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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.