* You don’t have to invest in a full-on beauty regime, but at least moisturize your face
* These moisturizers have added benefits, like fighting off wrinkles and boosting energy
* Well-reviewed and well-priced – grab one for your bathroom and for your gym bag
Look, we’re not saying you need to jump on the super complicated Korean beauty regime, or even borrow products from your girlfriend’s drawer (although, you totally can). But as you get older and start investing in grown-up things like a steady job, a workout routine, a car lease, or even a mortgage (congrats!), you should also be investing in yourself. The first place to start: taming that mean mug you look at in the mirror every morning.
If you’re not already moisturizing your face each morning, you should start – and stat. Your face literally comes into contact with a ton of stressors every day, from air pollution and environmental debris, to harsh winds, to sweat — especially after a tough gym session. All of those things sink into your skin to cause other things you don’t want to see, like wrinkles, creases, sagging and dullness. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to combat it all.
To protect your skin and to keep that youthful glow, you need to invest in a good moisturizer. Use it at least once a day, after you wash your face, and maybe before bed, and you’re good to go. You don’t need pricey designer creams either – all of our options below are well-priced, and they’re packed with skin-clearing, skin-boosting ingredients that will leave your face feeling revived, refreshed and literally, ready to face the day.
1. Bulldog Age Defense Moisturizer
If your face is showing signs of aging (read: sagging skin, wrinkles or general dullness), you’ll want to check out the Bulldog Men’s Age Defense Moisturizer. This super hydrating cream uses only man-made ingredients, like rosemary, echinacea and Vitamin E, boosting the antioxidants and skin-nourishing benefits for your skin. If you’re looking for clean beauty products, this moisturizer is vegan-friendly and certified cruelty-free.
2. Rugged & Dapper Age & Damage Defense Moisturizer
One of the best-reviewed men’s moisturizers on Amazon, the Rugged & Dapper face cream works for all ages and most skin types, from oily, to acne-prone, to sensitive. The ingredient list includes peptides to boost collagen, and botanical hyaluronic acid, aloe vera and jojoba to help to calm and soothe the skin, making this a great lotion to slather on after shaving, or after a particularly strenuous workout. The formula absorbs quickly and won’t leave your face shiny or greasy. This men’s moisturizer has great reviews from customers online.
3. MARLOWE. No. 123 Men’s Facial Moisturizer
If you’d rather go bare-faced than face the idea of putting on some goopy face cream, you’ll want to check out MARLOWE’s lightweight moisturizer. Because it’s water-based and full of natural ingredients (think green tea, and willow bark extracts), it glides on smoothly and easily, and absorbs in seconds. It doesn’t leave behind an oily residue and reviewers say it won’t flake off either. A bonus: we like this face cream’s light, clean scent – a mix of fresh citrus and woodsy notes – that will get you some attention even if you decide to skip the cologne.
4. Neutrogena Age Fighter Face Moisturizer
You can’t go wrong with a tried-and-true brand like Neutrogena. This tiny bottle packs a ton of age-fighting, energy-boosting ingredients to help nourish and hydrate dry skin. A healthy dose of retinol helps to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, and we like using this oil-free moisturizer on our necks, around the ears and on our hairline as well, to decrease signs of aging. The best part: this moisturizer doubles as a broad spectrum sunscreen (SPF 15) to help reduce damage caused by being out in the sun. Though it’s dubbed the “Age Fighter,” this fragrance-free formula is super gentle and suitable for sensitive skin.
5. Nivea For Men Creme
You can’t mess with a good thing, and this little blue tin has been around for decades, helping to keep millions of people moisturized and ready to face the day. Dermatologist-tested to work on all skin types (and all ethnicities), this Nivea For Men Creme is a soothing, warming treat for your face, locking in moisture and forming a protective barrier against harsh environmental conditions (read: no more wind-chapped cheeks). The formula is a little thicker than the other options on our list, but the creme is non-sticky and absorbs quickly. Keep a tin in your glove compartment, your desk drawer and gym bag too – it doubles as a handy moisturizer for your hands and body too.