There’s no shame in wanting a clearer, brighter, more youthful looking visage. So, whether you’re trying to turn back the hands of time, ward off acne or simply fighting seasonal dry spots, you could learn a thing or two from your lady friend. Here are seven skincare products to snag from your bae.
GENTLE FACE WASH
That bar of soap in your shower? Sure it’ll get your body clean, but it could be stripping your face of moisture. Instead, select a gentle cleanser that won’t break your skin’s moisture barrier, like Olay Total-Effects 7-in-1 Anti-Aging Revitalizing Foaming Cleanser ($7).
Though exfoliants can make all complexions look brighter by sloughing off dead skin cells, it’s an especially good bet for anyone prone to acne. Dry skin can clog pores, leading to pesky pimples. One word of caution: Many exfoliating washes are made with plastic scrubbers that are harmful to the environment (also: who wants that on their face?), so avoid products with polyethylene in the ingredients. Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant($52), on the other hand, is made with salicylic acid (an acne-fighting ingredient in its own right) and rice enzymes to gently smooth the skin.
DAYTIME MOSITURIZER WITH SPF
Kill two birds with one stone by hydrating your skin with something that also protects it from the sun. Select an oil-free formula that blocks both UVA and UVB rays, yet doesn’t leave you greasy. We like Clinique Superdefense Daily Defense Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 ($47).
No, we can’t give you extra hours of shut-eye, but we can help you look more awake. Under eye creams help strengthen the delicate area under the eye. Because that skin is so thin, it’s easy to see the blood vessels underneath, giving way to unsightly dark circles. Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado ($28.50) is souped-up with avocado oil, antioxidants and shea butter to smooth and repair that area without irritating your peepers.
Though aging might not be in the forefront of a man’s mind the same way it is in a woman’s, the fact is that as you age, your face is going to show it. Retinol, a vitamin A derivative, has been clinically proven to fight signs of aging, like fine lines. Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair ($21) is a relatively inexpensive product that attacks wrinkles. However, some people are sensitive to retinol, so just know your skin might be red or dry when you first start using it—and definitely slather on the sunscreen!
Since you don’t need sun protection while you sleep, grab a nighttime specific moisturizer to use before you hit the hay. CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion ($10)—another great drugstore find, is chock-full of ingredients, like hyraluronic acid, to hydrate and restore your skin while you snooze.
OIL ABSORBING SHEETS
If you’re prone to shiny skin, these might just be your new best friend. Blot your face with these tissue-paper like sheets to remove excess oil on your face, and instantly look better. Try Clean & Clear’s Oil Absorbing Sheets ($5).