A great face wash is the foundation of any man’s grooming arsenal. If you moisturise on a daily basis, then your face wash should lay the groundwork for what comes next. In other words, you don’t want to be smearing a cream or gel on top of already grubby skin.
While soap and water will do the job to an extent, these expertly-formulated face washes for men all bring an extra polish to your routine. They’ll help to gently exfoliate your skin and remove any excess dirt and oil, all without drying out your face in any major way. So whereas you might use an exfoliator as little as once a week if your skin is especially sensitive, these face washes are good to go every morning.
Better still, our pick of the best face washes range from basics by Bulldog to charcoal-infused concoctions from Clinique. So however much you want to invest in your grooming ritual, there’s a product for you here.
Aesop is an established master of shop aesthetic and enticing aromas, but this face wash proves its magic extends to skincare. The Fabulous Face Cleanser is a mild, olive-derived cleanser enhanced with purifying and hydrating botanicals to cleanse gently without being too harsh. It is suited to normal skin types and has key ingredients of bergamot rind, chamomile bud and rosemary leaf, a well-judged blend to leave you feeling refreshed each morning.
£23 for 100ml. At mankind.co.uk
Gentle enough for daily use, this luxurious foaming wash provides deep cleansing while also maintaining your skin’s natural moisture balance. It’s formulated with flavonoids and polyphenols to soothe irritation and reduce itchiness and redness and it is also rich in antioxidants to protect cells from damage. Plus, it is free from parabens, sulfates, phthalates and 100 per cent vegan.
£31 for 100ml. At Selfridges. selfridges.com
Like most Bulldog products, this face wash takes the Ronseal approach to grooming by delivering exactly what it promises. A simple blend of eight oils that you can reuse time and time again, it also adds in green tea for its antioxidant cleansing properties. An excellent pick to carry around in your travel wash bag.
£4.50 for 150ml. At mankind.co.uk
The latest and, in our opinion, the greatest facial cleanser to come from this cult New York brand uses cannabis sativa seed and green oregano oils to help reduce inflamed and problem skin that is prone to irritation. Good for all skin types, but especially great for calming redness, its extra-gentle formula has a refreshing herby fragrance and, unlike many cleansers, doesn’t dry skin out. While it’s been built to offer some solace to those who permanently suffer with discomfort, it is highly recommended for anyone who indulges in too much sun over the summer months.
£24 for 150ml. At John Lewis. johnlewis.com
Exceptional at banishing blackheads and a marvel at removing make-up (don’t pretend you haven’t ever reaped the benefits of a concealer), the iconic moisturising cleanser from this cult brand, which puts transparency front-and-centre, is gluten-free and vegan-friendly. Formulated with squalane (a powerful antioxidant that mimics your skin’s own moisture balance) and lipophilic esters, it is soap-free and non-comedogenic and therefore doesn’t foam. Instead it changes consistency from a balm to an oil when rubbed in the palm of your hands for ten to 30 seconds. Unlike most face washes, which require a lather, apply this cleanser to a dry face, massage in and then rinse with warm water.
£5.50 for 50m. At cultbeauty.co.uk