Exfoliating is one of the first and most effective steps to achieving a close shave. I recommend exfoliating about twice a week to slough off dead skin cells, remove excess oil, and bring hair to the surface, which will stave off ingrown hairs. Choose a scrub that contains natural oils to moisturize the skin sans harsh chemicals, such as Burt’s Bees citrus facial scrub.
Give your skin a break from shaving crèmes by using organic olive oil. Besides boasting anti-inflammatory properties, this health-food staple may give you an even closer shave than dedicated shaving products can. Simply warm some oil in your hands and apply it to your facial hair, then proceed at will.
Wash your face in the morning and at night with a soap or cleanser that isn’t too drying, such as Jurlique’s soothing foam cleanser, which contains natural oils that gently wash away dirt without stripping your skin of its moisture.
A step most men forget to do, moisturizing your skin twice a day keeps your punim in tip-top shape. Choose a lightweight hydrator that isn’t too creamy—Aubrey Organics’ Men’s Stock, say—to balance oil production without clogging your pores. If you spend a lot of time in the sun, make sure your moisturizer has an SPF rating of 15 or higher.
Make a simple facial mask that will do wonders for your complexion. Take a couple tablespoons of ripe papaya and mash it into the palm of your hand. Rub it onto your skin, taking care to avoid the eye area. Leave on your face for about 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water. The enzymes in the fruit help fight free-radical damage caused by pollution and other environmental stresses.
Conventional hair products contain many ingredients that can damage hair and make the scalp dry and flaky. Instead, opt for natural products that are made with natural oils to keep your tresses healthy and shiny. For the menfolk in particular, John Masters Organics has a sizable range of products that pamper.