Why should men maintain a moisturizing regimen?

What Moisturizers Are Best for Men?

What moisturizers you use will depend both on how devoted you are to keeping your skin moist and how much you want to spend. These days, there is a product for virtually everything you could dream of, and you can spend as much or as little money as you want on moisturizer.

If moisturizing is new territory for you, you'll want to experiment a bit in order to figure out what works best with your skin type. When purchasing a new product, be sure to check the ingredient list to make sure it doesn't have any chemicals you aren't comfortable putting on your skin. Also, look for moisturizers that are full of antioxidants and vitamin E, which will help restore skin and could help prevent serious illnesses, like skin cancer.

When it comes to exfoliation, there are both natural and chemical options. If you choose to go the natural route, oatmeal is one of the more popular options. Creating a homemade facemask from oatmeal is great for people with sensitive skin, but most importantly, it's cheap. Other natural exfoliants that you can use at home include lemon juice and sea salt. Chemical exfoliants contain either alpha hydroxy or beta hydroxy acids, and although they are effective, they can be harsh on the skin and even make it more sun-sensitive [source: Everyday Health].

For soap and body wash, most big-name brands in moisturizing body wash carry "for men" lines, as do traditionally male-oriented brands.

As with everything else, experimentation is key. For a lightweight moisturizer with a strong minty scent, try Nivea Men Energizing Hydro Gel, which typically costs $7 to $15. If you want to feel like a superstar, La Mer The Moisturizing Lotion ($165) is what the movie stars use. If you work as a farmhand, or if you just have very thick skin and a good budget, try Lancome Men Hydrix Moisturizing Balm [source: TODAY Show].

Want to learn more? Read on for lots more information about men's moisturizing regimens.

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