The men's GQ guide to face grooming

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Cetaphil face wash

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It's the most important part of your body, and it requires routine maintenance—and yes, a few products. Here we present the tools and tips that will get you a clean, blemishless, age-defying mug day after day (even after a long night).


Basic Training for Your Face

1. Wash
There are grooming products we think you need to invest some cash in. Face wash isn't one of them. Just wash mornings and nights with Cetaphil (available at most drugstores). It's not fancy, and it doesn't need to be.

Cetaphil cleanser, $6.60, available at walgreens.com


Alba Botanica Sea Algae Enzyme Scrub

(Photo: David Rinella)

2. Exfoliate

Think of using face scrub like taking out the trash—do it a few times a week to dispose of the dead skin on your face. We like Alba's, which has tiny buffing beads and smells like the beach, all for twelve bucks.


Alba Botanica Sea Algae Enzyme Scrub, $7, available at puritan.com






Ernest Supplies Matte Moisturizer

(Photo: David Rinella)

3. Moisturize

A moisturizer is your first line of defense against wrinkles like Ronnie Wood's. (Well, that and staying off heroin.) We dig this one because it absorbs quickly. Plus, the pouch packaging means it travels easily and rolls up so you get every last drop.


Ernest Supplies Matte Moisturizer, $25, available at ernestsupplies.com









PockeTweez

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Reshaping your brows

• "If you use a razor, it will always look weird. Instead, stick with a pair of simple tweezers." (At GQ, we like these from PockeTweez.)

• "To keep things looking masculine, pluck only from the bottom. If you're unibrowed, don't tweeze farther than your inner eye."

• "You're yanking these guys out from the root. There will be irritation. Rub in some aftershave to avoid little bumps."—Ramon Padilla of N.Y.C.'s guy-friendly Browhaus salon

PockeTweez, $28, available at pocketweez.com




Philips Norelco

(Photo: David Rinella)

Nose and Ear Hairs

• Never pluck these; you'll get a nasty infection. This trimmer whacks hair quickly and painlessly.


Philips Norelco Nose and Ear Hair Trimmer, $15, available at usa.philips.com













Anthony Instant Fix Oil Control

(Photo: David Rinella)

Face Your Next Crisis

• Instant Fix does exactly what it claims to do: turn shiny skin matte in reflective regions like your forehead and nose. Keep it in your desk drawer. When you catch your forehead—or even your bald head—glinting in the mirror, reach for it.


Anthony Instant Fix Oil Control, $28, available at sephora.com






Lagunitas IPA

(Photo: David Rinella)

Chug Beer. Stay Young. For Real.
Next time you crack open an IPA, tell wifey you're doing it for your future together. IPAs are loaded with silicon, which means one or two of them will help keep your skin higher and tighter. (Then she'll probably crack one open, too.)


Lagunitas IPA, $9, for a six-pack lagunitas.com











Neutrogena Rapid Clear Spot Gel

(Photo: David Rinella)

Break Through Those Breakouts

"An occasional zit can be caused by genes, sweat, even dairy and sugar. When you break out, try an oil-free 2 percent salicylic-acid spot treatment by Neutrogena. It works overnight. If the zit is really deep, head to your dermatologist for a prescription or a quick-fix shot of cortisone."—N.Y.C. dermatologist Sapna Westley.


Neutrogena Rapid Clear Spot Gel, $7, available at target.com







Colbert M.D. Stimulate: The Serum

(Photo: David Rinella)

Take Out a 401(k) on Your Face

Dropping a C-note on serum? Damn right. Start using it in your twenties or thirties for Dorian Gray–like effects down the road. This stuff helps prevent wrinkles and clears up dark patches, and it made us look like we got five more hours of sleep than we actually did.

Colbert M.D. Stimulate: The Serum, $140, available at colbertmd.com











Sircuit Cosmeceuticals I. Cee U.+ Gel

(Photo: David Rinella)

Sober Up Your Hangover Eyes

Here's what you do: You get a minuscule dollop of this stuff on each ring finger, and then you gently pat around your eyes.

Doing this feels dainty, weird, kind of girlie. But when you're done, you can literally feel your skin tightening up. The bags under your eyes deflate. You look younger instantly—and will look younger later, too, without deeper bags and crow's-feet.

Sircuit Cosmeceuticals I. Cee U.+ Gel, $120, available at sircuitskin.com








Kyoku for Men Lava Masque

(Photo: David Rinella)

Don't Laugh at the Man in the Mask

Every Sunday night, I indulge in three things: Homeland, Thai takeout, and a face mask. Actually, a lava-mud face masque from Kyoku, which sounds even more ridiculous as I type it out. Still, it's the most relaxing part of my week.

It's bizarre the first time, when you look in the mirror and Heath Ledger's Joker is staring back. But after a minute or so, the thick mud dives deep and your skin starts buzzing—a sensation I can only assume is dirt being sucked out of my pores. Ever since I've started using it, blackheads have been less frequent, my blotchiness has chilled out, and bumps have been nonexistent. The only stressful part of the night is remembering to hose down my face before the delivery guy rings.

Kyoku for Men Lava Masque, $22.50, kyokuformen.com


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