What do men look for in skincare products?

They want a product with a very simple message about hydrating, energizing, reviving their skin, keeping it clean and minimizing pores. Sean Garrette, a New York beautician and Dior skincare expert, points out that one of the most common concerns men have is the burn caused by the razor, which he recommends treating with exfoliating ingredients. BHA (salicylic acid) and AHAs (glycolic, lactic and mandelic acid) are excellent for exfoliating dead skin that traps hair in the follicle, Garrette explains, adding that salicylic acid can be especially beneficial for treating ingrown hair because it exfoliates the inside of the pores and the surface of the skin. He also notes that shaving products may have drying ingredients that can damage the skin, and it's important to counteract their effects with hydration.

Look for serums with hyaluronic acid and niacinamide to help replenish the skin and nourish the skin barrier, Garrette says. Sulfur is also an incredible ingredient that helps reduce acne, eliminates bacteria from the surface of the skin, and helps to calm the inflammation associated with razor-like bumps and breakouts. The skin care products you choose will depend on your skin type. If you have acne-prone skin, look for cleansers and moisturizers that say “oil-free” or “non-comedogenic,” because they won't clog your pores.

If you have sensitive skin, use gentle, “fragrance-free” products, as products that contain fragrances can leave your skin irritated and dry. However, be careful with products labeled “fragrance-free”, as many of them contain masking fragrances that can still irritate the skin. Skin type is the most important component when selecting which skin care products are best for you, says Dr. Michele Green, cosmetic dermatologist.

From moisturizers and anti-aging serums to basic skin care products (scrubs included), this is the guide to choosing men's facial products for every skin type. Whether you want to call it a midlife crisis, evolution, or simply the light bulb that's going out because you don't look as young as before, more and more men in their 40s and 50s are realizing the importance of skin care.