It's a tricky thing, Father's Day. By comparison, Mother's Day is so much easier, because mothers are easier to pamper. You can treat your mum to something she likes to buy for herself, but the problem with dads is that they really don't buy many treats for themselves.
So, when it comes to treating your father or the father of your children, you can regard today as a trial or you can view it as an opportunity to introduce him to an unexpected indulgence.
And if he likes it, then that's next year's Father's Day sorted for you, and maybe even Christmas, too.
When it comes to skin care, men quite often don't bother with it and then, if they bother, they're often stuck in the rut of harsh, astringent skin care that they settled into in adolescence.
Take today as the chance to introduce him to products that will nudge him into a little self-indulgence.
And don't be shy of selecting a new scent for him; men don't like to mix it up as much as women, but many will be flattered if you consider him hip enough for a modern fragrance.
Kiehl's The Sartorialist Kit, €73, Kiehl's Boutique, 33 Wicklow St, D2
Containing the complete contingent of Kiehl's Facial Fuel men's range for dull, tired skin, this comprises full sizes of the moisturiser, face wash, a face scrub, a lip balm, a soap and an eye cream. Kiehl's unfussy, apothecary-style packaging will please any man and the capacious washbag, designed by The Sartorialist Scott Schuman, is sleek without being too fancy. "A nice selection that doesn't force you into full metrosexuality," said one male panellist. "Butch enough, and I'll even admit that my skin felt the better for it."
Best With Scent
Chanel Bleu de Chanel After Shave Balm, €40, Chanel counters nationwide
A soothing balm with a scent that is lighter than the eau de toilette, but entirely true to it, too. Bleu is Chanel's most recent men's fragrance, modern and crisp, but not too ethereal. "I still don't do perfume, per se," said one male panellist, "but, that said, I like a bit of scent. This is a bit of scent, but not airy-fairy at all. Just the right side of manly."
Best Gym Buddy
Nivea for Men Essential Wash Bag Kit, €8.99, available nationwide
A practical set of products in a decent bag, and all at a price that would suit even those who need to raid their moneyboxes. You can't go wrong with full sizes of shower and shaving gels and a deodorant; even the most awkward sorts will use these. "Nivea's my go-to for gentle but good products," one male panellist said. "An unfussy and reliable-quality kit. Good, waterproof bag for the gym, too."
Best Skin Saviour
Sisleyum For Men Anti-Age Global Revitaliser, €170, Brown Thomas, Dublin and Cork
OK, this is breathtakingly expensive, but our panellist couldn't rave about this enough. Specifically designed for male skin, which is less dry and more dense than female, and suffers the ravages of shaving, it's not just the poor relation of the women's products. "Immediately my skin was softer and smoother," a male panellist said. "I was stunned, and it wasn't just me; people commented."
Best Clean Treat
Trilogy Natural Actives for Men Face Wash + Scrub, €16.95, Arnotts, D1; selected pharmacies and health stores nationwide
An essential product, but this goes beyond the basic with Trilogy's usual high standard of natural oils and minerals, adapted to suit men's complexions. Mindful of men's fondness for a squeaky clean feeling from a wash, this is gritty and refreshing. And includes a free golf tee as an unusual bonus. "I like a hard-working product and scrub every day," said a panellist, "so this ticked the boxes."
Pictured, clockwise from left: Nivea for Men Essential Wash Bag Kit; Chanel Bleu de Chanel After Shave Balm; Kiehl's The Sartorialist Kit; Sisleyum for Men Anti-Age Global Revitaliser; Trilogy Natural Actives for Men Face Wash + Scrub
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