The 18 Best Face Moisturizers "Allure" Editors Actually Use
Some people may cringe when they hear the word "moist," but when it comes to moisturizers we've got nothing but love. For many, it's the final step of a skin-care routine, and whether you're looking for a lighter option to wear during the day, or a souped-up version for an overnight glow-up, we've tested countless formulas in our day-to-day work as beauty editors. No matter if you've got dry, oily, or combination skin, odds are the perfect face cream has passed through our offices.
"Moisturizers are an essential part of every skin-care routine," Shereene Idriss, a dermatologist at Union Square Laser Dermatology in New York City, tells Allure. "Just as our bodies require us to hydrate with water, so does our skin. In the short term, moisturizing perks your skin up, giving you a healthy fullness. In the long term, consistent moisturizing helps decrease the appearance and rate at which fine lines and wrinkles emerge."
Here, we've rounded up the best moisturizers (the crème de la cream, if you will), including Allure Best of Beauty Award winners and recommendations from dermatologists.
CeraVe Ultra-Light Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30
While we're fans of the original formula, CeraVe's Ultra-Light Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 is an even better pick if you have oily skin or are looking for a moisturizer that wears well under makeup.
$18 (Shop Now)
Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet
Between the chic, pink tube, antioxidant-rich formula, and whipped texture, there's not much we don't love about Caudalie's fan-favorite Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet.
$39 (Shop Now)
Biologique Recherche Creme Dermopurifiante
Listen up, oily and acne-prone skin types: You still need to make sure you're moisturizing, even if you think your skin already has a surplus of moisture. "This is my go-to for imbalanced skin that is prone to breakouts," says Idriss. "It works wonderfully in regulating oil production, reducing inflammation, and redness, while delivering the moisture your skin requires."
$94 (Shop Now)
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream
With over 1,400 Amazon reviews, it's no secret that Neutrogena's Hydro Boost Gel Cream is a drugstore diamond in the rough. "If you have dry skin, look for hyaluronic acid as your hero ingredient," Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, tells Allure. "[It acts] like a sponge that binds to 1,000 times its weight in water to hydrate the outer skin layer."
$15 (Shop Now)
Cetaphil Daily Hydrating Lotion with Hyaluronic Acid
Looking for a drugstore pick that holds up to its pricier counterparts? Cetaphil's Daily Hydrating Lotion contains hyaluronic acid, a dream ingredient for anyone with dry skin.
$16 (Shop Now)
Drunk Elephant LaLa Retro Whipped Cream
A winner of our 2016 Best of Beauty Award and 2017 Readers' Choice Award, the Lala Retro Whipped Cream by Drunk Elephant is the ultimate fancy-but-not-too-fancy unscented moisturizer that, despite being packed with nourishing ingredients, doesn't feel the least bit heavy on skin.
$60 (Shop Now)
Clarins Multi-Active Jour
The Clarins Multi-Active Jour addresses fine lines and dullness, thanks to potent antioxidants. We think the luxe cream is the perfect answer to long nights, pollution, and stress.
$54 (Shop Now)
Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb the Antioxidant Super Moisturizer
As beauty editors, we try out a lot of products on the daily. As one former Allure staffer put it, Garnier's under-$20 gel moisturizer felt "cool and transparent" and left her skin looking "fresh and dewy." Where do we sign up?
$17 (Shop Now)
Estée Lauder DayWear Matte Oil-Control Antioxidant Moisture Gel Creme
The product name may be a mouthful, but falling in love with Estée Lauder's DayWear Matte Oil-Control Antioxidant Moisture Gel Creme couldn't be more of a no-brainer. It has all the moisturizing effects of a rich cream and the mattifying effects of a primer — in other words, it's your skin's new best friend.
$52 (Shop Now)
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Moisturizer UV Broad Spectrum SPF 30
A common complaint about sunscreens (and even moisturizers with added SPF) is that they can show up ashy on tan to deep skin tones. Not La Roche-Posay's Toleriane Double Repair Moisturizer UV Broad Spectrum SPF 30. The thermal-water-infused face lotion won't cause makeup to slip and slide, and quickly absorbs with a translucent finish.
$20 (Shop Now)
Aveeno Ultra-Calming Nourishing Night Cream)
Aveeno's Ultra Calming Nourishing Night Cream is a great option for sensitive skin types, thanks to its colloidal oatmeal-packed formula, and it can be found at most drugstores near you. Sounds like a win-win situation to us.
$17 (Shop Now)
La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Lotion
Looking for a luxurious way to hydrate your skin? Consider La Mer's lightweight Moisturizing Soft Lotion as the cool, younger sibling to the brand's hero cream, but every bit as hydrating.
$270 (Shop Now)
Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer
When it comes to drugstore skin care for mature skin, Neutrogena's Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer consistently tops best-of lists due to its potent formula, which features retinol and hyaluronic acid to instantly plump skin and minimize visible signs of aging.
$22 (Shop Now)
RoC Retinol Correction Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer
Want to dip your toes (metaphorically, of course) into the world of retinols? Try RoC's Retinol Correction Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer, an affordable "gateway" formula that lightens sun spots, firms skin, and boosts your natural radiance.
$25 (Shop Now)
Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Night Concentrate
If you're a fan of the brand's ultra-hydrating skin mist, then chances are you'll love Tatcha's Luminous Dewy Skin Night Concentrate, which has seven botanical extracts to give you your glowiest complexion ever. "Overnight, this cream restores a youthful radiance due to its key ingredient, red algae, which helps visibly improve your skin's moisture barrier and moisture-retaining capabilities," explains Idriss.
$110 (Shop Now)
Olay Regenerist Deep Hydration Regenerating Cream
Olay's Deep Hydration Regenerating Cream is a veteran Best of Beauty winner (it took home the accolade back in 2015), but still remains one of our all-time favorite moisturizers. With a formula rich in amino-peptides and exfoliating properties, this cream truly belongs in the skin-care hall of fame.
$23 (Shop Now)
Sunday Riley C.E.O. C+E Antioxidant Protect and Repair Moisturizer
Give your skin-care routine the I-run-a-company makeover with Sunday Riley C.E.O. C+E Antioxidant Protect and Repair Moisturizer, a citrus-y moisturizer that's packed with vitamin C and lime-pearl extract for the ultimate glow boost.
$65 (Shop Now)
L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care Moisturizer
Not only is this L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care Moisturizer devastatingly chic (and a 2017 Best of Beauty winner), one Allure editor described the texture as "silky water" and praised its instantly cooling effects. Time to drink up.
$18 (Shop Now)
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