I have been faced with a dilemma over the past few days. I wish to share it with you to gauge your response.
In this post-metro-sexual age, when it is it acceptable for a man to use his wife’s cosmetics and beauty products?
Let me be clear; I’m not talking about mascara or eye liner, blusher or anything like that. I mean the basics; face wash, moisturiser that type of thing (I know men shouldn’t use women’s moisturiser but, you, know, if you’re desperate surely the occasional little bit wouldn’t hurt?).
In this day and age, most men seem to use these basics, along with shower gels and shampoos for guys. If they’re in the habit of shaving daily they could use any number of post shaving balms, astringents and so on. I appreciate this hasn’t always been socially acceptable but I think it’s just a sign that a guy is looking after himself.
Back to my dilemma. I’ve run out of my own face wash and moisturiser stocks are running very low. Knowing I’m not going to get to a decent shop until later this week I’ve been eyeing up my wife’s products and thinking “would she notice?”
This is, in part, down to my youngest child. She has a habit of taking anything expensive looking and squirting it into the bath while you bend over to pick up a towel or load her toothbrush with toothpaste.
It isn’t that uncommon to hear my eldest child say in panicked tones; “Daddy, look what Elizabeth has done.” I know at this point I’m going to turn back and find a bath full of bubbles / some form of oil slick and a child sat in the middle of it all looking incredibly innocent and smelling of something intended for someone at least 20 years older.
Okay, yes, I maybe need to find somewhere better to store this stuff so she can’t get hold of it. The only thing is, we have a small bathroom and all the cleaning products are kept in the best places to make sure anything that could do her serious damage is out of reach.
If I flip this question, my wife has no problem with wearing my socks or jumpers. Admittedly I’ve never caught her using my “man cosmetics” but she will use my hand cream.
“Hand cream!” I hear you say, “What on Earth is he doing using hand cream?” Over the winter months I tend to suffer from cracked knuckles, especially, as often happens, if I’m outside doing DIY or taking the kids for long walks etc. I swear by Neutrogena and my wife is now a convert (I’m hoping those last couple of questions have restored my reputation).
Ultimately I don’t ever want to go near my wife’s cosmetics at all. I mean, like, seriously, I want them kept at arms’ length at all times. When I’m desperate, however, and the little one has turned all my stuff into expensive bubble bath, I don’t see why I shouldn’t use a tiny bit every now and again. Although only the stuff that won’t leave me smelling me of apples or strawberries. That is a step too far.
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