Best Skin Moisturizer

Best Skin Moisturizer

Acne: Let’s talk about it. Most of us have it, but many of us don’t know how to handle it. What we thought would leave us as soon as our high school days were over followed us to college and on to our careers. If this sounds like a page out of your book, trust us when we say you’re not alone. We know how embarrassing it can be to show up to the office with a pimple trying to take over your entire face. It happens.Acne comes in different forms and blemishes come in various sizes. Whether you’re fighting cystic acne that forms deep down in your pores due to your hormones raging out of control as if you were 16 again or stubborn little whiteheads that just won’t catch a clue, we all have the same goal — to control acne. Now with the arrival of summer, the days have gotten hotter and pores are at risk of being clogged with excess sebum, sweat and dirt. The last thing you want to do is add fluid to the fire by layering on a moisturizer that could potentially harm your skin.Moisturizing is a very important part of treating acne as moistened skin tends to loosen sebum built up inside pores. Finding a moisturizer for your acne-prone or oily skin can be tough. The same lotion used on your body shouldn’t go near your face. We wouldn’t even recommend using the same lotion on your neck, chest, back and upper arms since acne tends to occur there as well (hello, bacne). When choosing a facial moisturizer for acne-prone skin, steer clear of clogging ingredients like petroleum, mineral oil or silicones like dimethicone. It’s also best to stay away from anything containing alcohol as drying out skin to control oil production will only produce more oil that can lead to inflammation. You want to snag moisturizers that are gel, oil-free or water-based as the lightweight formula gives you the moisture you need without bringing breakouts with it. A few ingredients to keep in mind are salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide as the two fight any existing breakouts as well as prevent any future ones waiting to occur. There’s also humectants glycerin and hyaluronic acid that pull water to skin to retain its natural moisture, and gentle exfoliants, such as glycolic and lactic acid that work to fade any red or dark spots left behind. When using alpha hydroxy acids (glycolic and lactic), be sure to do so when you’re not using acne treatments containing salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide as using too much of a good thing can irritate and dry skin.Now that you have the rundown on what you should and shouldn’t slather on your face this summer, check out the 26 best moisturizers for acne-prone skin that will leave your face soft and smooth without breaking you out.
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Best Skin Moisturizer

Moisturizing is a very important part of treating acne as moistened skin tends to loosen sebum built up inside pores. Finding a moisturizer for your acne-prone or oily skin can be tough. The same lotion used on your body shouldn’t go near your face. We wouldn’t even recommend using the same lotion on your neck, chest, back and upper arms since acne tends to occur there as well (hello, bacne). When choosing a facial moisturizer for acne-prone skin, steer clear of clogging ingredients like petroleum, mineral oil or silicones like dimethicone. It’s also best to stay away from anything containing alcohol as drying out skin to control oil production will only produce more oil that can lead to inflammation. 
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4 Of 15 Ven Effect Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer The most impressive thing is walking around with inexplicably summery, dew-drenched skin in the dead of winter. I want a glistening complexion that belies my apartment’s glow-leaching dry air! This ultra-plumping, creamy moisturizer (created by two people who truly know what they’re talking about: A female gynecologist and her hormonal wellness specialist sister!) is spiked with phytoestrogen—just quickly, female estrogen production slows starting in our mid twenties, which results in a loss of collagen…aka all the wrinkles and the sagging. Phytoestrogen is plant-derived and bonds with the body’s estrogen receptors to boost collagen)—and is my greatest trick to looking hot-weather radiant. —Megan O’Neill Bull, Senior Beauty and Fitness EditorVen Effect Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer , $185; veneffect.com
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Best Skin Moisturizer

For Oily / Acne-Prone SkinOur favorite at-home peel now comes in moisturizer form. Its creamy, oil-free formula — spiked with exfoliating glycolic acid to sweep dead skin cells off the face (ew), witch hazel to control oil production and prevent breakouts, and niacinamide to even skin texture — does it all.Nip+Fab Post Glycolic Fix Moisturizer SPF 30, $18.99 (cvs.com)
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Best Skin Moisturizer

Our favorite at-home peel now comes in moisturizer form. Its creamy, oil-free formula — spiked with exfoliating glycolic acid to sweep dead skin cells off the face (ew), witch hazel to control oil production and prevent breakouts, and niacinamide to even skin texture — does it all.Nip+Fab Post Glycolic Fix Moisturizer SPF 30, $18.99 (cvs.com)
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Best Skin Moisturizer

Moisturizer is a skin-care necessity. But finding a formula that works best for your skin — and your bank account — can get a little confusing. Well, here's your cheat sheet: We found the ten moisturizers for every skin type, all for under $20. So whether your skin is superdry or extra oily, or you're fighting off fine lines, we've got you — and your wallet — covered.
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Best Skin Moisturizer

The most impressive thing is walking around with inexplicably summery, dew-drenched skin in the dead of winter. I want a glistening complexion that belies my apartment’s glow-leaching dry air! This ultra-plumping, creamy moisturizer (created by two people who truly know what they’re talking about: A female gynecologist and her hormonal wellness specialist sister!) is spiked with phytoestrogen—just quickly, female estrogen production slows starting in our mid twenties, which results in a loss of collagen…aka all the wrinkles and the sagging. Phytoestrogen is plant-derived and bonds with the body’s estrogen receptors to boost collagen)—and is my greatest trick to looking hot-weather radiant. —Megan O’Neill Bull, Senior Beauty and Fitness EditorVen Effect Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer , $185; veneffect.com
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Best Skin Moisturizer

GlamGlow Volcasmic Matte Glow Moisturizer$54 BUY NOWSoon after you start regularly applying Volcasmic, additional cosmetics will become irrelevant (though it makes for an excellent primer). GlamGlow’s first-ever K-Beauty product initially resembles a heavy balm, but dip your finger into the pot and scoop a dime-sized amount of the moisturizer into your fingers. The creamy texture feels almost whipped, and melts into skin quickly, resulting in a stunning opaque glow.More: 10 Exfoliating Scrubs Your Body is Craving
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3 Of 15 boscia Tsubaki Swirl Two-Part Gel & Cream Deep Hydration Moisturizer$38 BUY NOWBoscia’s getting mighty crafty with their two-for-one specials in a jar, and we’re loving it. The latest installment to the brand’s Tsubaki collection is an equal parts gel-and-cream face moisturizer made to hydrate skin (obviously), but also to improve the complexion’s overall radiance. Intertwining tsubaki oil and rice bran, sodium hyaluronate, and Matrixl 3000 to support natural collagen production, the formulation boasts anti-aging elements as well to minimize fine lines and wrinkles.
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“But use a moisturizer!” you say, and I laugh. My normal nighttime routine currently consists of a hydrating serum, a thick-as-hell cream, an occlusive moisturizer (occlusive formulas basically form a film on the skin to prevent water loss), and then, sometimes, a facial oil on top, just for funsies. And still, I frequently wake up with a dry face. (It’s actually miraculous; I might be an anomaly. Somebody call Guinness.)
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10 Of 10 The signs of aging skin come in many forms and this souped-up moisturizer fights all the major offenders: discoloration, sagginess, dryness, dullness, and fine lines.RoC Multi Correxion 5 in 1 Daily Moisturizer, $27.50, ulta.com. Courtesy RoC
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The signs of aging skin come in many forms and this souped-up moisturizer fights all the major offenders: discoloration, sagginess, dryness, dullness, and fine lines.RoC Multi Correxion 5 in 1 Daily Moisturizer, $27.50, ulta.com.
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5 Of 15 Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Skin Tint$39 BUY NOWPhilosophy’s award-winning, lightweight moisturizer has been both reimagined and re-designed for daily wear with a twist. Birthing a water-based makeup and skincare hybrid for convenient wear, the balm comes available in five skin tints for a complexion-loving cosmetic with an added bonus of SPF 20. Antioxidants and whu zu yu (Asian fruit) extract protect against environmental assailants for overall smooth and healthy skin. It’s basically fancy AF and something both you and your mother would wear.
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Fact: I have the driest, most sensitive skin in the entire world. (That’s probably not an exaggeration, either.) My skin is so sensitive that sometimes, in the middle of the day, as I sit stationary at my desk, it develops a rash, or a hive, or a burning itching patch, completely unprovoked. And when it’s not staging a coup on my sanity, it’s flaking. Oh, how it flakes. I have a strict, five-second window between washing my face and applying moisturizer before my skin tightens and shrivels into a dull, angry mess.