There’s never a bad time to show one of the men in your life that you love and care from him – and what better way to show you care than to help him care for himself?
We’re definitely of the belief that you can never have too much skincare! No matter how old you are, it’s never too early or too late to start looking after your skin. So whether he’s a skincare novice, or just a step down from professional dermatologist, you really can’t go wrong with skincare as a gift.
We’ll get into the details of what you need to consider when buying skincare, and tell you everything you need to know about our top 10 products (and why we love them) below. But at a glance, here are some of our top picks for the best men’s skincare:
Best Men's Skincare Gifts
MANTL Complete Routine
- Complete daily routine
- Natural, nourishing ingredients
- Especially formulated for face & scalp
MALIN+GOETZ Detox Face Set
- Natural ingredients
- Suitable for all skin types
- Contains vitamins C & E
Kiehl’s Avocado Nourishing Hydration Mask
- Hydrates skin in just 15 minutes
- Fragrance free
- Contains nourishing fruit extracts & natural oils
Nivea Men Sensitive Skin Bundle
- Perfect for sensitive skin
- Full daily routine
Aesop Departure Travel Kit
- Carry-on essentials
- For clean & hydrated hands and oral hygiene while travelling
- Hydrating & nourishing formulas
Getting Started – What to Consider When Buying Skincare as a Gift
Before we delve into the best products on the market, we need to understand the key considerations that should influence any purchase.
Firstly, you’ll need to understand that we all have different skin types, each of which has their own characteristics and poses different challenges. These include:
- Oily Skin: Oily skin is typically characterised by a shiny appearance, while it typically has a greasy texture that features dilated pores in the T-zone on the face. It’s often triggered by overactive sebaceous glands, which tend to produce an excess of oil on a regular basis.
- Normal Skin: This is the ideal skin type, which is characterised by a glowing, radiant visage that features no blemishes or redness. It’s also defined by a smooth and normal texture, which is underpinned by the ideal balance of oil and moisture at all times.
- Sensitive or Dry Skin: In the case of dry or sensitive skin, you may sport a relatively dull appearance that’s punctuated by patches of redness on the cheeks. As a result, this skin type is commonly characterised by a rough and abrasive texture, as there’s minimal sebaceous secretion and a noticeable lack of natural oils. Particularly dry skin may also cause some peeling.
Having a good idea of the skin type of the person you’re buying a gift for will definitely help your search, there are also a couple of universal rules that should influence your choice of skincare products.
The most important of these is that you avoid buying products that include harsh or abrasive ingredients, with alcohol offering a relevant case in point. The reason for this is simple; as denatured alcohol has a low-molecular weight and can be particularly harsh and drying for those with sensitive skin.
It can also strip your skin of moisture and natural oils, exacerbating existing issues and causing potentially long-term issues.
For products you use everyday, we’d also recommend prioritising products that are oil-free, especially if you have oily skin. After all, this can create a further imbalance in your skin rather than correcting your natural skin concerns.
The Best Men’s Skincare Gift Sets
With these points in mind, you can hit the market as an informed consumer who knows exactly what you’re looking for!
However, in order to refine your search further, we’ve developed a comprehensive list of the best and highest value male skincare products on the market!
1. MANTL Complete Routine
Top of our list is the MANTL Complete Routine, which is available as the full set, or you can buy each product separately. And as long time lovers of the MANTL set (read our full review here), it’s definitely our top pick.
The Mantl Skincare Range
The MANTL Complete Collection
- All the products a bald man needs
- Discounted subscription
- Guaranteed premium quality
- Natural Extracts
- Notes of wood and citrus
- Sulphate, paraben and silicone free
MANTL Invisible Daily SPF-30 Moisturiser
- Completely shine-free and transparent
- Paraben and synthetic dye free
- SPF-30 protection
MANTL Age Defence Moisturiser
- No streaks or shine
- Features Willow Herb, Aloe and Squalane
- Paraben, silicone and synthetic dye free
MANTL No-Shine Sheets
- Made from bamboo charcoal & wood fibres
- Talc, preservative and oil free
- Compact container for easy carrying
The Complete Routine gives you everything you need for your daily skincare routine, including products for both morning and night, to make sure your skin has everything it needs.
The set is also targeted at those who are bald or boast a shaved scalp, with ‘A Better Bald’ box having been carefully formulated to help clean, moisturise and safeguard your skin.
The Complete Routine is priced at $79 for a one time order (or save 10% if you sign up for a regular subscription), making it a great price for your full daily routine.
2. MALIN+GOETZ Detox Face Set
MALIN+GOETZ is another prominent skincare brand, with its Detox Face Set serving as a de facto face mask that provides a deeply nourishing experience.
Free from harsh chemical agents and alcohol, the main product in this set creates a lightweight and gentle foam that works by cleansing deep into the pores and safeguarding an effective and natural moisture barrier.
This skincare set combines the very best in natural ingredients and technologically advanced formulas, enabling it to achieve some of the best results in the marketplace.
More specifically, it includes gentle ingredients including amino acids, vitamins C and E, soya protein and almond extract (which is renowned for sealing in moisture and strengthening the condition of hair and skin).
Overall, this set can help to brighten and firm the skin, creating a radiant and youthful glow that all of us crave as we grow older!
3. Kiehl’s Avocado Nourishing Hydration Mask
Next up is another decidedly natural skincare set, and one that takes the form of a rich and creamy avocado face mask that provides the hydration that your skin craves.
As the name suggests, this has been carefully formulated using avocado fruit extract, alongside avocado oil and evening primrose oil (which includes GLA and is widely proven to reduce acne and minimise the impact of skin inflammation).
In this respect, the skincare set serves a dual purpose, as it looks to hydrate your skin in real-time and reduce the threat posed by long-term inflammation in the longer term.
This natural and uniquely formatted face mask definitely works to seal in moisture, while its unique texture definitely leaves the skin feeling soft and replenished after use.
We also noted that this set has a delightful fragrance, while it can also be used safely by all of the three skin types listed earlier in the piece.
4. CLn Facial Moisturiser
Next up is a relatively affordable and effective facial moisturiser, and one that’s relatively affordable at around $32.00 (£22.95) for a 100ml bottle.
Designed to be applied post-cleansing for optimal results, this product boasts a decidedly lightweight formula and one that’s capable of locking in natural moisture and avoiding upsetting the skin.
This is also ideal for use on all skin types, while it can also be fully utilised by people whose skin is defined by redness, rosacea, acne and flaking.
It’s also fair to surmise that this product is non-greasy and defined by a non-comedogenic formula, which essentially means that it’s absorbed quickly by the skin and works at incredible speed to reduce the appearance of redness without clogging your pores.
5. Origins Soothing Power Trio Set
In fifth place is another affordable and high value product, with this cleansing, soothing and hydrating trio priced at £21.25.
This day-night hydration set boasts incredible soothing power for the recipient’s skin, while forging part of a comprehensive skincare routine that’s capable of keeping pores incredibly well protected.
This is renowned as the brand’s best-selling cleansing set, with the facial wash noticeably easy on the skin as it rinses away all makeup, impurities and surface oils for users. Afterwards, you’ll also notice that your skin feels comfortably clean, minimising any potential irritation and contributing to a product that can be used over an extended period of time.
While we’d arguably recommend some of the previous products on the list ahead of this brand’s offering, it’s undoubtedly well-placed from a price perspective and offers significant value for money in the modern age.
6. Nivea Men Sensitive Skin Bundle
This is one of the most comprehensive skincare sets in the marketplace, while the products that it includes have been formulated and uniquely designed for users with sensitive skin.
To this end, you’ll find specially-formulated shaving gel, post-shave balm and moisturiser included in the pack, alongside sensitive shower gel and a quick-dry, alcohol-free antiperspirant that offers 48-hour protection against stains and odours.
The face wash is a particularly impressive offering, boasting a dermatologist-approved formula and one that gently cleanses dry and sensitive skin.
This mild cleansing gel also features Vitamin E, which is a natural moisturiser that’s capable of reducing skin irritation and minimising the impact of conditions such as Eczema.
This advanced five-piece set is also one of the most affordably priced skincare gift sets on the market.
7. Harry’s ‘The Skincare Essentials’ Set
We have to admit that we’re also fans of Harry’s ‘The Skincare Essentials’ set, which places a keen focus on facial skincare and can be procured alongside a specially designed razor.
This set includes three must-have products; namely face wash, shower gel and face lotion, the former of which is formulated using volcanic rock. This helps to clean and scrub your skin, while facilitating a soothing effect that’s ideal for everyday usage.
The face lotion has also been formulated using shea butter, which is a highly effective natural ingredient that effectively moisturises your skin and provides long-term protection against sun damage.
As for the shower gel, this really produces a rich and conditioning lather, while this can also be purchased in one of four distinct scents (namely redwood, shiso, stone and fig).
This undoubtedly creates a comprehensive skincare set, and one that can attend to your face, body and scalp!
8. Barber Pro Face Putty Black Peel Mask
This is the cheapest product on our list, with the product consisting of a multi-award winning black peel-off mask that has been specially designed by BARBER PRO.
The brand’s Face Putty Black Peel Mask works to cleanse and purify the skin from everyday dirt and toxins, while its innovative formula has been crafted to target specific areas of the face.
As a result, it can loosen pesky blackheads and exfoliate the top layer of dead skins cells, which are known to accumulate and cause damage over time if they’re left untreated.
Additionally, this product can rebalance oily zones, making it ideal for those with decidedly oil skin. This makes it far easier to clear impurities, which should be your main aim when using advanced skincare products and ranges.
And the price? Incredibly, this product can be purchased for as little as £4.95, creating an affordable and accessible option that should be within most individual’s budget.
9. Aesop Departure Travel Kit
The penultimate item on our list has been designed as a travel kit, and one that helps to create and maintain the ideal visage during various types of transit (including international travel).
This particular selection of Aesop classics certainly lends itself to an impeccable and fresh-faced appearance, and one that will be the envy of those who share your mode of transportation.
But what’s included within this set? In simple terms, you’ll find seven travel-size essentials, including everything from products for cleansing and moisturizing hands to those that deliver optimal levels of hydration for the skin on your face.
There’s even products that help to protect your lips and ensure oral hygiene, creating a comprehensive skincare set that offers considerable value for your hard-earned money.
While this set may be a little more expensive than some of the items on our list, it definitely provides a viable luxurious option for high-end products.
10. Boscia Luminizing Charcoal Mask
Last, but not least, we close with a superb set that makes use of the much coveted ingredient activated charcoal.
This is an incredibly versatile and natural ingredient, and one that boasts antibacterial properties which are perfect for lifting bacteria from the pores in your skin.
Make no mistake; charcoal is great for refreshing and purifying your skin, while this product takes the form of a face mask that provides a deep and nourishing cleansing of your face.
This product is affordable too, with an average market price of £9.20.
The Last Word
So there you have it; our brief introduction to skincare gift sets and our list of the top 10 products on the market. What are your favourite skincare products or brands? Let us know any we missed in the comments below!