Most men spend little time on skin care. They have a quick shower, wash their face and then go about their business. This is where a lot of men go wrong. Taking care of your skin is one of the most important things you can do for your appearance. Although a step-by-step approach is not a necessity, it’s good to know what you should be including in your skin care arsenal that’ll protect and nourish your skin, keeping it looking fresh and at its best.
So if you want to improve your skin today, follow our skin care guide.
Essential Men’s Skin Care Products
Facial cleanser – It’s very important to wash your face two times a day with a facial cleanser. Wash in a circular motion with lukewarm water to retain the skins moisture. Buy a facial cleanser that contains alpha hydroxyl acid. This element helps wash away dead skin cells, open up skin pores and reveal new skin.
Face scrub – Men’s skin is naturally thicker compared to women’s, with larger pores that trap unwanted debris, causing bumps and blackheads. A granular scrub should be used two to three times a week to scrub off all the dead skin cells, exfoliate and dislodge dirt, and help smooth any rough areas of skin. Always apply before shaving.
Toner – Regular use of toner helps reduce the size of your pores and remove any remaining dirt. Men’s skin tends to produce excess sebum – the oily substance that’s produced by the sebaceous glands, mostly on the face and scalp. Toner helps control sebum production, prevent blackheads, tighten pores, and reduce shine.
Moisturizer – As we age, our skin tends to dry out, but a good moisturizer can help offset this. Choose a moisturizer that contains antioxidants such as Vitamin A, C and E to help protect skin cells from aging. After you’ve applied toner, apply a moisturizer with SPF to keep your skin from getting dry, protect your skin from the sun, reduce razor burn, and prevent premature aging.
Eye gel – The skin around your eyes is some of the thinnest on your body, therefore normal moisturizer simply won’t work. If you regularly have eye bags, then use eye gel. Gel tends to work better than creams because they’re lighter and cooler, and work by tightening the skin around the eye and constricting blood vessels. Roller ball gels are great if you lack the delicate touch since you can apply them without having to use your fingertips.
Lip balm – Remember; lip balm is not lip stick. A good quality lip balm contains moisturizing agents such as jojoba oil, Shea butter and vitamin E. Also, most lip balms contain sunscreen that’ll help protect your lips from the sun. Apply lip balm throughout the day when your lips are feeling dry. If you’re afraid it’ll make you look too feminine; avoid the glossy and glittery variety.
Body wash – When we talk about skin care, we usually only consider our face and not the rest of our body. When showering a bar of soap won’t cut it. A shower gel is much more effective and sanitary compared to a bar of soap. Granular body scrubs are also important to use one to two times a week for exfoliating and deep-cleaning.
Body moisturizer – We all know that your face benefits from daily moisturizing, so why shouldn’t the rest of your body? Most men don’t bother using body moisturizer. But if you often go gym or play sports, regularly showering and being exposed to the elements can cause your skin to become dry, itchy, flaky, and sore. Every time you shower, apply body moisturizer while your skin is slightly damp to seal in as much moisture as possible.
Shaving cream – A great shaving cream can mean the difference between a smooth face and painful skin. You need to choose a shaving cream that has a high level of lubrication that will prevent the conditions that’ll lead to razor burn. You can buy shaving cream or gel in pressurized cans or as a soap that’s applied to the face using a brush.
Aftershave balm – You should use a cooling aftershave balm to soothe the skin after shaving. Compared to aftershave, balm is not as harsh on your skin and its scent is also subtler.
What Type of Skin Do You Have?
This is a common question that many men may think about when learning about men’s skin care. There are various different skin types and knowing which type you have helps when taking care of your skin. The main skin types are:
- Normal skin
- Sensitive skin
- Dry skin
- Oily skin
If you’re not sure what skin type you have then make sure that you read below before buying men’s skin care products.
Normal skin – If your skin doesn’t get too dry or too oily, then you probably have normal skin. Pimples are rare and pores are small. Normal skin has an even tone, smooth and firm.
Sensitive skin – You’ll probably already know if you’ve got sensitive skin. Thin with fine pores, sensitive skin is frequently prone to rash, and flushes easily.
Dry skin – If your skin feels tight and it’s constantly flaky, then you’ve got dry skin.
Oily skin – If your skin feels greasy all the time then you probably have oily skin. Your pores can be medium to large sized which causes them to get filled up with blackheads and blemishes.
Now that you know what skin type you have, skip to the relevant section and check out our recommended men’s skin care products.
Skin Care for Men with Normal Skin
Men with normal skin have got it easy as far as skin care goes. Face products for men with normal skin are widely available but here is a recommended list for your skin care routine.
Aramis Lab Series for Men Multi-Action Face Wash 100ml/3.4o.
This foaming cream cleanser washes away dirt and grime for a brighter, healthier-looking appearance.
ACTION Anthony for Men Face Scrub, 6 oz
Luxury exfoliator designed to work in conjunction with a daily cleanser once-to-twice a week for a deeper clean.
Anthony Logistics For Men Astringent After Shave 8 oz
A purifying and stimulating toner that eliminates impurities, tightens pores, controls shine and soothes skin.
Anthony Logistics For Men Facial Moisturizer SPF 15 – 70g/2.5oz
A lightweight and quick-absorbing SPF 15 moisturizer enriched with vitamins. Protects the skin from environmental damage and helps minimize signs of aging. UVA/UVB protection.
Skin Care for Men with Sensitive Skin
Men with sensitive skin have got to choose their products carefully. Cheap shaving creams, and alcohol based products can cause severe skin reactions. If any redness occurs after using a product, stop using it and move onto the next. The skin care products below are highly recommended for men with sensitive skin.
Nivea For Men Sensitive 100 ml Face Wash
Nivea for Men Sensitive Face Wash is specially formulated for sensitive skin to cleanse mildly without irritating or drying out the skin. The lotion is fragrance, colorant, and alcohol-free and minimizes the risk of skin irritations. Enriched with Chamomile and Vitamin E, the lightly foaming gel protects the natural moisture barrier of the skin leaving it cleansed and protected. 100-percent soap-free; won’t dry skin. Dermatologist tested. Advanced men’s face care; improves the condition of your skin.
The Art Of Shaving Facial Scrub – Peppermint Essential Oil for Sensitive Skin – 90ml/3oz
Gently exfoliates the skin’s surface and deep-cleanses pores.
Murad Hydrating Toner 180ml 6oz Resurgence
Replenishes hydration, soothes sensitivity and restores supple skin. Replenishes and Preps Skin for Treatment By: Rebalancing and rehydrating skin. Neutralizing surface impurities. Refreshing tonic balances and hydrates. Lecithin helps lock in moisture and restores suppleness. Chamomile and cucumber soothe irritation and softer skin.
Men Expert by L’Oreal Paris Hydra Sensitive Moisturiser 50ml
L’Oreal MEN Expert Hydra Sensitive Multi-Protection Moisturiser. Shaving is an ordeal. Protect your skin from dryness, redness and irritation that follows it.
Skin Care for Men with Dry Skin
Dry skin can get irritated very easily and can even be painful. Use skin care products that are specifically for dry skin, but if you have a severe problem, go and see a dermatologist.
Nivea For Men Deep Cleansing Face Wash (100ml)
Refreshing and effective daily cleansing and skin conditioning for normal to dry skin, which helps to maintain the skin’s natural moisture balance.
Anthony Logistics For Men Facial Scrub – 237ml/8oz
A gentle, micro-exfoliating treatment for men Formulated with unique spherical beads & finely ground Bora Bora sand Helps eliminate dead skin cells & illuminate complexion Prepares skin & beard for a close, smooth shave Prevents ingrown hairs & razor bumps by lifting beard hairs Skin appears purified in a healthy glow Free of sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, phthalates, GMOs & triclosan.
Logistics For Men Alcohol Free Toner ( Normal To Dry Skin ) 237ml/8oz
An alcohol-free toner for men Formulated with therapeutic aloe vera & relieving calendula Blended with chamomile to pacify skin Prevents moisture loss tones & freshens skin without stinging or drying skin Skin appears calm & clarified Ideal for normal to dry skin.
L’Oreal Mens Expert VITA LIFT Anti Wrinkle & Firming Moisturizer (50ml)
Visibly reduces the appearance of wrinkles and improves skin quality: skin feels revitalised and is firmer. VITA LIFT restores youthful vigour to mature skin: features are softened, facial contours appear younger.
Skin Care for Men with Oily Skin
If you’ve got oily skin then you need to get some skin care products that are designed to get rid of grease on your face. Skin care products for oily skin are usually oil free. We recommend that you try the products below.
Lab Series Oil Control Face Wash 125ml
Concentrated liquid-to-foam formula helps cleanse the skin of dirt, pollution and excess oil, which can lead to blemishes.
Clinique Skin Supplies For Men: Face Scrub – 100ml/3.3oz
Revives and smoothes skin Removes dead flakes, buildups of oil Lifts beard hairs Clears the way for closer shaves Helps reducing ingrown hairs.
DDF Glycolic 10% Toning Complex – 250ml/8.45oz
Helps refresh skin after cleansing Boosts cell turnover to promote clarity & dermal vitality Lightweight & instantly melts into skin.
Logistics For Men Oil Free Facial Lotion SPF 15 ( Normal To Oily Skin ) 70g/2.5oz
A lightweight moisturiser free of oil, lanolin and fragrance. Aloe vera and glycerin bind moisture to the skin while silk amino acids help slow down further moisture loss. Protects the skin from environmental damage, helps minimize signs of ageing and provides the full spectrum of UVA/UVB sun protection. To use: Smooth on after washing face every day. Re-apply as needed.
Basic Skin Care Routine for Men
So now that we’ve discussed the various skin care products available for men, it’s time to create a skin care routine. Every man has a different schedule and lifestyle, so it would be difficult to customize a routine for each and every person. Therefore, we’ve provided a basic skin care routine that you can use as a temporary guide whilst you customize your own.
Wash & moisturize body – use body wash in the shower and then apply body moisturizer whilst your skin is slightly damp.
Wash your face – use facial cleanser morning and evening. Use facial scrub at least once per week and apply toner afterwards if you’re not shaving.
Shave your face – use shaving cream and once finished apply aftershave balm
Moisturize your face – then apply eye cream and lip balm.
Looking after your skin requires discipline and efficiency. Having a set routine saves you time and improves your overall appearance.
Lastly, skin care goes beyond the products. Your health and fitness play an important part too. Exercise regularly, eat healthy foods and drink lots, and lots of water.
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