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The Top 12 Best Moisturisers for Men

The Top 12 Best Moisturisers for Men

What are the best moisturisers for men? And why should I use them? A moisturiser should be a core product in your daily skincare routine. Any good skincare routine involves a cleansing element, to remove the dirt, sebum, and environmental impurities from your skin. Inevitably, however, cleansing removes some of the moisture and nutrients necessary to maintaining optimal skin health. A good moisturiser steps in at this point to firm, hydrate, and nourish skin which has been freshly cleansed, offering crucial help in the fight against ageing, and making your skin much less vulnerable to outbreaks.

This basic application of moisturiser applies to everyone, but if you have a dry skin type (read more about skin types here if you’re confused), moisturising is an even more crucial element to your routine. People with a Dry Skin Type naturally produce less sebum, the natural oil released by your skin to regulate moisture levels. This becomes especially pronounced in the colder months, and in those with sensitive dry skin, it can become extremely aggravated as a reaction to certain chemicals. In these cases, a moisturiser becomes an indispensable tool, replenishing hydration which is otherwise impossible to replace. This ensures your skin not only looks better, but feels much more comfortable.

In this article, we take you through the Top 12 Best Moisturisers for Men.

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The Top 12 Best Moisturisers for Men

  1. Clinique for Men Oil-Control Moisturiser
  2. Jack Black Double Duty Face Moisturiser
  3. ARgENTUM La Potion Infinie
  4. The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors+ HA
  5. Aesop Mandarin Facial Hydrating Cream
  6. Elemis TFM Daily Moisture Boost
  7. Baxter of California Oil Free Moisturiser
  8. La Roche Posay Lipikar Balm AP+ Intense Repair Moisturising Cream
  9. Lab Series Skincare For Men Pro LS All-in-One Face Treatment
  10. House 99 Greater Look Face Moisturiser
  11. Menscience Advanced Face Lotion
  12. Anthony All-Purpose Facial Moisturizer

Choosing the right Men’s Moisturiser for you

Before we jump into our rundown of the best moisturisers for men, we’ve compiled the most important things to consider when choosing your moisturiser. We strongly recommend putting some thought into each of the following before committing to a product (trust us, your skin will thank you).

  • Oil Control/Matte Finish – you still benefit from using moisturiser if you have oily skin, but adding additional hydration on top of the sebum produced by your skin can cause excessive oil to build up. Some moisturisers will be formulated without oils, and will include ingredients like silica which absorbs oil, in order to combat this. These moisturisers will typically have a matte or shine-free finish.
  • Emollients – if you have combination or dry skin, this is due to the fact that sometimes, or at all times, your skin is incapable of producing enough natural oils to keep your skin healthy and soft. This can cause the barrier function of the skin to break down and breakouts, irritation, and even sores can  come about as a result. Nourishing and hydrating the skin, while reinforcing the its barrier function, emollients are the best solution for this. They typically occur in natural forms, such as Shea Butter or Coconut Oil.
  • Antioxidants – commonly found in fruit and vegetables, antioxidants are miracle ingredients that combat oxidative stress – one of the key causes of ageing in the skin. If you’re concerned that you’re beginning to show signs of ageing, picking an antioxidant packed moisturiser is a must.
  • Fragrance – scented products are so common that we hardly even think about it unless it’s a smell we particularly like or dislike. If you have sensitive skin, however, you should absolutely pay attention to fragrance. Scents can be one of the key trigger ingredients for flareups of skin disorders and irritation, so going with a scent-free moisturiser may be advisable if you’re prone to either.
  • SPF – it’s increasingly common for moisturisers to include SPF, which makes perfect sense. In an ideal world, you’d be using both every day. If you’re commonly exposed to sunlight, direct or indirect, and if you’re concerned about skin-ageing, it makes sense to pick a moisturiser broad spectrum sun protection built in. If you want to discover more, read our post on the top SPF moisturisers for men.
  • Absorption speed – those with naturally oily skin will want to pick a moisturiser that is rapid-absorbing. These will typically have Water as one of the main ingredients. On the other hand, those with dry skin will benefit most from a moisturiser with longer lived effects. These will usually have a greater quantity of oils or other emollients in the ingredient list.
  1. Clinique for Men Oil-Control Moisturiser 100ml
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    Clinique for Men Oil-Control Moisturiser 100ml

    Recommended for: Anyone with oily skin.

    Why we love it: Non-greasy, mattifying finish.

    For those with an oily skin type, moisturising can aggravate the problem of excessive grease on the surface of the skin. If this applies to you, this Oil-Control Moisturiser from Clinique for Men is the perfect solution. Designed to nourish and condition the skin without feeling heavy or uncomfortable, we can’t recommend this product enough for those with oily or combination skin.

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  2. Jack Black Double Duty Face Moisturiser (97ml)
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    Jack Black Double Duty Face Moisturiser (97ml)

    Recommended for: Whenever you’re out and about.

    Why we love it: SPF stops you from being exposed to those pesky UV rays.

    The Jack Black Double Duty Face Moisturiser is a lightweight moisturiser with broad spectrum SPF 20. For this reason it is doubly effective (hence the name) both firming the skin by hydrating it, and protecting from UV damage, preventing the development of signs of ageing.

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  3. ARgENTUM la potion infinie Restorative Day and Night Cream 70ml
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    ARgENTUM la potion infinie Restorative Day and Night Cream 70ml

    Recommended for: Dedicated skincare obsessives.

    Why we love it: Made with a unique colloidal silver formulation. Classy and effective.

    ARgENTUM’s La Potion Infinie is an anti-ageing cream formulated with colloidal silver. This makes it naturally anti-microbial and antiseptic, preventing breakouts while providing exceptionally effective anti-ageing benefits. A truly premium product, those who’ve been lucky enough to try it swear by it.

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  4. The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA 100ml
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    The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA 100ml

    Recommended for: The lover of no-nonsense products.

    Why we love it: As with all products from The Ordinary, it does precisely what it says on the label for a great price.

    The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA is a deeply moisturising product, which is perfect for those with drier skin. Due to its non-greasy formulation, however, making use of Natural Moisturizing Factors, it’s a fantastic product for those with combination or even oily skin as well.

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  5. Aesop Mandarin Facial Hydrating Cream 60ml
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    Aesop Mandarin Facial Hydrating Cream 60ml

    Recommended for: The flatlay addict

    Why we love it: Aside from being an effective lightweight moisturiser, is there a more instagrammable brand?

    The Aesop Mandarin Facial Hydrating Cream is a formulated with natural nourishing oils derived from citrus fruits, which is both deeply moisturising, and lightweight and comfortable to wear. For these reasons it’s been one of the most popular products on Mankind for some time.

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  6. Elemis TFM Daily Moisture Boost 50ml
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    Elemis TFM Daily Moisture Boost 50ml

    Recommended for: The monochrome lover.

    Why we love it: Aside from its sleek black design, it ticks all the boxes as a top-quality, reliable daily moisturiser.

    The Daily Moisture Boost from Elemis TFM contains a blend of natural oils to nourish and protect the skin, as well as naturally derived antioxidants which fight against the signs of ageing. This product is especially effective as a barrier against environmental aggressors.

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  7. Baxter Of California Oil Free Moisturiser (120ml)
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    Baxter Of California Oil Free Moisturiser (120ml)

    Recommended for: Those who are sensitive to fragrance.

    Why we love it: All of the effectiveness of a lightweight, rapidly absorbing moisturiser, with none of the risks of irritation.

    The Baxter of California Oil Free Moisturiser is effective both for those with oily skin and those with sensitive skin. It’s lightweight formulation is hydrating without being greasy, and as a fragrance and irritant-free product, it is a standout product for those who are prone to flare ups.

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  8. La Roche Posay Lipikar Balm AP+, Intense Repair Moisturizing Cream
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    La Roche Posay Lipikar Balm AP+, Intense Repair Moisturizing Cream

    Recommended for: Anyone with sensitive and dry skin.

    Why we love it: Ultra-gentle, ultra-caring formulation.

    La Roche Posay’s Lipikar Balm AP+ Intense Repair Moisturizing Cream is an extremely gentle moisturiser, specifically formulated for those with dry to very dry skin, great for those whose skin is very sensitive.

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  9. Lab Series Skincare for Men Pro LS All-in-One Face Treatment (50ml)
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    Lab Series Skincare for Men Pro LS All-in-One Face Treatment (50ml)

    Recommended for: The lazy skincare lover.

    Why we love it: It’s a go-to moisturiser any time of year, for any skin type.

    The Lab Series Skincare for Men Pro LS All-In-One Face Treatment combines some of the intense nutritive benefits commonly found in serums with all the effects of a daily moisturiser.

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  10. House 99 Greater Look Face Moisturiser 75ml
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    House 99 Greater Look Face Moisturiser 75ml

    Recommended for: The foodie/health & wellness lover

    Why we love it: Superfoods Spirulina and Quinoa are at the heart of this formulation.

    Next up on our rundown of the best moisturisers for men is the House 99 Greater Look Face Moisturiser, a lightweight, replenishing formula from David Beckham’s Men’s Grooming brand. Formulated with the antioxidant Vitamin E, as well as extracts of Spirulina and Quinoa which protect and condition the skin.

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  11. Menscience Advanced Face Lotion (113g)
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    Menscience Advanced Face Lotion (113g)

    Recommended for: Blemish prone skin.

    Why we love it: Aloe Barbadensis soothes redness and irritation, while Salicylic Acid helps to clear the complexion.

    The Menscience Advanced Facial Lotion combats dryness while increasing suppleness of the skin, all with an ultra-light, matte finish.

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  12. Anthony All-Purpose Facial Moisturizer
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    Anthony All-Purpose Facial Moisturizer

    Recommended for: Combination skin.

    Why we love it: Its blend of nourishing oils replenishes moisture to dry skin without feeling overly greasy.

    Last on our list of the best moisturisers for men is the All-Purpose Facial Moisturiser from Anthony is an anti-ageing formula, rich with fruit acids that combat the signs of ageing. Non-greasy but deeply hydrating, it’s suitable for all skin types.

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If you like this post, read more about skincare for men: check out the best face washes, the top eye creams, and best shaving creams for men. As always, for more male grooming expertise, keep up to date with the Mankind blog.

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