Though you may not realize it, having a multi-step skincare routine is just as important for men as it is for women. Cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing, to name a few, should be an essential part of every person’s morning ritual. It’s not about vanity; it’s about maintaining healthy skin throughout the seasons.
Continue reading for five products that should be part of every man’s skincare routine.
The first step in any skincare routine is always a cleanser. Before getting to the exfoliating or moisturizing steps, you must first have a base of clean skin, which is where a cleanser comes in. We’re particularly partial to Jack Black’s Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser as it combines the benefits of a cleanser and a toner, eliminating an extra step in your morning skincare routine. This dual-purpose liquid cleanser is free from parabens, sulfates, and phthalates, and should be used twice per day, ideally in the morning and at night. Its many ingredients also serve individual purposes. The first, witch hazel, acts as an astringent, toner, and antioxidant, while the chamomile and aloe help soothe skin and reduce redness. In addition, the sage leaf and rosemary are said to provide antibacterial benefits. All of these ingredients come together to provide smooth, glowing skin.
An exfoliator should be part of every man’s morning skincare routine. Exfoliating products are proven to clean pores, leaving brighter and firmer-looking skin. Clinique for Men is one of the most famous men’s skincare lines on the market, and it’s famous for a reason. One of the best products from the line is Clinique for Men Face Scrub; designed for use pre-shave, this product should be applied over the face and gently rubbed into the skin for ten to fifteen seconds before being rinsed off with warm water. It removes dead skin cells and excess oil, is suitable for all skin types, and even helps reduce ingrown hairs.
Constantly shaving your face can result in major irritation. In addition to drying out your skin, it can leave blemishes, which is why if you regularly reach for a razor, an after-shave balm is an absolute must. Hermès has an incredible skincare line for men, and one of our favourite products is the Terre d’Hermès After-Shave Balm. It provides hydration using a non-greasy formula and has the added bonus of containing the brand’s iconic and subtle Terre d’Hermès scent. Apply a thin layer to the face and massage it into the skin after finishing your morning shave.
Throw out that bar of soap and trade it in for a luxurious, moisturizing body wash. Not only does body wash leave a stronger scent, but it is also much better for hydrating your skin — a benefit at any time of year, but especially during the winter. Look for bottles marked as “gel” as this consistency is typically a guarantee of moisturizing properties. One of our favourites is Tom Ford’s Oud Wood Shower Gel. Not only does it have an enticing, ultra-masculine scent (it contains notes of exotic oud wood, sandalwood, Chinese pepper, rosewood, tonka bean, and vanilla), but it also leaves skin both nourished and clean, without drying it out.
One final part of every man’s skincare routine? Eye cream. Regardless of whether you’re prone to dark under-eye circles, an eye cream is an extremely effective step in any daily skincare ritual. The skin under your eye is the thinnest on your entire body, and thus it’s often one of the first spots to show signs of aging, such as wrinkles. Using an eye cream at least once per day can help slow visible signs of fatigue. Lab Series for Men’s Age Rescue Eye Therapy is one of the highest-rated men’s eye creams available. It is a lightweight gel-cream that is proven to eliminate lines, puffiness, wrinkles, and more. It is suitable for all skin types and should be patted gently around the eye area in the morning and night.