While there is a whole world of men’s grooming products to get stuck into, an absolute essential and the entry-point into the industry for men to arm themselves with is a face moisturizer.
You probably underestimate the daily strain placed upon your skin. Whether you’re pulling a razor across your jawline, soaking up a bit of evening sun or tackling an early morning after a late-night, staving away the effects of dryness with a good men’s face moisturizer is imperative if you want to stay looking fresh and hydrated.
What type of moisturizer do I need?
To truly get the most out of the best men’s moisturizers, you’ll need to understand a little about which category your skin falls into to get the best results. In general, there are five – oily, dry, combination, sensitive, and normal.
- Oily Skin: This type of skin tends to be shiny or greasy
- Dry Skin: You’ll know if you have dry skin because it will be rough and flaky in various places
- Combination Skin: Combination skin is where you have a combination of both oily and dry skin. You’ll most likely have oily skin on the cheeks and dry skin around the T-zone
- Sensitive Skin: Sensitive skin can react badly to certain chemicals and scents, so sensitive skin face moisturisers use specific ingredients to avoid this happening
- Normal Skin: Normal skin should show less visible signs of dehydration, and respond positively to a broader range of ingredients
If you’re unsure what type of skin you have, then it’s recommended you visit either a health professional or a dedicated skincare company store so they can perform tests.
However, if you do know your skin type, then check out our round-up of the best face moisturizers for men in the list below.
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Patricks - AM1
Patricks is an Australian grooming brand that develops some of the very best products for men. The AM1 is an award-winning face moisturizer for men that absorbs quickly and leaves the skin feeling hydrated for up to 24 hours. Other ingredients such as collagen and Hyaluronic acid help to fight the signs of aging, and the scent of Australian sandalwood and leather accord leave you smelling a million dollars.
Patricks AM1 face moisturizer is best-suited to those with normal to dry skin, but can be used at night for men with combination or oily skin.
Aēsop - Camellia Nut Cream
Aēsop is an absolute master when it comes to products designed to go on the skin and when it comes to face moisturizers for men, the Cemellia Nut Cream is up there with the very best. Just one of the many moisturizers for men to come from Aēsop, this particular example is suitable for men with dry, normal or sensitive skin, making it a true all-rounder.
With a list of vegan ingredients that includes chamomile bud, sandalwood and rosemary leaf, this Aēsop moisturizer is one you will want to keep stocked in your cabinet.
Sisley Paris - Sisleÿum
Now, we’re not going to sit here and pretend Sisleÿum from Sisley Paris is an affordable moisturizer for men, but boy is it one of the best you can buy. The French luxury brand has developed a formula specifically for men to help fight the signs of aging and to support the skin against daily nasties including shaving, cold weather, stress and pollution.
It’s available in separate versions for dry or normal skin, with each being specifically designed to support the skin type it gets put on.
However, both are made using an expert range of herbs and extracts such as White Horehound, Shea Butter and Malachite, making these men’s moisturizers ones that soothe, nourish and reinforce your skin with flawless results.
Perricone MD - Face Finishing & Firming Moisturizer
Dr Nicolas Perricone has become renowned around the world as an innovative anti-ageing expert, creating products that eliminate wrinkles by reducing inflammation in your skin. His Face Finishing & Firming Moisturizer for men goes deeper for extra hydration and radiance. Its formula contains Vitamin E, DMEA and Kukui Nut seed oil that combines to combat toxins and enhance overall hydration. Made to be used twice a day, this advanced moisturizer will keep you looking lively whether you’re leaving the house or the office.
MenScience - Advanced Face Lotion
Founded in 2004, MenScience came onto the market with a simple manifesto – to transform the way men consider and care for their skin. Their Advanced Face Lotion is an ultra-light mositurizer to be used daily, formulated with water-binding agents filled with Vitamins, Antioxidants and Hydrants. It keeps your skin feeling firm, fresh and elasticated whilst reducing fine lines for total confidence. It even takes the sting away post-shave without leaving any type of residue, making it one of the best men’s moisturizers available.
Lab Series - Defence Lotion SPF 35
Lab Series is a skincare company founded in 1987 that has always been dedicated to men. Understanding the daily stresses that talk their toll on men’s skin, Lab Series has developed a range of products to help protect against anything your life can throw at you.
The company’s Defence Lotion SPF 35 is a moisturizer that is absorbed quickly by the skin and effectively creates an invisible barrier against the sun, pollution, blue light and pretty much anything else you can think of. Suitable for all skin types, this men’s moisturizer is one that is simple to use on a daily basis, and one you’ll soon notice great results from.
La Mer - Creme De La Mer
When Dr Max Huber suffered burns in a science accident, he dedicated the following 12 years of his career to producing a ‘Miracle Broth’, using Kelp from the surrounding seas of Vancouver, Canada. This broth is the base for Creme De La Mer (Cream Of The Sea), a cream that eventually transformed the look of his burnt, dry skin.
Now a luxury product used by people all over the world thanks to its deep, soothing properties, it’s the perfect remedy for a wide range of skin imperfections; hence, why it made our list.
It’s not cheap by any stretch, but it’s widely regarded as the best cream, and therefore, the best moisturizer for men.
Kiehl’s - Facial Fuel Energizing Moisture Treatment
Made to neutralise skin damage and stimulate your skin, Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Moisture Treatment energises your appearance, even when you feel a little tired and rundown. It uses both Caffeine and Vitamin E to great effect, invigorating your skin to leave you looking and feeling on top of your game. It’s also infused with a Chestnut Extract that carries antibacterial and anti-viral properties, for those prone to blemishes and acne. Talk about an impressive men’s moisturizer.
Jack Black - Double Duty Face Moisturiser
Double Duty by name, double duty by nature, this men’s moisturiser from men’s grooming specialist Jack Black combines the hydrating properties of a moisturiser, with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 20 to help prevent damage from by sunlight and its UV rays. Suitable for all skin types, this moisturizer is designed to improve your skin’s overall appearance, which will remain for years to come thanks to the defence against premature ageing afforded by the UV protection.
Hunter Lab - Daily Face Fuel
Hunter Lab creates some of the best quality skincare products made in Australia. Their Daily Face Fuel fights premature aging whilst replenishing your skin using creams infused with both Macadamia and Passionfruit seed oils. This men’s moisturizer helps restore fine lines and brightens up your overall look, providing the essential nutrients needed to complement a busy lifestyle. It’s perfect for normal to dry skin and can be used by gents of all ages.
Anthony - All Purpose Facial Moisturiser
Anthony Sosnick set out to change the world of men’s skincare back in 2000, spotting a gaping hole in the market in his native NYC. One of the most successful products in his current line is the All-Purpose Facial Moisturiser, which uses Sugar, Orange and Lemon extract to help erase and protect against lines. Add to that Vitamins A, C and E to nourish and protect your skin, and we can see why Anthony has been the go-to brand for American men for close to 20 years.
Hims - Everyday Moisturiser
If you’re searching for a general moisturiser to keep you looking on form all day every day, check out the Everyday Moisturiser from Hims. Many men only have to worry about hydration, as opposed to lines and greasy shine. This is a great option for those lucky folks, who also want to keep their skin in good condition and stop early onset lines and general fatigue. Perfect to slap on in the morning, after a workout or before bed, this men’s moisturiser is made to keep dryness at bay.
Grown Alchemist - Hydra Repair
Botanical skincare giant Grown Alchemist have been pioneering natural, organic and clinically proven formulas for over 10 years. Used by both men and women alike, their Hydra Repair cream works to rebalance your skin’s sebum, which is often the cause a greasy and unflattering shine. This green beauty product is perfect for normal to dry skin and can be applied to the face and neck daily, improving elasticity with a smooth and comfortable feel after use.
Le Labo - Face Lotion
Luxury perfume brand Le Labo was set up in New York back in 2006 and has since gone on to become a cult brand for those firmly in the know. Their plant-based, paraben-free face lotion is scented with Bergamot, Lavender and Tonka Bean for premium freshness after use. They have produced this lightweight men’s moisturiser using a blend of natural oils and extracts that leave you feeling hydrated without irritating your pores. It’s also 100% vegan and cruelty-free.
Doers Of London - Hydrating Face Cream
Doers Of London like to get straight to the point, offering premium products without the fluff of a luxury brand. Created using only natural and organic products that are both dermatologically and nickel tested, their Hydrating Face Cream is perfect for those with normal, dry and sensitive skin. Green Tea Extract and Vitamin E properties work against inflammation and renew skin cells, whilst Omega-3 fats protect your skin from the daily grind. Great value for a well-made men’s moisturiser.
Dermalogica - Active Moist
Back in 1986, Jane Wurwand set up Dermalogica to create a range of skincare products that reduce skin inflammation by avoiding the use of known irritants. At the time it was considered groundbreaking, and her research and innovations are now seen as commonplace in today’s market. Dermalogica’s Active Moist is perfect for ageing skin, light lines and loss of firmness. Main ingredients such as Hyaluronic and Amino acids are naturally found in our bodies, and help relieve dryness whilst promoting healthy elasticity.
Clinique For Men - Moisturising Lotion
Clinique was the first allergy tested and dermatologist-driven skincare label when it launched in 1968 at Sak’s Fifth Avenue in New York. Developed and created by Evelyn Lauder alongside mother-in-law Estée, the brand can now be found almost everywhere in the world. The dedicated men’s range is designed to be equally as high-performing as its women’s counterpart, and this Moisturizing Lotion works to hydrate normal and dry skin to a deep, deep level. The men’s moisturiser can be applied day and night to promote replenished and smooth skin, and while it may be a little pricier than some, it’s the result of high-quality ingredients and dermatological know-how.
Baxter Of California - Oil Free Moisturiser
As useful for protection against UV rays as it is a nighttime hydrator, Baxter Of California’s Oil Free Moisturiser is perfect for any time of day. Made using Hydrating Glycerin and Vitamin E to hold in moisture whilst strengthening the skin, it’s also easy to apply and leaves no unwanted oily residue. As effective as it is competitively priced, it’s a great introduction to men’s moisturisers if you haven’t already been won over by the benefits.
Alder New York - Everyday Face Moisturiser
Living in the city is part and parcel of life for the modern-day man, but the damage urban pollution has on our skin should never be taken lightly. Huckberry’s exquisite Everyday Face Moisturiser works perfectly to combat these effects with a range of natural hydrants that withstand daily pollutants. Using a mix of Hyaluronan, Vitamin C and Aloe Vera, it naturally plumps your skin, eliminating dullness and the effects of fatigue – meaning you’ll stay looking spritely and energised every day.