6 Moisturizers to Help Your Face Look Its Best

Turns out your mug needs more than just soap and water.

After decades of research devoted to women's skin, some of the greatest innovations in skin care are happening with moisturizers for men. See, the skin on guys' faces is oilier, thicker, and harder to penetrate than women's, and the newest generation of moisturizers work to minimize the damage caused by aging, the sun, and all of the abuse we heap on it. Of course, what type of skin you have, not to mention the lifestyle you lead (e.g., how much time you spend in the sun) can determine what type product will work best for you. Here are the six best moisturizers to keep your face looking its healthiest.  

For Oily Skin

If you're the type of guy who develops a nice sheen on your face a couple of hours after washing it, you're going to want something specific to oily skin. Jack Black's oil-free moisturizer will hydrate your skin to keep it healthy, while the matte finish will dull the shine to keep you from looking like James Brown mid-concert. Oil-free moisturizer by Jack Black



For Dry Skin

If you're the type whose face isn't so much shiny as dry—and possibly even flaky—a couple of hours after washing, it's best to use a thicker lotion that traps in more moisture. Something that's specifically made for maximum hydration should do the trick. Ultra hydrating cream by Dove Men + Care


For Wrinkles       

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For guys who already have signs of aging—a.k.a. wrinkles—it's not impossible to turn back the clock. Or at least slow it down. Try an anti-wrinkle cream that will not only hydrate and firm things up, but will also remove dead skin cells to help your skin look and feel younger. Age defender moisturizer by Kiehl's, kiehls.com


For the Sun 

One way to seriously derail the signs of aging is to protect your skin from the sun. Luckily, there are plenty of moisturizers on the market that include SPF—from as low as 5 all the way up to 30. Basically, if you ever plan on being outside, you should be using a moisturizer with some amount of sun protection. Mega bright SPF30 face moisturizer by Dr. Weil for Origins


For Getting Tan Without the Sun 


When it comes to self-tanners, it's best to tread with extreme caution lest you end up looking like a certain carrot currently occupying the White House. That said, there are subtle tanning moisturizers on the market that will tan you up a bit without requiring the sun's harmful rays. Gradual tan everyday face cream by St. Tropez


For Puffy Eyes 

Nothing will age your face as much as puffy, baggy eyes. If you want a guaranteed way to appear younger, keep the skin around your eyes hydrated with a good eye cream. Especially if, like most of us, you're not getting as much sleep as you should. Under eye complex by Baxter of California, baxterofcalifornia.com

This story originally appeared on Esquire.com. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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Christine Flammia writes about style, grooming, and more; she is the former associate style editor of Esquire and is currently pursuing a PhD in communications at Columbia.
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