Skin care is not something most guys like to think about. And having a skin care “routine” is even worse. The fact remains, however, that if you don’t take care of your face, it will show. No one wants to be that dude with dried out elephant skin, or, on the flip side, the guy with a face so shiny people can see their reflections in it. That’s not a good look when you’re meeting women, when you’re trying to get a job, or even when you’re sitting alone in a dark room.
To de-stigmatize the whole routine thing, it helps to alter the terminology a bit. You don’t “cleanse” your skin, you just wash your damn face. You don’t “moisturize,” you put some lotion on. Whatever you call it, though, you have to do it. And as we move into the warmer months, guys will find themselves spending more time outside, which means you need a moisturizer (er, lotion) with some kind of sun protection in it.
During the winter, you can tell when your face needs lotion because it’s practically screaming for it. In spring and summer, the need is less obvious but no less urgent. Because even though your skin may not feel as dry, it is still doing battle with the elements, including the rays of the sun.
We found five moisturizers (damnit, I did it again) with SPF in them to keep your skin looking great as it soaks up some rays.
LAB SERIES POWER PROTECTOR BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 50
$48 (3.4 oz), labseries.com
With an SPF rating of 50, Lab Series’ moisturizer offers maximum protection against harmful UV rays. This is the moisturizer you need if you’re the kind of person that burns easily. But it is still lightweight enough that your face won’t feel like it’s covered in a thick paste. The Power Protector also helps brighten your skin and reduces discoloration.
KIEHL’S FACIAL FUEL SPF 15
$35 (4.2 oz), kiehls.com
When you first squeeze out the Facial Fuel, it feels like it could be a little heavy but once you rub it in, you barely notice it’s there. Your face feels like it has a barrier that stands between harsh weather and your skin. The SPF rating is lower but you’ll be fine unless you spend your days working outside.
NEUTROGENA MEN TRIPLE PROTECT SPF 20
$6.99 (1.7 oz), neutrogena.com
This moisturizer is designed to solve the most common skin issues that guys have: irritation from shaving, dry skin from the weather, and wrinkles from prolonged sun exposure. The non-greasy lotion goes on smooth and won’t sting if you use it after you shave. The SPF 20 sunscreen will help prevent the crow’s feet that come when you spend too much time soaking up rays.
JACK BLACK DOUBLE DUTY FACE MOISTURIZER SPF 20
$28 (3.3 oz), getjackblack.com
Jack Black’s Double Duty keeps your face hydrated all day without feeling too goopy. It has antioxidants and broad spectrum sun protection to really reinvigorate your skin. And you’re not applying some genetically-modified weirdness to your face. Jack Black’s products contain organic ingredients, are fragrance- and color-free, and are even vegan.
DERMALOGICA DYNAMIC SKIN RECOVERY SPF 50
$66 (1.7 oz), dermalogica.com
No guy likes to think about getting older and the effect that has on your skin. But no guy wants to have crater-deep wrinkles when they’re 30 either. Dermalogica’s Dynamic Skin Recovery protects you from the sun and is a great everyday moisturizer that controls the triggers that lead to wrinkles and older-looking skin. Even if you don’t need it now, you’ll be glad you used it later.