A Guide to Men's Skin-Care Products

Real Simple

Make over your favorite man's morning routine with these great shaving, skin, and shower products.

Photo: Kang Kim

Men's Skin-Care Products for Shaving

C.O. Bigelow Barber Foaming Shave Gel, $10
This gel (shown, top left) has coconut oil and aloe to moisturize and protect skin from razor burn, and it comes in four scents: a fresh marine blend; a warm and woody one; a crisp, grassy version; and a spicy sandalwood.
To buy: bathandbodyworks.com.

Amenity Shave Cream, $25
If his skin is on the sensitive side, this cream (shown, bottom right) is a good choice. It's fragrance-, alcohol-, and oil-free, and it contains kava kava, an anti-inflammatory, to calm razor-induced irritation.
To buy: getamenity.com.

Nivea for Men Skin Essentials After Shave Replenishing Balm, $6
This mild gel lotion (shown, bottom left) cools the skin on contact. Vitamins E and B5 help calm irritation while adding moisture.
To buy: At drugstores.

Origins for Men Fire Fighter Plus Beard Taming After Shave Soother, $16.50
A blend of natural botanicals, this light lotion (shown, bottom middle) contains red algae to moisturize, plus peppermint and eucalyptus to help soothe ingrown hairs.
To buy: origins.com.

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Men's Skin-Care Products for the Face

(Malin + Goetz) Jojoba Face Scrub, $35
If his skin is dry and flaky or prone to blackheads, this gentle scrub (shown, top left) is a great fix. It contains apricot o il to moisturize and jojoba meal to help slough off dead skin cells.
To buy: malinandgoetz.com.

L'Oréal Men's Expert Hydra-Power Invigorating Moisturizer, $7.50
Since he probably doesn't exfoliate, his skin can look dull. This lotion (shown, top right) speeds cell turnover and increases blood flow to improve skin's appearance.
To buy: At drugstores.

Lab Series Skincare for Men Age Rescue Face Lotion, $37
This lightweight gel lotion (shown, bottom left) contains retinyl palmitate, a vitamin A derivative, to soften fine lines and diminish dark spots. Phytosphingosine helps calm redness.
To buy: labseries.com.

L'Oréal Men's Expert Power Clean Anti-Dullness Face Wash, $7.50
Whatever his concerns―pimples, grime, excess oil―this cleanser (shown, bottom right) washes them away. Soothing peppermint leaf makes it gentle on sensitive skin.
To buy: At drugstores.

Photo: Kang Kim

Men's Skin-Care Products for the Shower

Biotherm Homme Aquafitness Shower Gel, $19
This gel (shown, top left) feels luxurious, thanks to its foamy lather. And it leaves a warm, spicy scent on his skin, so even the lowest-maintenance, most cologne-shy guy can smell great.
To buy: biotherm-usa.com.

Anthony Logistics Glycerin Cleansing Bar, $8.50
This soap's (shown, bottom left) formula hydrates as it cleanses, and it's infused with orange extract, an alpha hydroxy acid that exfoliates and smooths rough spots.
To buy: anthony.com.

Neutrogena Men All-in-One Hair and Body Wash, $5.50
It wakes skin up with a tingly effect, cleansing gently without drying. The soapy fragrance is fresh and familiar (shown, bottom right).
To buy: At drugstores.

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