I, like much of the country, am currently obsessed with Queer Eye. For the uninitiated, itâ€™s a makeover show hosted by five gay men. That premise sounds clichĂ©, but to their credit, the hosts and producers have created a down-to-earth approach where real issues are tackled and great TVÂ is made.
Each member of the Queer Eye team has his own specialty (cooking, fashion, etc.). For Jonathan Van Ness itâ€™s grooming. He proves time and again that a little more self-care can help men be healthier and happier.
As a man who loves to play outside and not pay much attention to his hair and skin, Iâ€™ve felt Van Nessâ€™s advice start to sink in. Iâ€™ve spent the last couple months trying to up my game and along the way have come across a few great products. Here are my favorites.
I think about face wipes the same way I think about a summit bere. When I get to where Iâ€™m goingâ€”be that the top of a fourteenerÂ or a long road climbâ€”I like to pull one of these out to celebrate. They wipe off all the sweatÂ but also help calm me down after a big effort thanks to ingredients like aloe and witch hazel. I know that sounds like hocus-pocus, but try using one the next time youâ€™re out and youâ€™ll see what Iâ€™m talking about.
This body wash should be part of your recovery routine. After a big day, your skin will thank you for washing it with something thatâ€™s not just a cleaning agentÂ but also a dose ofÂ all kinds of healthy ingredients, like coconut oil and rosemary extract. That, and youâ€™ll smell damn good when you get out of the shower.
Department-store cologne makes me gag. Not Fulton & Roark. These guys, who are based inÂ North Carolina, have developed an earthier and more subtle fragrance that leaves me smelling fresh after a long day out but wonâ€™t turn heads when I walk into a film festival at night. There are lots of scents to choose from, but this oneâ€”which is heavy on sandalwoodâ€”is definitely my favorite.
If you have more than a five oâ€™clock shadow on your face, this beard oil can help. Packed with lots of different oilsâ€”jojoba, almond, vitamin E, etc.â€”it helps keep your beard hair healthy, soft, and tame. The oil works on your skin, too, so your chin and cheeks donâ€™t dry out and start flaking. If you have oily skin, use sparingly.
Donâ€™t be that guy whoâ€™s spent so much time on the rock, or the snow, that his skin is literally like leather. Itâ€™s not a good look, or healthy. To avoid, always wear your sunscreen and a hat. Then at night put a dab of this lotion on. Itâ€™s packed with ingredients like vitamin C that will keep your skin happy so youâ€™re ready to play another day.
Youâ€™d be astonished at all the nasty shit thatâ€™s in some shampoosâ€”stuff you wouldnâ€™t want on, or in, your body. Rudyâ€™s, on the other hand, keeps it simple. ThisÂ shampoo will get the mud and sweat out of your hair, not rob your locks of all their moisture, and leave you smelling damn good. Iâ€™m also a fan of Rudyâ€™s conditioner and body wash.
The Italians make great shoes, ice cream, and grooming products. This pomadeÂ stood out from the bunch because it has amazing hold but didnâ€™t make my hair shiny or oily. And the smell! Itâ€™s hard to describe, but the stuff smells better than any grooming product youâ€™ve ever worn. Kudos to Davines for being a certified B Corp, which means itÂ meets the highest standards when it comes to environmental responsibility and labor practices. Â
Lip balm is lip balmâ€”until itâ€™s not. The Life Elements version stands out thanks to the inclusion of CBD oil, whichÂ ups the productâ€™s ability to soothe angry lips and heal nasty cracks. (Yes, itâ€™s legal, and no, it wonâ€™t get you high.)Â I also dig the honey fragrance: potent but not overwhelming. Â