Hands up if you’re one of those guys whose definition of skin care stops at washing your face with a bar of soap! The good news is, investing in skin care for men doesn’t need to be complicated — in fact, it can be as easy as this four-step skincare guide we’ve put together!
Men’s skin is generally tougher and oiler than that of a female’s and Singapore’s high humidity levels sure don’t help. To prevent clogged pores, invest in a good facial wash, toner, moisturiser (with SPF for best effect) and eye cream.
To make things easier, we’ve narrowed down the best men’s facial products in these categories that men in Singapore absolutely need in their lives!
Best facial washes for men
Facial wash or cleanser is probably the most basic skin care men’s product ever! It removes dirt, oil, bacteria, pollutants, dead skin cells…something which a bar soap or shower gel is not designed to do. So please, please, just buy one. Check out this rundown of the best facial washes for men in Singapore for the complete recommendations list.
1. LAB SERIES Multi-Action Face Wash
As one of the OG skin care for men only brands, LAB SERIES Multi-Action Face Wash (available on Tins and Bottles Official Store) works on every skin type. It builds into a rich cream cleanser and removes dead skin cells and impurities while still keeping the skin smooth and fresh. Men with beards can place their trust in this Lab Series facial wash. It’ll soften and smooth your beard and prep it for a comfortable shave.
2.NIVEA Men Oil Clear & Anti Shine Anti Acne Mud Serum Foam
Now you can’t go wrong with good ol’ Nivea. This could have even been your first skin care product when you stepped over the threshold of puberty! And if you’ve religiously stuck to it since then, we don’t blame you, for this is still considered to be one of the best skin care brands for men (psst, it helps that it’s very affordable too!)
The NIVEA Men Oil Clear & Anti Shine Anti Acne Mud Serum Foam (available on Nivea Official Store) harnesses the benefits of Magnolia power and oil control technology to keep acne bacteria at bay. Magnolia has antibacterial and antioxidant properties plus also helps to neutralise and free radicals from the environment. When you first apply this product, it’ll look exactly like the mud masks that ladies are so gaga over. Splash a little water on your face and the mud changes to foam that tackles all that build up of oil. Oh, did we mention there’s serum in it too for that extra boost of hydration? Yup, this is another three-in-one face wash for men!
Ladies, slip this into your guy’s gym bag — he may protest but he’ll thank you for it one day!
3. Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash For Men
Men tend to use the excuse that facial cleansers dry their skin out but Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash For Men (available on jinyuanc.sg) banishes that sentiment almost immediately. It’s infused with naturally derived ingredients in an interesting combination of caffeine, vitamins and citrus to invigorate and clean out your skin without stripping it of natural moisture. Users have also attributed it’s cooling gel consistency to being the perfect wake-me-up in morning showers!
Kiehl’s is a popular skin care line for men in Singapore. Whether it’s the clinically designed bottles or the lab coats of the retail store personnel, we don’t know for sure! But there’s something so reassuring about it. If you already are a fan of this men’s facial wash, pair it with Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Energizing Tonic (available on NANA MALL) for men to tighten back those pores and provide the perfect finish to your skin care routine.
4. SK-II Men Moisturizing Cleanser
If your girlfriend or wife swears by her SK-II products for years and years now, you’ll know that you can trust the men’s facial product equivalent of it too. The SK-II Men Moisturizing Cleanser (available on S-Mart by Shopee Official Store) is made from the same signature bio-ingredient PITERA and packed with other skin-loving ingredients to give you crystal clear and smooth skin. It can be used for any skin type and targets most skin concerns from blackheads to dryness and oiliness. Use it to see what’s so magical about this Japanese skincare product!
Best toners for men
Think of toners as the ‘closing of the door’ to the inner layer of the skin. Once you’ve done all the good work on the insides of your skin, it’ll be a shame to see that effort go to waste if your pores remain open. These bad boys tighten our pores so that nasties stay out and goodies stay in!
5. Innisfree Forest For Men All-In-One Essence
Innisfree’s skin care line for men, Forest for Men, combines both the benefits of toners and essence (a concentrated formula used after toner) and targets wrinkles, loose pores, dull skin tone and other ageing related concerns while making sure the skin is firm and clean.
Innisfree Forest For Men All-in-one Essence Pore Care (available on Innisfree Official Store) boasts skin protecting black yeast from Jeju and helps build a protective barrier around the skin and tightens the pores. It. Use a pump or two after your facial wash and smooth it over your face!
Looking for the perfect gift for your man? This is one of the best men’s facial products for your man to get started on!
6. Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Facial Toner
Aesop’s apothecary-like bottles make it hard to resist owning one of their products. If not anything else, the heavenly and clean fragrance from the Parsley Seed, Lavender Stem and Blue Chamomile of the Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Facial Toner (available on Sasa Official Store) will win you over for sure. It’s alcohol-free and will wipe away the last traces of grime and dirt before you apply that moisturiser and sunscreen!
This Aussie brand uses all-natural ingredients and is one of the best skin care product lines for men who appreciate finer details of skin care ingredients — we think there are a growing number of Singaporeans who actually do care. Slip this brand into a conversation on your next romantic restaurant date — we guarantee she’ll be impressed!
7. I’M FROM Rice Toner
Pulling long days even while working from home? Don’t let it show on your face! The I’M FROM Rice Toner (available on Wishtrend Official Store) gives you brighter, hydrated skin and while diminishing signs of anti-ageing all achieved with the star ingredient: Rice! You heard us right! Rice has been a holy grail skincare ingredient in Korea for years and it’s been harnessed in some of the best Korean skincare products for it’s cleansing properties. Swipe this on after your daily cleanse and let it work it’s magic. You can also transfer this into a spray bottle and spritz it on — always strive to make skin care for men as fuss-free as possible!
Best men’s moisturisers with sunscreen
Moisturisers create a protective layer of moisture that’ll seal everything in place. On the other hand, sunscreen does more than prevent you from getting tanned. We thought it’ll be best to feature products which combine these two because hey, skin care hack 101! But first, read our in-depth article on what Singaporeans need to know about sunscreens — to fully understand why you need it in your life!
8. Neutrogena Men Triple Protect Face Lotion With Sunscreen SPF 20
This lightweight non-greasy Neutrogena Men Triple Protect Face Lotion with Sunscreen (available on Love Whaley) includes SPF 20 and combats both UVA/UVB rays! It also soothes razor irritation, moisturises dry skin and fights signs of ageing by reducing the appearance of fine lines. With its pocket-friendly price point, Neutrogena is one brand you can go back to again and again. It’s also one of the best skin care for men lines to get your puberty ridden teens on! Just be sure to apply this to your freshly shaven or cleansed face every morning. If you’re going to be out in the sun the whole day, remember to re-apply this every two hours for the best protection!
9. Lab Series BB Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 35
Lab Series wows yet again but this time with the Lab Series BB Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 35 (available on COSME-DE.COM Official). For our uninformed male friends, BB can stand for Blemish Balm/Base — a miracle makeup product that was probably raved about by your female friends a couple of years ago but for good reason too! It not only provides a layer of coverage to even out skin tone and acne scars but also hydrates your skin. Throw in a broad spectrum defence at SPF 35 and you’ve got a winner for the male version of BB cream moisturisers!
Do note that there might be some streaking with this product because of the makeup-y consistency. If you’re comfortable with that, then this is definitely one of the best skin care products for men to cover any redness or irritant acne scars that don’t ever seem to clear!
10. Avene Hydrance Light Hydrating SPF30
This is a skin care product perfect for men with sensitive to combination skin. The Avene Hydrance Light Hydrating SPF30 (available on Eau Thermale Avène Official Store) is lightweight, absorbs into your skin quickly and does not irritate sensitive skin. The products of this French brand contain soothing Avene thermal spring water along with Hydrance Optimale Light to hydrate and shield the skin from environmental destressors. To top it off, you’ll be guaranteed with a SPF 30 product too! Don’t worry about grease that’s often associated with sunscreens. Trust us, this is going to be probably one of the lightest layers of moisturiser and sunscreen that’ll you ever use.
Best men’s eye creams
Already use all the above products? Take your skincare regime up a notch with men’s eye creams. The best eye creams will protect the delicate under eye skin and keep wrinkles at bay for longer. Eye creams can also help those battling puffy eyes and dark circles but have been unsure of what products to use.
11. L’Oreal Men Expert Vitalift Anti-Aging Eye Serum
Drugstore brands like L’Oreal are never far behind in formulating some of the best skin care for men and that too at prices that don’t make you shudder. The L’Oreal Men Expert Vitalift Anti-Aging Eye Serum (available on L’Oreal Paris Official Store) is one of the hottest eye creams at the moment. This red tube is infused with French Vine Extract which has antioxidant properties to fight against anti-ageing signs. The cream also reduces wrinkles, lightens dark circles and de-puffs eyebags. Plus, it’s lightweight, non-greasy and non-sticky — we know this will have you sold! Apply it twice a day on cleansed skin and give your peepers the TLC they deserve.
12. Clinique For Men Anti-Age Eye Cream
Men’s facial products from Clinique are some of the best on the market. The Clinique For Men Anti-Age Eye Cream (available on COSME-DE.COM Official) does not disappoint, especially for those noticing early crow-lines around their eyes. It contains Shea Butter to intensely hydrate and strengthen the moisture barrier and smooth those pesky fine lines. The formulation includes Caffeine to correct any dark eye circles too. Use twice a day and in a gentle patting motion around your eye area to see results.
13. The Ordinary CAFFEINE SOLUTION 5% + EGCG
We won’t be surprised if you’ve already heard your female friends gushing about some of the best The Ordinary products — because there are more than a few of them. Don’t be fooled by the diminutive 30ml bottle of The Ordinary CAFFEINE SOLUTION 5% + EGCG (available on Sasa Official Store). Within lies a potent and popular formulation to address all your under eye woes. The lightweight solution includes 5% caffeine concentration and highly-purified Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside (EGCG) derived from green tea leaves. What does this mean? It just means this men’s facial product is poised to tackle and diminish under-eye puffiness and dark circles once and for all. Massage this gently onto your under eye area twice a day for the best results and join your friends in raving about this line of products.
We hope skin care products for men don’t seem as intimidating anymore!
Before you go forth and pick up your favourite products, remember, not all products will work well on your skin! So do your research before investing in one. Don’t forget to check out the other skin care products for men on Shopee’s men’s grooming collection! In addition to putting your best face forward (pun intended) with the best skin products, you should aim to smell nice with our list of the best men’s fragrance too!