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 start 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. Aim to use it twice a day, after you wash your face in the morning and before bed, and you’re good to go. All of our options for the best men’s face moisturizers below are packed with skin-clearing, skin-boosting ingredients that will leave your face feeling revived, refreshed and literally ready to face the day.
1. Jack Black Double-Duty Face Moisturizer
Nothing will age you faster than the sun, so this twofer does double duty by offering SPF 20 protection and bringing on the hydration. Despite all the heavy lifting, the formula feels light as a feather. To make your skin look and feel better, it contains antioxidants and vitamins.
2. Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Energizing Moisture Treatment for Men
Say “see ya” to tired, dull skin thanks to this moisturizer that will bring your complexion back to life. It’s packed with ingredients chosen to revitalize and re-energize skin, like caffeine, chestnut extract and soy. Antioxidants also help perk things up, courtesy of vitamins C and E, which improve radiance and skin texture, as well as fight off free radical damage, respectively.
3. Baxter of California Oil-Free Face Moisturizer for Men
Many men make the common mistake of thinking if they have oily skin they can skip moisturizer, but that isn’t so. Oily skin can still get dry, which actually signals the body to produce even more oil. That’s why a great moisturizer is crucial, and this one by Baxter of California is designed for normal to oily skin. It used plant-based moisturizers to restore the skin’s moisture barrier, it absorbs super fast and leaves a matte finish.
4. Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer with Sunscreen SPF 50+
If your skin is on the sensitive side, this is the moisturizer for you. Designed to be ultra-gentle on all complexions, it’s fragrance-free, non-irritating and won’t clog pores. It moisturizes and nourishes skin for a full eight hours. Plus, it keeps you safe from damaging UVA and UVB rays with SPF 50 and five filters to guard you against the sun.
5. Lab Series Pro LS All-in-one Face Hydrating Gel
True to its name, this all-in-one moisturizer ticks off so many boxes: The cooling formula chills skin, especially on hot summer days that will be here any minute; it leaves skin looking and feeling fresh with a matte finish by keeping excess oil under control; it soothes skin; and, of course, moisturizes. The gel formula feels light, so it’ll never weigh down on your skin.
6. La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Face Moisturizer
This French formula works its magic quickly: it only takes one hour for it to help restore the skin barrier. It’ll keep your face hydrated for up to 48 hours without clogging pores. The oil-free formula is silky soft and sinks right into skin. It contains prebiotic thermal water, ceramide-3, niacinamide and glycerin to boost the overall health and moisture levels of your skin.
7. 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 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. Neutrogena Men 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.