Being their in-house expert, I’ve come across many hero skincare products that men who don’t usually buy for themselves rate and repurchase, and I wanted to share my knowledge with you.
For this edit, I’ve selected four of the best men’s skincare gifts on the market. With one for every skin type, there’s bound to be skincare essential that will help with his skin concerns.
#1 The Hydrating Must-Have
Concerns: Dry, uneven, fine lines and wrinkles
Hero ingredient: Hyaluronic Acid
Texture: Light, and thin
Skin type: All skin types, mainly dry
Benefits: Hydrating and plumping
Why Does He Need Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic Acid will firm, hydrate, smooth skin texture, fine lines and wrinkles, the benefits are endless! Hydrated skin is its top priority, and it does this by attracting and holding moisture in your cells, hence the plumping and hydrated feeling after you apply.
Different to most serums, Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Bi-Phase Serum activates the skin’s natural hyaluronic acid production using plant extracts, instead of applying it topically to the skin. The innovative serum is very moisturising, which makes it great for basically every skin type, especially dry. You won’t find him complaining about the texture and feel either. It’s so light and comfortable he won’t notice he’s applied it – except for the results, which are too good to miss; plump, hydrated and glowing skin.
#2 The Skin Brightening Booster
Concerns: Dullness, ageing, pigmentation and uneven skin tone
Hero ingredient: Vitamin C
Skin type: All skin types, especially dull and pigmented complexions
Benefits: Brighten, reduce pigmentation and provide antioxidant protection
Why Does He Need Vitamin C?
Vitamin c helps fight off free-radicals like the sun, pollution preventing oxidative stress (skin ageing) using powerful antioxidants. For this reason, it should be a staple in everyone’s regime. You may already know that it’s important to eat greens or fruits high in vitamin c because our body doesn’t produce it naturally, but what about our skin? Similar to this, your skin will only get the real benefits of vitamin c when it’s applied topically in skincare. But nothing good lasts forever; vitamin c is notoriously unstable and decreases in potency over time, so it’s essential to get a formula that uses freshly activated vitamin c.
When I have a big event like a wedding or party to go to, I always plan to look my best, and he’s probably is no different. One party trick that I’ve kept up my sleeve, which I’m going share with you is to use a high vitamin C formula (Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler 10% Pure Vitamin C Booster) two weeks before for glowing skin. The anti-ageing serum is infused with 10% pure vitamin c that can be freshly activated for maximum potency to use over 14 days before an event or just a skin boost.
In my experience and the Escentual Teams, it delivers the most instant results over a fortnight I’ve ever had from using skincare. See the glowing before and after results in a 14-day trial (male and female) and our thoughts:
#3 The Exfoliating Cleanser
Concerns: Whiteheads, dullness, scarring, skin tone and texture
Hero Ingredient: Glycolic Acid
Skin type: All skin types
Benefits: Reduces oil, whiteheads and smooths skin
Why Does He Need Glycolic Acid?
If he has normal skin that airs on the dry side, and you’re looking for a cleanser that smooths and adds radiance, use glycolic acid. It’s also known as AHA; glycolic acid helps to smooth skin, fine lines and wrinkles (making it great against whiteheads). It removes excess dead skin cells and boosts collagen production using a mix of water-soluble acid made from natural sugar cane.
An easy way to slot this anti-ageing ingredient into his regime is with Jack Black Deep Dive Glycolic Facial Cleanser, which also doubles as a face mask! The formula combines the AHA benefits of glycolic acid with purifying clay to help regulate oil and unclog pores. The clay ingredient is excellent to incorporate in men’s skincare because their skin naturally produces more oil than women (this means that the Jack Black Cleanser will also be great for oily and combination skin types too). If that isn’t enough, there’s also the addition of antioxidant volcanic ash, which adds protection against ageing free radicals like pollution, cigarette smoke and UV rays. Skin after will be smoother texture, fresher and will look younger as a result.
#4 The Blemish Fighting Toner
Concerns: Blackheads, acne, blemishes, excess oil, tone and texture
Hero Ingredient: Salicylic Acid
Skin type: Blemish, acne-prone, oily and combination skin
Benefits: Reduces oil, blackheads and future breakouts
Why Does He Need Salicylic Acid?
If he has oily, acne-prone or sun-damaged skin, salicylic acid will be his one-way ticket to a good texture. Dubbed as a BHA, salicylic acid is great for men’s skin because it’s more prone to oiliness, acne or blemishes thanks to its oil-soluble formula. It prevents spots, reduces oil and blackheads working to help with deeper skin issues like excess oil and clogged pores.
There is nothing worse than a bad breakout. So, it’s good to get a formula that works to deal with the current blemishes swiftly as well as preventing breakouts in the future. Lab Series Oil Control Clearing Solution does just that using an oil-busting combination of salicylic acid, fellow AHAs lactic acids, purifying Amazonian white clay and pore-shrinking hazel. The two-phase action of salicylic acid and clay does wonders lifting dead skin cells to smooth the complexion, tightening and removing dirt deep inside the pores. All that’s left is fresh, smooth and blemish-free skin.
Ideal if he values a fuss-free, hard-working formula with no uncomfortable rubbing or abrasion that may aggravate the skin. A few sweeps over the complexion on a cotton pad and you’re done – it’s so quick and easy! So, we can finally put to rest the myth that an exceptional skincare routine takes too much time and effort.