Best skincare products for men [reviewed 2021]

Vanessa Gibbs

Guess what? Men need to look after their skin, too! And there are plenty of great skincare products out there that can help with everything from dry flaky skin to oily patches, from ageing and wrinkles to acne. 

Plus, you don’t need to stick to “for men” products only. In fact, many brand’s products are actually unisex. While male skin can differ from female skin—it’s often thick and oilier, for example—many skincare products are designed to help skin, no matter the sex. You simply need to find the right ones for you. Not sure where to begin? That’s where we can help. 

Here at Face Dr, our team of experts have helped thousands of clients—including men!—build the perfect skincare routine for their skin. With decades of experience, our team knows a thing or two about the latest products out there and which ones are worth your time, money and a place in your skincare routine. 

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Here are our top recommendations for skincare products for men:

#1 ZO Daily Power Defence

#2 ZO Gentle Cleanser 

#3 ZO Dual Action Scrub

#4 ZO Complexion Renewal Pads

#5 AllSkin Med Mineral Fluid SPF 50 

#6 Kiehl’s Age Defender Power Serum

#7 Medik8 Lipid Vitamin C Radiance Serum

#8 Paula’s Choice Purifying Clay Mask

We always recommend medical-grade skincare products over high street brands. That’s because they contain much higher percentages of active ingredients, so are much more effective. For example, we’ve seen first-hand results from the brands ZO Skin Health and AllSkin Med which is why our experts always recommend these to clients. We’ve included some other top recommendations too though if you’re looking on the high street. 

Interested in our other product recommendations? We’ve covered our top picks for concerns like sensitive skin, ageing and dull skin.  

Let’s dive into why these eight products are among our favourites. 


#1 ZO Daily Power Defense 


Good for: Keeping skin healthy 

Daily Power Defense serum is an easy one to add to your daily routine, but one that comes with plenty of benefits. So it’s great for those who don’t want to add a lot of products to their routine, but still want results. 

Not only can it help to protect the skin from damage, but it boosts collagen and cell renewal and smooths fine lines and wrinkles for a more youthful look. It can also add hydration and strengthen the skin. Plus, it’s lightweight meaning you won’t even notice it. It’s perfect for everyone from those with oily skin or acne to those with dry skin. 

ZO Skin Health Daily Power Defense

 

#2 ZO Gentle Cleanser 


Good for: An everyday face wash 

This gentle cleanser from ZO Skin Health is a skincare routine essential. It helps to remove dirt and oil build up to keep the skin looking clean and clear without irritating it or drying it out. The cleanser is designed for all skin types, even those with acne. 

Face Dr top tip: ZO Skin Health also offers an exfoliating cleanser—for normal to oily skin—and a hydrating cleanser—for normal to dry skin. So those looking to scrub away dead skin cells for a radiance boost or get an extra dose of moisture can opt for these. Not sure about your skin type or which one would be best for you? You can book a consultation with one of our skin experts who can recommend the best cleanser for your skin.

ZO Skin Health Gentle Cleanser

 

#3 ZO Dual Action Scrub 


Good for: Keeping your complexion clear 

Exfoliating products are the best way to scrub away that build-up of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. You’ll reveal a younger, brighter, more even skin tone underneath. 

While you can get exfoliating cleanser and serums, adding a dedicated exfoliating product to your routine can help to give your skin the extra scrub it needs. The ZO Dual Action Scrub can be used twice a week to keep the skin looking its best. Not only does this product target dead skin cells, it helps to clear away excess oil on the skin’s surface and bacteria, leaving it clean and clear. 

ZO Skin Health Dual Action Scrub

 

#4 ZO Complexion Renewal Pads


Good for: Oily skin 

When it comes to quick and easy skincare, it doesn’t get much simpler than pre-soaked pads. These Complexion Renewal Pads just need to be swiped across the skin and can help to control surface oil and remove dead skin cells and dirt. This not only leaves the complexion looking clean and clear, it helps to reduce breakouts and blemishes. 

The product is suitable for all skin types, but the pads are especially beneficial for anyone with an oilier complexion. For those with acne, there’s also ZO Oil Control Pads which can be used everyday for persistent acne or as a target treatment when needed.  

ZO Skin Health Complexion Renewal Pads

 

#5  AllSkin Med Mineral Fluid SPF 50


Good for: That all important sun protection

Of course, we couldn’t let you leave without recommending a sunscreen. An SPF protection is important to not only stop sunburn, but to reduce hyperpigmentation and slow signs of ageing. Experiment to find a product you like then never finish your morning routine without it. 

One sunscreen we recommend is the AllSkin Med Mineral Fluid SPF 50. It uses mineral filters instead of chemicals to protect the skin from UV rays, so it’s much less irritating and it’s suitable for every skin type. Plus, it has added antioxidants which can protect the skin from damaging, ageing and discolouring free radicals. 

AllSkin Med Mineral Fluid SPF 50

 

#6 Kiehl’s Age Defender Power Serum 

 

Good for: Reducing the signs of ageing

We may not be able to stop ageing but there’s certainly a lot we can do to stop our skin from showing it more than we’d like. This serum from Kiehl’s is designed with male skin in mind and helps to firm the skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It’s lightweight and absorbs quickly—so no sticky residue! 

Ingredients range from hydrating glycerin to circulation-boosting caffeine and skin-strengthening cypress extract. For those looking to firm sagging skin and battle wrinkles, the brand has a whole range to complement this serum with eye creams and moisturiers. 


#7 Medik8 Lipid Vitamin C Radiance Serum 

 

Good for: Brightening dull skin 

Looking to give tired skin a boost? Vitamin C is your new best friend. Vitamin C serums are an ideal way to get a dose of the skin-boosting ingredient. Try Medik8’s Lipid Vitamin C Radiance Serum, which can be used by all skin types. 

Not only does it promise to restore a glowing complexion, but it can help reduce signs of ageing, protect the skin from free radicals, even out skin tone and boost collagen and elastin production which helps to firm and tone the skin. 


#8 Paula’s Choice Purifying Clay Mask

 

Good for: Reducing breakouts

A once or twice a week mask is one of the best ways to add a potent dose of skin-boosting ingredients to your routine. Opt for one that suits your skin’s needs, whether that’s hydrating, exfoliating or oil clearing. 

This Paula's Choice Purifying Clay Mask is best for combination and oily skin types and works well for those with acne, too. The triple clay blend works to control oil and reduce that shiny look, while reducing breakouts and preventing new ones from forming. Natural extracts like willow herb and green tea help to reduce redness and inflammation while protecting the skin.   

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Those were our top eight picks for skincare products for men. Want to find out which one is best for you? Speak to one of our skin experts who can give you a tailored recommendation. At Face Dr, we offer free skincare consultations where you can speak with a member of our team. They’re online—so you can do them from the comfort of your home—and last about 30 minutes. One of our experts will analyse your skin, ask about your exact concerns and recommend the best products for the job. 

We only ever recommend products we’ve seen first-hand results from, so you can trust you’ll be using the best ones out there. Want to build a whole new routine to take care of your skin? Or have one concern in particular you want to tackle—like hyperpigmentation, ageing or acne? We’re on hand to help with the best products, routines, tips and tricks to help.