By all accounts, 2016 was a great year for men’s skincare and grooming brands, as men are becoming more comfortable with purchasing products and interested in taking better care of their skin. Over the last twelve months, we experimented with a number of products that are currently on the market, most of which are marketed to men, but also a few that women swear by.
We swathed our mugs with creams, serums, masks, and various potions that promise to make our skin great again. In some instances, the results actually mystified us, because our skin seemed to have responded positively. We saw the transformations.
The most basic skincare ritual consists of four basic steps: scrub, cleanse, apply serum, and moisturize. After much sampling and experimenting, this is what we concluded for the year 2016.
Best Scrub: Anthony’s Facial Scrub – Tiny white sand grains, camomile, and Vitamin C made this scrub effective at clearing the skin of dirt and grime, while also helping to smooth the texture of the skin. It was the most used scrub at the office, as evident by the near empty bottle.
Best Cleanser: Jack Black Deep Dive Glycolic Facial Cleanser – This double whammy cleanser containing volcanic ash and Kaolin Clay, also doubles as a mask. The cleanser was effective at dissolving heavy dirt and grime, but didn’t dry the skin, while the mask helped tighten the skin.
Best Serum: Perricone MD Hyalo Plasma – This one came to be known as the “glow machine” because of the way it helped smoothed the skin and make it look radiant. While technically not a serum, the plasma texture like product is applied in the same way and in the step where serums would normally be applied.
Best Eye Cream: Juara Black Tea Eye Cream – The dark circles beneath our eyes were best dealt with using Juara’s Black Tea Eye Cream, which provided ample moisture to the eye area, while also reducing puffiness and making the skin look less tired. When the sample we received finished, we purchased two more. The final one is already on it’s last legs.
Best Moisturizer: V76 Equilibre Quotidien Hydratant Visage Daily Facial Moisturizer – Thick enough for ample moisture throughout the day, but not too thick to clog your pores. The lightly fragrant moisturizer spreads easily and doesn’t feel heavy on the skin.
Best Night Cream: CONTEXT Restorative Night Cream – A thicker cream that helps restore your skin overnight, making it appear smoother and more radiant. Not sure how they’re doing it over there at CONTEXT, but they’re right on the money. Among night creams that we tried, this one won hands down, with everyone who tried it becoming devoted fans.
Glossier Milky Jelly Facial Cleanser – A product made for women that stole the hearts of men. The scentless, moisturizing facial cleanser was a heavy hit among the men who used it.
Ren Satin Perfection BB Cream – This one was used as a cheat product by mixing with moisturizer, to balance the appearance of skin tone and blemishes… and maybe tired looking skin.
Now go on and take steps to care for your visage. The hard work has already been done. 2017 here. We. Come!