The Best Facial Moisturizer

What are the best facial moisturizers for dry skin? A variety of different kinds of facial moisturisers on this list. From cult favorites that continue to be popular over decades, to bright young newcomers, this list of the best face moisturizers can serve as a guide if you aren’t sure what to use to get rid of those little lines (yeah, I’ve been there) and rev skin up a few notches. And yes, some of these moisturizers are expensive, but others are actually quite reasonably priced. You don’t necessarily have to plunk down hundreds of dollars to get glowing skin.

Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar is just that: Hope for those looking to improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles, while improving the skin from the inside out. This oil-free facial moisturizer also helps to even out skin tone, leaving the face looking refreshed and rejuvenated.

Price range: $38 to $105 (depending on size)

Those with sensitive and/or acne-prone skin are no doubt well acquainted with Cetaphil. For those with particularly dry, sensitive skin, Cetaphil’s Moisturizing Cream can be a life-saver. This fragrance-free facial moisturizer provides long-lasting, beneficial moisture without compromising the skin (translated: You probably won’t break out!). For those with more oily skin, Cetaphil’s Moisturizing Lotion might be best: It’s a lightweight moisturizer with the same beneficial properties as the heavier Cream.

Price range: $10 to $15

Mario Badescu’s Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 17 is a relatively inexpensive facial moisturizer that helps to fight oil and keep skin well hydrated throughout the day. The SPF helps to protect from UV rays, while the fast-absorbing lotion helps moisturize thirsty skin without leaving it feeling greasy (and a little goes a long way). Another Badescu beauty: the Collagen Moisturizer with SPF 15!

Price range: $22

Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion consistently tops the ‘best of’ lists when it comes to great facial moisturizers. This fast-absorbing, lightweight lotion is designed to smooth dry or combination skin without being too heavy.

For those looking for the same beneficial properties as the lotion, without heaviness (we’re talking to you, oily skin types), Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel might be more suitable.

Price range: $13 for the 1.7 oz. tube, $24.50 for the 4.2 oz. bottle

No list of facial moisturizers would be complete without adding a true classic: Pond’s Dry Skin Cream. This rich moisturizer has been around for a long, long time, and with good reason. This hypoallergenic face moisturizer softens skin without clogging pores. Those with dry, sensitive skin would be well served to give this cream a try, and at such a low price, it’s worth it.

Price range: $6.50 to $7.99

Even some of the biggest skin care ‘snobs’ I know (see: those to love the luxury face creams) offer glowing reviews of Olay’s Regenerist skin care line – the Deep Hydration Regenerating Cream in particular. And at a price at or around $20, that’s saying something! This lightweight facial moisturizer combines ingredients like Vitamin E, amino peptides and other vitamins to hydrate the skin and smooth fine lines.

Price range: $18 to $21

Aveeno’s Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30 combines the benefits of a skin tone-evening moisturizer with added sunscreen (a must if you want to prevent wrinkles). The soy complex helps to even out skin tone and texture, too.

Price range: $14.99 to $17

Those who are willing to shell out the nearly $250 for a 1.8 oz. jar of Shiseido’s F*ture Solution LX Daytime Protective Cream seem to swear by the results. This luxury facial moisturizer is infused with ingredients that may help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It also contains an SPF 15, to protect from premature aging from the sun.

Price range: $240

Estée Lauder’s DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Creme with SPF 15 is designed to reduce early signs of aging (fine lines, dull-looking skin) and protect from damaging UV rays simultaneously. This oil-free facial moisturizer, which includes ingredients like Vitamins E and C, fights dryness all day long.

Price range: $43

La Mer Creme de la Mer facial moisturizer is one of the most luxurious face creams on the market. And the price reflects it! Sitting down? Good. A 2 oz. jar of Creme de la Mer will set you back about $250. Gulp. There’s a reason, however, that some call this a ‘miracle’ moisturizer: rich ingredients smooth and firm skin and diminish those pesky fine lines.

Price range: $135 (1 oz.) to $250 (2 oz.)

Neutrogena’s Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer combines the moisturizing properties of a good lotion with an SPF 30, protecting skin from damaging UVA/UVB rays as it softens. This lightweight daily face moisturizer is packed with beneficial antioxidants and Vitamin E, too. Skin stays soft all day long! For those prone to breakouts, consider Neutrogena’s Moisture Oil Free Formula – it also has an SPF and manages to smooth skin without causing pimples to form.

Price range: $11.99 to $14.99

Finding a good facial moisturizer can be a royal pain if you have acne-prone skin. Moisturizers are either too heavy, clogging up pores and causing major acne eruptions, or too light, leaving your face tight and dry. Clean & Clear’s Oil-Free Dual Action Moisturizer is designed to fight acne (using Salicyclic Acid) and dryness. And the best part? This lotion won’t break the bank!

Price range: $5.50 to $7.99

Want perfect skin like Kate Middleton, aka the Duchess of Cambridge? Middleton reportedly swears by Karin Herzog’s skin care line, including her Oxygen Face Cream, which uses oxygen to flush out toxins and control oil. The result? A fresh-faced, positively glowing complexion!

Price range: $40 to $60