The 3 Minute Man's Skincare Routine: Barebones Grooming

The 3 Minute Man's Skincare Routine: Barebones Grooming

Plenty of men have a grooming routine that covers their basic hygiene level. We’re here to give you permission to bring your skincare routine beyond the one you came up with in your late teens while still keeping your time in the mirror to three minutes or less.

We know what you’re thinking. As soon as someone mentions skincare, the “Psycho” theme song is playing as you’re envisioning your wife or girlfriend’s 10-step skincare routine that takes up way too much counter space in your bathroom. Granted, she looks amazing, but that’s a lot to commit to. We get it. We’re here to help you start a skincare routine that’s nice and low maintenance, pretty bare-bones but keeps you feeling like the handsome devil you are—just, well, cleaner.

Having a ritual for yourself even if it’s just 3 minutes a day, can boost your mood and increase productivity. So whether you want to keep this short and basic or dive deep into the depths of skincare, we have the groundwork to get you started, and at least keep you clean and moisturized. Think of when your dad first taught you how to wash and take care of your car. It needs care, it needs attention, and it needs the right products to be kept in the best condition for as long as possible. Your skin is that car—except even more important. Gents, it’s time we raise the bar for ourselves and start taking care of ourselves.



Start With Your Skin Type

Unfortunately, there is no universal skincare routine. Yep, just makes your life that much harder. But we make it easy. The true key to a more than decent routine is knowing your skin type vs skin concerns and buying products based on that. Skin type is what your skin just does naturally when it’s just hangin’ out. Keep in mind you may need to experiment with products to find your holy grail. At least it keeps it interesting.


Dry: This is found on someone with small pores and skin that tends to feel “tight”, it does not get oily during the day.

Oily: This is kin with larger pores, and tends to produce oil throughout your day—most commonly around the nose and forehead.

Combination: Can be both oily and dry. The oil with combination skin tends to gather more in the t-zone. You also might notice flaking. So keep your skincare routine in tune with the seasons, my combo friend.

Normal: This skin tends to fluctuate more during seasons i.e., dry in winter, oilier in summer. It is a bit more balanced when it comes to oil production and pore size.


Skin Concern, on the other hand, is a specific thing going on with your face that you’d like to address. Acne, signs of aging, redness, dark spots, are all categorized under skin concerns. Knowing your skin type, and a basic skincare routine can help target and minimize these concerns. Let’s get into it, boys.


The Basic Care Routine

This should take you 2-5 minutes max. Try and work it into your morning and night routine for optimal results. And like we said earlier, this is the basic version, so if you really want to send it, there are plenty of ways to get fancier with it, but we won’t daunt ya just yet.


1. Cleanse, Damnit

During the pandemic, we learned a lot of people don’t wash their hands (c’mon guys) so now we feel the need to remind you: please wash your face for the love of God. It removes the toxins and bacteria that build up on your face from just livin’ life. Also, we should note, washing should happen both morning and night. And yes, you need an actual wash for your face. Not hand soap, or body soap, we know your M.O. All you need is water, and a nickel sized amount of product. For dudes with oily skin, a face wash with salicylic acid will work wonders. Those who have dry skin should opt for cleansers that use the word “gentle” and those with normal can pretty much go any which way (lucky bastards), We listed some of our favorites below.


For oily skin, Jack Black Glycolic Facial Cleanser.
$23 at


For dry skin, Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser.
$35 at


For normal skin, Kiehl’s Facial Fuel for Men.
$24 at



2. Toner, Bro

Toning is so important and very overlooked. Now that you’ve wiped your slate clean, a toner lays the groundwork for priming your skin for the rest of your products. Plus, it helps decrease those damn ingrown hairs we can’t seem to get rid of. Again, if you have oily or acne-prone skin, a toner with lactic acid or salicylic acid will work best. If you’re dry, make sure you’re looking for soothing ingredients like aloe. And those lucky “normal” guys can pretty much pick whatever toner floats their boat. Here are some of our faves.


For oily skin, The Ordinary Glycolic Acid Toner.
$8.70 at


For dry skin, Mario Badescu Aloe Vera Toner.
$15 at


For normal skin, Kiehl's Ultra Facial Toner.



3. Eye Cream FTW

The skin under your eyes is the thinnest and tends to puff or sag the fastest. No one, not even the manliest of men wants puffy or saggy under eyes. So yes, eye cream is a necessary step. Because this area is so sensitive to everyone the application is important. Just dab a pea-sized amount under your eye. Dab, don’t rub. And use your ring finger since it’s the weakest, so it will add the least amount of pressure. We listed some different eye creams for different skin concerns like depuffing, anti-aging, or dark circles. Did you know dark circles can actually fade over time? Yeah, you’re not stuck with ‘em bud so do something about it.


For depuffing, Dr. Jart No More Baggage Eye Cream.
$42 at


For aging skin, Kiehl’s Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Eye Cream. $42 at


For dark circles, OleHenriksen Banana Bright Eye Creme. $39 at



4. Moisturize No Matter What

Alright, so in our humble opinion, this might be the most important step of a routine. Moisturizing is the key to keep your skin Hollywood status young. Plus, if you get nothing else from this article, get this: you need to be wearing SPF every damn day. Not only to prevent sun damage like wrinkles and dark spots, but it’s the most protective step you can take against skin cancer. So, for this step, you need two moisturizers, an AM and PM one. AM should be lighter and contain SPF. PM should be a bit heavier in order to do the heavy lifting of moisturizing overnight. All ya need to do is apply a nickel-sized amount and rub it into your face until it’s absorbed. Pro tip: don’t forget your neck!


AM Option, Dermalogica Oil Free Matte SPF 30.
$54 at


AM Option, CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30. $10.99 at Target.


PM Option, Kiehl's Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating
Masque. $38 at


PM Option, Youth to the People
Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream. $58 at


And, that’s it. We think you can spare 3 minutes for skin that says “damn I look good.” 

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