In this era where men are taking their grooming routines more seriously, it’s still very common for some guys to be using a disposable razor and a pair of rusting nail clippers that have never seen the light of day as they’re stowed away in the medicinal cabinet of a bachelor pad’s bathroom.
Yet the men’s grooming industry is valued at an estimated US$17.5 billion, indicating that there’s a growing breed of men for whom vanity is very much part and parcel of life. And why not since there’s such a wide variety of grooming gadgets available on the market.
You could use a different electric shaver every day of the year and not run out of options. Boutique grooming brands are churning out more manicure sets by the dozen. And let’s not go into the plethora of facial cleansers that are just sitting on the shelves of departmental stores.
So as the year comes to an end, we’ve decided to put together our own edit of the best grooming gadgets out there. Maybe you’re looking for a gift for your best friend as a subtle hint for him to clean things up, or perhaps you want to go into 2018 looking more dapper than ever. Whatever the reason, we’re here to help, so keep scrolling for Lifestyle Asia’s list of the best grooming gadgets for the contemporary gentleman.
It’s time to stop your monthly razor subscription box, because you’ll get more bang for your buck with an electric shaver from Braun, particularly the 9290cc from their latest Series 9 of electric shavers. The 100 per cent waterproof razor performs up to 40,000 cross-cutting actions per minute, and it can lift up those pesky flat-lying hairs on your neck. You can easily pack it with you on your travels with the travel case that’s included, and the cleaning station will hygienically clean, charge, and lubricate the shaver for cordless action anywhere, anytime.
Take your morning facial-cleansing routine to the next level with the LumiSpa from Nu Skin, a handheld skincare device that simultaneously cleanses and renews your skin. When used in conjunction with the specially formulated LumiSpa cleanser, it gently and deeply gets rid of any oil, dirt, and toxins. You can switch between two types of silicone treatment heads, normal and firm, for a more intense exfoliation, and they move at just the right frequency to promote skin renewal and leave you looking refreshed, even after just one use.
Your biggest nightmare while on a date would probably be a surprise cameo by a black follicle peeking out of your nostrils. And although they don’t teach you how to trim your nose hairs at school, gadgets like the Panasonic ER430K would do just the trick for you. Just stick it in and turn it on, and it’ll cut the unwanted hairs down to just the right length for them to still maintain their purpose, which is to filter out all the dirt and dust.
Frequent travellers know that carrying sharp objects on board is a strict no-no, so British grooming authority Czech and Speake have handcrafted four manicuring tools with rounded edges to comply with international regulations. Housed in a handsome grain-leather case, this set of instruments is so sleek that the only reason why airport security would confiscate it is that they want it for themselves.
If you have a head full of hair, you’d want to make sure it’s looking its best every day before you step out of the house. And while some of you might make do with just pomade, a good hair dryer like the Dyson Supersonic will get your ‘do into that snazzy style faster than a traditional hairdryer. For the guys who aren’t secure enough in their masculinity to pick up a fuschia Supersonic, there’s a purple one that’s available now too.