Using a facial moisturizer every day is one of the most important keys to healthy, glowing skin, regardless of season, age, or skin type. Moisturizers are suspensions of oil and water that help replenish moisture and keep skin moist and dry.
“Hydration protects the skin barrier,” explains Dendy Engelman, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. The healthier the barrier, the better the skin protects against inflammation and damage, which over time can protect the skin from signs of dehydration, irritation, redness, and even hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles.
Here’s how we test facial moisturizers
Scientists at the Good Housekeeping Institute’s Beauty Laboratory have centuries of experience testing the effectiveness of skincare products, including moisturizers.
Here are the best facial moisturizers:
1. BEST GENERAL FACE MOISTURIZER
This iconic Olay cream surpassed nearly a dozen of its competitors, including one priced at $ 440! – in GH Beauty Lab tests. Our chemists were impressed with how well this GH Seal Star moisturized the skin over 24 hours, increasing moisture levels by an average of 50%.
2. MOISTURIZING CARE AT THE BEST PRICE
The best of GH Beauty Lab’s anti-aging day cream study, this lightening lotion is the best bang for your buck, effectively evens skin tone, reduces UV spots, and moisturizes. Lab tests showed increased skin moisture by 28% and decreased UV spots by 11% in four weeks.
3. BEST MOISTURIZER FOR OILY SKIN
With its refreshing, feather-light gel texture, Neutrogena’s innovative hyaluronic acid moisturizer clears dry skin instantly, all day long, without feeling heavy on oily skin. GH Beauty Lab reviews showed that the formula kept skin hydrated for 12 hours.
4. BEST FACIAL MOISTURIZER FOR DRY SKIN
Clinique lotion is the gold standard and is effective and provides adequate hydration even for dry skin for hours . Laboratory chronometer measurements showed high skin moisturizing by an impressive 41% within six hours of application.
5. BEST MOISTURIZER FOR THE FACE WITH SPF
Awarded with the GH Seal Star and Beauty Award, this Olay lotion is the rare formula that offers sun protection and the actual hydrating effect of a regular moisturizer.
6. BEST MOISTURIZER FOR DRY AND SENSITIVE SKIN
GH Seal Star No7’s lightweight water gel-cream hybrid melts like a cold drink on your complexion to hydrate dry, reactive skin with lipids, glycerin, and plant sugar. The formula increased skin moisture for three days after use, with 84% of testers saying their skin (including sensitive ones) looked radiant after one week of use, as assessed by lab data.
7. BEST FACIAL MOISTURIZER FOR BRIGHT SKIN
it offers active ingredients such as antioxidants and peptides for high hydration, shine and wrinkle reduction. Clinical studies showed that 80% of the testers noticed more excellent shine and 70% fewer facial wrinkles.
8. THE BEST MOISTURIZING FACIAL CARE FOR ACNE-PRONE SKIN
This Neutrogena GH Seal Star is a lightweight formula that rebalances skin by moisturizing dry areas while removing shine from oily areas. Our beauty lab has found that it hydrates and absorbs quickly for up to four hours.
9. BEST FACIAL MOISTURIZER FOR ROSACEA
With this from Dr. Engelman developed the Cetaphil Night Moisturizer, which contains moisturizing ceramides and shea butter, is recommended for the relief of rosacea, redness and skin reactions can be reduced. The formula is hypoallergenic and fragrance-free, making the skin less prone to inflammation.
10. BEST FACE MOISTURIZERS FOR ECZEMA
Instantly soothe and soothe a dehydrated face with Aveeno’s GH Beauty Award-winning advanced formula that combines a next-generation water-based gel texture and nourishing, anti-inflammatory colloidal oatmeal, commonly used to treat eczema.”My skin looked improved the next day: less red and not rough.”
11. BEST NATURAL FACE MOISTURIZER
Packed with natural plant extracts, water, and oils, this Caudalie cream stood out in GH Beauty Lab’s night cream tests for its strong moisture supply (43% increase) and the improvement in skin structure. One said she saw an almost immediate change: “I woke up refreshed!”
12 BEST FACIAL MOISTURIZER FOR WRINKLES
Light and supple, Roc was a star in Beauty Lab’s day cream tests for smoothing out wrinkles, lines, and skin texture. “It made my skin soft and smooth and shiny,” commented one reviewer. Digital images showed that the formula improved texture by 11% after four weeks of daily use.
13 BEST DRUGSTORE VALUE NIGHT FACIAL MOISTURIZER
Light feel (and price!), This gel-like night cream from L’Oréal Paris received good marks in GH Beauty Lab tests for moisturizing and firming the skin. Increased skin moisture by 40% according to calculations by the Corneometer laboratory and increased firmness by 36% in four weeks.
14 BEST MOISTURIZING CARE FOR PORES
This Perricone MD moisturizer one of the top moisturizers in GH Beauty Lab’s day cream tests and the only winner of all mineral sunscreens. GH chemists have measured a sharp increase in skin moisture of 30% within six hours.
15 BEST ANTI-AGING FACIAL MOISTURIZER
A GH Beauty Lab and Seal-Star favorite, this luxurious feel Roc cream is based on the research-proven ingredient retinol, which accelerates skin cell renewal to reduce dark spots and wrinkles in just seven days. In clinical tests, the subjects’ skin appeared 32% smoother and more healthy after a week of everyday use.
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