11 best men's moisturisers

Keep your face feeling smooth and hydrated with a hardworking cream. IndyBest gives the verdict on the pick of the potions

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Bad weather, thick pollution, too much alcohol – these are the great enemies of your skin. So give it a break this spring with one of these face-smoothing moisturisers.

{1} ClarinsMen  Super Moisture Balm: £29, clarins.co.uk


This has won of a host of awards and you can see why: the milky formula is quick to absorb, oil-free and rather soothing with it.

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{2} Yes to Carrots Moisturising Day Cream: £9.99, boots.com



Not only do carrots help you  see in the dark, it seems they  also are pretty good at perking  up yourskin. This rich, thick  moisturiser is a once-a-day  application, which is free of parabens and suited to those with even sandpaper-dry skin.

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{3}  Murdock Hydrating Facial Moisturiser: £26, murdocklondon.com


This is a top-notch restorative. Plaster it on to wind-beaten skin after a day outside and it coddles and cuddles your face until equilibrium is restored. It has a light scent that some may find annoying but we found it comforting.

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{4} Malin + Goetz Vitamin E Face Moisturiser: £37, uk.spacenk.com


From the ice-cool New York brand, comes this creamy-feel moisturiser, which is packed full of natural soothers such as vitamins E and B5 with soothing chamomile. It is great for stressed skin. And  it’s non-greasy, so it won’t block your pores.

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{5} Perricone MD Nourishing moisturizer: £62, perriconemd.co.uk


This non-greasy, skin-softening moisturiser costs a fortune but it works for the money. It is full of whiz-bang things called olive polyphenols, neuropeptides and tocotrienols which contrive to repair damaged skin, soften wrinkles and hydrate city-bashed skin.

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{6} LAB Series Age Rescue Water-Charged Gel Cream: £45, labseries.co.uk


This one promises to keep skin hydrated for 24 hours after one application and helps reduce those dreaded fine lines. It works for all skin types, and is totally oil-free. It has loads of ginseng and peptides which gives the collagen in your skin a boost, which means those fine lines become even finer.

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{7} Wellman Anti-Ageing Moisturiser: £16.75, vitabiotics.com


This has a sun protection factor of 15 to reduce damage caused by UV rays and, although relatively thin in texture,  manages to hydrate the face nicely. The ideal thing for warmer spring days.

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{8} Kiehl’s Facial Fuel: £21, kiehls.co.uk


This is targeted at chaps whose skin needs a bit of a lift. It is a  non-oily formula which is full of vitamins and caffeine, which hydrate while also helping to  fend off fine lines. What is particularly good about it is that you can slather it on, post-shower, and it doesn’t leave that shiny finish that some cheaper moisturisers do.

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{9}  Dove Men Care  Hydrate Face Lotion: £8.99, boots.com


If you are looking for an inexpensive moisturiser and  your skin is of the hardy, don’t-need-much-fuss variety, then consider this SPF moisturiser.  The non-greasy formula, made  for use in the morning and evening, is the perfect thing to  pop in your bag to use after a  post-gym shower.

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{10} Nivea For Men  Sensitive Moisturiser: £3.25, ocado.com


For the price, Nivea makes some seriously hardworking products. This one is formulated for irritation-prone skin, it’s odourless and will help tackle dry problem areas and leave everything feeling soft and hydrated. Currently on offer.

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{11}Thalgo Regenerating Cream: £32, thalgo.co.uk


This is the Mercedes Benz saloon of moisturisers: it is powerful, reliable and pretty pricey. It’s USP is that it is very good at firming up skin that is beginning to lose its firmness. Start using is when you are relatively young and they claim you’ll look like a 20-year-old until you dotage (well, maybe not, but they do say it will improve your skin’s long-term elasticity.

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Verdict: If you have the cash, Malin + Goetz, ought to be your go-to. It’s moisturiser is oil-free, nicely absorbent and comes in the coolest packaging on the shop shelf. If you want something a little cheaper consider the decent, face-smoothing Yes to Carrots moisturising day cream.


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