Our skin is our body's largest organ yet it so underappreciated by the modern man. Not only does our skin keep nasty pathogens at bay but it shelters our organs and muscles, protects against bumps and scrapes, and, well, keeps us from looking utterly terrifying. I mean, can you imagine not having ANY skin?
It's time to give your hardworking skin what it deserves, a curated skin routine packed with nutrients and hydrating elements. While there are a lot of skincare products on the market for men but not all of them are created equally. If you are prone to sensitive or problem skin, here are our top 5 product recommendations.
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Baxter's Sulfate-Free Daily Face Wash
Highlights: sulfate-free, paraben-free, fragrance-free, made with aloe vera and coconut oil, and great for facial hair.
Infused with coconut-derived cleansing agents, Baxter's sulfate-free face wash breaks through dirt and oil without drying the skin. In our opinion, it is the ultimate skincare essential for everyday use and sensitive skin. Made with aloe vera, allantoin, and caffeine, it replenishes your skin's moisture barrier, reduces redness, and energizes your skin cells so you're ready to face the day! Hot tip, you can also include it in your beard grooming or shaving routine to soften and cleanse facial hair.
Baxter's Under Eye Complex
Highlights: Men's Health Grooming Award Winner 2016, paraben-free and ideal for both day and night-time use.
This advanced anti-aging men's eye cream from Baxter is designed to nourish, repair and protect the delicate skin around your eyes. We love to start and end our day off with this complex of caffeine and seaweed extracts, which reduce puffiness and dark circles; hyaluronic acid which firms, hydrates, and diminishes fine lines; vitamin e; panthenol; and beeswax, which conditions and softens our skin while fighting off free radicals.
Baxter's Oil-Free Moisturizer
Highlights: made with green tea extract, light-weight texture, and packed with antioxidants and botanicals to defend against free radicals and heal facial skin.
You can't not include a moisturizer in your everyday skincare routine, and this oil-free remedy from Baxter just happens to be a go-to for us. The botanically-based formula not only nourishes and protects your skin but it reduces the signs of premature aging. The aloe vera and chamomile extracts soothe inflammation while the green tea eliminates free radicals. Unlike most moisturizers, this one won't leave your skin feeling greasy and has a shine-free finish.
Peregrine Supply Co.'s Detox Box
Highlights: includes Peregrine's best-selling clay and coal face mask with its companion wash, the detox face soap. Handmade in Canada with locally sourced, all-natural ingredients.
Built around the detoxifying power of activated charcoal, this is the perfect duo for drawing impurities out of your skin without stripping away any natural oils. It is the best skincare prep before an event, wedding, photoshoot, first-day, or date. The charcoal soap is mild enough for everyday use, and only scented with essential oils for those with sensitive or problem skin!
The charcoal mask has a gentle exfoliating property and is more of a treat-yourself bonus. We recommend using it 2 - 3 times a week to remove dead skin cells, which causes your skin to look dull, but not aggravate your pores. It features raw honey, sourced from the Fraser Valley, which is loaded with antioxidants and, by opening your pores, allows the activated charcoal to reach its full potential. The witch hazel tones and firms the skin for a fresher, more youthful glow while the tea tree and lavender oil reduce inflammation and clear minor blemishes.
Learn more about the benefits of charcoal from the experts themselves. Read our Q & A with Tyler, head of product development and formulation at Peregrine Supply Co.
6IXMAN's Fresh Face (and Beard) Wash
Highlights: free from mineral oil, silicone, sulfate, phosphate, parabens, and colorants
This 2-in-1 wash gently and effectively cleanses the face to prevent dryness and create the perfect environment for growing a longer, fuller-looking beard. It features a range of premium organic ingredients like rosewater, argan oil, sesame oil, and castor oil to lock in moisture and reduce beard-frizz. While we absolutely love the formula, the best part is the aromatherapy scent of oceanic seaweed and rosewater. It's the perfect wake up call in the morning. For an even softer, manageable beard, we recommend following with 6IXMAN's Six Oil.
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