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The 10 Best Face Moisturizers for Men in 2022
The world of skincare is a hard one to navigate. Even men savvy with skincare yesterday might not be today. One moment we can’t get enough of an ingredient and the next it’s strictly off-limits. But one thing that’ll never change is the importance of using a face moisturizer.
Getting ready in the morning used to be a 10-minute routine, now you’re fighting your other half for bathroom time. Some of you are even guilty of stealing skincare products from them. With so many steps to include, if you have to skip one don’t let it be moisturizing. In fact, moisturizers are an efficient way to smash several steps at once.
We’re about to make skincare simple with our top 10 best moisturizers for men in 2021.
1. Anthony All Purpose Facial Moisturizer
Tired of having tired skin? We like to think we don’t make first impressions based on looks, but who are we kidding. They’re literally the first thing we see. A man who knows his aloe vera from vitamin E is going to have skin that speaks for itself. Luckily for you, you don’t have to know the difference to use Anthony All-Purpose Facial Moisturizer.
This multipurpose moisturizer contains the best of both and then some. For future reference and just in case, skincare is a conversation topic, vitamin E repels free radicals while aloe vera soothes irritated skin and gives an instant hit of hydration. You can now weigh in with the information and skin to prove you know your stuff.
The best part? It doubles up as an exfoliator that promotes skin cell renewal. Typically, every 30 days our skin sheds its cells to make way for newer, healthier cells. But the rate of cell turnover (the proper term for it) begins to slow down as early as our late 20’s. Anthony can help speed the process along with a fast track to youthful skin.
2. AESOP Mandarin Facial Hydrating Cream
Ah, mandarin. The citrusy scent of summer we crave all year round. There’s something so fresh and uplifting about the smell of the orange ball of goodness that can actually improve your overall wellbeing. But that isn’t all it’s good for.
In addition to aromatherapy, citrus oils also have the power to rejuvenate your skin and deliver a high concentration of moisture, stimulate collagen, and reduce redness. They’re extracted from the peels of, you guessed it, citrus fruits, and we all know how overpoweringly sour those can be. So, putting citrus oils directly on your face can burn and irritate your skin.
Citrus oils should always be diluted first but mixing potions first thing in the morning is time-consuming. Aesop has cut your skincare routine in half and created a moisturizer with built-in citrus oils to deliver all the benefits in a fraction of the time.
The formula is vegan-friendly, free from parabens and animal cruelty, and suitable for any skin type. After use, it can be fully recycled. Now at least one of your skincare steps can look out for your skin and the planet. What’s your excuse?
3. Bulldog Original Moisturizer
Feeling moisturized is great. But feeling greasy? Not so great. Bulldog has found a way to pack a bunch of ingredients in a lightweight formula that won’t feel heavy on the skin. The ideal moisturizer will be absorbed quickly into the skin and get to work.
Men are used to hearing the bigger the better, but this isn’t true when it comes to molecules (it still matters for everything else, sorry guys). Skincare products made up of smaller molecules are able to reach deeper into the skin’s surface and deliver the best results.
The target is the dermis, the middle layer of skin, and the source of all skin concerns. And Bulldog hit the bullseye every single time. Bulldog has nailed quick absorption with this unique formula rich in aloe vera, camelina, and green tea – dry skin’s worst nightmare and your new best friend.
4. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream
Looking for a moisturizer that hydrates and smooths skin for 24 hours guaranteed? Look no further than Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream. It leaves the skin 2-3 times more hydrated immediately after applying.
Many moisturizers that claim this often provide a temporary boost of hydration that fades almost as quickly as it appears. You put it on first thing in the morning and the skin looking back at you in the mirror is exactly what you want to see. Then when you get home after a long day your skin is even dryer than it was before you applied moisturizer.
With Keihl, you’re never worse off. Only better. You’ll catch yourself checking out your skin in car mirrors, shop windows, and pretty much anything with a reflection. Whether it’s an hour, or 24 hours later, you’ll love what you see.
Looking good has never felt so great as this moisturizer is produced in a factory using 100% renewable energy with 100% emissions offset. It doesn’t have to break the bank or cost the planet to have hydrated skin. It’s a best seller for a reason
5. Lab Series Instant Filter Moisturizer
Lab Series has perfected perfection with Instant Filter Moisturiser. It does exactly what it says on the tin and applies a real-life Instagram filter to your face that reduces redness, blurs flaws, enhances brightness, and evens out skin tone. But unlike filters, this one is undetectable.
Let’s be real, men aren’t known for taking the best photographs. You unintentionally catfish yourself but for worse, not better. We can’t tell you how many times women have met a new guy and said “he’s cuter in person. I promise!” right before they show a picture to the girls. Wouldn’t it be nice to be the talk of the group chat for all the right reasons?
Lab Series has done you a solid with activated blurring technology so you can up your selfie game and look flawless in pixels and in person. It’s a total game-changer that’ll have women asking you for skincare advice. But whether you share your secret is up to you.
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6. Jack Black Doube Duty Face Moisturizer
If you’re new to the world of skincare, algae is the talk of the town. The seawater ingredient is nothing but trouble for us when we’re swimming in the ocean. Having seaweed wrapped around your legs as you attempt to do James Bond’s sexy signature move as he emerges from the sea won’t do you any favors. Or worse.
You don’t know the meaning of itchy until you’ve had seaweed caught up in your swimming trunks. But in the beauty realm, algae is worshiped like no other.
It’s rich in protein, iron, and vitamins – pretty impressive for a plant-based extract, right? But it’s an acquired taste and not for everyone. The good news is the powerhouse ingredient is also a superfood for your skin and you don’t have to eat it to get its benefits.
Applying algae regularly to your skin can fill out fine lines and wrinkles, provide protection against the elements, give a healthy glow, reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and acne scars. But its biggest claim to fame and why it’s one of our top 10 moisturizers is its ability to seriously hydrate your skin. Suddenly, the slimy inconvenience doesn’t seem so bad.
As well as nourishing your skin back to optimum health, Jack Black Double Duty Moisturiser also contains SPF 20. The broad-spectrum formula will help to shield your skin from UVA and UVB rays.
7. Rugged & Dapper Age & Damage Defense Facial Moisturizer
Using a 2-in-1 was like doing the dirty a few years ago. They sent shivers down our spine and were only to be used in absolute secret. Some of them still do. But Rugged & Dapper have created one (or two) that you can be proud of. You’ll want to shout it from the rooftops with no shame.
The 2-in-1 moisturizer and aftershave care is the partner in crime you need for looks that could kill. It’s your first line of defense against the signs of aging by delivering intense hydration, making it almost impossible for fine lines and wrinkles to stick around. It also soothes the skin after a fresh shave to calm redness and irritation at the same time so you no longer have to shave the night before. Ready, set, shave and go.
For men who like numbers before investing, let us break it down for you. It takes only 15 seconds to apply, lasts for 12 hours, and has over 300 applications.
8. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Moisturizer
Did you know that just one hyaluronic acid molecule can hold nearly 1000 times its weight in water? Neutrogena does and has made the hydrating hero the key ingredient in their award-winning formula. If it’s good enough to win an award, it’s good enough for us.
Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced by the body and responsible for retaining water to keep cells moist and hydrated. Using a moisturizer rich in hyaluronic acid is one of the most effective ways to hydrate the skin with its water-loving properties.
Many people with oily skin fear using a moisturizer as they can sit on the skin and give a greasy appearance. But having dry skin can actually cause the skin to create more natural oils in an attempt to hydrate itself. So, in short, you’re majorly screwing your skin over.
This lightweight gel formula is specifically designed for oily complexions and only needs a few seconds to be absorbed into the skin leaving it soft to the touch with no sticky residue.
9. Clinique For Men Moisturizing Lotion
If you have sensitive skin, you’ll want to stay away from fragranced lotions that can irritate your skin. Many people see fragrance free and think it means the same as unscented but this isn’t true.
Fragrance-free means no fragrances or neutralizers are added to the formula. While unscented means that it may contain chemicals that are used to neutralize and cover up the scent as if it’s not there. These can be dangerous as we have no idea what odor is being masked. If it smells toxic we wouldn’t put it anywhere near our skin, no doubt about it. But with an unscented formula, you would be none the wiser.
Clinique For Men Moisturizing Lotion is 100% fragrance-free so you can feel confident applying it to your skin and in your skin. Dry, flaky skin can knock our confidence but it doesn’t have to with the right moisturizer.
10. Baxter of California Oil Free Moisturizer
There’s a fine line between a desirable dewy glow and an oily finish, and Baxter of California Oil Free Moisturizer makes sure you never overstep it. With longer, warmer days right around the corner, thinking about shiny skin has made its way back into our thoughts once more.
A temperature change can cause the skin to produce more oil so even if you didn’t suffer from oily skin in the winter, doesn’t mean you won’t in the summer. If you don’t like your odds, choosing an oil-free moisturizer is your safest bet.
Clogged pores are the most common reason for pimples and excess oil is a sure way to block em’ up. Opting for oil-free will minimize the chances of this happening, along with regular exfoliating of course.
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Face Moisturizer FAQs
Face moisturizers are a hydrating combination of oil, water, and other active ingredients to target specific skincare concerns.
Moisturising strengthens the skin’s barrier against dirt, bacteria, and pollution. The stronger the skin, the healthier it’ll be. So, it’s pretty important.
Absolutely. Fine lines and wrinkles are attracted to dry spots and keeping your skin rich in moisture will fill them out as well as help to prevent more from forming.