CHOSEN FEW: Oil-free moisturisers for men
Despite the ongoing mutterings about metrosexuality, there hasn't been anything odd about men moisturising for the better part of two decades. Indeed, there are now varying forms of skin salves to suit all occasions: post-sun, post-shave, post-shower, post-flight.
The latest manifestation, which is ideal for the heat and humidity of the UAE, is the oil-free moisturiser. This tones and softens the skin without leaving a sticky residue that might, after a gust of dusty wind, leave your face feeling more like frosted doughnut than a freshly groomed piece of prime real estate.
Here are the best now on the market.
1. Clinique Oil Control Mattifying Moisturiser
This is an ultra lightweight formula that controls the oil on your skin for a matte, shine-free look. Oil-free hydration improves skin strength.
Price: AED211 from Bloomingdale’s
2. Kiehl’s Oil Eliminator Daily Moisturiser
This is part of the excellent Oil Eliminator range that also includes a facewash and shower gel, but this is the standout for us. It glides on and with a hint of menthol, leaves the skin feeling refreshed – ideal for a UAE morning. Definitely among our top picks.
Price: AED170 for 125ml
3. Lab Series Oil Control Daily Hydrator
Specially designed for oily skin types or those prone to acne, this is an oil-free moisturiser than soothes and hydrates the skin and also reduces pore size. Lightly fragranced, this is another must-have.
Price: AED448 for 50ml from desertcart.ae
4. Murad Oil-Control Mattifier
Another product with oily skin in mind but which works extremely well for everyone here in the UAE, male or female. With an SPF of 15, this is a shine-reducing moisturiser that creates a matte surface and controls oil for up to eight hours. Active ingredients include willow bark extract and argan extract.
Price: AED176 for 50ml from desertcart.ae