31 Days
Day 18

Streamline Your
Grooming Regimen

Volume 10

Let's say you got enough sleep last night. And let's assume that you didn't tap that snooze button (you wouldn't do that, would you?). Even when everything's going according to plan, a groggy start to your grooming routine in the morning can derail an otherwise productive start. Here are a few simple tips to speed things up. So go ahead and stay up a little later or sleep in a little more. Follow these suggestions and you'll still have plenty of time to prepare for the day.

Harry's Winston Ergonomic Razor with Blade
Harry's Winston Ergonomic Razor with Blade

Shave the Night Before

Shaving can take a decent chunk of time from your AM grooming process, so start doing it the night before. We've written previously about the benefits. "It's not a hurried hack job preformed pre-coffee with my attention misdirected on what I have to do that day," wrote our editor. "Any redness or irritation is taken care of as I sleep and I wake up with a clear, smooth face."

Ergonomic razor with blade, $20 by Harry's

Music Will Keep You Moving

Music is a great way to break you out of the usual morning slump and get you excited for the day. Make a morning playlist with a few of your favorite current songs. If you track your usual timing, you'll be able to tighten it up and assemble the right amount of songs to keep you on time. You'll then be able to instantly recognize when you're running behind.

Quip Electic Toothbrush Set

Electric toothbrush sets,
from $25 by Quip

Quip Electic Toothbrush Set

Electric toothbrush sets,
from $25 by Quip

Power Up Your Toothbrush

Just another way to optimize your time and effort. An electric toothbrush ensures that you effectively scrub away stain-causing grime and the plaque and tartar that causes bad breath in a fraction of the time that your standard brush requires. Plus, modern options like Quip will send brush head refills and even toothpaste automatically.

Shower Smarter

It's easy to lose track of time in a shower because the hot water feels good and it's one of the best places to think and get lost in thought. Keep things moving and take advantage of your time by washing your face in the shower (you won't have to worry about any of the usual messiness). To ensure you don't spend too long in there, set a timer or, if you're listening to a playlist, don't stay in longer than a song. You could also opt for a cold shower—that keeps things brief and there is a myriad of health benefits to starting your day under that icy rain.

Control Corrective Matte Day Cream SPF 30

Matte day cream SPF 30,
$45.94 by Control Corrective

Control Corrective Matte Day Cream SPF 30

Matte day cream SPF 30,
$45.94 by Control Corrective

Find a Moisturizer That Can Do Both

Instead of layering on multiple skincare products, look for a multifaceted moisturizer that combines everything you're looking for, from hydration and sun protection to skin-smoothing and acne-fighting retinoids. One of our favorites, from Control Corrective, offers a broad spectrum sunscreen within a fast-absorbing cream that leaves skin soft and naturally matte. Meaning there's no greasy or shiny residue. It's packed with antioxidants that fight off breakouts and free radical damage, while Japanese green tea and aloe soothe skin.

Day 18

Wise Words


Volume 10   //   2018

31 Days is back ... And 2018 marks its tenth iteration. When we started this a decade ago, we never imagined that these daily guides to being better men would take off and become one of Valet.'s most popular series of all time. So thank you for your continued support and belief in our mission. This year, we're focusing on productivity—ways in which you can streamline and improve your days to make your job less stressful, your work more efficient and your life run just a bit more smoothly. It's time to raise your game.

  • 1
    Get a Jump Start
    on Your Day
  • 2
    Slow Day?
  • 3
    The Power of
    Saying "No"
  • 4
    Faster Haircut =
    Better Haircut
  • 5
    Casey Neistat on
  • 6
    Your Sneakers
  • 7
    Save Money
  • 8
  • 9
    Stay in
  • 10
    The "Good Day"
  • 11
    Get Bumped ...
    for Good
  • 12
    Tim Ferriss on
    Doing It All
  • 13
    Style Hacks
  • 14
    Get a
  • 15
    Shit Done
  • 16
    A Successful
  • 17
    Your Focus
  • 18
    Your Grooming
  • 19
    Jeff Bezos on
    Making Decisions
  • 20
    Fixing a
    Bad Haircut
  • 21
    Learn a
    New Hobby
  • 22
    Dress for
  • 23
    Success at
    Any Age
  • 24
  • 25
    Get Out of
    a Meeting
  • 26
    Jay-Z on the
    Keys to Success
  • 27
    Bad Breath
  • 28
    Master Your
    Credit Cards
  • 29
  • 30
    The First
    5 Minutes
  • 31
    Be Better at