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Dear men who want to look great this spring (I hope that's all of you),

Since the weather is starting to warm up, it's time to transition to lighter, spring-friendly grooming options. Here are some of my favorite products and tips to help you prep for the new season. First, lets talk face. It's important to have a smooth surface before applying any moisturizers so your skin can soak in the benefits. I love Angels on Bare Skin ($13.95) from Lush. This exfoliant is designed for all skin types, has an earthy scent, and leaves my skin feeling renewed.

Use the exfoliant first to get a closer shave and avoid burning (skin might become irritated if you exfoliate after shaving). Then, apply a shaving cream and let it sit for a minute to soften your stubble. The oat milk, shea butter, and honey in Dirty Shaving Cream ($13.95+) from Lush help to prevent irritation, and the spearmint and thyme scent is invigorating in the morning!

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Now let's try a light moisturizer like Facial Fuel ($25+) from Kiehl's. The formula has SPF 15, so you won't have to worry about adding sunscreen. This lotion leaves skin soft and has a light cooling sensation. For added rejuvenation, Kiehl's recommends refrigerating the lotion—a refreshing suggestion to say the least. Bravo!

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Let's talk hair. Many guys revert to simpler, "day after" hairstyles in spring and summer, so you don't spend have to spend a lot of time taming hair into a neat and tidy style. Try using a texturizing paste, like Dirt ($26) by Jonathan Product. Warm the paste in your hands and apply to dry hair. Remember: Start the application at the back of the head and work your way forward; this technique helps avoid clumps of product and greasy hairlines. Dirt has hints of lemongrass and almond (I think it has a rustic vanilla scent), so prep yourself for compliments on how great your hair smells!

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To look your best, you have to feel your best. Make sure you are relaxed and comfortable with your body. The Signature Massage ($125+) at Richel D'Ambra Spa & Salon will relax your muscles and ensure you put your best face and self forward. Have a signature product or a grooming tip you want to share? Tell me in the comments!
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