So I’m sure some of you have experienced something like this at some point.
You treat yourself to an expensive moisturiser. Only use a teeny bit daily to make it last then realise one day there is only a smear left in the jar as your other half thought it was body moisturiser….
We live in a time where it’s not shameful for men to use skincare products (or make up) and in fact it’s celebrated and now all the big brands have a fantastic selection for men.
So of course I am happy for my husband to share anything of mine, but I wasn’t too thrilled about the Lancome Hydra Zen Cream scenario and did have words so he went off and got his own set of products which I swear I never touch….
Being a busy man he doesn’t use all of these daily, but when he does there is a 6 step plan:
1. Elemis Skin Soothe Shave Gel £22.50 which has a minty scent and really fresh feel. My husband shaves a lot (he has facial hair so doesn’t shave his whole beard area.) Shaving can be hard on the skin especially if you have curly hair, but with this gel it soothes your skin and acts also a barrier so skin doesn’t get as agitated as it would if you shaved directly on the skin.
2. Elemis Energising Skin Scrub £29.50 This would be used once or twice a week and it re-energises and prepares the skin for shaving. It polishes and brightens skin leaving it smooth and cleansed.
3. Elemis Deep Cleanse Facial Wash £20 Now I have used this one a few times and it is a really luxurious cleaner. It’s a gel and doesn’t foam, but has a lovely scent, takes off make up easily and skin feels really fresh and energised afterwards. You just use warm water to rinse so no flannel etc. required.
4. Decleor Aromessence Triple Action Shave Perfector £42 This is probably my husband’s favourite product as he went through the first bottle in a matter of weeks so I reckon he was putting loads on instead of a tiny drop. It should last at least a month if used once a day. It has a gorgeous spa-type aroma and silky feel to it. He finds his skin is not dry or overly oily when he uses it, instead it keeps it nicely balanced. If used before shaving it prepares the skin, but it can also be used after shaving or even on dry skin to help soothe and enhance.
5. Elemis Anti-Fatigue Day Cream £36 I have also tried this one (I was sold by the anti-fatigue label on the bottle) and it has a nice masculine scent, but is not as rich as my preferred day creams (like the Lancome – sob.) It has a nice feel to it and my husband swears by it and uses it a lot so it must be doing something.
6. Kiehls Midnight Recovery Eye Cream £25.50 We share this one and I definitely use it more regularly. He doesn’t use that often so hasn’t noticed any difference. I’m not sure I have really if I’m honest, but it’s difficult to tell with eye creams…We’re both lucky and don’t tend to get dark circles or puffiness despite our late nights and interrupted sleep patterns!
Oh and he also uses this Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme Soothing After-Shave Balm £35.50 if he has shaved (instead of or after the oil and before the moisturiser.) It has a really crisp, lemony, masculine scent and refreshing, soothing feel to it.
So that’s that for men’s skincare, but I will keep you posted when he buys/tries something new. He purchases his products from Lavender & Stone Beauty Rooms, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Harrods. He does like a massage and a facial occasionally and goes to Lavender & Stone for these. See the link above which will take you to the Men’s page as they do a great selection of treatments.
I still don’t trust him though and when I ever get anything by La Prairie or Creme de La Mer, I’m buying a safe.