Scout Tips: Grooming Essentials

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If your bedtime routine involves only brushing your teeth and washing your face, you’re missing out.

Here are a few of our favorite grooming products that you can use tonight to look better tomorrow. They require minimal effort—all you have to do is apply and crawl into bed.

Face Moisturizer

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Good skin starts with a good moisturizer—and night is the prime time to hydrate. Your skin has time to really soak in the product, uninterrupted by brutal winds, stale office space, or your own hands.

Bonus: This one uses the scents of lavender and chamomile oil that will rock you right to sleep.

$45, theartofshaving.com

Tongue Cleaner

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Your tongue is like a shag carpet—the ultimate breeding ground for germs and bacteria—so cleaning it is vital for an overall healthy mouth.

Add this handy tongue cleaner to your nightly grooming repertoire to start. After brushing, just scrape your tongue from back to front twice, rinse, and replace every three months. It removes more bacteria than just brushing your tongue. (Hate bad breath? Check out the 9 Essential Tools for a Cleaner Mouth.)

$9, supersmile.com

Foot Cream

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Slather this on your cracked heels after a shower, and then throw on some old socks to lock in the moisture.

$9, birchbox.com

Acne Gel

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The struggles of adult acne are real. Nix zits by sunup with Salicylic Acid-based gel. Apply to your face and neck, and rinse with your regular face wash in the morning.

$49, dermalogica.com

Lotion

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At night, you have the freedom to use a thicker or oilier lotion because the residue won’t get in the way of your daytime activities. Be generous around common problem areas. Think: back of hands, cuticles, elbows, and knees.

$13, amazon.com

Face Mask

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When it comes to signs of aging skin, dark spots are a dead giveaway. Good news: They aren’t permanent. Use this overnight mask to lighten damaged areas and even out skin tone.

$56, origins.com

Serum

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Serum is a moisturizing powerhouse. Use this on your face and neck after washing to restore skin after the daily wear and tear. Top with a nighttime face lotion to maximize hydration. (Your guide to a smooth face: Everything You Ever Needed to Know about Moisturizing.)

$46, kiehls.com

Eye Balm

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Bright eyes convey youth. Use a nightly wrinkle cream to help keep yours from giving away your age. This one has retinol, which tightens common problem areas like crow’s feet and fine lines.

$18, drugstore.com

Lip Balm

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Even if you apply lip balm throughout the day, you may still have chapped lips. What gives?

You might need something more intense, like this highly-concentrated shea butter balm. Apply liberally before bed so it can work its magic by morning.

$8, bigelowchemists.com

~Men’s Health

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