Warm weather = fewer clothes = more skin. By and large a good thing, in our estimation.
However, much of this surface area has spent the last several months either A) bearing the brunt of Mother Nature’s frosty onslaught or B) sequestered, Gollum-like, away from the sun’s warm embrace.
Translation: a little tuneup is required before you’re ready for public consumption.
The Hair: A man could be forgiven for going shaggy when there’s a chill in the air, but the change of season is the best opportunity to test a new look. Check what’s trending, ask your barber what works best for you, and be bold — hair grows back. Your faithful Style Director will never again know this feeling, so he must live vicariously through you.
The Face: Unless it’s a major part of your persona (looking at you, Williamsburg), g’head and hack off that winter beard. It’s liberating. Hit your mug with an all-over exfoliation, e.g., Baxter of California’s Facial Scrub. Invest in a quality lotion that’s got a lil’ SPF. Dove Men+Care makes a great one that’s affordable enough to apply liberally sans guilt.
The Feet: The proverbial bitch of the proverbial bunch. If you even want to contemplate donning a pair of sandals and foisting your dogs on the viewing public this season, get thee to a professional and have them thoroughly scrubbed, trimmed and filed. The world will silently thank you, and who knows … you just may enjoy it.