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If you’re visiting this page then you’re probably in the search for some quality skin self-pampering. Don’t worry! We got you covered with the best facial products that are personally tried and tested by the world’s leading skincare experts. But before we dive into a list of products, here are a few things you need to know about the basics of skincare for men.
What are you actually trying to achieve by using all these products on your face?
Cleansing – cleansing is more than just removing dirt. To preserve the youth of your skin, you need to lather up by sloughing away dead skin cells every time you wash your face. Dermatologists advise that you do this twice a day – in the morning and before going to bed. This will yield the best results from your cleanser.
Hydrating – this is one of the most important concepts you need to understand before you start using skincare products. We know that there is a bushel of serum formulas out there dedicated to address certain issues such as aging, dry patches, oily skin and the like. But nothing will work if your skin isn’t hydrated first.
Prevention – yes, we’re talking about wrinkles. Prevention is not better than cure in this case. Prevention is your only option. If you start getting wrinkles it will be very, very difficult to get rid of them so do your best to keep them at bay not just by the skincare items you use but also by avoiding too much exposure to the sun or over rubbing your face.
Now that you have the basics covered, let’s move on to our recommendations!
Anthony Starter Kit – £25.00
Being one of the most inexpensive skincare starter kits in the UK for men, it’s no wonder Anthony has sold so many unit of this pack. It has everything you need for basic and daily grooming.
Glycolic Facial Cleanser 30ml. Because this is the number 1 selling cleanser of Anthony, it’s impossible that you find a bad review about this. We dare you, too! The brand is proud of this formula because as a skincare product for men, it addresses one of the most pressing problems men have, stubbles! It’s 4.2% Glycolic Acid is one of it’s active ingredients that helps lift beard hairs while getting rid of clogged pores and softening the skin.
Facial Scrub 30ml. Exfoliating is essential to the face but can be harsh if done with the wrong product. This facial scrub for men has the right mix of sand to remove dead skin cells and aloe vera, algae and chamomile to soothe it! Added bonus: Vitamin C to maintain and protect your youthful glow.
All Purpose Facial Moisturiser 30ml. Into sweet scents? This facial moisturiser has sugarcane, sugar maple, orange and lemon extracts that will nourish your face for the rest of the day! It has Panthenol which locks in moisture throughout the day.
Invigorating Rush Hair and Body Wash 30ml. The bottle says it’s objective is to jump start body and mind. Well, then, Anthony should throw this stuff around like confetti! It has Eucalyptus extract which is a great scent to have during your morning shower plus birch leaf and Canadian balsam. Can you imagine the man smell?
Shave Cream 30ml. The Rosemary extract included in this shave cream allows it to become an antiseptic working hand in hand with Squalene content that aids in lubrication. It’s a very basic yet effective shave cream so can’t complain.
Baxter of California On The Run Kit – £50.00
If you’re on-the-go most days then the Baxter of California On The Run Kit is for you. It even comes with a travel bag for added convenience.
Clay Pomade 60ml. If you’ve still been using gel or mousse in your hair then you’re totally outdated. Clay pomades are now the best, most natural looking hairstyling product for men. This one from Baxter is made of natural ingredients and has a strong h0ld.
Exfoliating Body Bar 30g. This exfoliating bar is made of jojoba meal and crushed olive seed to get rid of dead skin cells from your body. How is it different from other exfoliating body bars? It smells like cedar wood – easily one of the most attractive scents for men.
Daily Fortifying Shampoo 60ml. This is a repair type shampoo meant to strengthen your hair strands and make your scalp healthier. But don’t worry, it’s not going to encourage the development of dandruff because it’s moisturizing and not oily.
Daily Fortifying Conditioner 60 ml. Great product for men especially if you have a longer hairstyle that needs to be detangled from time to time. It has coconut extract which ensures your scalp and strands stay healthy! Don’t forget to rinse properly.
Alcohol Free Deodorant 35ml. This is probably one of the easiest favorites from this set because it isn’t the usual kind of deodorant that is drying. It’s actually very smooth to the armpits and not a hassle to apply.
Daily Face Wash 60ml. It’s quite a challenge to find the perfect facial wash formula for men’s skin because they tend to be too dry or too oily. The Baxter Daily Face Wash is sulfate-free so it promises to be great for all skin types. Just don’t expect it to lather that much.
Travel Bag for Convenience.
Dr. Barbara Sturm Men’s Discovery Kit – £135.00
This luxury skincare set for men contains a six step routine and also makes a great gift.
Cleanser 50ml. This cleanser is step number 1 to this whole routine as Dr. Sturm says it will allow your skin to absorb the most out of the other products you will put on top of it. It has a gentle foam that is perfect for its main purpose which is cleansing or skin prep.
Facial Scrub 20ml. Both for removing dead skin cells and renewing them! The peeling effect of the scrub keeps your wrinkles at bay which means it’s great for anti-aging.
Super Anti-Aging Serum 10ml. Hyaluronic Acid is one of the most popular ingredients not only on skincare products but also in makeup. This anti-aging serum is formulate to over moisturize your face so that it can regenerate while you sleep. This is best applied at night.
Calming Serum 10ml. This is plant-based and unlike other calming serum, it doesn’t have any scent. It’s gentle formula helps with soothing any inflammations so make sure to take this with you everywhere especially if you’re acne prone.
Eye Cream 5ml. Because signs of aging show around our eyes early it’s best to use eye cream religiously. This should be one of your go-to products especially if you use glasses, squint a lot or rub your eyes a lot when you’re tired.
Face Cream Men 20ml. This is a 24 hour face cream! Can you imagine your face being hydrated for 24 hours even without any other product applied on it and without retouching with mists? If you use this before bed, it even gives you a revitalized glow in the morning.
Bulldog Original Aftershave Balm 75ml. Most skincare sets sold for men don’t usually include an aftershave balm so Bulldog is great to have done this. Theirs contains shea butter and several essential oils to guarantee a smooth shave.
Bulldog Original Face Wash 150ml. This facial wash lathers into a creamy foam so it’s very satisfying to use. It contains aloe vera, carmelina oil and green tea which is a natural anti-oxidant.
Bulldog Original Moisturiser 100ml. This has the same ingredients as the original face wash and is best used right after washing your face. The best way to apply this is by starting at the center of your face and then spreading the product outwards.
Bulldog Original Shave Gel 175ml. Being one of Bulldog’s best reviewed products, it guarantees for an easy and smooth shave as your razor glides onto your skin when you use this first. You can purchase this product separately just in case you don’t want to get the set because this is a must-have.
Kiehl’s doesn’t even need an introduction because this is easily one of the most popular skincare brands not only in UK but all over the world, too. This set is one of their best sellers and it contains the following.
Ultra Facial Cleanser 150ml. If you find your skin to be sensitive to most soaps and facial washes, try this one out from Kiehl’s because it’s one of their gentler foaming cleansers.
Ultra Facial Toner 250ml. Unlike other toners out there, the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Toner is gentle on the skin and doesn’t sting at all. This should be step 2 in your skincare routine especially if you have large pores and want to encourage the production of collagen on your skin. It’s mild but it works!
Ultra Facial Cream 50ml. You best believe that none of these items in the set are useless if you don’t hydrate your skin after, as in, right after! Experts and dermatologists say that in order to get the most out of your skincare routine, you must apply toner right after cleanser and then moisturizer right after that. This one from Kiehl’s promises a 24 hour hydration.
Creme de Corps 75ml. Lest not forget the body! This non-greasy formula with beta-carotene and cocoa butter proves to be beneficial to the whole body even in areas where you would usually get callouses like your knees and feet. It is indeed ultra hydrating!
If ever you end up purchasing one set, don’t forget to let us know how it works for you! We’d love to hear your reviews as well. And as all skincare companies would say, it only works if you use it everyday!