Because it’s Fit Bottomed Dudes’ Week and because ladies aren’t the only ones who need to freshen up post-gym, we bring to you the following guy’s grooming guide from Lauren Rachel, men’s grooming expert at Boardroom Salon for Men. Boardroom delivers the “ultimate relaxed grooming experience for men by providing exceptional haircuts, hot lather shaves, facials, massages, coloring, hand and foot grooming, as well as face and body waxing in an elegant, country club environment.” Fancy. She’s included tips and products dudes need to keep looking (and smelling) as good as they feel after their workout.
Grooming Guide: 5 Steps to Being Fresh and Clean After the Gym
It doesn’t matter where you are going post-workout — back to the office, running errands or hanging out at home — your after-gym grooming routine is just as important as not forgetting your water bottle and towel. You might not realize it, but your after-gym grooming routine doesn’t have to be time-consuming or a nuisance.
Step 1: Wash your face. When you sweat, bodily impurities are moved to the surface of your skin and can clog pores. This is why cleansing your face is extremely important. First, gently remove this build-up with a gentle face wash. Second, use a moisturizer with SPF. Pick a lightweight formula that absorbs quickly.
Step 2: Shower. Take a quick, but efficient shower. Use a body wash that is packed with vitamins to leave your skin cleansed, refreshed and hydrated. Remove sweat and oil buildup by washing your hair with a gentle shampoo.
Short on time? Can’t squeeze in a shower? To quickly remove sweat and oil, towel dry your hair. This ensures your styling product can actually penetrate your hair instead of just laying on top of it. Use a washrag to cleanse sweat prone areas, like your underarms.
Step 3: Touch up your hairstyle. To restyle your hair, run a dime-sized amount of product — gel, cream, pomade — through hair. This will make it look dry, natural and not overly done. Restyle your hair into a new look or put any loose hairs back into place.
Product recommendation: Try Bumble and bumble’s Sumotech ($29).
Step 4: Use moisturizer. Don’t forget the lotion! Focus on dry areas: elbows, knees, heels of your feet, etc. Lotion does triple duty: gives your muscles a quick massage, keeps your skin hydrated, and helps you stay smelling fresh and clean. Additionally, if your gym equipment tends to increase calluses, opt for hand cream.
Product recommendation: Try Jack Black’s Cool Moisture Body Lotion ($28).
Step 5: Freshen up. Make sure you put on more deodorant. Choose one that uses natural ingredients to block body odor instead of just masking it.
Product recommendation: Try Jack Black’s Cool CTRL Natural Deodorant ($18).
As a friendly reminder, don’t go overboard on cologne. One spray is enough to keep you fresh while eliminating the chance of being “that guy” and smelling too strong.
Product recommendation: Try Jack Black’s Blue Mark Cologne ($72).
Even when short on time, your after-gym routine is as important as stretching or cooling down. With a few quality products and a simple routine, looking as great as you feel after your workout is stress-free.
All products mentioned are also available at any Boardroom Salon location. Go here to find the location nearest you (20 locations throughout Texas and Tennessee!).
And there you have it, the guy’s grooming guide. Thanks to Lauren for the tips! —Jenn