If you are sick of your other half stealing your expensive serum or secretly using your favourite face mask then you are not alone. A recent survey found that 30% of the British public share their face and body care with their significant other so to save on shelf space, here are some of the best unisex products to add to your (and your partner’s) routine.
#1 The Suits-All Serum
While we recommend finding your own antioxidant or corrective serum that is tailored to your skin, a hydrating formula that replenishes and soothes the skin works equally well for you after cleansing as it does for him after shaving. The Medik8 Hydr8 B5 is ideal as it sinks in quickly, has no scent and works for all skin types. Just remember to go halves when the time comes to re-stock your stash!
#2 The Hassle-Free Cleanser
One of the big differences between men and women’s daily skincare routines is cleansing; women do it religiously whereas men do it sporadically. In the morning, a cleanser that quickly removes dirt and debris is essential for both sexes and the Endocare Aquafoam Gentle Cleansing Wash ticks these boxes and more. It lathers up beautifully to purify the skin without leaving it feeling dry or tight.
#3 The Everyday Moisturiser
If you both suffer from oily skin and large pores then join together and invest in a big tub of moisturiser like the SkinCeuticals Daily Moisture. This lightweight cream contains botanicals, antioxidants and minerals to balance the skin, keep it smooth and reduce shine throughout the day. The gender-neutral packaging also means he won’t feel silly slathering it on every morning.
#4 The Scent-Free In-Shower Cleanser
To make your body wash last longer you could shower together but for those of you who prefer getting clean alone, opt for a multi-function in-shower cleanser like the Ameliorate Skin Smoothing Shower Cream. It’s scent-free, creamy and pH-balanced, so both ladies and gentlemen can step out of the shower with skin that feels clean, soft and hydrated.
#5 The Gets-The-Job-Done Face Mask
Face masks are a regular staple in a woman’s skincare routine but men are still new to this complexion clearing practice so make things easier by sharing a refining clay-based mask like the PCA Skin Purifying Mask with your other half. Green Clay soaks up excess sebum and unblocks the pores while natural Pumice gently buffs away dead cells to leave the skin clear and glowing.
#6 The Lightweight Sunscreen
If you are fully committed to applying daily sun protection but your other half isn’t, apply it for him after you have applied yours. Something lightweight, non-greasy and definitely not tinted will work for you both so slather a product like the Vitage® Skin Defence SPF30 over your face and neck followed by his. His smooth, even complexion will thank you later.
#7 The Shareable Lip Balm
Finally, if you are going to be out and about together, keep dry lips moisturised and protected with a colourless lip balm with added UV protection. The Ultrasun Lip Protection SPF30 is a popular choice amongst surfers and skiers (tell him that if he protests!) and feels completely weightless on the skin. Re-apply throughout the day to maintain the benefits.
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