If you are guilty of quietly primping up with your partner’s ridiculously expensive but divine smelling moisturisers and body washes, you are not alone. A recent survey has revealed that Britain’s metrosexual males cost their partners over £234 (Rs20,000) a year by using their beauty products!
"I know so many guys— gay, straight, whatever— who steal a woman’s concealer and dab a little on their fingers when no one is looking. It just makes skin look better," American fashion designer Tom Ford reportedly told a fashion magazine.
However, it turns out that doing so will not only earn you your better half’s wrath but it won’t do much for your skin too. "Men require a different skin care regimen than women. They have thicker skin and need to exfoliate more frequently," says dermatologist Dr Varun Katyal.
So, why can’t men simply fix up their own beauty kit? "Most guys are shy when it comes to buying products. They love pampering themselves but prefer not to buy their own stuff as they think they will come across as feminine," says psychiatrist Avdesh Sharma.
But not all men think that way. "Using a beauty product does not make you any less masculine. Why should a guy not pamper himself to look good? It’s as important for a guy as it is for a woman," says designer Pawan Sachdeva whose skin care routine includes using a sunscreen, toner and moistures daily. So, guys, bring out your man-purse to stock up your own cosmetic cabinet!
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British soccer star David Beckham doesn’t shy away from having a stylish beauty regime either. The footballer admitted to indulging in manicures and regularly uses moisturisers and eye creams.
Hollywood actor Tom Cruise is open about his love for beauty treatments, including his notoriously famous quirky facial, comprising powdered nightingale excrement and other ingredients like rice bran.
My beauty regime includes resisting having dinner. it’s important to use grooming products and having a beauty regime because one and everyone wants to feel alive. Gaurav Gupta, fashion designer
I used to think moisturisers were makeup but now they are a staple in my grooming regime. Having a beauty routine is usually about having good hygiene. Jamal Shaikh, Men’s Health editorial director
I think it is important to work towards having good skin but One should not over do it. I am blessed with good skin, so i don’t really use anything more than a face cleanser. Gautam Kalra, fashion stylist.