Down the brightly lit aisles of the drugstore, amongst the razors and shavers, the ever-expanding men’s grooming section stands. Its vast selection now includes everything from beard oil to facial toner to lip treatments. Some packaging may resemble more of a craft beer than a shampoo; still others just scream out “I’ll keep your skin supple, but don’t sweat: this matte black bottle won’t damage your fragile masculinity!” Problematic gendered marketing is a story for another day. In the meantime, here are the best men’s skincare products to raid from the men’s section. Because honestly, who actually cares?
Boasting a cocktail of antioxidant ingredients and SPF 25 to boot, this non waxy formula works like a dream and plays well with others. As the formula doesn’t have the usual glassy shine of a thick lip treatment, when used sparingly it works well as a base for your lip colour. It’s available in an impressive 11 scents: I personally opt for the black tea and blackberry scent (name a finer flavour combo. I’ll wait).
Whilst the bulky white and blue bottle may not be the most aesthetically appealing item on your vanity, hear me out. YouTuber Nikkie de Jager brought this gem to our attention years ago, and it’s been favoured ever since. The cooling glycerine-based formulation provides a nourishing base for the next steps of your routine. Also, it literally costs the price of two coffees. You do the math. It’s definitely earned its place as one of the best men’s skincare products.
I like my scents to take me on a wild journey, and this is one hell of a midnight motorcycle ride. Pine mixed with leather and tobacco work together to create a mysterious, brooding, wilderness vibe. Let’s just say if I had to pick a scent that evokes a David Lynch mood, it’d be Russian Leather. The Russian Leather range also includes an eau de toilette and candle, and they are all calling my name from beyond the pines and the sycamore trees (or something like that).
I had already finished the bottle before discovering that this was technically a dude brand. Whatever. The minimalist blue packaging appealed to me and I was enticed by thoughts of a crisp ocean breeze. The end result? An invigoratingly refreshed tingling scalp with the faint scent of peppermint. Definitely not disappointing.
Whilst I will only occasionally opt for an exfoliation product intended for men (they’re typically harsher), these resurfacing wipes are somewhat of a mini facial in a packet. Each double-sided wipe provides exfoliation plus a moisture boost, and is packed with natural, invigorating ingredients. These are definitely an oily girl’s best kept secret.