You got him some fancy aftershave for the holidays, thinking it would be the exception to his anti-grooming rule. Alas, it’s already relegated to the back of the bathroom vanity, never to be touched again. Don’t fret, though, because we’ve got your skincare-averse dude covered. Here, eight no-frills products he’ll actually want to add to his routine (yes, even if he’s one of those “hand soap can also be used on your face” guys).
1. Harry’s 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner
It doesn’t really get any more low-key than a two-in-one shampoo and conditioner. Plus, it’s a major upgrade from his two-in-one body wash. This one’s from subscription razor and grooming company Harry’s and smells like peppermint, eucalyptus and lavender.
2. Philips Norelco OneBlade Hybrid Electric Trimmer and Shaver
For both face and body grooming, this super-affordable electric razor isn’t like those overly designed versions that usually cost upwards of $100. The OneBlade Hybrid Electric works on wet or dry skin, can be used in the shower and comes with one blade that uses a unique cutter technology that moves 200 times per second, plus three trimming combs for varying hair lengths.
3. Every Man Jack Age Defy Eye Cream
This eye cream is perfect for making him look more awake (yep, even with a hangover). It’s got age-defying properties like vitamins and antioxidants that lessen the appearance of dark circles, Myrtus leaf extract to reduce fine lines and add elasticity, green tea extract to soothe winter-weary skin, and aloe and cocoa butter to hydrate. Basically, this one small tube does it all.
4. Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1
Our very own ONE37pm editor called this “the best lip balm, hands down.” Since it’s winter, make sure he gives his dry lips some love with this unscented best-selling formula that’s been a Kiehl’s staple for more than 50 years. (Ya know, instead of borrowing your $25 tube every time he feels chapped.)
5. Jack Black Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser
This two-in-one facial cleanser and toner gets deep into his pores for a thorough wash, using aloe to calm skin and antibacterial sage leaf to flush out dead skin and dirt from pores. Get the 16-ounce soap dispenser size for easy application (consider it one less barrier to entry).
6. Paula’s Choice 2% Bha Liquid Exfoliant
Convince him to slap on a serum after washing his face by giving him this understated miracle in a bottle. Especially good for acne-prone skin, this exfoliant should be used after cleansing to cut a zit’s life and size in half. Plus, this leave-on formula can be used day or night up to twice a day, meaning it’s gentle enough for sensitive skin.
7. Baxter of California Clay Effect Style Spray
While most hair sprays leave him looking like Danny Zuko and those pomades require an extra hand washing, this matte texturizing spray is easy to use and surfer-dude approved. He can even spray it on right after his shower and let it air-dry for the just-woke-up-like-this look he’s used to without everyone questioning if he owns a comb.
8. Duke Cannon Big American Brick of Soap
Besides the smell (which evokes “a feeling of drinking a fine scotch in a wood-paneled den”—that’s bergamot and black pepper, in case you’re wondering), this big brick of soap isn’t just appropriately named. It lasts three times longer than traditional bar soaps (that’s a big win for the anti-shopper in your life) and has exfoliating steel-cut oat particles to scrub skin without irritation. Plus, a portion of the proceeds benefits U.S. veterans. Oorah.
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