In exchange, we’ll let dudes give no-makeup makeup a shot.
We all know that soap is soap whether the package is blue or pink, but the beauty industry insists this isn’t the case. Men’s body wash. Women’s shampoo. Men’s deodorant. Women’s shaving cream. Not only is this silly and reductive — gender isn’t binary — but it means everyone’s missing out on a smorgasbord of products!
Yes. A smorgasbord. It’s that serious. Which is why I scoured my medicine cabinet, my friends’ medicine cabinets and the internet’s medicine cabinet to compile the below definitive guide to the men’s products that we should totally all be using regardless of our private parts. Let’s do this.
For the men’s product novice:
If your leg and armpit hair is anything like mine, it can’t stop (won’t stop), hence my almost exclusive use of Gillette Fusion ProGlide Razors. These bad boys get all the way to the root and are actually harder to cut your legs with than razors marketed for women. And while we’re at it, might as well lather up with Barbasol Shaving Cream, because there is actually nothing more luxurious than a leg covered in foam. One can of cream costs less than $3 and lasts for months on end. Sold.
The worst-kept beauty secret is the power of men’s deodorant. No overpowering flowery scents, just good old deodorant that gets the job done, even in the New York humidity. My personal favorite is Dove Men +Care Deodorant.
Bonus round: Clubman Styptic Pencil is the unsung hero of the beauty world. You just rub a little bit of this magic stick on a bleeding cut, and voila! No more blood. It is the perfect antidote to shaving nicks, hang nails and popped pimples and I have no idea why it’s only marketed to men.
For the men’s product mid-level enthusiast:
For breakouts, try Kiehl’s Men’s Oil Eliminator Deep Cleansing Exfoliating Face Wash. It feels like a peppermint melted on your face which is oddly satisfying. And for nights where you see the sun rise, try Kiehl’s Men’s Eye Alert. Rub a little under your eyes in the morning and watch your dark circles disappear.
Cetaphil Men’s Face Wipes are perfect for washing your face before bed. They are a whole dollar less than their female counterpart. Just think of what you can do with that extra shiny dollar in your pocket!
For the men’s product aficionado:
Pomade is not just for John Travolta in Grease! Listen. My brief stint working at a hair salon taught me that Aveda Men Liquid Pomade is the secret to mermaid hair. If you have wavy hair, just rub a little bit of it into your ends after a shower and you’ll never go back.
Ready to save even more money? Use Nivea Men Post Shave Balm in lieu of moisturizer and primer. It keeps your makeup in place all day and prevents shine.
Please share the rest of your hot men’s product tips in the comments!