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Skin is the largest organ of the human body and our primary barrier against the outside world. It performs important functions, such as regulating body temperature and protecting us from infections and disease. Thus, it’s vital that we take proper care of it.
The skin on our face is different from the skin on the rest of our body. It is more often exposed to the elements and can be particularly sensitive. This means that moisturising creams which are suitable for the body aren’t usually suitable for the face. However, there are currently a variety of great face creams on the market; and the purpose of this article is to help you to decide which is best for you.
- 1 First things first
- 2 The best face creams for men on the UK market
- 3 Buying Guide: Everything you need to know about men’s face creams
- 3.1 What exactly is face cream and why is it important?
- 3.2 Why is it necessary to use face cream designed for men?
- 3.3 What are the benefits of keeping my skin hydrated?
- 3.4 What types of face creams are available for men?
- 3.5 How does men’s face cream work?
- 3.6 What should face cream contain?
- 3.7 What are the advantages and disadvantages of face creams?
- 4 Shopping criteria
- 5 Summary
First things first
- The skin is our body’s first barrier against the outside world. Consequently, it is particularly vulnerable to damage from external agents such as UV light and pollution.
- Men’s face cream has been specifically formulated to meet the different and diverse everyday skincare needs of men which may differ from those of women.
- There are many types of face creams out there and it’s important to know which is the best for your particular skin type.
The best face creams for men on the UK market
Here you will find a brief overview of five of the current best face creams for men. Hopefully, this will make it easier for you to find what you are looking for:
- Hydra Energetic by L’Oreal Men Expert
- Original Moisturiser for Men by Bulldog
- Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream by Viola Skin
- Rehydrating Moisturiser by Nivea Men
- SPF 15 Anti-Ageing Moisturiser by The Real Shaving Company
Hydra Energetic by L’Oreal Men Expert
This best-selling face cream, containing vitamin C and guarana, is specially designed to fight the five key signs of skin fatigue: dullness, dryness, tightness, loss of firmness, and roughness and to provide 24-hour hydration. It works well even on sensitive skin and will leave you looking healthy and recharged.
For best results use twice daily, in the morning and in the evening, after thoroughly cleaning your skin. This cream can also be applied after shaving to soothe razor burn. The easily absorbed formula means that it will not leave your skin feeling greasy. It may be used in conjunction with other products from the Hydra Energetic Anti-Fatigue Range, such as the face wash, the shower gel and the eye roll-on cream.
Original Moisturiser for Men by Bulldog
The UK-based Bulldog range provides award-winning skincare for men. This moisturiser, purpose-built for male skin, is packed with natural ingredients such as aloe vera and green tea, and with essential oils to aimed at keeping your skin looking and feeling fresher for longer. Not only that, but it is also free from parabens and artificial colours and fragrances that could cause irritate.
The light cream is suitable for use with all skin types even on very dry or sensitive skin. You should apply the cream evenly to both your face and neck after washing. Do this twice a day, in the morning and at night, and the result will be visibly softer and healthy-looking skin.
Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream by Viola Skin
This Amazon #1 Best Selling night cream is predominately developed to reduce the signs of ageing, for both men and women. It contains some powerful ingredients such as matrixyl 3000 which promotes the production of collagen and elastin, resulting in firmer and younger-looking skin; and hyaluronic acid which binds with water molecules for better hydration, making any wrinkles and fine lines appear less noticeable.
After washing and drying, you should apply a thin layer of the cream to both your face and neck, massaging it into your skin until it has been completely absorbed. It is recommended that you first perform a patch test to see if you are sensitive to any of these rather strong, yet natural, ingredients. Following that, you can start off by using this cream daily and then working your way up to twice-daily use.
Rehydrating Moisturiser by Nivea Men
The Nivea Men range is dermatologically approved and offers a variety of creams with specific functions. The Rehydrating Moisturiser contains aloe vera, which is well known for soothing skin and providing long-lasting moisture. This cream is also specially formulated to protect against free radicals such as UV light and pollution that can have serious consequences for the overall appearance of your skin.
On application, the non-greasy texture means that it is easily absorbed into your skin, leaving it feeling soft and smooth and looking great. Use it either on its own or as part of a more intensive skincare routine – there are numerous complimentary products such as face wash and shaving cream.
SPF 15 Anti-Ageing Moisturiser by The Real Shaving Company
Containing UV SPF 15 protection, this professionally formulated moisturising cream is perfect for use as a comprehensive day cream. It is aimed at both targeting wrinkles and protecting against the harmful effects of the sun. The professional, paraben-free formula is enriched with soothing, nourishing cocoa butter for smoother, better-looking, more thoroughly conditioned skin.
You only need to use this product once a day. Although, if you do have particularly dry skin, it may benefit from a second application. Use this cream as part of your shaving routine – to provide hydration and soothe irritation. After shaving, just massage it into clean skin on the face and neck until it has been fully absorbed.
Buying Guide: Everything you need to know about men’s face creams
When buying a face cream it’s good to have a clear understanding of what the product is, why you need it and what it will do for you. Here we will address some frequently asked questions about face creams for men.
What exactly is face cream and why is it important?
Growing recognition of the necessity of daily skincare, as well an understanding of the different properties of male and female skin, has led to the development of a range of cosmetic products that are specifically designed for men.
Why is it necessary to use face cream designed for men?
What are the benefits of keeping my skin hydrated?
Dermatitis, also known as eczema, is an inflammation of the skin that can have different causes. It manifests as itchiness, red skin and a rash. Atopic dermatitis is a similar condition, with slightly different underlying factors but similar symptoms. The output of such conditions can be eased with the use of a good-quality moisturising cream.
What types of face creams are available for men?
|Type of cream||Need|
|Moisturising||Ideal for men who are vigilant with their skin. Apply daily after cleansing.|
|Multifunctional anti-wrinkle cream|| Ideal for men who do not have time for a daily skincare routine. They don’t usually contain a high concentration of active ingredients. This type of face cream is popular because it helps to smoothe wrinkles and hydrate the skin.
|Serum||Ideal for men who are not happy at the prospect of using face creams. Serums are very concentrated liquids – you only require a few drops. They can also be used in conjunction with anti-wrinkle creams or hydrants. They should be applied at night when the skin is repairing itself. After cleaning your face with soap, you can massage the serum directly into your skin.|
|Humectant creams||Ideal for men who have dry skin. Products with collagen and elastin are also effective in protecting the skin. Before applying the cream cleanse and remove impurities, for example, blackheads or pimples, serums or natural soaps help with this.|
|Moisturising shaving cream||Ideal for protecting skin while shaving. Clean the area, apply the cream and shave as normal.|
How does men’s face cream work?
Humectants aid hydration by bonding with water molecules and drawing them deeper into the layers of the skin. The key ingredients of these creams are hyaluronic acid and glycerin. Alternatively, occlusives contain petrolatum which creates a film that physically prevents water loss. Emollients fill the empty spaces between the layers of skin to give them consistency and firmness. These types of creams are usually formed from a combination of fatty acids or oils such as jojoba oil and shea butter.
What should face cream contain?
|SPF (various ingredients)||UV radiation is responsibility for 80% of the ageing of the skin. For this reason, make sure to buy a day-use face cream with sun protection.|
|Vitamins C and E||Solar radiation and pollution can cause loss of elasticity and firmness of the skin, as well as visible fine lines. These vitamins help to fight against such effects thanks to their great antioxidant powers.|
|Resveratrol||An antioxidant which stimulates the production of antioxidant enzymes. This is important in diminishing the signs of ageing.|
|Co-enzyme Q10||Another antioxidant which helps to protect the skin from ageing and sun exposure.|
|Niacinamide||This inhibits the action of tyrosinase, the enzyme essential to the synthesis of melanin and prevents dark spots and uneven skin tone.|
|Hidroxy acids||This loosens the ionic bonds of the dead surface cells making them easier to remove, giving skin a brighter smoother appearance. It also works against spot outbreaks.|
|Retinol||This softens wrinkles, alleviates stains, refines pores and stimulates cell regeneration.|
|Lipids||These strengthen the skin’s protection against harmful external agents such as the sun and pollution.|
|Hyaluronic acid||This has the capacity to absorb 1,000 times its weight in water, which gives it great moisturising power. It also stimulates the production of collagen, healing processes and cell renewal.|
What are the advantages and disadvantages of face creams?
When selecting a face cream to meet your needs, there are some key points to consider:
Every person’s skin is unique, however, it does tend to fit into one of the following categories: dry, sensitive, combination, oily. Knowledge of your skin type is crucial for determining which cream to choose. For example, with dry or rough skin you need an intensely moisturising cream, whereas with oily skin you would be looking for something a lot lighter so that it doesn’t block your pores. Take care, especially if you have sensitive skin, a lot of extra chemical ingredients may cause irritation.
Weather conditions have an impact on your skin – especially the skin on your face which is constantly exposed to the elements. You might find that it’s necessary to vary the type of cream you use depending on the time of year. For instance, in winter you might have drier skin because of the cold and wind, so you will need a moisturising cream with intense hydration. In contrast, lightweight facial creams are better in summer when you may be sweating a lot more, and could be susceptible to blocked pores and spot outbreaks.
With every product you choose, no matter what it is, quality is vital. Face creams are no exception as you are applying them to a prominent area, which is very exposed and sensitive. If you want to avoid adverse reactions, such as skin irritation and rashes, always choose creams of proven quality. Select well-known brands or more highly user-rated products.
There are many varieties of face cream, and they are usually developed with a specific function in mind. Select a cream that is good at doing what you want it to do, whether that be keeping your skin bright and hydrated, fighting against acne, or reducing the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and other signs of ageing.
This is closely related to the above point, in that the function of the cream will be tied in with what it contains. Certain key ingredients are considered to be particularly beneficial for reducing the signs of ageing, others keep your skin looking smooth and healthy and some work well on spots. A brief overview has been provided above in the article.
It is always advisable to select creams that contain naturally sourced products since they are usually kinder to our skin. Some of the lower quality creams will contain long lists of chemicals. These aren’t active ingredients and will often just cause irritation.
The skin on your face is often a lot more sensitive than anywhere else. Factors such as sun, pollution or stress can be reflected in your skin in the form of acne, dark spots and other imperfections. As this is the case, it needs special care to keep it both looking and feeling good. Face creams designed specifically for men can help to protect and refresh your skin.
There are as many types of cream as there are types of skin, making it difficult to choose the perfect one. Different ingredients are used for differing purposes and it’s useful for you to have an understanding of what some of the main ones are and what they do. Hopefully, after reading this article, you now have more of an idea of what you need to look out for when selecting a cream that suits you.
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