Our Dads Tried Our Skin-Care Routines — & It Was Predictably Hilarious

Here's what happens every year I go home for the holidays: I, being the good beauty-editor daughter that I am, select and wrap loads of high-end skin-care goodies to gift my dads (yes, I have two). Each collectively ooohs and ahhhs whilst opening — only to toss every single bottle into a corner shortly thereafter, never to be seen again. At that point, I feel both desolate and disappointed that my enthusiasm for beauty goes unrequited, but the truth is? They couldn't tell a toner from cleansing oil if their lives depended on it.

"Show me a product that takes care of every step at once and I'll use it," my dad says. (Yeah, dad, me too.)

He's not alone, of course. While many men are skin and makeup savants, countless others — whether it's your father, brother, uncle, boyfriend, or cousin twice removed — don't even bother washing off the days-worth of grime at night. (Whereas I go one day without cleansing and a pimple arrives precisely one hour later, like clockwork.) And for our team of beauty whizzes — for whom caring for and preaching the importance of skin care is part of our jobs — we find it damn-near depressing when a parent can't appreciate a five-step ritual as much as we do.

So we used the holiday season as our chance to open the collective eyes of the men who brought us into the world by bringing them into our world of complexion care. We asked our dads to try out our entire nighttime regimes (though, TBH, most of us pared it down to keep them interested) and documented the entire thing for your viewing pleasure. Some willingly volunteered; others required more of a push. But in the end, I think their taut, smooth faces will thank us. (And it was more than worth it for the adorable bonding experience.)

Click through the slides ahead for proof that a family that masks together, stays together.
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Dads To Kelsey Castañon, Beauty News Editor

Dad 1 (left)
Skin concern: Wrinkles
Beauty routine: SPF moisturizer in the morning. “Anything else takes too much time,” he says.

Dad 2 (right)
Skin concern: Wrinkles, undereye bags
Beauty routine: Eye cream, moisturizer (or hand lotion, depending on what’s within arm’s reach) once every few weeks.
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Step 1: Cleansing Wipes
Kelsey: "Before you do a face mask, you want to make sure your face is clean, so it’ll penetrate into the skin. Here, take one of these."

Dad 2: "Just wipe it all over?"

Kelsey: "Yep."

Dad 1: "Oh. That was easy. What’s next?"

Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Extra-Gentle Cleansing Wipes, $14.50, available at Amazon.
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Step 2: Face Mask
Dad 2: "Oh, wait, this stuff is black. This doesn’t have pig polenta or anything freaky in it, does it?"

Kelsey: "What? No! It has charcoal, which is supposed to suck out the gunk from your pores. You’ll see. Just slather it onto your face, section-by-section."

Dad 1 (to Dad 2): "Oh my god, it’s stuck to my face. I’ve never done this. It feels like I’m pruning up — like my skin is dry and shrinking. And yuck, it’s highlighting my crow’s feet. Is that what those are called?

Kelsey: [Laughs] "Yes. Now we wait 15 minutes for it to work its magic."

Yes To Tomatoes Clear Skin Detoxifying Charcoal Peel-Off Mask, $15.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
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Dad 2: "I will say that my skin feels a lot smoother. I thought it was going to feel drier, but it doesn’t."

Dad 1 (washing face): "Yeah, but if this dries black and blots my sink, you’re going to be in a lot of trouble, missy."
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Step 3: Face cream
Dad 1: "Will this get rid of my crow’s feet?"

Kelsey: "If you use this every day, it can help soften your wrinkles in general. Here, dab it onto your problem areas."

Dad 2 (scoops out too much): "I don’t have problem areas, I have disaster zones." [Slaps it on.]

Kelsey: "Don’t pull at your skin!"

Dad 1 (gesturing to eye area): [Laughs.] "This is a disaster zone. There are so many wrinkles."

Dad 2: "Laugh lines are good things. It means you’ve lived."

Kiehl's Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream, $60, available at Kiehl's.
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Step 4: Eye cream
Kelsey: "This is our last step. You take just a dime-sized amount of this and dab it onto your entire eye area."

Dad 2 (dabs theatrically): "This is kind of therapeutic. I can see why people like this."

Dad 1: "So we’re done? Where’s the blush?"

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream, $48, available at Sephora.
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Dad To Michaela Rollings, Marketing Coordinator

Skin concern: Dryness, undereye circles
Beauty routine: None — just shower and hairspray
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Step 1: Cleanser
Michaela: "It's important to wash your face before you layer any products on your skin, so they soak up and absorb all the way. Here's a cleansing oil."

Dad: "I couldn't tell you the last time I intentionally washed my face. I shower, but don't have a face wash. Why are we putting oil on our face?"

Michaela: "To breakdown all the crap, sweat, and oils."

Dad: "Okay, whatever, sure."

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil, $28, available at Sephora.
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Step 2: Toner
Michaela: "Just dab it all over your face, but stay away from your eyes. I kinda like the smell of this stuff."

Dad: "No. This does not smell good."

Pixi Beauty By Petra Glow Tonic, $15, available at Pixi Beauty.
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Step 3: Face Mask
Michaela: "Okay, so rub it between your fingers and spread it on your face."

Dad (diligently spreads thin layer over cheeks): "What does this do? You know I think I already look pretty good as-is."

Michaela: "Hydrates and restores nutrients in the face, so it's good for winter. But you need like, double the amount you just used to get the full effect."

Dad: "What are these...chunks in the mask?"

Me: "Clay. It's all-natural, so it should be all good for you."

Live Ultimate Coconut Clay Hydrating Mask, $68, available at Live Ultimate.
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Dad To Mi-Anne Chan, Beauty Writer

Skincare concern: Dryness
Beauty routine: None. "He washes his face with bar soap," Mi-Anne says.
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Step 1: Face Mask
Mi-Anne: "What are your main skin concerns, Daddy?"

Dad: "I don't have any."

Mi-Anne: "That's good, but I think you have dry skin. You can wear this snail mask."

Dad: "It's cold. What do I do? Do I just sit?"

Mi Anne: "You can do whatever your heart desires. Do you like sitting and waiting for the mask to work?"

Dad: "I'm not enjoying it." [Laughs]

Tony Moly Age-Defying Snail Hydro-Gel Face Mask Sheet, $9, available at Sephora.
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Step 2: Toner & Moisturizer
Mi Anne: "You can't leave after the mask. You still need to do skin care. It's toner and moisturizer time."

[Dad smooths them on.]

Mi-Anne: "Do you like it?"

Dad: "The moisturizer is good. But, I think the mask made my skin baby skin-like immediately."

One Love Organics Skin Dew Coconut Water Cream, $58, available at One Love Organics.
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