Beauty for the Boys

Written By , on July 1, 2008

Boys, let’s all be a little open-minded here with what you’re about to read. Women have long sang the praises of finding a cosmetic gem in your medicine cabinet. Be it your favorite moisturizer, shaver, or hair crème, the female species has benefited immensely from “male only” labeled products. However, men have long shied away from anything with any hint of femininity in product labeling, or description (ancient fear of cooties, possibly on supposition). Fear not, most products are unisex, though labeled to the contrary, and can do wonders for your hair, face, and body. Just open that mind as suggested, tell Mr. Testosterone and his cootie phobia to shut up, and join the ladies at the cosmetic counter.

Starting with the skin, the largest organ in (or oustide) the body. The thought has long been that the skin was like your body’s spokesperson, your PR department so to speak. It is commonly known, good PR can make or break you, and good cleansing routine is where you should start:

Cleanser

Facial

A favorite facial cleansers can be found at your local drugstore: Cetaphil, gentle, fragrance-free, non-alkaline, and non-comedogenic (meaning it won’t clog your pores) it’s good for sensitive skin, but can be used for most other types as well. It leaves the skin feeling clean but not dry and stretchy. $9.99 drugstore.com

For combination skin, Khiel’s ( a line of products more in the unisex vein) I’d go for the Foaming Non-Detergent Washable cleanser, suited for normal to oily at a price point of $12.50. With a combination of normal to dry skin, Gentle Foaming Facial Cleanser is also for available for $12.50. Both can be had in your Khiel’s stores or Khiels.com.

Oily skin can be all skin types in one; the most prone to breakouts, and in general a big pain in the ass. Murad, has always made wonderful skincare products for years. Murad’s Clarifying Cleanser reduces 99.9 percent of surface bacteria in about a minute, treating and preventing breakouts. It’s available at Sephora stores and Sephora.com for $26.00.

Body

Soap is back and for good reason. Our favorite cleansing product cuts out plastic waste. You can use all of it down to the tiniest slither so none is wasted, and it comes in many new, skin quenching flavors.

Lush.com sells Demon in the Dark (yes it’s soap) a minty scented bar with a tingle that wakes up tired skin, while Mud Flaps (yup, it’s soap too) has a light rosemary scent, and cleans like a deep mud bath. They both run about $5 to $8 bucks for a 3.5 oz bar, and you’ll never be embarrassed telling your men with names like those.

Moisturizer

There are three things in life you should do: Eat, breath, and moisturize. Your face should be kissably soft and your body, hard, but oh so smooth. Your wife, girlfriend, girl friday, or boyfriend will appreciate the extra effort next time they go in for a smooch. Nordstrom.com carries several favorable facial moisturizers for all skin types. Kate Somerville Oil Free Moisturizer tightens, refines, hydrates, encourages collagen production, can be used on oily, sensitive, and combination skin. At $65.00 for 1.7oz, I’d say that’s a bargain.

If your skin is healthy and normal you know where you can go…kidding. You’ll need something to maintain your genetic good fortune, and with the sun wreaking havoc these days The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Moisture Lotion with SPF 15 absorbs easily and does what it do…protects you from sun damage…pay attention. It’s $18.00 and the best part kids; it’s unscented so there will be no questionable looks from your homeys.

The Body Shop also carries a line of body moisturizers that can be scented to your liking. With scents like sandalwood you could cheat, but if you had not asked a girl would you have known? Not at all. It runs about $14.00 for 6.75 fl oz bottle.

Shampoo & Conditioner

Dramatic license is what is being used here but pseudo-beauty regimen (trust in the fact that ladies have at least 4 more categories of routine aids), but when it comes to shampoo and conditioner they must be used separate. There’s word that it is convenient 2-n-1’s but can u really get the best out of each product from one bottle, hmmm…no.

For the curly and ethnic heads Ouidad Clear and Gentle Shampoo $13 is best and Balancing Rinse Conditioner $15 both available at Quidad.com. It makes your curls behave, shine, and look all around awesome.

For oily hair, the idea is to get it clean and keeping it like that all day. You can achieve this with Frederic Fekkai Apple Cider Shampoo. It not only cleanses without stripping, but keeps essential oils needed to keep your hair healthy. You can get a bottle while you’re at Sephora for $19.50.

If you have awesome, healthy, hair most envy, aka “normal”, you have the run of any shampoo conditioner you like. My suggestion (not that you need it or anything) Shampure shampoo and conditioner from Aveda.com. Both have a light natural outdoorsy smell and can be had for $9 each.

Now, don’t go out as boys, scared of the world’s cosmetic counters and “girly” stores, but as men ready to conquer the rows and aisles of skin cream and shampoos for your benefit. You’re Welcome.