Lucky for us, we live in a world with endless options—but that luxury can also have its downside. Like when you’re roaming the skincare aisle at the store, for example. Here, some of the best options for different skin types to help make your selection a little easier.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
If your skin is always slick, choose a lighter formula that won't weigh you down, like a serum or a gel. This one is made with purified hyaluronic acid (skin’s natural hydrator and an ingredient that holds 1,000 times its weight in water) to deliver major moisture deep into skin without leaving any greasiness behind.
To buy: $18, amazon.com.
Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Oil Balm
To really quench skin’s thirst, use a heavier formula like a balm. This formula starts as a balm, but melts into an oil as it warms on the skin for rich nourishment. The blend of sweet almond oil, safflower seed oil, patchouli oil, and bergamot fruit oil work together to moisturize, protect, and soothe skin while minimizing the size of pores.
To buy: $35, birchbox.com.
Burt's Bees Natural Acne Solutions Daily Moisturizing Lotion
If you’re plagued by annoying acne, you're familiar with the struggle of finding a moisturizer that relieves dry, irritated skin without making it even angrier. Burt’s Bees took a natural approach with a lightweight moisturizer that uses lemongrass and witch hazel to keep pores clear of bacteria and build-up—without causing irritation.
To buy: $17, walgreens.com.
Garnier Clearly Brighter Anti-Sun Damage Daily Moisturizer SPF 30
Exfoliating lipo-hydroxyl acid and vitamins C and E work together to help lighten dark spots and pigmentation over time, while SPF 30 helps prevent future sun damage.
To buy: $15, walmart.com.
Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer
Give tired skin a shot of java in the morning with this coffee-infused lotion. The brown beans also offer antioxidant benefits, while ginseng stimulates skin for a brighter complexion.
To buy: $27.50, sephora.com.
CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion
When dealing with easily agitated skin, a simpler ingredient list is always better. Look for a non-comedogenic (read: won’t clog your pores), fragrance-free formula like this one. While you won’t find any fancy, trending ingredients, it will get the job done without causing your sensitive skin to fuss.
To buy: $10, target.com.