Face Moisturizers: Cream, Lotion or Gel?

Developing a skincare routine can often be very confusing.

So many options, different opinions, brands - you name it. It's no wonder that you often drop the whole idea and use the first products you find on the shelves.

But that does more harm than anything - as your body's biggest organ, you need to pay attention to your skin, especially as you get older.

In today's blog, we're going to give you the best moisturizing tips you need to start a skincare routine.

You'll find out what to look for in moisturizers and what works best - gels, creams, or lotions?

So grab a cup of coffee and dive in!

man with a face moisturizer

Should guys use face moisturizers?

There are three key benefits of using face moisturizers.

  • Rehydrates your face when it's dry. 
  • Prevents your skin from drying out again by forming a protective barrier against outside elements like cold weather.
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines/wrinkles by filling in these "valleys" in your skin.

Your skin produces sebum oil, which it uses to reduce moisture loss from your skin's surface by evaporation.

But you put your face through a lot.

Think about it - you wash it two times a day (I hope), you shave, and unless you walk around naked, your face is likely the most exposed part of your body during the day.

In other words - this means that on top of the natural evaporation that occurs, you expose your face to cold weather, pollution, wind, UV rays, and many other elements, which all help dry it out and damage its protective barrier.

It would be a pretty wise decision to start using a face moisturizer for all of those reasons.

But a moisturizer alone can't help you - so remember to stay hydrated and drink a lot of water!

When should men moisturize their faces?

It would be best if you used moisturizers daily - it's an essential part of any skincare routine.

To get full benefits, it would be ideal if you used face moisturizer at least twice a day.

Once in the morning, right after you use a cleanser, to give your face the proper hydration throughout the day.

And once in the evening, before you go to bed. Even though many people forget that part, your evening skincare routine is just as crucial as your morning skincare routine.

By applying a moisturizer before bed, you give it enough time to soak in your face correctly, and it prevents your face from drying out during the night.

However, it would be best if you didn't forget about hydration throughout the day. Sometimes your face will dry out in the afternoon.

If that happens, make sure you reapply a moisturizer and then apply it again before bed.

Which face moisturizers should I use?

Your perfect moisturizer depends on your skin type.

While there are some ways to find out what your skin type is, you should visit a dermatologist to be 100% sure - and I can't stress this enough.

If you try to diagnose yourself and you end up being wrong, you could cause skin issues. So make sure to get a professional's input on your skin type and the products you should use if you've got any skin issues at all.

That being said, there are some easy ways for you to get an idea of what your skin type is so that you can concur with your dermatologist.

Redness and breakouts are the easiest way for you to know that you've got sensitive skins.

And by examining your forehead and the straight line down your chin, it should be pretty easy to determine your skin type.

Greasy and shiny skin means you've got oily skin. If it's "matte" across the board and a little harsh, it means you've got dry skin.

And if you have slightly slick skin, it means you've got normal skin or a combination between dry and oily.

Based on that, you'll be able to make your pick. There are three main moisturizers you can use.

Gels, creams, and lotions.

Are gel moisturizers good?

Gel moisturizers are water-based products that have recently gained popularity as an alternative to oil-based products.

The water molecules and capsules of hyaluronic acid hydrate your skin without leaving the "greasy look" on your face.

Because of that, gel moisturizers are the best option if you have oily skin that's prone to acne breakouts. They allow internal hydration that doesn't clog your pores, which is the key to battling acne.

Internal hydration means that your skin gets hydrated from within, as opposed to oil-based moisturizers that hydrate your skin by removing the moisture within the oil barrier on your skin.

Is moisturizing cream good for the skin?

Cream moisturizers hold beneficial ingredients, such as Vitamin F and essential oil extracts.

This ensures not only hydration but nourishing a well. The rich texture of cream moisturizers makes it perfect for people with dry skin.

When there's an imbalance in water and oil levels in dry skin, acne breakouts often emerge as the result. Oil-based cream moisturizers, in that case, also help with preventing acne since it balances the levels of water in oil in the skin.

People with mature skin can also benefit from moisturizing cream since they help with fine lines and wrinkles.

What does moisturizing lotion do?

Lotions (both face and body) are designed to soak in quickly - so you can put it on and get on with your day.

Lotions are okay for both oily and dry skin and normal skin - they deliver the hydration needed and strengthen the skin throughout the day.

However, it would help if you were careful since lotions are more popular as body lotions - and as you may know, the skin on your face is not the same as the skin on your hands or legs.

Sometimes, body lotions are heavily fragranced, and that can cause irritation, so make you keep an eye out on the ingredient list as well.

Recap: Best men's face moisturizers

Now that you know what type of face moisturizers are out there and which is the best for a specific skin type, we are sure you will make the best decision for yourself.

It is important to mention that you should see your dermatologist before you conclude your skin type by yourself.

However, no dermatologist will advise against high-quality, natural ingredients.

If you want a face moisturizer that will give you the proper hydration and keep your skin wrinkle-free, make sure to check out our Natural Face Moisturizer for Men. It will not disappoint!

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