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The 5 Best Men’s Facial Moisturisers Reviewed


Moisturising is an integral part of any modern man’s skin care regime, and with an array of competing products out there it’s difficult to choose just one. In this list I will breakdown the best moisturisers currently available based on their effectiveness to be easily absorbed the skin, SPF value, ingredients, natural scent and any other added benefits, plus the ability to keep the skin hydrated and nourished throughout the day. Here are my top five: (in no particular order)

Zirh Defend – Facial Moisturiser 100ml (SPF 15)
This is an incredibly light and non-greasy moisturiser, with an SPF of 15, plus (as with the entire Zirh range) will provide lasting protection and hydration for many weeks to come. Defend contains no alpha hydroxy acids (for those sensitive to them)
Key Ingredients: Tocopheryl (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Avocado Oil, Prunus Domestica Seed Extract, Chamomile Flower Extract, Pinus Strobus Bark Extract.
Customer Review: Brilliant Stuff

“If you’ve used Zirh Protect and found it a bit heavy and left you with a shiny forehead, try this, it’s really light but just as effective. It also has SPF 15 so is perfect for summer.
God, this sounds like an advert….no, I don’t work for Zirh!”
RRP: R360

Jack Black Double Duty Face Moisturiser 97ml (SPF 20)
Another great value for money moisturiser that is easily applied without leaving any sort of greasy residue. Containing Blue Algae Extract, a rich source of Vitamin E and minerals, combined with Sea Parsley, an effective anti-irritant containing Vitamins A and C, help visibly improve the overall appearance of skin.
Key Ingredients: Blue Algae Extract, Sea Parsley, UVA and UVB absorbers (including Parsol 1789).
Customer Reviews:
Excellent stuff

“I’ve tried loads. This is easily the best. Keeps my skin great all day. No oil. Feels great.”

Murad Perfecting Day Cream 50ml (SPF 30)
This moisturiser really does feel quite luxurious, so if you’re looking to pamper your skin look no further. Easily spread so only a little is needed, and contains a subtle yet masculine scent. Contains Sodium PCA and Hyaluronic Acid to keep your skin soft, smooth and supple throughout the day.
Key Ingredients: Oat Protein, Lemon, Grape Seed and Green Tea extracts, Borage oil, Calendula, Soy Flour.
Customer Reviews: Great!

“I have really oily skin, tried everything!! Been using this product for 2 weeks along with a step 2 product and I am noticing a big difference. Leaves skin feeling great!”
RRP: R450

Lab Series For Men Daily Moisture Defense Lotion 50ml (SPF15)
This is indeed a very popular brand and for good reason. Incredibly hydrated feeling once applied, leaving skin soft and supple – plus the added bonus of the SPF15. I have found it to be a little pricey for what you get, but overall a very good moisturiser.

Key Ingredients: Anti-oxidants
Customer Reviews: this is really good

“I gone back to this moisturiser because it’s so good and easy to use. It’s not oily and leaves a nice matte finish. You can use all over the face and don’t need much. Great value!”
RRP: R420

Men-u Facial Moisturiser Lift 75ml
Looking for a moisturizer that’s cool and refreshing, and that leaves your skin feeling fresh and hydrated after your morning shave then look no further. Easily applied and is great value for money, however there is no SPF so take care in the sun.

Key Ingredients: Mint and menthol.
Customer Reviews: Excellent

“An amazingly good feel to my skin after use, this is very light and easily absorbed, and a great price to boot!” Adam Beeson
Men-u Facial Moisturiser 100ml
RRP: R165

Well there you have it gentlemen, a quick run down of my top picks when it comes to men’s moisturizers. The most important factors to look out for when choosing your facial moisturiser are; non-greasy, natural ingredients, SPF 8 (at least) and have a look at how much you’re are actually getting for your money.

The above list should give you a few new ideas whilst you’re next shopping for grooming, shaving or men’s skin care products. Visit to view some of the aforementioned products, as well as browse our extensive catalogue of men’s skin care products.


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Lover of gadgets, men's culture, cool stuff, Earl Grey tea and all things manly. An optimist in his prime. When he's not keeping the wheels turning at Mantality HQ you'll find him trawling the web, and visiting trade shows to find the newest and coolest gadgets. During his down time he's usually with his 2 dogs, on the golf course, cycling or basking in the literary company of Oscar Wilde, Bret Easton Ellis or Martin Amis whilst drinking espresso strong enough to strip paint.

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