Women are always envying men and their minimal routines. Some men don’t even have what the ladies would call a “routine” – they just wake up, brush their teeth at best, and go. Others, on the other hand, have had a bit more of a journey when it comes to skincare. That’s right, men have sensitive or reactive skin, too.
It can be difficult to care for skin with thick stubble – especially when some people have to go through the intensive process of shaving weekly, a few times per week, or even daily. Shaving and shaving products can irritate and inflame the skin, and if there are breakouts under there, it may feel like a daunting mess.
There is a stigma around skincare products, much to our major dismay. But we want to blast through that. Skincare products don’t have to be considered “beauty” products, but even with that being said, why doesn’t a man deserve to have beautiful skin too? Gay, straight, queer, trans, hetero/cis … We all deserve to take care of ourselves as best as we can, and glow from the inside out.
It can be daunting to decide which products are right for you, especially if you’re just starting out this late in the game. There are a LOT of products out there, and not all of them are created equal. And, of course, so many are packaged and geared towards women. So how do men know where to begin? How can they find a perfectly minimal yet effective regime to take top notch care of their skin? We’ve got you covered – with our list of the best men’s face products for your facial care routine right here.
The holy grail of all gentle cleansers, the Cleansing Complex by IS Clinical is professional stuff. It’s super mild, so it’s one of the best men’s face products for sensitive skin out there. There aren’t any foaming agents in it, and uses white willow bark to exfoliate and break up pore-clogging gunk like dirt and oil, while calming botanicals like chamomile and centella heal damaged skin and protect against oxidative stress. Make sure to cleanse your face with clean hands, and for a minimum of 60 seconds. That’s right, massage your face free of grime for a whole minute, and see the difference. You can even shave with this cleanser!
Not all toners were created equal, and this cleansing water is … well, it’s not a toner. However, we like to use it like one! Use after cleansing, or bring for when you’re in a pinch and don’t have time for a full cleanse. It’s energized with Ayurvedic calming herbs like neem, turmeric, and holy basil to swipe away dirt, oil, pollution, and leftover sunscreen. Aloe vera, grapefruit, and salicylic acid hydrate gently exfoliate and brighten acne-prone skin. Just drizzle some on a cotton round and sweep across the entire face, making sure to concentrate on the t-zone. It’s a great multitasking product for when you can’t be bothered for a full routine.
Exfoliating may not have been on your radar, but it should be now. Men have dead skin build-up just as much as women do. A weekly gentle acid peel is a great way to keep things fresh and vibrant. These fast-acting peel pads are a simple two step treatment you can do once a week, or daily if in dire need of some correction. They are saturated with an effective dose of 5 AHA/BHAs, plus antioxidants and vitamins to lift away dead skin and excess oil, dirt, and pollutants while improving tone and texture.
Create your own super effective vitamin C serum with this pure powder and a simple, hydrating hyaluronic acid serum. Vitamin C serums are incredibly hard to keep shelf stable because they oxidize as soon as they come into contact with the air. This powder doesn’t oxidize like that in this form, so it’s a great ingredient for brightening uneven skin tone.
For the best facial care routine for men, we recommend this mega-dose of moisture. This product is actually pure genius, with proprietary HYDRA-SIREN capsules that effectively deliver more moisture in the areas that need it, and not in the areas that don’t. So combination or sensitive-skin types can worry less about creating extra sebum in the t-zone while still providing moisture to drier areas – all in one fell swoop.
With your new weekly chemical exfoliation routine, you’ll need to protect your skin. Fresh cells will be turning over, making the skin more subject to sun damage. Layer up every morning as the last step in your skincare routine with this totally clean, totally mineral sun barrier. It’ll take a little longer to massage into the skin (due to the physical barrier nature of natural sunscreen), but the protective benefits will outweigh any minimal white cast, and it will continue to sink into the skin. It’s imperative to start taking sunscreen seriously to prevent cancer risk and premature aging.