By Amna Nadeem
It comes as no surprise that the men in our lives need a little help when it comes to skincare. They do not realize the impact a good scrub and a moisturizer can have on their skin. A lot of them splash their face with water twice a day and have the nerve to smirk at our shelves full of skincare products. Boys, if we aren’t smirking at your cuticle infested hands and not making faces at your whiteheads, then you need to get rid of your ‘But we’re naturally beautiful’ attitude too. Even better, invest in a few skincare products for a cleaner and healthier looking skin and body. But that’s a far fetched dream, so why don’t you (we’re looking at you ladies) buy beauty essentials for your man?
If you’ve seen your husband eyeing your charcoal mask or caught your dad slathering on whipped shea-butter, then it is time to intervene and guide them towards the right path. It’s not easy buying skincare products for someone else, let alone for the opposite gender, so we asked some of our savvier male friends to share their skincare must-haves.
Here’s a list they swear by:
For Squeaky Clean Skin
All of us have probably noticed that men tend to have a lot of blackheads and clogged pores around their nose and cheek area as a result of greater/longer exposure to dirt, pollution, and sweat, throughout the day. That’s why it is especially important for them to make sure that their skin is extra clean before they hit the sheets.
The Clean & Clear Astringent Toner is a great product for squeaky clean skin and should be used after a facewash. It also helps any moisturizers and serums to penetrate the skin better and work their magic.
Exfoliate that Dead Skin
A spot or two visit the best of us and never fail to leave behind battle marks. Not to forget the old acne scars that aren’t too eager to say goodbye, either. A good exfoliator will not only give a brighter, more even complexion, but help make the skin as soft as a baby’s bum.
It is time to introduce your man to The Body Shop’s Vitamin C Glow Boosting Microdermabrasion Exfoliator and help him get rid of the dead skin cells.
Less Pain, More Shaving
What’s worse than shaving your legs? Having to shave your face. Not only is it a daily hassle, but it means skin irritation, painful cuts and – *ouch* – bleeding.
Grab the Nivea Sensitive Shaving Cream because not only is it 0% alcohol but the soothing chamomile will also prevent your man to have the typical, post-shave, red, blotchy face.
Say Bye-Bye To Shine
It doesn’t matter what facewash and moisturizer you use; the tropical sun is sure to make anyone look greasy during the day and oily look is never a good look for anyone.
To give your man a mattified look throughout the day invest in Dermalogica’s Clearing Mattifier which not only prevents an oily complexion, but also contains Vitamin A for anti-aging.
Don’t Hesitate, Hydrate!
A lot of us oily-skinned humans hesitate to moisturize our face, thinking it is likely to make us greasier. But washing and toning strips the face of essential oils and can coerce it into over-producing oils.
If you want to get your man hooked onto a moisturizer, then get a lightweight formula that he can stick to without feeling sticky. We recommend St. Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Facial Moisturizer. This baby is HEAVEN. And while you’re getting this, grab one for yourself too, because we promise you’ll fall in love too.
We hope your man loves these basic skincare necessities as much as our colleagues!
If you’re having a harder time convincing your partners to invest in skincare because they literally couldn’t care less, then we’ve tried a few tricks you might benefit from.
Pick out these products from the store and leave them near the sink/counter. Randomly mention how well they’ve been working for you. Flash forward a few weeks and we promise, you’ll be walk into your hunk exfoliating his face.