What’s washing your face? Soap-and-water only goes so far, and if you’re using one of those washes that make it look like you whipped up a batch of egg whites and plastered them on your face, hear this: Big foam doesn’t necessarily mean big clean. Fact is, some skincare companies load their face washes with extra foam-producing ingredients just for the sake of, well, more foam. What you really want is a face wash that will rid your skin of grit and grime without removing of all the useful natural oils it produces — the stuff that gives your complexion that “glow” you’ve heard others rave about.
What you need is you need is Scotch Porter’s Charcoal & Licorice Restoring Face Wash ($18). Made entirely from natural ingredients — no sulfates, petroleum, parabens, mineral oil, synthetic colors, or animal ingredients here — this formula is gentle enough for men with sensitive skin but diligent enough that it removes the crud that builds up over the course of your sweaty, stressful, hard-working day. The activated charcoal works to draw impurities to the surface, where a botanically enriched cleanser washes them away.
What you’ll notice: A clean, well-hydrated complexion that doesn’t have that feeling like your skin is drawn so tight it’s going to crack.
What you might notice: A slightly more even skin tone over time, since licorice root has been used for centuries as a natural way to even out pigmentation.
What you won’t notice: That super foamy experience. The wash is specifically formulated as low-foam, so don’t use this as a sign of whether or not it’s doing its job (trust us, it is).For more than 25 years, Men’s Journal has been the expert in all things gear — from mountain bikes to fitness trackers, blenders to watches, and drones to cars. We take pride in a rigorous review process that includes testing and torturing. While our standards remain high as ever, our site now includes affiliate links, which means that if you buy something using these links, we may receive a commission.