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The Best Facial Moisturizer – Splurge, Save, or Go Natural

by Editor on October 13, 2010 · 1 comment

Best Moisturizer for Fall & Winter: Aveeno Positively Radiant, CeraVe, SkinCeuticals

With the onset of the fall weather comes the anticipation of skin changes, often dry, sometimes flaky, and lacking that luminous appeal of summer days.  If you are like most women, the thought of losing the summer’s glow is not something you look forward to.

To better prepare for the cold winter days ahead wreaking havoc on your skin, we’ve compiled a list of the best facial moisturizers to rejuvenate your facial skin and give you a flawless complexion.

Best Moisturizer to Save on: Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF30$14


This superhero moisturizer provides twice the level of  protection against aging UVA rays, and uses total soy complex to even out skin tone.   Its oil-free formula is packed with light diffusers that help even out skin tone and give your skin fresh and dewy look.

At $14 for a 2.5 oz bottle, this high performing lotion is both effective and surprisingly affordable, a true beauty must-have.

Accolades include Cosmopolitan Cosmo Beauty Award Best Face Moisturizer 2010, InStyle Best Daytime Moisturizer 2010, Glamour Glammy Award Best Drugstore Facial Moisturizer 2010, Allure Best of Beauty Skincare Facial Moisturizer 2010.

Best Moisturizer to Splurge on: SkinCeuticals Emollience Daily Moisturizer -$57Reason

It may be breaking the rules for some of you to spend this much on a tube of moisturizer, but this jar of substance is packed with exotic ingredients that protect and restore your skin, and is so nutrient-rich that the benefit exceeds the cost.

Some of the key ingredients are Brazilian sea algae and natural oil extracts including grape seed, rose hip and macadamia.   All of these ingredients are powerful in keeping skin moist and make this cream the ultimate winter moisturizer choice for those braving dry, cold climates.

Accolades: W Magazine: Best Winter Moisturizer 2010

Best Natural Moisturizer: Bare Escentuals Rare Minerals Purely Nourishing Facial Moisturizer -$28


If the ingredient list in your facial cream starts off outlining the chemicals that the product is formulated WITHOUT (parabens, sulfates, petro-chemicals, phthalates and synthetic fragrances and dyes) you know you’re in good hands.

Bare Escentuals created a natural face moisturizer that contains an ActiveSoil Complex combined with exotic Resurrection Plant Extracts to nourish and hydrate without any irritation, leaving your skin feeling firmer, smoother, plumper and brighter.

Research & Raves:
100% of women tested said their skin feels softer and smoother and looks healthier.   98% of women tested said their skin felt perfectly moisturized and would recommend this cream to friends.

Best Moisturizer for Oily Skin: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel -$24


Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel has been around for quite some time for a reason; it simply is divine.  The oil-free gel works best for combination and oily skin because it has a lightweight texture that provides the perfect amount of moisture without clogging pores.

Because it absorbs quickly and evenly into skin, it leaves skin feeling smooth, soft, silky and not weighed down as is the case with a heavier lotions.

Accolades Include InStyle Top Editor’s Pick for Facial Moisturizer 2010, Consumer Research’s Top 3 Pick for Best Facial Moisturizers, Winner of Best Moisturizer for Oily Skin, Glamour Glammy Award Best Department Store Facial Moisturizer 2010

Best Moisturizer for Dry Skin: CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Cream$15.79


Say goodbye to dry, red, irritated winter skin with this ultra-moisturizing cream.  The patented MVE formula is designed to penetrate deep into the skin to release ceramides and other essential ingredients to help restore, repair and nourish skin throughout the day.

Clinically proven to amp up your skin’s hydration, CeraVe’s moisturizer also helps to protect your skin from further drying, aging damage and promote a fresh, healthy looking skin. What’s more is that it’s non-greasy, non-comdeogenic and non-irritating.

Accolades Include Consumer Research Top 10 Pick for Best Facial Moisturizer,

Best Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin: La Rosche-Posay Anthelios SX Daily Moisturizing Cream SPF 15 -$29.95


La Rosche-Posay’s Anthelios SX line is perfect for sensitive skin types because the allergy tested, non-irritating, non-greasy formula is not only fragrance free, but paraben free as well.  And if you need another reason to love this facial lotion, it is contains active ingredients to help protect against UVA and UVB and provides 24-hour long, lasting hydration.

Accolades Include Real Simple Best Budget Friendly Face Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin, Top Recommended Product by Dermatologists

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