The editor-in-chief of the arts- and design-minded website, Los Angeles, I’m Yours, shares his grooming tips
I feel like I’m not the only guy who can say that a good shower is at the center of your morning routine. I’m almost at an obnoxious point of exclusively using Kiehl’s for skincare: for a face wash, the Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash is an absolute must; for a nearly-all-year body wash, the Cross-Terrain All-In-One Refueling Wash is perfect; for a winter body wash (I’m prone to super dry skin when it’s cold), their Creme de Corps Nurturing Body Washing Cream is super refreshing; and to wake up your face post-shower, I use their Facial Fuel (with SPF!). If I wash my hair, I use John Allan’s Ocean (which smells delightfully masculine-feminine). Tom’s of Maine toothpaste is great for your teeth (I think? It just makes me feel like I’m not being an asshole to nature.) and Neutrogena’s On-The-Spot Acne Treatment is very effective. If I’m feeling silly and/or like “my eyes are tired,” I finish off the routine with this totally bizarre “Men’s Expert Hydra-Energetic Ice Cold” eye roller from L’Oreal that was free at a party. Thusly, I grabbed twenty handfuls of them and still am not convinced they are valuable beyond a laugh.
Who cuts your hair:
A friend of ours is a fantastic barber who is hidden in the Silver Lake Rudy’s. His name is Danny and he’s totally brilliant. He’s able to marry classic barbering with my often weirdo desires to look like a combination skinhead go-go boy. He also has an enviable beard.
Must-have hair products:
I’ve always been a diehard fan of Murray’s Pomade. I had a brief stint with Bumble and Bumble Sumotech dry wax but I like how cheap-in-price, high-in-quality Murray’s is. It’s a bit tricky to use though but here are my tips: take a fingerfull and massage it in your palms until smooth and then rub through hair and style. If my hair looks oily and/or gross, I finish it with some Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray.
Favorite grooming gadget:
My hands? I don’t really have anything that complex, sadly. Perhaps that L’Oreal thing?
I shave in the shower, which is more secret as in “That’s personal!” I do feel like your face heals better when shower shaving though. (Also, don’t use one of those shower mirrors because you look like a dad.) I also use Proraso Shaving Cream in Sandalwood because it’s nice and lasts you a year. Then again, I just shave once a week because I have a ~*~BaBy FaCe ThAt CaN’t GrOw FaCiAl HaIr~*~. L’Occitaine’s Cade After Shave Balm makes a killer post-shave cream, too.
To manicure or not:
No. I bite my nails. Pedicure? Sure! I hate getting them because I hate having my feet touched but my boyfriend Bobby demands I have a pedicure monthly because I have the feet of a gremlin.
Diptyque Philosykos is my spirit cologne. I love it so much. It’s like smoked figs. Kiehl’s has a fairly good and new fig scent I’ve been meaning to try, too. Other favorites? Penhaligon Opus 1870 (which smells like pencil shavings–and has a cute bow on it), Comme des Garçons’ Jaisalmer from their Series 3 or Serge Lutens Fille en Aiguilles (both smell like a sexy church), and Curve Classic (which smells like everyone’s high school ex-boyfriend).
“Never without” product:
Carmex’s Strawberry lip moisturizer. It is highly aromatic and bad for kissing but I have it on me at all times. I swear by that shit. And, at a little over a dollar, you won’t kick yourself when you misplace it.
Secret to staying handsome:
Don’t over think it, be creative, take risks, don’t buy supermarket-brand men’s body washes from Old Spice or Axe, and spray your cologne in your hair.