Finding the perfect gift for any man can be a tricky dilemma. Instead of frustrating yourself with a gift you may not be happy giving, why not show your appreciation with practical skin care solutions that will keep him looking his best?
Asian skincare is just as complex for men as it is for women. Many share the same skin concerns, however, most don’t have the luxury of cosmetics to cover up imperfections. Here are a few products that will double as practical solutions and great gifts.
While it may seem an unusual gift for men, giving him a quality cleanser is the first step towards healthy skin. Cleansers remove impurities, sweat, and oil that can clog pores and cause blemishes. Look for a quality cleanser with gentle ingredients that will not irritate the skin. There are several kinds that fall into this category.
- Oil Cleansers
Oil cleansing is a hydrating method for nourishing skin. It’s best to be used on normal to dry skin. Choosing a cleanser with water soluble ingredients is important for a clean rinse and non-greasy finish. Additionally, using an oil cleanser with natural ingredients, like Vitamin E or essential oils, will work double duty to promote a healthy complexion.
- Foam, Gel, or Cream Cleansers
Using a low PH (7 or under) cleanser is a great way to cleanse skin without damaging its natural barrier. It’s also an optional step to use after an oil cleanser if the skin needs a deeper clean. It’s best to choose one that caters to his specific concern, such as acne or dry skin.
Exfoliating removes dead skin cells and impurities that cleansers may miss. It also reduces the risk of ingrown facial hair.
Toners are another hydrating addition to the cleansing routine. They reduce pores and restore the skin’s ph balance.
This is the more traditional option in skincare for men. Many prefer a clean cut look, which can be harsh on the skin with daily shaving. Here are several things to look for in a quality shaving kit:
- Pre-shaving oil
This is a great option for preventing irritation from shaving. It also softens the beard to allow the razor to glide smoothly over skin.
- Hydrating shaving gel
There are oily and creamy shaving gels. They help achieve a close and accurate shave, while minimizing razor burn.
- Soothing after shave lotion or balm
Shaving can cause razor bumps and ingrown hair. This is an effective step to soothe irritation and prevent unsightly bumps from forming.
A great basic moisturizing kit will have products that cater to the delicate areas around the eyes, as well as the face.
- Eye creams/serums
Eye creams and serums can work to reduce puffiness and dark circles. They also aid in providing moisture to the delicate skin.
A moisturizer is a must for men, ideally to be used twice a day. When planning a regimen around skincare for men, matching moisturizers to concerns is very important. For older men, anti-aging creams address wrinkles and dull skin. Acne sufferers benefit from less emollient creams with blemish fighting ingredients like salicylic acid. It’s important for all men to use an SPF day cream to protect the skin from photo damage.
With Father’s Day around the corner, purchasing gifts for men doesn’t have to feel intimidating. Ask him about his current skincare concerns, or simply just observe his routine to customize a skincare regimen uniquely for him. Tailor-made products that improve his looks will be the gift that keeps on giving.Read More