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Grooming · March 21, 2016

How to Pick the Best Moisturizer for You

If You: Spend Time Outdoors

Sun protection isn't reserved for day hikes and beach trips: If you spend more than a few minutes a day in the sun, your skin would benefit from a dose of SPF. To kill two birds with one stone, try a lightweight moisturizer with integrated UV defense, like Clinique for Men Broad Spectrum SPF 21 Moisturizer.

If You: Shave Regularly

We love a good aftershave as much as the next guy, but if you're looking to streamline your morning routine, the right moisturizer can play the role perfectly. CW BEGGS AND SONS Sensitive Skin Moisturizer features Tasmanian berry to restore skins natural moisture barrier.

If You: Have Oily Skin

An oily complexion is a tricky nut to crack. An oil-free moisturizer will certainly help, but it wont handle the sebum that your skin produces naturally. This Protective Matte Moisturizer from Ernest Supplies is made with dimethicone, a natural silicone derivative that soaks up grease to give skin a matte, natural finish.

If You: Have Dry Skin

Any moisturizer will (obviously) mitigate dryness, but what you really want is a product that helps maintain your skin's lipid barrier, locking in moisture throughout the day. Kiehl's Facial Fuel Energizing Moisture Treatment for Men is designed to do just that, using chestnut extract to form an insoluble film on the surface of your skinwithout leaving a greasy residue.

If You: Have Sensitive Skin

While standard moisturizers aren't at risk of irritating skin, the right formula can help repair the damage caused by daily wear and cleansing products. Ursa Major's Fortifying Face Balm is all-natural (always a good call for sensitive skin), and packed with ingredients that fight redness and irritation, like aloe vera, witch hazel, and willow bark extract.

If You: Want a Head Start on Antiaging

If you don't think about antiaging until the wrinkles start to show, you're already late to the game. Luckily, a powerful moisturizer is a solid first step: Jack Black's Double-Duty Face Moisturizer combines SPF protection (a key element in wrinkle prevention) with natural algae extracts that help repair skin overnight.


Nathaniel Nagy

Copywriter, cold brew advocate, purveyor of handcrafted birthday haikus since 2009.