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the best men’s skincare routine

the best men’s skincare routine

As a man, how much time do you spend on your skin care routine? Is it high up on your priority list? Or are you confused with where to start? With so much information available on skin care, it can be overwhelming to navigate through all the options! At Dermalogica we believe in making looking after your skin a simple job, and here we’re going to show you how.

what is the difference between men and women’s skin?

Did you know male skin is physiologically different to female skin? The difference is created by testosterone. Testosterone is a sex hormone produced in both men and women, but considerably more so in men. During puberty men produce huge amounts of testosterone which affects the physiology of their skin, and impacts its overall texture, thickness, sebum (oil) production and hair growth. Due to this higher amount of oil production, male skin tends to remain better hydrated than female skin.

men's skin health

Other factors that influence your skin health are pollution, sun exposure, lifestyle habits such as smoking and drinking, sleeping patterns and if you shave. These can cause issues such as premature ageing, dryness, sensitivity, or colour changes in the skin.

Have you ever had your skin analysed? It’s a good starting point to ascertain your skin’s needs. Try our online digital Facemapping to see what it says about your skin and areas that may need some extra care.


Let’s start with getting the basics right with 3 simple steps;

skin care routine for men

1.      prep

The prep step includes cleansing and exfoliation to remove dirt, pollutants, and excess oils. Clean skin is the foundation to healthy skin.

We recommend starting with Oil To Foam Total Cleanser, it removes pollutants, excess sebum, sunscreen and debris while cleansing skin in one step for ultra-clean, healthy-looking skin. This starts as a golden gel-oil and transforms into a rich cloud-like foam with a splash of water to wash away any remaining impurities. Skin is left feeling instantly soft and smooth.

Or meet our essential Special Cleansing Gel, this foaming gel cleanser removes impurities without drying the skin and the bubbly foam can provide slip and glide for a smooth shave.

Exfoliation is key for a healthy skin and to maintain the skins natural cell turnover function. If you have facial hair, beards can make exfoliators a bit tricky to use, however it is still important to exfoliate your skin regularly.

If you have a beard, try a chemical exfoliator. Chemical exfoliators don’t contain grains meaning they will be easier to remove. Try Rapid Reveal Peel, our maximum-strength exfoliant which delivers powerful results with no downtime helping to firm and brighten the skin.

No beard? Try our Daily Superfoliant with Activated Binchotan Charcoal to purify the skin and help adsorb environmental toxins from deep within the pores.

2.      treat

This is where you can tackle your skin concerns.

treating shaving rash

If you suffer from shaving rash try using our Ultracalming Serum Concentrate with Evening Primrose, Sunflower Seed and Avocado extracts to help soothe irritation and defend against future assault.

adult breakouts

Breakouts causing you trouble? - Try Age Bright Clearing Serum containing Salicylic Acid to reduce breakouts and clear the skin. This highly concentrated serum exfoliates to help prevent breakouts and accelerates cell turnover to reduce signs of skin ageing.

dry skin

Dry skin for men is a common issue – Try Multi Active Toner. A light hydrating spritz that refreshes the skin and boosts levels of hydration with moisture binding humectants. Arnica, Balm Mint and Lavender help soothe and condition the skin.

3.      glow

This is your final step to moisturise and defend the skin from the elements.

skin defence

For a mattified look, try Oil Free Matte SPF30, a moisturiser and SPF in one that absorbs excess oil and defends skin from sun damage.

male moisturiser 

Active Moist is another top pick for male skin. It’s sheer, easy-to-apply formula contains a Prebiotic Moisture Complex and a unique combination of plant extracts that help improve surface texture and combat dehydration.

professional men’s skin care treatment

For more help, seek expert advice from a trained professional. You can chat live to a Dermalogica skin therapist or book for a free virtual 1 to 1 consultation with our unique face mapping service. 

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