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April 10, 2018

A man shaving

Lets be honest, for many men the morning routine typically consists of a quick rinse in the shower, some deodorant under the arms and maybe a spray of cologne on the way out the door. While this outdated ritual may be quick and easy it does not take into account one of the most important organs to our body, the skin! With skin being the body’s largest organ it serves as a protective barrier between your insides and the rest of the world. Therefore it is critical to devise a morning routine that incorporates skincare, not just for appearance but also for health.

With that being said, the team at Crown Shaving Co , a popular men’s grooming brand, has put together this flawless 5-step, tried and tested, morning routine that you can make a part of your daily ritual to leave you looking and feeling fresh and healthy.

Step 1: Shower

A shower in the morning can wake you up and get you feeling ready to tackle all the day has to throw at you. Take the time in the shower to think about the upcoming day, prepare yourself mentally for the tasks ahead and what you have to do.

When in the shower use a shower gel that matches your skin type. If you have sensitive skin a body wash with moisturizing properties and glycerin would work well. For people with drier skin you should avoid harsh detergents and look for shower gels with Shea butter and creamier formulas and if you suffer from acne or other skin conditions tea tree oil based shower gels can really help exfoliate the skin.

To really wake you up and create a jolt of energy and creativity try having a cold shower in the mornings. While the initial shock of the cold may be unpleasant, after a couple of deep breaths your body will naturally start to adjust. There are many benefits to cold showers including improved immunity and circulation, decreased stress and increased alertness.

 A man shaving after his shower

Step 2: Shave/Groom.

For a lot of high-end professionals it is still a requirement to be clean-shaven at work. While shaving daily might seem excessive and tiresome, once you have this three-step process down it only takes a matter of minutes.

  1. Start by washing your face with warm water to soften the skin and open the pores. 
  1. Apply a lubricating shave cream (click here) to the face and neck.
  1. Make sure you are using a sharp razor and shave in the direction of your facial hair growth (with the grain) shaving against the grain can cause skin irritations.

For those of you lucky enough to be allowed a beard in the office it is still important that you groom and maintain on a regular basis. Trim any stray hairs, line up the beard so it is even and make sure the neck is shaved where the beard stops. You should also consider using a beard balm or beard washes to combat excess frizz and itch and to leave the beard and face underneath smooth and soft.

Step 3: Moisturize

Now that you are clean from your shower, and groomed appropriately it is time to replenish your skin with the moisture and oils that it has lost. The most important times to moisturize are after a bath; shower or shaving as warm water can end up drying skin out.

With that being said when shopping around there are so many choices of creams, moisturizers and lotions it is hard to know where to start or what to really look for. Have no fear, that’s why we are here. Check out below the moisturizers you should look for by skin type.

  • Oily Skin: Moisturizers designed for oily skin will often include keywords in the description such as water-based, non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic.
  • Dry Skin: Look for a heavier moisturizer that includes ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and dimethicone. These properties help hydrate your skin.
  • Sensitive Skin: For sensitive skin the fewer ingredients in a moisturizer the better! In general if it has less than 10 ingredients you should be good to go.

Step 4: Style Your Hair

Whether we like it or not, our hair is one of the first features people notice about us. For that reason alone it is important to keep it well groomed and maintained. Whether you rock longer locks or a buzz cut there are always products that can help style, shine and sheen your hair. For people that are looking to switch up their current hair care and styling products I would recommend checking out our Hippie Killer Matte Clay that allows you to style your hair while adding volume and texture.

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Step 5: Apply Your Signature Scent

Before walking out the door to crush the day ahead of you make sure you apply your signature cologne to add that extra bit of class to your demeanor. Be careful not to over do it, as there is nothing worse that stinging the nostrils of your coworkers after dousing yourself in Armani. To keep the smell subtle yet classy simply apply 2 sprays around the neck area before leaving.

And there you have it, a daily ritual that you can be proud of that will leave you looking, feeling and smelling sharp. Implement this into your morning routine, stick to it and the results will speak for themselves, your body and skin will thank you for it!

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