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Moisturizer keeps your skin hydrated, soft and smooth so choosing a good one for your skin type is important to maximize the benefits. You’ll probably need to switch things up as your skin changes throughout the year. Different factors like your age, cleansing habits, the humidity in the air, your environment, the temperature and the season will affect your current needs making it important to modify your choice as your skin changes. You’ll know yours is working for you if it gets absorbed easily into your skin making it feel soft and supple, and if it has added benefits like SPF and antioxidants. You should also find that the quality of your skin will continue to improve over time.
This simple test will help you determine if it’s time to replace the one you’re currently using with something different. To figure out if you’re on the right track, simply check your complexion 2-3 hours after applying it.
- If your complexion feels tight or dry, apply a bit more product and see if it makes a difference. If not, switch to a richer, thicker formula.
- If your complexion feels oily or greasy, choose a lighter formula or go oil-free.
Here, 5 of our favorites:
AmorePacific Moisture Bound Refreshing Hydra-Gel Oil-Free ($100) has a 24-hour time release formula and feels cool on application. This gel moisturizer contains Bamboo Sap to support cell turnover, 5-Hydra Complex™ (made up of Lotus, Cactus Fruit, Bamboo Leaf, Wild Soybean and Green Tea Extract) to soften and hydrate, Ginger Root Extract and Panax Ginseng to support microcirculation and Licorice root to boost radiance.
Perricone MD PRE:EMPT SERIES™ Oil-Free Hydrating Cream ($75) fights dull, dry, fine-lined and uneven-textured skin. Formulated with Dr. Perricone’s patent-pending Nrf2 Antioxidant Support Complex™ with turmeric, olive, leaf, green tea and cress sprouts, to promote hydration, nourishment and antioxidant benefits.
belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb ($38) helps correct uneven tone and texture, enlarged pores and a dry complexion. Apply it morning and evening to instantly refresh and hydrate, on top of makeup when you want to add some glow, or as a 5-minute moisture mask when extra hydration is desired. Antioxidant-rich herbs minimize damage from free radicals.
Sephora Instant Moisture+ Cream ($23) has recently been reformulated with a Hyaluronic Acid Booster Complex to give you 24-hour hydration. It diminishes the look of fine lines and wrinkles and contains light-reflecting pigments to brighten and antioxidants to protect.
Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter ($40) is a rich, buttery, luxurious, yet fast-absorbing face butter that leaves skin healthy, glowing, and hydrated. Made with 100 percent pure argan oil, watermelon seed oil, shea butter, cucumber extract and aloe nectar, it intensely nourishes, protects, softens, smoothes, soothes and leaves skin firm and radiant.
*NOTE: All products were sampled in store. Opinions are my own.