Being a dad is hard sometimes. As Father’s Day has just passed, it’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot recently. My wife and I are currently building our dream home and to save money, we are living in a small 400sq in-law apartment … with my parents. Yea, its cliché, but cheap. We film all of our videos in the garage, we cook on a hot plate; bottom line, life is complicated and wonderful. But since selling our home, my morning routine has gotten a little out of whack.
We have a super small bathroom that we share with my 6-year-old. Any dad with a little girl knows that means bath toys and because of our small living space, we just leave them in the bath. The things we do to sacrifice for our kids, only a dad would understand. For me, it’s the small things in life that make a difference. This past Father’s Day has reminded me that it doesn’t have to cost thousands to make me happy. I fine joy in a great burger, a nice date with my wife, a nice shirt that fits just right, great skin that isn’t dry, and a little girl that smiles and calls me daddy.
I’ll stand on bath toys in the morning, if I can find joy in the small things. While my wife has tons of bath and ‘beauty’ products, I find myself going back to only a few brands and most of them fall around skincare.
A few years ago I shared a video about my struggle with a skin condition. I was surprised at how many people engaged with me and told me their story. I learned a lot about skin care. What to do, what not to do. I am very picky about washes and scrubs and never use my wife’s products. When it comes to skin, I care about a few things, dryness and a healthy look without redness.
Recently, Neutrogena sent me some products to try and I have to say, I’m very impressed. While I’m not a big shaver (I’m a total hipster wannabe that lives in the suburbs) I tried the face wash and lotion and was blow away.
Neutrogena sent me:
Neutrogena® Men® Invigorating Face Wash
Neutrogena Men® Razor Defense® Face Scrub
Neutrogena Men® Triple Protect Face Lotion
Let me just say the first day I used the Neutrogena Men® Triple Protect Face Lotion I felt fresher. I noticed immediately that the lotion wasn’t greasy. It felt light and a little bit goes a really long way. It’s also nice that it heals the dryness I have. Most of all, it seriously just made me feel good.
That evening, I jumped in the shower. I had been working out on our new lot after work, running a brush hog and was completed exhausted. I enjoyed a cold shower, which is rare, because it’s so hot outside. I also tried out for the first time the new Neutrogena® Men® Invigorating Face Wash. It has a nice, ‘I’m not a woman’ smell, which is a simple pleasure in life as a busy dad. Again a little bit went a long way. I felt it clean deeply and it was nice and cool.
So if you are stuck using your wife or girlfriend’s products, let me help you. Here are five steps to start grooming like a man:
Be a man and get products that don’t smell like lavender.
Don’t be afraid to spend a little money for the GOOD stuff.
Take the time to try a few different products, seriously be adventurous.
Ask your partner what she likes, scents matter to women and she wants you to smell like a man.
Trust brands you’ve heard of, ahem, like Neutrogena. If you need Face Wash or Lotion, and trust me, you do, pick up the Neutrogena products. You can find them in-store, or online at Neutrogena.com
As for me, I’ve found what I love. The face wash and lotion are fantastic. Give them a try. If you are curious about the products and want to learn more, here is some great information from
Neutrogena® Men® Invigorating Face Wash is a foaming gel cleanser, specifically designed for a man’s face, with a cooling lather that works down to your dirtiest pores without over-drying. It helps you feel refreshed and removes excess surface oil and dirt to improve your skin’s overall healthy look.
Neutrogena Men® Triple Protect Face Lotion is the award-winning #1 moisturizer for men. In one easy step, it works to soothe razor irritation, heal dry skin and help fight the signs of aging. This non-greasy lotion offers multiple advanced skincare benefits to help protect your face. It moisturizes and heals dryness to condition skin. The lightweight formula contains SPF 20 sunscreen to help fight the signs of aging by reducing the appearance of lines and rough texture for smoother, healthier looking skin.
Neutrogena Men® Razor Defense® Face Scrub makes skin less sensitive to shaving and helps prevent razor irritation. This innovative daily facial scrub gently exfoliates skin without over-drying or irritation. At the same time, it conditions skin and actually softens facial hair, so you get a closer, less-irritating shave.