The Absolute Best Moisturizers for Dry Faces

Despite your best efforts (humidifiers, masks, more water, less wine), it can be a challenge to maintain a supple complexion. But it does make a big difference to find the right moisturizer for your skin type. Here are the best face moisturizers for all skin types, after much trial and error.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream

This moisturizer is ideal for oily complexions and absorbs almost instantly so that your skin feels softer, nourished and not greasy at all. The consistency of the gel-cream spreads evenly, but feels more like a once-applied liquid. It is also one of the least-cost moisturizers on this list, and has nearly 5,000 Amazon five-star ratings.

Olay Regenerist Deep Hydration Regenerating Cream Moisturizer

It’s not the most flashy of moisturizers, but this one has a long-standing reputation in the world of beauty — it works very well and has zero fragrance. (Almost 4,000 four-star ratings are available on Amazon, too). One swipe of the formula, which is rich in hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, moisturizes deeply for supersoft skin.

Avène Cicalfate Restorative Skin Cream

The cream is admired by those with persistent eczema for its ability to cure and soothe especially stubborn spots. It is a French drugstore discovery which contains thermal spring water (known for its healing properties), but also has clinical results which support its effectiveness in repairing the skin barrier. It is calming and can also be used on children.

Weleda Skin Food Original Ultrarich Cream

This moisturizer has got the status of cults. As a favorite of Julia Roberts, Victoria Beckham, makeup artists, models, writers, and more it has been listed several times on the Cut. People laud its thickness and the dewy sheen that it leaves behind (some people even use it rather than the highlighter). It’s meant mainly for the face and body, but can also be used on hands, hair, and everywhere else.

TATCHA The Water Cream

This cream quickly became the best-selling moisturizer of Sephora over the summer, and sold out twice. It has a gel texture that on skin contact immediately becomes a smooth, silky moisturizer and it moisturizes without being greasy.