If you are like me trying to get your husband/significant other to put anything on his body other than Irish Spring is asking a lot. But like all of us, men are also wanting to stop the aging process. The other day, my husband asked me if there was anything he could do to help the fine lines under his eyes and I almost stopped dead in my tracks. Is this the same person I married? The same guy that takes pride in being, “low maintenance” and not needing to bother with any of those foo-foo products. Yes it is. I suppose I am finally rubbing off on him. Now he knows that being low maintenance doesn’t have to equate with not caring after your skin.
I wanted to give you some helpful tips you can tell your male friends and loved ones how to care for their skin without giving them a lengthy skin care ritual. In my experience too many steps is counterproductive. Men (like us) want to be able to get ready quickly and run out the door. The first step is a gentle skin cleanser to use morning and night followed by a hydrating moisturizer. Simply using a moisturizer will help pore size, soften skin and improve texture. Many moisturizers now come with a built in SPF which can really stream line the morning routine. I recommend a gentle cleanser like PCA Facial Wash and then following with EltaMD moisturizer that has SPF of 40 or more. This will get them through the day protecting their skin. EltaMD comes in a tinted and non-tinted version, so men don’t have to worry about the orangey tone that may be a turn off.
Next is the nighttime ritual. Now I don’t expect our male counterparts to double cleanse, tone, use multiple serums and apply their eye cream religiously. But what I tell my husband is that he has to break the habit of using the left over shampoo on his head as a multi-purpose body and facial wash. The sulfates and ingredients in shampoo are too harsh for the delicate skin on the face and neck. If you can break that habit first, you’ve succeeded. I recommend using the same morning cleanser at night and then following with a heavier moisturizer. If you can then convince them to add on an eye cream for the delicate undereye area that is a bonus. Sente Dermal Repair Cream or SkinMedica Dermal Repair Cream are great options after cleansing. SkinMedica TNS Eye Repair and Sente Intensive Eye Repair are my favorite eye creams that will target fine lines and are anti-aging.
There you have it, a quick and dirty skin care regimen all our male loved ones can use. Don’t be surprised if after a few weeks they notice a difference in their skin and thank you for bringing them on board!