While the average Joe may still not be quite on the level of American Psycho, there's no question that men are now more open than ever to pampering themselves with beauty products. This Father's Day, let Dad indulge himself by gifting him some stellar beauty finds tailored specifically to men's needs.
NUXE is a pioneer in the realm of natural beauty. They’ve been around since the late 80s (before it cool to be eco) and hve long been popular in France; now they're gaining steam in the States – and with good reason. The brand offers a variety of products for men, which you can mix and match to tailor to your Dad’s needs. Among the most notable is Rasage de Reve Anti-Irritation Shaving Gel designed to facilitate a smooth pass of the razor and soothe irritation. During a 21-day test consisting of 20 men, 80% of the men reported a closer, more comfortable shave compared to their old product(s), and 74% noticed less irritation.
In addition to a slew of high-end men’s grooming products, Grooming Lounge also has Barbershop and Spa locations exclusively for men in Washington, DC and Northern VA where they use their own line of custom-formulated men’s grooming solutions. Needless to say, they’re a reliable brand that even Dads with sensitive skin can trust. They have a number of value gift sets, the most notable of which (because of its mid-range price point) is the Essentials of Handsomeness Gift Set, which contains four of the brand’s top sellers: Beard Destroyer Shave Cream, Best for Last Aftershave, The Best Shampoo, and You Need Conditioner.
I’m completely obsessed with Mario Badescu and, among other products, their Summer Shine Body Lotion has become one of my beauty essentials. Oddly, despite having a slew of celebrity fans (I’m talking everyone from Jennifer Aniston to Martha Stewart), the brand doesn’t get all that much attention. Surprise dad with a faultless set designed to boost hydration and minimize the harsh effects of shaving thanks to botanicals that have been shown to prevent in-growns, eliminate irritation, and soothe the skin. The kit includes: Pre-Shave Conditioner, Peppermint Shaving Cream, Enzyme Cleansing Gel, Vitamin A & E Hydrating Balm, and Aftershave Moisturizer.
Shave System Kit, $35
One of the main reasons men need products formulated especially for their gender is that their skin is about 25% thicker, they have greater oil production (this is why men tend to have longer lasting acne), and higher collagen density (which is why their skin tends to look younger than women of the same age). All of Dermalogica’s men’s products take these factors into consideration and have been extensively tested to prove their efficacy. A great easy-on-the-wallet find is this shave kit, which includes Daily Clean Scrub, Pre-Shave Guard, Soothing Shave Cream, Post-Shave Balm, Daily Defense Block SPF15, and Invigorating Shave Gel.
Melvita was created in 1983 by beekeeper and biologist Bernard Chevilliat; the brand, needless to say, takes being natural very seriously. In fact, Melvita offers the largest selection in the market of ECOCERT-certified products and among them is a stellar men’s lineup that you can mix and match to suit. The collection includes: Shaving Cream ($25), Facial Cleansing Gel ($22), Eye Contour Gel ($34), After Shave Balm ($28), Anti-Aging Fluid ($39), and Men’s Roll-On Deodorant ($15).
A Man’s Ritual, $95
Ready to gift, right down to the orange tissue paper, this gift set comes with some of L'Occitane's most popular men's products: Cade After Shave Balm, Cade Shaving Cream, Cade Reinvigorating Shower Gel, Shea Butter Hand Cream, and Shea Milk Soap.