Aug 30, 2014

The 10 Best Men’s Skin Care Products for 2014

Men’s skincare is booming, it’s no secret. Men are cottoning...

Men’s skincare is booming, it’s no secret. Men are cottoning onto the fact that men’s skin types require unique care and conditioning. An increasing number of brands offer products specially formulated for gents, from moisturisers to face scrubs, with these speciality needs in mind. Male Standard has upped our skincare regimen to find the best men’s skin care products out there. From the very affordable Burt’s and Lotil, to the pricier Clarins and Aesop, it’s up to you how much you want to part with in the quest for hydrated, healthy skin. However, note that investing in proper hydrating and protective skin products will give you years of youthful firm skin to look forward to.

Here’s Male Standard’s staff pick of the best men’s skin care products for 2014:

Lotil Original Cream

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Lotil Original Cream

Men who don’t moisturise are fast becoming a thing of the past. For those whose skin is exposed to the elements, a nourishing cream is essential. Lotil provides a no-nonsense moisturiser with added antibacterial properties: perfect for outdoorsy types. Unique antibacterial and antiseptic properties make this ultra-rich skin cream a “miracle” solution for extremely dry or cracked skin. Enriched with lanolin to soothe and heal chapped skin and prevent future dryness. Use regularly on fingers, elbows, heels. Imported from England for nearly a century. Widely considered to be the finest on the market.

Burt’s Bees Lip Balm

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Burt’s Bees Lip Balm

It will not long be until the mercury drops, so it’s time to get your lip care in order. Burt’s combines beeswax, coconut, sunflower and peppermint oils to supply all the nourishing vitamins and fatty acids your lips need. The stick comes in 11 varieties, but we always go for the classic. This must-have balm has been playing in purses and pockets since 1991. Beeswax conditions skin, while antioxidant Vitamin E moisturizes. A final hint of Peppermint Oil provides that one-of-a-kind refreshing tingle. The result? Smooth, supple lips everyone will be buzzing about.

Bulldog Original Face Wash

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Bulldog Original Face Wash

An all-natural face wash packed with green tea and eight essential oils: use this one twice a day for optimal results. The refreshing herbal fragrance leaves skin feeling well hydrated. Packed with 8 essential oils and green tea to gently cleanse your face of dirt and debris. Even better: nothing in it is tested on animals. We don’t give enough credit to these amazing products, Bulldog supports a complete grooming line on par with a college budget for professional results. We also dig their hair care, and shaving systems. You’ll love their affordability, and lasting formula.

Liz Earle Face Scrub

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Liz Earle Face Scrub

Hailing from the Isle of Wight in the UK, skincare specialist Liz Earle used her knowledge of active botanical ingredients to create a truly great brand. Her face scrub contains emollient almond oil, protective beeswax and cooling eucalyptus paired with jojoba beads and pumice. Use weekly to invigorate the skin. If you suffer from flakey, irritable skin, this smoothing trouble-shooter contains fine jojoba beads to gently buff dead skin cells, eucalyptus oil to help purify, and cocoa butter and sweet almond oil to keep skin soft and moisturised.

NYR Men Purifying Face Cream

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NYR Men Purifying Face Cream

Organic crops contain a higher number of key antioxidants and fewer toxins and pesticide residues. Which means this cleanser from Neal’s Yard, made from rooibos and regenerative calendula, is full of more of the good stuff and less of the bad. It’s light, too, so perfect for everyday use and sensitive skin. A gently foaming wash to lift impurities away from the skin leaving it cleansed and refreshed. With anti-oxidant rooibos herbal infusion to strengthen the skin, combined with restorative calendula, renowned for its regenerative properties.

Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Transformer

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Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Transformer

Anti-ageing products are like a good pension: you’ll regret not investing in them. Kiehl’s offers up this blue cream bursting with algae rich in vitamin B and amino acids: all-important protein building blocks. When applied, they reduce visible signs of ageing such as fine lines and enlarged pores. Lightweight moisture gel instantly moisturizes skin, reduces visible fine lines and minimizes enlarged pores. With protein-charged Blue Algae, a rich source of Amino Acids and Vitamin B, this refueling formula helps improve skin’s smoothness and fights the first signs of aging.

Glamoxy™ Snake Mask

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Glamoxy™ Snake Mask

Inspired by the venom of the temple viper, this mask works by freezing out impurities. Slather the jet-black goo over your meat-block, leave for 15 minutes to work it’s magic, peel off, and see the fine lines disappear. Rodial Glamoxy Snake Serum Mask boosts your skin’s radiance and smoothes texture. It drags the blackheads from your face and leaves skin noticeably radiant. Glamoxy Snake Mask deep cleans pores, draws out impurities and improves skin radiance. A seriously effective face mask.

Clarins Men’s Fatigue Fighter

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Clarins Men’s Fatigue Fighter

Avoid the “Late night?” question with this gem. It’s a non-greasy gel (great for men’s skin, which tends to be oilier) that revives, firms, tones, and safeguards the skin from the effects of pollution. Too much stress? Not enough rest? Clarins’ clear, non-oily gel — with Shea Butter and Marula — instantly firms, energizes and revives a tired, stressed complexion. Helps skin recover from shaving with Purslane, Centella and Blue Alpine Thistle. Skin rebounds with renewed vitality and a soft, comfortable texture. The ultimate “S.O.S.” refresher.

Malin + Goetz 10% Sulfur Paste

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Malin + Goetz 10% Sulfur Paste

A powerful spot-fighting product from a family-owned Manhattan apothecary. Matthew Malin applied a lifetime’s experience of rosacea, eczema, seborrhoea and fragrance allergies to the range of products he co-founded. Applied before bed, the sulphur and zinc oxide in this paste dry out oily, problem skin, minimising blemishes and breakouts.Malin+Goetz designed this treatment to be used for occasional adult acne. Please seek a dermatologist’s recommendations for more regular or acute acne conditions.

Aesop B Triple C

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Aesop B Triple C

We love this honey-like gel, which zings with antioxidants. The name refers to the product’s bumper helping of vitamin C: a vital molecule in skincare which stimulates collagen synthesis. Sleekly packaged, this is a truly transformative product. B Triple C Facial Balancing Gel is a perplexing product. Marketed as a treatment that provides “intense antioxidant protection,” it contains a mix of potent irritants and fragrance. As irritation can trigger free-radical damage, using this means you’re working against the very benefits (and purpose) of the beneficial ingredients included in this product.

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