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Men’s Skincare Routine 101: Product Basics

Everyone should have a personal skincare regimen. There's are a ton of steps you can take and an endless number of products that can be built into men's skincare routine.

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Most importantly, though, make sure that your routine works for your skin type. Once you do that, you'll be on your way to clearer, healthier skin in no time.

Below is an overview of the steps to incorporate to men's skincare routines, for both face and body, along with some of our favorite products to use for each of them.

Step-by-Step Men's Skincare Routine

1.  Wash

Men's Skincare Routine 101

Wash: It all starts here.  This is a pretty obvious step, but not enough people do it.  Washing your face removes buildup, boosts hydration and helps you maintain clear-looking and radiant skin.

Jack Black Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser is a two-in-one facial cleanser that also has a cooling down after effect that makes it feel like an aftershave, too.

2.  Exfoliate

Men’s Skin Care Routine 101

When done with the right frequency, exfoliation does wonders for the skin by removing dead cells and unclogging pores, but, if you do it too often, you risk causing redness and sensitivity.

Depending on your skin type, you're going to want to exfoliate between one and three times a week.  Kyoku for Men Exfoliating Facial Scrub zaps away blackheads like no other.  Plus, it's got a cooling effect and a neutral, unobtrusive scent.

3.  Tone 

Men’s Skin Care Routine 101

This is a particularly good step for people with oily skin or clogged pores.  Baxter of California Herbal Mint Toner clears acne like magic. Use it after a shower for a clean, refreshing feeling.

4.  Serum 

Men’s Skin Care Routine 101

The serum penetrates the skin more deeply and is increasingly important as the skin ages.  Lab Series Future Rescue Repair Serum is very light on the skin and will keep your face blemish-free.

5.  Moisturize 

Men’s Skin Care Routine 101

Moisturizing is the simplest way to stay wrinkle-free.  Those with oily skin should look for a lotion and those with dry skin should look for a cream. Brickell Men's Daily Essential Face Moisturizer will leave your skin feeling soft, but not greasy.

6.  SPF 

Unseen Sunscreen

Incorporating sunscreen into a daily men's skincare routine is the single most important thing you can do for the health of your skin.  Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 from Supergoop! is light and silky smooth sunscreen that won't leave your skin feeling greasy or oily.

7. Mask

Men’s Skin Care Routine 101

Whenever the weather has been harsh or you've been indulging in less than healthy foods,  your skin might start showing signs of wear and tear. Hit reset by using a facial cleansing mask.

8.  Eyes 

Men’s Skin Care Routine 101

Take care of the skin around your eyes,  and it'll immediately improve the appearance of your entire face.  Rugged & Dapper Eye Cream for Men will take care of dark circles and puffiness after a few weeks of use.

9.  Lips 

Men’s Skin Care Routine 101

Especially in cold weather, keeping your lips looking good can be tough.  According to some guys, Anthony Mint & White Tea Lip Balm is some of the best there is - you only need a small amount to protect your lips from the elements.

10.  Body Wash

Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Refreshing Body Wash

Your body wash needs to be able to clean your skin without leaving it dried out. Crabtree & Evelyn Hair and Body Wash for Men does just that,  plus it's got a great scent of sandalwood that makes it one of the best smelling body washes on the market.

11.  Body Exfoliator  

Men’s Skin Care Routine 101

There's nothing more wonderful than the head-to-toe softness that comes from a full-body exfoliation.  For best results, exfoliate once a week.  Use Mr. Bean Organic All Natural Coffee Bean Exfoliating Body Skin Scrub with Coconut Oil for a truly incredible scented scrubbing experience.

12.  Body Moisturizer  

Men’s Skin Care Routine 101

Use body moisturizer to keep your entire body feeling silky smooth.  Archipelago Botanicals Botanico De Havana Lotion is widely regarded as one of the best lotions for your body because it keeps skin smooth all day without making it greasy or sticky.  Some guys even use it on their face after shaving.

13.  Hands 

Men’s Skin Care Routine 101

You're always using your hands, so they undergo a ton of stress.  Help prevent dry and rough skin by using a moisturizer that's specifically meant for your hands.  L'Occitane Almond Delicious Hand and Nail Cream smells incredible, goes on smooth, and dries quickly.

14.  Feet 

Men’s Skincare Routine

Even if people don't see your feet all that often, keeping up their appearance shouldn't be any less important.  AVAHA Mineral Foot Cream will prevent dry skin on your toes and heels.


Born and raised in Austin, David is a dedicated writer and avid fragrance lover. When he's not trying out perfumes, he enjoys traveling and exploring new restaurants.