Most guys I know wouldn’t be caught dead getting their nails done at a spa. But buffed and filed nails look really nice on a man — especially compared to the dirty, scraggly nails I spot on some guys. Nails and cuticles get dry when guys do things like pull their hands in and out of their jeans, like my husband does a thousand times a day. And that’s just the least of it. As the weather cools, it’s a good time to suggest a little hand grooming to keep them looking healthy. Backstage at the J. Lindeberg spring 2013 show, the male models had their hands quickly, and magically transformed by Katie Hughes, global color ambassador for Butter London. She offered a few quick tricks you can suggest to your guy:
Tip 1: Cut nails short and mimic the shape of his cuticle line — that will make them look natural. Then have him buff the free edge to take away roughness and hard edges.
Tip 2: Don’t touch the cuticle. “The more cuticles are cut, the thicker they grow back,” says Hughes, so your man should avoid messing with them if he can. If the cuticle bothers him, Hughes recommends just gently pushing them back with his thumb nail.
Tip 3: Moisturize. Hook him up with a cuticle oil, like Butter London Handbag Holiday Cuticle Oil, $18 to use around the nail bed as a moisturizer when hands and cuticles are dry, suggests Hughes. It’s a good habit to apply right before bed to make sure nails look nice and supple by morning.
Does the guy in your life get manicures?
— Carrie Stern Kleiner
Filed under Grooming, Nails
I flip-flop back and forth between being a total deodorant connoisseur and not wearing any at all. Lately, I’ve been back on the hunt in a serious way. I’ve been searching every tiny apothecary and local beauty boutique in New York for something new and different of the all-natural, non-antiperspirant variety — one that actually works. I’m happy to report that I found a true winner. Soapwalla Deodorant Cream, $12 is my new favorite deodorant in the whole world. I actually found this Brooklyn-based deodorant on Etsy, of all places, and realized it’s getting a lot of buzz in elite organic beauty circles. This vegan, clay-based cream uses superfine vegetable powders, along with lavender, peppermint and tea tree essential oils to absorb moisture, inhibit bacteria and ensure you stay dry and smell fresh all day. And it really works. Do you use all natural deodorants or do you stick to the hard stuff?
- Carrie Stern Kleiner
Filed under Body, Grooming, Skin
Even though he tans at the drop of a hat, my husband Dave is a sunscreen convert — I got him to change over years ago, mostly because I burn so easily, the only thing I would allow in our house was SPF 50. But he’s not the norm. A new survey by The Skin Cancer Foundation reveals that nearly half of men in the US admit to not using sunscreen in the last 12 months and 70 percent of men don’t even know what skin cancer warning signs to look for. So all those dudes spending Saturday and Sunday on the golf course? Um, that’s scary. If the man in your life (hubby, boyfriend, dad, brother, friend, co-worker, you get the point) isn’t wearing sunscreen, you are the biggest influence so make sure he knows what’s what. So share the wealth about how important it is to cover up. For more sunscreen facts, check out What You Should Know About Sunscreen Before Slathering It On. And here are three guy-friendly sunscreens we recommend:
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 55 sunscreen, $9
Banana Boat Sport Performance UltraMist Sunscreen SPF 110, $11
L’Oreal Men’s Expert Comfort Max Anti-Irritation After Shave Balm with SPF 15, $8
For more sunscreen facts, check out What You Should Know About Sunscreen Before Slathering It On
Does your man wear sunscreen?
- Carrie Stern Kleiner
The husband came home after a long day (actually, after multiple long days) at the office with tightness and serious pain in his trapezius muscle (likely caused by hunching over at his desk). I suggested he rub some Tiger Balm on it, but then remembered I had something in my medicine cabinet that might be even better. Or it at the very least wouldn’t stain his clothes since it’s lighter in color. The product: China-Gel, $15.95. It contains menthol, camphor, ginseng, angelica, lavender oil, witch hazel and aloe vera, and when massaged into skin, it’s meant to help soothe aches and pains with a icy-hot feeling. Here’s what the hubby says about it:
- “It’s stronger than Bengay, and it smelled good.”
- “It rubbed in easy.”
- “The coolness (that’s also hot) intensified after I put my shirt on over it.”
- “Because it’s strong, you become more conscience of the rub than the pain.”
- “It’s similar to Tiger Balm, but rubbed in easier and is lighter in color.”
- “It soothed the pain enough that I forgot about it, and after using it for two days, the pain was gone.”
The company says it can be used on a multitude of things from muscle pain to headaches and insect bites, so I think we’ll be ordering another tub of this hard-working rub.
Filed under Body, Grooming