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Fess up, guys: How much time do you really dedicate to your skin care routine? If the answer is “not much,” then you may want to reconsider. There are some basic skin care steps that should be a part of everyone’s routine—we’re talking about washing your face with a facial cleanser, applying moisturizer to hydrate your complexion, and taking sun protection measures before heading out of the door for the day. But what are the best skin care products for men? It turns out that besides the basics, guys also have specific skin care needs—like post-shave care—that need to be addressed, too.
The bottom line: Putting together a skin care routine for men is necessary, and it doesn’t even have to be difficult—so there’s no excuse not to! Keep reading to learn all about the best skin care for men.
If you’re building a skin care routine, we recommend stocking your collection with facial cleanser, moisturizer, after-shave, eye cream, sunscreen, face scrub, face mask, and beard moisturizer. That may seem like a lot of men’s skin care products, but you won’t use all of them every day! Below, find product recommendations for each.
Pollution, sweat, and impurities can all build up on the surface of your skin, which can lead to clogged pores (and clogged pores can lead to breakouts and blackheads). And that's why you should keep your bathroom stocked with a facial cleanser.
Our best face wash for men, the L’Oréal Paris Men Expert™ Hydra Energetic Extreme Cleanser Infused with Charcoal, is formulated with charcoal to capture and get rid of all kinds of dirt on the surface of skin and address five skin issues caused by daily city grime: oily skin, dirt, dullness, clogged pores, and a sticky feel. (Speaking of charcoal, check out our charcoal mask while you’re revamping your skin care routine!)
How to use it: Apply the facial cleanser twice daily to wet skin, concentrating on your forehead, nose, and chin, which are areas that tend to appear oilier than other parts of your face.
Does the appearance of wrinkles have you feeling down? It could be time to add an anti-aging moisturizer to your skin care routine. The L’Oréal Paris Men Expert™ Vita Lift Anti-Wrinkle & Firming Moisturizer addresses the appearance of sagging on the face and neck, reduces the look of wrinkles, and helps skin feel firmer. It can also help soothe skin and minimize the feel of razor burn, easily making it our pick for L’Oréal Paris’ best moisturizer for men.
How to use it: Apply the moisturizer morning and night to face and neck.
Like the moisturizer above, the L’Oréal Paris Men Expert™ Vita Lift SPF 15 Anti-Wrinkle & Firming Moisturizer addresses the appearance of wrinkles and helps soothe skin. It provides long-lasting hydration and has a non-greasy, non-sticky feel. Bonus: It's also formulated with broad-spectrum SPF 15, making it a great morning skin care product pick.
Wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen daily as directed is crucial—but that’s not the only sun protection measure you should take. Additionally, you should also reapply sunscreen at least every two hours (or immediately after swimming or sweating), limit your amount of time in the sun (especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., which are peak hours), seek shade, and cover exposed areas in long sleeves, pants, a broad-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses.
How to use it: Apply the moisturizer with SPF to your face and neck in the morning.
You’re probably not immune to the appearance of dark circles under the eyes or under-eye bags—if you are, we're incredibly jealous. Assuming you aren't, you might be interested to know that the L’Oréal Paris Men Expert™ Hydra Energetic Ice Cold Eye Roller targets five eye concerns: dark circles, under-eye bags, puffiness, tired eyes, and roughness. Oh, and did we mention that it has a cooling applicator? We consider it a must-have of the best skin care for men.
How to use it: Gently roll the eye cream on under your eyes, starting from the bridge of the nose and moving outward. (By the way, here’s How to Get Rid of Under-Eye Bags | 15 Pro Tips!)
Men need to exfoliate, too! Try adding an energizing face scrub into your skin care routine a few times a week to help slough off dead cells, dirt, and debris that can build up on the surface of the skin. We love the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Resurface & Energize Kona Coffee Scrub, which instantly wakes up a tired complexion for skin that’s smooth, energized, and invigorated.
How to use it: A few times a week (or as often as your skin can handle it), use dry fingers to smooth a small amount of the scrub onto clean, dry skin. Then, massage it over your complexion with wet fingers before rinsing off with lukewarm water.
Everyday shaving can irritate your skin, so soothing it should be a top priority. The L’Oréal Paris Men Expert™ Hydra Energetic After Shave Balm addresses the signs of post-shaving discomfort and provides long-lasting hydration.
How to use it: Apply it all over your face and neck after shaving.
It’s not just your skin that could benefit from the use of a moisturizer—if you have a beard, that needs some love, too! Try the L’Oréal Paris Men Expert™ Hydra Energetic 3-Day Beard Moisturizer. It's formulated with vitamin E to help hydrate your skin. When it comes to your beard, this moisturizer can help facial hair feel soft, supple, and smooth.
How to use it: Apply the moisturizer onto your clean skin and beard morning and night.
For more tips on the best skin care for men, here are 4 Skin Care Hacks Every Man Should Try.
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