Fathers can be notoriously difficult to shop for. Most people take for granted that their mothers will be happy with any beauty product like makeup or moisturizer, but many men are just as concerned with their appearance as women. While your dad probably doesn’t want to smell like roses or spring rain, he surely wants to look younger and healthier, and the best way to accomplish that is to use quality men’s skin care products. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to promote positive skin care for men. Here are some Father’s Day gift ideas that will put a well-groomed smile on your dad’s face.
A Fantastic Facial Moisturizer
Men have thicker skin than women. That’s not a metaphor; it’s a physiological fact. Fortunately for men, their skin is less likely to be irritated by facial cleansers and moisturizers. Shaving, however, is another story. Razors can leave behind bumps that linger, so moisturizing is a necessity after shaving for smooth skin. Using a soap laced with moisturizer isn’t enough. Thicker creams work best for men with dry skin since they need extra moisture. Lotions are less oily and more appropriate for normal skin, but men with naturally oily skin should use a skin toner or gel.
The Best Bar of Soap
If your father has dry skin, a liquid cleanser may be more ideal, but many men have a preference for bar soap. Novelty soaps made from manly ingredients like beer and bacon have become popular lately, but the beauty benefits of bacon are dubious at best. For dads with dry and normal skin, search for soaps with vitamin E, jojoba or olive oil. Too much oil can clog pores and cause acne, so men with naturally oily skin should use soaps containing exfoliating agents like benzyl peroxide, salicylic acid or glycolic acid. These ingredients target bacteria hiding under dead skin cells to keep pores clean and clear.
A Strong Sunscreen
You might have trouble convincing your dad that he needs to wear sunscreen every day, but buying him some SPF protection for Father’s Day might get him to start taking his skin health more seriously. Any bare skin not covered by clothes should be protected with sun screen at all times, and that includes bald spots and receding hairlines. You can even find hair sprays and gels containing SPF protection for men with thinning hair. You could kill two birds with one stone by getting him a moisturizing sunscreen. Make sure to look for SPF-30 or higher for optimal protection.
A Spa Day Gift Certificate
If your dad has never had the full day spa experience, now is the perfect time to treat him to a day of massages and mud baths. You can send him on a solo retreat, or give him a gift certificate for two so that he can take your mom or whoever else he fancies.
Surprise your dad this Father’s Day with a nice men’s skin care product. No matter how manly he is, he’ll appreciate being pampered.