Metro men, there everywhere.

This is not just a new emerging trend, today men are just as interested in skin care and preserving their good looks as women.

That’s right ladies, the days when only you shopped for skin care are well behind you.

Before you begin to shop for a moisturizer

I think it’s important to discuss how a man’s skin differs to that of women.

Only then can you have a real understanding, of what is the best face moisturizer for men.

Men versus women’s skin

There is very little difference in our skin when we are young.

It’s not until puberty when our sex hormones begin to produce different sexual characteristics, and the male hormone testosterone starts to become active, that we begin to see a real difference.

Testosterone is responsible for producing active sebaceous glands; these glands make men’s body hair and beards rough and thick.

Male pattern baldness is also typical of the male hormone activity.

Difference between men and women’s skin

  • Women’s skin tends to contain more glycosaminoglycan’s the skins natural humectants, water binding chemicals found in the dermis, that are responsible for holding water in the cells tissues. Ultimately they help to make the skin softer and smoother
  • A woman’s skin has more cushioning in the subcutaneous layer, which is related to the women’s hormone oestrogen
  • Men tend to have an oily skin, whilst a woman’s skin is more likely to become dehydrated and a lot more sensitive
  • Women love to use lots of products on their skin especially their face, overuse can lead to sensitivity and undermine the skin’s barrier function


Considering the Formula

Because a man’s skin characteristically has more sebaceous glands, they require a product that is a lot less emollient, therefore a lotion based moisturizer is always a great start, due to its lightweight texture and fluidity,  it’s easier to apply and non greasy.

In saying that, the best face moisturizer for men will come down to lifestyle.

Someone who is really active, and spends a lot of time outdoors will require a formula with SPF ingredients that will help to protect against the sun’s damaging rays.

Someone who spends a lot of time in an office, where their skin may be subject to air conditioning or heating may have dry skin, therefore the moisturizer would have a richer texture.

Ingredients to Look Out For

Essential oils: I don’t always endorse essential oils for the skin, but they do have their place when it comes to a thick un-sensitised oily akin

Lemon, Rosemary and Tea Tree, are oils that will help to reduce the flow of sebum on the skin’s surface.

Exfoliant: A man’s skin is generally thicker and coarser than a woman’s; therefore it does require regular exfoliation.

Some moisturizers are formulated with tiny exfoliants such as bamboo, which gently slouch away dead skin cells, revealing a youthful glow.

Anti-Ageing: For the maturer man, I recommend considering an anti-ageing formula.

One that has specifically been formulated with protective and active anti-ageing ingredients, such as antioxidants, vitamins, or the latest innovative peptides which will help to plump out delicate tissue and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Protective Ingredients: The best face moisturizer for a male skin that is dry, is one that contains occlusive ingredients, such as Cocoa or Shea butter, linoleic acid will help to replenish those all-important lipids in the skin.


Avoid using skin care products that are loaded with alcohols, although these ingredients may appear to stop the skin from producing too much oil, this is only temporary.

What is actually happening is that they are drying the skin out, literally stripping it of its natural lipids and oils.

The skin will then start to go into overdrive, overproducing oil in a bid to replenish the lost oils.

For this reason it is advisable to look for natural ingredients, that won’t damage the skins protective barrier and strip the skin of oil.

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