Men’s Skincare Products – A Pre-Shaving Ritual

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.

Mr and Mrs Romance - men's skin care - scrub Word cloud

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? Mr and Mrs Romance - men's skin care - Dermalogica scrub

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.

Mr and Mrs Romance - men's skin care - Biore 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 (
£24.80 UK (
$21.60 USA (

Do you use manly skin-care products? Tell me about them.

Check out more reviews on men’s skincare products here.

Images from  and – adapted by Mr Romance.

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  • Reply August 18, 2014

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