It has been 14 years since Michael Strahan retired from the NFL, following a 15-year career as a defensive end for the New York Giants. Since then, his professional life hasn’t just taken off, it’s gone in myriad directions: He’s a commentator on Fox’s NFL Sunday pregame show (along with the host of “Thursday Night Football”), he’s had a stint four years as co-host of “Vivir! With Kelly and Michael” with Kelly Ripa and is currently a morning host of “Good Morning America.”
In 2015, he also launched his Michael Strahan clothing collection, which he wears almost every day. “Everything in my line is designed for versatility,” he tells CNN Underscored, noting that the Modern Fit Navy Triangle Crew Neck Sweater is one of his new favorites. “All my tops can take me to meetings, social events and beyond. I love them.” He can also often be found wearing the collection’s straight-leg black jeans, which can easily pass for dress pants. “Our denim has the perfect amount of stretch,” he says, handy for when he’s sitting on a plane or on camera for hours at a time (or, you know, for flying to the edge of space with Blue Origin).
Now Strahan is also getting into the skincare game for the first time. On September 16, he launched the Michael Strahan Daily Defense line (available at CVS), which is a five-product regimen based on the products he uses every day to defend against dry skin.
CNN Underscored spoke with Strahan, one of the busiest men on TV, to get his favorite daily essentials for when he’s on the go.
There are five products in Strahan’s new skincare line: a face wash, shave lotion, aftershave balm, face and neck moisturizer, and beard conditioning oil. She prefers to use them all as part of her daily routine, but if she’s on the go, she at least makes sure to put on the moisturizer, which is non-clogging and made with vitamin E and avocado oil. “It’s my secret weapon to look and feel my best,” she says. “Especially during football season, which is my busiest season.”
One device for work and play
Because he often travels by plane, train, or car, Strahan says he always has his iPad with him to watch content on the go. “I love my iPad,” he says. “Not just for work and catching up on emails, but also for unplugging and watching movies.” He adds, “In ‘GMA,’ a lot of the actors come to promote their movies, so I’m lucky that viewers see them early.”
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“A good skincare routine is also about hydration,” says Strahan. “And nutrition too, of course.” Make sure you get at least eight glasses of water a day with your portable 32-ounce stainless steel Hydro Flask. “I’m always drinking a ton of water during the day,” he says. “This helps me stay on track.”
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“GMA” and “Thursday Night Football” were filmed in New York (where Strahan is based), but he continues to fly constantly across the country for various morning show segments, for football games, or to shoot commercials or other media appearances. . “I’ve become a luggage pro right now,” he says, noting that he loves the durable Away bags. “Having a good quality bag is very important because of the amount of travel I end up doing week after week.”
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meal replacement bar
Casual lunches aren’t exactly something workaholic Strahan can write down every day. “My schedule is very hectic,” he says. “But it’s important to stay fed. When I can’t sit down to lunch, I eat a Quest bar. They are healthy, so they are in my bag at all times. Sometimes that’s how I get from one meeting to another.”
There are no missed connections here. Strahan says he has to be connected to work, which means he won’t go anywhere without a cell phone, a laptop and an AirPods charger. The best-selling Anker PowerCore III Elite is slim enough to fit in pants or jacket pockets and charges in three hours. So you have enough juice to recharge a cell phone up to five times. “It’s very important that I stay charged for all my work meetings and calls throughout the day,” says Strahan.
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Strahan points out that he is not forever wearing a suit and tie in front of a camera. When he has downtime, he prefers to be comfortable and relaxed in sportswear. “This is my favorite from the NFL line, hands down,” he says of this MSX by Michael Strahan sleeveless hoodie. “This is what I wear when I watch games, relax at home or sweat in the gym.”