A Man’s Full Skin Care Regime Explained Step By Step! From Mens Face Wash Onwards!

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If you are just starting out on the road to healthy skin, you may feel overwhelmed when faced with so many potential products you can use in your skin care regime!

However like anything in life finding the optimum routine and best set of products that work for your takes both a little experimentation and a little perseverance. But your skin will definitely thank you for it in the long run!

To get you started, here is a guide to the best basic steps you could follow in order to get the most out of your skincare regime.

Cleanse with Mens Soap and/or Body Wash

Your daily skincare routine should begin in the shower.

Choose an antibacterial soap or body wash for men to rid your body of the build up of harmful toxins, dirt and grime. For example, Mistral Bamboo and Sandalwood Soap for Men or Anthony Logistics for Men Body Cleansing Gel are two highly rated products that combine natural conditioning and botanical agents to leave your skin feeling cleansed and refreshed.

Apply your product of choice, work up a lather and rinse.

Exfoliate with a Facial Scrub For Men

Once or twice each week, you should use a face exfoliator.

Make sure to choose a facial scrub for men and face brush that aren’t going to be too harsh on your skin.

You can get great results from a scrub such as Zirh Scrub by Zirh International (that gently removes dead cells on the skin’s surface without other harsh effects) when used in conjunction with a brush like the Clarisonic Aria Sonic Skin Cleansing Kit.

Simply massage the scrub into your face and run the brush over your skin. Remember you’re only wanting to remove the looser dead skin, so don’t go to harshly!


Although this is an important part of every man’s daily routine, unfortunately, depending on your skin type, you may find yourself more prone to razor burn, ingrown hairs and other shaving related irritations.

Shaving however is not just important to get facial hair under control.  It also helps to get rid of the dry, dead skin cells on your face.

And when it comes to shaving related issues and irritations there is of course a whole range of other prodcuts such as toners, aftershave and moisturizers that are there to help!

Cleanse with a Mens Face Wash

A mens face wash is one of the most important aspects of a skincare routine.

As well as using a face wash in the morning it’s also important to use one before heading to bed at night. This will allow your skin the chance to breathe and heal overnight from the grime, sweat and dirt it has accumulated during the day.

Although it’s easiest to clean your face while you shower, if you only want to wash your face, warm water is best for opening up those pores.

Apply a cleanser like Neutrogena Men Invigorating Face Wash by massaging it upwards onto your face in circular motions. Splash your face with lukewarm water and wipe the remaining cleanser away.

Avoid leaving face wash on your skin since this can encourage spots and other irritations.

And once you’re all done, give yourself a final splash of cold water so that your pores close, thus reducing the chance that grime and dirt will make their way back into your skin. Use a towel to pat your face dry.

Apply a Toner and/or Astringent

Many men avoid skin toners and astringents, mistakenly believing that these are just extra products that aren’t really needed in a skincare routine. However these products are made for a good reason.

When you wash your face, you are adding chemicals and products that can change your skin’s pH – for better or worse. Toners and astringents actually make your skin more resistant to pollutants and contaminants in the air as they can assist in restoring the natural pH levels of your skin.

They also tighten the skin and help close the pores. Men with oily skin are particularly likely to benefit from using an astringent.

Two highly rated products in this area include the Essential Face Toner by Ursa Major and Zirh International’s Refresh Invigorating Astringent. Simply apply your product of choice to a pad or cotton ball and wipe it across your face. No need to rinse.

For more advice on choosing whether an astringent or toner is best for you check this out.

Use an After Shave Lotion or Aftershave Balm

Many men incorporate an aftershave such as Clubman After Shave Lotion or an aftershave balm like The Art of Shaving After-Shave Balm into their daily skincare routines.

While it may not seem like a big deal, the reality is that these products condition your skin and help ensure that your freshly-shaved face isn’t ruined by large pores and other skin problems such as ingrown hairs.

After you shave, your skin is more sensitive and vulnerable to irritations because the razor skims off the top layer of dead skin cells as part of the shaving process. It’s crucial to include an aftershave product in your daily regime as it will not only revitalize and protect the skin but also calm irritations and condition your face.


Regardless of your skin type, one of the most important steps in any skincare routine is moisturizing. Products such as Jack Black Double-Duty Face Moisturizer are great for this.

If your skin is oily, you may think that moisturizers will only add to this problem.

The truth is that there a variety of men’s moisturizing products out there these days made for all skin types. A bit of research here to find one which matches your skin type can pay massive dividends for your complexion.

Massage a small amount of your chosen moisturizer onto your neck and face. Consider applying a second dab if your skin still feels overly tight or dry.

Apply a Cologne

Although most men finish their routines with colognes or body sprays, remember to use them with caution!  Don’t go overboard and in the case of cologne simply apply one or two dabs to areas like the insides of your wrists and your neck.

Your Routine

When it comes to a man’s skin care regime the most important thing is to find one that works for you and suits your routine. This may take some time and extra effort initially, but it will definitely be worth it.

To get the best long term benefits for your skin it’s also important that once you find what works best for you that you stick to that routine over time.

After a while you should find that an everyday skincare regime is as natural as brushing your teeth – which by the way you should also be doing with at least some regularity!

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  1. says

    Thanks for a great guide on men’s skin care! I have personally used the Mistral Men’s Soap and it is worth the price tag. It will leave your skin feeling smooth without that greasy feeling.

  2. Benjamin Munoz JR says

    You guys are just what I was looking for. I needed advise on men’s care products and I found it all here. Thanks and keep up the awesome work.

  3. Jackson says

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    Generally, I don’t sign up for sites like these, I just read and leave the site, but you have some great info here. Keep up the good work and please add some social sharing buttons for people like me…

  4. nikhil says

    Hey david,

    I want to buy a sunscreen as well as moisturizer. In your sunscreen post, jack black SPF 45 is recommended and in your moist, post, jack black spf 20 is recommended, should I buy both or only spf 45 will do?

    In other words, does the JB SPF 45 sunscreen also works as a moisturizer? or is it only a sunscreen and I have to buy a moisturizer separately?

    Again, thanks for the useful website as well as posts.

    • David says

      Hi Nikhil,

      Good to hear from you again. That’s a really good question! I think you’d have to consider a couple of things before you decide which is best for you.

      1. What type of skin do you have? For example if you have a naturally greasier skin then you probably don’t’ want to double up on two products (sunscreen and moisturizer).

      2. What is your primary goal? For example if your main concern is sun protection then I’d just go withe the spf 45 and (subject to you answer to 1 above) maybe leave off the moisturizer, to start with at least, and see how that works out for you – if you find your skin drying out too much then start to introduce a reasonable moisturizer into the routine. However if you’re primarily after a moisturizer then the spf 20 is going to be your best bet as that is what it is primarily formulated to do but has the added benefit of some reasonable sun protection.

      Hope that helps! But without stating the obvious, as with all things to do with the sun the best protection for your skin is always going to be staying out of it as much as possible :-) or if you do have to be out and about its amazing how much a good cap or hat can provide your skin some great added protection without even really realizing it.

      Let me know what you decide to go with :-)

      David – Skin Care For Men Explained

  5. sonia says

    Hello. I am currently trying to encourage my 15yr old boy to look after his skin. Thanks for the above information which is very helpful. I am just a bit confused about the order of things though. Should he shower and cleanse before or after shaving? He is using an electric shaver. Thanks.

    • David says

      Hi Sonia,

      Great to hear from you and I’m really pleased you’re finding the site useful! Really cool to hear you’re helping out your son too. I would shower and cleanse first and then hit the shaving after that. Probably the key thing is he finds a routine that makes sense to him and he can see the benefits form and isn’t too much effort (we are talking about a teenager after all :-) ). Once he gets into the swing of it and sees the benefits to his skin then hopefully he’ll be more keen to expand his skincare regime with some other things. Good on you for getting so involved in this for him too as if he sets up the right kind of habits now in terms of looking after his skin they really will stay with him for life.

      Hope that helps!

      David – Skin Care For Men Explained

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