It's cool to watch how gender-inclusive the beauty community is becoming. One of my favorite things about being a beauty writer in the first place is that everyone gets to participate—there's nothing inherently "girly" about caring for your skin, and both the beauty industry and consumers are finally coming around to that. Big brands like CoverGirl and Milk Makeup have started using boys and gender-fluid models in their advertisements, and cool new unisex skincare brands are launching all the time. (Context and Plant Apothecary are a few favorites.)
As dudes are welcomed into the skincare conversation, it's got us thinking, what about the boys who read Byrdie? We're always engaging and swapping skincare tips with our female readers. So we thought it was high time we hear from our boys. To make that happen, we got in touch with a few of our guy followers on social media and asked them to share their best skincare advice. And we're so glad we did. Because these Byrdie boys offered a plethora of cool tips on how to make your own face oil, which drugstore brands make the best moisturizers, where to find amazing razors for cheap, and more.
Keep scrolling to read our Byrdie boys' best skincare tips!
Tip #1: Pure argan oil makes an amazing cleanser
"Throw out every oil-free cleanser in your medicine cabinet, and oil cleanse. I use 100% argan or grape-seed oil!" — Tyler, 22
Tip #2: You can find great sunscreen at the drugstore. (You just have to hunt a little.)
"My skin is really sensitive to the sun, so SPF is important to me. But I also want to be able to buy it cheaply and conveniently. I've tried many affordable sunscreens, and this one by Neutrogena is the best. It doesn't even feel like SPF: It's lightweight and moisturizing, absorbs quickly, and doesn't leave a white cast. It's also great if you have a beard because it rubs in so easily and doesn't leave you with a white, sticky beard." — Ben, 36
Tip #3: Swap your pricey face oils for this simple DIY
"I mix castor oil, vitamin E oil, and argan oil together into a serum that revives my skin, and it's taken YEARS off of my face. I do it every day immediately after toweling off after a shower. My skin has turned into the softest, smoothest, most velvety fantasy I've never even dared to dream of. My acne scars are fading, my bags and wrinkles look fuller and plumper. Even my pores look better." — Joshua, 25
Tip #4: Spend more time in the sauna
"Each day, after the gym, I spend 10 minutes in the sauna or steam room. It's the only real skincare routine I have. It makes my skin soft and hydrated, so I don't have to use any product throughout the week." — Kory, 28
Tip #5: Use men's razors. (They're cheaper and more effective.)
"I shave with a Harry's razor. They're great quality for the price. They're sharp too, so not only do you get a close shave, but you also get really smooth skin from the exfoliating effect." — Eric, 28
Tip #6: The best sensitive-skin moisturizer costs $10
"The only moisturizer you need is CeraVe unscented face lotion. It was recommended to me by my dermatologist because it's gentle. My skin gets really red and blotchy in the summer, so using a nonirritating, basic moisturizer helps calm it." — Chad, 24
Tip #7: This Japanese face mist is like an espresso shot for your skin
"Sitting in the office so many hours a day, my skin gets dry, so I have a bottle of this spray at my desk so I can keep it moisturized. I got my boyfriend one too; he keeps it in his car. It also feels good when you're sleepy as a pick-me-up!" — Haobin, 25
Tip #8: Add a drop of Aquaphor to your moisturizer for extra hydration
"If you have really dry skin like mine, mix a pea-sized amount of Aquaphor with a quarter-sized amount of Cetaphil lotion ($11) for an epic, long-lasting moisturizer.” — Brian, 28
Tip #9: Develop an obsession with alkaline water
“Hydrate (skin and body) by drinking lots of water. I like drinking alkaline water or Smartwater out of my S'well water bottle ($45)." — Brian
Where are our other Byrdie boys? If you're a dude who loves skincare, leave us your number one tip in the comments below!