Test Lab

A Face Lotion That Works for Everyone

The Product

The Oil-Free Daily Moisturizer SPF 15 ($40) by Context—a new unisex, direct-to-consumer grooming brand—promises to leave skin smooth, hydrated and protected.

The Test

We were skeptical that a gender-neutral product would work as well as one formulated specifically for men. But I used this ultra-light lotion every morning for two weeks and was so impressed, I kept using it and swapped this bottle in for my usual mens-only moisturizer (which shall remain nameless). A few pumps in the hand and it smoothes over your face easily and absorbs quickly without feeling heavy or greasy. And bonus, it's got SPF 15 to keep you protected from sun damage.

Oil-Free Daily Moisturizer SPF 15, $40 at Context

Our Results

Turns out, guys and girls have a lot in common when it comes to their skin and Context addresses all of them. Cinnamon extract keep excess oil production in check, while skin is calmed and any redness or irritation is soothed with manuka honey and green tea. Vitamins A and E work on fine lines and ruddiness. By the time this bottle was finished (in about two months), I could see a noticeable improvement in the feel and texture of my skin ... and was happily ordering a new bottle.

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