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Men’s Grooming Essentials for Grown-Up Routines

A full-body approach to skincare and grooming, from LED light therapy to the the perfect moisturizer, plus a travel bag to keep it all together.

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I HAD A birthday recently that put me squarely in my late 30s, and, if nothing else, I think that means it’s time to get extra serious about a skincare and grooming routine that’ll carry me into my 40s and beyond. Not only am I finally mature enough to figure out a wellness plan that I’ll stick with, but it’s also just about now that age- and sun-related issues start to show. I’ve always believed that skincare is about more than the right moisturizer, though that’s important. Rather, it requires a holistic approach that’ll make you feel good head-to-toe. From LED light therapy to hair trimmers, here’s a set of items to assist you on your grooming journey, wherever you may be along the path.

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TheraFace Pro

We’ve long recognized the virtues of Therabody, the leading maker of massage guns, in helping with gym recovery and sore muscles, and their latest product extends that excellence all the way to skin health. The TheraFace Pro is a mix-and-match customizable device with attachments that offer, among other options, LED light therapy for wrinkle and acne reduction, microcurrent for toning and firming, and, my favorite, a cold ring that feels incredibly icy and amazing on the face for inflammation. It’s designed to nimbly navigate the curves and angles of your face, allowing you to target the neck and chin, as well. The TheraFace Pro has, quite simply, become my favorite before-bed ritual.

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Panasonic Body Groomer

It’s an inconvenient fact of life that for many of us, we have hair in unwanted places, and we find ourselves needing to groom not just our faces, but our bodies too. Panasonic can’t be beat when it comes to grooming, and this particular device is shaped to reach narrow or out-of-the-way spots, with a skin guard that will leave you nick-free.

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Trudon Mortel

There are umpteen candle and fragrance brands out there these days, but Trudon, the centuries-old French company, is my very favorite. I’ve been in love with their honeyed, homey Cire candle from the moment I first caught a whiff, and I have always hoped to smell as dulcet as its beeswax. Trudon’s Mortel fragrance, with notes of frankincense and myrrh, is my pick: It’s woodsy without recalling a lumberjack and spicy in a way that conjures faraway places, with that hint of sweetness that makes every spritz a sophisticated sugar rush for the skin.

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Smythson Washbag With Double Zip

In my ongoing mission to make my travel kit as grown-up as humanly possible, Smythson has been my partner in crime. Their leather products, which include passport covers, travel wallets, and luggage tags, are all just incredibly handsome. This washbag will make lugging your moisturizers, supplements, oils, and balms around the world all the more attractive, so you can keep your skincare routine going wherever you are.

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Omnilux Men

Men’s skin tends to be about 25% thicker than women’s, and Omnilux has developed an LED light-therapy mask specifically designed to penetrate deeper for this very reason. If you’re able to commit to using the device for 10 minutes around three to four times per week, LED light therapy has the potential to even out skin tone and reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and under-eye bags. It’s easily portable too, meaning you can sneak this away in your suitcase and keep up the routine on the road.

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Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 30

I’ve been wearing Kiehl’s iconic SPF for 20 years, and it has kept me from aging more than I should have during that time, at least wrinkle-wise. Any dermatologist will tell you that you need to make SPF a part of your daily routine — no ifs, ands, or buts about it, even in winter, and this is the easiest way to do so. It’s an incredibly hydrating, refreshing formula that offers the perfect amount of sun protection. Buy one for the house, the gym bag, and the weekender to make sure you never step outside without the right armor.

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Sachajuan Thickening Shampoo

Made with algae extracts, Sachajuan’s Thickening Shampoo is a fan favorite for giving limp hair a little boost. Combine it with their famous Ocean Mist spray that helps give you those enviably wavy locks you get by spending a day at the beach, and you’ll start to feel like your mane is as glorious as Triton’s.

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