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How to Build a Better Skin Care Routine – A Guide for Men
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How to Build a Better Skin Care Routine – A Guide for Men

A skin care routine is the foundation of good grooming. Start one, and you’ll immediately start seeing the difference. Your skin will look fresher, you will look healthier, and you’ll age more gracefully. It’s also a great way to de-stress and open or close your day. And after all this, as you grow more confident and your natural good looks come through, you’ll start to feel, well, just good.


How to take care of your skin?

If you don’t have a skin care routine yet, starting one from scratch can seem confusing. But really it just boils down to three basic steps: 

  1. Cleanse: washing and refreshing
  2. Tone: balancing and preparing
  3. Moisturise: hydrating and softening 

You can build other layers into your routine if you want, such as a serum for a burst of concentrated nutrients, an eye cream for targeting anti-aging and puffiness, or a face mist for on-the-go revitalisation. Many dermatologists also recommend the daily use of an SPF sunscreen to protect against harmful UV rays. 

But don’t worry. We’ll get to all of that. The main thing to remember are the three basic steps. Starting a facial regimen with those will already make you look and feel great. While these products can be used by everyone, they’re specifically designed for men. Read our skin care routine for women and product guide here.


The best skin care routine for men:

Be realistic with yourself before you begin. Ask yourself how much time you have and what you want to focus on. The main thing is not to overburden yourself with lots of new products you don’t understand. You won’t use them and you’ll have wasted your money and time. 

Speaking of time, you’ll have to give it. There’s no short-term solution. But with regular use, you’ll see results gradually over the medium-to-long term. But that means if you miss a day, you’ll look better for longer too.

We added our products in the order they should be used. For those starting out, keep in mind the essentials first, and build up as you become more confident or begin working on your focus points.


Step 1: Cleanser

Always the first and most basic step is just washing your face. Wash twice a day to avoid clogged pores, acne and dullness. If you have ‘normal' or combination skin, any cleanser should work for you. If you have sensitive skin look for labels with “gentle” or “cream”, if your skin is oily, look for “gel”.



Grown Alchemist’s Gentle Gel Cleanser

A gentle moisturiser with chamomile, bergamot and willow bark, cold press rose petals and aloe vera to moisturise, soothe, calm and cleanse. The blend is potent yet delicate, leaving your skin completely refreshed and purified without that unwanted greasy feel.

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Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare's Hyaluronic Marine Meltaway Cleanser

Almost an all-in-one, it's fast and efficient and can be left on the skin with its toning and moisturising properties. With marine algae, kiwi and aloe, it's perfect for sensitive skin, and the high dose of ultra-hydrating hyaluronic acid is sure to keep your skin’s texture from ever appearing tight or dry. 

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Augustinus Bader’s The Cream Cleansing Gel

A lightly refreshing gel cleanser with rose flower water, cucumber extract and aloe leaf juice. Working at the cutting-edge of skin care research, Augustinus Bader’s formula will detoxify your skin without stripping it of its natural properties, ensuring your skin is properly prepped to absorb all the following products in your routine. 

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Step 2: Toner

Once you’ve cleaned, now it’s time to tone and prepare. Warm water opens your pores while toning restricts them, adding in an extra thin layer of nutrients as it does. It’s an essential step for those with acne, signs of ageing, or ingrown hairs. For acne and ingrowns, pair soothing ingredients like aloe with lactic or salicylic acid; for anti-aging, look for glycolic acid; vitamin C, olive and chamomile are great all-rounders.



Pestle & Mortar Exfoliate Acid Toner

A gentle glycolic acid toner that rejuvenates and is suitable for all skin types. Supporting a balanced skin tone and glowing complexion, this product is also packed with free acids that will stimulate skin cell renewal, bringing you fantastic long-lasting benefits.

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Grown Alchemist Balancing Toner

Olive and chamomile gently tightens and smooth, ginseng and aloe vera tone and soothe, while Vitamin C fights free-radicals. The holistic scientific approach of Grown Alchemist has proved a consistent bet for radiant results, and this invigorating toner is no exception. 

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Augustinus Bader’s The Exfoliating Toner

Another all-in-one solution that combined chemical exfoliator, toner and hydrating essence, with phytic, salicylic and hyaluronic acids and antioxidant-rich wasabi ferment and white peony flower. A lightweight, effective blend that will smoothen your complexion while protecting your skin from environmental pollutants throughout the day.

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Step 3: Serum

Serums are often overlooked but they are a great way of adding in a concentrated dose of nutrients to areas that you want to work on. You don’t have to use them every morning or evening, and you can rotate different ones according to what you need. They come in little scientific-looking pump bottles and a pump or two will be all you need. For anti-aging, try using a retinol-based serum at night, and ones with antioxidant ingredients for during the day; for dryness, look for hyaluronic acid.



Grown Alchemist’s AO+ Treatment Facial Oil

A certified organic serum that helps to restore elasticity, reduces fine lines, firms, softens and smooths skin and boosts its hydration. With its promotion of collagen production (a secret ingredient for plump and youthful skin), this option is also great at combating premature ageing.

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Dr Dennis Gross's Hyaluronic Marine Hydration Booster 

A light and greaseless serum with hyaluronic acid, evening primrose oil, and coconut fruit juice, this versatile selection by renowned NYC dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross can be applied as a spot treatment to target specific trouble areas or blended into other skin care products in your routine to amplify their hydrating benefits. 

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Step 4: Eye Cream

Another area that’s often forgotten are your eyes. But the skin underneath is the thinnest place on your face and as such, is often one of the first areas to be affected when your tired or stressed. Fight puffiness, dark circles, and dryness with some of the most gentle but effective products in your skin care arsenal. Puffiness can be tackled with gels, while creams are great for anti-aging.



Malin + Goetz Revitalizing Eye Gel 

An all-rounder containing marine algae and peptides that helps against fine lines and wrinkles, dark circles, puffiness, diminishing firmness and loss of radiance. This highly nourishing combination from the iconic beauty line will take care of all your under-eye area needs. 

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Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic Retinol Eye Serum 

An anti-aging serum that can be used around the entire eye, including the eyelid – that extra delicate area of skin often overlooked by eye creams. With breakthrough retinol technology, this option is a powerful protectant against fine lines and wrinkles and will leave you looking fresh and rejuvenated. 

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Step 5: Moisturiser

Probably the most important step after cleansing. In fact if you do nothing else: moisturise. The best options for oily skin is to lock in moisture with lighter gel-based solutions and look for Witch Hazel to combat inflammation.



Haeckels Eco Marine Extract Facial Cream

Using marine ingredients harvested from the UK's east coast, parsley seed, lavender and evening primrose oil soothes, hydrates and promotes repair while antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties come from the witch hazel. The cool apothecary aesthetic typical of Haeckels products is only an added bonus. 

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Dr. Barbara Sturm Face Cream Men

A great multitasking moisturiser specially formulated for men, this can even be used as a post-shave balm. Suitable for both morning and evening application, this no-fuss option by celebrity skin care expert Dr. Barbara Sturm is made to absorb quickly, leaving your skin visibly healthier and more radiant within seconds.

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Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Oil-Free Moisture Cushion

Perfect for all skin types direct from Japan, harvested from the waters of Okinawa and fortified with essential amino acids and B vitamins. The smooth formula’s additional infusion of hyaluronic acid will be deeply moisturising and thoroughly refreshing for your skin without clogging your pores.

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Optional Extra: Lip Balm

Lip balms are a great way to replenish moisture and revitalise your lips during warmer seasons, while protecting your lips in colder ones. They also do wonders in office environments against brutal air-con systems. 



Grown Alchemist Age-Repair Lip Treatment Tri-Peptide Violet Leaf Extract 

With tri-peptides that stimulate collagen production and violet leaf extract for deep lip rejuvenation and to protect against dryness, your lips will be nourished all day long. And with a casing as sleek as this one, you’ll be more than ready to bring it with you everywhere you go.

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Aesop’s Rosehip Seed Lip Cream

A simple, vitamin-rich formula with rosehip seed, tocopherol, and ylang-ylang. By the brand known for their attention to detail, this cream covers all the bases, offering a supple solution, matt appearance, and subtle citrus-like fragrance.

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Optional Extra: Face Mists

Face mists have recently entered the skin care sphere and they are a great way to access instant refreshment on-the-go.  Especially helpful during hotter seasons, in the air, or in dry office environments, they’re packed with nutrients that reinforce your routine and re-alert your senses.


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Dr. Barbara Sturm Hydrating Face Mist

Lemon, aloe, and broccoli refresh, prickly pear offers intense moisture, hyaluronic acid delivers potent hydration, while purslane antioxidants combat free radicals. A multitalented and versatile addition for application in the morning or spontaneous spritzes throughout the day.

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Aesop Immediate Moisture Facial Hydrosol

A rose-petal infused classic that reinvigorates the senses and provides subtle hydration. This light mist is suitable for all skin types and ideal for every environment, instantly reinvigorating your skin with a soothing floral scent. 

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Whether you’re looking to improve your skin care regimen or are just starting out, these products will help you look good and feel great. 


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Words: Jack Drummond


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