Hear Me Out: Now is the Perfect Time to Get Your Boyfriend Hooked on a Skincare Routine
When it comes to skincare, it's universally perceived as something that's just for women. When in reality, if you have skin, you should have a skincare routine. While societal norms are evolving (dudes are even dabbling in makeup nowadays) — and skincare brands are becoming more gender-inclusive — guys can still be a little slow on the uptake when it comes to caring for their skin.
Most guys I speak to can barely remember to apply sunscreen, and find the idea of a skincare routine confronting (probably because they've seen their girlfriend's beauty cabinets — guilty!). But now is the perfect time to encourage your boyfriend to take up a skincare routine, while you have the time (read:WFH) to help reenforce the habit of a daily routine. It doesn't have to be a hectic seven step situation, just encourage the basics: a cleanser, moisturiser and a good SPF.
Ex-boyfriends have lead me to believe that guys can get on board with washing their face once a day and applying a moisturiser (you date a beauty writer, you're going to get a skincare routine, I don't make the rules?!). But if adding an SPF feels like too much of an extra step, set him up with a moisturiser that also contains a good amount of SPF like Alpha-H Daily Essential Moisturiser SPF50+. When you're picking products to suggest to him, try picking prods with basic, unisex packaging, this will make it all feel a little less intense at first glance and likely make him a more willing participant.
Once he gets a handle on the basics and gets curious about other things he can do for his skin (because he will!), I'd suggest incorporating a weekly exfoliant, a toner and the occasional face mask you can both apply while watching Netflix. If he has a beard, you can also suggest Drunk Elephants new T.L.C Happi Scalp Scrub as a little extra treat, get him to give his beard a mini scrub once a week or so to keep it feeling fresh and itch-free. Trust me, he'll froth it.
Below I've rounded up some good boyfriend-friendly skincare products to help him can start his skincare journey.