What should men look for in an all-in-one moisturizer?

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The lotion and moisturizer aisle can be the most confusing part of the drugstore for men. With all the options, it's easy to just grab something and walk away as quickly as possible. What difference does it make anyway? Actually, it makes more of a difference than most men think. A man's skin is thicker than a woman's and his pores are larger, so his needs are different, too [source: Sine]. All-in-one moisturizers are designed to be used any time of day, on any part of your skin, but you still need to be thorough when making your choice.

There are many different moisturizers for many different skin types. Each moisturizer -- all-in-one's included -- is specifically designed to meet a particular set of skin care needs. The term "all-in-one" would seem to indicate the moisturizer does everything, but even all-in-ones vary in purpose. The all-in-one categorization is intended to convey that the moisturizer will be packed with a multitude of ingredients like sunscreen, supposed stress relievers and even tints.

You'll likely find all-in-one conditioners for treatment of dry skin, acne, oily skin and sensitive or aging and damaged skin [source: Evans]. Just match the treatment specialty to your skin type. Since all-in-one moisturizers typically can be used all over the body, you may want to consider, for example, the difference in the type of skin you have on your face and feet. You may find that while an all-in-one moisturizer is great for your body as a whole, it won't be compatible with your face.

Even all-in-one moisturizers can't cater to every skin type, and picking one that doesn't match yours might cause more harm than good. There are a few common ingredients you'll find in most moisturizers, as well as a few you'll want to stay away from. We'll take a look at both in the next section.