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24 Amazing Moisturizers People Actually Swear By

Because your skin is thirsty all year round. The products in this post were updated in March 2018.

We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.
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We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

1. Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream is one of your best bets for a classic everyday moisturizer that sinks into your skin and lasts all day without needing reapplication.

Promising review: "A truly 24-hour face moisturizer. Non-greasy and fast-absorbing. I've used it during all four seasons, both day and night. Keeps my face hydrated the whole day without having to reapply. And the container lasted about eight months." —Kiehl's CustomerGet it from Sephora or Kiehl's for $29.50.
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Promising review: "A truly 24-hour face moisturizer. Non-greasy and fast-absorbing. I've used it during all four seasons, both day and night. Keeps my face hydrated the whole day without having to reapply. And the container lasted about eight months." —Kiehl's Customer

Get it from Sephora or Kiehl's for $29.50.

2. Embryolisse Concentrated Lait Cream tackles just about everything a cream can do — it's a makeup remover, after-shave cream, cleansing lotion for babies and children, makeup primer, and nighttime lotion.

Promising review: "Holy grail of daily moisturizers! It goes on with a pleasant smoothness and immediately absorbs into my skin. No shine and no goopy 'there's something on my face' feeling. Yet somehow, it moisturizes as well as heavier emollient creams!" —DLBGet it from Amazon for $24.89 or a two-pack for $39.89.
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Promising review: "Holy grail of daily moisturizers! It goes on with a pleasant smoothness and immediately absorbs into my skin. No shine and no goopy 'there's something on my face' feeling. Yet somehow, it moisturizes as well as heavier emollient creams!" —DLB

Get it from Amazon for $24.89 or a two-pack for $39.89.

3. Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb is actually your skin's thirst-quenching truth — the ultra-lightweight gel-cream instantly cools and hydrates with a powerful but soothing blend of apothecary herbs.

Promising review: "I have gone through many, many moisturizers on my way to this one, and this was the only one where I noticed a difference in my skin after ONE day. My skin was brighter and smoother and my pores were smaller. It absorbs into my skin very quickly and deeply hydrates without feeling like I have a layer of product on my face. I would also like to mention that I used to have oily skin but now I can say that I have closer to normal skin after consistently using this product." —phil0s0phieGet it from Sephora for $38.
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Promising review: "I have gone through many, many moisturizers on my way to this one, and this was the only one where I noticed a difference in my skin after ONE day. My skin was brighter and smoother and my pores were smaller. It absorbs into my skin very quickly and deeply hydrates without feeling like I have a layer of product on my face. I would also like to mention that I used to have oily skin but now I can say that I have closer to normal skin after consistently using this product." —phil0s0phie

Get it from Sephora for $38.

4. Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture With SPF 15 might just become a repeat purchase over years and years for you — it's lightweight, oil-free, and works wonders for acne-prone and dry skin types alike.

Promising review: "I love the SPF protection. The formula is light and oil-free and it makes your face feel soft but not overly greasy. I buy two to three bottles per year with daily or twice daily use. I often mix the moisturizer with my foundation for lighter coverage and to prevent dryness. I would buy this over more expensive moisturizers any time." —AD28Get it from Amazon for $9.37.
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Promising review: "I love the SPF protection. The formula is light and oil-free and it makes your face feel soft but not overly greasy. I buy two to three bottles per year with daily or twice daily use. I often mix the moisturizer with my foundation for lighter coverage and to prevent dryness. I would buy this over more expensive moisturizers any time." —AD28

Get it from Amazon for $9.37.

5. Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Cream is especially great for sensitive skin and works to strengthen your skin's natural protective barriers.

Promising review: "I use this whenever my skin needs a little extra love. It's moisturizing without making my skin oily, and it calms down my red, itchy, painful skin when I get a rash. I'll always make sure I have some of this on hand." —Kira M.Get it from Soko Glam for $23.
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Promising review: "I use this whenever my skin needs a little extra love. It's moisturizing without making my skin oily, and it calms down my red, itchy, painful skin when I get a rash. I'll always make sure I have some of this on hand." —Kira M.

Get it from Soko Glam for $23.

6. An Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask suits all skin types and helps keep redness and irritation at bay so you wake up with totally refreshed skin.

Promising review: "Holy cow, this is so moisturizing/hydrating. I have problematic skin (dry, very sensitive, acne-prone, rebuilding my moisture barrier) and this is helping like crazy. I use it to help combat prescription retinoid dryness and it helps noticeably. Doesn't break me out and helps with skin I've overexfoliated. I use it as the last step in my nighttime routine and it's great!" —Kate H.Get it on Amazon for $22.99.
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Promising review: "Holy cow, this is so moisturizing/hydrating. I have problematic skin (dry, very sensitive, acne-prone, rebuilding my moisture barrier) and this is helping like crazy. I use it to help combat prescription retinoid dryness and it helps noticeably. Doesn't break me out and helps with skin I've overexfoliated. I use it as the last step in my nighttime routine and it's great!" —Kate H.

Get it on Amazon for $22.99.

7. LilyAna Naturals Face Cream provides true all-day hydration and works just as well, if not better, than the pricey brands your derm is always recommending.

Promising review: "This face cream is AMAZING! And this is coming from someone with dry, sensitive, and rosacea-prone skin. The consistency is quite luxurious too. Even my dermatologist was amazed when I told her I had switched from Dermalogica (which almost amounts to a car payment) to LilyAna Naturals. My skin is hydrated and *stays* hydrated for the whole day — it literally feels like silk. And as for lines and wrinkles, they are less apparent each day. I know a lot of us have been conditioned into thinking that if a product isn't from a certain company or isn't expensive, it simply can't work. Take a chance, ladies... it's worth it." —VeronicaGet it from Amazon for $17.99.
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Promising review: "This face cream is AMAZING! And this is coming from someone with dry, sensitive, and rosacea-prone skin. The consistency is quite luxurious too. Even my dermatologist was amazed when I told her I had switched from Dermalogica (which almost amounts to a car payment) to LilyAna Naturals. My skin is hydrated and *stays* hydrated for the whole day — it literally feels like silk. And as for lines and wrinkles, they are less apparent each day. I know a lot of us have been conditioned into thinking that if a product isn't from a certain company or isn't expensive, it simply can't work. Take a chance, ladies... it's worth it." —Veronica

Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

8. Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion is a time-tested favorite for treating dry skin (hello, soothing oatmeal) that's safe for babies and adults alike.

Promising review: "If they made it a drink, I'd drink it. If it was edible, I'd eat it. This stuff just works really well. Never overly greasy (just for a minute or two as you put it on) and quickly dries down to give you a nice, smooth feeling. I've been buying this stuff for a very long time and will continue to do so!" —QA TesterGet it from Amazon for $6.09.
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Promising review: "If they made it a drink, I'd drink it. If it was edible, I'd eat it. This stuff just works really well. Never overly greasy (just for a minute or two as you put it on) and quickly dries down to give you a nice, smooth feeling. I've been buying this stuff for a very long time and will continue to do so!" —QA Tester

Get it from Amazon for $6.09.

9. Mizon All In One Snail Repair Cream boosts skin regeneration and feels substantial and luxurious without any uncomfortable stickiness.

Promising review: "This is the best moisturizer I have tried to date — I've used Clinique, Body Merry, SkinMedica, EltaMD, which are all good, but this is the best. I have oily skin and this is lightweight and absorbs into your skin without making it shiny or oily. You can put on primer within minutes and your skin won't feel shiny or feel like there's still product on the surface. It also has NO scent, which is good because who needs to put extra ingredients onto their face? I thought maybe I would be graced with a few good days over the course of a month, but my skin has been 100% CLEAR this past month. Five stars and it is affordable too! —Amazon CustomerGet it from Amazon for $18.89.
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Promising review: "This is the best moisturizer I have tried to date — I've used Clinique, Body Merry, SkinMedica, EltaMD, which are all good, but this is the best. I have oily skin and this is lightweight and absorbs into your skin without making it shiny or oily. You can put on primer within minutes and your skin won't feel shiny or feel like there's still product on the surface. It also has NO scent, which is good because who needs to put extra ingredients onto their face? I thought maybe I would be graced with a few good days over the course of a month, but my skin has been 100% CLEAR this past month. Five stars and it is affordable too! —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $18.89.

10. Dr. Jart Ceramidin Cream uses time-release science to provide your skin with continuous moisture for up to 26 hours.

Promising review: "I love this packaging. It's like toothpaste — you know exactly how much is left and can use it to the last drop. I have very dry skin and this is perfect for the day and wearing underneath my makeup. It's light but creamy enough to keep my skin supple all day long. There is no harsh smell and it probably works for all skin types. You can't go wrong with this product." —SassyvibGet it from Sephora for $48.There's also a tinted version with SPF 15 if you want a little coverage with your moisturizer.
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Promising review: "I love this packaging. It's like toothpaste — you know exactly how much is left and can use it to the last drop. I have very dry skin and this is perfect for the day and wearing underneath my makeup. It's light but creamy enough to keep my skin supple all day long. There is no harsh smell and it probably works for all skin types. You can't go wrong with this product." —Sassyvib

Get it from Sephora for $48.

There's also a tinted version with SPF 15 if you want a little coverage with your moisturizer.

11. Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins Renewal Cream contains dark-spot-fighting and brightening vitamins C, E, and H and relaxing aromas (like vanilla) to lull you to sleep.

Promising review: "I've tried hundreds of night creams and have spent hundreds of dollars — finally found one that does what it says. Extremely hydrating without the greasy feel of most creams. You wake up and your skin is still hydrated and glowing. I swear my dark spots are gone and it's even helping my forehead lines fade." —MChambersGet it from Sephora or Ulta for $45.
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Promising review: "I've tried hundreds of night creams and have spent hundreds of dollars — finally found one that does what it says. Extremely hydrating without the greasy feel of most creams. You wake up and your skin is still hydrated and glowing. I swear my dark spots are gone and it's even helping my forehead lines fade." —MChambers

Get it from Sephora or Ulta for $45.

12. Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 is the perfect medium of supple hydration and sun protection, which means one less product to run out and buy.

Promising review: "You know how most day moisturizers with SPF always feel so oily or heavy? I've always had to put moisturizer and SPF on separately, which is an annoying extra step in the morning. But this product is amazing for my dry skin and most days I just put this on and nothing else! One-step, done. It's moisturizing without being heavy and even when I'm out on the beach I get ZERO burning (I burn very easily). It keeps my skin baby soft all day and gives me a radiant glow. The white mask dissipates quickly, leaving you with plump and protected skin." —s0faGet it from Sephora for $32.
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Promising review: "You know how most day moisturizers with SPF always feel so oily or heavy? I've always had to put moisturizer and SPF on separately, which is an annoying extra step in the morning. But this product is amazing for my dry skin and most days I just put this on and nothing else! One-step, done. It's moisturizing without being heavy and even when I'm out on the beach I get ZERO burning (I burn very easily). It keeps my skin baby soft all day and gives me a radiant glow. The white mask dissipates quickly, leaving you with plump and protected skin." —s0fa

Get it from Sephora for $32.

13. Tatcha The Water Cream "bursts" upon contact so it hydrates without leaving skin sticky or greasy — and it casually contains a touch of 23-karat gold so you can live your best life.

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Promising review: "I can't say enough good things about this cream. Coming from a moisturizer addict, this moisturizer is at the top of my list. My oily skin can't get enough. The Water Cream's consistency is in the name — water! Once applied to the skin it becomes watery and feels so refreshing." —ChasityMichelle

Get it from Sephora for $68.

14. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream is so lightweight that you won't feel a trace after your skin drinks it up.

Promising review: "I have (or rather had) dry/oily skin and other creams and lotions I tried just were not cutting it — they felt thick, greasy, and just generally uncomfortable. But I put this on and feel almost nothing at all! If you're looking for a transparent yet effective daily moisturizer, definitely give this a try! I never realized how dry and tight my skin felt after a shower until I regularly started applying this right after and felt what my skin should actually feel like." —Raul G.Get it from Amazon for $14.99.
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Promising review: "I have (or rather had) dry/oily skin and other creams and lotions I tried just were not cutting it — they felt thick, greasy, and just generally uncomfortable. But I put this on and feel almost nothing at all! If you're looking for a transparent yet effective daily moisturizer, definitely give this a try! I never realized how dry and tight my skin felt after a shower until I regularly started applying this right after and felt what my skin should actually feel like." —Raul G.

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

15. Eau Thermale Avène Skin Recovery Cream says "seeya" to parabens, preservatives, fragrances — ok, you get it — so it's safe to use on skin conditions like psoriasis and perioral dermatitis.

Promising review: "Big fan of this stuff. I have lots of skin issues (psoriasis and perioral dermatitis being the biggest concerns) and this stuff does wonders to help both. It is heavy enough to moisturize my dry spots and lightweight enough that I'm not greasy by mid-day." —Elizabeth H.Get it from Amazon for $35.
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Promising review: "Big fan of this stuff. I have lots of skin issues (psoriasis and perioral dermatitis being the biggest concerns) and this stuff does wonders to help both. It is heavy enough to moisturize my dry spots and lightweight enough that I'm not greasy by mid-day." —Elizabeth H.

Get it from Amazon for $35.

16. Lioele V-Line Sleeping Pack is a barely-there product packed with intense overnight hydration — plus, how cool is it to see actual water droplets forming as you massage it into your skin?

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Promising review: "My face usually feels bloated and gross in the morning so I was super excited to try this product out. I went to bed feeling already refreshed and woke up feeling amazing! What I saw in the mirror was soft, hydrated, glowing and refreshed skin." —Laura T.

Get it from Soko Glam for $16.

17. Benefit It's Potent! Eye Cream fades dark circles and smoothes out fine lines, so no one knows how stressed out you are or how little you sleep.

Promising review: "I'm really young but I've already started developing fine lines around my eyes. No eye cream solved my problem until I started using It's Potent! I never thought I would have to worry about wrinkles at age 20, but as long as I use this I don't have to. Will definitely repurchase." —sm0607Get it from Sephora for $34 or Ulta for $34.
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Promising review: "I'm really young but I've already started developing fine lines around my eyes. No eye cream solved my problem until I started using It's Potent! I never thought I would have to worry about wrinkles at age 20, but as long as I use this I don't have to. Will definitely repurchase." —sm0607

Get it from Sephora for $34 or Ulta for $34.

18. Nature Republic Aloe Vera Gel is made up of 92% aloe vera, which means in addition to being a great, quick-absorbing everyday moisturizer, it's a legit lifesaver for irritated or burned skin.

Promising review: "It has helped over time to reduce my hyperpigmentation spots, though it will take about a month to notice a huge difference. Aside from that, your skin texture will improve overall. It also works great as a makeup primer — nothing else has worked for me but now my makeup stays put all day, and it works great to remove my makeup too. If I feel like I used something harsh and my skin feels irritated or dry, I use the gel at night instead of a cream and wake up to smooth, supple, and clearer skin. This has become my staple product. It will last many months, and for the cost, you can't lose." —ReahGet it from Amazon for $8.95.
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Promising review: "It has helped over time to reduce my hyperpigmentation spots, though it will take about a month to notice a huge difference. Aside from that, your skin texture will improve overall. It also works great as a makeup primer — nothing else has worked for me but now my makeup stays put all day, and it works great to remove my makeup too. If I feel like I used something harsh and my skin feels irritated or dry, I use the gel at night instead of a cream and wake up to smooth, supple, and clearer skin. This has become my staple product. It will last many months, and for the cost, you can't lose." —Reah

Get it from Amazon for $8.95.

19. Like its name suggests, Korres Greek Yoghurt Moisturizing Face Cream contains full-fat Greek yogurt for a natural source of protein, probiotics, vitamins, and minerals for instantly soothed and strengthened skin.

Promising review: "I have been using the yogurt cream for almost a year and I am nothing but elated. I am a stickler for all-natural and non-comedogenic products — this is the best of both because it is not easy to find something that works this well for my face (I am normal to oily in my T-zone)." —zirkaGet it from Sephora for $36.
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Promising review: "I have been using the yogurt cream for almost a year and I am nothing but elated. I am a stickler for all-natural and non-comedogenic products — this is the best of both because it is not easy to find something that works this well for my face (I am normal to oily in my T-zone)." —zirka

Get it from Sephora for $36.

20. Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream might make you go a little ~crazy at the pump~ because of how wonderfully it works on even the flakiest and most sensitive skin (like babies and little tots).

Promising review: "LOOOVE THIS! Bought this cream for my infant son instead of using the standard baby lotions. I'm a pediatric nurse and have used so many different types of baby lotions, but none of them were cutting it for his dry skin. I have eczema myself and know that some creams can sting when the skin is cracked. I like that this cream is thick and it most definitely maintains a moisture barrier. I wish I had discovered this earlier! I will recommend this to everyone I know!" —KatherineGet it from Amazon for $12.17.
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Promising review: "LOOOVE THIS! Bought this cream for my infant son instead of using the standard baby lotions. I'm a pediatric nurse and have used so many different types of baby lotions, but none of them were cutting it for his dry skin. I have eczema myself and know that some creams can sting when the skin is cracked. I like that this cream is thick and it most definitely maintains a moisture barrier. I wish I had discovered this earlier! I will recommend this to everyone I know!" —Katherine

Get it from Amazon for $12.17.

21. Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel should always be your answer to irritated skin — whether you have been burned out in the sun or are experiencing flare-ups from new products.

Promising review: "This has made my skin so plump, soft, and radiant! The cooling effect is a major plus too. All the redness on my face disappears whenever I put it on. Best thing ever!! Especially when paired with the Benton Aloe Toner!" —Romy Fe ValienteGet it from Soko Glam for $19 or Amazon for $17.46.
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Promising review: "This has made my skin so plump, soft, and radiant! The cooling effect is a major plus too. All the redness on my face disappears whenever I put it on. Best thing ever!! Especially when paired with the Benton Aloe Toner!" —Romy Fe Valiente

Get it from Soko Glam for $19 or Amazon for $17.46.

22. Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream delivers intense 24-hour hydration and leaves you with a smooth canvas for makeup.

Promising review: "I have eczema and work 12 hour shifts at a hospital, so my skin takes a beating in the dry atmosphere of the ICU. I was looking for something that would hydrate my skin and protect it from signs of aging and this cream does the job! It has a light rosy fragrance that doesn't irritate skin. It keeps my skin nice and moist for hours and gives off a dewy look." —Niso J.Get it from Sephora for $45.
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Promising review: "I have eczema and work 12 hour shifts at a hospital, so my skin takes a beating in the dry atmosphere of the ICU. I was looking for something that would hydrate my skin and protect it from signs of aging and this cream does the job! It has a light rosy fragrance that doesn't irritate skin. It keeps my skin nice and moist for hours and gives off a dewy look." —Niso J.

Get it from Sephora for $45.

23. CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion has been recommended by dermatologists for probably forever* because it's super gentle and does its ordained job WELL.

*an exaggeration, I'LL ADMITPromising review: "I live in arid Colorado and this lotion moisturizes my skin without causing blockage to my pores (I'm prone to acne). It's refreshing when immediately applied and feels lightweight against my skin." —R. ParkerGet it from Amazon for $12.79.
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*an exaggeration, I'LL ADMIT

Promising review: "I live in arid Colorado and this lotion moisturizes my skin without causing blockage to my pores (I'm prone to acne). It's refreshing when immediately applied and feels lightweight against my skin." —R. Parker

Get it from Amazon for $12.79.

24. And if you're feeling ✨ INCREDIBLY LUXE ✨, La Mer Crème de la Mer contains magical ~Miracle Broth~, which is a mix of hand-harvested sea kelp and other minerals unlocked via a natural fermentation process — for intense repair and transformation you can't put a price tag on.

Promising review: "I really did not want to like this product but I am obsessed. I noticed a difference literally the day after. I usually put it on after I do a face mask or after I shower. I try to use it every other day just because cause of how expensive it is but man, I get this beautiful glow and my skin is baby smooth and soft. After I started using this product, I felt confident going out and not wearing BB cream or any coverup cause my skin looked that bomb!! You are getting what you pay for. Blessing and a curse, but I am definitely planning on repurchasing once I run out." —jaybaybayGet it from Sephora for $170+.
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Promising review: "I really did not want to like this product but I am obsessed. I noticed a difference literally the day after. I usually put it on after I do a face mask or after I shower. I try to use it every other day just because cause of how expensive it is but man, I get this beautiful glow and my skin is baby smooth and soft. After I started using this product, I felt confident going out and not wearing BB cream or any coverup cause my skin looked that bomb!! You are getting what you pay for. Blessing and a curse, but I am definitely planning on repurchasing once I run out." —jaybaybay

Get it from Sephora for $170+.

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