June 7, 2012
Father's Day Grooming
Most dads don't have time for more than a five-minute shower, let alone perfecting Orlando Bloom-like hair. But we've culled together a selection of products that will firm up their skin, artfully tousle their hair, and tame their beard before they have a chance to protest. At the very least, we promise they'll smell fresher than ever.
You might be thrilled about that collection of little glass jars lining your medicine cabinet, but what dad has time for a 10-step routine? Kiehl's Sky Flyin' Multi Gel is half-shaving cream, half-cleanser. Lather up the caffeine-filled formula for a quick shave or massage it into your skin to remove dirt and oil. Its bamboo, lemon, and orange peel extracts will leave just a faint citrus scent.
A drugstore cleanser that leaves your skin feeling soft and moisturized is a rare gem. This Kinerase foaming cleanser, part of the brand's collection with plastic surgeon Dr. LeWinn (so famous in his native Australia that he doesn't need a first name), will hydrate dad's skin while stimulating its cells to slow down aging, thanks to Kinerase's signature ingredient: kinetin.
When the so-called "grandfather of men's grooming" pairs with New York's latest menswear darlings, magic's bound to happen. The Santalum + Cedrus candle, from Baxter of California and Saturdays Surf Shop, is frill-free, made of black soy wax, and comes with Saturdays' simple slash logo across the front.
The fatty acids in the soybeans at the heart of Malin & Goetz's hair pomade will shape and define even the thickest head of hair without irritating the scalp, while the formula's yucca and aloe extracts actually prevent damage caused by the sun, heat, and any newfangled styling tools the dad in your life finds time to try.
It's often said that men get better with age--George Clooney, Brad Pitt--but those premature I'm-a-new-dad-who-doesn't-sleep wrinkles can, and probably should, be avoided. Kyoku's Eye Fuel is exactly what it sounds like: an uplifting eye gel/radiance cream combo that actually tightens the under-eye skin, reducing the muscular contractions that cause fine lines and dark circles. (Yes, you probably want to buy a jar for yourself, too.)
Because Dad's going to need something in which to store all of his new goodies and this is where he could use your help the most. The nylon body of Mulberry's Henry Bag will survive spills, but its leather details dress it up. For a younger, hipster dad (perhaps the one who needs the beard oil?) snag this waxed cotton version from Park & Bond.