No matter your age, skin type, or gender, maintaining a high-quality, targeted skincare routine is critical for healthy-looking skin. While every routine should include the same core products—such as a gentle face wash and an all-purpose sunscreen—the specific formulas you use should be tailored to your unique needs. For men, that means seeking out face products specifically designed for men's skin concerns.
Here, we'll introduce you to our best face products for men, including both daily essentials (like facial cleansers and sunscreens) and targeted skincare treatments designed for occasional use, such as masks. You'll also find recommendations on the best beard care buys to keep in your Dopp kit. Read on to discover 13 of our best face products for men to add to your daily skincare routine.
Cleansers and Toners
Cleansing should always be the first step in your skincare routine. For your daily needs, we recommend seeking out a gentle cleanser that removes dirt and oil without stripping or over-drying your skin's natural moisture barrier. Our cult-classic Ultra Facial Cleanser, formulated with olive-derived squalane and avocado oil, does just that. The mild, pH-balanced formula also helps maintain skin's natural balance and is suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin.
Alternatively, you can reach for Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash. This men's face wash with caffeine and menthol helps remove excess oil, sweat, and other debris to give tired-looking skin a refreshed appearance. The energizing formula also helps prepare men's skin for a close, comfortable shave. You can use this facial cleanser morning and night as the first step in your men's skincare routine for fresh, healthy-looking skin.
After cleansing, reach for a gentle toner to remove any lingering impurities and help prepare your skin for the rest of your routine. We recommend Facial Fuel Energizing Tonic for Men, which contains caffeine, menthol, and antioxidantvitamin C. This invigorating men's toner helps refresh and hydrate the skin when used after cleansing. It can also be used in lieu of aftershave to help soothe and comfort just-shaved skin.
We've sung the praises of regular exfoliation countless times. Whether chemical or physical, exfoliation can help remove dead skin cells and other pore-clogging impurities, alleviate roughness, and promote smooth, healthy-looking skin. With that said, it's important to choose your exfoliator carefully; over-exfoliating, or exfoliating too vigorously, can do more harm than good.
If you opt for a physical exfoliant, look for a mild face scrub, like Facial Fuel Energizing Scrub. This efficient men's scrub, made with vitamin E and powdered apricot seed, helps slough away dead skin cells for smooth, even-looking skin. When used before shaving, the effective formula also helps soften tough facial hair, allowing for a closer, more comfortable shave.
To help manage excessive oiliness or large, visible pores—both of which are common skin concerns for men—try a scrub formulated specifically for oily skin, like Oil Eliminator Deep Cleansing Exfoliating Face Wash. This ultra-gentle scrub can be used daily to help cleanse away sweat, excess oil, and dead skin cells. When used consistently, it also helps minimize the appearance of enlarged pores for smoother-looking skin.
No list of the best face products for men is complete without an effective daily serum. For men young and old, we recommend Age Defender Power Serum, a lightweight facial serum designed to help protect against the visible signs of aging. The unique formula, which contains cypress extract and adenosine, absorbs quickly and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and deeper wrinkles. With continued use, it helps firm sagging skin and promotes a more youthful, resilient appearance. Dispense two to three pumps of the men's serum into your hands, then pat it over your clean, damp face, taking care to avoid the eye area. For added TLC, use a skincare tool, like a facial roller, to massage the formula onto your skin.
Eye Cream and Moisturizers
Moisturizing is essential for skin to look and feel its best, but it's critical to choose a formula suited for your skin type and unique concerns. Too light, and your skin likely won't feel as hydrated or nourished as it should. Too heavy, and you may notice a greasy or sticky residue, or find that your skin looks oily. Neither situation is ideal. Thankfully, if you know your skin type, finding a moisturizer that suits your needs shouldn't be too challenging.
For men with oily or blemish-prone skin, we recommend formulas that hydrate without adding weight, like Oil Eliminator 24-Hour Anti-Shine Moisturizer For Men. This men's face cream, made with advanced Aerolite technology, helps absorb surface sweat and oil while nourishing the skin with lightweight hydration. When used consistently, the unique formula helps minimize the appearance of enlarged pores and reduces shine for smooth, clean-feeling skin.
If oiliness isn't a concern, reach for our cult-classic Ultra Facial Moisturizer. This Kiehl's favorite, which contains olive-derived squalane and glacial glycoprotein, absorbs quickly to impart the skin with non-greasy, 24-hour hydration. The best-selling formula helps draw water from the air to strengthen and continuously hydrate skin's natural moisture barrier. It's suitable for all skin types and is clinically-demonstrated to leave the skin softer, smoother, and visibly healthier within just one week of use.*
*Results based on a four-week clinical test.
Lastly, keep your eye area hydrated and smooth with a gentle eye cream, like Eye Fuel. This men's eye cream, made with caffeine and vitamin B3 (also known as niacinamide), refreshes the under-eye area with cooling, weightless hydration. It helps diminish the appearance of eye-area concerns, like puffiness and dark circles, and can be used daily to moisturize and revive tired-looking eyes.
Though not an everyday essential, a high-quality face mask can boost your skincare routine (and, if done right, an at-home facial can be a great way to relax and unwind after a stressful day). Like all face care products, the best face mask is one that's formulated for your skin's unique needs. For men—especially those prone to oiliness and enlarged pores—we recommend Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask.
This award-winning face mask, formulated with Amazonian white clay, helps draw out dirt, oil, and other impurities to detoxify congested skin. It's clinically-demonstrated to reduce skin's surface oil production by 46.7% and helps minimize the appearance of enlarged pores.* The gentle, mineral-rich formula is suitable for all skin types and can be used weekly or as needed to refine and purify your skin.
*Based on results two hours after use vs. untreated skin.
We're guessing you don't need us to tell you that sunscreen is a non-negotiable in your daily skincare routine. Both mineral and chemical sunscreens help to protect your skin from the sun, so choose a formula that feels comfortable on your skin. We love Super Fluid Daily UV Defense SPF 50+, which offers broad-spectrum protection from the sun's harmful rays and helps protect your skin against damaging free radicals generated by environmental stressors, like air pollution. The lightweight, non-comedogenic formula is suitable for all skin types and absorbs quickly with a matte finish. Apply a generous amount of this effective sunscreen to your face and neck daily as the last step in your morning skincare routine, and be sure to follow other sun safety measures (like avoiding direct sunlight at midday) whenever possible to keep your skin protected from sun damage.
While beard care is typically thought of as separate from skincare, the two categories do overlap. As such, we're including beard grooming essentials in this roundup of our best face products for men. First up: Aftershave
An aftershave treatment is essential if you shave your face, especially if you're prone to irritation. We recommend reaching for a gentle lotion, like Ultimate Razor Burn & Bump Relief. This cream formula, which contains lipo-hydroxy acid and aloe vera, instantly cools and hydrates the skin for a sting-free finish. It helps reduce the feelings of irritation and gently exfoliates to help prevent ingrown hairs and razor bumps. The lightweight, hydrating formula is suitable for all skin types and can be used daily after shaving to help soothe and nourish your skin.
If you prefer to keep a full beard, try adding a beard oil to your routine. Our Grooming Solutions Nourishing Beard Oil helps tame and smooth coarse facial hair while nourishing the skin underneath. The lightweight, essential oil-infused formula is suitable for all skin types and absorbs easily with a non-greasy finish.