Today, we have one for the guys. But if you’re on the hunt for the perfect gift for your man, you should stick around too.
Practicing good skincare is not exclusive to females. Men can totally benefit from using moisturizers, including facial moisturizers. Maybe even a little more than women, especially if you’re the type of guy who shaves his face every day.
Anyway, moisturizing is SUCH an important step in proper skincare, yet it’s often overlooked in most men’s skincare routines.
Even if you have oily skin, you NEED to moisturize. But we’re sure you’re wondering…why should care about moisturizing your face? We’ll tell you.
Benefits of moisturizing your face:
First of all, tons of guys work outdoors in harsh conditions that can contribute to dry and unhealthy skin. Especially during the colder months. Moisturizing can help avoid dryness and flakiness, which sometimes also leads to itchiness, irritation, and even scabbing. OUCH.
Making moisturization a part of your routine is also a great way to prevent premature signs of aging. Skin thins as you age, which can make you more susceptible to cuts and nicks as you shave. Also, OUCH.
If you suffer from chronic acne, lack of moisturization could totally be the issue. Without proper facial hydration, your skin cells heal & rejuvenate way slower. Meaning those acne spots might be lasting way longer than they should be.
Moisturizing also promotes healthy skin cell turnover and rejuvenation. As well as good skin hydration and an overall healthier-looking skin tone. So, moisturization will not only make your skin feel better, but it will make it look better too.
And lastly – the biggest benefit of all – you’ll feel more confident in your skin. Pun intended. Okay maybe that’s not the most important reason to moisturize for you, but it’s definitely a little cherry on top nevertheless.
SO GUYS, if you’re in the market for a new face moisturizer, we’ve got you covered. Read on for a roundup of the best face moisturizers for men, including moisturizers for all skin types & needs.
20 Best Face Moisturizers For Men
But GUYS – before you run out and get the first face moisturizer you see…keep in mind that not all face moisturizers are created equally.
Some skincare products contain a ton of shit that you won’t even be able to pronounce. Some will work better for dry skin and/or sensitive skin. And some will work better for acne prone skin. The point is: some facial moisturizers work better for specific needs and skin types.
Even more, there are TONS of facial moisturizers out there that are specifically made for male skin, or that are totally suitable for unisex use. So with all that being said, here are our faves:
We love this face cream for men because it’s one of those creams that does everything. It’s jam packed with all-natural, vegan-friendly ingredients that moisturize, smooth wrinkles & fine lines, fight free radicals & sun damage, AND protect skin from toxins & pollutants in the air. Plus, it is perfect for all skin types from dry skin to oily skin.
Dealing with acne, enlarged pores, dark spots, or hyperpigmentation? This is the moisturizer for you. Dr. Dennis Gross is literally the best, so you can expect real results with this one. Less breakouts, less-noticeable pores, and overall even-skin tone coming your way.
P.S: Dr. Dennis Gross has made SEVERAL appearances on The Skinny Confidential HIM & HER Show. Hear the most recent convo HERE. He also joined Lauryn on GTFOOTS, which you can listen to & read more about HERE.
Also by Dr. Dennis Gross is this water-break gel-cream moisturizer. It’s made with Japanese marine algae (skin-supporting B vitamins and amino acids) + hyaluronic acid to provide lightweight moisture all day long. Perfect for guys with dry & dehydrated skin.
If you ask a guy what he wants in a facial moisturizer, he’ll probably say quick-absorbing and non-greasy aka, something that feels like it’s not there. This face moisturizer by Ghost Democracy is made especially for men and checks both of those boxes. Plus, t’s lightweight, it contains tons of healthy probiotics for the skin, and it’s fragrance-free.
Peter Thomas Roth is another one of those brands that no matter what product you choose, you know you’re going to see results. This one is really perfect for you guys with dry skin that have trouble sticking to a skincare routine – like you might miss a day or two because you’re busy or whatever – because just one application provides intense moisturization to keep your skin hydrated for up to 72 hours.
Do you wake up with dark circles under your eyes? Are your eyes baggy & saggy from hard work and/or staring at a computer all day? This is another product by Peter Thomas Roth that can reduce the look of darkness, sagginess, & wrinkles around the eyes. As well as provide some much-needed moisturization to the under eye area.
Since we’re talking about under eye moisturization, we figured we’d go ahead and include these eye masks as well. Elemis is another one of our faves, and for good reason. If you’re in a constant battle w/ your eye wrinkles, these are the eye masks for you. Other than providing good hydration, they are clinically proven to reduce the look of wrinkles & fine lines.
Origins’ products have recently become super popular and we are totally here for it. We love a good, clean, natural beauty brand. This acne-fighting moisturizer from Origins uses the power of bamboo charcoal to remove dirt & all types of impurities from the skin. This means less acne AND smaller pores. Not to mention the improved hydration.
If you’re one of those 3-in-1 shampoo/conditioner/body wash guys, you’re going to love this one. This does literally everything. It moisturizes and hydrates, fight’s signs of aging, evens skin tone, and repairs the skin from sun damage. All that AND it’s a sunscreen! The perfect option for guys that like to do things….efficiently.
Since we know there are tons of guys out there who actually really do appreciate the efficiency of those all-in-one products, here’s another all-in-one moisturizer that comes highly recommended. From moisturizing to sun protection, this moisturizer does it all. Plus, it’s lightweight w/ no extra oils or grease.
Do you often have red & irritated skin? Especially after you shave? If you have really sensitive skin, this moisturizer could literally change your life by giving you some much-needed relief. We also love that it’s minimalist, made with clean ingredients, and fragrance-free. And guys, speaking of shaving, you can totally use the HOT SHAVE CREAM on your face (& other places too).
Guess what guys – not all face moisturizers are lotions & creams. Some are also oils & serums, and they are perfect because they are able to really soak into the skin in a way that some creams & lotions can’t. If you want to try a totally natural oil, this one comes highly recommended. It’s made with Miru Seaweed & it’s great for restoring hydration in sensitive skin. Oh, it’s vegan and cruelty-free, too!
P.S: Read more about when to apply facial oil HERE.
Since we gave you an oil option, we wanted to give you some serum options as well. Also by OSEA is this amazing acid sea serum that works to moisturize and hydrate the face with ingredients including hyaluronic acid, Japanese Miru Seaweed, volcanic marine ferment, and more. TBH this serum just keeps giving and we love it.
The second & last serum on our list is this one from Three Ships. We love it because it works for all skin types & leaves your face feeling smooth, soft, and nourished, but also plump and healthy-looking. It’s vegan, 100% natural, and perfect for everyday use.
Coconut oil is one of the best things since sliced bread. If you’re dealing with dry, cracked skin, or you often deal with razor burn/razor bumps after shaving, start applying coconut oil today. Make it part of your post-shave routine. Coconut oil is so soothing & hydrating to the skin, and contains tons of vitamins and minerals that support a healthy complexion and skin tone.
Aquaphor healing ointment is a MUST-HAVE. You should keep it on you at all times because it really does have magical healing powers. It’s the perfect moisturizer for extreme dry skin patches, even on the face. Plus it’s also good for chapped lips, cracked heels, dry elbows, & minor cuts and nicks. If you’re a dad, it’s also really great to keep nearby for your little’s diaper rash, and/or skinned elbows & knees. See the baby version, HERE.
And remember guys, there is no crazy science to moisturizing your face.
Simply pick the product that feels right for you, follow the instructions on the packaging about when & how often to apply, and you’re good to go. And the results are totally worth it. Let us know how it goes in the comments below.
And for even more skin tips for men, be sure to grab a copy of Lauryn’s latest book where a whole chapter is dedicated to it.
x, The Skinny Confidential team
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++ check out this post on Manscaping 101.