The best skincare products from Clinique for Men that will finally sort out your face
We’ve tried and tested the best Clinique for Men products for all skin types and explain how to build a skincare routine around them
T here’s a growing collection of skincare products aimed directly at men but few work as well, and look as good in your bathroom, as Clinique for Men.
It’s been a staple men’s skincare line for years and at the heart of its success is the fact it doesn’t take a one-size-fits-all approach to skincare. As a lot of other men’s products do. Instead, Clinique has tailored its products to help different skin types, making it easier to find products that work specifically for you and your needs.
You also won’t find many men’s skincare brands that cover each step of your skincare routine. Clinique for Men offers a three-step daily system (cleanse, tone and moisturise), as well as treatment, and shaving products, too.
What’s more, Clinique’s male skincare products avoid any ingredients that could potentially irritate your skin. They do this by creating minimalistic formulas to help even the most sensitive skin types.
Below we’ve highlighted the best Clinique for men products that we’ve tried and tested. This isn’t an advert and Clinique hasn’t paid for us to write this piece, we’re just big fans.
The best Clinique for Men products
To help you choose which are the best Clinique for Men products, we’ve divided this article into the skin types. If you’re not sure what skin type you are, take our: What skin type do I have? quiz.
The best Clinique for Men products for all skin types
Although Clinique makes products for certain skin types, the majority of those in the Clinique for Men range will work for all skin types.
For instance, the Clinique for Men Anti-Age Eye Cream will help reduce the appearance of eye-area lines, regardless of what your skin type is.
This is great for dealing with lines around your eyes. This eye cream is ophthalmologist tested, too.
The best Clinique for Men products for oily skin
When it comes to oily skin, Clinique for Men have you covered. A lot of its products are formulated to specifically help oily skin, which in turn means they can help with acne and other breakouts. If you’re not sure how to build a skincare routine, check out our Men’s skincare routine guide.
If you have oily skin, you’re going to want to start and end your day with Clinique for Men Oil-Control Face Wash (£19) in the oily skin formula. This face wash for men will remove excess shine, and cleanse your face, but won’t leave it feeling tight or dry. It will also leave your skin in the best condition to shave. Alternatively, if you have facial hair, this face wash is great at softening your beard, no matter your beard style.
The next step in your skincare routine for oily skin is to exfoliate. Again, Clinique has a product specifically for your skin type and one that will control oil build-up and help you to maintain clearer skin. The Clinique for Men Oil-Control Exfoliating Tonic (£21) not only helps get rid of dead skin cells, but the formula of this oily skin exfoliator from Clinique won’t damage your skin.
In fact, this Clinique exfoliating tonic will soften your skin and help prepare it for the next stage in your skincare routine. Using the Clinique exfoliator will help whichever moisturiser you choose to reach new skin cells and make a more significant impact in keeping your skin hydrated.
Next up, you’re going to want to use a moisturiser following toning (as well as exfoliating) to prevent your skin from becoming dry. This is because stripping oily skin of too much sebum may prompt it to produce more of the excess oil that you don’t want.
The Clinique for Men Oil-free Moisturiser (£28) helps to strengthen your skin because it includes sunflower seed, barley, and cucumber extracts. Each of which help to seal moisture in your skin, giving it a healthier look.
This is a great Clinique product for oily skin because it absorbs oil and helps to reduce the shine of excess surface oil throughout the day. This moisturiser is non-greasy, lightweight, and absorbs easily without leaving a residue.
The best Clinique for Men products for normal to dry skin
For normal to dry skin, we recommend the regular Clinique for Men face wash (rather than the oil control version).
You’ll want to use the Clinique for Men Face Wash every morning, to start the day fresh, and every evening to wash away the day’s dirt and grime. It’s been designed to thoroughly cleanse your skin without drying it out.
This is thanks to ingredients including aloe vera leaf juice and hyaluronic acid. Both of which help to boost hydration. The Clinique Face Wash for normal to dry skin is also great at preparing your face for a shave.
The next step in your skincare routine for normal to dry skin should be exfoliating.
The Clinique for Men Exfoliating Tonic is great if you have dry skin because it unclogs pores and smooths out your skin surface, ready for either having a shave or jumping that step to the all-important moisturising.
If you have dry skin, then shaving is likely to cause more irritation than if you have oily skin. To combat this, use the Clinique for Men Post-Shave Soother. Use this soother straight after shaving and you’ll find it comforts your freshly shaved face giving it a pleasant cooling tingle. It’s not greasy and will help keep any shaving rash at bay.
Even if you’ve used the post-shave soother, you’re still going to want to find a Clinique moisturiser as your final skincare step. That’s because you’ll want to balance your skin’s moisture levels so that they last all day.
The Clinique for Men Moisturising Lotion is lightweight, non-greasy, and ideal to use post-exfoliating, or following your morning shave. It’s a great idea to use this Clinique Lotion in the morning and before bed to help your skin’s hydration through the day and overnight.
If however, you’re looking to use a moisturiser that will also tackle your fine lines and wrinkles, then the Clinique Anti-Aging Moisturiser is a fantastic alternative to the standard moisturiser. It contains acetyl glucosamine which helps improve your skin’s elasticity and firmness, making those wrinkles less obvious.
Bear in mind it may take up to six weeks to notice the difference, but it’s definitely worth the wait.