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Men's Grooming Day: Best Moisturizers for Men

MIRA BEAUTY • updated Dec 14, 2020
Men's Grooming Day: Best Moisturizers for Men

Add hydration to your men's skin care routine

“Men who moisturize.” It has a nice ring to it, right? Moisturizer is a skin care essential that provides your face with a boost of hydration and treats common skin issues like dryness, flakiness, dullness, and wrinkles. And while plenty of the women in our lives know about the necessity of moisturizing, there are still a few men who think that they don’t need to do it. Wrong, so wrong.

Men need a good moisturizer just as much (if not more!) than women do, as the thick texture of their skin allows more dirt, oil, and other junk to get trapped under the skin, resulting in loss of moisture and greater risk of wrinkles and fine lines. And even if you’re a man who’s still in his 20’s and blessed with naturally glowing skin, the best hydrating moisturizer can work as a preventative men’s skin care step that guarantees your skin stays beautiful for years to come. As we get closer to

Men’s Grooming Day on August 21st, here are the best moisturizers for men to show you that beauty is definitely a boy’s game, too.

Double Duty Face Moisturizer by Jack Black, $30

Double Duty Face Moisturizer by Jack Black
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“This is a hit for my men at home. My teenager loves it for his dry skin and my husband with oily skin enjoys the lightweight moisturizer. We tend to pack up on Jack Black products now since my husband noticed his wrinkles smoothing out. You see results!” It’s safe to say that Jack Black knows men’s skin care, and Double Duty is one of the best moisturizers to absorb quickly into your skin and create a healthy, hydrated complexion. It contains Blue Algae Extract, a rich source of Vitamin E, to soothe the skin - perfect for when it’s itchy and irritated after shaving. And then there’s Sea Parsley and Phospholipids to help support your natural moisture barrier and improve your skin’s texture. Of course, we can’t forget SPF… which provides all-day protection for any guy who loves the outdoors, but doesn’t want the dry skin and dark spots from the sun to prove it. 97% of MIRA guests with dry skin say that it works wonders on their face, along with 96% of those with oily skin.

Ultra Facial Cream SPF 30 by Kiehl’s, $50

Ultra Facial Cream SPF 30 by Kiehl’s
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You can’t make a list of the best moisturizers for men without including Kiehl’s, the men’s skin care brand that always lets the boys feel beautiful too. We’re in love with their entire lineup of deodorants, hair products, and facial scrubs… but Ultra Facial Cream SPF 30 is one of our favorite beauty products to celebrate Men’s Grooming Day in the best way. Hydration and SPF are the dream team for a clear, smooth, and stunning complexion, and you’ll receive a beautiful boost of both with this lightweight, gentle cream. Made with Antarcticine, a Glycoprotein known to withstand extreme cold, and fountain plant, this cream provides 24-hour hydration from the moment it touches your face, and contains SPF 30 to defend against damaging UVA and UVB rays. While Ultra Facial Cream SPF 30 is recommended for guys with all skin types, it’s especially helpful for those with dry skin, with 94% of guests with this skin type saying that it had an incredible effect on their skin, and another 97% maintaining that it felt lightweight and evened out their skin tone. An SPF-infused moisturizer that gives you a close shave and glowing skin? This is why you need Ultra Facial Cream in your men’s skin care routine.

Moisturizing Cream by CeraVe, $17

Moisturizing Cream by CeraVe
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Since men generally have thicker skin than women, it can be tougher to penetrate the surface of the skin and let your moisturizer truly work its magic. And while Moisturizing Cream by CeraVe isn’t technically a “men’s skin care” beauty product, it has all the gentle, hydrating, anti-redness properties to make your skin care for men lineup that much more effective. With hyaluronic acid and ceramides to deliver a boost of hydration to even the most dry skin, and MVE technology to continuously release moisturizing ingredients throughout a 24-hour period, this is the best moisturizer for any man with dry skin. Don’t believe us? 98% of MIRA guests love the Moisturizing Cream for their dry skin and say it feels incredibly lightweight when worn throughout the day.  

Toleriane Double Repair Face Moisturizer by La Roche-Posay, $20

Toleriane Double Repair Face Moisturizer by La Roche-Posay
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If there’s one thing to know about the French, it’s that they have the most effortlessly flawless skin - and only need to use a few products to achieve it. Even the men! As we get closer to Men’s Grooming Day, you can glow like the Parisians do with this French formula that only takes one hour to help restore the skin’s natural moisture barrier. Seriously, one hour. It contains prebiotic thermal water, ceramide-3, niacinamide and glycerin to hydrate your skin for up to 48 hours without clogging pores, ideal for the men who struggle with oily skin, and absorbs quickly for a radiant finish that looks glowy, not greasy.  La Roche-Posay tells us that it’s the best moisturizer for sensitive skin, and the reviews from our MIRA guests definitely back this up. People with this skin type say that it feels gentle, lightweight, and hydrating without looking shiny towards the end of the day or causing skin irritation, two common issues that many men struggle with. Indulge in the best moisturizer from La Roche-Posay and let your inner French man shine through on Men’s Grooming Day.

Hydro Boost Gel-Cream by Neutrogena, $24

Hydro Boost Gel Cream by Neutrogena
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A lot of men suffer from dry skin. Like, a lot. Maybe it’s because they forget to moisturize and end up with lots of dirt, oil, and other junk underneath the surface of the skin, or they spend a lot of time outside and let environmental factors like the sun cause skin damage. But as real as the dry skin struggle is, we have all the best moisturizers that you can add to your skin care for men routine for extreme hydration, like the Hydro Boost Gel-Cream by Neutrogena! Even the name of this moisturizer sounds like a hydration vacation, because it is. Gel is the ideal texture for men with sensitive or oily skin, as it provides all the benefits like hydration and smoothing of fine lines - without irritating your skin or clogging pores. Hydro Boost feels extremely calming and smooth on your skin, while using hyaluronic acid and olive extract to provide a huge boost of 48-hour hydration.

Vegan Milk Moisturizer by Milk Makeup, $38

Vegan Milk Moisturizer by Milk Makeup
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“This product is so great for those days that you need more moisture in your skin. I have combo skin and dry skin in the winter time so I love what this moisturizer does to my skin. It’s very thick but it melts into your skin so nicely.” Milk Makeup prides itself on being a genderless brand, with marketing campaigns that challenge traditional ideas of gender identity and products that defy traditional beauty industry standards… so it’s no surprise that they’ve made one of the best moisturizers for men that you should definitely use on Men’s Grooming Day. Vegan Milk Moisturizer contains Desert Milk™ for hydration that goes deep into your skin without feeling too heavy, plus Argan milk, grapeseed oil, and olive-derived squalane to lock in moisture and provide antioxidant protection. 96% of MIRA guests love how lightweight this moisturizer feels on the skin, while 99% (!) can’t get enough of the intense hydration it provides. If you’re just getting started with shopping for skin care for men, try Milk Makeup’s lineup of genderless and non binary makeup and skincare products to add uniqueness and diversity to your beauty routine.

Calm Water Gel by Dermalogica, $50

Calm Water Gel by Dermalogica
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One of the best moisturizers for sensitive skin on MIRA BEAUTY is also a favorite for Men’s Grooming Day. If the name didn’t give it away, the Calm Water Gel by Dermalogica is incredibly gentle and soothing on the skin, containing natural ingredients that help any men’s skin care beginner get used to their new routine. Advanced hyaluronic acid technology penetrates different layers of the skin to guarantee full coverage and 100% hydration, while Calm Water Gel also contains natural ingredients like apple and cactus pear fruit extracts to protect against environmental factors and soothe your sensitive skin. Apply it in the morning to get a ton of compliments on your skin all day long, and at night to let it absorb into the skin and wake up with the best glow up ever.

Ferulic + Retinol Anti-Aging Moisturizer by Dr. Dennis Gross, $75

Ferulic + Retinol Anti-Aging Moisturizer by Dr. Dennis Gross
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While there are plenty of anti-aging beauty products geared towards women, you can’t forget that men have the same issues with their skin. In fact, some men are even more susceptible to wrinkles and early signs of ageing, due to factors like genetics or increased sun exposure. So annoying. But there are plenty of men’s skin care products to address these issues, like the Ferulic + Retinol Anti-Aging Moisturizer by Dr. Dennis Gross. Formulated with Retinol to smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, Ferulic Acid for antioxidant sun damage protection, and ECG Complex™ to reduce the appearance of dark spots, it’s basically an anti-aging dream in a dream for any skincare for men ritual.  

C.E.O. C + E AntiOXIDANT Protect + Repair Moisturizer by Sunday Riley, $65

C.E.O. C + E AntiOXIDANT Protect + Repair Moisturizer by Sunday Riley
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Ah, Vitamin C… we love you. This ingredient is a powerhouse in any skin care for men routine, helping to prevent and repair signs of ageing and brighten up dark spots in an instant. C.E.O. C + E AntiOXIDANT Protect + Repair Moisturizer by Sunday Riley doesn’t fool around as a moisturizer, with a thick and creamy consistency that differs from the other lightweight or gel textures on this list. However, it means business. As soon as you start using this orange-scented moisturizer, you’ll see a noticeable difference in your skin’s texture and brightness, as well as a significant reduction in blemishes and acne. This is all thanks to a powerful blend of Vitamin C, Exopolysaccharides, Lime Pearl, and Bisabolol, all ingredients that work together for moisture magic on Men’s Grooming Day.

Clinique for Men Maximum Hydrator by Clinique, $40

Clinique for Men Maximum Hydrator by Clinique
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The ideal beauty product that puts the “moisture” in moisturizer, you won’t be disappointed with the Clinique for Men Maximum Hydrator. This water-gel formula is extremely lightweight, and hydrates your skin for a full 72 hours to keep skin looking radiant while protecting against environmental factors. The gel texture is ideal for even the most sensitive skin, and we promise you won’t have to worry about breakouts or further irritation. Clinique is a cult brand that knows all about the importance of makeup and skin care for all ages, genders, and skin types... and their Clinique for Men line will introduce you to a new world of men’s skin care to stock up on for Men’s Grooming Day.

Oil Eliminator 24-Hour Anti-Shine Moisturizer for Men by Kiehls, $27

Oil Eliminator 24-Hour Anti-Shine Moisturizer for Men by Kiehls
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A not-so-fun fact? Men tend to have much more oily skin due to their higher levels of testosterone. This can make your face look greasy or shiny throughout the day, especially when paired with sweat. Not cute. But this moisturizer knows what’s up when it comes to men’s skin care. As the name suggests, it eliminates the extra oil that men hold in the skin due to higher levels of testosterone, giving the appearance of smaller pores and a matte finish. Basically, it’s a way to avoid the dreaded shiny forehead that most of us have gotten at some point. We know you love the oil blotting papers that your girl friends told you about, and we don’t blame you… but your oily skin struggles will never be the same once you incorporate one of the best moisturizers for men with excess sebum.

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