The obsession I have for skincare is borderline OCD. But its the largest organ of our body and I care for everyones skin around me. Today’s post in imbibing same culture in my loving other half aka Man of the House. When I look at his face, some times its difficult to look past in-growns visible through his beard, or congestion on nose or something else (I think, I will stop shaming his skin blues publicly). This is how I sold/ cultured him into skincare world. Also how I simplified his skincare routine and made it “Husband Friendly”.
Cleanser – His idea of cleansing his face is in shower, let me rephrase, under a shower! CRINGE alert. I found Context Skincare Cleaner which appeals to both genders and its creamy (not foaming). He loves this cleanser, whilst I slip a balm to him least once a week he still prefers his shower cleanse. My persistence shall pay off one day. Gradually warming up to the idea of wash cloth/face cloth/flannel.
Toning Pads – Specifically Acid Tone. My preferred have been Peter Thomas Roth Unwrinkled Peel Pads or Nip & Fab Glycolic Extreme Fix. Oddly enough this man enjoys a slight tingle on skin, he feels like having pop rocks on skin <you see why I married this man!>
Spritz – Spritzing Caudalie Grape Water to stabilize the ph level of skin after an acid tone, absolutely loves. To him, this translates to second shower by a can. Lets not go in detail with this one, as it drives me mental.
Serum – Obviously a crucial step in ensuring key ingredients (Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Retinol, Peptides, Antioxidants…..etc) reach deep within layers of skin. Generally, open to all serums I shove in his face nightly, as long as they’re gel consistency and not oils. One baby step at a time.
Face Oil – This was the hardest sell. He hates the sticky, schmicky, tacky feeling. Basically he hates oily feeling, he loves clean feeling skin (don’t even ….makes me cringe). Introducing a face oil to him was like convincing political leader not to go to war. Anyway, his skin needs to stretch and feel like lizard and then he would reach for it himself. These are the only oils I’ve been able to sell to him Trilogy CoQ10 Booster Serum, Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex and Grown Alchemist Antioxidant+Facial Oil.
Lip Balm & Eye Cream – One Balm and One Cream. No more. Nuxe Reve de Miel & Antipodes Kiwi Seed Eye Cream. Balm is just fabulous and works wonders on his skin and eye cream is light and easily absorbed. Fuss Free.
Sunscreen – Hands Down the MOST important step, where I have pestered into every cell of his brain to apply to his face, neck, back of ears, nape of neck or any exposed skin. Our choice of sunscreen is Biore UV Aqua Rich which is gel consistency, immediately absorbed, no white cast and doesn’t make skin feel oily or tacky. The best is yet to be revealed, easiest sunscreen to remove!!!
Ingrown Solution – Only one I ever tried and Love. Skin Doctors In Grown Solution. Heavy on salicylic Acid & alcohol but darn effective. When he asks me where is post shave/trim solution…..he is referring to this underrated fella.
This is going to be an ongoing learning process, one baby step at a time. I don’t want to push so hard in his face that he rebels. Ideally I’d like for him to want/need it.
How do your men cope with skincare regimes? Do they have one?