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Skin is the largest organ of the human body and our primary barrier against the outside world. It performs important functions, such as regulating body temperature and protecting us from infections and disease. Thus, it's vital that we take proper care of it.

The skin on our face is different from the skin on the rest of our body. It is more often exposed to the elements and can be particularly sensitive. This means that moisturising creams which are suitable for the body aren't usually suitable for the face. However, there are currently a variety of great face creams on the market; and the purpose of this article is to help you to decide which is best for you.


  • The skin is our body's first barrier against the outside world. Consequently, it is particularly vulnerable to damage from external agents such as UV light and pollution.
  • Men's face cream has been specifically formulated to meet the different and diverse everyday skincare needs of men which may differ from those of women.
  • There are many types of face creams out there and it's important to know which is the best for your particular skin type.

The best face creams for men: Our Picks

Here you will find a brief overview of five of the current best face creams for men. Hopefully, this will make it easier for you to find what you are looking for:

Buying Guide: Everything you need to know about men's face creams

When buying a face cream it's good to have a clear understanding of what the product is, why you need it and what it will do for you. Here we will address some frequently asked questions about face creams for men.

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What exactly is face cream and why is it important?

Face creams are designed with the aim of hydrating and protecting the skin on your face. This is significant for the health of your skin and also to keep it looking good. A quality cream, used regularly, will protect against damaging elements in the environment; and will delay signs of ageing such as wrinkles, fine lines and crow's feet.

Growing recognition of the necessity of daily skincare, as well an understanding of the different properties of male and female skin, has led to the development of a range of cosmetic products that are specifically designed for men.

You will see that the appearance of your skin will improve noticeably.

Why is it necessary to use face cream designed for men?

There are several differences between male and female skin, for instance, men's skin tends to be both thicker and oilier than women's. In terms of the face, regular shaving may cause dryness and irritation. This means that certain creams might not be as effective if they have been specifically designed for women. Using a product designed for women is not going to harm your skin, and is certainly better than not using anything at all, however, it's always better to find a cream that matches the exact properties of your skin.

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What are the benefits of keeping my skin hydrated?

A key selling point of most face creams is hydration. Dry skin not only looks bad, but it can also play a part in the onset of dermatological conditions such as dermatitis or atopic dermatitis.

Dermatitis, also known as eczema, is an inflammation of the skin that can have different causes. It manifests as itchiness, red skin and a rash. Atopic dermatitis is a similar condition, with slightly different underlying factors but similar symptoms. The output of such conditions can be eased with the use of a good-quality moisturising cream.

What types of face creams are available for men?

There is not one single type of face cream for men - you have many to choose from. Each one though is designed to address a particular need. Trying to select the best one can be quite a confusing process. To aid you in this we have provided an overview of some of the more common types below:

Type of cream Need
Moisturising Ideal for men who are vigilant with their skin. Apply daily after cleansing.
Multifunctional anti-wrinkle cream Ideal for men who do not have time for a daily skincare routine. They don't usually contain a high concentration of active ingredients. This type of face cream is popular because it helps to smoothe wrinkles and hydrate the skin.
Serum Ideal for men who are not happy at the prospect of using face creams. Serums are very concentrated liquids - you only require a few drops. They can also be used in conjunction with anti-wrinkle creams or hydrants. They should be applied at night when the skin is repairing itself. After cleaning your face with soap, you can massage the serum directly into your skin.
Humectant creams Ideal for men who have dry skin. Products with collagen and elastin are also effective in protecting the skin. Before applying the cream cleanse and remove impurities, for example, blackheads or pimples, serums or natural soaps help with this.
Moisturising shaving cream Ideal for protecting skin while shaving. Clean the area, apply the cream and shave as normal.

How does men's face cream work?

To fully understand the benefits of face cream, it's useful to have a clear idea of how and why they work. The key to the successfulness of a product is found in its composition. There are three main types of creams: humectants, occlusives and emollients.

Humectants aid hydration by bonding with water molecules and drawing them deeper into the layers of the skin. The key ingredients of these creams are hyaluronic acid and glycerin. Alternatively, occlusives contain petrolatum which creates a film that physically prevents water loss. Emollients fill the empty spaces between the layers of skin to give them consistency and firmness. These types of creams are usually formed from a combination of fatty acids or oils such as jojoba oil and shea butter.

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Remember that the skin on your face is one of the most sensitive parts of your body, and needs special care.
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What should face cream contain?

Face creams often contain many different ingredients. Of course, depending on what you want to use it for, you will need to look for certain key ones that have specific effects. Some of the more common ones are listed in the table below:

Components Benefits
SPF (various ingredients) UV radiation is responsibility for 80% of the ageing of the skin. For this reason, make sure to buy a day-use face cream with sun protection.
Vitamins C and E Solar radiation and pollution can cause loss of elasticity and firmness of the skin, as well as visible fine lines. These vitamins help to fight against such effects thanks to their great antioxidant powers.
Resveratrol An antioxidant which stimulates the production of antioxidant enzymes. This is important in diminishing the signs of ageing.
Co-enzyme Q10 Another antioxidant which helps to protect the skin from ageing and sun exposure.
Niacinamide This inhibits the action of tyrosinase, the enzyme essential to the synthesis of melanin and prevents dark spots and uneven skin tone. 
Hidroxy acids This loosens the ionic bonds of the dead surface cells making them easier to remove, giving skin a brighter smoother appearance. It also works against spot outbreaks.
Retinol This softens wrinkles, alleviates stains, refines pores and stimulates cell regeneration.
Lipids These strengthen the skin's protection against harmful external agents such as the sun and pollution.
Hyaluronic acid This has the capacity to absorb 1,000 times its weight in water, which gives it great moisturising power. It also stimulates the production of collagen, healing processes and cell renewal.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of face creams?

Now we know the main characteristics of these products, let's take a look and their overall advantages and disadvantages.

  • Anti-wrinkle
  • Help to rejuvenate the skin
  • Hydrating
  • Smooth and soften the skin
  • Protect against external agents
  • Can be expensive
  • There are many different types
  • You may need to use a lot and often

Shopping criteria

When selecting a face cream to meet your needs, there are some key points to consider:

Skin type

Every person's skin is unique, however, it does tend to fit into one of the following categories: dry, sensitive, combination, oily. Knowledge of your skin type is crucial for determining which cream to choose. For example, with dry or rough skin you need an intensely moisturising cream, whereas with oily skin you would be looking for something a lot lighter so that it doesn't block your pores. Take care, especially if you have sensitive skin, a lot of extra chemical ingredients may cause irritation.

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Men's face creams are designed with specific functions.  
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Weather conditions have an impact on your skin - especially the skin on your face which is constantly exposed to the elements. You might find that it's necessary to vary the type of cream you use depending on the time of year. For instance, in winter you might have drier skin because of the cold and wind, so you will need a moisturising cream with intense hydration. In contrast, lightweight facial creams are better in summer when you may be sweating a lot more, and could be susceptible to blocked pores and spot outbreaks.

With every product you choose, no matter what it is, quality is vital. Face creams are no exception as you are applying them to a prominent area, which is very exposed and sensitive. If you want to avoid adverse reactions, such as skin irritation and rashes, always choose creams of proven quality. Select well-known brands or more highly user-rated products.


There are many varieties of face cream, and they are usually developed with a specific function in mind. Select a cream that is good at doing what you want it to do, whether that be keeping your skin bright and hydrated, fighting against acne, or reducing the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and other signs of ageing.

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Face creams hydrate and protect your skin.
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This is closely related to the above point, in that the function of the cream will be tied in with what it contains. Certain key ingredients are considered to be particularly beneficial for reducing the signs of ageing, others keep your skin looking smooth and healthy and some work well on spots. A brief overview has been provided above in the article.

It is always advisable to select creams that contain naturally sourced products since they are usually kinder to our skin. Some of the lower quality creams will contain long lists of chemicals. These aren't active ingredients and will often just cause irritation.


The skin on your face is often a lot more sensitive than anywhere else. Factors such as sun, pollution or stress can be reflected in your skin in the form of acne, dark spots and other imperfections. As this is the case, it needs special care to keep it both looking and feeling good. Face creams designed specifically for men can help to protect and refresh your skin.

There are as many types of cream as there are types of skin, making it difficult to choose the perfect one. Different ingredients are used for differing purposes and it's useful for you to have an understanding of what some of the main ones are and what they do. Hopefully, after reading this article, you now have more of an idea of what you need to look out for when selecting a cream that suits you.

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