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Men's Grooming Day: Cleansers and Face Wash for Men

MIRA BEAUTY • updated Dec 11, 2020
Men's Grooming Day: Cleansers and Face Wash for Men

Start your skin care for men routine with the best face wash

Let’s be honest here, finding the best face wash isn’t easy for anybody. You need to find one that understands your skin type and specific needs, whether it’s hydration, acne treatment, or balance. But it gets even more tricky when talking about skin care for men, as many don’t understand the importance of guys using a face wash every day, or (gasp!) even think it’s okay to wash their face with a bar of soap. Shudder.

But as we celebrate Men’s Grooming Day on August 21st, now is the time to tell you that using a face wash or cleanser is an essential part of any men’s skin care routine, and may even be more important for the boys. Why? Because men have 25% thicker skin than women, with impurities like dirt and oil getting trapped under the surface and creating issues like acne, dryness, and dullness. Ugh. A good face wash will give your face a quick cleanse and help your skin feel radiant, refreshed, and ready for the 10-step men’s skin care routine that your best girl friend is planning for you.

Guys deserve glowing skin too, and we’re here to tell you about all the best face wash products you need to try for Men’s Grooming Day.

Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash by Kiehl’s, $59

Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash by Kiehl’s
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When you think of skin care for men, Kiehl’s is one of the first brands that comes to mind - whether you’re a scrub and moisturizer enthusiast or beauty beginner trying to find their ideal men’s skin care routine. We could tell you all about Kiehl’s beautiful selection of creams and oils for Men’s Grooming Day, and we definitely will, but we’ll start with the cult favorite Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash. Formulated with a combination of caffeine, menthol, and Vitamin E, this face wash for men won’t just remove oil, debris, and other impurities from your face… it also treats dryness and dullness to give your skin a healthy glow. Oh, and Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash even prepares your skin for a close shave without fear of flakiness or rough spots. Use it morning and night to see an instant difference in your skin and improve your men’s skin care routine with the ultimate pick-me-up.

Glycolic Facial Cleanser by Anthony, $28

Glycolic Facial Cleanser by Anthony
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“Yep, stole this from the man. Don't worry, I ordered him more...because I was running out. This is just what my acne-prone combination skin needs. It keeps me clear and clean and feels tingly.” Is there any greater compliment for a men’s skin care product than when your girl wants to steal it from you? Didn’t think so. Anthony has some of the best face wash and skin care for men essentials in the beauty community, and your nightly routine will never be the same with the Glycolic Facial Cleanser. In addition to removing dirt and oil for your smoothest shave, the glycolic acid in this face wash prevents clogged pores, ingrown hairs, and razor bumps - making it ideal for any guy who wants a smooth canvas and to feel good in his own skin. Pair it with many other men’s skincare essentials from Anthony to celebrate Men’s Grooming Day in style.

Cooling Clay Facial Wash by Blackwood for Men, $15

Cooling Clay Facial Wash by Blackwood for Men
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Let’s just talk about clay for a minute. This natural skin care ingredient has incredible absorption abilities and works to pull all the dirt and oil from underneath your skin, and it’s a must-have for any men’s skin care routine. Why? Because men have significantly thicker skin than women, especially if they spend a lot of time outdoors or have a naturally problem-prone complexion, and this means that it’s easier for junk to get trapped within the pores. But have no fear, as smooth and serene skin is just a clay face wash away. Cooling Clay Facial Wash by Blackwood for Men is made with Japan’s Tanakura Clay, absorbing every ounce of dirt while Activated Charcoal and Lauric Acid work to fight blemishes, clarify your complexion, and protect against aggressive environmental factors. Like sun damage or dry skin in the fall. Say goodbye to dirt and hello to clay with this earthy, effective face wash for men.

Checks And Balances Frothy Face Wash by Origins, $24

Checks And Balances Frothy Face Wash by Origins
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Your men’s skin care routine needs a face wash that’s gentle and soothing, yet strong and effective… and this one by Origins is the best face wash to take your beauty routine to the next level on Men’s Grooming Day. Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash features natural ingredients like Broad Leaf Kelp Extract, Wheat Protein and Tourmaline to leave your skin feeling clean and pure, while a mint essential oil fills the senses with a refreshing scent. While it’s not technically a “face wash for men” beauty product, we firmly believe that skincare has no gender, and why not indulge in one of the best face wash solutions that you can share with the women in your life?

Deep Dive Glycolic Facial Cleanser by Jack Black, $23

Deep Dive Glycolic Facial Cleanser by Jack Black
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This face wash for men is called “Deep Dive” for a reason, and that’s because it goes deep underneath the skin to remove every last trace of oil, dirt, and dead skin. Basically, all the gross buildup you may or may not have even realized was there, until now. Deep Dive Glycolic Facial Cleanser by Jack Black contains Kaolin Clay, Glycolic Acid, and Volcanic Ash, a few of the top skin care ingredients for extracting impurities, and can even double as a face mask on the days where you’ve (as Chandler Bing once said) “had a very long, hard day.” It works wonders on men with oily or combination skin, while 94% of people with sensitive skin stated that this cleanser worked well at gently cleansing without irritating problem areas. A bonus? It even treats acne! Our community says that this face wash can help you beat blemishes and remove acne spots from your face and body, an issue that occurs with people of all ages, genders, and skin types. Your skin care for men routine needs a Deep Dive, and you can start with this amazing face wash.

Clinique for Men Face Wash by Clinique, $18

Clinique for Men Face Wash by Clinique
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“My boyfriend uses this everyday and his skin is noticeably smoother, clearer, and younger looking.” Indeed, the best beauty brands are the ones that make products that you and your boyfriend can share, and Clinique is definitely one of them. When the cult brand isn’t creating high-quality makeup, they’re also giving the boys in beauty a moment with their Clinique for Men line: featuring the best face wash, moisturizer, eye cream and more for all the men in your life. If you’re just getting started with skincare for men, this is the perfect Men’s Grooming Day product to take small steps towards a new beauty routine. While you’ll need a good exfoliator to really get all the bad stuff out, this face wash retains moisture while giving the surface of your skin a good scrub, leaving you with a refreshed and radiant feeling as your skin feels smooth and hydrated.  

Detoxifying Black Charcoal Cleanser by Boscia, $30

Detoxifying Black Charcoal Cleanser by Boscia
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You already know about clay, now let’s talk about charcoal. This ingredient is equally efficient at extracting impurities from the skin, even the dreaded clusters of blackheads that tons of men seem to get on their nose and forehead. Detoxifying Black Charcoal Cleanser by Boscia contains activated charcoal to absorb excess oils and exfoliate your face, while Vitamin C and Glycolic Acid work together to improve the texture of the skin and give your complexion a boost of brightness. Your pores will be smaller, complexion more glowing, and you’ll be tempted to buy every other Boscia product (we don’t blame you!) there is once you try this fan favorite on Men’s Grooming Day.

Micellar Cleansing Water by Caudalie, $28

Micellar Cleansing Water by Caudalie
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Yes, the women in your life have told you about a million times that simply washing your face with water before bed doesn’t count as a skin care for men routine, and they’re totally right. However, the Micellar Cleansing Water by Caudalie might just be the exception. The best face wash sometimes isn’t even technically a face wash at all, as evidenced by this luxurious beauty product and its ability to remove oil, hydrate your skin, and leave your complexion looking bright and even… all while being extremely gentle on your face. But here’s the thing, this isn’t just any regular water. Caudalie is bursting with organic grape water to deep clean your pores while moisturizing and soothing even the most rough skin, perfect for the guy that works outside all day and has the skin to prove it. And then there’s the fragrance that is reminiscent of mandarin tea blossom, lemon leaf, and watermelon, adding zest to your men’s skincare routine and helping you feel the luxury every morning and night.

Hydrating Facial Cleanser by CeraVe, $11

Hydrating Facial Cleanser by CeraVe
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“I’ve recently been using this cleanser and I love it! It leaves a smooth film on the skin, and it has definitely reduced my pimples.” This face wash is a favorite for those with dry skin, and all the men’s skin care enthusiasts will fall in love with its gentle texture and ability to hydrate and clear up your complexion. Hydrating Facial Cleanser by CeraVe is packed with ceramides to help the skin’s moisture barrier and lock in hydration for an all day glow, along with hyaluronic acid… which needs no introduction. And just in case it does, this skin care ingredient is a hydration powerhouse, retaining 1,000 times its weight in water to remove dullness, dryness, and impurities under the surface while helping the guys put their best faces forward. Hydrating Facial Cleanser is also only $11, a favorite drugstore cleanser that you should definitely treat yourself to on Men’s Grooming Day.

Hydro Boost Hydrating Cleansing Gel & Oil-Free Makeup Remover by Neutrogena, $10

Hydro Boost Hydrating Cleansing Gel & Oil-Free Makeup Remover by Neutrogena
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“Thanks to a new, moisture-rich skincare routine, and this cleanser, my skin's moisture barrier is on the road to recovery. I can't recommend this cleanser enough, even for oily skin.” Listen, we could sit here all day long and talk about the most incredible skin care ingredients, but water will always be at the top of the list. Simple but powerful, your skin is always at its best when it’s packed with moisture, and this face wash can take you there with a boost of hyaluronic acid to lock in hydration for days. You want to start simple with your men’s skin care routine, as too many strong ingredients (like retinol) too fast could make your face freak out while it adjusts to these changes… and there’s no ingredient more versatile and suited for all skin types than hyaluronic acid. Even if you won’t be using the “makeup remover” part of the name too often, you’ll always receive a boost of skin health and hydration with one of the best face washes in our community.

ClarinsMen Active Face Wash by Clarins, $24

ClarinsMen Active Face Wash by Clarins
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“Cleans your face without over drying. Great for acne prone skin and works well if you are using topical creams to fight acne because it's so gentle. Also has a clean masculine smell to it which is nice but not overpowering!” To all the guys who are just getting started with their men’s skin care routine, let us introduce you to one of the greatest things to ever happen in the skin care world: gel products. This texture feels lightweight and refreshing on your skin, but still works extra hard to care for your complexion and remove every trace of dirt, oil, and junk that lurks beneath the surface. ClarinsMen Active Face Wash by Clarins has a gel formula containing natural plant extracts of Wintergreen and Grindelia to keep your skin in check and bring you a boost of brightness and beauty, every single time.

Get ready for Men's Grooming Day with the best face washes and cleansers for men on MIRA BEAUTY