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A Guide For Selecting The Best Moisturizer For Men

Choosing the right moisturizer is just as important as selecting your hair styling product. Depending on your hair and what hairstyle you’re trying to achieve, you’ll either use a gel, spray, wax, pomade, etc.

The same goes for choosing the best moisturizer for your skin. A good moisturizer means smoother skin, no redness, and not oily. Using the wrong moisturizer may leave you looking like a piece of raw deep-fried chicken.

Choosing can be very overwhelming in a saturated market of men’s skincare products. Most men opt for cheap, generic products. But, that may leave you with an unappealing look as mentioned above. 

We here at d*shine strive to make your choice simple by offering one quality moisturizing lotion that mattifies (de-shines) your skin to prevent that oily look while hydrating and strengthening it. 

Although, sometimes, you may need a moisturizer that’s specific to your skin. That’s where this simple guide for selecting the best moisturizer for you comes in. 

How To Choose The Best Moisturizer For Your Skin 

Know Your Skin Type 

Before searching the best moisturizer for you, you need to know your skin type. There are five skin types: 

  • Normal
  • Dry 
  • Oily
  • Combination
  • Sensitive

The best way to check what type of skin you have is to observe your skin during the morning hours without anything applied to your skin. Oily skin tends to be shiny. Rough patches indicate you have dry skin. You’ll notice both if you have combination skin. You’ll likely know if you have sensitive skin if your skin reacts negatively to highly fragrant and chemical products. 

*Another aspect to note is the season or climate you’re in as it’ll affect your skin type. 

For Dry Skin 

Dry skin is common in the winter. But, some men suffer from scaly, flakey, ashy skin year-round. 

If you have dry skin, consider a moisturizer with shea butter as it’ll coat your skin and prevent evaporative water loss. The best moisturizers for dry skin will also contain humectants. Humectants are substances that attract water to your skin’s surface. Some humectant ingredients are honey, glycerin, sodium lactate, urea, propylene glycol, pyrrolidone carboxylic acid, and hyaluronic acid.

For Oily Skin 

What most people don’t know (not just us men), even if you have super oily skin, you still need a moisturizer that prevents water loss. Moisture is constantly evaporating from your skin. So, it is possible to have oily, dehydrated skin. 

If you have oily skin, the basics when choosing a moisturizer to reduce the shine is to select an oil-free option. 

Here, at d*shine, we have taken solving oily skin to another level – not just for oily types, but oily-looking skin overall. We have developed our signature Mattifying Moisturizer with Oil Control that hydrates and strengthens your skin while controlling your sheen. Learn more about it here

For Sensitive Skin 

If you use any skincare product that regularly causes redness, a sense of stinging, or itchiness, you likely have sensitive skin – this means your skin reacts adversely to certain chemicals or product ingredients. If this is you, stay away from heavily fragrant products that contain alcohol, chemically dense products that can sting and irritate your sensitive skin. 

For sensitive skin, the more ingredients listed on a product, the worse it is for your skin. Be cautious of vitamin E or lavender, which may cause allergic reactions to your sensitive skin. Look for products that contain natural ingredients such as aloe, chamomile, or green tea. Also, look for mattifying lotions or oil-free moisturizers as greasier formulas leave a residue that may trigger a reaction. 

For Normal Skin 

If you have normal skin, using a lightweight daily moisturizer will help create a protective barrier between your skin and the elements, allowing your skin’s natural oils to do its job. If you shave and often have razor burns, moisturizing after shaving helps soothe your skin. For that, look for a moisturizer with aloe or camphor. Those ingredients also help prevent razor bumps and folliculitis (a skin infection). 

Other Things To Consider When Choosing a Men’s Moisturizer 


As you’ve read above, ingredients in the moisturizer have a great deal of impact. Men’s skin tends to be prone to inflammation. Look for ingredients like aloe or oatmeal as they help ease inflammation. 

For anti-aging properties, look for Vitamin C products as it regenerates elastin and collagen to help rebuild the skin. Vitamin E and Coenzyme 10 are beneficial antioxidant ingredients that help prevent skin damage and dullness. Ingredient retinol (Retin-A) can reduce the appearance of fine lines. DMAE and MSM are natural-occurring compounds that are said to tighten and tone skin. 

Sun Protection 

Compared to women, men usually are exposed to the sun more often. So, a moisturizer with sunscreen protection is a good choice. High SPF rated moisturizers help lower the possibility of skin cancer. They also help prevent rapid aging like any good anti-wrinkle cream for men. 

Regardless of the tips above, your skin is unique, so you may have to experiment a bit to get the moisturizer that perfectly suits your skin. Why not start with d*shine’s quality Mattifying Moisturizer – ease the grease for a matte, smooth, shine-free, confident look while hydrating and strengthening your skin. 

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