The Best Facial Moisturizers
Yes to Cucumbers Daily Calming Moisturizer SPF 30
This 97 percent natural, ultra-hydrating lotion, with soothing aloe vera and cucumber, uses the physical sunblock zinc for nonchemical SPF 30 protection.
To buy: $10 for 1.4 ounces, target.com.
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Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 30
This nongreasy multitasker protects with SPF 30 and has light-reflecting minerals to make skin look more evenly toned.
To buy: $17 for 2.5 ounces, drugstore.com.
Best for Dry Skin
Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Day Lotion
Like a refreshing cocktail for parched skin: Mafura butter (from the tree) softens, and clary sage helps skin retain moisture.
To buy: $18 for 1.8 ounces, burtsbees.com.
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Age Erase Moisture With Mega 10 for Face
The lightweight lotion glides onto skin and acts as a makeup primer, creating a smooth canvas and allowing foundation and blush to last longer.
To buy: $48 for 1.7 ounces, amazon.com.
Chanel Le Blanc Brightening Moisture Lotion
Pearl protein and licorice extract reduce dullness and dark spots over time. And on the instant-gratification front, testers reported that the nearly-liquid formula made their skin feel refreshed and tighter.
To buy: $67.50 for 5 ounces, neimanmarcus.com.
Best for Oily Skin
Cetaphil DermaControl Moisturizer SPF 30
This oil-controlling hydrator delivers an all-day matte finish, even along the shiny T-zone. Plus, it won’t clog pores or exacerbate breakouts.
To buy: $17.50 for 4 ounces, walgreens.com.
Best for Sensitive Skin
Perricone MD Hypoallergenic Nourishing Moisturizer
A velvety, vitamin E–infused cream that’s free of common allergens, like fragrance and sulfates, so it’s gentle enough for easily irritated faces.
To buy: $75 for 2 ounces, perriconemd.com.
Best Night Cream
Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins Cream
Calming geranium, purifying thyme, and vitamins C and E boost cell turnover while you sleep. Testers loved how the rich formula sank into their skin, not their pillowcases.
To buy: $39.50 for 1.7 ounces, origins.com.
Guerlain Abeille Royal Nourishing Day Cream
It strengthens the skin’s elastin and collagen fibers and is packed with an ingredient du jour: royal jelly (secreted by honeybees and rich in nourishing amino acids).
To buy: $180 for 1.7 ounces, shop.nordstrom.com.
Dior Capture Totale Multi-Perfection Emulsion
Contains citrus and longoza-plant extract, a botanical ingredient native to Madagascar. Its subtle floral fragrance invigorates but doesn’t linger.
To buy: $165 for 2.7 ounces, sephora.com.