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 care products in these categories that guys in Singapore absolutely need in their lives!
Best facial washes for men
Facial wash or cleanser is probably the most basic men’s 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 men’s facial care product 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 Beauty N The Fit Official Store.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 Beauty N The Fit Official Store.sg) 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 scmall.sg) 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!
5. Shiseido Men Face Cleanser
Another Japanese skincare product we had to include is Shiseido. The Shiseido Men Face Cleanser (available on SHISEIDO Official Store) is not just an effective cleansing wash but doubles up as a shaving cream too! This 2-in-1 men’s facial care product is formulated with Japanese plant camellia which acts as an antioxidant to reduce any inflammation and help the skin repair itself. Using this men’s skin care product isn’t tough at all. Dispense a pea sized amount in your palm, add a small amount of lukewarm or cold water and lather well over your face before rinsing off. Check out other best Shiseido men’s products to add to your routine too!
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!
6. 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 care products for your man to get started on!
7. 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 COSME-DE.COM Official) 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 men’s skin care product lines for those who’re seeking natural skin care items. Slip this brand into a conversation on your next romantic restaurant date — we guarantee she’ll be impressed!
8. 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 its cleansing properties. Swipe this on after your daily cleanse and let it work its 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!
9. SOMEBYMI AHA-BHA-PHA 30days Miracle Toner
We’re not done with the Korean toners just yet. The SOMEBYMI [150ml] AHA-BHA-PHA 30days Miracle Toner (available on SOMEBYMI SG Official Store) promises to close up your pores and much more! Confused by AHA, BHA and PHA? These are acids that help to exfoliate your skin, leaving it smoother and brighter in appearance. This men’s facial care also includes niacinamide (a form of vitamin B3). This anti-inflammatory skincare ingredient can do wonders for acne-prone skin and control excessive oil production. To use, simply soak your cotton pad with this solution and swipe it over your face after cleansing. Psst, this toner also comes in a bundle. Perfect for gifting the other one to your partner!
Watch the review below to see what the hype is all about with this toner.
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 that combine these two because hey, skin care hack 101!
10. 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!
11. Paula’s Choice Resist Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 Moisturizer
Sometimes you need to call in the big guns to cover up persistent red spots or blemishes. And there’s one way to do it — with a foundation type layer. Hold up! We’re not asking you to apply foundation. Paula’s Choice Resist Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 Moisturizer (available on Paula’s Choice Official Store) is a tinted moisturiser with SPF. For our uninformed male friends, tinted moisturisers are a miracle skincare product that was probably raved about by your female friends a couple of years ago and 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 defense at SPF 30 and you’ve got a winner for the male version of tinted moisturisers!
This men’s facial care product is suitable for oily to combination skin. Use this as the last step in your men’s skin care routine before stepping out. Want to give other Paula’s Choice products a go? Browse this list of best Paula’s Choice products including Paula’s Choice PC4Men Shaving Cream (available on Paula’s Choice Official Store) and read the reviews for yourself!
12. 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 de-stressors. To top it off, you’ll be guaranteed an 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’ll ever use.
13. Jack Black Double-Duty Face Moisturizer SPF20
Looking for a no-frills skin care for men product? American brand Jack Black is a master of that. The Jack Black Double-Duty Face Moisturizer SPF20 (available on WhatHeWants SG Official Store) is lightweight, easy to use and will give your skin lasting hydration! This men’s facial care product contains blue algae extract that’ll keep your skin supple, sea parsley which helps to improve the skin’s appearance and vitamins A and E to protect the skin from free radicals. Together with SPF 20, your skin will be protected from UV light, blue light and pollution.
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.
14. Brickell Men’s Restoring Eye Cream
Seeing wrinkles creeping around your peepers? It doesn’t help when we’re staring at screens all day too. Brickell’s dedicated skin care for men is your go to to combat those pesky fine lines early. The Brickell Men’s Restoring Eye Cream (available on SGValueUnited) includes organic ingredients like protein peptides and hyaluronic acids to help smooth wrinkles. The cream also de-puffs eyebags with the help of caffeine and green tea. Plus, it’s lightweight and doesn’t leave a shine or residue — we know this will have you sold! Apply it twice a day on cleansed skin and give your peepers the TLC they deserve.
15. 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.
16. 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 a 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.
17. Paula’s Choice 10% Niacinamide Brightening Booster Serum
The four step men’s skin care routine abvove will suffice and keep your skin healthy and clear. However, if you’re looking to boost your skin care game or need more potent men’s facial care products to address pesky concerns like oiliness or dryness then we’ve got you covered.
Paula’s Choice 10% Niacinamide Brightening Booster Serum (available on Paula’s Choice Official Store) has been described as a game changer in many men’s skin care routines and is suitable for all skin types. As introduced above, niacinamide is a powerful antioxidant that can help with acne breakouts. It can also brighten, smoothen, reduce pore size and put you on the course to regain more youthful looking skin! Use this lightweight serum daily after cleansing your face and before applying moisturiser and sunscreen.
Watch this in-depth review of the serum:
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 men’s facial care products. 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 this list of the best men’s fragrances too!