Any well-rounded skin care routine consists of a few key steps: cleansing, exfoliating, moisturising, and, last but not least, a broad-spectrum sunscreen featuring SPF 30.
To delight your dad, grandfather, brother, uncle, or partner with a special surprise to take their routines to the next level, gifting some of the best skincare products for men—from serums and toners, to weekly treatments, and more—is an easy way to help enhance their basics. But with so many options on the market, it can sometimes be tricky to determine what's really worth the buy—which is why we've pulled together a short list of some of our favorite picks he's sure to love.
These top-rated essentials from popular brands like Le Labo, Kiehl's Since 1851, Dr. Dennis Gross, and others come highly recommended from editors, skinfluencers, and beauty enthusiasts alike (with some pulled directly from men's routines in our Go to Bed with Me series). Plus, now that the holidays are in full force, these coveted selects also happen to make an excellent surprise for both the man in your life with a 16-step routine, and the ultimate skincare minimalist. Here, the very best skincare products for men to shop now.
A BRIGHTENING QUARTET: The Ordinary The Bright Set
The Ordinary is one of the buzziest skincare brands around, and for good reason: Its range of complexion essentials, including this set of brightening favorites offers the perfect balance of product effectiveness and budget-savvy. Since he'll find bottles of full-strength vitamin C and seven percent glycolic acid in this kit, we recommend gifting it to the man in your life with a more established routine.
A SET OF RELAXING SHEET MASKS: Jaxon Lane Bro Mask: Korean Face Mask for Men (4-Pack)
It may seem a little on the nose, but gifting your actual brother with this set of four firming and brightening sheet masks with "bro" in the title is almost too thoughtful of a gift.
Price: ₹2,100 approx.
AN ENERGIZING CLEANSER: Kiehl's Since 1851 Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash (One Liter)
Help him feel more awake in the morning with this value-size version of Kiehl's culty and energising Facial Fuel cleanser (which nicely happens to be 25 percent off right now).
Price: ₹5,350 approx.
A MESS-FREE CLEANSING TOOL: Foreo Luna 4 Men Face Cleansing Brush for Skin & Beard
He'll get a mini face lift and deep cleaning experience all-in-one with this silicone facial brush from the beauty tech experts at Foreo. It uses T-sonic vibrations and a range of touchpoint sizes to not only lift dirt and oil from pores, but also give his go-to serums and moisturisers a little extra oomph once he's done cleansing.
Price: ₹23,300 approx.
A RENEWING FACE MASK: buttah. by Dorion Renaud Charcoal Detox Mask
Nearly 500 Amazon shoppers are fans of Buttah.'s Charcoal Detox Mask, which also features Argan oil and shea butter to replenish his complexion as it draws out dirt and oil.
Price: ₹2,200 approx.
A WELL-LOVED SPF: EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46
No skin care routine is complete without the addition of an effective sunscreen, which is why this dermatologist-recommended pick is one of our everyday go-tos (and beloved by more than 30,000 Amazon customers).
Price: ₹3,260 approx.
A GENTLE TONER: Grown Alchemist Balancing Toner
Treat his skin to this alcohol-free toner from Grown Alchemist that contains ginseng, chamomile and aloe vera to give his complexion a healthy glow.
A SKIN BALANCING LOTION: Good Light Moon Glow Milky Toning Lotion
This best-selling vegan face lotion uses natural AHAs to exfoliate skin. It also contains ingredients like anti-inflammatory meadowfoam seed oil, oil-regulating niacinamide, plus hydrating snow mushroom and ceramides to keep his complexion in balance.
Price: ₹1,844 approx
A GENTLE EXFOLIATOR: Humanrace Lotus Enzyme Exfoliator
To keep his complexion as smooth as possible, Pharrell Williams uses this gentle exfoliator from his brand, Humanrace. It features a blend of chemical and physical ingredients like glycolic acid and rice particles to sweep away dead skin cells.
Price: ₹3,856 approx
A SOOTHING SHAVE GEL: Clinique for Men Aloe Shave Gel
If he has sensitive skin and prefers a close shave, Clinique's aloe-based shaving gel might become his new holy-grail grooming staple. As it's both fragrance- and oil-free, there's low risk of irritation.
AN IRONMAN-LIKE FACE MASK: Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare DRx SpectraLite FaceWare Pro LED Light Therapy Device
He can combat wrinkles and firm skin in no more than three minutes a day using this popular face mask from Dr. Dennis Gross, which contains 100 LED lights in red mode (anti-aging), and 62 LED lights in blue mode (acne-fighting).
Price: ₹58,000 approx
AN UNDER-EYE SOOTHER: Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels (Pack of 16)
Celebrity hairstylist Chris Appleton uses these cooling under-eye patches on a regular basis to de-puff and relax. And because they come in a 12-pack, they're the gift that keeps on giving.
A SPECIAL LIP BONUS: Tatcha Kissu Lip Mask
"I like to finish off with a lip mask," celebrity makeup artist Daniel Martin previously told Bazaar of his skin care routine. "This one from Tatcha is incredible, it's the Kissu Lip Mask, and this is like a really hydrating lip jelly that's made out of peach nectar—I'm obsessed with this product. It doesn't really taste like anything, but it's really, really comfortable, and there's no weight to it."
A NOURISHING TREATMENT: Aesop Damascan Rose Facial Treatment
He can apply this rose oil before his moisturiser for supreme hydration in colder months, and by itself as a lightweight moisturiser once the weather warms up.
Price: ₹7,125 approx
A PLUMPING SERUM: PCA Skin Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum
Aesthetician Sean Garrette loves incorporating this hyaluronic acid serum into his rotation while his skin is still damp. "I love PCA," he previously told BAZAAR.com. "I like this hydrating serum because it has ceramides and niacinamide, so it's really nourishing and helps strengthen the skin barrier, which is the protective layer of your skin. It just makes my skin super plump—I love this serum."
A CLEAN START: Farmacy Beauty Clean Bee Facial Cleanser
For those with sensitive skin, this gentle cleanser uses naturally derived ingredients like coconut and sugar to remove dirt and oil, plus chamomile, calendula, and aloe to soothe irritation.
A BRIGHTENING EYE CREAM: Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream
More than 1,500 Sephora customers love this brightening, vitamin C-based eye cream, which is gentle enough for both day- and nighttime, and also contains entirely vegan ingredients.
A SPA-READY FACIAL STEAMER: Sarah Chapman Skinesis Pro Hydro-Mist Steamer
Even if the man in your life isn't one to frequent the spa, upgrade his skincare experience with this professional-level facial steamer. In addition to being supremely relaxing, the tool emits ionic particles to help unclog pores while brightening his complexion.
A NOURISHING EYE BALM: L'Occitane Immortelle Divine Eye Balm
This hydrating eye balm won't feel heavy on his skin, and helps minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while boosting under-eye brightness.
A DERMATOLOGIST-APPROVED FACE MASK: Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture
One of YouTube’s go-to doctors, Dr. Mike Varshavski, swears by this non-greasy, featherweight moisturiser from Murad for his nightly routine. It contains ingredients like hyaluronic acid and coconut extract to moisturise without being too heavy.
A NOURISHING NIGHT MASK: La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask
Take his night routine to new heights with this luxe sleep mask from La Prairie that uses the brand's cellular complex and natural caviar extract to lift and firm skin overnight.
Price: ₹37,300 approx
AN EVENING CLEANSING BALM: Paula's Choice Omega+ Complex Cleansing Balm
Garrette is also a fan of using this Paula's Choice balm to double cleanse, which he says is ideal to combat uneven texture and hyperpigmentation.
A MATTE FINISH SUNSCREEN: Supergoop! Mineral Mattescreen SPF 40
If he prefers using a physical sunscreen rather than a chemical one, consider picking up a tube of this top-rated sunscreen from Supergoop! Because it's formulated with a blend of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, and leaves behind a matte finish, he won't have to worry about any excess shine.
AN UNDER-EYE ALL-STAR: Sunday Riley Auto Correct Brightening and Depuffing Eye Contour Cream
"My skin is more combo to dry, and sometimes it can be a little dehydrated, especially around my eye area," Garrette says. "So I love eye creams for morning and night now." To moisturise dry under-eyes, he reaches for this de-puffing cream from Sunday Riley, which feels lightweight on the skin. "You literally need the tiniest bit; I use my ring fingers and bring that all around my eye area," he adds.