If you think you don’t need to use moisturizer as part of your daily skin care routine, think again. Whether you have oily, dry, combination, sensitive, or mature skin (or something in between), using moisturizer should be part of your morning and evening skin routines. But it’s not just about applying a moisturizer—it’s also about using the best moisturizer for your individual needs. Keep reading to learn about our best face moisturizers for different skin types and skin care concerns, how to apply moisturizer, and how to put together a moisturizing skin care routine from start to finish.
OUR BEST MOISTURIZER FOR DRY SKIN
If you have dry skin, you’re hopefully already a moisturizer devotee—after all, your skin needs all the hydration it can get. Still, while you likely know that you should use moisturizer as part of your skin care routine, you may not know which moisturizer to use. Consider adding the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Normal/Dry Skin into your skin care routine. This water-based moisturizer is formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water. It envelops skin with moisture, improving overall hydration levels with continued use over time.
OUR BEST MOISTURIZER FOR EXTRA DRY SKIN
There’s dry skin—and then there’s very dry skin. When you have extra dry skin, its moisture barrier can become damaged by external factors like pollution and UV rays, causing skin to become easily dehydrated and feel tight and uncomfortable. The L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Extra Dry Skin, which is also formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water, envelops skin with moisture and provides comfort.
OUR BEST MOISTURIZER FOR OILY SKIN
Let’s reiterate: Oily skin needs moisturizer, too. It’s all about finding a moisturizer with a matte finish so that your face doesn’t end up looking shinier throughout the day. Don’t worry, we know just the thing: The L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Normal/Oily Skin is formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to keep skin hydrated. However, it also helps to reduce the appearance of excess shine and has a matte finish—just what you’re looking for if you have oily skin.
OUR BEST MOISTURIZER WITH SPF
Regardless of your age, skin tone, or any other factor, taking sun protection measures should be part of your daily skin care routine. The first part of this is applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher as directed and reapplying at least every two hours (or immediately after swimming or sweating). Beyond this, you’ll want to limit your time in the sun (especially during the sun’s peak hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), seek shade when outdoors, and cover up exposed areas in long sleeves, pants, a broad-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses.
To cut back on the number of steps in your skin care routine, reach for a moisturizer with SPF. If you’re interested in one that can also help with anti-aging, try the L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Day Lotion SPF 30. It provides all-day hydration and can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles with continued use over time.
OUR BEST ANTI-AGING MOISTURIZER
If you’re starting to notice signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles and want to begin following an anti-aging skin care routine, try the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Anti-Aging Moisturizer. It’s formulated with hyaluronic acid, Pro-Retinol, and vitamin C. Immediately, skin feels hydrated and looks more radiant, while skin appears firmer and looks younger with continued use over time.
OUR BEST MOISTURIZER FOR MATURE SKIN
Moisturizing is one of the very best things you can do for aging skin. While it’s essential at any age, mature skin types in particular might notice that they’ve lost their youthful-looking flush and need to step up their moisturizer game. Enter the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Rosy Tone Moisturizer for Mature, Dull Skin. This moisturizer for mature skin gently exfoliates dead skin cells from the surface of skin and helps revive the appearance of its natural pink tone. The rich, non-greasy formula smooths gently over skin to nourish it with moisture, while rosy pigments help to reveal a youthful look. Immediately, skin feels hydrated, while skin looks younger with continued use over time.
OUR BEST MOISTURIZER FOR MATURE, VERY DRY SKIN
If you have mature skin that’s also very dry, you don’t need to pick which of your concerns to address. Rather, you’ll want to look for a moisturizer that’s formulated just for you. Enter the L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Honey Day Cream. Formulated with nurturing oils and manuka honey extract, this moisturizer envelops mature skin with a soft, comforting layer of moisture. The rich cream is also infused with calcium and antioxidants and provides long-lasting, non-greasy hydration. With continued use over time, it will leave skin visibly radiant with a healthy-looking glow, in addition to feeling firmer and more supple.
OUR BEST MOISTURIZER WITH PRO-RETINOL
If you’re a skin care junkie, perhaps you’ve heard about retinol and are curious about trying it out for yourself. If so, reach for the L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Cicacream Face Moisturizer Pro Retinol & Centella Asiatica, which is formulated with Pro-Retinol to help fight wrinkles and resist other common signs of aging. It also contains centella asiatica and can help strengthen and repair the skin barrier.
OUR BEST MOISTURIZER FOR MEN
Guys, we’ve got good news—this moisturizer pretty much does it all in one quick and easy-to-use product. We’re talking about the L'Oréal Paris Men Expert Vita Lift SPF 15 Anti-Wrinkle & Firming Moisturizer, which hydrates skin, boosts firmness, prevents wrinkles and sagging skin, and also contains SPF. With so many skin benefits in just one moisturizer, there’s no excuse not to slather it on every single morning.
HOW DO YOU APPLY MOISTURIZER?
Once you have your moisturizer on deck, make sure you know how to apply it—the right way.
MOISTURIZER APPLICATION TIP #1. DON’T DRY YOUR SKIN AFTER CLEANSING
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the best time to apply moisturizer is when your skin is damp. So, whether you’re fresh out of the shower or you’ve just finished washing your face, don’t towel off right away. Apply your moisturizer to damp skin to help lock in hydration.
MOISTURIZER APPLICATION TIP #2. USE A SMALL AMOUNT
It’s all too common to go overboard with how much moisturizer you use. When it comes to facial moisturizer, about an almond-sized dollop should be enough to cover your entire face.
MOISTURIZER APPLICATION TIP #3. DOT IT ON
In order to evenly distribute moisturizer over your skin, you’ll want to space out small dots of product all over your face—forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin—before massaging it onto your complexion.
MOISTURIZER APPLICATION TIP #4. DON’T FORGET YOUR NECK
One of the easiest ways to tell if someone’s neglected their skin care routine is to take a peek at their neck. Since you obviously don’t want anyone to be judging your skin based on what your neck looks like, be sure to carry your moisturizer down from your face to your neck.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO BEFORE APPLYING MOISTURIZER?
Let’s turn back time for a second. You may have skipped some of the prep work. Using moisturizer is only one part of your skin care routine. There are other steps you should be taking as well to help keep your skin looking and feeling its best. Here’s what to do before applying moisturizer.
STEP #1. REMOVE YOUR MAKEUP BEFORE BED
This one’s important. When you snooze in your makeup, it can mix with the dirt and oil already on the surface of your skin, which can lead to clogged pores (and clogged pores can lead to breakouts and blackheads). Plus, you can't really apply moisturizer before bed if you haven’t cleansed your skin first. Try micellar water, like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof - All Skin Types, to quickly get clean and remove makeup at night.
Saturate a cotton pad with the micellar water and wipe it across your skin. To remove your eye makeup, hold the pad over closed eyes, then wipe. The best part, since you don’t need to rinse, is that you can keep the micellar water and a few cotton pads handy on your nightstand and remove makeup without ever straying too far from the comfort of your bed.
STEP #2. WASH YOUR FACE
Your morning skin care routine should start with a facial cleanser, and you may want to use one after removing your makeup at the end of the day as well. Here’s why: As the day progresses, dirt, oil, and impurities can build up on the surface of your skin, and these should be washed away. Even if you’ve taken off your makeup pre-sleep, you may feel like you still need a deeper clean. That's where double cleansing comes in. For your morning cleanse, or the second step of your nighttime cleansing routine, try the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser or L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refine Cleanser, both of which are formulated to seamlessly transform from clay to mousse when you add water.
STEP #3. USE A FACE MASK
Bring the spa to your home by applying a face mask to cleansed skin before putting on moisturizer. Try the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clarify & Smooth Face Mask. Formulated with three different clays—and yuzu lemon extract—this face mask helps to draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and pollution, shed rough skin cells, clarify skin tone, and improve texture. Apply an even layer to clean, dry skin, leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes, then remove with water in circular motions to exfoliate. Use three times a week for best results.
Editor’s note: If you want more face mask options, check out the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Face Mask, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refining Face Mask, and L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clear & Comfort Face Mask.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO AFTER APPLYING MOISTURIZER?
In some cases, moisturizer can be the final step in your skin care routine. Other times you may want to consider following up with something else. Here are a few options:
If it’s daytime and you aren’t wearing a moisturizer with SPF, you’ll want to smooth your sunscreen on after your moisturizer. Remember: Sunscreen should always be the last step in your skin care routine.
2. FACE OIL
Dry skin types, this one’s for you! If your skin is in need of extra nourishment, or if you’re looking to really lock in your moisturizer, try layering a face oil over your face cream or lotion.
3. MAKEUP PRIMER
Well-moisturized skin can look beautiful all on its own, but if you want to rock makeup on top, that’s another option. Just be sure to create a smooth transition into your makeup routine by starting things off with primer. Then, you’ll be ready for foundation and the rest of your face makeup.
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