10 Best Face Washes for Men
WASHING YOUR face morning and night is one of the best things you can do for your skin.
Not only does it wash away impurities, dirt, and pollution but it can also make you feel pretty good too!
But with a wealth of mens face washes on the market it can be hard to decide which one is the best to pick.
Firstly, looking at your skin type is an important aspect of buying a face wash. Some are made specifically for oily skin or they tackle congestion. Others are formulated for dry or mature skin to fight the signs of ageing. Navigating the world of skin care is no easy task but with a wide variation of products available there’s something for all skin types.
Then there’s the price range. While some are on the higher end of the scale and described as a lux product, there are also budget buys which can work just as well. It’s all about finding the right product that works for your skin, which when used on a daily basis can leave the face looking smoother, softer, energised, and younger.
Once you have found a favourite product, most people will use a face wash in the morning as well as the evening. After a long day there can be impurities and dirt that has built up on the skin which if not cleaned can make skin dull and even cause breakouts.
Many people also wonder why you should also use a face wash in the morning?
Well, in the night whilst sleeping you shed dead skin cells with experts citing about 3.3 grams fall off a week! So when you wake up it is best to give a good clean to remove these. It can also be part of a self-care routine in helping to wake up the skin, and making you feel refreshed after a long nights sleep.
We’ve found the best face washes that improve your skincare routine and make it easy when picking a skin saviour that will work for you.
Your skin will enjoy an invigorating deep clean with brands such as Nivea, Bulldog, and Aesop which will all give effective deep cleaning results. Here are our favourites…
Clinique Skin Face Wash
- Clinique Skin Face Wash, £21 from Amazon – buy here
At the core of Clinique is their belief that a proper skincare regime achieves great skin. Sounds simple, yes? But in 1968, when the brand started, it was not so well known that cleaning daily looks after the skin long term.
But since then, Clinique have formulated many award winning products that help achieve good skin with easy to use skincare. This includes their best selling Men’s Face Wash, which is a simple but gentle face wash that does not strip the skin of it’s natural oils.
With gentle exfoliating qualities it is a calming face wash that even those prone to acne can use.
One reviewer says, ‘although there it does not foam as much as other brands, my face turns quite soft and tender, which is better every time I touch it.’ Soft skin= happy skin!
Bulldog Original Wash
- Bulldog Original Wash, £6.44 from Amazon – buy here
Looking for a quick no-nonsense facewash that does what it says on the tin? Then look no further than Bulldog Original Wash. Infused with eight essential oils and enriched with antioxidant green tea, it gives a quick fresh wash for an on-the-go skincare routine.
Free from parabens, sodium laureth sulphate, artificial colours, synthetic fragrances and ingredients from animal sources, this is one for people who like clean skincare that works well.
Fans say, “my face feels softer after use and paired with the moisturiser, keeps the oil at bay!”
The price is also VERY attractive and it comes in an 150 ml bottle which will last for ages.
Kiehl’s Oil Eliminator Cleanser
- Kiehl’s Oil Eliminator Cleanser, £20.50 from Harvey Nichols – buy here
It seems obvious but washing your face is just as important if you have particularly oily skin. While excessive washing is never good, cleaning with a specially formulated facewash for oily skin can create a balanced PH and sebum, which creates less oil and a more matte appearance.
Kiehl’s have created just that- an oil eliminating facewash that gently removes dead skin cells while keeping the oil under control. With crushed apricot seeds it helps to remove excess oil, sweat and pollution too with a gentle exfoliating formulation.
We also think the bottle looks pretty fancy! And while it is in the higher price range it has ingredients curated just for oily skin which if used over time will give a softer, more balanced appearance.
Nivea Men Sensitive Face Wash
- Nivea Men Sensitive Face Wash, £2.17 from Boots – buy here
Sensitive skin can be tricky to master. A harsh wash can dry the skin out further and alcohol based products can even cause redness.
Enter Nivea Men’s Sensitive Face Wash, a wash with 0% alcohol which calms and cleans the skin in a gentle way.
People with sensitive skin should always try to avoid perfumes or astringents which are known to make the skin flare up. Instead opt for natural ingredients of which the Nivea Facewash includes Vitamin E and menthol to cleanses the skin deeply while unclogging pores, helping to prevent breakouts, and keeping skin smooth.
They also state that men with any facial hair will also notice a softened beard, which can help with a better shave leaving the skin feeling relaxed and more comfortable.
Aesop Parsley Seed Wash
- Aesop Parsley Seed, £27 from Aesop – buy here
Feeling like splashing out quite literally? Then Aesop Parsley Seed is wash for you. If you like to groom and maintain immaculate skin, this clarifying forumaltion removes dirt and impurities while its Lactic Acid infusion gives a mild exfoliation.
On the more luxury end of the market, it has a higher price tag but does come in a larger bottle meaning it will last for a lot of washes.
And of course, there’s one of its hero ingredients, Parsley Seed which is packed with vitamin C and antioxidants, which can fight the signs of ageing, reduce inflammation and fight the damage caused by environmental factors. They recommend using half a teaspoon morning and night for the best results. Fresh never looked so good!
Gstaad Guy Alpine Face Wash
- Gstaad Guy Alpine Face Wash, £35 from The Organic Pharmacy – buy here
You may know Gstaad Guy as the social media senstation but he has now teamed with The Organic Pharmacy for a fresh alpine facewash to give you glowing skin.
A non-foaming wash, it comes in a bottle that will look particularly good on your bathroom shelf.
But it is not all about the aesthetic. This wash cleans without stripping the skin of its natural oils and is suitable for all skin types, particularly sensitive skin. It has a combination of organic ingredients such as aloe, sweet orange oil, and calendula and for best results, The Organic Pharmacy recommends washing each area for at least 20 seconds. Instant hydration!
L’oreal Hydrate-Energetic Wash
- L’oreal Mens Hydrate-Energetic Wash, £2.49 from Boots – buy here
This face wash aims to energise the skin with its infusions of vitamin C and Guarana and is to be used as a daily wash, morning and night.
Guarana has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, which can stimulate the skin, aiding blood flow and reducing damage linked to aging.
Vitamin C is also an extremely beneficial ingredient with its ability to even out skin tone, tackling pigmentation and brightening complexion
Washing every day can also help to cleanse pores deeper, removing dirt and other pollutants that have built up throughout the day. A great wash for when you need to wake up and quickly energise the skin!
Uppercut Deluxe Mens Face Wash
- Uppercut Deluxe Men’s Face Wash, £13 from Look Fantastic – buy here
What’s in a name? Well, it seems a lot if you are the Uppercut Deluxe face wash! Formulated using a blend of herbal extracts to deliver a vibrant scent of peppermint it provides an effective skin cleaning regime without any nasties.
It also includes exfoliating beads to help remove dead skin and traces of dirt to leave skin feeling smooth and clean.
Exfoliating beads are a popular addition to skincare as the glide onto the skin and clean clogged pores without being too harsh.
This wash is described as a daily face wash that is suitable for those with dry, sensitive, or oily skin and fans have given it rave reviews including, ‘No need to look any further for the perfect wash!’
Chanel Le Gel Wash
- Chanel Le Gel Wash, £36 from Boots – buy here
The Chanel Face Wash looks like a gel but is aimed to foam into a lather quickly and easily for ultimate cleaning. On contact with water, its fresh texture transforms into an invigorating foam to deeply cleanse and purify the skin.
Le Gel is particularly focused on removing pollution particles and sunscreen residue while keeping the skin smooth at the same time.
The wash is a real luxury item but is perfect for maintaining a good skincare routine and is recommended to use morning and evening followed by a nourishing moisturiser. Perfect combination!
Liz Earle Mens Face and Body Wash
- Liz Earle Mens Face and Body Wash, £15 from Boots – buy here
In a rush and need an all-in-one solution? Then Liz Earle’s Face and Body Wash has come to the rescue! With a blend of pure essential oils it is suitable for face and body and cleans away impurities from the day.
It’s naturally active ingredients include aloe vera, soap bark extract and natural source vitamin E and is suitable for all skin types.
The product is also cruelty-free and contains no sodium lauryl. Just foam, wash and go!
What is the best face wash for men?
There are many good fashwashes to choose from available to buy online and in stores.
Picking one can feel a little bewildering at times but try to find your skin type prior to buying, as this will narrow the selection process down greatly!
Different skin types will respond to different ingredients and if you choose a product that is not related to your skintype you could find it not working so well.
Our favourites include Liz Earle, Bulldog, Clinique, Kiehls, Chanel, Nivea, L’oreal, Uppercut, Aesop, The Organic Pharmacy and more.
How often should men wash their face?
Gone are the days when a splash of water and an occasional bar of soap would do the job. Now you can keep your skin looking in tip top condition with expertly blended ingredeints and enriching infusions.
It is recommdedn to wash your face twice a day, in the morning soon after waking up and the evening, just before bed.
Waking up your skin and having a refreshing wash not only gets rid of the impurities and dead skin cells from the night before but can also leave you feeling energized and ready for the day.
Washing before bed will clean away any dirt from the day and even touching our face can spread bacteria onto it. So, although tempting if feeling particularly tired, try not to skip that evening wash!
The best way to use a face wash
A facewash should be applied to damp skin, using circular motions to blend across the face. Some face washes are foaming and others designed not to foam at all, but the importance is placed on where you wash- all across the cheeks, forehead, nose, and even the neck and jawline. This is to ensure all impurities are reached to gently clean away any dirt from the day.
Rinsing with warm water, the wash can be repeated if desired (this is known as the ‘double-cleanse’). Some may also like to use a clean flannel or cloth to rinse of the face wash. It is best to always be gentle when doing this, rather than scrubbing which can cause aggravation on the skin but gently smooth across the face to remove the facewash.
Afterwards, carefully dry skin, patting with a clean towel to minimise sebum production.
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Alicia Adendorff is a reporter for Healthy Organic Lifestyle.