Get Grooming: The Best Men's Skincare Product Gifts of the Year

Friday December 18, 2020

Get Grooming: The Best Men's Skincare Product Gifts of the Year
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By Jeffrey James Keyes, Jason St. Amand, Matthew Wexler and Lauren Emily Whalen

Dark circle under your eyes? A complexion that says you haven't left the house in days (or weeks). We're with you, which is all the more reason to gift yourself or your loved one of the best grooming brands for men on the market. Priced for every budget, here are some of our favorite picks to brighten up your appearance in 2021.

Theraderm
A notable plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. James Beckman, began developing skincare products more than 40 years ago when he launched a skin cream for burn victims. Over time, Dr. Beckman's research led him to create a four-step skin renewal system, including a cleansing wash, fruit acid exfoliant, reparative serum and moisturizer.

Theraderm doesn't come cheap — the bundles range from $195 - $250 for the collection (which includes two bottles of the serum). One of our editors put the anti-aging system to work, and two weeks later said, "it was like I had stashed away a picture of Dorian Gray. The four-step system is geared toward someone who wants to indulge in grooming "me time" with results that are worth the effort.

The neutral cleaning wash offers a simple first step without drying out the skin, followed by the exfoliant applies with included gentle action application pads. Steps three and four are where you'll feel the hydrating boost and appreciate the subtle, soothing fragrance. This is a wow-factor gift for you or someone extra special.


Professor Fuzzworthy
Looking for a holiday gift for the bearded bud in your life? Then the 100%-natural products from Professor Fuzzworthy might have you covered. The organic ingredients are found only in Tasmania, Australia, which the company says is the "cleanest place on Earth!"

Professor Fuzzworthy's face and beard serum ($29.95) is a standout—it's a super lightweight and absorbent cream that moisturizes both your skin and beard, preventing "beardruff" and creates a silky-smooth feel, thanks to active lipids found in olives. The beard shampoo bar ($13.95) is another highlight. It's made from honey and bee wax "found only in the pristine rain forest of Australia's wild island, Tasmania," and offers an earthy and woody scent that leaves a bushy beard feeling luxurious. There's also Fuzworthy's beard gloss ($13.95), a conditioning wax treatment for beards and mustaches that works wonders, leaving your beard feeling fresh and smelling like leatherwood. With Fuzzyworth's products being 100% chemical-free, their collection of products is a great stocking stuffer.


Jack Black
Not to be confused with "The School of Rock" star, Jack Black Skincare is a best-selling and affordable men's grooming brand prominently featured at prestige retailers like Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Macy's, as well as a variety of independent stores.

In 2000, co-founders Curran Dandurand, Emily Dalton, and Jeff Dandurand started the brand to meet the growing desire for high-quality skincare that men could use without too much fuss. One of their bestselling products, Jack Black Face Buff Energizing Scrub ($18/ 3 fluid ounces), is a no-nonsense facial scrub that doubles as a cleanser and gently exfoliates, allowing for an easier, closer shave. This great stocking stuffer works to remove oil, dirt, and dead skin cells to leave a clear path for your razor blade. The scrub's mint, bamboo powder, vitamin C, licorice extract, and allantoin work in harmony to exfoliate, soothe, and calm the skin. Find yourself plagued with ingrown hairs? Give this a try. Several holiday grooming kits bundle some of the brand's best products. ($25 - $150)


Lumin Skin Management
Lumin, still a relatively "new brand on the block," was launched in 2018 by Richard Hong and Darwish Gani. The duo sought to establish an affordable subscription service for men and traveled to consult with skincare experts in Japan and Seoul. Lumin products feature carefully selected premium ingredients like green tea leaf extract, shea butter, macadamia nut oil, charcoal, and pomegranate extract for their products. Rather than going ala cart, opt for a Lumin Skin Management Subscription to keep your loved one stocked and pampered throughout the year.

If you're looking for a low-maintenance option (perfect for skincare newbies, athletes, and even younger guys), the Classic Maintenance Collection is a great starter subscription. The Age Management is ideal for those (wink, wink) that might be putting in some additional effort to combat the signs of aging. Look your best at any age with this targeted age recovery program that does the heavy lifting to not only restore but also pinpoint the signs of aging, including fine wrinkles, under-eye bags, and sun damage.

Are you feeling overworked or more overtired than usual? Subscribe to the Correction Trio Collection for that extra under-eye boost to target undereye bags and those pesky dark circles that may have taken over in 2020. Any one of these three subscriptions will make a great gift that keeps on giving. Lumin offers a free trial; just pay the $7.95 shipping rate, and if you like what you get, continue receiving a subscription box for $52.00 every two months.

MASAMI
Do you love to give or get the newest items on the market? If you want to be a grooming trend-setting this holiday season, look no further than the just-launched hair care line MASAMI. Out and proud James Hammett, Chief Innovation Officer, along with CEO Lynn Power, developed the line by harnessing the botanically hydrating power of Mekabu from Wakame seaweed. Sourced from a Japanese, family-owned seaweed company, Mekabu powder is infused in each product.

The focused collection includes shampoo, conditioner, serum and — our favorite — Mekabu styling cream ($36), a lightweight styling cream for a natural look without the waxy or pasty finish. It can be used on wet or dry hair, and we loved the subtle fresh scent. Can't decide? The travel kit ($44) offers sample sizes of the entire collection.

Blue Lagoon Skin Care
The alluring sapphire blue waters of the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa located in an Icelandic lava field, draws over a million visitors annually. The water's temperature is 98-102 F° and holds six million liters of geothermal seawater, renewed every 40 hours. Plunging into what might be one of the most Instagrammable spots on Earth sounds especially to restore our energy for 2021.

The Blue Lagoon Silica Mud Mask ($104/3.4 fluid ounces) is the ultimate way to pamper yourself without dipping your toes into the Blue Lagoon's actual pools. This purifying face mask cleanses and strengthens the skin leaving you feeling nourished and completely relaxed. Apply a generous amount of natural white clay onto clean skin, avoiding the eye area. Go ahead, get a little behind your ears and on your neck. Reset your grooming routine by minimizing pores and leaving your skin feeling fresh and clear. Key ingredients include the luxurious blue lagoon silica, harvested at a sustainable geothermal source at the Blue Lagoon R&D Center in Iceland. Close your eyes and picture glaciers and fjords in the distance. Are you in Iceland? It sure feels like it.

MAGARI by MN Luxury Black Obsidian Roller and Liquid Youth Spray
With winter's arrival we could all use a glow-up, and Magari Skin Care is here to deliver. Co-founded by Montgomery Nicholas and Noah Wright, Magari products have been thoroughly researched, formulated and tested and are friendly to all races, genders and skin types. Magari knows you're beautiful just as you are, and according to their elegant website, "our job is to preserve that."

Magari keeps it simple with two hero items, so decision-making is a breeze! The Liquid Youth Potion is a spray-on tonic chock-full of Vitamins C and E as well as biotin and peptides: all anti-aging and moisture-binding ingredients. Spray or dab onto cleansed skin to promote collagen production—and further stimulate your face with the Luxury Black Obsidian Roller. The roller is handcrafted from the most energetic of crystals and silicone inserts and feels cool and calming. As it glides over your face, the roller not only helps stave off breakouts, but also hydrates dry skin. ($32-60)