Face Creams for Guys: What’s Really Worth It?

Myth: The more expensive the product, the better it works.

Price doesn’t always equate to anything.  It all comes down to knowing what is good and the science behind it.  If you’re looking at a drugstore cream and a pharmaceutical-grade cream that have the same basic ingredients, that doesn’t mean they’re the same product.  

Active ingredients can make all the difference in how a product performs!  The pharmaceutical-grade product is likely going to have a higher concentration of active ingredients, meaning you’re going to see better results much faster than you would with the drugstore brand.  Cosmeceutical companies also use ingredients that have been put through rigorous clinical testing, so you know you’re getting a skin care product that can live up to its promises.

Why it’s important to use facial moisturizer: 

Every regimen needs a facial moisturizer to ensure skin remains properly hydrated.  As the day goes on, the moisture in our skin gradually depletes. Outside elements, like wind and cold weather, can speed up this process and dehydrate skin.  A good moisturizer will hydrate the skin while also sealing in moisture to prevent this dryness throughout the day.  While it seems counterintuitive, even those with oily skin need a moisturizer.  Without one, skin will overcompensate for its lack of hydration by producing too much oil, which can lead to breakouts.

Important factors men should be looking for in a facial moisturizer:

Regardless of skin type, your moisturizer should be non-comedogenic, which means it won’t cause breakouts.  

While cocoa butter is great for hydration when used in the FixMySkin Healing Body Balm, it’s best to avoid facial moisturizers with this ingredient if blemishes are a concern.  Artificial dye is another ingredient to avoid, as it is also known to cause acne.  Instead, look for products with nourishing, yet fast-absorbing, ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin and vitamin E.  

Two examples of non-comedogenic moisturizers are the LovelySkin LUXE Ultra-Rich Peptide Moisturizer and the LovelySkin LUXE Mattifying Moisturizer.

The Peptide Moisturizer contains glycerin and shea butter to prevent moisture loss, making it a great fit for those with dry skin.  Oily skin types will prefer the oil-free formula of the Mattifying Moisturizer which controls shine while providing lightweight hydration.

​A few ingredients/factors men should be aware of when choosing a facial moisturizer:

· Skin Type – Whether you have an oily, dry, sensitive, acne-prone or combination skin type influences the facial moisturizer you need.  Oily and acne-prone types should gravitate toward oil-free moisturizers and lighter options.  On the other hand, dry and sensitive types will benefit from rich creams with soothing properties.

· Skin Concerns – If you have a specific skin concern, like sun damage, some moisturizers can address these issues while also providing much needed hydration.

· Climate – Those who live in a humid climate will have different skin care needs than someone who lives in an area with high elevation and dry air.  If your environment is lacking moisture, opt for a more hydrating product.  When humidity is high, use products that balance the complexion and control oil production.

· Season – Skin care needs change with the seasons.  If you live somewhere with cold, dry winters, be prepared to swap out your light moisturizer for a richer one.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger is a board certified dermatologist and RealSelf contributor.