If you are struggling with deciding which presents to buy for the men in your life (look, no one wants another pair of novelty socks/slippers no after how much they say they'd love some), why not pick up some skincare treats to soothe his stubble and tackle that Real Man Skin?
See, we KNOW that between central heating, wind, rain and exposure to the crisp air and elements, our skin takes a hammering over the winter. So really it’s important to make sure that you pay extra attention to poor wind-chapped, radiator-roasted skin during the colder months to prevent the in-flithers-syndrome. Skin can get irritated or dehydrated and the fellas are no exception. And with a few strategic bits popped in his stocking (that sounds somewhat dodgy though I don't mean it to), keeping his skin balanced, hydrated and in top condition is as easy as eating fifteen mince pies in one sitting.
Now that N(M)ovember has come to a close, he’ll be shaving more so a good moisturiser is an essential. Nivea’s shaving kit (just €9.99) will keep him hydrated, and you can also get an exfoliating facewash in the mix for just €12.99 that will keep pores unclogged.
Protecting eyes from sub-zero breezes will ensure that we don’t look as tired as we actually are once all the late nights of the hectic Christmas social calendar kick in.
And if the gentleman in your life needs some peeper tlc, Skincare Lab's Daily Moisture Defence eye balm does pretty much exactly what it says on the tin and is, as you might have guessed from the name, 'tis grand for everyday use.
Using the right soap and a brush will keep skin from getting destroyed as he shaves, and The Handmade Soap company have a few options. This soap in a ceramic dish (€25) also looks quite nice compared to the crusty old cans that many fellas have sitting around, and they can follow it up with their aftershave soap (€15.95) to complete the process.
Afterwards, cool and soothe skin with Surya aftershave cream (€16.10) which has a really nice natural, musky fragrance but doesn’t sting because it’s not loaded with alcohol.
If using toner is a step into the unknown for the gentleman in your life, then introducing something like Kiehl’s Oil Eliminator toner (€21) with the moisturiser will get the best out of both products.
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And if you 're only going to grab one product for your regime, then Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil Free Cream (€27.50) is a great bet (you can check out our full review here). It's strong enough to get down underneath the beard too if you're buying for a grandad/hipster, which is where a lot of guys get dry, irritated skin, and it's not gloopy and oily so it won't leave them looking like Slimer from Ghostbusters.
Are you buying any skincare gifts for the men in your life? Are you being directed towards the Old Spice shelf or can you pop one of these lovelies under the tree? We'd love to hear your gift ideas!