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Everything You Need To Know About Creating a Skincare Routine For Men

Photo by Clare Sausen

Creating a skincare routine for men doesn't have to be confusing. With a little intel, you'll have a better idea on how to care, treat and problem solve your issues. We get it. With so many lotions and potions on the market, choosing the right grooming products can be intimidating. And let's face it, nobody wants to throw money down the drain, literally, on concoctions that you have no idea how or when to use. We created this cheat sheet complete with the best skincare tips for men to simplify the process of customizing and creating a skincare routine for men.


Facial Cleanser

Washing your face with the same bar of soap you use on your ass is no bueno. Yes, you absolutely need a separate cleanser. Why? Because the skin on your face is thinner and more sensitive than the skin that covers the rest of your body. A targeted facial cleanser will gently clean your pores and balance oil production without stripping all the good moisture from your derm. Creating a skincare routine for men starts here.

Pro Tip: You know you’re using the right cleanser if your face feels clean and refreshed. If it’s tight, red, or flakey go back to the drawing board and find one less drying. Using a gentle facial cleanser free of harsh chemicals and fragrances like Grooming Lounge Mug Cleaner is a step in the right direction.



Do you even have a skincare routine for men without a scrub? Exfoliating twice a week with a scrub will improve the efficacy of all the other products in your arsenal. Scrubs clean deeper and lift the dirt and grime that gets stuck in your pores. They also get rid of that top layer of dead skin cells, free trapped ingrown hairs and soften beard hair, upgrading your overall shaving experience.

Pro Tip:

When applying, don’t muscle and grind the gritty formula into your skin. Let the formulation do the work. And don't ever use a scrub with plastic beads that can aggravate your skin and get stuck in your pores. We like this one from Urth for showing just the right amount of strength.


Great looking, healthy skin needs hydration and nourishment. Moisturizing prevents wrinkles, flakiness, and tightness. And slathering it on twice a day will seal in the good moisture while acting as a barricade between your face and bad environmental stressors like extreme weather, sun damage, and pollution.

Pro Tip:

Don't skip the moisturizer. If you have more oily skin try a lighter oil-free formulation that balances the sebum production. And if you're afraid of looking like an oil slick choose a product that dries to a matte finish.

Eye Cream

Dark circles, puffiness and under-eye baggage can be instantly aging and a dead give away if you've stayed out past curfew.  The right eye cream will bring down the inflammation around your eyes faster than a cup of espresso. In fact, these soothing solutions often contain caffeine to increase blood flow, boost circulation and reduce puffiness.

Pro Tip:

Along with getting plenty of shut-eye and drinking more water throughout the day, store your eye cream in the freezer. Chilling the formulation before applying will help constrict the blood vessels and bring down the swelling.


While not part of the daily skincare routine for men, masks are a great way to treat specific skin concerns. If you're hoping to hold off wrinkles, absorb excess oil, treat sun or windburned skin, there's a mask for you. Investigate the ingredients. Charcoal and clay are great for pulling out impurities while Vitamin C breaks up dirt and oil deep in your pores leaving you with an instantly brighter complexion.

Pro Tip:

Next level groomers can apply twice a week for an anti-aging Benjamin Buttons effect. But even commitment-phobes can reap the benefits from masking once a month.


Serums are highly concentrated moisturizers designed to fight the natural signs of aging. Using just a drop can deliver essential nutrients deep into the skin. This one from Lab Series regenerates collagen production which gives skin is softness, elasticity and youthful appearance.

Pro Tip:

Serums aren't just for geezers. It's never too early to combat the effects of aging. Use a serum at night after cleansing your face. Let it sink in why you sleep.


While not the star player in your skincare lineup, toners play an important part in improving the health and appearance of your skin. Toners get rid of the grime missed by cleansers, tighten up the skin’s pores, lock in moisture and improve the skin’s complexion and balance. Toners can even be used as a facial cleanser when called upon, though they’re most effective when used daily after cleansing and before your moisturizer.

 Pro Tip:

For convenience, pick a toner in a pump like this one from Ursa Major. No need for messy cotton balls, just a spritz of this aloe-infused toner will rev up your skincare routine for men.

This article was written and appeared on . Grooming Lounge and our Founder, Mike Gilman, were quoted a lot, so we borrowed the article. Giving them credit -- hope it's OK.

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