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A fuss-free guide to moisturisers for every man’s skincare needs

Any skincare routine is built on the foundation of three key products: face wash, moisturiser and sun care. Most of you guys have got step one down pat (though we pray you’re not doubling up body soap for your face as well). The next commitment you ought to make is a moisturiser because one simple product can go the distance when it comes to maintaining skin health in the long run.

Think of moisturisers as your baseline guard against skin irritation, because it keeps your complexion balanced and hydrated, mitigating textural issues like dry patches that cause discomfort. They also help manage sebum levels so your face doesn’t over-produce oil, which, in turn, helps keep breakouts at bay because your skin grease doesn’t become a thriving bacteria farm. In short, moisturisers are very good for you. Buy them.

Before you get perturbed by the sheer amount there are on the market and begin questioning which is the brand for you, whether you need one for daytime use as well as nighttime, take a breath. We’ve done all the legwork by rounding up the best men’s moisturisers on the market, pairing each to specific skin types to take the strain off shopping. Each of our product picks is also versatile enough to be used round the clock. A healthy complexion has never been easier.

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For combination skin

Combination skin, typically characterised by an oily T-zone and drier cheeks, is one of the most common types there is. Having combination skin means you need a moisturiser that is lightweight and hydrating while offering balance to your complexion overalls so your oilier areas don’t go into overdrive. A water-based moisturiser, like the Laneige Homme Active Water Gel Cream, is our top pick for combination skin as it checks all those boxes, and it also feels like a refreshing drink of water for the skin, while leaving minimal residue.

S$40. Available at Laneige

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For oily skin

Oily skin can be a headache in our tropical climate, because of how triggering heat and humidity is for sebum overproduction. To keep that at bay, opt for something that keeps the shine at bay. The Clinique for Men Oil Control Mattifying Moisturizer is our choice, given that it has mattifying properties, and an oil-free formula so it doesn’t feel cloying on the skin. Say goodbye to looking greasy with this product.

S$55. Available at Clinique.

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For dry skin

Dry skin is prone to feeling taut, even to the point where flakes start to appear. This lack of moisture calls for a rich cream fortified with ceramides, a waxy lipid molecule that restores your complexion’s hydration levels and strengthens the skin’s moisture barrier to prevent further agitation. The Dr Jart Ceramidin cream from Korea is a cult staple in this category, beloved by many who have chronically dry skin.

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For sensitive skin

Avoid skin irritation if you have sensitive skin by opting for a moisturiser with ingredients that are as pure as possible. The Skyn Iceland Pure Cloud Cream is one of these moisturisers. Designed for sensitive skin, the lightweight cream is deeply hydrating, using arctic cloudberry seed oil and other plant-based extracts to moisturise the skin. It also is formulated to reverse the effects of harsh weather on the skin, so if your complexion gets particularly aggravated by heat or cold, this cream soothes it instantly.

S$81. Available at Sephora

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For ageing skin

Mature skin is another pressing problem that many face, especially when the wrinkles start to show. A good anti-ageing moisturiser can help slow down that process, so you want to look for something enriched with ingredients that help retain your skin’s youth, such as peptides and antioxidants. The Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Anti-Aging Moisturizer is our recommendation, given that it has retinol, ferulic acid and a complex of collagen-restoring acids that ensure your skin looks renewed over time. If none of those ingredients seems familiar to you, just take our word for the fact that this product diminishes your fine lines over time.

S$110. Available at Sephora.

Beatrice Bowers
Features Editor
Beatrice Bowers writes about beauty, drinks, and other nice things. When not bound to her keyboard, she moonlights as a Niffler for novels and can be found en route to bankruptcy at your nearest bookstore. Don't tell her boss.