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Best Facial Moisturizer

A good facial moisturizer is a beauty “must-have”. It sets the stage for flawless makeup application and better skin overall. Each skin type has different requirements; some have more specific needs than simply rehydrating skin. Here, you will find some amazing products that address your skincare needs and wants.

Origins Starting Over Age-Erasing Oil-Free Moisturizer

Origins is an incredible company that uses quality, natural ingredients. They also specialize in oily/combination skin types at the same time. Chances are you don’t just demand the proper type of moisture from your product to just help balance the skin, but you may also want to fight against visible signs of aging as well. You can have it all with Starting Over from Origins. This moisturizer is pretty new to the beauty scene and it has already won rave reviews, made it to “top-seller” status, and has won acclaim in Women’s Health magazine. This product smells great and uses Mimosa, algae and more to repair damage, balance oil levels and reverse visible signs of aging.

AHAVA Essential Day Moisturizer Combination Skin

When you have combination skin, it can be a bit tricky to find the right moisturizer that fits your skin’s needs. AHAVA contains minerals from the Dead Sea, which is great for amazing-looking skin. This product is lightweight and fresh because it is gel/cream, so it is not too thick. It keeps shine under control while giving skin a refreshed matte look and feel. You will also notice smaller-looking pores. Vitamins and minerals work deep to fight existing wrinkles and prevent others from appearing in the near future. Aloe extract will calm and soothe redness and irritation.

Eminene Clear Skin Probiotic Moisturizer

If you have oily skin then you may also be prone to clogged pores and occasional breakouts. It’s a bit of a misnomer for those who do not understand the tricky needs of combination skin. If it is not balanced properly you can suffer from excessive dry, flaky, acne or blemish prone skin. Enter this amazing moisturizer from Eminence. This line only uses top of the line 100 percent all natural ingredients to treat, protect and heal problem skin. The plant extracts in the Clear Skin Probiotic Moisturizer will sooth and tame breakouts, relive pain and suffering while properly hydrating skin in an instant. Cooling cucumber and natural antiseptics extracted from willow tree bark will sooth inflammation and cure the flare ups.

Elta MD AM Therapy Facial Moisturizer

Elle Magazine loves EltaMD, and gave them an award for “World’s Best” beauty products. This daytime moisturizer comes highly recommended by dermatologists for patients who have sensitive skin and are prone to break-outs. The SPF in this product is zinc-based, so you know you are getting the best sun protection at a high level. You will be ready for any outdoor adventure. Oily skin types need this moisturizer due to the fact that it is oil-free and very light on the skin. This product is a great base for your makeup.

Bosica Oil-free Daily Hydration Broad Spectrum SPF 15

Boscia is also a great company that specializes in your skin type. This little moisturizer is ideal for travel, and contains a broad spectrum SPF 15 so take it with you anywhere and use it anytime. It is preservative free and ideal for sensitive skin types. Of course it is light-weight and oil-free making it a great option for either warm or sunny climates or keeping skin protected from UV rays bouncing off the white powdery winter snow. You will stay beautifully moisturized and protected while Boscia smooths the skin and helps it restore elasticity. This will also work great under your favorite make-up products.

Estee Lauder DayWear SPF 25

Estee Lauder is an excellent overall moisturizer for dry skin. Whether you have frequent moisture loss or slightly dry skin certain times of the year, you are sure to love this luxurious face cream. It is an antioxidant-rich formula packed with a potent SPF 25 to prevent sun damage and signs of premature aging. The consistency is light and rich at the same time, and allows you to build your level of coverage. Your skin will stay hydrated all day because the moisture properties are self-renewing. Skin will look fresh, youthful, and bright.

Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream

If you love to play outdoors - hitting the slopes, playing in the snow, shopping, or even getting a little fresh air - you need to protect your skin. Winter months can be brutal on skin that is already prone to dryness. Those in warmer climates may have the same problem when things heat up. Rose Day Cream will prepare skin to weather the elements. It will heal skin that has been damaged already, and may have redness or tender areas. It is nourishing and soothing due to rose extracts and avocado oil.

Clinique Superdefense Broad Spectrum SPF 25 Age Defense Moisturizer

You may already know that Clinique does a great job preventing breakouts. This cream will also prevent aging. You get a high SPF of 25 in a rich daytime formula perfect for any dry skin type. You may also have aging, sensitive, allergy-prone, combination, or a slightly complicated skin type in addition to simple dryness. Clinique is perfect for those of you with more than just “dry skin”. Stressed-out and tired skin will look rejuvenated. Aging skin will look and feel refreshed while staying protected from further damage. Super-dry skin will feel quenched without the grease factor.

Korres Yogurt Velvety Moisturising Cream for Oily/Dehydrated Skin

It is possible to have dry skin that produces excess oil. This is such a tricky, misunderstood skin type. Those other creams that may not be what your skin needs. Korres has created a genius product with you in mind. This contains many natural ingredients like yogurt, vitamins E, and nut oils. To say it is “good for your skin” is such an understatement. It will transform skin from confused to smooth, velvety, and soft. You may only need this product occasionally, but it is a great to keep handy when humidity strikes, or if you just want a perfect canvas for your makeup.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 15

Aveeno is an award winning drug store brand that truly deserves it’s spot on this list. If you find that many other moisturizers for dry skin feel a bit heavy and a little too rich, you will love the texture and consistency of this one. It is light but really keeps skin feeling so hydrated without the added weight. The soy complex helps keep it locked in and I notice that moisture stays locked in and washing off makeup and other products seems easier. My skin prone to dry spells especially certain times of the year, this little find is easy to grab in just about any popular store, so it’s a great fall back if you need something in a pinch while traveling, or simply want something that is budget-friendly.

Envision Beauty The Solution

Envision is truly a one-of-a-kind moisturizer when it comes to performance. This product is also very lightweight and smells great. If you do not like using a ton of different products on your face; one for day, one for night in addition to eye creams and makeup primer, you can simply use this to do all 4. If you want something that will simplify your beauty routine, improve the look, tone and performance of your skin then try The Solution. It will take the risk out of finding other compatible products that work for sensitive skin types. Those who use this reported a glow to the skin have become loyal to the brand because it also uses organic antioxidant ingredients.

First Aid Beauty Daily Face Cream

This company is ideal for sensitive skin as its name suggests. First Aid Beauty takes the condition of your skin in to consideration without trying too hard to sell the product with a fancy label or a high end price tag. This product is fairly priced, performs better for sensitive skin than other heavier, highly scented department store brands. This moisturizer gives you only ingredients your skin needs to stay hydrated, balanced with a light-weight feel. This one is also ideal for sensitive skin of all types; acne prone, redness prone and/or skin with ingredient sensitivity and more. This is a hypoallergenic product that will not clog pores and also works to keep skin protected.

Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 15

Cetaphil is a little drugstore gem that is often recommended by dermatologists for their patients who have sensitive skin. It contains a broad spectrum SPF 15, which is great for all sensitive skin types. Many of you are probably prone to sunburn and premature aging more than any other skin type. This is a great overall option for anyone who wants something for everyday use. The moisture level is lightweight, and works great under makeup. It is fragrance-free and hypoallergenic, and is very unlikely to cause a breakout. This would also work great for men who are prone to irritation from shaving. Use it post-shave for smoother and softer skin.

Philosophy Hope in a Jar Daily Moisturizer

Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar is ideal for sensitive skin because it uses natural ingredients designed to deeply hydrate and sooth irritation in a snap. You will also love this brand because your money is going to go pretty far. They always give you tons of products for the price, so no need to worry about running out after a month or two. Apply this gentle creamy formula as often as needed, and it is especially great in cold months when skin feels tight and prone to redness. This product works deep into the skin to restore moisture that lasts. If you find yourself outside, do not worry this will keep skin protected from free radicals and prevent future environmental damage and irritation.

Skin Medica Redness Relief Calmplex

SkinMedica is the winner of Allure Magazine’s “Best of Beauty Award” for 2012. This is the perfect moisturizer for those of you who are prone to redness. After about two weeks, you will notice a significant improvement in skin’s tone and texture. Vitamin B3 works like magic to heal your skin, and is very gentle. Use this twice a day for best results. You may experience a “tingly” sensation, but it does not cause painful stinging. You will only feel it at first, but that means you can feel it working. The sensation will subside as your skin clears up.

Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer

If you truly want to put your best face forward, then it all starts with nourishment. You can add a lot of moisture to the skin but it will only absorb what it can. This formula has been researched and developed by an award winning Dermatologist Dr. Perricone. His works also specializes in nutrition and he has also studied and practiced medicine for years. Needless to say this brand is one of the most popular and sought after beauty lines because of the science and intelligence it contains. This moisturizer is super-light and absorbs quickly to help instantly brighten, plump and diminish lines. It will help you regain your youthful glow and over time you will begin to look years younger.

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift and Firm Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Elizabeth Arden does some fantastic age defying products. This is an excellent option if you want a moisturizer with a powerful SPF. This one will block all harmful UVA and UVB/UV rays (“Broad Spectrum”), moisturizing skin while preventing further aging due to sun damage and sun burn. Aging skin on the “mature” end of the spectrum will love how gentle and rich this product is. All skin types will notice firmer skin. This is an award-winning product because it really does fight the appearance of wrinkles while giving skin a smooth, silky texture.

Oil of Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream

Oil of Olay has gotten even better over the years. The infamous drugstore brand started out fighting the signs of aging with their simple moisturizers. Today, they are still one of the top brand names in the age defying category. The Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream is a best-selling product, and is a bit more complex than moisturizers of the past. You will instantly see a difference in your skin after the very first use. Fines line diminish; skin looks brighter and instantly feels full of moisture. Over time, you will notice it performs with more resistance and feels tight and firm. Give this product a little over a month, because most users have reported their skin looking 10 years younger.

Patricia Wexler M.D. Dermatology Skin Brightening Daily Moisturizer SPF 30

Patricia Wexler is one of the leading names in the beauty world. She is a dermatologist that specializes in anti-aging products. This particular moisturizer was voted “Reader’s Choice” by Allure Magazine readers. This contains a powerful SPF 30 to block harmful sun rays from causing more aging. It contains vitamin C, which is one of the best known ingredients used to fight signs of aging while brightening the skin tone. This cream picks up the slack where all the others fail. It corrects skin tone and evens out any discolorations.

Murad Age-Balancing Night Cream

I adore this product and would recommend it for those of you who have normal, combination and /or oily aging skin. This helps combat photo aging as well as other visible signs like fine lines around the eyes and deep smile lines and forehead wrinkles. This goes on and soaks right in. You may not even realize its on the skin until you wake up with a soft radiant glow. I had been suffering from ruddy winter skin that was looking dull and feeling pretty sad, after switching to this I have noticed a significant change in the moisture within the skin. It smooths away bumps and lines while you sleep and you wake up to the softest skin ever.

Alba Botanica Even Advanced Sea Plus Renewal Night Cream

I look forward to taking my makeup off just so I can apply this indulgent facial moisturizer when I’m done. I have normal skin most of the time and find that this is the perfect level of moisture my skin needs to sustain the perfect balance up awakening. I bought this because I wanted to try something a bit on the natural side of the spectrum and found it in the organic section of my little town’s grocery store. This brand is easy to find anywhere if you want something that is moderate in price and super-effective. After just a few short weeks something amazing happened. All of my scars from acne marks from my twenties and other discolorations faded and started becoming less noticeable. I simply love this night cream because it delivers results.

Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream

Benefit will work wonders on normal skin that may be prone to dry areas certain times of the year. This product calls the nourishing balance of ingredients a “tri-radiance complex”. The first thing this does is help skin develop its own natural moisture deep within. A direct result of this is skin with more resilience and protection. Natural mango butter and plant-based hydrators keep skin nourished all day. Skin actually feels moisturized; while the scent is enjoyable, it is not overpowering. The product suggests using this on your neck and chest area for a gorgeous, hydrated glow.

Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream

Dermalogica has the ideal consistency for normal skin that needs a deep moisture balance along with protection. When skin is properly moisturized it prevents premature aging and keeps all of the “bad stuff” from sinking in and dulling the cells. This formula uses simple pant botanicals like aloe and herb extracts to heal skin and restore it luster. Supple smooth skin looks youthful and is ready for the day. This product is compatible with other products and should be the first thing you put on in the morning to keep skin looking great all day. It works great at night too to prevent moisture loss.

Oil of Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15

Oil of Olay is one of those drugstore finds that will work just as well as the more expensive creams. This one contains SPF 15, and will fight off aging sun damage (UVA and UVB rays). You can still take great care of your skin on a budget, and this product is money well spent. You get about 8 hours of balanced hydration. Nourishing vitamins E, C, and B3 will keep skin protected and radiant-looking without the risk of clogged pores (or break-outs). This formula is light on the skin, and provides a great foundation to wear under any makeup products.

Lancome Bienfait Aqua Vital Cream

Lancome Bienfait Aqua Vital Cream

I’ve used Lancome through the years to troubleshoot various skin issues. This moisturizer starts you off with a 16-element moisture complex used to re-create the environment that younger skin performs with. If you are starting to show signs of aging and need a little sculpting, this works to noticeably firm skin. Use this on the neck and jaw line as well. This is one of the first areas on your body that begins to lose elasticity. If your skin texture is prone to inconsistency, this lightweight moisturizer will balance out skin overall. If you want plump, sculpted and softer skin, without the risk of break-outs, try Lancome.

Eve Frost
I adore shopping for the newest and latest products to bring home and experiment with. I don't want to ever feel like I'm missing out on something that could be better than what I currently use. I have tried just about everything under the sun and I love to write, so here I can combine my two passions. Here I bring you the best of my "scientific" experiments and save you time and money. I am obsessed with "Burt's Bees" ointments, I absolutely can not live without "Got2b" and "ISO" hair products, I prefer Lancome lip glosses (when I really want to splurge.. I love Juicy Tubes!) I also love scented deodorants that have titles like "Sexy Intrigue." I also love to indulge in any bath and body treats that smell good enough to eat, especially fruity scents (except coconut for some odd reason.) Clearly I am a product junkie who has put these products up against each other to see which ones come out on top.
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