I used only my boyfriend’s skin care products for a week and this is what happened
Ever wonder what the difference between men and women’s skin care is? One Skincare.com beauty editor used her boyfriend’s skin care products for a week straight to find out. Discover what happened, ahead.
The difference between my boyfriend’s skin care regimen and my own is less about the masculine vs. feminine packaging and formulas and more about simplicity. As someone with a serious skin care obsession, I tend to go overboard with products and—on good days—follow a 10-step skin care routine like it’s my job (hey, it sort of is!). My boyfriend, on the other hand, likes to keep it simple with cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen. Curious to see if I could adapt to a simpler—read: no-fuss—skin care regimen, I decided to conduct a little experiment by using only my boyfriend’s skin care products for an entire week. Discover the difference between men’s and women’s skin care products—plus, peep my surprising results—ahead.
Aside from the fact that I am a double cleanse devotee, I’m not that picky about what cleanser I use. So long as there is one oil-based and one water-based cleanser within reach, I’m good. That said, when I took a look at my boyfriend’s skin care collection—which consists of many complementary products that I’ve received from the L’Oréal portfolio of brands and gifted to him in hopes of getting him “excited” about skin care—the one concern that I did have was cleanser-related. How on Earth was I going to survive a whole week without a double cleanse? Will it still count if I use micellar water to remove my makeup beforehand? Since this is my experiment and I am making up the guidelines, I decided that yes it would still count if I used micellar water to remove my makeup. After all, men use micellar water, too (just not my man).
With this plan in mind, I removed makeup with my trusty micellar water, then reached for the Biotherm Aquapower D-Sensitive Cleanser that was sitting front-and-center of my boyfriend’s medicine cabinet—a product he actually uses, yay!—and began to cleanse. After rinsing my complexion, I gawked at myself in the mirror for a few seconds, paying close attention to how clean and radiant my complexion looked! What I liked about the D-Sensitive Cleanser was that it helped rid my complexion of pore-clogging dirt and debris without leaving my skin feeling dry or tight, or uncomfortable. Now, time for moisture.
Biotherm Aquapower D-Sensitive Cleanser, $23 MSRP
To be honest, this whole experiment was inspired by my bad habit of not remembering to repurchase my moisturizer before running out—thus resulting in me stealing a squeeze of my boyfriend’s beloved Oil Free Moisturizer from Baxter of California. This was—for a long time—the only product that I could get my boyfriend to use on his face, and I understand why. Formulated with soothing aloe vera and chamomile extracts, the ultra-nourishing moisturizer leaves the skin feeling soft and soothed. It absorbed quickly to leave my skin feeling ultra hydrated without any traces of grease or shine. Score!
When it comes to my usual skin care routine, I am someone who focuses heavily on the eye area. In addition to having chronic—read: hereditary—under-eye bags, my peepers make it very obvious when I am dehydrated, sick, or not sleeping well. That being said, I cannot—I repeat: CANNOT—be without an eye cream in my morning and evening routines. My boyfriend, however, doesn’t have the same affinity for eye cream as I do and therefore doesn’t use one in his routine. I once tried to get him to start using one from The Body Shop and, luckily, he still had it in his medicine cabinet. The Maca Root Eye Rescue Serum from The Body Shop’s men’s line is formulated with Peruvian maca root and can help hydrate and refresh the eye contour.
I take my sunscreen application very seriously. Luckily, my boyfriend does too. He uses Kiehl’s Facial Fuel UV Guard SPF 50+ to protect his skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. What I love about this sunscreen is that it combines sun protection with skin care ingredients, including caffeine and antioxidant-rich vitamins C and E, to help nourish and shield the skin from everyday environmental aggressors. What’s more? It is oil-free, ultra lightweight, and doesn’t leave behind a sticky residue—making it that much easier to apply my makeup.
Kiehl’s Facial Fuel UV Guard SPF 50+, $38 MSRP
When I first started this experiment, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would I be doing my complexion a disservice by switching to some men’s skin care products? Would I notice any significant—positive or negative—changes in my skin? Either way, I was eager to see if I would notice any results after using all men’s skin care products.
Monday: Monday was the first day of the experiment, and while I obviously didn’t notice many immediate results, I did notice that the moisturizer I used left my skin feel ultra soothed, hydrated, and nourished.
Tuesday: As someone with many steps in her skin care routine, I was starting to get used to my new, simple skin care routine and realized that if you have the right products, the basics can work well. I was still smitten with the way the moisturizer from Baxter of California left my skin feeling super soft and soothed, and also started to enjoy my micellar water + Biotherm Aquapower D-Sensitive Cleanser “double cleanse.” The micellar water made makeup removal a breeze and the cleanser gently and effectively removed any leftover pore-clogging dirt and debris.
Wednesday: By Wednesday I had the routine down pat and was starting to notice that my skin not only appeared more hydrated than usual, the hydration lasted to the end of the day, too. In addition, my under-eye bags appeared well-nourished and hydrated—similar to how they look with my usual products. I was also quickly becoming obsessed with Kiehl’s Facial Fuel UV Guard. I love how lightweight the formula feels on my complexion, so much so that I might have to replace my usual sunscreen with it.
Thursday: Before this experiment, I thought that men’s skin care products were drying and probably going to make my usual dry skin much worse—but, I was wrong. My skin looks more radiant than before, and feels soothed and comforted.
Friday: The positive results continued into Friday, but, I must admit, I was starting to miss some of my own skin care products and wishing that my boyfriend used exfoliators and face masks in his skin care regimen. (Boy, could I use an at-home spa night!) Nevertheless, I was eager to push through the weekend and greet my beloved serums, sprays, and essences on the other side of it all.
Saturday & Sunday: This simple skin care regimen was definitely great for the weekend—when I am usually too tired to go through my full skin care routine. Knowing that all I had to do was cleanse and moisturize before bed made me much more motivated to actually do it. As far as results go, my skin was still glowing with hydration and never once felt parched and in need of moisture.
Final Thoughts: While I don’t plan on switching out my usual products for my boyfriend’s products, I am happy to know that, should I ever run out of my own products, I can reach for his collection of effective skin care products and not worry about being left with dry and uncomfortable skin.