Grooms: Top Tips for the very best skin care from the experts!

This one is especially for our grooms, but no doubt brides will find it very interesting too!! 

We all want to look good in pictures all the time but we do even more so in our wedding photos and while a quick splash of water might have been all you grooms to be have been doing in the morning so far, we’ve spoken to the expert and have the low down on what, where and when you should be doing to ensure your skin looks fabulous when you come to say ‘I do’! 

We were lucky enough to get the opportunity for a quick interview with the very fabulous Dr. Jeffrey Benabio a leading Dermatologist who among many noteworthy accomplishments is the Physician Director of Healthcare Transformation, with Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, CA. He kindly answered our questions on how Grooms can best take care of their skin in the lead up to the wedding and indeed for the rest of their life! 

Tell us about yourself?
I am Dr. Jeffrey Benabio a Dove Men+Care product expert and practicing dermatologist in San Diego, CA, so I get to talk to guys everyday about their skincare needs and concerns. But, most importantly, I am a husband to my incredible wife Susan.
What is different about men’s complexions compared to women’s?
The obvious difference is that men have more hair, especially on their face. Men usually have thicker and oilier skin than women, which is why they should use products designed specifically for them. In addition, men’s pores are generally larger, which makes their face more prone to acne and blackheads.
Will a groom’s skin benefit from a skincare regime?
Absolutely. Men who stick to a disciplined skincare regime, reap the benefits. Men who regularly cleanse and moisturize their skin generally have skin that is healthy and looks great. But there’s more to a skincare routine than just using deodorant – guys should also remember to care for their faces, too, because I’ve seen that too many guys simply splash some water on their face and consider that “washing their face.”  Products in the Dove Men+Care Face range, including the Hydrate+ Face Wash, will effectively cleanse skin of dirt and build-up.  Follow this with a face lotion like the Dove Men+Care Hydrate Face Lotion and you’ve successfully cared for your face.
What’s the best way for a groom to care for his skin before the wedding?
Grooms should make sure they are washing and moisturizing their skin every day – leading into, during, and after their wedding day.  And, if they live in sunny/warm climates, using sunscreen every day will help skin stay healthy.  The best way to care for your skin is to make this your daily routine.
How important is it from a groom to use skincare products aimed at men, rather than ‘borrowing’ his fiancées?
Since men and women have different skin, they should use products specifically formulated for their needs.  That’s why Dove created the Dove Men+Care line, a line of products for men’s skin and hair – which also includes shampoos like the new Aqua Impact Fortifying Shampoo and 2-in-1 shampoo + conditioners like the Fresh Clean 2-in-1, which were developed to make men’s hair three times stronger.
What products should he be using?

In addition to the products I’ve already mentioned, guys should remember to think about their shave as a three-step, four-product, routine (that includes a pre-shave scrub, pre-shave oil, shave cream and post-shave balm.)  The Dove Men+Care Expert Shave range products follows this approach. 

Step one is all about the preparation. First, use the Expert Shave Exfoliating Pre-Shave Scrub to clean, scrub and smooth skin for a closer shave. It also lifts hairs and helps reduce ingrown hairs. Next, apply the Expert Shave Softening Pre-Shave Oil, which is specially formulated to soften hair and help deliver a closer shave.  It also moisturizes the skin to help protects it while shaving.  

The second step is the actual shave. Dove Men+Care understands that all skin is different, therefore, the range includes two different shave creams: the Expert Shave Total Comfort Shave Cream and the Expert Shave Smoothing Shave Cream.  The Total Comfort Shave Cream is the richest, most protective formula, designed especially for drier skin. This moisture-enriched cream is clinically proven to hydrate skin and to help reduce shaving irritation.  The Smoothing Shave Cream also helps protect against irritation and leaves skin feeling soft and hydrated better than its competitor creams, foam and gels. 

The final step is the post-shave. Apply the Expert Shave Intense Post-Shave Repair Balm to help soothe skin after shaving. It’s fast absorbing formula is clinically proven to rehydrate and help repair skin after shaving.
What’s the best way to prevent ingrown hairs and irritation bumps on a grooms face?
In my experience, there are two sure-fire ways to avoid ingrown hairs. First, you must exfoliate, and that’s why I recommend the Exfoliating Pre-Shave Scrub I mentioned earlier.  It not only cleans, scrubs and smoothes skin for a closer shave, but it also lifts hairs and helps reduce ingrown hairs. Guys should know never to shave against the grain because that’s the easiest way to get ingrown hairs.
Because time can be precious in the morning, what is the best 3 minute routine you can suggest to our grooms?
My best advice here is – it’s your wedding day, take some time and spend more than three minutes on grooming.  But, if you’re in a crunch (I’ve seen The Hangover, so these things do happen) here’s a quick three minute routine – brush your teeth, wash your face with Dove Men+Care Hydrate Face Wash, followed by Dove Men+Care Face Lotion and, finally, apply some Dove Men+Care Fresh Awake Antiperspirant, which will give you 48-hour sweat and odor protection in a non-irritating formula, and very quickly style your hair with whatever you use.  Those, I think, are the bare essentials when it comes to grooming.
Tell us about the range you’ve recently developed for Dove?

Dove Men+Care worked with leading dermatologist and barbers, like myself, on their brand-new premium link of shave products called Expert Shave. This new range was developed using our expert insights because we’re the ones talking to guys every day about their skin and using these products ourselves. When used together, the Expert Shave regime will better care for skin before, during and after shaving. 
To learn more about any of the products I’ve recommended, please visit and check out my own skincare blog

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