It’s a pretty widespread and accepted idea that you should brush your teeth at least twice a day, in the morning and evening. Why? When it comes to keeping your teeth healthy and looking great, brushing and flossing are essential. But when it comes to facial skin care for men, it’s amazing how few men commit to the same level of care.
You need to start taking care of your skin stat. Caring for your skin on a daily basis offers comparable benefits to those achieved by brushing your teeth. Proper skin care rids your skin of dirt and old skin cells that build up over the course of a day and it also fights the signs of aging and keeps your skin looking as young as possible for as long as possible.
To achieve peak skin, you may want to consider starting a proper skin care routine, and that’s where we can help. Below we’ve put together a list of well-reviewed and effective products to start your new skin care journey.
Though we’ve got all kinds of skin care products for men listed below, you don’t necessarily need all of them. They all serve a purpose for your face, so it’s up to you how much you want to do. For example, if you’re a beginner, you’re probably OK with a cleanser, moisturizer and facial sunscreen because the best skin care routine for men is the one we’ll actually stick to. And if you want to start simple, any one of the products will be better than nothing. And we’d bet it’ll just be the beginnings of an even better skin care routine to come.
But if you’re a more intermediate or advanced user and don’t mind incorporating more skin care products into your routine, then serums and face scrubs and face masks should intrigue you. Even if you’re starting to see a few wrinkles (no shame here), we’ve got some anti-aging skin care products for men too. And whether you’re a skin care rookie or a pro, if you’ve been missing out on sleep or starting to droop under your eyes, you’ll definitely be interested in eye cream. But whatever your level of experience or skin care needs, you’ll find some of the best skin care products for men below.
1. MARLOWE. No. 121 Facial Cleanser for Men
BEST FACIAL CLEANSER
If you add only one item to your skin care routine, make it a facial cleanser. Facial cleansers are the mildest way to clean your face and tend to be more lotiony. One textbook cleanser is Marlowe’s No. 121 Facial Cleanser for Men. This excellent lightweight cleanser contains a number of natural ingredients like green tea, willow bark, passionflower and deep sea algae to gently remove sweat and oil from the day while calming, soothing and repairing your skin.
2. Shiseido Foam Cleanser for Men
If you’re looking for a cleanser with a bit more of a foaming lather, Shiseido’s Foam Cleanser for Men will treat your face skin right. You only need water and a little bit of the cleanser to make a creamy lather that will remove dirt and oil without stripping away your face skin’s moisture like soap would. As an added bonus, you can also use this as a shaving cream because it makes such a nice lather.
3. Rugged & Dapper Daily Face Wash and Scrub Cleanser for Men
BEST FACE WASH
While facial cleansers are designed to be used every day, face washes tend to be more aggressive cleansers and so shouldn’t be used as often, maybe one to three times per week depending on your need. Face washes also tend to be foamier than cleansers to help them clean more aggressively, and they remove more dirt, oil and dead skin than most cleansers.
For our pick, we recommend Rugged & Dapper Daily Face Wash and Scrub Cleanser for Men. It offers a deeper clean than a cleanser, exfoliates your skin with jojoba beads and contains natural ingredients to help regenerate skin. This wash also contains a bit of salicylic acid to help fight and prevent acne breakouts, so it’s an all-around solid face wash that will help you get your face clean, whether you’ve got acne or just oily, rough skin.
4. Beau Brummell Men’s Foaming Face Wash with Activated Charcoal
Beau Brummell Men’s Foaming Face uses activated charcoal, which is a natural detoxifier and cleanser, in its formula. It also contains hyaluronic acid, which naturally occurs in skin and helps skin retain water. But mostly, we dig this face wash because it’s got a great subtle masculine fragrance from cedarwood and lavender essential oils.
5. Viking Revolution Microdermabrasion Face Scrub for Men
BEST FACE SCRUB
Face scrubs are the most aggressive of facial cleansers and they typically exfoliate the most and help remove the most dead skin due to microparticles contained in the wash. Viking Revolution’s Microdermabrasion Face Scrub for Men is one such face scrub. Microdermabrasion basically means small skin cuts, and making microscopic damage to your skin helps encourage new skin growth. The end result is healthier, smoother skin. This scrub works for all skin types, and it smells like peppermint, so you’ll smell as fresh as your skin feels. Just don’t use it every day or you might irritate your skin by breaking it down too much before it can properly heal.
6. MARLOWE. No. 123 Men’s Facial Moisturizer
BEST FACIAL MOISTURIZER
Facial moisturizers go the extra mile to ensure your skin doesn’t lose any important moisture. Marlowe’s No. 123 Men’s Facial Moisturizer is as excellent as Marlowe’s facial cleanser and relies on the same blend of natural ingredients. This water-based lotion will help you hydrate oily skin and leave you with a slight scent of aloe, citrus and wood for a masculine upgrade to your skin.
7. Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Energizing Moisture Treatment For Men
If you’re OK to pay a bit more, we also recommend Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Energizing Moisture Treatment For Men. This is a heavy-duty facial moisturizer with vitamins C and E as well as caffeine to invigorate, re-energize and wake up worn-out skin. You can purchase this from Amazon for a significant markup if you really need Prime shipping, but Kiehl’s website sells it for its usual $35.
8. Neutrogena Men Daily Acne Face Wash
BEST ACNE WASH
Acne face washes are designed primarily with fighting acne in mind (surprise surprise). Typically that means they are great at fighting oil and they almost always have an active ingrident that fights blackheads, breakouts and general acne, such as salicylic acid or the stronger benzoyl peroxide. Neutrogena’s Men Daily Acne Face Wash contains 2% salicylic acid to help prevent and fight breakouts. It’s also gentle enough to be used daily, so toss it in the shower for easy rinsing.
9. Highlands Naturals Anti-Aging Face Cream for Men
BEST ANTI-AGING / WRINKLE CREAM
Anti-aging products and wrinkle creams are basically chalk full of ingredients that your skin can easily absorb. When used regularly, the creams will repair old damaged skin and result in more supple skin and fewer wrinkles. Highlands Naturals Anti-Aging Face Cream for Men contains vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to revitalize skin. In particular, vitamin C helps boost the production of collagen, the main structural protein in skin, so it literally helps give your skin more structure over time. Use this every day and you’ll be softening face wrinkles in no time.
10. Brickell Men’s Restoring Eye Cream for Men
BEST EYE CREAM
Eye creams are like anti-aging creams but made specifically for use around the eyes. A good one will help improve baggy, puffy eyes as well as reduce wrinkles and dark circles. Brickell Men’s Restoring Eye Cream for Men is one such good eye cream. It uses hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and caffeine to repair and more or less wake up the skin around your eyes. Add in that the formula is certified organic, and you’ve got a winning, non-greasy, lightweight solution to take care of any eye circles or eye skin issues.
11. Jack Black Double-Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20
BEST FACIAL SUNSCREEN
Some products exacerbate your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight, like chemical peels or skin serums with retinol, so it’s important to have a moisturizer with SPF protection. Jack Black is a go-to men’s grooming brand and the brand’s Double-Duty Face Moisturizer with SPF 20 will moisturize your skin while offering extra protection from sunlight, thanks to ultraviolet blockers in the formula. At the same time, blue algae extract, sea parsley and rosemary help improve your skin’s health. Just throw this on after your facial cleanser and you’ll be ready to face the dreaded UV rays.
12. Jaxon Lane Rain or Shine Moisturizing Face Sunscreen SPF 50
If you’re really worried about sun sensitivity — and if you’re using any retinol products, you should be — you may want a more aggressive moisturizing sunscreen. Jaxon Lane’s Rain or Shine Moisturizing Face Sunscreen SPF 50 has even more sunscreen power than the Jack Black pick. You’ll be safe from ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B rays while vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, green tea and ginseng go to work to restore your skin’s moisture.
13. Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25, Natural Mint & Shea Butter
BEST LIP BALM
Jack Black is back on the list again, but this time for its Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25. Lips have skin too and that skin can dry out and burn like any other skin. That’s why you need a lip balm like this with shea butter and avocado oil to help soften your lips and ultraviolet light absorbers to stop damage from sunlight. And hey, if it’s the middle of the day and you haven’t brushed your teeth since the morning, the balm’s natural mint scent will help tide you over.
14. Simplified Skin Retinol Serum 2.5% for Face & Eyes
BEST FACIAL SERUM
Facial serums do everything all of these products do, but instead of coming in the form of a thick lotion or cream, they’re water-based and come concentrated, without any lubricating or thickening agents. Because they’re so concentrated, they work well in small doses to treat dark spots, brighten up your skin and boost collagen. Simplified Skin Retinol Serum does all of the above. In addition to vitamin E, green tea and hyaluronic acid, it contains retinol, which is proven to help with wrinkles and dark spots. Just make sure if you use this that you use some facial sunscreen too before going outside because retinol makes skin more sensitive to sunlight. The last thing you want is sunburn on your face.
15. Jaxon Lane Bro Mask
BEST FACE MASK FOR MEN
Yeah, bros, face masks are for you too. A face mask is basically like a moisturizer that’s meant to sit on your face for a while. That gives all the skin-rejuvenating ingredients time to be absorbed, resulting in clearer, smoother, healthier skin. There aren’t many face masks made just for men, so Jaxon Lane decided to take a swing with its Bro Mask. The brand definitely did not strike out. The hydrogel mask comes in two pieces (aka it’s beard friendly) and it’s loaded with ingredients that should sound familiar by now, like hyaluronic acid, green tee, ginger extract and more. Throw this on for 20 minutes a couple times a week and you’ll see improvements in redness, sun damage and any fine lines.