If there is one step you should never ever skip during your daily skincare regimen it's moisturizing. Applying moisturizer each day and night will not only help repair dead skin cells, it can rejuvenate skin with added nutrients and even protect your face from harmful UV rays. It may seem like a good idea to hold back on the moisturizer if you're prone to acne or your skin is super sensitive, but no matter what skin type you have moisturizing is a complete essential. Luckily, there are moisturizers created for every skin type, helping fight break outs while hydrating dry skin. Here are some of the best we've found for no matter what your skin issues are and they fit just about anyone's budget!
1. Dry Skin
It's a complete no-brainer that dry skin needs moisture but you still want to make sure you find a moisturizer that won't dry skin out more. For all the dry skin ladies out there looking for a moisturizer that won't break the bank, CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM ($15, Amazon) has super hydrating ingredients like ceramides, niacinamide and hyaluronic acid to pack skin with moisture without feeling heavy or clogging pores. The added SPF 30 will also protect you from the sun. Eucerin Daily Protection SPF 30 Face Lotion ($7.99, Target) is another great product when you're on a budget. The formula offers intense hydration that lasts up to 24 hours without being overwhelming. It's also fragrance-free which will ensure your skin doesn't dry out and has an SPF of 30 as well.
But if you're looking for a luxury product that you're willing to splurge on, we recommend Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream ($42, Ulta). With a highly concentrated formula featuring an exclusive tri-radiance complex, this moisturizer works to protect and reinforce your skin's natural moisture barrier. It also contains mango butter, which can naturally restore moisture.
2. Oily Skin
Burt's Bees). This combination product will fight acne gently with a touch of salicylic acid while adding hydration with witch hazel, lemongrass and hops. Dermatologist tested and approved, this product will also help control your skin's oil production to help prevent future break outs. Keeping with the affordable theme, Alba Botanica Good and Healthy Anti-Oil Weightless Moisture Lotion ($6.65, Lucky Vitamin) is also inexpensive and great for acne-prone skin. Because this formula doesn't contain oil, it won't worsen your skin's acne. It also includes ingredients like kale and spinach to hydrate skin naturally.
And for you luxury product lovers, Renee Rouleau Daily Protection SPF 30 ($37.50, Renee Rouleau) is another great option. Because it contains zinc oxide, this moisturizer feels weightless and isn't greasy but will hydrate your skin with the best of them.
3. Combination Skin
If your skin has both oily and dry patches, you're going to want a moisturizer that is minimal on the oil but still focuses on hydration. Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer ($14.99, Aveeno) is a classic and will always do the job. Oil-free, this moisturizer uses both a total soy complex and salicylic acid to keep breakouts at bay while adding moisture to dry patches. For another great natural product that's paraben free, Yes to Tomatoes Daily Balance ($14.99, Yes to Carrots) features antioxidant lycopene to keep an anti-oil, pro-moisture balance.
For a product with a higher price tag, there is also Elta MD UV Daily Broad Spectrum SPF 40 ($28, Dermstore). Also packed with zinc oxide, Elta MD's product is quick drying for a lightweight feel that prevents acne. It also features SPF protection and comes in a few tinted shades.
4. Sensitive Skin
When your skin easily reacts to many different creams and cleansers, it can be hard to find a product that's just right. These moisturizers have been designed with sensitive skin in mind and we highly recommend them! Simple Vital Vitamin Day Cream ($16.99, Amazon) can help soothe your skin with ingredients like vitamins B5 and E, glycerin and bisabolol. Because it doesn't contain any fragrances, it's sure not to irritate your skin but hydrate it all the same. Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer ($12.94, Wal-Mart) is our next recommendation that's even less expensive than the first. Lightweight, not greasy and free of irritants, Cetaphil's moisturizer is perfect to keep skin healthy and protect it against the sun.
Number three on our list -Yes to Cucumbers Daily Calming Moisturizer with SPF 30 ($14.99, Yes to Carrots)- is also affordable and completely natural. Packed with organic cucumbers, this formula is guaranteed to soothe your skin while almond oil and aloe keep it glowing. And it's got SPF!
What's your favorite moisturizer? Sound off in the comments below and let us know how you keep your skin fresh.