12 man-approved beauty products
Want to successfully coexist with your boy while also sneakily encouraging him to lift his grooming game? If so, I suggest stocking your bathroom cabinet with these dude-friendly items...
Facial cleanser and scrub
Most men will admit to using a face scrub once or twice a week, and this is a wonderful thing. However, without a thorough daily cleanse, a man's skin will still be somewhat dry, dull and not as smooth as it could be. Pop a cleanser with neutral packaging in the shower caddy next to his beloved pore scrub and he'll get the hint. Hopefully.
Try: NeoStrata Facial Cleanser and Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Pore Scrub.
Men are visual creatures, this we know. They also tend to have oily skin, which can lead to blocked pores. This is where the humble pore strip comes in. While you adore them for their ability to remove pore-clogging dirt, it’s staring at the strip once all the blackheads have been removed that males love most. Sound rather icky? Yes, but they won't deny they love it.
Try: Biore Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore Strips.
Everyone needs to wash. But doing so with a generic soap that strips the skin of its natural oils is not wise, yet this is what dudes usually do. Ditch your current sweetly scented body cleanser for a more natural-smelling one with simple packaging, and those not-so-delightful hairy cakes of soap will soon disappear.
Try: Grown Alchemist Organic Body Cleanser ($24.95, grown.com).
Ladies can actually learn a lot from males when it comes to shaving. Often skipping the shaving cream in favour of a quick once over on our legs, we're likely to cause more skin irritation and dryness than our male friends who use it each and every time they shave. A rich, nourishing and non-irritating gel will give you both smooth, soft, happy skin.
Try: First Aid Beauty Smooth Shave Cream ($8.95, 07 5630 1560).
Both sexes are a little slack when it comes to slathering on body moisturiser on a daily bases. Solve this by always keeping a large pump pack body lotion on your bathroom counter. The pump top is great for those who are a little lazy, and if you can see it, you'll definitely use it.
Try: NIVEA Pure & Natural Body Lotion.
We all put sunscreen on when we're heading to the beach, but its an action that should be performed daily. By keeping a SPF facial moisturiser on hand, you and your man will be getting a double dose of skin care goodness, and as for the body, using the aforementioned pump top trick to your advantage is a smart idea.
Try: Ultraceuticals Ultra Protective Daily Moisturiser SPF 30+ Mattifying for the face, and Banana Boat Ultra Pump Pack for the body.
Shampoo and conditioner
Men have been known to wash their strands with soap. This is not ideal. You obviously have your own hair concerns to consider when purchasing a shampoo and conditioner duo, but if you can opt for man-friendly packaging and limit the sweet scents, you’ll see your man reaching for the ol’ shampoo bottle at least once a week. Or twice, if you’re lucky.
Try: David Babaii ABSOLUTE HYDRATION Shampoo and Conditioner.
Hair styling product
Unless your dude sports a shaggy 'do, chances are he uses some sort of styling product. Save highly valued cabinet space by opting for multi-purpose hair styling products. That is, products that work wonders on both long (yours!) and short (his!) hair. Simple.
Try: KEVIN.MURPHY UN.DRESSED ($35.95, 1800 104 204).
We all have teeth that need cleaning, and generally, our concerns are all the same: we want clean, pearly whites and fresh breath, and to also limit any sensitivity. You may have a little squabble over your brand and flavour of choice, but hey, once that's sorted, sharing is definitely the best option.
Try: Colgate Optic White.
You know the importance of a well-groomed brow, and probably keep a pair of quality tweezers in your handbag, bathroom and bedroom. But for the delightful occasions when your man must remove a stray hair from his nostril or a rogue eyebrow that could lead to an unsightly monobrow, keeping a somewhat manly pair of tweezers on hand will make him feel a little more dignified.
Try: Tweezerman Slant Tweezer in Black ($39.95, 1800 251 215).
Does your man use grooming products? Do you share your beauty products with your man? Have you used any of these man-approved buys?