Beauty rituals are an obsession shared by most – if not all – women. However, men are becoming increasingly interested in personal maintenance… as it turns out, they’re not complete Neanderthals after all! Cosmetic companies have noticed this surge, causing brands to develop and market prestige products towards the other sex. Although the labels may say otherwise, these products are just as good, if not better, than their female-targeted counterparts. Here, the top men’s products to steal ASAP:
Although they don’t obsess about it quite as much as women, dudes aren’t too excited about aging either. LAB Series Age-Less Power V Lifting Cream ($78) is a favorite of Justina Mejia, Executive Director of Product Development for the brand. “I’m addicted to its distinct crunchy texture that melts into the skin. Your skin is moisturized instantly, and it leaves my skin with a nice, dewy glow. It also acts like a primer if you use it in the morning, creating the perfect base for foundation.”
Beards are having a moment, but nothing is worse than the irritation that their stubble can cause. That’s where Tom Ford Conditioning Beard Oil ($50) comes into play. Men, if you’re reading this, your girlfriends will thank you. Ladies, your strand’s dry ends will soak this stuff right up, and you’ll obsess over the intoxicating scent.
Guys aren’t the only ones who can work up a serious sweat; they’re just more likely to admit it! Every Man Jack Eucalyptus Mint Body Wash ($5) is perfect for a refreshing deep clean after Bikram or Soulcycle. Don’t worry, it’s play right into your natural, I-just-worked-out “glisten” effect.
No matter the part of your body, shaving can be super irritating. Molton Brown Skin-Calm Shaving Cream ($25) has calming barley extract, and the light mandarin scent keeps it from smelling too masculine.
Puffy eyes do not discriminate. Kiehl’s Since 1851 Facial Fuel Eye De-Puffer ($20) has refreshing hibiscus tea as well as caffeine to fight dreaded puffiness and darkness. Go ahead, have that extra margarita on date night and still look fresh and perky the morning after. TIP: Keep this in your fridge for added de-puffing benefits.
Who doesn’t love a good multitasker? Philip B. Nordic Wood Hair & Body Shampoo ($35) is a one-step cleanser for head-to-toe to save some major time in the morning. It’s perfect for when you hit the snooze button eight or more times after a night like was described above.
Note, we recommend stealing these items from a trusted source, i.e. a brother, fiancé, or even dad. Raiding your date’s medicine cabinet the first time you visit his home isn’t exactly the impression you want to leave him with.
Casey Sharbaugh currently resides in New York City and works in the fashion industry. In her spare time, you can find Casey spinning, trying new beauty products, or browsing the city for the best ice cream cone. Find her on Twitter at @caseyhshar