Don’t get us wrong, it’s great that the variety of men’s moisturisers on the market is ever-growing. The only problem is the inherent head-scratching that occurs when you’re faced with them all in one place. That’s where Naijamen comes in. We’ve tried and tested the best men’s moisturisers on the market to compile a shortlist of the best grooming products to combat different skin ailments. So whether you’re turning 40 this year, want to tackle shine, have dry skin or your prone to redness, here are thirteen man-friendly moisturisers to fix almost any issue.
FOR ANTI-SHINE (OILY SKIN): Oil-Free Daily Moisturizer by Tom Ford For Men
This relative newcomer is so good we gave it an award. Its secret? The oil has been swapped for for natural butters, which are far better for ensuring skin prone to shininess stays matt for longer. More importantly its light formula makes it a great option for daily use, all year round.
Oil-Free Daily Moisturizer by Tom Ford For Men, £75 for 50ml.
FOR DRY, FLAKY SKIN: Ultra Hydrating Cream by Dove Men+Care
Dove’s rich cream uses glycerin to help cells retain moisture and emollients to create a surface barrier to keep dryness at bay for a full 24 hours.
Ultra Hydrating Cream by Dove Men+Care, £8.99.
FOR TIRED SKIN: Hydra Energetic Recharging Moisturiser Turbo Boots by L’Oreal Men Expert
Think of this as the facial equivalent of Red Bull. Applied topically, Vitamin C is said to have 20 times the effect it does on the skin than taking orally. And aside from the long-term benefits – using a moisturiser containing the ingredient is reported to increase collagen production, reverse sun damage and prevent wrinkles to name just three – add taurine and it can give skin a brighter, healthier look more or less instantly.
Hydra Energetic Recharging Moisturiser Turbo Boots by L’Oreal Men Expert, £14.99.boots.com
FOR SKIN PRONE TO SUNBURN: Ultra Light Daily Moisturiser SPF50 by Kiehl’s
If you’re the kind of man whose skin tends to burn at the first sight of a blue sky, go for a moisturiser that gives you the highest level of protection every day – and with a formula infused with SPF50, this Kiehl’s moisturiser will have you covered until sundown.
Ultra Light Daily Moisturiser SPF50 by Kiehl’s, £31 for 60ml. kiehls.co.uk
FOR PALE SKIN: BB Tinted Moisturiser SPF35 by Lab Series
Designed to provide light, natural coverage and minimise large pores, this is a suitably subtle instant fix if you’re feeling a little drained. Good if your tan tends to fade quickly – even better for anyone who has an 8am meeting after the night before. If you’re using a tinted moisturiser for the first time, try mixing a little with your regular moisturiser to get a feel for what works best for you.
BB Tinted Moisturiser SPF35 by Lab Series, £35 for 50ml. johnlewis.com—-
FOR BEARDED GUYS: Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion by The Body Shop
The cooling effects of the tea tree give a pleasant, tingling feeling which is great after a heavy gym session. Naturally antibacterial, it also works wonders on blemishes, ingrowing hairs and blocked pores.
Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion by The Body Shop, £8 for 50ml. bodyshop.co.uk
FOR OLDER GUYS: Skin Technology for Men Anti-Ageing Moisturiser by Wellman
Packed with a vertiable alphabet of goodness – vitamin A to zinc – the ingredients in this will help to preserve, soften and re-energise skin that has seen it all.
Skin Technology for Men Anti-Ageing Moisturiser by Wellman, £16.75 for 50ml. vitabiotics.com
FOR EASILY IRRITATED SKIN: Dry Erase Ultra-Calming Face Cream by Jack Black
This cream is intensive enough to serve both as a night cream and target patches of redness but also contains anti-inflammatory aloe vera leaf juice and antioxidant rice bran so is gentle enough to treat rosacea and even eczema.
Dry Erase Ultra-Calming Face Cream by Jack Black, £35 for 73ml. groomu.co.uk
FOR SKIN PRONE TO SPOTS: Skin Perfecting Lotion Blemish Control by Murad
This oil-free formula uses high concentrations of Retinol (a form of vitamin A) and arnica (for bruises) to reduce redness, eliminate oil and treat existing blemishes without drying out the skin.
Skin Perfecting Lotion Blemish Control by Murad, £34 for 50ml. murad.co.uk
FOR SENSITIVE GUYS: Rejuvinating Moisturiser by NYR Men
For sensitive skin, natural and organic is the best way to go. Here, shea butter soothes shaving irritation, antiseptic grapefruit opens pores and fights spots, herb sticky willy (seriously) acts as a natural cleanser and toner, and basil and coriander make it smell good. This is also a great option for other skin types facing harsh weather.
Rejuvenating Moisturiser by NYR Men, £22 for 50g. nealsyardremedies.com
FOR NORMAL SKIN: Face Reviver by Neville
For a good all-rounder, Neville’s Face Reviver is hard to beat. It contains all the essentials – vitamins A and E, and aloe vera – and is rich enough without being greasy and is gentle on sensitive skin.
Face Reviver by Neville, £25 for 50ml. cowshedonline.com
FOR STRESSED SKIN: Botanical D-Tox Detoxifying Night Treatment by Sisley
Big project coming up? Sisley’s nighttime saviour is a month long treatment that works to support skin function when it is under pressure with high performing plant extracts such as gingko biloba and rice peptides. So if you have to pull all nighters to hit a looming deadline at least it won’t show in your face.
Botanical D-Tox by Sisley, £138 for 30ml. sisley-paris.com
FOR UNEVEN SKIN: EFFACLAR K by La Roche-Posay
Cursed with black heads and bumpy skin? It is a myth that oily skin doesn’t need moisturising – it just needs the right moisturiser. Effaclar K from French pharmacy stalwarts, La Roche-Posay has sebum regulating and anti-oxidant ingredients to help mattify skin, cover imperfections and cut the cycle of oil over-production.
Effaclar K by La Roche Posay, £14.90 for 30ml. my-dermacenter.com