Skintimate: The 7 Best Facial Moisturizers for Men

Too many guys still think that the words “moisture regimen” should only be uttered by chicks. They also use the word “chicks” as if it is contemporary. Leave such gentlemen and their chapped skin, wrinkles, and possible melanoma in the dust by selecting a men’s facial moisturizer that helps keep your skin smooth, soft, and youthful, even if you spend your days under the blazing sun and your nights out under the stars. The more exposure your skin has to the elements, the more it needs a moisture routine to help keep it in shape.

Choosing a good moisturizer is all about knowing what your body needs. We’ve found those with no synthetic ingredients to reduce irritation, protectors that fight off sun and wind damage, short-term assistance when you’re hungover but still need to look your best for a presentation, and some that help smooth away wrinkles and prevent aging. For any guy who wants to put his best foot forward, here’s the 7 best facial moisturizer for men.

Jack Black Double-Duty

Jack Black Double-Duty

Pro: 100% Vegan ingredients
Con: Can feel dense especially on oily skin

Truly Natural: Many moisturizers are riddled with synthetic ingredients with unpronounceable names that were developed in a lab. There is often nothing wrong with these, and indeed, they can do wonders for your skin, but any man who is looking to live purely vegan, or just wants products that only come from the Earth, there is Jack Black’s Double-Duty. It bears an SPF of 20 for minor protection from UVA and UVB rays. So long as you don’t intend on laying out to build up a base tan – and aren’t as allergic to the sun as your average vampire – then it should be enough to keep you safe. It’s fairly lightweight and won’t make you feel oily thanks to the ingredients that are gluten, fragrance, and paraben free, but the added SPF gives it a slight “sunscreen” quality. You’ll find vitamin E rich algae for suppleness and elasticity, phospholipids that work with your natural oils to create a barrier against the world, and leaf extracts that help enhance collagen production and antioxidants. [Purchase: $17+]

Zirh Protect By Zirh International

Zirh Protect By Zirh International

Pro: No greasy feeling
Con: Can make skin appear shiny

On Guard: Just as a good base layer is important for keeping your body warm when the temperature drops, using a facial moisturizer that protects you skin can help prevent damage before it has a chance to gain a foothold. This is important for many reasons, be it keeping more of your natural moisture, protecting from the great and cruel outdoors, or battling aging. Zirh Protect is the vanguard for your face that can keep wrinkles, spots, and dryness from ever laying siege to your skin. The formula fights off free radicals that come from pollution as well as the sun’s radiation. Squalaneis stimulates your skin’s natural immunities and is derived from plants, who survive in the sun day after day. A number of alpha hydroxy acids bind water and aid in exfoliation so that you shed dead or diseased skin cells more easily. Zirh Protect even helps thicken your skin so hopefully you won’t cry every time you watch Field of Dreams (spoiler: you still will.) [Purchase: $33]

Anthony Wake Up Call

Anthony Wake Up Call

Pro: Reduces puffiness and inflammation
Con: Limited long-term skin aid or protection

For the Morning After: A hard night of drinking beats up your whole body, but it takes an especially hard toll on your face. The aqua cacteen in Wake Up Call helps replenish the moisture your skin lost from sucking down shot after shot of Patrón as you celebrated…Thursday. A green tea additive reduces on the puffiness and swelling that comes from heavy imbibing so you don’t look like something the cat refused to drag in. A healthy dose of caffeine rejuvenates and revitalizes your skin to help keep it from sagging or looking washed out, while the pore-opening menthol wakes you up like a bugle right outside your window. It works for late nights and red-eye flights just as well as evenings at the watering hole, but it’s a little costly and not great for long-term use, protection, or rejuvenation. Keep it on hand for emergencies. [Purchase: $38]

Every Man Jack Sandalwood Face Lotion

Every Man Jack Sandalwood Face Lotion

Pro: Gentle, appealing scent
Con: No anti-aging ingredients

Slightly Scented: This is practically an aftershave rather than your standard moisturizer, but it can serve dual purposes. The allure of this is that it does a good job of soothing skin just after a shave, or holding moisture in even if you haven’t been at yourself with a razor lately. It also has a pleasant yet masculine sandalwood odor that beats the slightly minty, fruity, or antiseptic fragrances that can come along with most facial creams for men. Jojoba oil soothes sensitive or easily irritated skin while a glycerine base handles the hydration and hydro-sealant, keeping your natural oils from slipping away. Sunflower oil gives your skin a boost in fluidity without feeling heavy or oily while witch hazel adds antiseptic qualities that keep nicks and cuts clean without making them burn like the death of a thousand cuts. [Purchase: $6]

Ursa Major Fortifying Face Balm

Ursa Major Fortifying Face Balm

Pro: Antiseptic and anti-aging ingredients
Con: Can leave a slightly sticky residue

For Soothing the Shave: If you require a cream that will really give your skin a vacation after you hit it with a straight razor then Ursa Major is the combination of relief and infection-fighting power that you demand. It is more of a serum than a balm, and as such it is light and airy, allowing your face to breathe even as it keeps moisture in. The ingredients are all natural, with 82% of them being fully organic, making it one of the more eco-friendly facial moisturizers out there. The witch hazel and willow bark offer natural antiseptic properties for dealing with nicks and cuts as well as preventing infection. Kensi and sunflower oils work with aloe to give it its hydrating abilities while birch sap reduces wrinkles and other age markers. The single issue that can come up is a sticky feeling immediately after use. It fades, but it isn’t sexy right away. [Purchase: $36]

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair

Pro: Made for fighting age
Con: Not a very soothing moisturizer

Age Away: Here’s the thing to know about anti-aging moisturizers: The earlier you start, the better they will work. In your late 20’s and early 30’s is when aging really starts to hit you and the damage that is done then is what makes your mug look like an old baseball mitt down the line. If you’ve passed the 25 year-old mark, you should be guarding your skin with this item from Neutrogena. While it claims “wrinkle repair” it really works as both a fixer and a preventative measure against the wear and tear of getting older. Retinol Sa cuts down on the appearance of facial lines even as the hyaluronic acid diminishes age spots. It is meant for nightly applications, so while it has an SPF of 30, you won’t really see much use as a sunscreen, though it does reduce sun damage over the long term. It isn’t as harsh as most wrinkle reducers, but also isn’t immensely soothing. [Purchase: $19]

Lab Series Daily Moisture Defense

Lab Series Daily Moisture Defense

Pro: Excellent skin softening
Con: Expensive for a basic moisturizer

All Purpose: This is the Leatherman multi-tool of men’s moisturizers. It works for every kind of skin type, from the oily to the overly dry without over hydrating or over drying. It goes into the skin smoothly and easily without any residue at all. An SPF 15 helps keep down sun damage without adding the weighty feel of an industrial strength sunscreen. Antioxidants fight free radicals from pollution and smoke while stopping the UVA/UVB onslaught from doing damage to your features. This is a simple moisturizing product that is meant to hydrate and protect rather than firm up your skin, reduce wrinkles, or ease a rough run with your razor. [Purchase: $36]

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