If your daily skincare routine is limited to washing your face, then you may be a bit worse for wear. You don’t even follow up with a moisturizer? You’re missing out on a vital step that can drastically change the state of your skin. You don’t need to dive into a labor intensive routine to achieve optimal skincare for men, but adding two or three of these targeted options will make a visible difference — and make the extra time spent in the bathroom worth it.
Kiehl’s Age Defender Cleanser, $28
To add an exfoliating step without actually adding a step, you can substitute your regular cleanser for one with skin-sloughing ingredients, like this dual-purpose option that uses clay to purge pores of dirt and oil while clearing away dead skin.
Lab Series Solid Water Essence, $47
This is an upgraded version of the toners you may have used in your youth. Instead of angering and drying out skin, this gel-to-liquid essence, which you use post-cleansing and pre-serum, boosts hydration and energizes skin in an instant.
Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Re.Pair Serum, $46
Serums are potent treatments targeting specific skin concerns, so they’ll provide results faster than a moisturizer. This one is packed with tiger grass to quickly soothe skin irritated by shaving, blemishes, or the sun.
Ursa Major Bright and Easy Flash Mask, $44
Don’t fear the mask. This enzymatic option works in a … well, a flash to dissolve dead skin cells, increase firmness, and clarify pores so you don’t have to sit around looking ridiculous.
Jack Black Eye Balm De-Puffing and Cooling Gel, $25
Because the first place on your face that shows aging, exhaustion, and over-indulgence is your eyes, you should give them special attention. This gel uses not only contains de-puffing ingredients, but also features a special stainless-steel applicator to massage the baggage away.
Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream, $82
Pretty much every derm will recommend incorporating retinol into your routine to address aging or acne. The easiest and quickest way is to use a night cream packed with a powerful Vitamin A derivative.