Playing and experimenting with your skincare can be fun. There’s always a new face mask to try out or a beard oil to rub into your whiskers. But sometimes, especially when it comes to the heavy hitters for staples like face washes, serums and moisturizers, you just want something that works. That’s where the best men’s skincare products come in. From the very old (hello, Kiehl’s celebrating its 170th birthday!) to relative newcomers like Lumin, we went to the most beloved brands and picked their best men’s skincare products so your complexion will look and feel next level. You’re welcome.
Our favorites below!
1. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream
A cult favorite from a classic skincare brand means you simply can’t go wrong with Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream. Designed to keep skin nourished and hydrated in even the most extreme weather conditions, you’ll never have a thirsty complexion when you slather this on, making it one of the best men’s skincare products. It delivers 24-hour hydration, yet the formula feels light as a feather. Its secret power is that it reduces moisture loss while drawing and absorbing moisture from the air.
2. Baxter of California Purify Clay Mask AHA
Time to (face) mask up! Like any good clay mask, it’ll deliver a deep clean and purify pores in just five to 10 minutes. But it takes the skincare staple up a notch with a combination of natural, bentonite and kaolin clays, along with a blend of botanicals to keep excess oily at bay, refine texture, soothe, hydrate and revitalize. That long list of perks qualifies this mask as one of the best men’s skincare products.
3. King C. Gillette Men’s Beard and Face Wash
Everyone loves a twofer, like this cleanser that doubles as a face wash and beard wash. It’s gentle on skin and tough on dirt and oil and nourishes and hydrates skin and hair with ingredients like coconut water, argan oil and avocado oil. To keep your beard in top condition, it has patented hair conditioning technology that’s designed just for beards, leave skin and hair looking and feeling super soft and smooth. Menthol leaves a crisp, cooling sensation behind for extra freshness.
4. Lab Series for Men Day Rescue Defense Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 35
You could be using all of the best men’s skincare products in the world, but if you don’t have a quality sunscreen in your regimen, it won’t do you any good. Add this SPF from Lab Series for a product that offers protection and hydration. It is impressively lightweight and leaves a matte finish, making your skin look even better.
5. Pacific Shaving Co. Caffeinated Aftershave
Just like caffeine can get you going in the morning, it can also give a boost to your skin. It’ll minimize redness and irritation after a shave, plus help your skin repair itself, which is why it takes the ingredient spotlight in this aftershave. Did you know caffeine is also an antioxidant? Now you have even more reason to love the stuff. Plus, the rest of the ingredients in this aftershave also work to boost skin health. Bonus: It’s made in the USA.
6. Rugged & Dapper Age Defense Face Cream
An excellent anti-ager is another must-have in every guy’s skincare arsenal. This face cream by Rugged & Dapper gets the job done with flying colors, rescuing dry, rough skin with 24-hour protection every time you apply it, making it one of the best men’s skincare products. Packed with nutrients and top-tier ingredients — including vitamin E, aloe vera, glycolic acid and jojoba oil — it minimizes fine lines, wrinkles and fatigue while guarding skin from the elements. Despite its heavy hydration, it won’t leave any residue behind. It can be used day or night and is made to work for all skin types.
7. Lumin Exfoliating Rub
Say sayonara to dull, flaky and tired skin. Lumin’s Exfoliating Rub gets rid of dead skin cells, cleans out pores and removes blackheads, revealing glowing skin underneath. Charcoal does its duty to detox skin, get dirt and oil under control, and prevent future breakouts, while licorice root brightens dark spots and minimizes acne scars. Since the rub does some serious exfoliating, it’ll also help prevent ingrown hairs from shaving, and gives you an even closer shave.
8. Caldera+Lab The Good Multi-Functional Face Serum
True to its name, this is a good multitasking serum, so it’s right up there with the best men’s skincare products. Formulated with a whopping 27 wild-harvested active botanicals, each drop contains nearly 3.4 million antioxidants. It puts that plant power to good use by safeguarding your complexion from free radical damage and pollution. Super lightweight, it restores and nourishes skin while also moisturizing and firming.
9. Jack Black Protein Booster Eye Rescue
The eyes are often the first place to show signs of aging, since the skin there is extra thin, so keep your peepers looking young with the Jack Black Protein Booster Eye Rescue. It’ll turn back time by minimizing the appearance of crow’s feet, fine lines and wrinkles around the eye area. The smart eye cream uses peptides to boost cell communication that affects the skin’s response.
10. Brickell Balancing Toner
A toner tends to be a step that lots of guys skip, but trust us when we say it’s worth a few seconds of your time, especially when you’re using Brickell’s Balancing Toner. Designed for normal to oily and acne-prone skin, the alcohol- and oil-free toner removes excess oil and reduces inflammation with witch hazel, hydrates with aloe vera, unclogs and shrinks pores with cucumber distillate, and gets rid of impurities with peppermint.