The Best Uncomplicated Men’s Skincare & Grooming Brands For Healthy Skin
Men’s skincare has undergone a shift of seismic proportions over the last decade. No longer are men restricted to 3-in-1 face wash/body wash/dishwashing liquid style products while women seemingly have a different formulation for each elbow. Today, skincare is primarily unisex, with pioneering gender-neutral and men’s skincare brands leading the way in active skincare, offering everything from toners and cleansers to serums and sunscreens.
To cover all your hydration, exfoliation, brightening, and anti-ageing needs, here are our favourite unisex skincare and dedicated men’s skincare and grooming brands.
The folks at Bro-To believe that skin is…well, skin. That’s why the Bro-To range is simply the core Go-To formulas packaged in vibrant blue and red, with a figgy, woodsy scent (as opposed to the more floral notes sported by its sister brand). The three-piece strong Bro-To range consists of Go-To’s most beloved formulas; the Properly Clean facial cleanser, Very Useful Face Cream, and our personal favourite, the Bro-To Face Hero, a luxurious face and beard oil.
Known for their high-quality active ingredients and effective formulas at a reasonable price point, Paula’s Choice has long been a favourite in the skincare world. For best results, look further than the dedicated men’s range and instead select from the vast array of unisex cleansers, serums, boosters, exfoliants, and moisturisers. Our favourites here at AR are the 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, C15 Super Booster, and 10% Niacinamide Booster.
New York-based label produces uncomplicated yet effective luxury skincare, haircare, and fragrance that appeals to all genders. Combining modern technology with natural ingredients, their skincare products formulated with sensitive skin in mind, with the range being easy to navigate; skincare novices can start with a simple cleanser and moisturiser routine, then incorporate targeted masks, serums, and exfoliants to address specific concerns.
Apothecary brand Kiehl’s has been a stalwart in the skincare industry since its inception in 1851. While its standard products are suitable for all genders, Kiehl’s also has a dedicated men’s skincare line which aims to leave the skin feeling hydrated, refreshed, and energised, and houses one of our favourite moisturisers; Kiehl’s Facial Fuel. Other cult-favourite products from the standard line include the Crème de Corps body moisturiser and Midnight Recovery Concentrate.
Ideal for those looking for sensible men’s skincare at budget prices, Swedish brand Bulldog provides simple, vegan-friendly formulas that get the job done. Designed with ease-of-use and men’s skin in mind, Bulldog has a range of cleansers, moisturisers, and shaving products that deliver on what they promise.
Utilising potent antioxidants as well as active ingredients, Grown Alchemist combines innovative science with natural skincare, resulting in efficacious formulas that target specific skincare concerns as well as work to encourage cellular renewal, and stimulate collagen and elastin production. With their minimalist-chic lab-like packaging, Grown Alchemist caters to everyone.
Known for their unparalleled olfactory experience and scientific-chic packaging, Australian brand Aesop formulate skincare and haircare products that utilise results-driven botanical and lab-developed ingredients. With an expansive skincare range, Aesop has all your cleansing, exfoliating, moisturising, and treatment needs covered, all with Aesop’s gorgeous signature scent.
Designed to fill a gap in the market for affordable, effective men’s skincare, Australian skincare label Charles + Lee creates easy-to-use products filled with natural, good-for-you ingredients. Designed to keep men’s skin looking good without the faff, the Charles + Lee range is cost-effective and simple to adopt, with the core range consisting of a cleanser, scrub, moisturiser, and lip balm. Plus, the black-and-white packaging looks great in your bathroom.
With a simple cleanse, exfoliate, moisturise, treat philosophy, Hunter Lab is perfect for the skincare minimalist. Their pared-back philosophy is reflected in their easy to navigate range as well as their sleek packaging. Free-from synthetic ingredients, their gentle, non-irritating formulas are suitable for all skin types, with a focus on cleansed, hydrated skin.
Australian company ESK designs evidence-based skincare products in collaboration with scientists, dermatologists, and doctors. With fragrance-free, efficacious formulas targeting skincare concerns like pigmentation, dull complexion, signs of ageing, and acne, ESK delivers fuss-free scientifically formulated products that produce excellent results.