How to Avoid Swamp Ass and Other Summer Grooming Meltdowns

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Hey slick! Who wants to deal with greasy skin, pit stains, or the dreaded swamp ass while sweating out a scorcher of a day? Steamy summer temps don’t have to lead to sticky summer grooming situations. You can beat the heat, keep cool and stay fresh when you’re using the right products. We asked Kyle Bergman, Men’s Grooming & Lifestyle Merchant at BirchboxMan to share his tips for looking great in the heat while staying as cool as a cucumber.

How does your grooming routine change in the summer? Do you swap out your regular moisturizer for one that’s oil free? Or maybe use more or less of a particular product?

I tend to travel more in the summer, and this 3-piece travel kit from Mavericks has everything a guy needs in TSA friendly sizes. The cleanser is as simple as they get without drying out your skin too much, and the “rebuild” serum is a pretty advanced skincare product that is as easy to use as a lotion. The key product here, however, is the “protect” SPF face lotion, which does a killer job hydrating and absorbing quickly, leaving no oily feeling.

Mavericks Nano Wash Kit

If there’s a heat wave, we’re showering twice a day! Which will get you cleaner body wash or bar soap?

Heat waves usually have me in the showers 3+ times a day! And depending on which shower it is will dictate the body cleanser I use. If it’s a quick rinse, body washes like Baxter of California Invigorating Body Wash are great to remove sweat and stay hydrated, but if it’s the last shower after a long hot day, the V76 by Vaughn Detox Bar Soap is an awesome exfoliator for scrubbing the city residuals off of you.

What’s the best type of styling product to keep hair from growing big and frizzy on a humid day? 

For short to medium length hair, the Hanz de Fuko Scheme Cream provides a nice solid hold while still providing a creamy like consistency that gives a dude’s hair a little more flexibility on a super humid day.  It’s also totally acceptable to embrace a little sweat and let those natural oils permeate from your scalp to help hydrate your hair follicles as well, which can create a great texture that few standalone man-made products can match.

Hanz de Fuko Scheme Cream

Other than wearing a hat or hiding in the shade, is there a way for guys to protect their heads from sun damage? Is it bad for your hair to put sunscreen on your scalp? 

Sunscreen on your scalp is encouraged, just make sure you rub it in thoroughly, so it doesn’t look like a bird “blessed” your noggin!  PC4MEN Daytime Protect SPF 30 leaves a shine-free finish and is perfect for protecting the top and/or sides of the head. Additionally, for guys with thinning hair, or bald spots, applying a little Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm will do wonders for sun protection and scalp health. (My grandpa used to put gobs of Vaseline on his bald head….he was on to something)!

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 Ew, how about getting rid of swamp ass? How can guys stay dry below the belt?

Balla for Men – essential oils and natural fragrances prevent all sorts of terrible things that can happen to a man’s man area in the summer heat.

Speaking of staying fresh, do you have any summer deodorant tips for keeping pit stains at bay?

I’m pretty sure PiperWai Natural Deodorant is some form of wizard magic. It forgoes artificial fragrance and harmful aluminum in favor of plant-based essential oils, forming an invisible shield that keeps odor in check and protects your clothes from perspiration. Yes you have to apply it with your hands, but you do the same with your shaving cream, right? Apply it once and let the beautiful science of charcoal activation keep you cool and smelling great.

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When heading to the beach, our guy is packing sunscreen. What other groomers should be in his beach bag?

If you aren’t making it back to your bathroom for a while after your beach day, a gentle non-exfoliating cleanser and moisturizer are great skincare tools a guy should have on hand to facilitate UV recovery.  DTRT Face to Face Foam Cleanser and Kiehl’s Age Defender Moisturizer. Don’t forget lip balm; only a few things worse than sunburned lips — Context Skin Lip Repair SPF 30 can help with that!

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Name the one product that you couldn’t get through the summer without?

Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes. We talked about showering multiple times and staying in the shade, but a man inevitably gets trapped waiting for the subway and needs an emergency refresher.  These towelettes not only smell great and instantly cool a guy down, but they also exfoliate, cleanse, tone and hydrate when your usual routine is miles away.