The Beauty Bro Down-------
With Father’s Day coming up this Sunday, it’s time to pay respects to the men in your life. While most dads typically don’t put in special requests for face creams and hair gel, we know—deep down—they all want to be pampered. Backing us up on this theory is Kim Verbeck, a celebrity groomer who works with such well-kempt gentlemen as Ryan Reynolds, Javier Bardem, Justin Timberlake, and Jon Hamm. “When it comes to buying a gift, I think the strategy is to get him something he would never buy himself—basics every guy needs. Start with a good skincare system, eye cream, and razor. Guys trust us ladies to know a lot more about these things.” With that in mind, we rounded up our favorite new men’s personal care essentials, because if you love something on this list, chances are he will, too.
Taking Clinique’s famed 3-Step approach one nudge further, Organic Male OM4 is a complete skincare conditioning system comprising four components: a face wash, pH toner, serum, and moisturizer made with biodynamic botanicals and food-grade natural ingredients. Designed for sensitive, oily, normal, and dry male skin, the products sink in fast—in four minutes, to be exact.
Organic Male OM4 kits, $170 each, www.om4men.com.
Green Means Go
If he can’t swing a trip to ARCONA’s Facial Studio in Santa Monica for its Men’s Performance Facial—a 50-minute shape-up to tone and purify—hook him up with the SoCal brand’s Starter Kit. The eight-piece assortment comes with handy boosters—think pads spiked with aftershave to nix ingrown hairs, a serum to treat sun damage, and a firming face/eye cream—all made with active natural extracts.
ARCONA Men’s Starter Kit, $95, www.arcona.com.
The newest U.K. grooming brand to hit our shores, Bulldog Natural Skincare aims to make men proud about slathering on things like moisturizer, face wash, and an exfoliating scrub. We had our S.O. test out the range—all crafted from a base of essential oils, vitamin E, green tea, green algae, and the fiber konjac mannan—and we must admit, he’s sporting a noticeable, masculine glow these days.
Bulldog Natural Skincare available at select Whole Foods locations.
Kiehl’s has discovered another difference between the sexes: men’s skin is thicker, oilier, and more inflamed than women’s. The apothecary brand’s new Facial Fuel Transformer Age Correcting Moisture Gel for Men attempts to mitigate those issues with marine-sourced blue algae to refine rough spots, and light reflectors to hide those little fine lines, which he may (or may not) be man enough to own up to.
Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Transformer Age Correcting Moisture Gel for Men, $30, www.kiehls.com.
After he’s pumped some iron, Philip B’s gym bag kit will give his skin and scalp a workout. Standouts include the Nordic Wood Hair & Body Shampoo, Lightweight Deep Conditioning Cream, and redness-calming Blue Spray skin cooling mist.
Philip B Workout Windup Gift Collection, $54, www.philipb.com.
Speaking of building endurance, Votru Vu’s new Go FAR-ther Kit pairs two sporty beauty essentials—their Formule 1 Men’s 3-in-1 Hair, Face, and Body Wash and Luxee Yeux Eye Beauty Balm—with a 2.5 fl oz shot of Ten Gauge energy drink. His skin will be beaming while he’s bouncing off the walls.
Votru Vu Go FAR-ther gift set, $59, www.votrevu.com.
Go Old School
A gentleman’s favorite, Penhaligon’s shaving kit features a sleek razor outfitted with a Gillette Mach 3 blade and a shaving brush made from ethically sourced badger hair. The London purveyor also sells fantastic shaving soaps and creams (our favorite: Opus 1870) as the finishing, thoughtful touch.
Penhaligon’s Nickel Shaving Set, from $70 to $100, and Opus 1870 Shaving Cream, $40, www.penhaligons.com.