Our Favorite Face Moisturizers

Facial moisturizer… is there anything more important or can’t-live-without in your daily/nightly routine? Our guess is no. So, the Looks & Merit team is bringing you our tried and true favorites, and discussing why we love each of them below:

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Catherine’s favorites:

Aveeno's Smart Essentials Moisturizer is a great daily moisturizer that smells fantastic! It's light enough to leave skin feeling oil-free and offers vitamins A, C, and E plus SPF 30.

Neutrogena's Hydro Boost Water Gel goes on with a cool refreshing feel and its key ingredient, hyaluronic acid, guarantees you'll have supple, baby soft skin. You have to try this stuff, you will definitely notice a difference in how soft your skin feels!


Hannah’s favorites:

My go-to everyday moisturizer is First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream. The texture is creamy but light, and it absorbs into the skin on my face and neck in a matter of seconds. When I’m in a rush (or on the weekends when I want a little coverage but not a full face of makeup), I combine this moisturizer with my Chanel foundation for the perfect hint of dewy, even coverage. Plus, FAB products are safe for my super-sensitive skin and loaded with good-for-your skin antioxidants.

When my skin has been wrecked from a long flight, long weekend, wintery weather or even sun exposure, I bring it back to life with the GLAMGLOW ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment. You can layer on this amazing product as a face mask or use a smaller amount as an overnight treatment. It smells like heaven and, no questions asked, it works.


Laurel’s favorites:

Bio Oil replaced my old moisturizers and does such a better job. I use it for extreme hydration and as an anti-aging step in my daily skincare routine because it is supposed to be excellent for targeting fine lines. Don’t let the words “oil” deter you, this Bio Oil is non-greasy and absorbs into my skin in a flash without leaving any oily residue behind. Not to mention, this stuff is super affordable ($13 for 4.2 oz.) and you can find it pretty much anywhere.

Ponds is a classic go-to brand that's endured the test of time. This moisturizer is rich and heavy enough to intensely hydrate but won't irritate sensitive skin. I love it as an overnight moisturizer.

Hannah Benak