As men, we're not renowned for our wholehearted embrace of self-care products. Dewy what? Nah, you're alright mate.
The notable exception, of course, is shower gel. Try cutting that out of your routine and you're likely to experience something akin to a Lynx ad in reverse, as the surrounding crowds scramble to get away from the bloke with rapidly fermenting underarms.
Not that it has to be couched in such negative terms. The right cleansing formula can set your day up perfectly, ensuring that you head out onto the street with citrus resounding in your nose, skin that radiates cleanliness and a dayful of optimism brimming in your chest. Or perhaps you'll simply find one you like and then not give it another thought for the next few thousand washes. That's fine too.
So what's the best shower gel for men? Here are a few of our top picks.
Affordable, nastiness-free and finished with a masculine oak scent, what's not to love about Mancave's spin on the classic shower gel? As hydrating and moisturising as it is rejuvenating, this is a formula that's as at home in the post-gym shower as it is first thing in the morning.
Discover a fusion of such key accords as myrtle, basil, Italian lemon and Italian bergamot that all work together in perfect harmony to ensure that your skin is scented with the brand's sell-out fragrance – perfect for the man with everything to do and no time to do it in.
Nothing comes close to matching skin-perfecting solutions as far as Shiseido are concerned. Optimally balanced with nourishing ingredients, a velvet-like texture and comforting fragrance, this body cleansing milk leaves skin exceptionally well-hydrated and soft-to-the-touch. Make your shower experience an entirely happy and healthy one as skin feels clean, radiant and satin-smooth.
If the previous options weren't entirely your bag, then here's something else entirely: a shower gel with the fragrance and refinement of an exclusive eau de parfum. By distilling the aromatic refinement of Acqua di Parma's Arnacia into a shower gel, the perfume house allows the scent connoisseurs among us to carry a touch of class into everything they do.
NUXE is a long-standing favourite of ours. The multi-purpose shower gel delivers on all occasions, whether it be morning shower revival or late-night relaxation. Made with a bunch of plant ingredients, the gel boasts a neutral pH that doesn't upset the natural balance of oil in the skin and hair follicles. Use it to cleanse hair, skin and body and indulge in the deep, oaky fragrance from head-to-toe.
Quite possibly the world's most iconic unisex fragrance, Calvin Klein's CK One's continued popularity is intrinsically linked to the scent's inherent freshness and clarity, virtues that make it the perfect fit for a high-end hair and body wash. The bottle's simple, clean lines are reflected in the facets of the aroma itself, and could be replicated a second time in the rejuvenated look and feel of your skin.
Exceptional natural ingredients are paired with a fragrance that touches first on mint, lemon and juicy apple top notes, before leading your senses onto aquatic facets and an oriental base of tonka bean. That's a lot of luxury to start a day with, but nothing less than what you'd expect from Versace.
Of course, your shower gel doesn't have to act as an extension of your aftershave, but can also simply ramp the concentration of skin-boosting ingredients. That's certainly the case here, in a formula developed out of Athens' first homeopathic pharmacy. Featuring 87.2% natural ingredients, this Korres blend brings together aloe and wheat proteins as part of its wonderful collagen-boosting benefits.
It can take a long time to build up a reputation in the twin worlds of cosmetics and skincare, which makes Kiehl's longstanding association with quality especially impressive. It's all down to high-performing products such as this, which rely upon natural means to lift away any impurities. As if that weren't enough, an infusion of caffeine also diminishes puffiness, while a dose of zinc combats inflammation.
Not for nothing is this REN creation an award winner. Quite aside from the delicate scent spun from sage, cypress, geranium and rosemary, the formula also boasts enough sea-sourced goodness to have a transformative effect on your complexion. So there's mineral-rich kelp and magnesium, which boost energy levels, as well as plankton to alleviates any stress damage done to skin. Place it all inside a bottle made from 100% recycled materials, a fifth of which is reclaimed ocean plastic, and you're left with a formula that feels as good on your conscience as it does your skin and senses.
Shower gel shouldn't have to be complicated and, sure enough, it really isn't. Simply pick the formula that best matches your own values, budget and style, and enjoy day after day of cleansed, fragrant skin. That, of course, only provides the base, so check out our body creams, body scrubs and soaps, as well as our rundown of the year's best aftershave and colognes if you want to layer up your scents into an aromatic signature that boasts real depth and dimension.
Written by Alex Bryson
Alex has over six years of experience as a writer. He demonstrates exceptional grooming knowledge and has a natural skill for following current trends.