Any modern gentleman will tell you that being well groomed doesn’t just take time – it takes care, too. But according to master barber Justin Virgil, the right product mix can fast track anyone to a clearer, healthier complexion. “Look at your medicine cabinet as if it’s a toolbox,” says Virgil, who handles hair and scalp treatments at Spa 1851 on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. “Some of your items are tried and true. But it’s knowing when to add something that’s key.” Lucky for us all, the Kiehl’s Men’s Starter Kit is loaded with five tools that complement the one-two punch of our time-tested cologne and deodorant.
Inside this travel-ready kit are 2.5 ounces of Hand Salve (save it for winter, when the cold, dry air wreaks havoc on your hands) and a small bar of Body Scrub Soap. This exfoliating cleanser, made from natural oat bran, oat kernel, and pumice, removes dead skin that accumulates around your elbows and heels. After all, who wants to look old and weathered when you’re walking around in a T-shirt and flip-flops? But the not-so-hidden secrets in this pack are the shaving products, which offer the best at-home treatment we’ve experienced (let’s just say we’re not reaching for our styptic pencil any more).
Start by pairing the Energizing Face Wash with a hot shower, which softens and raises facial hairs, making for a smoother, less painful shave. Then apply the Brushless Shave Cream – unlike traditional foams and gels, it isn’t loaded with detergent and won’t over-dry your skin. Close it all out with the Energizing Moisture Treatment, which imparts a subtle citrus scent that leaves you feeling fresh – and smelling fantastic – for the rest of the day. [$40; kiehls.com]