Men of all ages and skin types benefit from using a daily moisturiser. Men’s skin produces more sebum than women’s, so men are often tempted to skip a moisturiser, but these formulas are essential for all skin types.i Shaving can also strip skin of its natural oils and even cause irritation, making the need for a moisturiser even greater. Men also tend to get less sleep, which can cause skin to look tired or under-nourished.ii Replenishing skin with a moisturiser helps soften and hydrate to promote a healthy-looking appearance.
i“It’s a Guy Thing: Cosmetic Procedures Surge Among Men.” American Academy of Dermatology. (2013)
iiBurgard, Sarah A. and Jennifer A. Alshire. “Gender and Time for Sleep among U.S. Adults.” American Sociological Review. (2013): 78(1): 51-69.
Apply a moisturiser twice a day, morning and night, to help keep skin hydrated. Smooth on your moisturiser after cleansing and shaving, and before sunscreen, unless you are using a moisturiser with SPF.
While your skin may feel oily or greasy, it still needs a daily moisturiser to help balance skin’s moisture levels. In fact, while oily skin may be producing excess oil, it can still be dehydrated or lacking in water. When skin becomes dehydrated it may actually produce more oil, which can cause a shiny or greasy appearance. Using a men’s moisturiser can help balance and even skin for a shine-free, healthy appearance. For oily skin types, look for lightweight, non-greasy formulas that are also non-comedogenic—meaning they won’t clog pores.
Since men’s skin tends to be oilier, you may not notice signs of ageing like dryness or fine lines as early as women. Over time, men’s skin does gradually produce less oil and become drier which is often when men start to look for an anti-ageing cream or moisturiser. When men do start to see signs of ageing, their wrinkles are often deeper and more pronounced. Look for a formula targeted for your skin concerns—whether you notice more fine lines and wrinkles, dryness or a lack of firmness.
When selecting a moisturiser, skin type is much more important than gender. Look for a moisturiser formulated for your skin type to help maintain your skin’s moisture balance. Since men’s skin is thicker and oilier than women’s skin, you may prefer a gel moisturiser or another lightweight formula to hydrate skin while helping reduce excess shine. While men and women can use the same moisturiser, using a formula specifically made for men can help address men’s unique skin concerns.
To find the best formula for you, look for moisturisers for your skin type and your skin concerns. If you have oily skin, try a gel or lightweight moisturiser. If you have dry skin, or if it feels tight or taut in the winter, try a facial cream or balm to combat dryness. Anti-ageing moisturisers for men provide hydration while also helping visibly reduce signs of ageing like lines and wrinkles. For normal skin types, look for a formula that helps balance your skin and keeps it looking hydrated and healthy.
Facial moisturisers are formulated for skin, so they are not beneficial to facial hair. Depending on the length of your beard, a moisturiser may not even reach skin’s surface. While a moisturiser doesn’t negatively impact your facial hair, using a beard oil will help smooth and soften facial hair while also moisturising the skin underneath.
Dry and dehydrated skin can occur on the whole body—not just the face. Using a body lotion or moisturiser can help prevent skin from feeling dry, tight or taut, especially in cold winter months. Applying a body moisturiser after bathing or showering can help retain moisture to keep skin hydrated.