It was the classic damned-if-you-do-damned-if-you-don’t scenario. Shave; get neck spots. Don’t shave; grow a beard and Mrs Romance will never kiss me again. I used to dread shaving. I’d put it off until Mrs R lost her temper.
But one day, Mrs Romance had a bring-a-friend invitation to her beauticians. Her real friend dropped out so, being a great guy, I stepped in. I did the whole ‘well, I don’t really want to, but I’ll go because you want me to’ thing, secretly looking forward to experiencing ‘a pamper’.
I am happy to say the whole experience was in no way emasculating, which is nice! And at the end, the therapist lady did a diagnostic check on my skin. For my neck, she recommended a facial scrub to use in the shower. So, being the good wife, Mrs Romance got me some!
Now I use it in the shower before I shave and I tell you what, I’ve had virtually no neck spots since.
Which products do I use?
For a long time, I used the Dermalogica Daily Clean Scrub. I say for a long time because one tube lasts that long.
You don’t need to use that much, and as I said, I only used it before shaving – not every day.
Recently, Mrs R has given me this: the Bioré Pore Unclogging Scrub.
It’s pretty good and doesn’t smell of anything much, which I appreciate. I don’t want to finish up ‘smelling like a tart’s handbag’ as my dad would put it.
My only reservations – apart from not being able to pronounce the brand name with any confidence – are there’s not as much ‘scrubbiness’ in this one as the Dermalogica and the packaging isn’t very good. The lid doesn’t come off very easily and every time I open the tube, I feel like I’m going to pull the whole thing apart.
Otherwise, I really like the product and I will continue to use it.
So if you’re a guy with neck spots (they’re caused by ingrown hairs, by the way) or a lady with a neck-spotted man, get some of this. It’ll fix it up in no time!
Bioré Pore Unclogging Scrub
$10.99 AUS (Priceline)
£4.99 UK (Boots)
$7.99 USA (CVS Pharmacy)
Dermalogica Daily Clean Scrub
$35.00 AUS (Dermalogica.com.au)
£24.80 UK (Dermalogica.co.uk)
$21.60 USA (drugstore.com)
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