Slather, Lather and Rinse: Best Summer Grooming Products for Men

by Matthew Wexler

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Wednesday May 27, 2020

As temperatures rise, so does the beating on our skin. Fortunately, there's an arsenal of skincare lines to tackle the daily grind. EDGE tested products new to the market and also revisited old standbys for the ultimate collection of grooming products to keep you fresh-faced and ready for whatever summer brings.

Beast Brands Yawp Exfoliating Face Wash
Beast Brands' sleek product line has emerged as a game-changer in the men's skincare industry since its 2015 founding for its invigorating formulations and sleek design. The Yawp Exfoliating Face Wash is a terrific introduction to the brand, with its slightly herbaceous scent, a boost of green tea and caffeine to invigorate the skin, and sugarcane for subtle exfoliation. Goes well with the Extreme Yawp Beard, Hair & Body Wash for guys who want to Marie Kondo their shower with a single cleanser. Exfoliating Face Wash, $17.99; Extreme Yawp Wash, $29.99

Particle Face Mask Detoxifier
This weekly mask gently performs a deep skin cleanse without drying out or irritating your skin. Start with a washed face, then apply a generous layer of mud mask, allowing it to dry for 10 minutes before removing. (Hint: consider applying the treatment before hopping in the shower for easier clean-up.) Key ingredients include charcoal powder to minimize pores, bentonite clay to prevent breakout and rashes, aloe vera for hydration and kaolin as a natural detoxifier and exfoliator. $39

Man Inc. Caffeine Complex Eye Cream
It's no surprise these days that stress and sleepless nights may lead to dark circles under your eyes and a general look of fatigue. Man Inc. comes to the rescue with our favorite eye cream of the year. This intense hydration can be used as a daily lift, and a little dab goes a long way. Its thick, emollient formulation is easily absorbed into the skin before applying your daily moisturizer, though we prefer night use to wake up refreshed. Hyaluronic acid helps retain moisture, while green tea extract, vitamin E and caffeine help to reduce the appearance of dark circles while delivering antioxidants and a soothing layer of protection. $24

Kiehl's Facial Fuel SPF 20
Kiehl's expansive skin and hair care collection continues to grow, with new products introduced nearly every year (including the new Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing & Dark Circle-Diminishing Vitamin C Eye Serum, $68). But none can outperform the classic Facial Fuel. Perfect for daily use and infused with vitamins and other enriching ingredients, the non-oily moisturizer provides modest broad-spectrum sun protection, but if you're planning on swimming or sweating, use a water-resistant product instead. $28 — $42

For the Biome Smooth Powder Cleanser
If you like to create an experience out of your daily skincare routine, look no further than the newly-launched For the Biome. The environmentally-friendly brand offers a suite of products with formulations derived from what master herbalist Paul Schulick describes as "five-kingdom alchemy." One-hundred percent active and whole ingredients (minus the preservatives and toxins) rely on Mother Nature for their restorative powers. The Sooth Powder Cleanser combines five adaptogenic mushrooms, two restorative botanicals and six probiotic strains to create a 100 percent active formulation. A quarter-teaspoon of the powder, combined with an equal amount of warm water, creates a mild non-abrasive cleanser, and while it's a bit more of an effort to use, the healthy glow (and socially conscious business model) is worth it. $65

Bluebird Botanicals Hemp Silk Lotion
This topical cream is made with full-spectrum hemp extract, essential oils, jojoba and coconut oil. The hemp extract contains the entire array of the more than 110 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, including CBD. (The 3.4 oz tube contains 700+mg of CBD.) An ideal moisturizer for dry hands due to constant washing and sanitizing, it's also quick to absorb and non-greasy. The prominent hay-like scent quickly dissipates, while the presence of lavender, rosemary and geranium oils is more for restorative than olfactory attributes.

"Essential oils are some of the most powerful skincare products," says Formulations Manager Fionn Masterson. "When combined with CBD, the synergistic relationship maximizes its effectiveness and makes it an ideal body care product for all skin types."

All of Bluebird's CBD lotions are made with vegan ingredients and are free from parabens, pthalates, sulfates, and artificial coloring or fragrances. $39.96 - $59.96

Matthew Wexler is EDGE's Senior Editor, Features & Branded Content. More of his writing can be found at Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @wexlerwrites.

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