Men's moisturisers user trial

Men's moisturisers are big business. Find out what our trialists preferred.
 
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  • Updated:9 Apr 2008
 

02.Results

The following models scored the best results in our test.

What to buy
Brand Price
Biotherm Homme Aqua Power $46
Clarins Men Moisture Gel $49
Lancôme Men Hydrix Micronutrient Moisturizing Gel $75
L’Oréal Paris Men Expert Hydra Energetic Anti-Fatigue Daily Moisturising Lotion $14
The Body Shop For Men Face Protector $10
Nivea for Men Cooling Gel Moisturiser $7

What about the rest?

  • Clinique Skin Supplies for Men was thought to have a creamy or oily texture and while it didn’t have any major limitations, trialists thought it was only 'OK' as a moisturiser.
  • Shiseido Men Moisturising Emulsion was the lowest-scoring men’s moisturiser and was most often described as having a runny and thin texture which a few trialists didn’t like.
  • Redwin Sensitive Skin Sorbelene Moisturiser was equal last overall and rated poorly for performance, texture, absorption and fragrance. Its smell in particular was rated as 'medicinal'.
 

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Results table

Full results for all models are shown in the table below.

Product Scores Details
Brand (in rank order; number of trialists in brackets) Overall score (%) Performance score (%) Texture score (%) Absorption score (%) Fragrance score (%) Type Available from supermarkets? Size (mL) Price per 50 mL ($)
Biotherm Homme Aqua Power (40) 65 65 70 75 65 Gel 75 46
Clarins Men Moisture Gel (35) 65 60 65 80 60 Gel 50 49
Lancôme Men Hydrix Micronutrient Moisturizing Gel (37) 65 65 65 85 60 Gel 50 75
L’Oréal Paris Men Expert Hydra Energetic Anti-Fatigue Daily Moisturising Lotion (37) 65 65 65 80 60 Cream 50 14
Nivea for Men Cooling Gel Moisturiser (35) 60 60 60 80 60 Gel 75 7
The Body Shop For Men Face Protector (38) 60 60 60 75 50 Cream 100 10
Clinique Skin Supplies for Men M-Gel Lotion (23) 55 55 50 70 45 Gel 100 29
Redwin Sensitive Skin Sorbelene Moisturiser (33) 45 50 40 50 25 Cream 500 0.4
Shiseido Men Moisturising Emulsion (39) 45 50 40 60 50 Cream 100 27.5
 

Table notes

All percentages have been rounded up to the nearest 5%.
Prices per 50mL/grams have been calculated from the price paid in August/early September 2007.
All prices have been rounded to the nearest 5 cents.

How we tested

57 male home testers with self-diagnosed 'normal' skin were sent six unbranded pots of moisturiser to trial. The moisturisers were chosen if they were targeted specifically at men, were labelled for normal skin, and did not contain any special properties, such as sunscreen. The L’Oréal Expert product does however contain vitamin C and caffeine but was included as it was the only product by L’Oréal that fit the criteria.

Trialists tested two moisturisers at a time, one on their left cheek and one on their right cheek. Each moisturiser was tested for three consecutive days, at the end of which trialists completed a survey rating each moisturiser on performance, texture, absorption and fragrance. All scores were converted to a percentage and rounded to the nearest 5%.