How To: Get Your Guy A Gift He Will Actually Use

It can be real tough to get it right when it comes to gift giving for a husband, boyfriend, father, or friend. Instead of buying the same old thing (like a tie that they’ll wear once), I think the trick is to think about useful and practical gifts for men. So, instead of buying men gifts you think they’ll like because you do, buy them something that they’ll actually use in their day-to-day lives. Here are some ideas to help you surprise that special guy in your life.

 

Guys love grooming more than they like to admit. The Jack Black First Class Five Travel Set ($47.99) comes with five skincare essentials to keep your man well-groomed and looking his best on-the-go. Make this a stocking stuffer and watch him as he takes pride in using it!

 

Another great option could be the Johnny B A.M. After Shave Spray ($12.89) It will make shaving feel extra luxurious for him. Think hot shaves at the barbershop, but right from the comfort of their home. Plus, you will love the scented notes of citrus on his face. This aftershave spray also closes skin pores opened by the hot water from his shave, to keep his skin looking great all day after.

 

 

Let’s face it, men can be more than a bit touchy about their hair. They don’t want to use a million and one products to get the right look. Instead get them the only product they will need to get their look. The Short Sexy Hair Hard Up Holding Gel ($9.99) provides an extra-firm hold, especially for short hairstyles. Trust me, he will love this product for everyday use.

Shakespeare famously wrote, “He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man.” That may be a little extreme, but if your man happens to measure up against the bard’s beard bar, he certainly would appreciate a potion like Jack Black Beard Oil ($22.99). This beard oil is formulated with kalahari melon oil, vitamin E, brown algae, and carrot extract to condition facial hair and nourish skin underneath.

Now that you have some gift ideas, you can surprise that special guy for the holidays with a gift he will truly appreciate!

P.S. Don’t forget to shop our Movember Sale & get a special extra gift for your guy.

Skincare 101: Everything You Need to Know

 Choosing the right skincare products can be a tricky thing. Once you’ve settled on a regimen, you have to make sure you’re using your products in the right order, applying them at the right time of day, and treating your concerns effectively. It can be mind boggling simply navigating the skincare aisle at the drugstore! That’s why we’ve broken down the fine art of caring for your skin. Here’s everything you need to know.

 

Q: In what order should I use my skincare products?

It’s no good having a great collection of products if you aren’t applying them in the proper order. The first step is to remove all traces of dirt and debris with an effective cleanser formulated for your skin type. The goal is simply to start with a clean canvas. Make a commitment to exfoliate dry skin two to three times a week with a gentle scrub. Focus on those areas where clogged pores are most prominent, like your cheeks and nose.

Follow with a serum that’s packed with ingredients that target your skin’s unique needs. Formulas enriched with retinol’s and hyaluronic acids are designed to target aging, while nourishing oils lock in moisture for dry skin. Remember to pat your serum on—don’t rub. Next, pat eye cream on gently, taking care not to rub or tug the delicate skin in this area. Work your way from the outer corners of your eyes and down along the orbital bone. Then apply moisturizer. Your final step is sunscreen, which is essential if you’re headed outdoors.

 

Q: Can I use a face oil if I have oily skin? 

It may sound counterintuitive, but face oils are remarkably effective even on oily skin. They key is not to go overboard in your usage, and to stick with nourishing ingredients that help balance your skin. We like Peter Thomas Roth Oilless Oil 100% Purified Squalene ($23.99) for its gentle, non-comedogenic formula. If you find that most oils feel too heavy, look for a product specifically formulated as lightweight. You might also want to add just a drop to your nighttime moisturizer instead of slicking it onto your skin full throttle. Nighttime is definitely an important qualifier, too: your skin is less oily at night, so it’s best to apply your face oil right before you hit the sack.

 

Q: What’s the difference between a hydrator and a moisturizer?

Thought the terms are often used interchangeably, hydration and moisturization are two different concepts. Hydrators are designed to increase your skin’s water content, while moisturizers lock in moisture to prevent that water content from being lost. This is why it’s advisable to apply moisturizer to slightly damp skin—it’s the water that keeps skin hydrated, while the moisturizer seals that hydration and keeps skin soft and supple. For extra dry skin, we love Skinmedia HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator ($329.89) to really ramp up your skin’s ability to combat fine lines while maintaining a smoother, healthier complexion.

 

Q: How long should I wait before applying sunscreen?

 

You’ve slathered sunscreen all over your face and body about 20 minutes before heading outside. You’re good to go—for now, at least. Pay attention to your sunscreen’s SPF rating. That number indicates how much time you can safely spend in the sun before your skin starts to show signs of damage (like pinkness or redness). As a general rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to reapply sunscreen after two hours. If you’re using a water-resistant formula, note that their efficacy times may differ. So if you’re swimming or surfing, be sure to reapply as often as the packaging instructs. One of our favorite head-to-toe formulas is Avene Mineral Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+ for Face and Body ($24.99).

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