The Best Facial Moisturizers On the Market

Medically reviewed by Peggy Pletcher, MS, RD, LD, CDE on July 28, 2016Written by Amy Boulanger

Recommended facial moisturizers

Moisturizers act as a protective barrier for your skin, keeping it hydrated and healthy. Most experts recommend using one on a daily basis. The Mayo Clinic advises using “a moisturizer that fits your skin type and makes your skin look and feel soft.”

To help you decide which moisturizer’s right for you, Healthline tested some available at pharmacies and supermarkets.

For sensitive skin

Healthline recommends: Eucerin Daily Protection SPF 30 Moisturizing Face Lotion

Why we like it: Male and female testers hailed this silky smooth, fragrance-free lotion which also contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide for protection from the sun. Light enough for sensitive skin and strong enough to block the sun’s rays, its creamy texture blends well for long-lasting coverage.

Where to buy it: drugstores, $9.99

Best lightweight moisturizer

Healthline recommends: Alba Botanica Aloe & Green Tea Oil-Free Moisturizer

Why we like it: This lightweight, oil-free formula contains certified organic ingredients such as aloe vera, green tea, and humectants (which attract moisture), and is gentle enough for skin types that can’t handle thicker moisturizers. Once you rub it in, you can’t tell it’s there.

Where to buy it: drugstores and select markets, $17.95

For dry skin

Healthline recommends: Neutrogena Intensified Day Moisture SPF 15

Why we like it: Ultra dry skin will soak up this moisturizer that also hydrates and offers sun protection using titanium dioxide. This formula will keep your face smooth all day.

Where to buy it: drugstores, $11.99

For combination/oily skin

Healthline recommends: Yes to Tomatoes Daily Balancing Moisturizer

Why we like it: Packed with organic tomatoes, red tea, and watermelon, this sweet-smelling formula seeps into your skin for a lightweight, dewy finish. This antioxidant-rich formula balances oil-prone skin, revealing a radiant glow.

Where to buy it: drugstores, $14.99

For mature skin

Healthline recommends: Olay Regenerist UV Defense Regenerating Lotion with SPF 50

Why we like it: Potent and powerful, this thick yet silky cream also offers intense sunscreen protection. The formula hydrates using a blend of anti-inflammatory and antiaging ingredients to soothe and tone skin. It also protects using broad-spectrum SPF 50 to block UV rays.

Where to buy it: drugstores, $27.99

For women

Healthline recommends: Burt’s Bees Radiance Day Lotion SPF 15

Why we like it: Created with royal jelly to renew and rejuvenate, this thin formula goes on smooth and silky. The lightweight lotion provides a great base before applying foundation, plus titanium dioxide and zinc oxide provide UVA/UVB protection. The SPF coverage is great for everyday protection.

Where to buy it: drugstores, $17.99

For men

Healthline recommends: Neutrogena Men Sensitive Skin Oil-Free Moisture SPF 30

Why we like it: Great for days at the beach. Though not waterproof, this lightweight moisturizer with SPF locks in moisture and blocks UV rays to keep you looking young. It’s lightweight and doesn’t irritate sensitive skin.

Where to buy it: drugstores, $5.99

For everyone

Healthline recommends: Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15

Why we like it: A great all-around daily moisturizer, this two-in-one formula has a slight sunscreen smell, but the lightweight formula is gentle and refreshing. For longer days in the sun, you might want to reapply for ultimate coverage.

Where to buy it: drugstores, $13.99

Get more information

A good skin care regimen includes daily moisturizing and sun protection to fight free radicals and UV rays from the sun. It’s important to know your skin type to make sure you’re using the best formula for your face. To learn more, read our guide to choosing a healthy facial moisturizer.

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