Clean & Clear Essentials Dual Action Moisturizer
The pore-clearing salicylic acid and hydrating glycerin combo keeps skin blemish-free and soft. “It left my face matte but moist,” said a tester.
To buy: $6 at drugstores.
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Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Day Lotion
The surprisingly non-greasy formula is packed with tucuma and mafura butters, both nutrient-rich emollients that seal in moisture. “It put an end to my patchiness,” said a tester.
Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream
With softening mango butter and squalene (a lubricating lipid found in skin), the formula delivers an instantly plumped-up and more even-toned complexion. “I looked rested and glowing after I patted it on,” said a tester.
Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream With Super 7 Complex
Testers were impressed by how fast this cream was absorbed. “My skin felt silky, not slick,” said one. With antioxidant-rich lotus, it protects against wrinkles, too.
Laura Mercier Mega Moisture Crème
The light but still substantial texture feels right all year round. “It didn’t pill off when I put on makeup,” said a staffer. Plus, it has UVA and UVB filters that protect against cell damage.
Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom Soothing Face Cream
Made with reishi mushrooms, known for their anti-inflammatory effects, this calming cream reduces irritation and redness. “It cooled my skin,” said a user.
Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future Moisture Cream SPF 30
This potent potion has not only face-brightening licorice extract, which diminishes dark spots, but also hydrating ceramides and SPF, which keep skin supple and prevent future damage.