight, it’s still hydrating enough for super dry or sensitive skin thanks to the slow-release hyaluronic acid and special skin-soothing complex. The only thing we love more than the all-day hydration is that it’s so light, you don’t even know you’re wearing it.
Located somewhere in the Goldilocks space between heavy and light, this perfectly textured cream produced noticeable improvements in the surface of one editor’s skin in just a week. It works by replenishing the fatty acids that help rebuild the skin’s protective barrier.
Not only do these powerful no-rinse peel pads contain glycolic acid for exfoliation, but they also provide a hit of retinol, making them practically a full nighttime skin-care routine in one product. (Just add moisturizer.)
The pitfalls of daily sunscreens are many—too white, too heavy, too greasy. This one avoids them all and, miraculously, sinks into every skin tone without leaving a white caste. Thanks to this game-changer, there’s no reason to forget your daily SPF.
The most important feedback from our testers was that this clay mask didn’t dry out their skin as many often do. The addition of salicylic acid works along with the clay to de-clog pores and clear debris, while willowherb helps to soothe irritated skin.
A few drops of this serum is enough to deeply hydrate your entire face thanks to ultra-moisturizing squalane that sinks in deep to hydrate from within. The copper peptides help to boost collagen production to keep your skin looking firm.
Not only does this super potent serum have a huge percentage of vitamin c to help your skin fight off free radicals that can cause damage, but it also contains lactic acid to help reduce signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles.
Each capsule contains the correct dose of retinol—ensuring you don’t overdo it—in a serum that is lightweight and nongreasy. Layer it under any moisturizer or night cream for an easy-to-use yet powerful addition to your bedtime routine.
Pop on this sheet mask any time your skin feels angry, irritated, or dry. Tiger grass not only instantly calms down skin, but it also reduces redness and helps strengthen your skin’s protective barrier. Plus, this mask just feels damn good.
If there is one device that can improve your skin no matter what, this is it. It has percussive therapy for relieving tension, an LED light for decreasing wrinkles, a microcurrent for tightening, and more—a whopping eight functions in all.
If we’ve learned anything from the hundreds of shoots we produce, it’s that eye masks are every groomer’s secret. Pop on these bad boys whenever you wake up with puffy eyes or dark circles. The caffeine, vitamin C, and peptides in the formula instantly perk up tired-looking peepers.
The benefit of a diffuser is set-it-and-forget-it scent that has the power to subtly freshen your space, no fire required. This one is a design object in itself and the scent (inspired by Moroccan mint tea) has just enough freshness and spice to smell great, but not overwhelm you.
What’s genius about this stuff is that it does two very important things at once. Paint the gel onto your teeth before you go to bed and it works to not only whiten your teeth while you sleep, but also freshen your mouth so you don’t wake up with morning breath.
Garrett Munce writes about men’s style and grooming. He’s written for Esquire, New York Magazine, Spotlyte, and Very Good Light and held staff positions at GQ and W. Follow his skincare obsession on Instagram at @garrettmunce.
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