The 14 Best Moisturizers to Keep Your Face Looking (and Feeling) Great

The air is getting a little bit colder every day now, which means it’s that time of year to really start thinking about moisturizer. You should of course be moisturizing all year long, but if you aren’t, changing your ways is now officially required. Whether your skin is oily or flaky and dry, every routine needs a moisturizer. Here are 14 of our favorites that’ll keep your skin happy and healthy.

For Thirsty Skin

100% Plant-Derived Squalane


The Ordinary is known for its ultra-affordable, quality skincare. This Squalane oil is great before bed in the colder months—you’ll wake up soft, without any patches of dryness.

For Sun Protection

AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30



For skin that is somewhere down the middle—not too dry, not too oily—you need a simple moisturizer that will keep it that way. CeraVe is the best everyday, drugstore buy you can get. Plus, getting one with built-in SPF means you’ll maintain that normal without unintentional sun damage.

For Discoloration

Everyday Face Moisturizer

Alder New York


Alder New York’s everyday moisturizer has hyaluronic acid to firm, plump, and moisturize, as well as Vitamin C to target discoloration and sun spots.

For Oily Skin

Oil-Free Moisturizer



If you like to keep it oil-free, this Baxter daily moisturizer is a great lightweight option that’ll keep you hydrated all day.

For Combination Skin

Soothe Moisturizer Serum

Skin Essence Organics


This oil blend moisturizes and soothes without adding any extra shine. Your skin will drink this stuff right up.

For Tired Skin

Facial Fuel Energizing Moisturizer



This energizing moisturizer from Kiehl’s is great for dull-looking, tired skin, as it’s packed with caffeine and vitamins.

For Puffy Skin

GinZing Ultra-Hydrating Energy-Boosting Cream



This is a lightweight, energizing everyday cream from Origins. It has ginseng and coffee bean in it to wake up skin and make it feel fresh. Especially if, like most of us, you’re not getting as much sleep as you should.

For Irritated Skin

Cicapair Tiger Grass Calming Gel Cream

Dr. Jart+


If you have sensitive, intolerant skin and want to avoid oils, this lightweight option from Dr. Jart is a powerhouse when it comes to calming.

For Sensitive Skin

Calm Water Gel Moisturizer



Sensitive skin requires special attention because any kind of product can spark a reaction. One solution: keep it minimal. Dermalogica’s gel moisturizer is uncomplicated and therefore less likely to cause irritation. It’ll soften and hydrate without causing irritation or greasiness.

For Flaky Skin

Everyday Oil Blend

Everyday Oil


You might need to add in an extra step to your regularly scheduled routine to handle flaky skin. Apply a generous amount of this oil before bed, and let it work its magic overnight. This gives it optimal time to soak into your skin without rubbing off in the day. You can also use it all over your body.

For Problem Skin

Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate



Kiehl’s Cannabis Seed oil is great for calming red, blemish-prone, and irritated skin.

For Dull Skin

Luxe Face Oil

Leland Francis


This luxe oil melts right into skin to provide you with a glow. And don’t shy away from oils if you have oily skin! They help to balance and smooth it out.

For Dry Skin

Hyaluronic Acid Gel Moisturizer

Tata Harper


Tata Harper’s gel moisturizer is pricey, but it’ll replenish even the driest skin with its hyaluronic acid, which packs a punch.

For Parched Skin

The Rich Cream

Augustinus Bader


This stuff is the real deal. It’s hefty price tag translates to soft, luxuriously smooth skin.