11 Best Men’s Skin Care Products That Make a Difference

Dr. Shane Jackson MBBS
Medically reviewed by: Dr. Shane McKeown MBBS

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If you’re like some men, your daily skin care routine has room for improvement. Gone are the days of a bar of soap, a quick shave, and a too-big splash of oppressive cologne.

Today’s skin care and men’s grooming are considered far more serious – and beneficial than that. You also have a million choices: body lotions, anti-aging creams, acne treatments, facial cleansers, and so on.

But, as always, we’re here to help.

In this post, we’ll discuss the best skin care products for men. Along the way, we’ll provide some buying tips, as well as reviews of the best products in a variety of categories.

Let’s get started.

Quick summary

bb2-table__imageBrickell Men’s Purifying Charcoal Face Wash
  • Cleans your face without irritating or drying out your skin
  • Contains charcoal that provides deep cleansing and detoxification
  • Packed with skin soothing ingredients
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bb2-table__imageZELEN Life Cleanser
  • Gentle formula gives a deep-cleanse without irritation
  • Hydrates and balances skin oil, helps acne breakouts
  • Organic antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antifungal
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bb2-table__imageRugged & Dapper Face Moisturizer for Men
  • Protects the skin against post-shave irritation
  • Helps reduce signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles
  • Provides protection against harsh weather
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bb2-table__imageNeutrogena Oil-free Acne And Redness Cleanser
  • Reduces breakouts, removes impurities and clears congested pores
  • Microclear technology boosts salicylic acid
  • Contains skin soothing Aloe and Chamomile
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bb2-table__imageBrickell Men’s Revitalizing Anti-Aging Cream
  • Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • 100% natural
  • Works for all skin types, including dry, sensitive skin
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bb2-table__imageBrickell Renewing Face Scrub for Men
  • Exfoliates without drying out your skin
  • Leaves skin feeling soft and your complexion clear
  • 98% natural ingredients
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bb2-table__imageDS Labs’ StimuROLLER Face
  • Forces extra blood flow to the skin
  • 30% faster hair growth results
  • Helps the skin to absorb more effectively other treatments
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bb2-table__imageJack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm Spf 25
  • Provides protection to and moisturizes your lips
  • Includes sun protection
  • Spreads easily on your lips without leaving a lot of shine
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bb2-table__imageLubriderm Men’s 3-In-1 Body Lotion With Light Fragrance
  • Works as a body and face lotion
  • Also works as a post-shave lotion
  • Lightweight and fast-absorbing
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bb2-table__imageBrickell Men’s Restoring Eye Cream for Men
  • Get rid of unsightly bags and dark circles under your eyes
  • Also acts as a great skin toner
  • Works for men of any age and skin type
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bb2-table__imageZELEN Life Pack
  • A complete skincare routine for 24 hours a day
  • Contains cleanser, toner, moisturizer, exfoliator, mask and night cream
  • Worry-free subscription, excellent price tag
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Before you buy: 3 Things you have to consider and look for when purchasing skin products for men

Our advice for purchasing any men’s grooming product is always the same: don’t grab the first item you see on the shelf or the one with the coolest packaging or logo.

Skincare products are no different – knowing what to look for before you buy helps prevent you from wasting money on an inferior product that may turn you off to the proper grooming regimen. Don’t do it, men, and we’re here to help with a handy shopping guide.

1. It’s all about the skin

Considering that this post is about men’s skin care products, it only stands to reason that your type of skin is a high priority during the selection process.

Whether it’s body lotion, anti-aging creams, facial cleansers, or acne treatments, knowing your skin type is everything.

Oily skin

Every man’s skin needs a certain amount of oil to maintain its proper pH balance, but some men’s skin is oilier than others, and you fall into this category if you have large visible pores or if you develop a slightly greasy, oily sheen not long after you’ve washed your skin.

Men with oily skin need to use products that regulate oil production without drying out their faces. You may have heard your dermatologist mention seborrhea, which is exactly the same thing, the common cosmetic problem of having excess amounts of sebum produced.[3]

Of course, one of the main drivers for wanting to tone down skin oiliness, aside from having shiny and greasy looking skin, is of course to reduce your chance of developing acne. If you have suffered from oily skin for a while, you have probably already noticed that the areas worst affected also develop the most spots.

In days gone by, or even in the budget end of today’s market, many creams and moisturizers are comedogenic. In other words, while hydrating your skin, they also smother it and clog pores. A result of this is that many think this is still true of the moisturizer market and, as a result don’t moisturize their skin at all, afraid it will simply bring them an acne outbreak a few days down the line.

This can lead to oily skin being subject to over the top scrubbing and cleansing, which leads to its own problems. It is important to be aware that research shows that most people underestimate the amount of oil their skin is producing each day. Not only that, some people with clinically oily skin still believed that their skin was dry.[4]

There are numerous reasons for mistaking or miscalculating how oily your skin may be, but dermatologists have noted that most people are unaware of normal seasonal sebum variations throughout the year.[5]

The important thing to remember is that while our medical understanding of oily skin has developed a lot over recent decades, it is difficult to pinpoint single causes of oily skin. There are multiple causes for the vast majority of people, suggesting that a holistic approach involving a good, dependable skin care routine is more likely the best solution rather than a single ingredient or compound.[6]

If you are worried that you have oily skin, this can actually be tested exactly with a special sebum monitor. The average rate of sebum production in adults is 1mg/10cm2 every 3 hours. Producing more than 1.5mg/10cm2 is considered excessive and would place you in the oily skin bracket.[7]

Finally, there is evidence suggesting that reducing the volume of sebum production will reduce the appearance and size of skin pores, providing the skin with a smoother appearance and less chance of developing white or blackheads (comedones).[8]

Those men of Chinese descent typically have smaller pore sizes and sebum production, while African descent is more likely to have more visible pores and increased sebum production. [9]

Dry skin

You’ll know that you have dry skin by the flaking, itchiness, and tightness that accompany it. Your mission is to find skin care products that take care of dirt and grime without stripping the skin of natural oils. Look for products with strong moisturizing qualities.

When looking at available products, you may see that they claim to treat or be good for ‘Xerosis,’ which is simply another name for dry skin. Although it is commonly associated with the itching and flakiness mentioned, not many know that it can both thicken and thin the skin and of the skin types is the most likely to be triggered by a wide range of factors both within and without.[10]

This is partly due to the fine balance or homeostasis that the body has to achieve with skin. A high volume of water would simply kill skin cells and create the perfect environment for bacteria to grow in. The water content of your skin cells is therefore kept at around 10-15%. This is low enough to retain cell integrity and health whilst being high enough to provide proper hydration and allow the skin to remain strong and supple.

In day to day life, the skin acts as a permeable barrier, letting water evaporate from it to keep the body cool whilst also allowing water absorption from the environment to keep the skin hydrated. There are, therefore, a number of ways the skin can become dry, including external factors such as climate, pollution, medication, and increasing age, to name but a few.[11]

Of things that are easily within your control, number one is finding a good moisturizer that is non-comedogenic. If you are going to apply something to your skin every day, it pays to make sure it supports your skin health as best as possible.

Remember that there are certain lifestyle factors that you may want to modify if you suffer from dry skin. Smoking is a big risk factor that comes with its own dangers. Apart from the obvious lung disease and cancer, smoking will also break down the collagen in your skin and reinforce its look of being dry and prematurely aged.

Poor personal hydration, high frequency of washing as well as significant use of soaps, detergents, and perfumed items are all linked to an increased risk of xerosis.[12]

Note should be made of confusing generally dry skin with atopic dermatitis, or as it is perhaps better known atopic eczema. This is the most common form of eczema, a skin condition that tends to start in childhood and can persist into adulthood, causing itchy, dry, and cracked skin.

Eczema tends to follow a particular pattern of distribution, namely the face, scalp, inside of the elbows, and backs of the knees. If your skin follows a similar pattern of dryness, then consult with your doctor as there are specific medications available that can help you. Following the advice for ‘normal’ dry skin may help stave off the worst of the symptoms but will not keep the condition in check as much as the prescribed medication will.

Sensitive skin

If your skin is prone to irritation or redness after your skin care routine, you probably have sensitive skin. Your quest includes looking for products packed with soothing ingredients – such as aloe vera – and that help to balance your skin’s pH level.

Sensitive skin is a recognized medical syndrome. However, it does have a number of causes, and it is hard to treat clinically as the symptoms are mostly subjective. Studies have shown that as many as 70% of women and 60% of men experience sensitive skin.[13]

The current medical recommendation is this: personalized skin care management.[14] In other words, using products favorable to your skin type with support from your doctor if needed.

The generally accepted definition of sensitive skin is actually pointed towards the skincare industry: ‘sensitive skin is characterized by being less tolerant of frequent use of cosmetics and toiletries.’

Quite a specific definition. 

The medical result is skin that is hyper-reactive, irritated with burning, stinging, or itching sensations. Often there can be no physical signs to see.

The character of sensitive skin means it is best treated by the person who knows the symptoms best: you. As the sensitivity is so subjective, it is up to you to treat your skin well and keep track of the products you use.

Eliminate any cheap products you use, and then you can look at our recommended list and add in a more premium product that is more soothing and gentle. 

But aside from using good products, what else can be done to reduce or prevent skin sensitivity?

If you have any pre-existing skin condition like eczema, make sure you receive treatment for that first. Then really skin sensitivity mainly comes down to factors like stress and cold exposure.[15]

Some research has linked sensitive skin with the rate of water evaporation from the skin. Black and Asian people generally lose water at a higher rate and are therefore more susceptible to sensitive skin.[16]

If you feel that you suffer from chronic sensitive skin, medical guidance advises trialing a 2-week abstinence from topical cosmetics and skin care products. So for 2 weeks, all you can do for skin care is use a mild cleanser or soap to wash with. Then you can add in your regular skin care regimen and see if the break made a positive difference.[17]

Combination skin

Combination skin means that you have skin that’s oilier in some places and dryer in others. Search for skin care products that get rid of dirt and oil from your skin without stripping it of your natural oils, as well as providing proper hydration.

Rather than being a specific skin complaint, really, this is about having a natural mix of skin types on your face. We have differing levels of glands (think the T-zone) as well as changing levels of blood flow, fat, and more. This can lead to the frustrating result of having dry skin in one area and oily patches somewhere else.

A classic example of this is moving through the seasons. Experiencing the weather change during spring or autumn can start to dry your cheeks and around your mouth. Despite this reduction in oiliness, the T-zone can remain shiny and greasy.

Again, a good quality moisturizer is the way to go here. While it gets to work hydrating dry patches, it will also ensure pores in oily areas remain unclogged and get rid of that shiny look. Don’t forget at night and possibly in the morning as well, depending on your needs, to utilize a good cleanser to get rid of any excess oil and grime build-up.

2. Ingredients

Ingredients are everything when it comes to skin care products.

We prefer natural ingredients, and many of our reviews include products loaded with natural ingredients, but we’re not saying that you should buy only products that include them (but know that we like natural ingredients a lot).

Let’s take a look at various skin care products and their important ingredients:

Face Wash/Cleanser

There are a variety of ingredients to look for.

It depends on your skin type, of course – regarding face washes and cleansers, including aloe, salicylic acid (which exfoliates and moisturizes), glycolic acid, allantoin (good for sensitive skin), olive oil, coconut oil, and more.

Cleansers will have a different effect based on how you use them. If you have sensitive skin, you will want to avoid physical cleansers like exfoliants, which rub against the skin to remove dead cells and grime build-up.

Chemical washes, which aren’t as scary as they sound, use surfactants (like a detergent) to mop up oils on the skin and wash them away. Some face wipes will contain solvents to dissolve oils, which are then picked up by the wipe leaving your skin fresh.

We talk about this more in our facial washes article (BB internal link), but you should try to avoid synthetic surfactants like Sodium Laureth Ether Sulphate (SLES) or Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS), which can be quite harsh to your skin.

Face Moisturizer

Retinol, a common ingredient found in skin care products, is an important ingredient for face moisturizers because it acts as an exfoliating agent that reduces dead skin cells that clog pores.

Also, look for moisturizers with antioxidants such as vitamins A and C, green tea, pomegranate, etc. Alpha Hydroxy Acids naturally found in many fruit products also help clear away dead cells while smoothing out the skin.

Look for labels or in the ingredients to make sure that the moisturizer is as natural as possible. You want them to be paraben-free with as few synthetic components as possible.

Acne Wash

Two important ingredients in acne washes are benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. Benzoyl peroxide combats bacteria that cause acne and removes oil and dead skin cells that may clog pores. Another common acne wash ingredient is alpha hydroxy acid.

These washes are important because the main cause of acne is increased sebum production resulting from male hormones. Lab tests have demonstrated that as the levels of male hormone (testosterone) increase in the body, so do the number of acne outbreaks increase as well.

A good wash removed this excess oil and deals with the problems potentially brewing within the pores – namely bacteria. Benzoyl peroxide, as we mentioned, kills bacteria as well as clearing built-up oil making it a great ingredient for acne creams. On the other hand, salicylic acid is also important as it refreshes the skin, reducing inflammation and stripping away dead skin cells.

As with all peeling agents, you may want to ‘spot test’ salicylic acid before you rub it all over your face – especially if you have sensitive skin.

Anti-Aging Cream

Skin aging is a very complex and multi-faceted process, progressing at different speeds in different areas. With humanity in general searching for longer life and much of our self-image tied to our facial appearance, it is no wonder that anti-aging creams, supplements, and lifestyles always have sustained interest.

Skin, perhaps, is the most obvious sign that we are getting older. While there are many promising solutions and creams out there to help combat the most obvious signs, don’t forget that your personal health and external environment play a big part in how quickly your face and skin are aging.

One of the biggest culprits is sun exposure. Whether inevitable due to lifestyle or chosen for tanning, sun damage creates exaggerated signs of aging.[18] Rather than developing fine wrinkles over time, sun damage thickens the skin, increases wrinkle depth, and creates dullness and roughness to skin texture.[19]

Clearly then, there is much to gain from the regular application of proper sunscreen.

Loss of skin elasticity, which leads to sagging, is another giveaway sign of getting older. A smoking habit will damage collagen in the skin, which holds it together and gives it structure. While there are options available that can support collagen production, stopping smoking itself will have the biggest impact on retaining a youthful appearance.

Anti-aging creams include a couple of big-named ingredients – dimethylethanolamine and methylsulfonylmethane (spelling quiz next week) that are natural, not chemical. DMAE prevents the loss of elasticity in the skin, while MSM helps skin cells be more absorbent.

Other key ingredients in anti-aging creams are retinol, hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid, antioxidants such as vitamin B3, C, and E, and more. Creams with Coenzyme Q10 are good for reducing wrinkles around the eyes.

Exfoliators

Many top-quality exfoliators include natural ingredients, such as pumice, cornmeal, walnut shell powder, caffeine, and oats. Skin exfoliators also contain scrubbing beads that remove dead skin cells and range in size from super fine to coarse.

Caution:

Do not choose microbeads made of polyethylene plastic. They wreak havoc with the environment and are banned in the U.S.

Lip Balm

You’ll find Ingredients such as beeswax, shea butter, essential oils, and cocoa butter in lip balm. Lip balms have come a fair distance since the days of smearing petroleum jelly on yourself. That being said, if you’re stuck and you need protection, vaseline will make do!

Lip balms primary use is to protect the delicate skin of the lips, which has a different makeup from the rest of your skin. Many of us have the habit of licking or touching our lips, which temporarily increases their hydration before wicking it away. This sudden loss of hydration damages the skin, leading to chapped and sore lips. 

If left untended to, the broken skin on the lips can invite infection and prolong any present skin complaints. This is why Beeswax has risen in lip balm popularity over the years – it has been shown to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, great for damaged lips.

Keep an eye out for lip balms, which include sunscreen – this will help protect them from burns in the summer months. Don’t worry too much if you can’t get your hands on one – you can just use a bit of your sun protection that you should be using for your face!

Body Lotion

Important ingredients to look for in body lotions are ceramides, alpha hydroxy acids, emollients, humectants, and alpha-hydroxy acids.

Also, look for moisturizing agents such as shea or cocoa butter, carrier oils, and essential oils such as green tea oil, peppermint oil, and tea tree oil.

3. Other things to consider before buying a skin care product for men

Many men’s skin care products (and women’s skin care products, too) include sun protection that works like sunscreen in protecting your skin from the sun’s most harmful rays. Some other factors to consider include:

  • Your age – Retaining moisture in the skin becomes more important as you age
  • Your climate – Where you live, whether it’s in a harsh climate or a milder climate, should influence your skin buying decisions.
  • Price – The price of a product doesn’t determine its quality, so what really matters, in this case, is your budget. Just know that some expensive brands are worthy of their price tags, while others are not. On the flip side, an inexpensive product may suit your every need.
  • Fragrance – Are you looking for skin care products that have a noticeable fragrance? It always helps to check out a product’s scent before deciding to buy it. Hopefully, the above information helps you during the buying process, and there may be other deciding factors that fit your personal needs and style. For now, let’s move on to the best men’s skin care products for men.

The 11 best skin care products for men

1. Face Wash, Great Example – Brickell Men’s Purifying Charcoal Face Wash

Brickell Men’s Purifying Charcoal Face Wash

What stands out about this face wash: 

  • Activated charcoal – still used in medicine to remove impurities!
  • Multitude of great soothing ingredients to keep inflammation and irritation to a minimum
  • Green tea extract gives this wash some toner properties as well

The best face wash for: 

Those of us who need a face wash with a strong cleansing ability that is still kind to sensitive skin. For anyone looking to calm down an angry face after becoming irritated by other products, this is the one to aim for.

Overview:

Don’t get us wrong, we’re all about cleanliness. Technically, there’s nothing wrong with washing your face with bar soap, but you can do so much better.

While standard bar soap removes dirt and grime, it dries out your facial skin and can strip it of its natural oils. That’s why we strongly recommend that you use a face wash such as Brickell’s Men’s Purifying Charcoal Face Wash.

It cleans your face, just like a bar of soap, but does so while gently removing oil and bacteria without irritating or drying out your skin.

Don’t be fooled by “charcoal” in its name, meanwhile. We’re not talking about charcoal in the same sense as we would the type of organic matter over which you grill meat.

True, it’s the same substance, but it’s used in a medical-grade form you’ll find in many skin care products.

Charcoal is good for the skin because toxins stick to it to provide deep cleansing and detoxification. It’s non-abrasive but digs deep to remove excess oil, bacteria, free radicals, and other irritants from your skin’s pores. 

The way it works is surprisingly simple: activated charcoal has a very large surface area per gram. Without going into too much technical science, this means that the charcoal is exceptionally efficient at picking up oil and dirt from the skin, all without needing high amounts of friction. Reassuringly, this is still used in hospitals around the world to help mop up ingested poisons but has now found a following in the cosmetics industry.[20]

And, again, it doesn’t dry out your skin in the process.

Brickell takes things another step further with the addition of other natural ingredients to its Purifying Charcoal Face Wash:

  • Jojoba oil – This helps your skin to retain needed moisture by providing a protective cushion (after cleansing it of dirt and bacteria).
  • Olive oil – Olive oil gently dissolves and removes oil from your face while replacing it with healthy oils that nourish facial skin.
  • Aloe vera – Aloe vera is an ingredient common to many, many skincare products, and it works to retain moisture after the other active ingredients give your face a deep-cleaning.
  • Other ingredients – Brickell’s Purifying Charcoal Face Wash includes a variety of other natural and organic ingredients and nutrients. For example, white willow bark extract, peppermint leaf oil, lemongrass oil, vitamin E, vitamin B-5, vitamin C, eucalyptus oil, and more.

Another reason we included the Purifying Charcoal Face Wash on our list of best men’s skin care products is that it’s suitable for men of all facial skin types.

Moreover, the green tea and essential oils act as a skin toner, making it an excellent multi-purpose face wash.

The good folks at Brickell advise using their Purifying Charcoal Face Wash twice a day – morning and night – and after you exercise. To use, first wash your face with warm water, then rub a quarter-sized amount of the wash over your face with your hands.

Brickell has made quite a name for itself in the past four years.

Started in 2014 by co-founders Josh Meyer and Matt Bolduc – with their first “headquarters” being Matt’s garage – Brickell sells its products in over 20 countries while garnering the attention of many major publications.

With products such as its Purifying Charcoal Face Wash, their growth shows no signs of slowing. It should be a part of every man’s skin care regimen.

The good

  • Great all round wash with deep cleaning action
  • Packed full of natural ingredients to support skin health and vitality

The bad

  • Multi-purpose use as a toner may not suit everyone’s taste

Bottom line

Brickell’s Purifying Charcoal Face Wash is a great all-around choice that suits many skin types. If you haven’t used a proper wash before, you can’t go wrong with this as your first choice. Those with occasional or very mild acne may want to consider it as their go-to preventative treatment.

2. Face Cleanser, Great Example – ZELEN Life Cleanser

What stands out about this cleanser:

  • Reduces oil production and acne breakouts
  • Cleanses even the most delicate skin – without causing irritation
  • Has antibacterial, antifungal, and non-comedogenic properties

The best cleanser for:

It is formulated to be delicate enough for all skin types, particularly sensitive, oily, and acne-prone skin.

Overview:

The combination of ingredients in this particular cleanser really makes this product stand out from the rest. Since the formulation doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals like parabens, sulfates, and petrochemicals, the cleanser gives a very smooth, hydrating, and non-greasy feel after use.

The jojoba oil is known to mimic the skin’s natural oils. This tells your body that it already has enough natural oils and then importantly sends a message to your glands to stop production.

So not only is the product non-comedogenic, but it also helps minimize the production of sebum (the natural oils in the skin). By limiting sebum production, the skin stays hydrated, and the pores are kept clear from clogging. It’s also known to regulate the levels of hormones involved in the health of the skin, thereby promoting the repair of any damaged areas.

Jojoba oil has numerous other benefits, including the promotion of collagen synthesis, wound healing via Vitamin E, and minimization of breakouts with it’s natural antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Not bad, considering we get all these benefits from just one nut![21]

The aloe vera in this product is especially helpful in maintaining the skin’s natural pH balance. Studies have shown that aloe vera is actually packed full of antimicrobial, antifungal, and tissue regenerating properties, making this a very attractive addition to the facial cleanser.[22] 

In fact, aloe vera has also been identified as a natural plant-based surfactant, so the incorporation of it in cleansers has a beneficial effect on the cleansing properties of the face wash as well. The aloe vera helps soothe the skin after cleansing, making this product also suitable for those with more sensitive skin.

The sunflower oil gives the cleanser the ability to retain moisture in the skin and keep it well hydrated for longer periods of time. The presence of sunflower oil (as well as jojoba) makes this cleanser perfect for those struggling with an excess of natural oils and large pores. It also helps minimize the production of sebum and has anti-inflammatory properties, all while maintaining the natural barrier of the skin.[23]

On top of all these key ingredients, the ZELEN Life Cleanser is packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids that help nurture the skin throughout the cleansing process.

If you are trying a 2-week skin care break to reset and heal sensitive skin, you still need a gentle cleanser to wash away any build-up – we recommend this ZELEN Life Cleanser to give your skin the best chance of recovery.

ZELEN Life is a brand I am partly involved in, with someone who is no stranger to skincare issues, Jordan Sully. A completely natural and organic, Mediterranean-inspired skincare range.

The good

  • Sunflower and jojoba oil is very efficient in soothing, repairing, and preventing wounds and outbreaks – a must-have to combat everything from acne to signs of aging
  • The ingredients limit sebum production, resulting in a smooth, non-greasy feeling that reduces acne breakouts
  • Added aloe vera gives extra anti-inflammatory and soothing and hydrating effect

The bad

  • The smooth formulation of the cleanser doesn’t provide physical exfoliation to tackles the pores on a deep level

Bottom line

Overall, the ZELEN Life Cleanser is a unique product that allows gentle cleansing of all skin types, including oil-prone skin, while maintaining the natural skin oil levels undisturbed. The skin thus is left hydrated, nourished, and well taken care of.

The use of Jojoba oil creates a protective moisture barrier around your skin without clogging pores. Notably, jojoba oil is a wax and, unlike other botanicals and essential oils, is hypoallergenic – great for those with sensitive skin.

3. Face Moisturizer, Great Example – Rugged & Dapper Face Moisturizer for Men

Rugged & Dapper Face Moisturizer for Men

What stands out about this moisturizer: 

  • Solid moisturizer under all the other benefits
  • Environmental protection, whatever the weather
  • Hyaluronic acid for minimizing blemishes and aging

The best moisturizer for:

Those guys who spend a lot of their time outdoors or in harsh environments. Men who are looking for products to slow signs of aging should also take note.

Overview:

True, the mark of a good moisturizer is how well it hydrates your face. It wouldn’t be a moisturizer if it didn’t. However, if you find a moisturizer that not only moisturizes but provides other skin benefits, as well, there’s no reason not to take a long, serious look at it.

Rugged & Dapper’s Face Moisturizer for Men is one such product and delivers in a variety of ways: it moisturizes, protects the skin against post-shave irritation, it helps reduce and eliminate signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles.

It also provides protection against harsh weather and damage due to excess exposure to the sun.

Like Brickell and Jack Black, Rugged & Dapper – founded in Los Angeles by the husband and wife duo of Ryan and Janine Labaqui – is a serious player in the men’s grooming game.

Their list of skincare products is designed exclusively for men, especially “everyday” men who lead hectic lives.

Also, like Brickell and Jack Black, R & D’s products include natural and organic ingredients and not the harmful chemicals and toxins found in many skincare options.

The key natural ingredients found in Rugged & Dapper’s Face Moisturizer for men are aloe vera, botanically-derived hyaluronic acid, jojoba oil, shea butter, as well as a host of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

All of this makes a good skincare choice for men with all types of skin.

There’s much more to like about this face moisturizer, as well, including that it’s lightweight and non-greasy and that it’s fragrance-free. There’s no need to worry whether your face smells a bit non-masculine.

But it’s the multi-purpose nature of R & D’s Face Moisturizer for Men that helps make it a cut above the rest.

If you’re an older gent, you’ll appreciate how this moisturizer helps prevent the signs of aging on your face.

While no product can stop the aging process – the search for the proverbial Fountain of Youth continues – a good facial moisturizer does help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Rugged & Dapper’s face moisturizer also provides defense against the sun’s damaging rays, as well as against harsh weather conditions that may accelerate signs of aging.

Because of its thinner texture, the R & D Face Moisturizer for Men absorbs quickly and easily into the skin without leaving behind a greasy or shiny residue. Instead, your skin will have a smooth, matte finish.

The good

  • Multi-action moisturizer that keeps aging at bay
  • Great for extra protection when needed

The bad

  • Some report the moisturizing action is too light for their skin

Bottom line

Rugged & Dapper’s face moisturizer is a strong choice for keeping your face supple and well hydrated. If you have oily or normal skin, you will appreciate the non-comedogenic action alongside the hyaluronic acid for stripping away any grime. Those with dry skin who need a thicker moisturizer may be better served looking elsewhere.

4. Acne Wash, Great Example – Neutrogena Oil-free Acne And Redness Cleanser

Neutrogena Oil-free Acne And Redness Cleanser

What stands out about this cleanser: 

  • Contains a modified salicylic acid delivery system to break up stubborn skin and deep-set grime
  • Gentle enough for those with sensitive skin whilst remaining effective against acne

The best cleanser for:

Those who have stubborn acne breakouts who want an oil-free start to their day.

Overview:

Fighting acne is a challenge made tougher because there are different types of acne breakouts. And, in some cases, breakouts aren’t visible yet.

Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Acne and Redness Facial Cleanser, like all of the company’s acne products, uses a variety of ingredients to treat acne in all its forms, as well as all skin types.

One of the primary ingredients found in this cleanser is salicylic acid, which helps to prevent breakouts. It also includes Neutrogena’s MicroClear technology that helps boost the delivery of salicylic acid.

But there’s more, including cleansers that cut through oil and unclogs congested pores that often lead to breakouts. They also remove dirt and other impurities.

The Acne and Redness Facial Cleanser includes naturally-derived aloe and chamomile extracts that soothe the skin while calming irritation. Your face will look cleaner and feel healthier.

The good

  • A simple and uncomplicated formulation
  • Tackles acne at all stages

The bad

  • Not as many soothing ingredients as other products

Bottom line

Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Acne and Redness Facial Cleanser is a no-fuss face wash that fights all types of persistent acne concerns. Its salicylic acid combined with aloe and chamomile formula is aggressive against breakouts while keeping irritation minimal.

5. Anti-Aging Cream, Great Example – Brickell Men’s Revitalizing Anti-Aging Cream

Brickell Men’s Revitalizing Anti-Aging Cream

What stands out about this anti-aging cream: 

  • Natural
  • Absorb deep into the skin
  • Provides skin treatment from the inside out

The best anti-aging cream for:

Men looking for a one-stop-shop for their anti-aging needs. There are, of course a multitude of factors that go into skin aging, but Brickell’s Anti-Aging cream covers the main bases. 

Overview

Getting old doesn’t have to be so difficult. True, you may feel aches and pains that you never felt before, you can’t burn the midnight oil as you did in, say, your 20’s, and your skin is showing signs of aging.

Fortunately, products such as Brickell Men’s Revitalizing Anti-Aging Cream is here to help – at least when it comes to your skin. It’s the best anti-aging cream for men.

As with all their products, Brickell’s list of ingredients in their Men’s Revitalizing Anti-Aging Cream is 100% natural. Natural ingredients don’t always seal the deal, but they are better for your skin in so many ways.

They also work to slow the signs of aging, which is the bottom line in this case.

Brickell’s Men’s Revitalizing Anti-Aging cream is designed for a man’s thicker skin and works for all skin types, including dry, sensitive skin.

You’ll notice a significant decline in your wrinkles, crow’s feet, and other indications of aging, thanks to its powerful, natural formula. Here’s how it works:

  • Two important ingredients in Brickell’s Anti-Aging Cream are dimethylethanolamine and methylsulfonylmethane – two big, bad chemical-sounding names. But don’t let the names fool you; both DMAE and MSM come from natural sources. DMAE counteracts facial atrophy, a leading cause of wrinkles, while MSM – found in foods such as spinach and kale – reduces age spots and other pigmentation issues.
  • Another powerful, natural ingredient found in Brickell’s Anti-Aging Cream is green tea. Green tea is a strong antioxidant that helps reverse signs of aging and sun damage.
  • Hyaluronic acid, considered the ultimate moisturizer, helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by absorbing and retaining moisture.
  • Another ingredient is aloe, which helps soothe the skin to prevent irritation.

Another word about Brickell’s ingredients: they don’t include parabens, sulfates, glycols, petrochemicals, or a whole lot of other chemicals that can irritate and dry out your skin.

You’ll like the thick texture of Brickell’s Anti-Aging Cream and the fact that a little of it goes a long way. Just use a dime-sized amount for each application; one container should last a month and a half or more.

For the best results, use it twice a day – once in the morning and once before bedtime. Its moisturizing effects continue working while you sleep.

Many reviewers rave about Brickell’s Anti-Aging Cream’s scent, which is a mix of peppermint, eucalyptus, and lemongrass. The fragrance is refreshing, not overpowering, and lingers throughout the day.

Again, there’s no stopping the aging process, but products such as Brickell’s Anti-Aging Cream help slow its progress while reducing its obvious signs – such as wrinkled skin.

The good

  • Green tea helps minimize any sun damage that has got past your SPF protection
  • Contains both DMAE and MSM – a great combination to tackle visible signs of aging

The bad

  • Citrus scent may not be to everyone’s taste

Bottom line

Anti-aging creams may seem like they are aimed at older men, but the active ingredients and action of Brickell’s anti-aging cream say otherwise. Not only does it reduce fine lines, wrinkles and support skin structure, but it also keeps your skin happy and moisturized throughout the day with calming aloe vera.

6. Face Scrub, Great Example – Brickell Renewing Face Scrub For Men Brickell Men’s Renewing Face Scrub for Men

What stands out about this face scrub: 

  • Contains Jojoba beads and pumice
  • Usable by even those with sensitive skin
  • Chemical-free

The best face scrub for:

Anyone with stubborn acne and dried or crusting healing skin. This is a physical exfoliator that strips away dead skin, oils, and bacteria, leaving you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Overview:

Don’t let the name fool you – Brickell’s Renewing Face Scrub For Men is a true exfoliator because it contains pumice. Pumice’s primary purpose is to remove dead skin cells, which is what the exfoliation process is all about.

No matter what you call this product, however, it gets the job done in true Brickell fashion (which is to say it’s of the highest quality).

The Renewing Face Scrub For Men handles the hard work of clearing away dead skin, excess oil, and other facial impurities without drying out your skin.

Instead, it leaves skin feeling soft and your complexion clear due to natural scrubbing particles – jojoba beads and pumice – while other ingredients, such as aloe vera, nourish the skin.

Then again, all of Brickell’s products consist of natural and organic ingredients and are formulated specifically to treat a man’s tough skin. The Renewing Face Scrub has 98% natural ingredients and 70% organic.

Among the other natural ingredients found in this scrub are avocado butter and vitamin E, which help nourish skin, while coffee extract and green tea help energize your skin and senses.

What you won’t find are harmful parabens, sulfates, gluten, petrochemicals, synthetic fragrances, or other types of non-natural stuff that isn’t good for you.

The Renewing Face Scrub for Men has a pleasant scent thanks to the coffee extract and green tea.

Another reason we like this product is that you can use it as a pre-shave to break down tough facial hair and soften the skin. The result is a close, comfortable shave that’s hard to beat.

Also, Brickell’s Renewing Face Scrub for Men works well for men of any age or skin type. If you’re prone to an oily buildup on your skin or blackheads and ingrown hairs, you’ll love this scrub.

The scrub comes in a 4-ounce jar that should last you about two months if you use it two to four times a week as part of your skincare routine or before you shave.

The good

  • A true exfoliator
  • Focus on natural and organic ingredients
  • Can be used as a pre-shave balm

The bad

  • Care needs to be taken with overdoing physical exfoliation

Bottom line

Men tend to have thicker skin than women, so reliance on chemical exfoliators or even just a wash simply isn’t enough for some men. Brickell’s Renewing Face Scrub for Men physically removes dead skin and oils so your moisturizing regime can get to work. They’ve included enough calming agents like Jojoba, so you don’t need to worry too much about skin irritation after use.

7. Microneedle system, Great Example – DS Labs’ StimuROLLER Face

Stimuroller Face

What stands out about this microneedle system: 

  • Uses physical stimulation to bring your skin to life
  • Contains 540 microbes needles
  • Encourages blood flow and production of collagen and elastin

The best microneedle system for:

Anyone who is looking for an alternative method to take care of their skin.

Overview:

Microneedling has been around since the early 20th century but has only become a popular grooming technique in the last few decades.

In essence, it is a method of creating tiny punctures in the skin, which in turn force extra blood to flow to the skin, produces many positive benefits.

For example, the punctures encourage the skin to produce extra collagen and elastin – naturally occurring products of your skin, making it look healthier and tighter, but their production tends to slow as we age.

Not only that: they also reduce the size of pores, eliminates stretch marks, and avoids hyperpigmentation.

A great product that will allow you to do this is DS Labs’ StimuROLLER Face – a system with 540 needles that have been rigorously tested to demonstrate its clinical effects and safety.

Microneedles need to be carefully calibrated to be effective without hurting or damaging your skin – and StimuROLLER is specifically calibrated to work on the face.

You don’t have to use it too often – perhaps once a week, twice at most – and the effects are manifest.

Plus, it doesn’t only improve the skin: it also helps the skin absorb other treatments more effectively too.

The good

  • Great non-chemical care for your skin
  • Proven effect on skin that can’t be replicated with creams or solutions
  • Great alternative to cut down on the number of chemicals you apply each day

The bad

  • It’s a physical product, so there aren’t any added ingredients here to soothe the skin after use – you’ll have to turn to your usual products for that

Bottom line

DS Labs StimuRoller draws on relative advancements in the world of dermatology. While in use for years, micro-needling encourages your body to react in a positive way -rebuilding skin structure and allowing greater blood flow where it is needed most. Ideal for use in combination with anti-aging creams to combat several signs of aging.

8. Lip Balm, Great Example – Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25

Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25

What stands out about this lip balm: 

A purpose-built lip balm that separates itself from the crowd with a strong, resilient barrier for your lips. Includes SPF 25 for the ultimate protection.

The best lip balm for:

Anyone living in more extreme weather conditions or those men who work or exercise regardless of rain or shine.

Overview:

Anyone who lives in a cold climate at this time of year, or any place where harsh weather is not uncommon, knows what impact the environment has on his lips. Dried skin, chapping, soreness – all are symptoms that can make a long winter seem even longer.

But at least you can thank the skin care gods for lip balm. The stuff is almost mandatory for surviving grueling stretches of harsh weather – particularly products like Jack Black’s Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25.

Jack Black’s signature lip balm is our choice for the best lip balm of 2021 for many reasons, including that it contains beeswax, which provides protection, and shea butter, which serves as the primary moisturizer.

Both provide natural protection against Mother Nature’s most harsh conditions.

We also like it a lot because it also includes sun protection and has an SPF of 25, which is higher than what you’ll find in any product that’s not labeled “sunscreen.”

Other key, natural ingredients include green tea, avocado oil, and cocoa seed butter. Jack Black is another company that sticks by the premise that men’s grooming products should have natural ingredients.

The Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm comes in a tube, not in a lipstick-like container like many lip balms, but is easy to apply.

It even comes in a variety of flavors for you folks who prefer that sort of thing in a lip balm (and not that there’s anything wrong with it). Its mint flavor is said to freshen one’s breath.

You’ll appreciate that this balm spreads easily on your lips without leaving a lot of shine. Moreover, it’s dermatologist-approved.

All in all, this is the lip balm to have with you, whether it’s a frigid January morning in America’s Midwest or a hot day at beaches around the world. Your lips will thank you for it.

The good

  • Lip balm that you can use daily but provides strong protection when you need it
  • Combines Beeswax and Shea butter to lock in moisture

The bad

  • We’re not sure there are any!

Bottom line

There are a few items that are a no-brainer when it comes to a purchasing decision. Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm should be in your wash bag and used any time you think your lips are going to be exposed to the elements. If you are looking for a balm because damage and irritation have already set in, this is a great choice for restoring moisture and giving your skin a chance to repair itself.

9. Body Lotion, Great Example – Lubriderm Men’s 3-in-1 Body Lotion With Light Fragrance

Lubriderm Men’s 3-in-1 Body Lotion With Light Fragrance

What stands out about this body lotion: 

This Lubriderm lotion is a great non-greasy and light solution for men who suffer from irritated skin post-shave. This versatile lotion is used as a daily moisturizer by some due to its fast absorption into the skin.

The best body lotion for:

Men who have any sort of negative reaction after a shave. If you are looking for some anti-aging properties in a post-shave solution, this is likely the closest you will get.

Overview:

Lubriderm has a long history of making high-quality products for women. Some say, however, that their 3-in-1 Body Lotion is even better than their lotion designed for women.

We’ve talked about it before, but it’s worth repeating: men’s skin is different from women’s. It’s 25% thicker, for one, so it only makes sense that a man needs a lotion that caters to his skin.

Men also have more collagen than women, so finding a lotion that provides a collagen booster is important. Lubriderm’s 3-in-1 Body Lotion does that and more.

As its name suggests, this lotion is a triple-threat: it works as a body and face lotion, as well as a post-shave lotion. It’s also lightweight, fast-absorbing, and non-greasy.

The Lubriderm brand is all about healthy, comfortable skin. Their dermatologists understand that skin is often impacted by the environment, including extended exposure to the elements, and loses its ability to retain moisture over time.

But Lubriderm is clinically-proven to improve moisture and collagen to give your skin a full feeling of elasticity. It’s enriched with aloe that soothes the skin, especially after shaving.

Lubriderm’s 3-in-1 lotion comes in a 16oz pump container that’s easy to use and cost-effective. We think you’ll also like its scent, which is decidedly masculine with hints of black pepper and sandalwood.

There aren’t many men’s body lotions on the market that smell this good.

The good

  • Multi-use lotion perfect for all skin types
  • Advertised as post-shave but can be used as a moisturizer as well
  • One of the best scents on the list – no citrus here

The bad

  • It is developed to be light on purpose, but a minority find the solution too thin and runny. Some also complain that the pump leaves around 10% of the product at the bottom of the bottle.

Bottom line

There are lots of multipurpose creams and solutions available out there, but Lubriderm Men’s 3-in-1 Body Lotion does a solid job without being too weak or overpowering in one area. Ideal for post-shave but useful for any part of your body that could do with a light and quick moisturizer. Perfect for guys who aren’t fans of applying lots of creams.

10. Eye Cream, Great Example – Brickell Men’s Restoring Eye Cream for Men

Brickell Men’s Restoring Eye Cream for Men

What stands out about this eye cream: 

Brickell’s are back again with another great product – this time using MSM in their eye cream with brilliant results. Combined with other natural ingredients, this is one of the most effective eye creams on the market for reducing puffiness and signs of tiredness and aging.

The best eye cream for:

Men with busy and hectic lifestyles who need to look their best despite less than optimal rest.

Overview:

Yet another quality product made by Brickell, this men’s eye cream does everything you’d expect a good eye cream to do – and more.

Yes, Brickell’s Men’s Restoring Eye Cream will help you get rid of those unsightly bags and dark circles under your eyes. It also gets rid of crow’s feet. It even acts as a great skin toner that reduces the appearance of age spots and gets rid of puffiness.

Indeed, there’s a lot to like about this eye cream, just as there’s a lot to like about Brickell, a company that’s risen quickly in the men’s grooming field simply because it makes great products.

Their Restoring Eye Cream for Men works for men of any age and skin type and is lightweight enough that it absorbs quickly following application.

It doesn’t leave a residue or shine but instead provides a natural look that makes skin more vibrant and youthful-looking.

Several key ingredients combine to make this the best eye cream for men:

  • Matrixyl 3000

Matrixyl 3000 is a blend of protein peptides that boost the production of collagen, which is the main structural protein of the skin.

  • MSM

Also known by its scientific name (Methylsulfonylmethane), MSM sounds like a heavy dose of chemicals, but you’ll find it in “super” foods such as spinach and kale. MSM reduces age spots and other common skin pigmentation issues.

  • Caffeine

Caffeine – that wonderful kick-start in the morning, as well as a beneficial ingredient in many men’s grooming products.

In this case, it acts as a natural stimulant that reduces puffiness around the eyes while eliminating dark circles by increasing blood circulation to the skin around the eyes.

While you might not see significant results immediately after using this eye cream, you will notice a big difference in due time. One jar should last you 45 days if you apply the cream twice a day, as advised.

What you won’t find in Brickell’s Men’s Restoring Eye Cream are sulfates, parabens, glycols, phthalates, petrochemicals, silicones, and other assorted synthetic stuff that isn’t all that good for you. It’s vegan-friendly, and Brickell never tests its products on animals.

The good

  • Fast skin absorption
  • Caffeine helps reduce the appearance of dark circles
  • Strengthens the delicate skin around the eyes

The bad

  • Some find the price too high

Bottom line

For many, this is the first and last eye cream out there. Packed full of natural and organic ingredients that soothe, smooth, and repair the skin and appearance around your eyes, you may find that you never need to buy another eye cream again.

11. Complete Skin Care System, Great Example – ZELEN Life Pack

What stands out about this skin care system: 

A complete skincare routine at an affordable price – the ZELEN Life Pack, treats, nourishes, and supports your skin from the ground up. It even works at night, switching from ‘protect’ to ‘repair’ mode, caring for you and your skin 24/7.

The best skin care system for:

Anyone who is looking to get serious about their skin care and wants to save money rather than struggling to put together a complete skin care plan by themselves. Great for men who have a mixture of products that ‘sort of’ work for them and want to see the effect a cohesive skin care pack will have on their skin.

Overview:

The ZELEN Life Pack has you covered with its unparalleled range of skin nourishing products; no matter what treatment you want to use to keep your skin healthy and rejuvenated, you’ll find it here.

You name it, and the ZELEN Life Pack has it:

  • A daily moisturizer
  • Skin purifying cleanser and toner
  • Exfoliator for the days you need a deeper clean
  • A gentle and soothing mask
  • For night time repair anti-aging cream for every age

In short, it’s an all-around skin care treatment that covers all the bases without over-complicating things.

First, their moisturizer, which can be used throughout the day, is packed full of natural ingredients like Jojoba, calendula oil, and clary sage. Not only do the non-comedogenic oils soothe and replenish the skin’s natural moisture, the antioxidants get to work, mopping up free radicals and reducing inflammation.

Any good skin care authority will tell you about the need for SPF protection from harmful UV rays. ZELEN Life has included calendula oil in part because it promotes the shielding effect of whichever sunscreen you choose.

If you suffer from acne, you will, of course, appreciate the cooling aspect of their moisturizer. This is another reason that the ZELEN Life Cleanser contains Jojoba oil as well. Aside from making sure your pores don’t get clogged up, it combats excessive sebum (oil) production as well as reducing signs of inflammation.

Suitable for almost every skin type, their exfoliator does a great job of including a physical exfoliator that isn’t overly harsh. Made with fine sugar powder, their exfoliator also works several oils into the skin to retain as much moisture as possible.

Finally, we get to ZELEN products that excel at repairing and soothing your face. Their mask gives a deep pore cleanse without aggressive ingredients and includes kaolin clay to pull excess oil and impurities from the skin.

Their overnight anti-aging cream is a must for men of any age who are serious about their skin care. Focusing on fine wrinkles, blemishes, and any scars, natural rosehip reduces their appearance whilst also improving collagen production. This is all supported by the combination of retinoids and apricot, which regulates skin cell growth, removes dead skin cells, and leaves the user with a fresh and healthy appearance.

ZELEN Life is a brand I am partly involved in, with someone who is no stranger to skincare issues, Jordan Sully. A completely natural and organic, Mediterranean-inspired skincare range.

The good

  • A complete skincare routine consisting of ZELEN Life’s 6 organic products
  • Covers all the essential skincare steps with consistent and complementary formulas
  • The system provides day and night, 24-hour therapy to your skin
  • Great price tag for the quantity and quality
  • Every product is chemical-free, cruelty-free, and eco-friendly

The bad

  • Does not include a lip balm or eye cream

Bottom line

The ZELEN Life Pack is a holistic skincare system that is ideal for any man who wants every department covered. Every product is made from premium organic ingredients that work in harmony to provide around the clock therapy to your skin. 

The evolution of men’s skin care

Skin care has been evolving at an ever-increasing rate in the last couple of decades. Renewed interest in men’s well being and skincare has fueled much of the new drive.

The cosmetic skin care industry now showcases an overwhelming amount of products that promise to clean, soothe, restore and protect our skin to at the very least maintain it, if not improve its appearance with youthful vitality.

Skin care is readily available in almost every shop and corner of the internet, but with fantastic claims slapped on every bottle and lotion, consumers now struggle to know which brands and products to trust.

Today’s solutions to long-standing skin care problems and complaints are much refined when compared to their counterparts from just a few decades ago. New ingredients, combinations, and modes of delivery mean the skin can be modified and effected in both strong and subtle ways.

Understanding how best to utilize the most effective skin care treatments available is only possible with extensive knowledge and testing. Proper skin care tells the outside world about your apparent age, lifestyle, and state of health and self-care.

There has been so much change in the last few years that not only do products promote their ingredients, it is now almost as important to know what isn’t in products (like parabens, for example).

Modern skin care

So what is modern skin care?

No longer can we be satisfied with skin care simply being cleaning, cleansing, and improving your outward appearance. With our modern, holistic approach to personal health and skin care, we now expect the skin to be protected from the inside out, with products mopping up damaging free radicals, supporting proper collagen growth, and preventing further damage from environmental factors like the sun.[1]

As the industry matures, whilst there is still plenty of focus on cosmetic benefits such as clear, healthy-looking skin, research is now gravitating towards prevention and therapeutics. This is a result of the understanding that aging is a lifelong process with many internal and external factors involved.

In this day and age, we need our skin to be protected from stressors, soothed and restored after day to day negative external factors while also having an eye on the gradual but inevitable signs of aging.

By targeting factors that affect aging, we are not only minimizing the changes as years go by, we are fundamentally improving and in some times reversing the underlying medical functions that govern our skin’s health.

This means that not only will we look and feel better, but our skin will be in the best position possible to guard against future issues like tissue weakening, infections, and more.[2]

The method to our madness: How we chose these products

In some ways, this post is a compilation of other best-of reviews we’ve done on the types of products we listed above.

We also wanted to take a fresh approach and do some more research on products we’ve already written about while comparing them to others on the market.

A number of factors went into our decision making, including price. Price isn’t everything, yet we strive to include products that fit a variety of price ranges and budgets.

Most of all, we judge a product by its results. If it does what it says it can do and consistently does it at a high level, it always gets our attention. Ingredients and ease of use are among other factors, as well.

Conclusion

As always, we welcome your feedback. What are your favorite products in each of the categories listed above? What products are you using currently? We’d love to hear from you.


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Domen Hrovatin
Domen Hrovatin

Domen—a self-confessed facial hair addict—is a grooming professional, style enthusiast, and someone with deep personal experience and knowledge about male pattern baldness. His work was mentioned in countless notable men's grooming and style publications, including Beardbrand and AskMen.

  • I can see Brickell covers a wide range of skincare products for men.

    Who can tell me if they use natural ingredients?
    Their products look like the perfect gift for a man but the one I have in mind is a natural product and cruelty-free freak.

    Guys, your input will be highly appreciated!
    Thanks

  • Serums of Dermalmd are getting famous because of their natural ingredients and great results. As with the modern skin health-conscious world Dermalmd is helping their patients wonderfully.

  • I didn’t notice a daytime moisturizer with SPF, with the exception of the Jack Black lip balm. Did I overlook something?

  • Gonna check some of these out. I have been using beard oil from Maple Holisitcs and I want to expand the products I use.

  • I’m torn between Brickell and Jack Black products. I’m new to using facial products but I don’t want to use 6 different things morning and evening. What would be a good routine for morning and evening? Also I gave regular/oily skin so would you recommend Brickell orbIaxk Black? I’m a 35 year old male by the way.

  • What is the difference between a face moisturizer and anti-aging cream? Does one replace the other for a morning routine? If not, won’t using both irritate your skin and make the signs of aging more noticeable?

    • The anti-aging cream usually replaces the face moisturizer. Anti-aging creams contain additional ingredients that help fight aging which are not always present in face moisturizers.

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