There’s not really anything special about these “K-beauty products for men.” After all, men and women all have skin and can all like the same products. But we asked men anyway for their favorite products, especially when it comes to Korean beauty, a somewhat intimidating part of skin care for some people.
OK, just to get this out of the way again: There is no reason why a man can’t use any K-beauty product. But in honor of Father’s Day, we decided to ask a bunch of men to tell us their favorite K-beauty product and why. Here, you’ll find the best products that help soothe razor burn and can stand up to stubble.
Oh and guess what? Father’s Day is this Sunday, so yeah, you know, these would make pretty great gifts. Just saying! It’s time to give your dad the gift of honey skin. Below, the best K-beauty products for men.
“I enjoy using the Easydew EX Repair EGF for the light yet powerful hydration it provides, as well as its proven efficacy in reducing the appearance of scars. My other favorite product is the Benton Aloe BHA Toner. It doesn’t burn or cause other harsh side effects as many other toners on the market have for me in the past. After using it, the skin on my face feels clean and radiant.” -Edward (senior manager of merchandising and retail Diana’s fiancée)
“I try to run outside every day, which means I wear a lot of sunscreen (I learned to wear it every single day from The Klog!) and I need a cleanser that’s going to easily clean off my sunscreen. This one does it. It also feels nice on my really sensitive skin, especially after I’ve shaved.” -John (Soko Glam and The Klog’s content manager Renee’s boyfriend)
The Hanskin Cleansing Oil & Blackhead, the Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Cleansing Foam, the Son & Park Beauty Water, & the Neogen Day-Light Protection Sun Screen SPF 50/PA+++
“The Hanskin oil cleanser is easy to use since it’s in a pump and it doesn’t have much of a scent, which is important to me. I like the Missha snail cream cleanser; a little goes a long way and it feels good to have the snail mucin work in my cleanser step. The Son & Park Beauty Water is a game-changer in terms of making all my other steps work harder for me (the faint scent is also awesome). But the Neogen sunblock is the best thing in my routine. It works well with my skin and keeps me hydrated—a lot of times I just combine the moisturizing and sunblock step since this product can do both for me.” -Dave (Soko Glam’s CEO and co-founder)
“I really love the Missha Snail Cream because it smells nice and I like the idea of applying snail mucin to my face. I also like the Dr. G Peeling Gel because it’s super fun and satisfying to see all my dead skin coming off” -Bryan (social and community coordinator Marissa’s friend)
The Klavuu Pure Pearlsation Divine Pearl Cleansing Oil, the COSRX Oil-Free Ultra Moisturizing Lotion, and the White Rabbit Plain Cotton Pads
“I like how the smell of the Klavuu oil cleanser is subtle, not harsh on my skin, and how it provides a healthy glow. The White Rabbit pads are essential. When I use drugstore pads, they fall apart easily. White Rabbit holds up strong against my stubble! And the COSRX moisturizer is great because I just love birch sap. It’s natural, clean, and it’s an ingredient I can pronounce and understand.”-Jonathan (Soko Glam’s office manager)
The Benton Snail Bee High Content Skin, the Benton Dear My Best Friend Bar Soap, & the Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel
“I decided to give Benton products a try, simply because the simple packaging looked manly enough. I tried the Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel, since its fragrance-free and recommended for irritated skin. I have dry skin so I do need hydration, but since I shave my face frequently, I was afraid that putting a new lotion on my skin would cause irritation and redness. This product has a very smooth texture, absorbs very quickly, hydrates, and soothes skin. After just a week of using, my face felt a lot softer, and my skin felt hydrated yet calm.
I have been using this product for a few months now and have since added Benton’s Snail Bee High Content Skin, I use it right after I wash my face with the Benton Dear My Best Friend Bar Soap (which was a gift from my wife). What I find the most interesting about this product is that it feels super light, like water, but the results are incredible and that’s all due to the mixture of ingredients. Snail mucin, bee venom, EGF, and botanic-based natural ingredients have truly improved my skin texture, helped reduce signs of aging, and protect my skin from various stress factors and pollution.”-Yusef (merchandising and retail manager Raha’s husband)
“My dad absolutely loves the Benton Dear My Best Friend Soap as a facial cleanser because it doesn’t strip his face of his natural oils and doesn’t make his face feel tight afterward, but it still feels ‘manly’ enough for him to use (for reference, he has been using Dove bar soap as a facial cleanser for years) so it wasn’t too hard of a transition for him to start using this. He loves it so much that he even told my uncle to buy it! I also feel like this has given his dull complexion a nice glow.
After he uses his normal aftershave, he’ll use the Missha Ultra Water-Full Clear Cream to lock in everything and he says it’s the best because it’s super lightweight and keeps his face hydrated all day. He only uses a small dollop for his entire face, and again, it’s manly enough so he doesn’t feel like he’s using women’s skin care products.”-Jessica (Soko Glam’s manager of merchandising and curation)
+ What are your favorite K-beauty products for men? Share what would make a great gift below!