Here Comes the Groom - Muscle & Performance

Here Comes the Groom


Whether you realize it or not, you spend a lot of time every day grooming your insides. Whether it’s by working out and eating lean protein every two hours to keep your muscles growing or by sticking primarily with whole-grain carbs to keep your intestines shiny and smooth or avoiding those nasty (but oh, so tasty) fatty processed foods that can clog your arteries.

But what about your outsides? In order to truly display all your internal progress, you need to have a sparkly shiny visage. And the best way to get one is to use these personal-hygiene stacks.

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A Breath of Fresh Air

A Breath of Fresh Air
Fresh breath and bright white teeth are a telltale sign of good health. So when sports supplements leave a funky taste in your mouth, try this oral-care stack.

Antiplaque & Whitening Toothpastes from Tom’s of Maine use all-natural ingredients to bring teeth to their natural white without the use of harsh abrasives or fluoride. The natural flavor oils make your mouth feel clean and fresh, the zinc citrate interferes with calcification of plaque into tartar, and the xylitol helps remove plaque and prevent buildup.

Spry Oral Rinse by Xlear is formulated with a rich supply of xylitol and low-alcohol content. In addition to being tooth-friendly, this mouthwash promotes healing and soothes irritated oral tissues. The formula is fluoride-free, has natural spearmint flavoring and is not harmful if swallowed.

For an on-the-go breath freshener, try Thursday Plantation’s Australian Chewing Sticks. These toothpicks deliver Melaleuca alternifolia (otherwise known as tea tree) oil between teeth and at the gumline, help remove debris and plaque in places where brushes can’t reach, and leave breath fresh and clean. Uniquely designed from renewable, fast-growing birch wood trees, each toothpick is infused with a powerful array of natural plant extracts, including peppermint, spearmint, cinnamon, fennel and menthol.

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Make Scents

Make Scents
If you’ve ever caught yourself doing an armpit sniff check while lifting weights overhead or wondered what that funky smell was — only to discover it’s your own feet, you’re not alone. Or maybe you are alone because of your sweaty stink. Get your social life back on track with this scent stack.

Crystal Body Deodorant Roll-On forms an invisible layer on your skin that makes it impossible for odor-causing bacteria to grow. Crystal goes on gently and contains no aluminum zirconium, aluminum chlorohydrate, parabens, phthalates or dyes. For the perfect portable pick-me-up for your pits, keep Crystal Body Deodorant 6-Pack Towelettes in your gym bag, briefcase or pocket. Each biodegradable towelette provides all-day odor-killing effectiveness.

Think herbs are just for cooking? Think again. Herban Cowboy’s Maximum Protection Dusk Deodorant contains natural extracts like rosemary, parsley and sage to help eliminate odor, plus rice starch to keep you dry. This vegan product is free of parabens, propylene glycol, aluminum, alcohol and triclosan, and the great-smelling dusk fragrance is a proprietary blend of more than 26 essential oils.

Treat your feet to Thursday Plantation’s Tea Tree Foot Powder, a talc-free formula specially designed to keep feet dry and comfortable. Use with Thursday Plantation’s Tea Tree Foot Spray, which refreshes and deodorizes with the natural, mildly astringent properties of zinc and the penetrating coolness of menthol and camphor.

What’s even better than masking foot odor? Preventing it, with Crystal Foot Deodorant Spray. Its mineral salts form an invisible layer on your feet that make it impossible for odor-causing bacteria to grow. Spray on your clean feet daily, when fresh out of the shower, and spray in your shoes, too, for extra protection.

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A Close Shave

A Close Shave
Sure, a 5-o’clock shadow is acceptable on Sundays — but a clean shave is a must for the rest of the week. This shave stack will leave your face soft and stubble-free.

Wheat germ and certified organic avocado oils help your razor glide smoothly, while witch hazel sooths irritation naturally with Men’s Stock North Woods Shave Cream by Aubrey Organics. Its rich, nourishing formula gives you a comfortable shave and leaves behind smooth skin and a light pine scent.

There’s never a dull moment with Moisture Shave by Kiss My Face, which contains olive oil and aloe for extra moisture and goldenseal for its antiseptic properties. Choose from fragrance-free or lavender shea.

Cool things down with Men’s Stock North Woods After Shave by Aubrey Organics. Pine oil and certified organic aloe ensure that your skin will smell fresh and look smooth long after shaving.

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Let Your Hair Down

Let Your Hair Down
If your workouts leave your hair standing on end, it’s time to take care of your tresses. Give your locks some much-needed love with this hair-care stack.

Honeysuckle Rose Shampoo by Aubrey Organics refreshes dry, overworked hair by gently cleansing to leave hair manageable and moisturized. It features honeysuckle extract for a soft, floral fragrance, while certified organic Rosa Mosqueta oil rehydrates and repairs damage. Follow with Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner, a gluten-free formula that detangles and smoothes.

If your hair is thin, brittle, dry or damaged, Mill Creek’s Botanicals Biotene H-24 Shampoo and Conditioner are specially designed to help it become thicker and healthier. Biotin, the foundation of all Biotene H-24 products, is a component of vitamin B.

Now that your hair is clean and conditioned, it’s time to create your coiffure. Aubrey Organics’ B-5 Design Gel gives you the styles you want without making your hair dry and sticky, thanks to its all-natural ingredients, such as certified organic aloe and vitamin B-5.

Aubrey Organics’ Natural Missst Hairspray Super Hold gives you a powerful hold while making your hair naturally thicker. Its gum arabic keeps styles in place all day long without flaking off or feeling stiff.

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No Skin Off Your Back

No Skin Off Your Back
Sorry pal, it’s not your biceps. The largest organ in the body (yes, even yours) is the skin, measuring about 20 square feet. That’s a lot of surface area to keep up, so get in the game with these skin-stack products.

While most commercial brand soaps use tallow (pig or cow fat), Herban Cowboy’s Dusk Milled Soap is made from organic vegetable-based oils. This multifunctional deodorizing bar soap has pumice to deep clean, kelp to naturally condition and tone, and black-walnut extract to keep you fresh all day long.

Organic Shea Butter Soap from Out of Africa is a mild bar soap that cleanses the skin without stripping it of moisture. Whether you choose lavender or vanilla, it’s enriched with 20 percent pure and unrefined shea butter, is rich in antioxidants and vitamins A, E and F, and it helps restore and maintain skin elasticity and tone.

Soothe sore muscles after a tough gym session with Aromafloria’s Muscle Soak Body Wash, which contains eucalyptus, peppermint and lemon grass. Just squeeze a small amount onto a sponge, work into a lather and massage into your skin during a steaming hot shower. After your shower, apply Aromafloria’s Muscle Soak Sugar Salt Body Scrub and buff away rough skin with a circular motion. Rinse well to reveal softer skin.

Fruit Enzyme Cleanser by Mychelle Dermaceuticals has a special blend of alpha-hydroxy acids to unclog and purify pores and increase cellular turnover for a more youthful-looking complexion. Antioxidant-rich turmeric keeps the skin calm and eases signs of irritation.

Do you have dry, red or itchy skin? Then don’t choose a lotion that only works on the surface — use Shikai’s Borage Therapy Advanced Formula Lotion, which works from within, on the cellular level. This unique combination of ingredients transports healing gamma-linoleic acid to cells below the skin’s surface, resulting in healthy skin membranes that are able to retain more moisture.

Protect your skin from sun damage with Sun Shield SPF 28 by Mychelle Dermaceuticals, a full-spectrum UVA/UVB sun defense that offers powerfully effective protection. Translucent zinc eliminates chalky white lines and titanium dioxide provides a safe alternative to harsh chemicals.

Freshen up your face between washings with Rosewater Facial Spray by Reviva Labs. This soothing multipurpose product has natural extracts of flowers and herbs for a refreshing and stimulating mist.

Don’t forget your two most sensitive facial features: lips and under the eyes. Whether it’s the summer sun or winter wind, protect these delicate areas with Reviva Labs’ Vitamin E Stick. It contains SPF 15, and the natural beeswax base, combined with lanolin, allantoin and vitamin E’s soothing qualities, offers excellent emollient benefits.

Because heavy lifting can take a toll on your cuticles, turn to Badger Cuticle Care. The naturally restorative soothing shea butter and sea buckthorn berry Co2 extracts are delightfully fragranced with organic essential oils of geranium, mandarin, lemon grass, cardamom, rosemary and ginger to help mend and protect dry, splitting cuticles.