Talk of beauty products and cosmetics tends to focus on girls. But boys are concerned about hygiene too. Here are personal care products teen guys love. Stock that back-to-school bathroom with these items. Don’t be afraid to give personal hygiene products as stocking stuffers, Place them in Christmas gift baskets. Don’t forget the needy when you shop. Pick up extras for Giving Tree gift donations or Operation Christmas Child shoebox donations.
Nivea sensitive skin shave gel. Razor bumps are the bane of shaving. They burn, itch and look ugly. And teens deal with acne which making shaving even more difficult. So have boys use sensitive skin shave creams like Nivea and Aveeno, to prevent razor rash. Look for non-comedial, fragrance-free and hypo-allergenic products to curb acne. Nivea makes an after-shave balm that soothes, too.
Dove Men’s Care body wash: Old Spice is good too. Body wash has double perks: it tends to be gentler on skin than soap but the fragrance is stronger. So it’s a good deodorant soap. Dove Men’s Care scents that last through the day. Boys tend to favor the exfoliating varieties as they scrub cleaner. They like the body scrubber tool, also. If he’s prone to dry skin, try the moisturizing body washes.
Aveeno Ultra-Calming facial products. Soapless colloidal oatmeal products are ideal for kids with acne as they relax inflamed skin. The acne treatments tend to dry skin. If your son uses 10-percent benzoil peroxide cream and medicated cleansing pads to control zits, he should follow with moisturizer. Aveeno products are best.
Axe Body Spray: Axe is really the smell of teen spirit (thank you, Nirvana). Bod and Axe are the signature fragrance of middle school. Boys love to bathe in body spray, but at least it’s better than body odor!. So get him Axe body wash with a companion body spray fragrance. Get the holiday gift sets with three or four styles so he can choose a preferred scent. Or try Axe Gold Temptation, a good go-to scent.
Degree Clinical Strength deodorant: The jury is out on the effectiveness of medical strength deodorant. They costs more, but if it works, it’s worth it. With puberty hormones on red alert, sweat glands are in overdrive. Most kids can’t or don’t shower after phys. ed. So body odor is a big concern. If you don’t get clinical strength deodorant, get one that lasts 48-72 hours. It probably won’t last that long (aka, he should reapply daily!) But it will have a stronger scent. Be sure to buy an antiperspirant and deodorant in one product.
Burt’s Bees lip balm: Lip care isn’t just for girls. Guys needs sun and wind protection too. And Burt’s Bees has a lot of neat flavors with pink grapefruit being very popular with both genders.
Colgate Optic White teeth-whitening toothpaste and Listerine Whitening Restoring mouth wash: Don’t let teen boys kid you. They care just as much about having super-white teeth as girls. They’re paranoid about bad breath, too. Whitening mouth wash has a strong mint flavor plus bleaching agent.
It’s not easy being a teenager: they deal with tons of teasing, high expectations, peer pressure and anxiety. Parents can alleviate some stress by making sure their boys have personal hygiene under control. It’s a small price to pay for a little added confidence. And if you buy the store brands, use coupons and shop sales, it’s even smaller! Check product websites for coupons and promotions.