CN Digital StudioPatrick Rogers, Allure magazine
Real men don't buy "Beauty Products." We're relegated to the Men's Grooming ghetto, with its unthreatening steel gray packaging and manly adjectives. That's not going to happen with these four products, though. They're all made explicitly for the ladies, and yet each will make a guy's summer a happier place. Time to cross the aisle, bro.
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Moroccanoil Treatment. I haven't bought conditioner since I got my first of this hair moisturizing treatment with argan oil. It's a game-changer: a dollop in the morning soaks into wet hair to alleviate dryness and wipe out the need for further grooming products, at least for a day at the office. Like old-school Vitalis, it makes hair look temporarily darker and sleek, which is nice if you've got gray to hide, but it won't cause an oil slick on your collar.
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Clarins Toning Lotion with Camomile The bathrooms on Air France are stocked with this bracing herbal tonic, which once left me wondering why everybody on the plane smelled so damned good. It has no alcohol to dry out your skin, yet still enough astringent to strip away the grime and sunscreen at the end of a swampy day.
Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes. This is another trick for giving your face (and neck, upper back, underarms) a reboot in the afternoon. Packs of these wipes spend their short terrestrial lives in my desk drawer and gym bag. Fortunately, they're inexpensive, and the clean, herbal scent fades within seconds.
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Jergens Natural Glow Revitalizing Daily Moisturizer. You made it this far, so I'll admit this one may not be for every guy out there. With a built-in self-tanner, this lotion acts a standard moisturizer that, with repeated use, lays down a coat of bronze on your skin without any of the drawbacks of UV rays. This is great for body parts that aren't often exposed to the sun in the first place, like on blindingly white ankles when you first start going sock-free in the summer. It's also just kind of fun to watch it work, in a science fair kind of way.