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Why You Should Use a Face Moisturizer for Men

Why You Should Use a Face Moisturizer for Men

Why You Should Use a Face Moisturizer for Men



We’re not saying you’re a slow learner, but if you haven’t started using a moisturizer we wouldn’t be surprised. 

Generally speaking, men aren’t great at taking care of their skin. Maybe it’s lack of information, maybe it’s disinterest, maybe it’s decades of pretending men’s skin doesn’t need the same kind of care as women’s skin. 

Whatever the reason, most of us don’t grow up with much knowledge about how our skin works, what it needs, and how we can take care of it so we don’t look old and pruney by age forty.

Thankfully, Disco’s founder grew up with a dermatologist mom who ingrained in him the importance of skin care. He went on to develop our brand to give men access to great quality skin care that is specially formulated for men’s skin. 

The skin care stuff you find in big box stores (and your partner’s bathroom cabinet) is usually formulated to work for women’s skin, not men’s. Men’s skin is thicker and rougher than women’s skin, and has the ability to grow facial hair. Our skin has different needs, and we need products that address them. 

Using a daily moisturizer is important for every skin type, and if you use the right one, you can get clearer, healthier, and softer skin just by rubbing it on your face twice a day. 

We’ll tell you why you need a moisturizer for men, what ingredients work best for hydrating men’s skin, and how you can fit a moisturizer into your skin care routine (or, you know, start using a skin care routine with a moisturizer). 

Why You Should Use Face Moisturizer for Men

If your ashy, dry skin hasn’t convinced you that a moisturizer is probably a good idea, we can give you a few other reasons you may not have considered. 

Men’s Skin Needs Moisture

You might drink plenty of water, but your skin gets it last. It can be impossible to keep your skin hydrated with drinking water alone. Even though your skin is the largest organ of your body, it’s dead last in line when for hydration. Your other organs take priority so the water you drink gets delivered to your skin last. 

Even if your skin is oily, you still need a moisturizer. In fact, your skin could be oily as a result of being dehydrated. When your skin is dehydrated, the sebaceous glands in your skin are triggered to produce more sebum (the oil that keeps your face moisturized and protected). This can make your skin oily all over or in places like your forehead, nose, and chin. 

You Need Help With Blemishes

You may have thought your days of being a pimple-faced teen were over, but here you are, thirty-something with continual breakouts. What gives? It could be hormones, it could be genetics, or it could be bad skin care habits. 

If you aren’t moisturizing your skin, you can develop breakouts from an overproduction of sebum (see above). The sebum mixes with dead skin cells and clogs pores, which can cause blemishes to form. 

Skin that isn’t properly moisturized can become dry and irritated, which can set the scene for breakouts to happen. Using a moisturizer with blemish-fighting ingredients is one of the best ways to get your skin under control. 

Moisturizers Help You Look Younger

You may not be in search of the fountain of youth yet, but trust us, sometime in your late thirties you’ll begin to notice the signs of aging on your skin. 

Fine lines and wrinkles begin to form around your eyes and the corners of your mouth. As you age, the structures in your skin that support it begin to weaken, causing your skin to sag. You’ll also begin to produce less collagen and elastin, the materials that keep your skin looking firm, tight, and youthful. 

Moisturizers not only deliver hydration to keep lines and wrinkles filled out, but they also contain powerful anti-aging ingredients that help boost your skin’s collagen and elastin production and help prevent wrinkles from forming before they start. 

Moisturizer Protect Against Free Radical Damage

Free radical damage happens when unbalance molecules called free radicals attack your healthy skin cells. The damage to your cells shows up on your skin as fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation or “age spots,” and loss of elasticity.

Your skin needs antioxidants to fight off free radicals, and one of the best ways to get antioxidants into your skin is by using a moisturizer packed with antioxidant ingredients. Antioxidants offer protection to your healthy cells by neutralizing oxidative damage so your skin stays healthier and looks more youthful for longer. 

What Ingredients Work Best for Moisturizers for Men

No, that hand lotion you’ve had stuffed in the back of your cabinets for a few years isn’t the best stuff for your face. Effective moisturizers contain ingredients that target specific skin issues, like aging, lack of hydration, and free radical damage. 

Here’s our list of favorite ingredients to look for in a moisturizer for men.

Vitamin E

There’s a reason your last date pulled away when you tried to move in for the kiss-your skin is rough as sandpaper, man. The solution? Vitamin E.

Vitamin E is an all-natural emollient, which means it helps condition your skin and keep it soft and touchable. When applied to the skin, it fills in dry, scratchy patches, deep wrinkles, and fine lines, leaving your skin’s texture smoother.

Vitamin E is also a powerful antioxidant, which makes it a great ingredient for a moisturizer you’ll apply just before starting your day. It helps fight off damage from external stressors like the sun, pollution, smoke, and other irritants that can make skin look dull.

Macadamia Oil

The most coveted nut in the trail mix yields an incredibly powerful oil that is next level hydrating for your skin. 

Macadamia oil is all-natural and plant-based, and generally well tolerated by all skin types, so you don’t have to worry about it causing a breakout. This oil helps drastically reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while deeply moisturizing skin to keep it hydrated all day. 

Macadamia nut oil is a lightweight oil and absorbs quickly, keeping your skin soft, moisturized, and comfortable all day. 

Vitamin C

Like a big glass of orange juice for your skin, vitamin C is a powerhouse ingredient for moisturizers because it has so many skin-beneficial functions. 

Vitamin C helps keep your skin moisturized by preventing transepidermal water loss. Transepidermal water loss happens when moisture from the middle layer of your skin (the dermis) passes through to the epidermis (the top layer) and evaporates from your skin. 

Vitamin C also helps to brighten your skin and improve your skin tone. It’s incredibly beneficial for use under the eyes, where dark circles can develop. Vitamin C is a natural dark spot corrector, with the ability to fade areas of hyperpigmentation. 

How to Get Started with a Moisturizer for Men

It’s not hard to get started with a moisturizer, or a good skin care routine, if you don’t yet have one.  Skin care is self care, and it’s important to take care of your face so you don’t end up looking like a washed-up rock star. 

It’s easy to adopt a skin care routine that’s flexible and targets specific skin issues. Here’s everything you need to create a basic skin care routine, including a great moisturizer that will keep your face hydrated day and night. 


Soap and water aren’t cutting it anymore. You need a face cleanser that removes dirt and oil and leaves your skin hydrated instead of stripping it of natural moisture. 

Disco’s charcoal face cleanser stick contains natural ingredients that effectively deep dive into your pores to remove dirt and gunk, while still keeping your skin smooth and soft. 


Exfoliating your skin keeps dead skin cells off your face and helps encourage collagen production. Exfoliating helps set you up for a super close shave and can also help prevent razor burn and bumps. 

Our exfoliating facial scrub contains papaya, an all-natural exfoliant that lifts away dead skin cells and aloe to keep your skin from becoming dry and irritated. 


You need a great daily moisturizer that’s good for day and night, and lucky for you Disco’s got it. Our hydrating facial moisturizer contains all of our favorite ingredients to help your skin look as sexy as possible. 

We also include eucalyptus oil and chamomile in our moisturizer, two ingredients that help boost your skin’s natural moisturizing capabilities. 

Our moisturizer is lightweight and absorbs quickly, so you can hydrate and hit the door to start your day. 

Let’s Disco

Stop saying men don’t need moisturizers (or skin care) and get the products you need to keep your skin looking sexy and youthful. Disco is the solution for men’s skin care that works, without a bunch of unnecessary filler ingredients you don’t want or need. 




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