Skin is skin, and everyone can benefit from putting a little extra time into caring for theirs, regardless of age or gender. The vast majority of skincare products are unisex and will work for anyone, which is good news for men interested in taking better care of their skin in a market that is dominated by marketing to women.
That said, there are some physiological differences that tend to be present in men's skin compared to women's. For example, men tend to have thicker facial skin, with higher oil production. And, many experience facial sensitivity and redness from shaving.
Taking these differences into account, we are sharing our top 10 skincare picks for men, including something absolutely everyone should be using (*cough* sunscreen *cough*) and an all-in-one product designed specifically for men who don't want to commit to a full routine.
1) Cleanser: SkinMedica Facial Cleanser
A good cleanser should be the first step in any skincare regimen. Aside from helping your skin feel fresh and clean after a workout or long day, a good cleanser helps prevent skin problems by removing pollutants that can clog pores and create irritation.
SkinMedica's Facial Cleanser is a classic foaming cleanser that is effective at removing dirt and impurities, but is still gentle enough to be suitable for all skin types. It also includes Vitamin B5 to help bind moisture to the skin's surface, meaning it leaves your face feeling clean but not dried out.
We also recommend: Obagi-C C-Cleansing Gel for normal to dry skin, and Sente Daily Soothing Cleanser for guys with sensitive skin. Jan Marini Bioglycolic Oily Skin Cleansing Gel is a great option for very oily or acne-prone skin.
2) Hydration Spray – NeoGenesis Moisturizing Mist
Using a hydration spray after cleansing your face, and especially after shaving is a great way to soothe and hydrate skin, and prepare it for serums and moisturizers afterwards.
What we love about NeoGenesis' Moisturizing Mist is the extra hydration and anti-aging boost it adds with antioxidants and NeoGenesis's patented stem cell technology that helps skin repair itself. Not only will this spray help soothe and moisturize skin, in preparation for your routine, but it has its own active ingredients too.
Other options: ClarityRx Take Your Vitamins | Daily Mineral Spray is another great hydration spray that has the added bonus of more than 70 minerals and colloidals to help nourish skin. And, it doesn't come in a spray bottle, but Revision Soothing Facial Rinse is the perfect follow up to facial shaving and a great foundation for a skincare regimen.
3) Hydration Serum - Revision Hydrating Serum
As we age, our skin loses its natural ability to retain moisture, which can cause a host of problems including sagging and imbalance in oil production.
One major way to help skin stay hydrated and youthful is to add a hydrating serum to your regimen that includes Hyaluronic Acid (HA). HA is a naturally occurring hydrophilic compound found in skin, but it diminishes over time. By adding it back to your skin in an absorbable form like the sodium hyaluronate in Revision's Hydrating Serum, you can see younger looking skin that feels healthier and more hydrated too.
4) Anti-Aging Serum – iS Clinical GenXc Serum
If you want to address signs of aging like wrinkles and improve your skin's texture, there are a ton of anti-aging serums on the market.
When it comes to serums that are best suited for men's skin needs, it's hard to find one better than iS Clinical GeneXc Serum, which has been recognized by Men's Fitness Magazine as a great choice. It's a powerful formula packed with proprietary enzymes, antioxidants, and botanical extracts to provide well-rounded results for younger, brighter looking skin.
5) Sensitive Skin Serum – ClarityRX Take it Easy Calming Serum
For those who experience a lot of irritation, sensitivity, or redness after shaving, adding a specialized serum to your skincare routine can be a game changer.
Formulated to soothe your skin and help it improve its own resilience, ClarityRx Take it Easy Calming Serum is a great option to consider. It can help reduce redness and inflammation, while hydrating and softening your skin. Plus, since it's a Hyaluronic Acid-based formula, it can double as your hydrating serum.
6) All-in-One Treatment – Restorsea PRO All Day Everyday Lotion 3Xn
If you've gotten a bit overwhelmed with all the products up to this point, we've got an all-in-one product that can simplify things for you.
Restorsea's founder Patti Pao developed their PRO All Day Every Day Lotion 3X as a combination moisturizer and anti-aging product for her male friends and investors who wanted to use only one product.
This comprehensive treatment can help moisturize, soften, and smooth skin, all in one step. It's best suited for guys with normal to dry skin, but it's safe for sensitive skin too.
7) Eye Treatment – EltaMD Renew Eye Gel
Skin is thinnest around the eyes, so it's one of the first places on the face to start showing signs of aging like crows feet, sagging eyelids, and dark circles.
EltaMD Renew Eye Gel is designed to help improve the health of the fragile skin around your eyes to reduce puffiness, smooth lines, and fade discoloration. It's a great comprehensive, oil-free formula that can help your eyes look and feel better quickly with daily use.
8) Moisturizer – AnteAGE Moisturizer
It's a skincare basic for a reason: everyone should be using a moisturizer to help keep skin looking and feeling its best, especially after washing or shaving your face.
AnteAGE's moisturizer is an incredibly complex and advanced formulation that uses lipids to physiologically nourish and moisturize skin while helping to improve its functionality. It's also got anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-pollution and even blue light protection to support your skin against everything that tries to damage it.
We also recommend: EltaMD AM Therapy Facial Moisturizer for a budget option and Sente Dermal Repair Cream for dry skin. Revision Skincare Intellishade Clear is also a great anti-aging moisturizer, with built in SPF 50 protection.
9) Facial / Beard Oil – OsmosisMD Immerse Restorative Facial Oil
If you have extra-dry skin, or a beard, it may be a good idea to add a facial oil to your skin routine to keep your skin and facial hair looking their best.
With a naturally-sourced blend of oils, Osmosis MD Immerse Restorative Facial Oil is an anti-inflammatory and conditioning boost to your skin's health.
Antioxidants help support your skin's healing processes, and help skin glow. Plus, it can be smoothed into facial hair to give your beard or mustache a softer, healthier look and feel.
10) Sunscreen – EltaMD UV Sheer Broad Spectrum SPF 50
By now everyone knows that wearing sunscreen daily is important to prevent skin cancer, so hopefully you're already lathering up. But, it's also the most cost-effective way to keep your skin looking younger since sun damage is a key driver of signs of aging like wrinkles and uneven pigmentation.
As lightweight, quickly absorbing formula, EltaMD UV Sheer is a great daily product that provides SPF protection without feeling heavy or greasy.
We also recommend: EltaMD UV Sport for a full-body option, or Jan Marini Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant SPF 33 for people with oily or acne-prone skin.
For more great skincare products for men, check out our full Men's Skincare Collection.