I rate the best moisturizers on the market today from cheap to steep and for every skin type: Dry, oily, combination and more. Every moisturizer here has passed with high marks the exacting standards of the best makeup artists, beauty editors and dermatologists in the business.
Not sure your skin type? Find out what it is in my article, How to Tell What Type of Skin You Have.
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A huge favorite, this moisturizer is an ultra-rich formula that's beloved because of its secret ingredient: hyaluronic acid. This works to moisturize dehydrated skin while diminishing fine lines and wrinkles. An Allure Magazine Readers' Choice Award winner.
Under $30. Buy it online.
My dad and I are both huge fans of Eucerin's facial moisturizer with SPF 30 ever since Dad's dermatologist recommended it after a bout of minor skin cancer on his face. It's moisturizing and it protects skin so you get a 2-for-1. Dad wears it religiously and his face has not burned in years, what's more, he tells his female cousins about it because he thinks he looks younger since using it. Note, this is cute because Dad is in no way a metrosexual, he lives in the Texas countryside! Whenever I'm in Texas, I forego my $60 facial sunscreen and borrow Dad's Eucerin.
If you do use a moisturizer with sunscreen, make sure to wash it off before you do to bed. Find out why in Can I Use a Moisturizer With SPF at Night?
Price: Under $10. Buy it online.
When I read that Vogue Teen editor Amy Astley swears by Rodin's Olio Lusso, I knew it was a winner. Astley has been a beauty editor for decades so she has a healthy cynicism when it comes to what's really good for your skin and what's just ad dollars talking.
This is the perfect oil to pat on for day or for night to leave your dehydrated skin looking dewy. I recommend applying this and then following with a creamy moisturizer to lock in the oils.
This facial oil is composed of an aromatic blend of 11 essential oils all derived from botanicals known for their skin-soothing, softening and glow-giving properties. To apply, cleanse face first and pat dry, leaving some moisture, then apply 2-3 drops of oil, massaging in.
One downside: The pricetag. At about $140, it's not in everyone's budget. But one bottle can last more than 9 months.
Price: $140. Buy it online.
My hands-down favorite day cream is RevaleSkin Coffeeberry Day Cream. It offsets the dryness of Retin-A, which I use for it's anti-aging benefits. Retin-A can be drying and the antioxidants in Coffeeberry rejuvenate aging, tired skin. It's creamy, goes on smoothly and makes my skin glowy and moist all day long.
You would never know I'm on Retin-A. When I first started using it, someone told me I looked "all glowy and fresh," and I said, "It's Retin-A and this coffeeberry stuff." Another bonus: SPF 15! Downsides: The smell slightly bugs me. It has a vague licorice scent. It's also pricey, but a great moisturizer will last a long time and is one of those few beauty products you should splurge on.
Price: $75. Buy it online.
My friend Daniel is obsessed with Yonka's Pamplemousse and got me addicted to it. I bought it and now hide it when I have houseguests because it's so luxurious and expensive and I'm afraid to share. It soaks into skin and doesn't leave us feeling greasy but rather super soft (think a baby's bottom). We tried the "normal to dry skin" product, but there's also a "normal to oily skin" version. At about $44, it's on the pricey end. but worth every penny.
Price: $50. Buy it online.
People ask me, "Does La Mer really work?" I have friends who swear by it. Sally Singer, the renowned Vogue editor, swears by it. And I'm one of those people who listen mostly to people I respect over stuff I read.
Here's Singer on La Mer, "I use it sparingly to keep it going. There was this time at Vogue where I had a facial in Paris from a very famous facialist and I had such an allergic reaction, and it just happened to be the morning of the Neiman Marcus breakfast that you have to go to. Connie Anne Phillips (then the Associate Publisher) gave me a big pot of La Mer and said ‘just smear this all over your face.’ The La Mer calmed it down. I could not tell you why it does what it does, but I love that product.”
Price: $170. Buy it online.
This facial serum is a favorite of makeup artist Lisa Houghton and is a staple in her beauty bag. It works beautifully on dehydrated or stressed skin and lasts forever. After cleansing face, pat face dry but don't dry it completely. Apply a few drops of this oil over face and massage in.
Under $100. Buy it online.
This heavy-duty moisturizer contains glycerin -- a great humectant. The wild yam extract, sea algae and soy restore moisture. This is a pricey moisturizer but luxurious and quite frankly, addictive. Once you start on this at night, you may never go back to your old drugstore brands.
Price: $124 on up. Buy it online.
I was in my favorite organic beauty store in Brooklyn a few months back looking at their products when I started chatting with a woman who said she'd "tried everything" in the store. She was a self-described organic beauty nut so when she grabbed Dr. Hauschka's Quince Day Cream and deemed it her favorite moisturizer, I had to buy it and try it. It's become a favorite of mine, too. I tend to wear it at night though, under my Retin-A which can be drying.
Price: $30. Buy it online.
My friend Janine introduced me to this amazing moisturizer recently. It gets great ratings on Makeupalley.com for its silky, light texture that leaves skin feeling dewy and supple.
Chanel has various moisturizers for different skin types and all are superb, top-of-the line moisturizers. Purity is for women with oily skin and my favorite: the Hydramax gel creme is for dehydrated skin.
Bonus points for the great fragrance, which is a blend of white peaches, jasmine, peony, citrus fruits and cyclamen flowers. One reviewer found the scent too strong, but it does go away after a few minutes.
Price: $70. Buy it online.