You might think your bathroom is all good with a bar of soap, deodorant, and shampoo. And, on the rare occasion you opt for something more, why not just reach for your significant other’s moisturizer? Think twice. When it comes to skincare, men and women are not created equally. In fact, for the most part, guys need to purchase men’s products. Male skin is thicker, meaning it needs products that absorb more readily into the skin; it also tends to be oilier and warmer since there are more blood vessels. While this doesn’t mean you have to go out and fill your vanity with clutter (when you’re using the right products, you actually don’t need much), surrendering yourself to the joys of skincare pampering might be just what’s missing from your daily routine.
Here’s to channeling your inner Patrick Bateman.
1. Tom Ford Conditioning Beard Oil, $50
When in doubt the answer is always Tom Ford. One of the designer’s latest launches for men includes three conditioning beard oils (and a comb!) that moisturize facial hair while imparting one of three signature scents: Tobacco Vanille, Neroli Portofino, or Oud Wood. The lightweight formulation will work even for fine beards, and the scent/formulation is concentrated, so very little is needed.
2. Kiehl’s Facial Fuel SPF 15, $25
UVA rays — the aging rays — are strong year round, and too much exposure can contribute to skin cancer. Hit two birds with one stone with this moisturizer, finished with SPF 15.
3. Gentleman’s Brand Co. Face Scrub, $26
Exfoliating may be a foreign concept for most men, but if you’re breakout-prone it’s imperative. Use this scrub once a week to rid yourself of pore-clogging dead skin cells.
4. Anthony Hand Cream, $16
For those with serious dry patches, this is the perfect post-pull-up moisturizer to sooth rough hands. Not only is it intensely moisturizing but it works to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
5. L’Occitane Cedrat Stick Deodorant, $18
The brand recently launched an entirely new men’s collection including this round, perfectly sized, stick deodorant. It glides on without a trace and has an alcohol and aluminum-free, non-sticky formula so it won’t irritate skin even during intense workouts.
6. ESPA Men Dual Action Shavemud, $41
When ordinary shave cream isn’t enough, checking out this one which doubles as a cleansing mask. Unlike most creams it won’t just sit on skin but will work to seep in and nourish it.
7. Panasonic 3-Blade Electric Shaver with Built-In Trimmer Wet/Dry, $199.99
If there’s one item worth the up-front investment, it’s a razor. Invest now and you’ll exponentially save down the line. This great, 3-blade cutting system from Panasonic has a pivoting head for a close, precise shave, a high-speed motor that automatically detects and adjusts power levels based on hair densities to achieve a smoother shave, a built-in trimmer, and wet/dry capabilities.
8. Moroccanoil Extra Volume Shampoo ($24) and Conditioner ($25)
What man doesn’t want healthy, voluminous hair? Not only do these products smell great, they’ll revitalize even the most lifeless, limp strands.
9. The Body Shop Spa of the World Himalayan Charcoal Body Clay, $24
Charcoal and clay are the of-the-moment skincare ingredients. Get them both with this body mask perfect for once-a-week use after a particularly sweaty workout. Apply it all over your body in a circular motion to help boost circulation, let it dry for five minutes, and rinse it off in the shower. It will not only help replenish lost moisture but will help sooth sore muscles.
10. Pacific Shaving Company Caffeinated Aftershave, $7.99
Caffeine is already a go-to ingredient in everything from eye creams to anti-aging lotions, and now it has found its way into the shaving world. Why is this so great? Caffeine is an effective vasoconstrictor and antioxidant that can help reduce the appearance of redness, and the naturally-derived caffeine will instantly help “liven up” your skin, making this aftershave the perfect end to your morning beauty routine.
11. VMV Hypoallergenics Shave Cream, $22
VMV Hypoallergenics’s Shaving Line combines shaving and skincare to help you multi-task when shaving. This the line to opt for if you have sensitive skin. Not only are all the formulations designed with anti-acne and anti-aging properties, the shaving creams come in various iterations specific to your hair type (fine, coarse, etc.). They’re also rich in virgin coconut oil to prevent razor burn.
12. Boss The Scent, $85
The latest launch from Boss is formulated with aphrodisiac Maninka fruit (think a blend of passion fruit and rum). Is there really any more that needs to be said?