27 Best Hydrating Moisturizers for All Skin Types

Rafael Benites

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For a long time, I was under the mistaken impression that I have dry skin, mostly because I love the texture of a thick, gooey moisturizer. Despite the fact that every dermatologist or aesthetician has disputed my claims, I developed a sixth sense for knowing if a cream was actually going to keep my skin feeling hydrated all day long. But once I started using a prescription retinol in my routine, my skin really did become dry and flaky, which meant it was time to find the ultimate hydrating moisturizer.

Whether you have dry skin, oily skin, acne-prone skin, or extremely sensitive skin, it’s super important to keep your skin moisturized. Hydrating is what keeps our skin looking young and bouncy, and an excellent moisturizer can even double as a makeup primer. Here, find the 27 best hydrating moisturizers for every skin type.

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1

Best for Crepe-y Skin

CeraVe

Moisturizing Cream

2

Best for Wounds

Avene

Cicalfate+ Restorative Protective Cream

3

Best for Acne-Prone Dry Skin

Biba Los Angeles

Daily Moisturizer

4

Best for Plump Skin

COSRX

Snail Mucin 92% Repair Cream

5

Best for Makeup Prep

Embryolisse

Lait Creme Concentre

6

Best for Very Sensitive Skin

Vanicream

Moisturizing Skin Cream

7

Best Lightweight Moisturizer

EltaMD

AM Therapy Face Moisturizer

8

Best for Dewy Skin

Clinique

Moisture Surge Intense 72H Lipid-Replenishing Hydrator

9

Best for Dry Skin

Dieux Skin

Instant Angel

10

Best for Irritated Skin

Tatcha

Indigo Overnight Repair

11

Best for All Skin Types

La Roche-Posay

Lipikar Balm AP+M Triple repair Moisturizing Cream

12

Best for Supple Skin

DAMDAM

Mochi Mochi Luminous Plumping Moisturizer

13

Best for Flaky Skin

AmLactin

Daily Moisturizing Lotion

14

Best for the Skin’s Microbiome

Beekman 1802

Bloom Cream Daily Probiotic Moisturizer

15

Best for Dull Skin

Gold Bond

Ultimate Healing Skin Therapy Lotion

16

Best for Matte Skinn

Augustinus Bader

The Light Cream

17

Best for A Glow

Farmacy

Honey Halo Ceramide Face Moisturizer

18

Best for Barrier Repair

Etude House

SoonJung 2x Barrier Intensive Cream

19

Best for Aging Skin

Dr. Jart+

Ceramidin™ Cream

20

Best for Fine Lines

Tata Harper

Repairative Anti-Aging Moisturizer

21

Best for Bouncy Skin

Drunk Elephant

Protini Polypeptide Cream

22

Best for Even Skin

EADEM

Cloud Cushion Plush Moisturizer with Ceramides + Peptides

23

Best for Redness

Biossance

Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer

24

Best for Itchy Skin

Uriage

Xemose Lipid-Replenishing Anti-Irritation Cream

25

Best for Oily Skin

Versed

Dew Point Moisturizing Gel Cream

26

Best for Every Day

Neutrogena

Hydro Boost Water Gel

27

Best for Eczema

First Aid Beauty

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

Why is it important to use a moisturizer?

If you are building a skincare routine from scratch, a cleanser, moisturizer, and SPF are the key steps. “Moisturizers are very important in the skin care regimen,” says Lal. “They help hydrate and replenish your skin. As we age we lose moisture from our skin naturally. Restoring this moisture is important for maintaining a great skin barrier.”

How do you hydrate aging skin?

“I recommend people look for hydrating agents such as hyaluronic acid, petrolatum, glycerin, ceramides, dimethicone in their skin care products which help hydrate and retain moisture in aging skin,” says Dr. Lal. “I usually tell people to moisturize right after the shower all over their body every day. For those with dry skin, moisturizer multiple times a day may be necessary.”

What kind of skin types need hydration the most?

“All skin types benefit from a moisturizer but dry and aging skin requires moisturizer the most,” according to Lal.

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