Not to generalize, but most dads I know personally like to do the bare minimum when it comes to their grooming routines. Which is why I’ve taken to gifting my dad multi-use skin-care products that are capable of accomplishing more than one thing in his routine. Can I get my dad to wash his face daily? Maybe, if it’s a cleanser-slash-bar-soap that he can use without much thought. And while I might not be able to convince my dad to use serums and moisturizers, I can ensure his aftershave is rich in jojoba oil and salicylic acid that’ll keep his skin healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Below, a list of some of my favorite multi-use grooming products, perfect to gift your dad this father’s day. Some of these are favorites of my fellow beauty writers and editors, others (like Nature Boy’s Black Soap and Klur Botanical Oil) I’ve bought and loved and re-bought myself.
Many generic aftershaves are alcohol based, which means they have a tendency to be ultra-irritating and stripping. This aftershave, conversely, comes in a nourishing balm formula that uses jojoba oil, shea butter, and oat kernel to heal, replenish, and moisturize the skin, as well as tea-tree oil and salicylic acid to reduce redness, inflammation, and irritation. This product prevents breakouts and razor burns from shaving but it also acts as a moisturizer.
For any dads with bald or buzzed heads, this sunscreen (from a brand co-founded by Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown) is a great way to ensure he’s getting enough sun protection all over. This formula is gentle enough for sensitive skin types (it uses ginger root which is rich in antioxidants, fatty acid rich vitamin f for hydration, and skin balancing willow herb extract); it’s also light, transparent, and doesn’t leave white streaks.
This particular cream from Beneath Your Mask is kind of a fix-it-all solution to any type of cracked, dry, or irritated skin. The ingredient list includes shea butter, grape-seed oil, avocado oil, almond oil, lemongrass oil, and tea-tree oil, all of which work together to hydrate, heal, and calm the skin. This is a great thing to apply on cracked elbows, dry hands, or any kind of irritated inflamed skin.
This botanical blend of neroli orange blossom, Bulgarian rose, and French lavender work together to create a nourishing, healing, and hydrating oil that you can use just about anywhere. It’s great as the last step of your skin-care routine (to lock in moisture and replenish dry or dull skin), but it also can be used to condition and tame beard hair, or moisturize hair. Use a few drops, rub your palms together, and apply.
Black Soap is known for its ability to intensely purify the skin without being overly stripping or drying (it’s rich in Vitamin A and E which protects and moisturizes the skin). Nature Boy’s Black Soap also incorporates palm kernel oil, which is intensely healing, making it ideal for overly dry or irritated skin types, as well as plantain skin, which has regenerative and anti-bacterial properties. This soap bar is gentle enough that it can be used on both the body and the face — it quickly gets rid of any dirt, sunscreen, or sweat from the day without stripping your skin of its natural oils. It’s also extremely effective as a beard cleanser. Rub the bar together in your hands until it starts to lather up, then apply it to your damp beard, body, or face.
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