Gather ’round and step on up for another edition of the Online Shopping Picks series on your neighborhood #menswear blog, The Style Guide. Just a few weeks ago, we were slammed with another Polar Vortex, and that made dressing for winter weather quite difficult indeed. As I trudged through the snow — raise your hand if you had the same problem — it got me thinking about other essentials that we forgo during the winter season from time to time. Sure, we’re all likely loaded up with warm winter accessories and probably a tough pair of winter boots, but what about your grooming routine? Yes, skin care in the chilly weather is actually pretty vital. And if you let things run wild, your skin care situation can quickly take a dive. Caring for your hands, face, beard — the whole nine yards — is something to pay extra attention to, and as you’ll recall from last year’s winter grooming essentials round-up, there are a ton of products geared to help you out. So, read this year’s refresh below and chime in on Twitter (or follow yours truly on Instagram) for all your style needs.
The Moisturizer: Tread for Men Firming Moisturizer — $15
There are certainly a whole host of products you could buy to jumpstart your grooming routine, but the folks at Tread for Men know how to get the job done effectively and affordably. This moisturizer — conveniently sized to sit in your medicine cabinet or travel in your favorite dopp kit — really does make a noticeable difference in terms of skin quality, and eliminates dryness that plagues so many of us during the winter months.
The Lip Balm: Way of WILL 18 Hydrating Lip Balm — $17.98
What’s the most-overlooked item in a guy’s medicine cabinet? Is it lip balm? Maybe? Just maybe. Never forget a tube of ChapStick again with this handy three-pack from Way of WILL, designed to end chapped lips once and for all. It’s a small touch that’ll help avoid cold sores and, of course, dry lips. Oh, and you can shop around Huckberry while you pick up that lip balm, too.
The Hand Cream: Baxter of California Hydro Salve Hand Cream — $16
Yet another underrated grooming product seems to be hand cream. But seriously — your hands take a beating when it’s cold outside, regardless of how often you break out stylish and functional winter gloves. This hand cream is made with utility and affordability in mind — you’d be surprised how often you’ll use it once you’ve got it. And we all know that the fine folks at Baxter of California do a tremendous job with top-notch grooming products for men.
The All-in-One Kit: Oars and Alps Athlete’s Grooming Kit — $43.98
Sometimes, it helps to keep everything in one place in terms of your grooming essentials. And needless to say, you certainly get that functionality with the Oars and Alps Athlete’s Grooming Kit, a heck of a handy product sold by our friends over at Huckberry. The touches in this kit are definitely unique, from a cleansing face stick to an odor-blocking deodorant and eye cream. Plus, the fact that you can snag the Athlete’s Grooming Kit for under $50 is a nice steal.
The Face Wipes: Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes — $24
You never know when you might be in need of a refresh — especially after a long flight or a long day at the office. Ursa Major takes care of the hard work for you with its handy Essential Face Wipes, made with cleanser, exfoliator, healer and hydrator for maximum utility. They’re again another smaller, underrated touch that’ll make a big impact. Feeling fresh yet?
The Deodorant: AXE 48-Hour Charge Up Protection Antiperspirant Deodorant Stick — Price Varies
So, AXE is back in the grooming mix? Absolutely — the brand has grown up and revamped its image, its look and its product. Make no mistake, this deodorant isn’t the spray can of yore — it’s got a clean, crisp scent and it really is effective. It’ll leave you smelling great, and that’s something you shouldn’t let fall by the wayside even in winter. Ya dig? Good.
If your medicine cabinet and dopp kit aren’t restocked yet, hopefully you take care of that soon. The above picks certainly don’t cover the full spectrum of grooming products you could bring along for the ride, but there are certainly more than enough choices to help you tackle winter grooming problems head on. A handy kit like the Oars and Alps Athlete’s Grooming Kit is a perfect pick-up if you need everything in one place, while hand cream, moisturizer and a great deodorant should definitely be part of your daily grooming routine. What are some of your favorite grooming products? Let me know in the comments below — stay warm out there!