Some guys might not be willing to admit it, but men need to pamper their skin and hair. WebMD asked Paul M. Friedman, MD, director of the Dermatology & Laser Surgery Center in Houston, for his top product picks.
1. Neutrogena Men Sensitive Skin Oil-Free Moisture SPF 30, $6.99
This non-greasy formula has four (count 'em, four) chemical sunscreens that protect against both types of harmful ultraviolet light -- UVA and UVB rays -- and help prevent everything from wrinkles to skin cancer. Tell Dad to rub a tablespoonful on his face, neck, ears, and exposed scalp areas every morning, no matter the weather forecast (harmful rays get through clouds and rain).
2. Ahava Men's Exfoliating Cleansing Gel, $19
Good for dads with normal to oily skin, this scrub boasts aloe and ginseng to soothe and soften. Friedman recommends using it once a week to help prevent ingrown hairs that can result from shaving.
3. Redken for Men Go Clean Daily Care Shampoo, $11.50
Proteins strengthen hair, and glycerin offers moisture and shine. Best of all, this shampoo contains no harsh ingredients and no girly perfumes -- Friedman says it has a pleasant, masculine smell.
Who says you need fancy scents and crazy colors? Friedman uses this simple shaving cream himself, since it's hydrating, lathers up well, and is scent-free to reduce skin irritation.
5. Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Foot Therapy Cream, $5.11
Vitamins A, C, and E help heal dry skin and retain moisture. Friedman says his patients like that this cream is non-greasy, penetrates quickly, and works fast to reduce cracks and fissures in the heels and feet.
6. Tweezerman Power Nail Clipper, $6
This nail nipper is embedded in a long handle for extra control. But what Friedman likes best about it is the guarantee: Tweezerman sharpens dulled clippers for free, for as long as the blades last.
7. CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion, $12.99
Goodbye, dry! This non-greasy lotion contains hyaluronic acid to draw moisture into the skin, plus ceramides, lipid molecules that help maintain skin's moisture barrier. Tell Dad to slather it on after a shower (but it's not a substitute for daily sun protection -- it contains no SPF).
Paul M. Friedman, MD, director, Dermatology & Laser Surgery Center; clinical assistant professor of dermatology, University of Texas Houston Medical School; clinical assistant professor of dermatology, Weill Cornell Medical College, the Methodist Hospital.