Your Spring 2016 Grooming Survival Kit

Above: Things are starting to heat up... are you ready?
Above: Things are starting to heat up... are you ready?

Presented by GUESS

It’s spring, people! It’s the season where your trench coat hangs next to your Canada Goose and your thermostat plays a seemingly never-ending game of seesaw. And yet, there’s that new birth, all things green, feverish feeling in the air and let’s face it, it’s contagious, which means you’re going to want to look and feel your best no matter which direction the wind blows. Here are the 8 must-have items to survive the season.

Skin Treatments
The season’s fluctuating weather, the overly hot showers at the gym or that brisk game of Frisbee football you played in the park can all leave your skin feeling old, looking haggard and in need of a hydrating/anti-aging quick fix. Add balance to your face with with NARSskin’s Aqua Gel Luminous Mask, and Fresh’s Black Tea Age-Delay Firming Serum. As for your hands, try Jack Black’s Intense Therapy Hand Cream.

Not-Too-Heavy/Not-Too-Light Moisturizers
Your skin is going through its annual moisture withdrawal/overload. And while you still need to smooth out the fine lines, plump up your skin and blur the under eye bags, you can shelve the heavy creams for another six months. Hydrate your face with the fast absorbing, non-greasy Shiseido Men’s Hydrating Lotion, and Dior’s Homme Dermo System Anti-Fatigue Firming Eye Serum. And don’t forget your lips. Swipe on Bioderma’s Atoderm Lip Balm in natural raspberry flavor.

After Shave Balm
Every man knows that if you’re going for facial spring-cleaning after hibernating behind the ‘stache, beard or otherwise, your skin is going to need some TLC. Period. So protect your face with Nivea’s Originals Replenishing After Shave Balm.

Exfoliators, Face and Body
The weather, lack of vitamins and poor skincare habits can lead to a dull complexion. So slough it off, dude! An exfoliating formula
on your face and body can remove dead skin cells and stimulate new ones. For your face try: The Body Shop’s Blue Corn 3-in-1 Deep Cleansing Scrub Mask; for your body try: Decleor’s 1000 Grain Body Exfoliator.

Clean Off With Liquid Soap
Winter may have worn you out, but now it’s time to come clean and re-energize. Get minty fresh, thanks to an infusion of mint extract with Nivea’s Energy Shower Gel; or soothe and cleanse your skin gently with Bioderma’s Atoderm Shower Gel.

Odour Eliminating Anti-Perspirant
It’s finally warming up, well some days it is, and that means it’s time to get outside. Move around. Work off the winter layer. Just don’t be the guy who does it all commando-style without deodorant. Combat odour and eliminate wetness with Degree’s Motion Sense Active Shield 48h Anti-Bacterial Odour Protection.

Spring Fling Fragrance
There’s no better time to spritz on a playful and free-spirited vibe than now. It’s spring-fling season and you can make that smell as charming, charismatic and adventurous as you like with GUESS’s Seductive Homme EDT, or as heady, energetic and spicy as you wish with GUESS’s Night EDT. Thanks to its woody and aromatic blend, replete with notes like cardamom milk, pink pepper, vanilla orchid, sandalwood, amber and musk, Seductive Homme smells magnetic. Switch over to a spray or two of Night and we promise its fresh, citrus-wood and spicy elixir comprised of ingredients such as hot peppers, grapefruit, cedar, vetiver, patchouli and black vanilla will make your evening as hot as you want.

Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner
Good things come in pairs, and no we’re not referencing the increased sweat and grime you’ll incur thanks to all of the fun, al fresco activities you’ll partake in as the weather warms up. Make sure you lock moisture into your hair, nourishing and hydrating it from root to tip with Sebastian’s Sebastian’s Drench Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner.

Adriana Ermter

Adriana is an award-winning writer and editor. The former beauty director for FASHION magazine and editor-in-chief of Salon and of Childview magazines has hosted beauty videos for fashionmagazine.com, as well as contributed to Men’s FASHION, Chatelaine and chatelaine.com, Flare and flare.com, Huffington Post Canada, National Post, AmongMen.com, thekit.ca, iVillage.ca and thewhaleandtherose.com. She lives in Toronto with her very spoiled feline, Trixie-Belle, and a fantastically large perfume collection.

You may follow Adriana on Twitter: @AErmter and on Instagram: AdrianaErmter.

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