The Ultimate Guide to the Best Men’s Skincare Routine
Whether a man is new to skincare or you catch him stealing your eye cream, he deserves his own skincare routine specific to his needs and skin type. Men and women have fundamental differences in their skin. For starters, men have been reported to have about 25% thicker skin than women. They also have significantly higher sebum production, larger pore size, and more forehead wrinkles. Their oilier skin means that they usually have more blackheads, especially on their t-zone. All the more reason that your partner, brother, friend, or roommate needs to ditch his bar of soap and stop stealing your products.
We have created a super simple guide to help you create the best men’s skincare routine; a simple, face-saving skincare regimen with products that are multi-functional. The key is to start slow so the process is not overwhelming. We promise once he starts to see the glow he will want more.
Choose a cleanser that is the best fit for his skin type. One of our favorites is Sensi Wash—it’s a milky cleanser that is perfect not only for cleansing the skin but it can also double as a shaving lotion or a beard cleanser.
Sonya’s Pick: Sensi Wash
We love a multi-functional product, and a toner definitely fits the bill. A good, alcohol-free toner helps fight breakouts and balances skin. Think of toners as supplements—these thin liquids deliver an extra shot of nutrients, helping the other products in a regimen absorb better, while still balancing the complexion. Toner can also be used as an aftershave; just spray all over skin post-shaving to reduce any irritation.
Both men and women need to use moisturizer to keep their skin looking and feeling healthy. For men who shave their face, moisturizers are a necessary element of any skincare regimen. Since most men tend to have oilier skin than women, choose a water-based, light lotion with antioxidants to keep his skin energized and firm, while protecting it from environmental toxins.
Sonya’s Pick: Detox Daily Moisturizer
We all know how much we love a good face oil, so why not share your obsession with the men in your life. Why do men need face oil? The obvious benefits are that the nourishing oil balances skin’s natural oil production and gives skin that golden glow. Men can also use face oil as a pre- and post-shaving serum. No matter how advanced a razor is, using a face oil pre-shave can help protect skin from irritation caused by razor drag. Post-shave an oil rich in Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids will help instantly reduce any redness, irritation, or inflammation. Make sure to apply on face and neck (wherever he shaves). Speaking of shaving, a man can treat any ingrown hairs on his face and neck with Blemish Buster as a spot treatment.
Research shows that men’s skin is more likely to be damaged by UV rays and that men are more likely than women to develop melanoma, a deadly type of skin cancer. Those with fair skin have a higher risk, but people of all skin types can be affected by skin cancer. Daily use of a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher can reduce the risk of skin cancer by up to 50 percent! Sunscreen also helps fend off wrinkles, age spots, and leathery, weathered skin. Be sure to apply on all parts of the skin exposed to the sun, including the ears, back, shoulders, and the backs of the legs.
Sonya’s Pick: Face Shield SPF 30
Fine lines, dark circles, and puffiness—yes men get those too. Since the skin around the eye does not have any oil glands, it’s where we see the first signs of aging. For under eye bags and inflammation, caffeine, CBD peptides, and antioxidants can leave tired eyes bright and energized.
Sonya’s Pick: Jade Energy Eye Balm