Once a week, Birchbox’s resident Yoga and men’s product expert, Eric, will give us girls some insight into his world in You’ve Got Male. Whether he’s giving his expertise on skincare (boys need advice, too!) or highlighting his new favorite grooming trend, this guy has got taste—so we’re lucky he’s on staff and willing to share.
BeFine Night Cream, $30, birchbox.com
Whether you are a guy reading this or the lady in his life, we all know the problem: It’s really hard not to look tired all the time when we all work as hard (and sleep as little) as we do. Gals get the leg up in this department with the ability to use under eye concealers to mask and brighten dark circles, eyeliner and mascara to open the eyes up, and color on the face to bring life to tired-looking skin. Since we dudes don’t have as many options, here are some of my tips for beating the puffy-eye-saggy-skin blues.
1. Use a night cream: We must be preemptive. What better way to optimize our time than to improve our skin while we sleep? I like the Befine Night Cream because it’s naturally healing and hydrating, and it also has caffeine which increases circulation and perks up dull looking skin.
2. Use an eye cream: I know the guys are reluctant, but puffy eyes and dark circles are the number one culprit when it comes to looking tired. My favorite quick fix is Fresh Lotus Eye Gel because it’s light and smooth and feels very cooling – good for early mornings on too little sleep. (If you want to be an overachiever, splurge on 3Lab WW Eye Cream at night for lots of hydration and age prevention.)
3. Use the right shaving cream: Continue to perk up your skin while you shave. Kiehl’s Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream: White Eagle has menthol and camphor to keep your skin tingly and awake.
4. Use a Neti Pot: This ancient remedy, which has its roots in yoga, irrigates the nasal passages and reduces inflammation in the sinuses, minimizing the appearance of bags and dark circles. I use my Neti Pot every morning. It also helps with staying well and breathing more easily in general.
If you’re in the market for a new face wash, the BeFine Exfoliating Cleanser is effective and it’s granular texture is not the least bit girly.