Posted in Skin on February 14, 2016 by

If the man in your life is anything like mine, it’s likely you’ve caught him—on more than one occasion—about to slather a handful of your favourite (expensive) night cream onto his third-day bearded skin.

Or that brand new shampoo and conditioner? Or that face mask you save only for special occasions? Or that perfume your mum bought you? OK, maybe not that one. But, on a serious note though, we’ve been there.

The good news is that with so many beauty products now tailored specifically to men, there’s no excuse for him to keep dipping into your beauty arsenal.

This story will either prompt the man in your life to realise there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a little dude-primping or inspire you to purchase him a few essentials you know he’ll love.

Either way, I’ve enlisted my other half (Mathew Wilson) to showcase the best and most straightforward products your guy will ever need… Goodbye pash rash!

Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Energizing Scrub

A favourite among male folk, Kiehl’s cleverly created a mens-only range so he can stop dipping into yours. This Facial Fuel Energizing Scrub contains apricot kernel oil to soften skin and caffeine to reduce the appearance of puffiness; and it’s designed for all skin types. In fact, you might find yourself stealing some of this for your own. Go on then!

Original Mineral C Paste

Tell him to use his head. After all, we don’t doubt that it’s good lookin’ but a little tender loving care never goes astray. Next date night, have him pop this lightweight hair paste through his strands. Made in Australia and infused with yummy coconut oil, not only will Original Mineral C Paste leave his hair look lustrous, it’ll smell pretty damn good too.

Label.M Max Wax

What does this bad boy do? It’s used to thicken your man’s hair and give the ultimate hold. Who this bad boy is for? Men with all hair types (even thick, coarse, wavy hair) that want a strong hold but still with shine. How should he should use it? Take a 20 cent sized piece of Label.M Max Wax – as pictured – and work through the hands (this helps warm and soften the product) and evenly distribute throughout the hair with fingers. Work through using a comb, if he fancies.


Giorgio Armani Eau de Nuit Eau de Toilette

Fortunately, one product he can’t really borrow—bar a few exceptions—is your perfume, so he should definitely have one of his own. Giorgio Armani Eau de Nuit strikes the perfect balance between ruggedly masculine and classically charming, with crisp citrus notes of Italian bergamot, a hint of warm Brazilian tonka bean and a dry down of heady tobacco. In a word: sexy.


Aveda Pure-Formance Dual Action Aftershave

Fact: men have completely different skin tone, texture and hormone levels to women, so your moisturiser is probably not going to cut it. With that in mind, pick up a tube of Aveda Pure-Formance Dual Action Aftershave for him. This 2-in-1 moisturiser and aftershave and is packed full of good stuff like lavender and antioxidants to protect his skin from nasty irritation caused by shaving (such as razor burn and in-grown hairs) while keeping his skin hydrated (but not oily).

Clinique Charcoal Face Wash

Whether he’s working out in the sun or leading the pack in the boardroom, if he sweats (which we’re sure he does), he needs to wash his face. FYI: A bar of soap is the worst thing he could use (it’s super drying and can suck the life out of his skin) so stock him up with Clinique Charcoal Face Wash instead. This gel-wash formula contains charcoal to naturally draw out yucky impurities, dirt and oil that block up his big pores. But, the good thing is it’s still hydrating so won’t leave his face feeling like it’s been stripped dry.

Clarins Men 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser

Can’t get your man to cleanse his face? Can’t get him to exfoliate it either? Nail two birds with one stone with this dual-action soap-free Clarins Men 1-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser. Formulated specifically for men’s thicker, oilier skin (well, considering what we women have to go through, it seems only fair, right?), this creamy cleanser helps get rid of dirt and pollution for him, pronto.

Malin + Goetz Clarifying Clay Mask

Has Bae got a few blemishes? Load his grooming arsenal with this. Formulated with kaolin clay, powder-like pumice, and witch hazel and arnica extract, which is known to be anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial; this pore-minimising, 10 minute Malin + Goetz Clarifying Clay Mask improves clarity and texture for healthy-looking skin. In fact, you two can do it together. On the couch. Watching Netflix. #bestfridaynightin.

Want to read up on Gritty Pretty editor Eleanor Pendleton & Mathew Wilson’s secrets to a strong relationship? Click here.