Clean Mug: 28 Skin Care Essentials For Men

Clear skin, like with fitness or metabolism, is often attributed to nothing more than good genes. There is a certain amount of truth in both cases. It definitely helps to have a good metabolism and broad shoulders in the same way that it is advantageous to have a family history relatively free of acne or eczema. But, that being said, your genetic makeup is not the primary factor when it comes to healthy skin.

The quality of your skin is determined in large part by your diet, your sleeping patterns, and your skin care routine. For a lot of guys, their skin care routine begins and ends with that morning or evening shower. Others go a little further and are sure to wash their face at least one other time a day after shaving. All of this is good – but it’s far from the most you can do for yourself. If you’re interested in investing more time and energy into maintaining and caring for your skin – you need more than just soap and water. We wanted to provide both a top-level introduction to this world, as well as a selection of what we think are some of the best skin care products out there, so we pulled together a list of everything from cleansers to serums and sunscreens.


Get The Dirt Out

First things first, when you’re looking to apply a number of creams, foams, or serums to your face, you’re going to want to make sure that your mug is spick and span. The best way to do that? By using a solid cleanser. These should be gentle treatments that clean your face, but don’t strip it of all the natural oils you have on there. Depending on your skin type – and we all have slightly different skin types – you’re going to be looking for something unique. We’ve pulled together a solid sample of what is out there in terms of cleansers – so take a look through and see if you find anything that suits you.

C.O. Bigelow Deluxe Gentle Cleanser

Great for cleaning up your face without being too harsh on the skin, this foaming cleanser from Bigelow will leave you feeling refreshed and with soft, clean skin. A great addition to your daily routine.

Skin Type: All
Key Ingredients: Almond Oil, Aloe Vera, Calendula Extract

Purchase: $25

Malin + Goetz Jojoba Face Scrub

Feeling as if you need something a bit more aggressive for cleaning your face before you head out to the office for a long day? Consider this face scrub. It features natural extracts that’ll gently strip away dirt and grime – included polyethylene beads will lift dead skin up from your face – leaving it fresh and new.

Skin Type: All
Key Ingredients: Natural Jojoba, Coriander Extract

Purchase: $38

Perricone MD Nutritive Cleanser

Thanks to special acids and antioxidants, this gel cleanser does much more than just clean your face. According to Perricone MD, the formula refines skin, treats wrinkles, and enlarged pores – as well as firms up your visage without drying it out.

Skin Type: Dry
Key Ingredients: Alpha Lipoid Acid, DMAE

Purchase: $45

Aesop Amazing Face Cleanser

A low foaming gel for both oily and normal skin, this formula from Aesop uses natural ingredients to pull away oils and dirt while leaving your face feeling clean, clear, and smooth. It also doesn’t hurt that hit comes in a bottle that is somehow incredibly understated and attractive at the same time.

Skin Type: Oily
Key Ingredients: Orange Peel Oil, Lavender, Sea Salt

Purchase: $50

Natura BisSE

Want a really gentle cleanser for your morning skincare routine? Consider this gel cleanser from Natura Bisse. The all-in-one approach strips dirt and gripe from your face while incorporating oils that’ll keep you in the clear for the rest of the day.

Skin Type: Dry
Key Ingredients: Green Tea Extract

Purchase: $62


Firm Up

So once you’ve cleaned up your face a bit, the next step in your morning skin care routine is to apply a toner. Toners are intended to be a vehicle for nutrients, and to prep your skin for receiving more of the good stuff the rest of your routine is designed to provide. These thin liquids can be applied either by spray, via cotton pad, or by dabbing a few dots into your hands and then rubbing quickly over your face.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Toner

A PH-balanced formula with no alcohol, this toner is designed to clean up one’s skin for preparation before moisturizer. It’s surprisingly thick, but rubs in easily into the skin and leaves you feeling refreshed.

Skin Type: All
Key Ingredients: Apricot Oil, Avocado Oil, Squalene

Purchase: $16

Baxter of California’s Shave Tonic

Developed primarily for those who are looking to add in a pre-shave toner, this formula from Baxter is designed to fresh up your face before lathering up, and once again after you’re done shaving. A great pick for guys who want something built specifically for shaving.

Skin Type: All
Key Ingredients: Denatured Alcohol, Camphor, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf

Purchase: $18

Perricone MD Firming Facial Toner

Designed to gently exfoliate, decrease pore size, and improve the firmness and tone of your face – this lightweight liquid toner is an ideal grab for those trying to beat back premature wrinkles and the appearance of aging skin.

Skin Type: Oily
Key Ingredients: DMAE, Alpha Lipic Acid

Purchase: $27

Allies Of Skin Toner Mist

A toner infused with a host of antioxidants and probiotics, this formula does a whole lot more than just firm up your face. It gives your visage a fresh, clean feel, and helps prep it for serums, moisturizer, or both.

Skin Type: All
Key Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Orange Extract

Purchase: $55

Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Facial Toner

Half a teaspoon of this toner will provide you with plenty of perk and pep for the rest of the day. The alcohol free and anti-oxidant filled liquid will balance out the skin and leave it soft while better preparing it for receiving moisturizer.

Skin Type: Dry, Mildly Sensitive
Key Ingredients: Parsley Seed, Lavender Stem, Blue Chamomile

Purchase: $63


Potions and Lotions

If you’re looking to add something extra into your routine, it’s worth considering a serum. These magical, nutrient and antioxidant-rich liquids can help with specific maladies – like wrinkles or dry skin – or they can be applied generally as a kind of preventative measure. This part of your routine will most definitely be the most expensive. These things don’t come cheap. But don’t worry, they don’t necessarily have to be used as frequently as other parts of your skincare routine.

Lab Series Future Rescue Serum

Feeling father time creep up on you? Lab Series’ serum is designed to help beat him back with what they call a ‘Quad Focus’ approach. This special formula helps your skin defend itself from environmental aggressors while detoxifying the skin.

Skin Type: All
Key Ingredients: Green Tea Leaf extract, Mulberry Root Extract, St. Paul’s Wort Extract

Purchase: $60

Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Serum

More than just trying to freshen up your face with anti-oxidants, Aesop’s serum softens and smooths the skin. To apply, all one has to do is drop half a teaspoon worth into their palms and rub it on their face. The result is a smoother, more toned visage.

Skin Type: Normal To Sensitive
Key Ingredients: Grape Seed, Panthenol, Parsley Seed

Purchase: $73

Sisley – Paris Intensive Serum

An intensive, tropical serum from France that’s been formulated to unclog pores and reduce shine thanks to what Sisley describes as a ‘mattifying’ Java Tea extract. Incense and Myrrh extracts also go a long way towards smoothing the skin and fighting wrinkles.

Skin Type: Combination And Oily
Key Ingredients: Benzoin Extract, Burdock Extract, D-Panthenol

Purchase: $178

Perricone MD Acyl-Glutathione Deep Crease Serum

A concentrated combination of acyl glutathione antioxidants and neuropeptides designed to smooth out the fat and fight accelerated aging. A great pick for those looking to soften skin while also beating back the sands of time.

Skin Type: Any
Key Ingredients: Magnesium Aspartate, Citric Acid, Isopropyl Palmitate

Purchase: $185


Stay Hydrated

Outside of cleansers, moisturizers are likely the most frequently used tool in any guy’s skincare kit. They prevent water loss and, with the help of your body’s natural oils, they form a protective barrier around your skin. More than just using the dry, cold winter, these can be great formulas for using all year round – no matter your skin type. Take a look at some of the options we pulled together below.

Dove Men + Care Cream

Somehow both non-greasy and still incredibly rich, this moisturizer from Dove helps keep skin fresh and soft all throughout the day. A great tool for maintaining and taking care of your face.

Skin Type: Any
Key Ingredients: Vitamin E, B3

Purchase: $15

Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Anti-Wrinkle Cream

This formula from Kiehl’s is designed to both strengthen skin and freshen up its appearance by deeply moisturizing and protecting from the day’s tough rays. A great pick for those who spend a lot of time either in the office or outside.

Skin Type: Any
Key Ingredients: Chestnut Extract, PureVitamin C

Purchase: $36

Clinique For Men Anti-Age Moisturizer

Developed by dermatologists, this moisturizer is tailor-made for those looking to keep their face fresh and youthful as they march further along into middle age. To top off its ability to revitalize tired skin, the lotion is packed full of antioxidants to help stomp out free radicals.

Skin Type: All skin types
Key Ingredients: Shea Butter, Cucumber, St. Paul’s Wort

Purchase: $37

Tom Ford Beauty Neroli Portofino Body Moisturizer

Inspired by the Mediterranean sea, a lot of what sets this particular moisturizer apart from others is its scent. It boasts notes of citrus, bergamot, and amber – ideal for those looking to both refresh their skin and stay fresh and soft throughout the day.

Skin Type: Any
Key Ingredients: Olive Fruit Oil, Date Seed Extract, Grape Seed Oil

Purchase: $67

The Lost Explorer Everyday Face Moisturizer

Designed to both protect your face from the UV rays and nourish it with natural ingredients, this attractively designed bottle of magic is a great grab for those looking to look, feel, and smell fresh all day.

Skin Type: Any
Key Ingredients: Agave, Hydroxyproline, Samphire

Purchase: $72


Block The Sun

Being all golden and tan is cool and all, but that sun exposure comes at a price. One of the best ways to keep your mug silky smooth throughout the years is by being diligent about applying sunscreen. And, despite popular opinion, there actually are a lot of sunscreens out there that aren’t disgusting, hard to rub in, and super oily. Take it from a bunch of white dudes who live in San Diego and go to the beach all the time – the following are some of the best sunscreens out there.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen

If you’re looking to lather up but don’t want to feel all greasy and gray – Neutrogena’s sunscreen is a great pick. It’s easy to apply, fast absorbing, waterproof, and dry to the touch. An all around great pick for the beach, or for long days out on the job.

SPF: 100

Purchase: $8

La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Body and Face Sunscreen

Great for use on the face and body, this sunscreen from La Roche Posay features an antioxidant complex that more than just protecting from UV rays, beats back free radicals. And to top it off? It isn’t greasy in the least. A top tier pick, for sure.

SPF: 60

Purchase: $35

SkinCeuticals Sport UV Defense

Designed to protect from UVA and UVB rays, this sunscreen from SkinCeuticals is both tough enough to keep you free from sunburns on mild days – but durable enough to stay on even during intense workout like marathons.

SPF: 50

Purchase: $45

Kheil’s Super Fluid UV Defense Sunscreen Borad Spectrum

Filled with Baicalin and Vitamin E, this sunscreen from Kiehl’s does a lot more than just keep you protected from harmful rays. It rejuvenates your skin and remains dry to the touch even after application. A great, non-greasy pick for those looking to step up their sunscreen game.

SPF: 50

Purchase: $55

Other Gear

Spruce Up Your Home

Being the gear heads we are, we couldn’t help but suggest a few additions to your bathroom along with all of the above skincare essentials. Whether you’re looking for a new face towel for drying off, a mirror for gazing at your beautiful visage (made all the more stunning thanks to your new sukincair routine), or just a new razor for shaving – we have some suggestions below from some of our favorite online furniture shops.

Onsen Face Towel

Made from American-grown spice cotton and featuring a unique weave, this towel manages to be dry, light, and slightly exfoliating all at the same time. All things said it is an affordable, fun way to upgrade your bathroom.

Purchase: $10

Baxter Of California Exfoliating Body Bar

Looking to take care of more than just your face? This bar of soap will help. It features a textured feel that helps exfoliate your back, chest, and legs – helping you get all the more clean during those evening and morning showers.

Purchase: $18

Harry’s Winston Set

Taking care of your facial hair is just as essential a job as dealing with your skin. One of our favorite tools for tackling the former is Harry’s Winston Set. The affordable set comes with a substantial handle, three blade cartridges, and foamy shaving gel.

Purchase: $25

TRNK Cage Mirror

This unique mirror is great for installing in your bathroom, bedroom, or even hallway. Designed by Form Us With Love, it features a steel wire cage backing that can come in either white or black. A fun grab for updating the home.

Purchase: $135

TRNK NYC Towel Ladder

If you, like us, find yourself draping towels over whatever surface you can reach with a light throw from the bathroom, then maybe this item is for you. Designed to lean up against your wall, it can hold wet towels, laundry, or whatever else you don’t quite feel like throwing in the drawer quite yet.

Purchase: $500

8 Best Solid Colognes For Men

It’s not enough just to look sharp. If you’re hoping to improve your overall getup, consider adding one of these solid colognes to your morning ritual.