Each year, we see skincare companies invest more and more money into men’s skincare products. According to this report, over 9 in 10 men now use skincare products, whether it’s facial or body skincare, shaving products or hair care products. A glance at your local supermarket and a search online will confirm this – there are now a plethora of options for men when it comes to taking care of their looks.
So the question we’re hearing a lot of readers ask is” which skincare products are the best? That’s why we’ve put together this list of the Best Men’s Skincare Products 2013. If you have any products you recommend or think should be included in this list, let us know in the comments section below.
Best Men’s Skincare Products 2013 List
Best Facial Cleansing Products for Men
The basic facial cleanser is one of the most important steps in skincare. As the first part in any man’s skincare regime, a good facial cleanser should get rid of grim and dirt, but not strip the skin of its natural oil (sebum). You’ll notice there are no facial bar soaps in this, that’s because the compound which keeps bar soaps in shape often irritate the skin. The best products in this category are all gentle, and won’t damage the skin.
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser – The ultimate cleanser for any skin type. It’s gentle, soothing and doesn’t strip oil from your skin.
QV Face Gentle Cleanser – QV and Cetaphil are similar in that they provide skincare products that don’t harm the skin. This cleanser product is great for a no-fuss start to your skincare regime.
Clinique Liquid Face Wash – Regular strength – The best skincare product for men to tackle oily skin is by washing their face and this cleanser does it perfectly, leaving the skin squeaky clean.
Ultraceutical Gentle Cleansing Gel – Ultraceutical is mostly target at men with higher disposable income, but their cleansing products – this Gentle Cleansing Gel in particular – should be in every man’s skincare regime. It add nutrients back into the skin and doesn’t contain harmful ingredients.
Best Facial Toner Products for Men
The purpose of a toner is to prepare the skin so it’s ready to be moisturized, and these toners all do this. Alcohol is often put in toners since it helps deal with razor bumps and cuts. The best toners are therefore also astringents, and the below toner products all serve this dual purpose.
The Body Shop Tea Tree Clearing Toner – Tea tree is often used to keep wounds free from infection. This toner is suited for men with oily skin.
T.N. Dickson Witch Hazel Toner – Toners made from the witch hazel flower is one of the best natural astringents.
Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner – For those who prefer an alochol-free toner.
Best Skincare Serum Products for Men
As the old adage goes, prevention is always better than cure. When applied to skincare, this means serums. A lot of men skip this step, but serums form an important part in a man’s skincare regime since it targets specific problems. For example, serums with high concentrations of vitamin C help repair skin damage, whilst other serums may help erase wrinkles and put more moisture back into the skin.
SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum – Often hailed as an ‘it’ product, this serum uses vitamin C and E to reduce sun damage and spots. Great for men who spend a lot of time outdoors.
PRIORI Coffeeberry Serum – Formulated with CoffeeBerry, one of the most potent antioxidants, this is a serum to help boost the skin’s immune system. It’s also fragrant free.
Best Sunscreen Products for Men
The sunscreen is perhaps the most important and most under-used skincare product for both men and women. Perhaps it’s because many men don’t like how sunscreens are often sticky and have a trace of whiteness due to the zinc oxide. The best sunscreen products are not sticky, oily and don’t leave a white trace. They can also be used by men with any skin type.
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen Lotion – This chemical sunscreen from skincare giant Neutrogena is an all-year favourite and comes in SPF 30, 50 and 100.
EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 – Recommended by physicans as a post-surgery sunscreen, Elta MD uses natural sun protectant zinc oxide in this product. The best thing is that it’s natural and doesn’t have the white tell-tale cast.
Hamilton Everyday Sunscreen SPF 30 – Don’t let the cute packaging fool you, this is one of the best sunscreens in the market. Its non-greasy formula is great for outdoor sports.
Best Eye Cream Products for Men
One of the biggest questions at HommeStyler is the question of dark circles, aka. under-eye bags. For busy working men who often have to pull off all-nighters, we’ve chosen these eye creams for A) their ability to target dark circles, and B) for protecting the sensitive skin under the eye.
Peter Thomas Roth Power K Eye Rescue – The key ingredient in this skincare product is Vitamin K, which has been proven to reduce dark pigments and circles under the eyes. The jar packaging means it’s best to apply this to your skin using a cotton bud.
Dr. Brandt Dark Circles Away Eye Serum – This product uses a ball ball applicator to help massage and refresh the eyes. Its ingredients also boost collegan levels and gets rid of tired, puffy eyes.
Anthony Logistics Continuous Moisture Eye Cream – Uses a combination of natural ingredients like jojoba oil, shea butter and squalene to diminish fine lines around the eyes.
Best Vitamin A Skincare Products for Men
Vitamin A is often used in the form of retinol in skincare. It’s often called the holy grail of skincare – it helps generate new skin cells and helps with issues like uneven skintone, fine lines, spots and basically rejuvenates skin. Vitamin A products should only be used at night since it become ineffective when it comes in contact with sunlight. Because vitamin A and retinol can irritate the skin,start off with a lighter dosage, like the below products.
Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Anti-Wrinkle Deep Wrinkle Night Moisturizer – By combining vitamin A with hyaluronic acid, this nighttime product should be your best friend in your skincare regime. The vitamin A helps the hyaluranic acid to penetrate men’s thicker skin to moisturize and protect it.
Green Cream – Named after the colour of the product, Green Cream has a cult following by men and women who know their skincare products. Start off with Green Cream Level 3 (the product containing the least retinol) before going on to Levels 6 and 9.
La Roche-Posay Redermic R – Trust the French to make great skincare products. This ‘Redermic R’ serum from La Roche-Posay contains 0.1% retinol – which is enough to make a difference to any man’s skin. Put some over scars or deep lines and see them go away within six weeks.
Best Skincare Moisturizer Products for Men
Regardless of the weather, you should never leave the house without moisturizer. In particular, as the season changes in, it’s important to keep the skin moisturized. When skin is dried out, it will cause the skin to naturally produce more sebum, thereby making your skin more oily and difficult to manage. The best skincare moisturizers are products which hydrate the skin and don’t make you feel oily.
Cetaphil Moisturzing Lotion – Simple is often the key to ideal skincare products, and that’s why Cetaphil hits the mark. There’s nothing your skin doesn’t need in this moisturizer’s formulation.
Hydra Sensitive – A standout moisturizer that particularly helps skin after a shave. Alcohol-free, PH neutral and easily absorbed by men’s thicker skin makes this a standout moisturizer.
Hydra Balm by Skinceuticals – Originally designed to help post-operation recovery, this product is a pricey but very worthwhile investment moisturizer for men with severely dry skin.
Do you have a favourite product you think should be on this list? Let us know in the comments below.