Moisturizing your face with anything other than hand lotion might seem like a luxury, but adding the right moisturizer to your skincare regimen can be a game changer. Moisturizing can increase the skin's hydration levels, promote skin cell regeneration, stimulate healing, and prevent the damaging effects of external forces like sun damage and weather conditions that lead to premature wrinkling and skin cancer. Finding the right moisturizer to hydrate and treat your most worrisome skin issues can be tricky. Here's a few products, both steep and cheap, to save your skin.
Cheap: Sephora Intensive Instant Moisturizer
This new Sephora Collection product promises to wipe away those creeks and crevices that make skin look drab instead of dewy. Light and non-greasy, this contains an exclusive HydroSenn complex that is plant-derived and has an active ingredient that ensures continual hydration. Skin is softer, more nourished, and rejuvenated.
$20 at Sephora.com.
Steep: Skinceuticals Emollience Moisturizer
This rich, deeply restorative moisturizer is an antidote to dry indoor air during the winter months. It's formulated with nutrient-rich algae extract, nourishing essential oils like grape seed, rose hip, and macadamia. Plus, it contains lipids and vitamin E for the ultimate knock-out against scaly skin.
$60 at Skinstore.com.
Cheap: Clinique Acne Solutions Clearing Moisturizer
While treating active acne and preventing future break-outs, this light face lotion creates a barrier against acne causing agents and controls excess oil while soothing the skin. It hydrates, calms redness, and keeps acne skin from flaring up with a combination of benzoyl peroxide, humectants, and emollient conditioners.
$19.50 at Sephora.com.
Steep: Eminence Clear Skin Probiotic Moisturizer
An oil-free clarifying cream designed with cucumber juice to tone and purify skin while shrinking pothole-sized pores, this luxe cream is blended with yogurt for exfoliation and nourishment. In addition, Eminence's Clear Skin Moisturizer has tea tree oil to balance and regulate sebum production, plus shea butter and calendula oil for creating a supple moisture barrier on the skin.
$58 at Lovelyskin.com.
Cheap: Olay Natural White Healthy Fairness Day Cream SPF 24
This day cream with vitamins B and E nourishes the skin and reduces the appearance of dark spots and dullness. It contains a blend of aloe, milk lipids, and white mulberry root extract. And it protects the skin from sun damaging rays with its added sunscreen.
$10.86 at Amazon.com.
Steep: Ole Henrikesen Sheer Transformation
Formulated to help fade skin discolorations, hyperpigmentation, and age spots without chemicals, this nourishing and smoothing moisturizer contains an array of fruit acids for exfoliating, lightening licorice extract, vitamin C for toning and tightening, and also a patented acti-white complex that evens skintone with a combination of pea extract and sugar.
$45 at Dermstore.com.
Cheap: Kiehl's Rare Earth Pore Minimizing Lotion
Formulated specifically to address the appearance of large pores, this oil free treatment contains Amazonian white clay to absorb excess sebum refine the look of congested or enlarged pores. It's lightweight mineral formula is rich in minerals and creates a matte appearance to last throughout the entire day.
$29 at Nordstrom.
Steep: Estee Lauder Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher
An exclusive complex of hydroxy acids, this lotion retexturizes skin to improve radiance, smoothness, and clarity. On oily skin, it reduces surface oil by as much as 45%. Say good-bye to flakes and dullness.
$52 at Macys.
Cheap: Garnier Ultra Lift 2-in-1 Wrinkle Reducer Serum and Moisturizer
With two times the pro-retinol and two times the anti-wrinkle concentrate, this serum deeply penetrates the skin while the moisturizer instantly firms. Filled with argan extract and rice protein, this serum/moisturizer combo is great for aging skin.
$13.59 at Drugstore.com.
Steep: Kanebo Sensai Collection Cellular Performance Wrinkle Repair Cream
Combining silk extract with advanced skincare technologies, this cream enhances collagen quantity and quality. This cream comes with a Refresh Aroma that contains Bulgarian Rose, Japanese plum blossom, and ylang-ylang.
$240 at Bergdorf Goodman.