Given that moisturizing is one of the foundational skincare steps — you need to be doing it morning and night, after cleansing—then it’s also not something you should skimp on. If you want the best results, then you obviously need the best moisturizer.
The best moisturizers do more than simply hydrate skin. In fact, they’re as much about preserving existing moisture, and helping the skin’s barrier defenses (which keep moisture in, as well as bad stuff, like toxins, out). Moisturizer protects your skin from photo-aging factors, as much as it feeds your cells with active ingredients. Pair it with a terrific facial sunscreen for the full protection — though some moisturizers and facial sunscreens are one in the same, if they pack SPF and skin-fortifying ingredients.
Below are the best moisturizers for men, whether they prevent and reverse signs of aging, shield you from the sun, soothe skin on the daily (or after each shave), or help you wake up looking brand-spanking new. Pick any one or three from the list, and give your skincare regimen the strong foundation it needs, because moisturizing is one of three must-do's, Dr. Jeremy Fenton reveals.
Dr. Fenton, the Medical Director for Midtown Manhattan's Schweiger Dermatology Group and winner of the Marion B. Sulzberger Award for Excellence in Dermatolog, says there's a defined order of importance and optionality, steps you shouldn't skip and products you can avoid altogether (if you want). "These are your basic components," he says. "With them you're covering 95 percent of what you need: wash, moisturize, apply sunscreen, apply retinol and add a serum."
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