Men’s Skincare Gifts for the Holidays: As seen on Twin Cities Live!

Every year, I have the hardest time figuring out what to get my husband. Anyone else feel the same way? You can only wrap so many weed whippers and tool sets, and let’s face it–they quickly start taking over valuable real estate in your garage and start to seemingly multiply when your back is turned.

This year, as my husband and I have found ourselves in the solid 40-somethings club, we decided (okay, I decided) to start helping him take care of his skin. He has never really had a face washing routine, but this is his year! He’s gonna do it! With a teensy push from me, and the help of some great products, you too can have a husband with soft, younger looking skin. Here are my top 3 favorite skincare gifts that ANY man in your life will appreciate!!

It’s no secret that we LOVE Paula’s Choice here at ShineUP Living. This brilliant line has created so many award-winning products, and we love them all! Their PC4MEN line is specifically formulated for men’s skin, addressing enlarged pores, dry skin, and moisture for after-shaving. My husband specifically loves the “soothe & smooth”–this gentle BHA exfoliant calms redness, minimizes pores, and soothes irritated skin. The daytime moisturizer has an SPF, which keeps his skin protected from the winter sun, while the nighttime moisture repairs cold-weather dryness. A perfect starter set!

Let us shout it from the mountaintops: We LOVE Kiehl’s!!! Their men’s line delivers just as well as their women’s products, and this season, they’ve partnered with Disney to offer this festive, playful gift set for men. Playing on the fact that it’s Mickey’s 90th birthday (!!!) adds a little bit of fun to this set, and the products are AMAZing. The Energizing Scrub is our favorite over here—it leaves your man’s face clean, soft and smooth. Also have to mention their amazing Age Defender Eye Repair for Men: it works wonders on his tired puffy eyes, and moisturizes to reduce fine lines. A must-have product with visible results!


If you want to take care of your man, but are on a limited budget, we’ve gotcha covered! Target has really upped their men’s skincare game, and these products from Harry’s are some of our faves. They use peppermint in the men’s cleanser to invigorate, and aloe in the after-shave to soothe. Great for a first-time introduction to men’s skin care, and works great as a last-minute stocking stuffer!

So there you have it, friends. Great guy gifts, and an easy, practical way to make him feel loved. Let’s remember this season to take care of ourselves AND our guys…so important to practice self-care and man-care. 🙂


Jen & the ShineUP Crew