Winter is Johannesburg is harsh! The UV levels remain high, but the air is seriously dry and all some wind, and these conditions play havoc on the skin. Like it or not, moisturisers for every part of your body is an essential if you live in in Jozi – least you want to simulate snake skin shedding. So, I thought it best to offer some advise on the moisturisers I’ve been using, and hopefully provide some guidance to you on one or two that would suit you.
Africology Moisturiser Creme Hydrante
Well, since we are in Africa, its best to start off with a product that is made in South Africa – after all, they know our climate and skin needs better than anyone else because they experience it with us. This is an intensive moisturiser packed with Aloe Ferox, Marula oil, sweet almond, Coconut and Grape seed all mixed into a extremely rich Shea Butter cream. The result is an intensive moisteriser that is delivered to the skin through Olive extracts. And to top it off, it contains natural SPF’s. Simply, its the total package for someone who does not mess around with their skin. I particularly like this for my neck area after a close shave.
Best for: No-nonsense guys who demand serious moisture and protection and who support locally produced, natural products.
Price and Availability: ZAR 290.00 for 25ml from Africology
Jack Black Double-Duty Face Moisturiser
While the name suggests something heavy, its actually a rather light moisturizer with a built in SPF 20 sunscreen. Its quick an easy to apply, and the formulation of the cream ensures lasting hydration, but with no oily residue. It also contains anti-irritants, so if you have a sensitive skin, this will probably not cause a flair up (but rather try a sample first to be safe).
Best for: Guys who don’t like heavy creams and who don’t want to bother with applying sunscreen as well.
Price and Availability: ZAR 350.00 for 100ml at Metropolitan Cosmetics
Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream
This dry-skin buster is more of a medium-weight moisturiser suited for combination and dry skins. The formulation aims to nourish the skin, while at the same time soothing and hydrating. While it does not contain a sunscreen, it does contain Vit C, Vit E and Grape Seed Extract to counteract environmental causes of dry skin and premature aging.
Best for: Guys with dry or combination skin that want a quick and easy medium weight application, and prefer to add an additional sunscreen when needed.
Price and Availability: ZAR 880.00 for 100ml at any Dermalogica Stockist like Sorbet
L’Oreal Men Expert Quenching Gel
This is a new’ish moisturiser to the market, and one I am sure many guys are going to go nuts for. First off, its not a cream, but rather a gel, while seeps into the skin a lot faster than many other cream-based moisturisers. In addition, the moment the gel hits your face, the fresh icy sensation starts, providing a feeling of revitalisation. You will end up wanting that sensation to last as long at the moisturiser does – 24 hours of moisture protection.
Best for: Guys who don’t like creams, and don’t want to keep applying throughout the day.
Price and Availability: ZAR 159,95 for 50ml at Dischem
Blistex DCT Lip Protection
Have you got the lip balm blues? Are you lips flaking and bleeding. Well, then the usual lip balm is not going to help you. Instead get your hands on the time honoured and trusted Blistex DCT Daily Conditioning Treatment. It contains Aloe and Cocoa Butter, as well as Vitamins A&E, and a SPF 20. It has a medicated sensation when you apply it, which just means that its getting to work. Don’t be fooled by the small 7g container, as it should last you a good month and a half.
Best for: Guys that suffer from dry, cracked and flaking lips.
Price and Availability: Around ZAR 59,95 for 7g at just about any pharmacy in SA.
L’Occitane en Provence Shea Butter Hand Cream
Yip, its the return of the leading product from L’Occitane en Provence. The world over, the Shea Butter hand cream remains a firm favourite for those who hate dry, cracked hands. Developed from the Shea Butter collected and processed in Burkina Faso, this very heavy hand cream provides a serious boost of moisture to tired, dry or cracked hands.
Best for: Active guys, or guys with hands that need a massive amount of moister.
Price and Availability: ZAR 330.00 for 150ml from L’Occitane
Nivea for Men Sensitive Skin Moisturiser
So if you have a naturally sensitive skin that’s taken a further battering by the Winter dry air but refuse to pay over ZAR60 for a moisturiser, then this is probably the best option for you. Nivea for men offers an intensive, very gentle moisturiser that soothes, provides a high degree of moisture, and apparently aids in reducing the skins sensitivity over time and with regular use (but you try it for yourself, as to me, that sounds like a very general statement they are making).
Best for: The no fuss guy with a sensitive skin who wants a cheaper option.
Price and Availability: Around ZAR55,00 for 75ml from Dischem
I hope this round-up helps you out. With so many choices in the market, I find it best to do a bit more research before committing to a purchase. As always, let me know what you this in the comments section below, and if you have any other moisturisers out there that you could recommend, please feel free to send me some info.