The Buyer With Constant Skin Vigilance


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"Hey, I'm Peter Haury (@peterhaury). I'm the Associate Merchant for the Men's and Art-Object categories for Totokaelo—my job is to fill our stores with beautiful product. It's a dream job—it would be too difficult to pick just one favorite thing. In the same way that your clothes can communicate things about your mood, tastes, priorities, and personality, I think that the beauty products you use can be a means of signaling certain things about yourself to other people. I'm trying to approach those choices with the same intention that I'd have while selecting clothing. We actually just began selling beauty product at Totokaelo, too—I think it's something that people like to think about in tandem with the way that they dress.

When we were kids, my sister used to like to do 'spa day'. She'd make some horrible mask out of oatmeal and honey and we'd all slather it on our faces and lay outside in the sun with cucumbers over our eyes. We actually do the same thing now, but she isn't allowed to make the masks anymore. During the week, I try to be out the door within 25 minutes of getting out of bed, so a lengthy routine doesn't work for me. That means the actual products have to be easy and of a high enough quality to be effective. I spend more time on myself on the weekends—I think that sense of serious ritualism is very relaxing. That, and I play backgammon against the computer… like kind of a sick amount of backgammon.

My skin is pretty prone to breakouts and requires my constant vigilance. I wash my face in the morning and before bed with Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Cleanser, which has all but saved my life. It makes me feel clean without being stripped or raw, which I’ve found is common in other combination and oily skin cleansers. I also use an Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque once or twice a week and as a spot treatment overnight when my skin is being difficult. It helps me regain control. When I'm not locked in epic battle with my skin, I like Glossier's Mega Greens Galaxy Pack. It makes my skin glow.

I shave every other day with a Harry's Truman Razor. I use Proraso Sapone da Barba, which can be hard to lather without a shaving brush, so I use a travel brush from Baxter of California. I love the Harry's razors and think I get a pretty close shave, but I've heard horror stories about trying to use them on your legs. I also use an aftershave lotion from Proraso. After that I'll use Aesop's Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Facial Toner and Serum. I don't moisturize that often, but if I'm going to be outside I put on Clinique for Men Broad Spectrum SPF 21 Moisturizer.

I wash and condition my hair every day, sometimes twice. People tell me that's crazy and that my hair is going to start falling out, but I think I'm doing OK. My skin starts to break out if my hair isn't clean. Both my shampoo and conditioner are from Sachajuan, which is gentle and smells just like clean. When I feel like I can't afford Sachajuan I just use the same Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Pure Castille Peppermint Soap that I've always used as body wash in my hair—you can also use it as toothpaste in a pinch. I like the way it makes my skin feel. I air dry my hair and use a Clay Pomade from Baxter of California to style it—that's really stiff and keeps hair from getting in my face. Other than that, it's really just Malin + Goetz deodorant, which I switched to after antiperspirants started making my armpits sting, and cologne. I like Oud Immortel from Byredo and sometimes Acqua di Parma, which I think smells great on everyone. I don't wear makeup and I do bite my nails… I honestly don't think I've ever clipped them.

I just bought a Sonicare Series 2 toothbrush on Cyber Monday and I'm having trouble adjusting. It really tickles the inside of my mouth and makes brushing pretty unpleasant. I'm trying to be an adult about it. For toothpaste I like either Tom's of Maine Peppermint or Marvis Whitening Mint, neither of which are very sweet and are strong enough that I can still taste it when I get to work.

I'm not particularly experimental when it comes to beauty. I appreciate consistency. I like to dress in muted colors and to wear clothes that fit the same way. My approach to beauty is similar—I like to look and smell and feel the same way every day. I feel like it's an achievement to have found a routine that works for my body, hair, and skin and makes me feel good—and fits into my day. But I'd love to see more attention paid both to men's beauty more generally and to efficient, results-driven self-care."

—as told to ITG