Share the Love: Unisex Skin Care, Just In Time For Father’s Day

Cruising along the Turkish coast on an SCIC gulet

Part of my skin care regimen is protecting myself from the sun, with wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses and loads of sunscreen. My husband, though consistent in applying products, has yet to learn the “protect yourself from the sun” part, as you can see.


My husband may not be a father, but if he were, I know what we’d get him for Father’s Day: lots of skin care.

Now, you have to understand, my husband is pretty good about his skin care regimen, considering he’s a guy’s guy, but it took him a while to get there. I’d say he probably started about five or so years ago, when he noticed some serious nasolabial lines on his face. I gave him some retinol products and sunscreen, and after a tentative start (“Why are they still there?” he demanded after, like, two weeks), he became pretty consistent in his regimen, adding a serum, inquiring about ingredients, and even patting in his products like I do.

Thankfully, I always have an arsenal of products to give him when he runs out, but I can’t just give him anything. He’s got his rules about what he will and will not use, to wit:

  1. Scent is a big no-no. If it’s too flowery or “girly,” he won’t use it.
  2. Uncomplicated is key. A product has to be easy to use, without too many steps or a special method of application. A multi-tasker, like a moisturizer with sunscreen, is a big plus.

And with beauty companies recognizing that products and services for men are one of the fastest growing segments of the beauty industry, I’m seeing more and more skin care products that can easily be shared by him and her. So if you’re looking to get the man in your life some “mampering” products for Father’s Day (and want to make sure you can use it, too), check out these brands that’ll not only impress you with their ingredients and formulations, but sit proudly on his bathroom counter.


Share the Love: Unisex skin care for Father's Day

If it’s got a pump, he’ll more likely use it. That this gel cleanser, which warms on contact to deep clean pores, is colored black? Even cooler. Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser, $28,

He’ll love it for its unique jelly texture, which liquefies on skin. You’ll love it for its high-tech, anti-aging ingredients. Perricone MD Re:Firm, $155,

Even oily skin needs hydration. This serum has hyaluronic acid and is ultra-light and oil-free. Revision Skincare Hydrating Serum, $65,

This moisturizer leaves a nice, matte finish and will make his skin feel like butta (no need to tell him it’s the floral oils). Grown Alchemist Hydra-Repair Day Cream: Camellia & Geranium Blossom, $59,

No one likes a pimple, male or female. Salicylic acid helps keep pores clear in this lightweight serum. Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Blemish Defence Serum, $17.99,

Even if he won’t mask with you, he’ll probably do a blackhead patch just to check out all those extracted plugs. Dr. Jart+ Pore Master Patch, $7.50,


Originally published in Composure Magazine.

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