While the market has always heavily favored skin care products for mostly women, the focus on men has dramatically increased over the past several years – and with good reason. More and more men are starting to work in a daily moisturizer or face cream into their skin care routine.
Some of the best face creams for men will help to not only make you look youthful and perhaps a few years younger, but they also will contain key ingredients that will moisturize your face along with SPF protection from the sun. This combination of ingredients will be extraordinarily helpful in decreasing the likelihood of crows feet and other aging signs appearing earlier in your lifetime – therefore its important for all men to take care of their skin properly.
Selecting a Face Cream Based On Your Skin Type
When it comes to selecting a face cream, there are a ton to choose from. In fact when going to your local boutique store to pick up some of these product or simply by heading over to Amazon it can be incredibly overwhelming.
To help guide you through this process, there a few key factors that you need to look out for before you press that ‘buy it now’ button.
What Is Your Skin Type?
By and large men fall into 4 primary buckets when it comes to their skin:
- Sensitive: Whether you are doing your daily shave routine with your favorite cartridge razor or double edge safety razor of choice, or simply are susceptible to irritation by simply applying just a little bit of aftershave, its critical that you get a face cream that doesn’t have ingredients that may cause prolonged irritation. Therefore in our chart below, we outline a few face creams geared towards men with sensitive skin that also are noticeably absent of harsh chemicals.
- Oily: Now if you have oily skin, its critical that you don’t purchase a face cream that is using natural oils as its base. Doing so will make your face look incredibly shiny which will likely not be the results you are going for. Instead what you want to select is a face cream that lends itself to being a bit more ‘dry’ and compliments your oily skin in order to give you a more even-toned look.
- Dry: Contrary to oily skin that requires more of a dryer cream, if you have dry and/or flaking skin then a face cream that is loaded with complimentary moisturizing agents should be on your list of consideration. The hydrating properties of a quality face cream will help to not only reduce flaking but to also fill in hairline wrinkles that may be starting to form.
- Normal: If your skin seems somewhere in the middle between dry and oily and isn’t too terribly sensitive to products, it will be best to use a face cream that is considered more moderate on both ends of the spectrum. Therefore you will want to consider the ones we listed below that strike this delicate balance.
Summary Of The Best Face Creams We Reviewed
|No7 Men Protect & Perfect Intense Moisturizer SPF15||Lab Series Daily Moisture Defense Lotion SPF 15||Elemis Specialty Exfoliators Skin Buff||Task Essential O2 Active Moisturizer||Dove Men+Care Face Lotion||BULL DOG Original Moisturiser||Neutrogena Men Triple Protect Face Lotion with SPF 20||Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream for Dry, Sensitive Skin||Rugged & Dapper - Age + Damage Defense Facial Moisturizer For Men||Jack Black Double-Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20|
|For Skin Type||Dry, Normal||Dry, Normal||Dry||Normal||Normal, Oily||Normal, Oily||Normal||Sensitive, Dry||Sensitive, Dry, Normal||Sensitive, Dry, Normal, Light Oily|
|SPF Protection?||SPF 15||SPF 15||No||No||Yes||No||SPF 20||No||No||SPF 20|
|Hypo-allergenic||Yes||No||No||No||No||Not Stated||No||Not Stated||No||Not Stated|
|Scented?||Yes||Fragrance Free||Yes||Yes||Yes||Natural Scents||Yes||No||Natural Scents||Natural Scents|
|Peer Review Average||4.2||4.6||4.6||4||4.4||4.3||4.2||4.5||4.5||4.5|
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The 10 Best Face Creams For Men
Jack Black Double-Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20
We have always been a fan of the quality products that are regularly produced by Jack Black – from their top of the line lip balms to their extraordinary effective shave lube, their products are top notch, and this face moisturizer is no different. What is great about this face cream is its versatility. Whether you have sensitive, dry, normal, or even slightly oily skin, this face cream should be able to do the job at keeping your face well nourished and moisturized. So what makes this face cream so incredibly versatile? First and foremost the ingredients contain with the moisturizer are gluten free, fragrance free, paraben free, and have been certified organic. Beyond the incredibly non-abrasive ingredients, you will also find that this doubles as a great sun protectant as well – which has been rated at an impressive SPF 20. When considering the price point for what you get in the bottle, this face cream by Jack Black is well worth the value.
Takeaway: One of the most versatile face creams for several different skin types. With the added SPF 20 protection – its a product you simply can’t pass up.
Rugged & Dapper – Age + Damage Defense Facial Moisturizer For Men
This face cream by Rugged & Dapper is comprised of both natural and organic ingredients that should prove effective at getting the job done without relying on harsh chemical based ingredients. This face cream doesn’t use a synthetic fragrance which can actually be quite harmful to your skin according to EWG. While Rugged & Dapper does say that this face cream is suitable for all skin types, its worth noting that there are oils within this product that may be a bit too much, especially when applied to already oily skin. However for normal to dry skin this face cream should provide satisfactory results. Beyond Cetaphil this is also a great face moisturizer to consider for men with sensitive skin.
Takeaway: A well rounded face moisturizer that should work with dry, normal, and sensitive skin types. This face cream doesn’t rely heavily on chemicals to get the job done.
Lab Series Daily Moisture Defense Lotion SPF 15
This moisturizer by Lab Series is an extremely effective cream that will get the job done for men that have dryer skin. With it being a bit more of a silky lotion, you likely will want to pass on this if you tend to have more of an oily complexion. Men that do tend to have normal/dry skin may be able to also use this moisturizer. Beyond the consistency of the actual cream, this moisturizer does also include SPF 15 for moderate protection from the sun. Should you be outdoors all day long you may want to seek a higher rating, but SPF 15 should be adequate for light outdoor time. When compared to other similar products in the market, this face cream designed for men does not advertise itself as a step in the anti-aging process (instead you would want to pick up their separate anti-aging lotion).
Takeaway: This is a face cream for men that has more of a lotion texture that should prove effective for men with dry skin.
Bull Dog Original Moisturizer
Bull Dog makes an incredible face cream for men at an incredible price point that should effectively get the job done. Noticeably absent from this face cream is parabens, sodium larueth sufate, or synthetic fragrances. Instead the scent of this face cream is derived from all natural products like green tea extract which also double as being a natural antioxidant. Secondly, many men don’t like products that have been tested on animals – therefore Bull Dog should meet this standard as being animal and cruelty free. As far as skin types, this generally works best for men with normal to oily skin as it is considered to be a lighter cream. However, men with dry skin can use it, but they may find that it might need repeated application to really keep you hydrated.
Takeaway: This is a barebones face cream for men that will get the job done through the use of several natural ingredients.
Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream for Dry, Sensitive Skin
If there is one product that we see time and time again regularly recommended by dermatologist its going to be Cetaphil. With is extremely gentle formula, their moisturizing cream is great for men that have either sensitive or dry skin. With the absence of abrasive fragrances, this face cream should be great for giving your face the much needed hydration it deserves in order to maintain your youthful look. Being that this is such a gentle formula for your face, one noticeably absent feature from this product is the inclusion of any added sun protection.
Takeaway: This is a terrific face cream for men with severely sensitive or dry skin. It’s also incredibly affordable as well.
Dove Men+Care Face Lotion
When it comes to affordable skin care products that deliver adequate quality – there is no denying that Dove does a terrific job at filling this void. Found in either you neighborhood drug store or big box retailer, the Dove Men+Care face lotion is an effective product that gets your face well moisturized for the competitive price. Specifically this scented face lotion is extremely light weight and should be a great beginners oil for men with normal to oily skin. Given that there is a fragrance within the cream, if you have sensitive skin, its recommended to check out alternative products like Cetaphil listed below.
Takeaway: This is great if you are on a shoe string budget but want to take care of your skin. The added SPF protection is a nice touch.
Elemis Specialty Exfoliators Skin Buff
Packed with several natural ingredients including a green tamanu oil that helps to both cure wounds and promotes the growth of healthy skin (source), this moisturizer by Elemis should prove effective in keeping your face looking great. But first and foremost this isn’t an anti-aging regimen, instead Elemis is intended to be a moisturizer that you can apply daily (specifically after shaving – just don’t forget to use a aftershave balm as well!). Notably, this facial cream does include a fragrance which will make it not suitable for men with severely sensitive skin. Lastly this is a general use moisturizer that should work for most men, however men with dry skin seem to reap the most benefits from this product.
Takeaway: A terrific moisturizer for men with dry skin. It does include a fragrance and doesn’t offer any additional protection from the sun.
Neutrogena Men Triple Protect Face Lotion with SPF 20
Primarily geared towards men with normal skin, this face lotion by Neutrogena has been designed to be a multi-use cream that goes well beyond just being a general moisturizer for your face. Specifically this face cream is meant to be used for men who experience general irritation after their morning shave routine. However, should you be constantly fighting off general skin irritation then you likely should switch out your razor blade to a double edge safety razor and use a aftershave balm. This face cream also is designed to provide a protective barrier from the sun with its SPF 20 rating (among the highest SPF ratings that we reviewed with exception of the Jack Black moisturizer). One caveat about this face lotion is that it contains several ingredients that should be avoided by men with sensitive skin – most notably you will find parabens, fragrance, and alcohol included in the bottle.
Takeaway: This is a widely accessible face cream that should serve men with normal skin types.
No7 Men Protect & Perfect Intense Moisturizer SPF15
This moisturizer from No7 is an hypo-allergenic moisturizer that is going to perfect for men that are somewhere in the spectrum of having generally dry to normal skin. It’s incredibly light properties will do a terrific job at keeping your skin well moisturized throughout the course of the day. In addition to being a general moisturizer, this also contains dimethicone which should do a great job at hydrating your skin and ultimately leave behind more of a matte finish. Beyond its moisturizing abilities No7 by Boots is a anti-aging serum and also includes protection from the sun at a SPF 15 rating.
Takeaway: Great for men with normal to dryer skin – includes sun protection and anti-aging properties.
Task Essential O2 Active Moisturizer
Crafted in the beautiful country of Switzerland comes this well balanced face moisturizer for men. Best suited for men with normal skin, this face cream includes apricot oil along with both a papaya and algae extracts. One noticeable difference between this face cream when compared to some of the market leaders is that it will provide a matifying effect that shouldn’t leave your face looking shiny after application. However, contrary to its matifying properties, since this face cream does include apricot oil, it shouldn’t be used at all for men who tend to carry a bit more oils on their face.
Takeaway: This is a well balanced face cream that is best for men with normal skin. It does include parabens and fragrance – therefore shouldn’t be used by men with sensitive skin.