What exactly is ‘Clean Skincare’?
While there is no official definition, clean skincare can mean a lot of things or it can mean nothing other than words on a label. For this article, we’re looking at products that are safe, non-toxic, and have transparent labeling of ingredients. Clean skin care products for men is a rapidly growing niche with more brands jumping on board as men define their self-care and rituals, with clean skincare products being a significant part of that journey.
My reluctant journey
Long before my current role in the technology field, I had a 14-year run as a hairstylist and my wife had a longer run in the beauty and cosmetics field. I knew hair, she knew skin. Our evening pre-bedtime ritual was something like this: Her: “Here, put this moisturizer on. It’ll keep your skin looking younger and help hold off early wrinkling wrinkles”, Me: “No! I don’t want to look younger. I’m always mistaken for being younger than I am. Wrinkles aren’t that bad for men, I’ve earned them!” You can guess who eventually won that disagreement based on the title of this article. Now it’s an interesting journey exploring the landscape of men’s skincare products and I’m happy to take you along. Hope you find this informative.
*Disclosure: I only recommend products I do or would use myself and all opinions expressed here are my own. This post may contain affiliate links, so I may earn a small commission if you make a purchase through links on this site at no additional cost to you.
The fragrance is light as is the product with a focus on hydration, firmness, and sun protection. Recommended for all skin types.
Lightweight, hydrating, sustainable glass packaging, non-shiny
Pricey at $68 for a 1 oz bottle
What is Hyaluronic acid? Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the fluids in the eyes and joints. It acts as a cushion and lubricant in the joints and other tissues. It helps keep things hydrated. Hyaluronic acid is very good at retaining water and is used in moisturizing creams, lotions, ointments, and serums. It makes your skin flexible, helps skin stretch and flex, and reduces skin wrinkles and lines.
A Little goes a long way with recommended usage of 3 to 4 drops twice a day, morning and evening.
Lightweight, hydrating, sustainable glass packaging
The darkness of the bottle can make it difficult to gauge how much is left.
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$38 for a 1 oz bottle
The Eye Armor cream highlights the use of caffeine, Niacinamide and yeast-added Rice extracts as well as being Dermatologist-tested. Clean. Vegan. Fragrance-free. Cruelty-free.
Caffeine helps depuff eyes ( and it is easier than a coffee mask)
Easy to dispense tube
The ingredient list is substantially longer than other products on this list.
$25 for a .5 oz tube
The ingredients list reads like something you could cook with containing organic olive oil, organic prickley pear oil, organic camellia oil, and organic jojoba oil as a partial list. NOTE: I’m not stating you can or should cook with this – Please don’t!
Packaged super face cream in a fully recyclable, sustainable aluminum tube. lined with a non-BPA liner to prevent any leaching of the tube material into the product.
Fully transparent ingredient list
If you don’t get the top on just right and toss it in your suitcase you will end up hydrating everything in your dopp kit, but that may have been user error.
$48 for a 2oz tube
Caldera + Lab The Deep is that great once-a-week deep clean. Note: If you have facial hair you’ll want to keep this product out of your mustache and /or beard. Just apply a thick layer of the mud to your face and leave on for about 20 minutes and wash it off with a gentle cleanser.
While the mud dries you can either lace some cucumber slices over your eyes and sip some herbal tea or throw on camo and do your best Rambo in the river impersonation.
Fully transparent ingredient list.
Some users may not enjoy the tingling sensation.
$42 for a 2.25 oz tube
The list of high-quality, natural, and clean men’s self-care products is growing rapidly. There are several others I didn’t touch on in the list that we’ll get to in another article.
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