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The best men’s face moisturisers for daily use

Okay, so you may not be into the new trend of male grooming, but you should at least get on board with one thing: men’s face moisturiser. 

Your skin won’t stay looking young and healthy on its own, so you’ve got to give it a helping hand, especially with all the chemicals and elements we subject it to on a daily basis. Cleaning and cleansing are two different things, so if you wash your face with soap, we suggest you stop right now. The harsh chemicals in soap completely dry out the skin, and will make you age quicker. Nobody wants that, right? 

Even the most basic of moisturisers will help rehydrate your skin and leave it feeling soft and smooth, so if you don’t want to spend a fortune, you really don’t have to. If you have problematic skin such as sensitive or acne prone, there are many moisturisers on the market to cater to those needs while hydrating at the same time. These may cost a little more, but you’ll be thankful in years to come. As for time, it only takes a few seconds out of your morning or evening routine to apply a thin layer of the stuff, and it’ll quickly become a habit you won’t forget. 

Pretty much all moisturisers on the market these days come with an SPF, which is something we rarely think about, but the skin on our faces is far more sensitive than other areas, and UV rays are one of the most common causes of wrinkles. Stay looking young and handsome by investing in any high street or high end face moisturiser and we promise you won’t look back. 

1. Bulldog Natural Grooming Original Moisturiser

An affordable option that delivers results

Specifications

Best for: Budget buy
Type: Morning & Night
Consistency: Thick
SPF: 15
RRP: £7.30

Reasons to buy

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High quality
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Vegan 

Reasons to avoid

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Quite heavy 

This is one of the best men’s face moisturisers for combination skin. Many reviewers have praised this cream for its non-greasy feel and hydration properties. So if you suffer from oily or dry skin, this is the moisturiser to buy. It is a budget-friendly option and it is also vegan, making it a great all-rounder for men who want to start moisturising on a daily basis.  

2. L’Oreal Men Expert Hydra Energetic Anti-Fatigue Moisturiser

For men on the go, this moisturiser will keep your skin looking healthy and hydrated

Specifications

Best for: Tiredness
Type: Day cream
Consistency: Thin lotion
SPF: No
RRP: £9.99

Reasons to buy

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Not sticky
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Contains vitamins

Reasons to avoid

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No SPF  

The L’Oreal Men Expert cream is a great way to reduce the effects of tiredness. This is one of the best men’s face moisturisers for those who play sport or are on the go a lot. For those who have an active lifestyle, this cream should 100% become a part of your daily routine. When you feel your busy schedule is taking its toll on your appearance, this cream will deliver hydration when you need it most.  

3. Kiehl's Facial Fuel SPF 15

Protect your face from the daily elements with this SPF cream

Specifications

Best for: Outdoor activities
Type: Day cream
Consistency: Light cream
SPF: 15
RRP: £33.00

Reasons to buy

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SPF protection
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Not too heavy

Reasons to avoid

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A little pricey 

This Facial Fuel cream from Kiehl's may be a little bit pricey but is totally worth the money if you spend a lot of time in the great outdoors. For those who work outside frequently, this cream will provide a protective barrier against the harsh elements such as the sun, wind and rain. It also works well with other Kiehl’s products such as their shaving cream.  

4. Nivea Men’s Sensitive Moisturiser

A 0% alcohol formula that is kind to your skin

Specifications

Best for: Sensitive skin
Type: Day cream
Consistency: Light lotion
SPF: No
RRP: £9.00

Reasons to buy

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Gentle formula
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Strengthens skin

Reasons to avoid

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Pricey for high street brand 

If you find that a lot of products irritate your skin, then the Nivea Men’s Sensitive Moisturiser is a gentle formula that does not include any alcohol and won’t make your skin break out. This cream actually helps repair damaged skin and helps reduce sensitivity over time. It’s a light cream that is not too invasive, giving you that barely there hydrated feeling.  

5. BeBarefaced Acne Cream Treatment

Get clearer looking skin with this anti-blemish moisturiser

Specifications

Best for: Acne prone skin
Type: Morning & Night
Consistency: Creamy
SPF: No
RRP: £13.99

Reasons to buy

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Reduces spots
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Antiseptic properties

Reasons to avoid

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Not ideal for sensitive skin 

If you are prone to acne or breakouts then the BeBarefaced Acne Cream works wonders for eliminating problematic skin. It contains tee tree oil and salicylic acid which works to flush toxins from the skin, but we recommend steering clear of applying all over the face if you have sensitive skin. It also contains vitamins and minerals to help repair the skin and reduce the appearance of scarring from spots.  

6. Freederm Oil-Free Perfecting Moisturiser

Keep your face free from shine with this oil-free cream

Specifications

Best for: oily/spotty skin
Type: Day cream
Consistency: light cream
SPF: No
RRP: £6.49

Reasons to buy

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Cheap
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Oil free

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn’t go very far 

If you battle with oily or spot prone skin, the Freederm Oil-Free Perfecting Moisturiser can give you a helping hand, and if you don’t want to fork out for the BeBarefaced cream then this one is half the cost. Many have said it’s not as great at preventing spots, but does a great job keeping your face shine free. Some people prefer a thicker consistency for more hydration but if you don’t like creams that feel heavy on your face, this one will be perfect for you. 

7. USkin Powerful Age Defying Face Cream with Matrixyl 3000

Defy the ageing process with this anti-wrinkle moisturiser

Specifications

Best for: Anti-ageing
Type: Night cream
Consistency: Thick
SPF: No
RRP: £25.00

Reasons to buy

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For all skin types
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100% Vegan

Reasons to avoid

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A little harsh around the eyes 

If you think it’s time to start the anti-ageing regime, then give this face cream a try. It comes in at a fairly reasonable price for an anti-wrinkle product and has glowing reviews for its effects. Some with sensitive skin have said it can be a little harsh around the eyes, but for someone with normal/combination skin this moisturiser is a great way to get into the habit of moisturising before bedtime. It is free from alcohol, gluten, GMO and is completely vegan friendly. 

8. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Men’s Lotion

A lotion for the face and body that hydrates and smells amazing

Specifications

Best for: Face & Body
Type: Daily
Consistency: Light Lotion
SPF: No
RRP: £7.34

Reasons to buy

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Affordable
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2-in-1

Reasons to avoid

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Smell is quite sweet 

For those of you who don’t want to splash the cash on two different products for different purposes, the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter is a great budget buy that smells and feels amazing. It comes in a handy pump bottle and can be used anywhere on the face and body for silky smooth skin in an instant. It doesn’t leave skin feeling greasy as it absorbs quickly, however some men think the smell is a little too sweet for them.  

Now that you are on top of your face care routine, don't forget to take care of other ageing areas such as your hands. Let us help you out with our pick of the best hand creams for 2017.