24 Best Hydrating Moisturizers for All Skin Types

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1

Best for Crepe-y Skin

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

Moisturizing Cream

1

Best for Crepe-y Skin

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

Pros
  • Hydrating
Cons
  • Some dislike the container

As we age, our skin can often become crepe-y, which is a reflection of loss of elasticity and water loss, which this cream battles against. “This contains ceramides which help restore the lost ceramides in dry and aging skin,” says dermatologist Dr. Karan Lal. “It is safe for all skin types.”

Amazon rating: 4.8/5 stars

2

Best for Wounds

Avene Cicalfate+ Restorative Protective Cream

Cicalfate+ Restorative Protective Cream

2

Best for Wounds

Avene Cicalfate+ Restorative Protective Cream

Pros
  • Healing
Cons
  • Can leave a white cast

This cream was created to soothe burns, help wounds heal, and prevent and reduce scarring. But it also doubles as an incredible moisturizer for damaged skin barriers, scarring, and irritation.

Amazon rating: 4.1/5 stars

An Amazon reviewer says: “I burned my skin with benzoyl peroxide and this healed me in two days. It’s so gentle.”

3

Best for Acne-Prone Dry Skin

Biba Los Angeles Daily Moisturizer

Daily Moisturizer

3

Best for Acne-Prone Dry Skin

Biba Los Angeles Daily Moisturizer

Pros
  • Hydrating

Finding the right balance between hydrating and not clogging pores is difficult. Esthetician to the stars Biba de Sousa created this moisturizer to moisturize dehydrated skin without causing congestion.

Biba Los Angeles rating: 4.5/5 stars

A Biba reviewer says: “I have very acne-prone, sensitive skin, and this is the only moisturizer that doesn’t break me out!! Thank you, Biba!!”

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Best for Plump Skin

COSRX Snail Mucin 92% Repair Cream

Snail Mucin 92% Repair Cream

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Best for Plump Skin

COSRX Snail Mucin 92% Repair Cream

Pros
  • Adds a glow
Cons
  • May not be suited for very dry skin

The first thing you’ll notice about this moisturizer is the sticky, dewy texture. Thanks to its main ingredient, snail mucin, this moisturizer helps plump and hydrate skin that needs repair.

Amazon rating: 4.5/5 stars

An Amazon reviewer says: “After a month of using this product, my skin is looking brighter, less textured, and I’m having less acne. Even during the days before getting your period (which is when I always break out), I noticed that the breakouts are minimal.”

5

Best for Makeup Prep

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré

Lait-Crème Concentré

5

Best for Makeup Prep

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré

Pros
  • Hydrating
Cons
  • May not be suited for very oily skin

Whether your skin is dry, sensitive, or normal, this moisturizer is a cult classic. It’s particularly beloved by makeup artists who wax poetic about its ability to double as a primer.

Amazon rating: 4.6/5 stars

An Amazon reviewer says: “My skin feels wonderful all day. It goes on beautifully, has a very pleasant scent, and makeup goes on smoothly over it.”

6

Best for Very Sensitive Skin

Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream

Moisturizing Skin Cream

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Best for Very Sensitive Skin

Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream

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This is the best moisturizer for super sensitive skin,” says Lal. “It is much thicker than other moisturizers and is best for those with dry and irritated skin.”

Amazon rating: 4.7/5 stars

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7

Best Lightweight Moisturizer

EltaMD AM Therapy Face Moisturizer

AM Therapy Face Moisturizer

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Best Lightweight Moisturizer

EltaMD AM Therapy Face Moisturizer

Pros
  • Lightweight texture
Cons
  • Some dislike the scent

The texture of this moisturizer is milky and lightweight, but it also packs a surprisingly intense douse of moisture that lasts all day–or night. It’s great for post-procedure skin, acne-prone skin, or even severely dry skin.

Amazon rating: 4.7/5 stars

An Amazon reviewer says: “Very happy with this moisturizer. Works well on my sensitive skin. No breakouts after using it. Keeps the dry skin under control.”

8

Best for Dry Skin

Dieux Skin Instant Angel

Instant Angel

8

Best for Dry Skin

Dieux Skin Instant Angel

Pros
  • Hydrating
Cons
  • May not be suited for acne-prone skin

Loved by A-listers like Hailey Bieber and every skincare TikToker ever, this moisturizer is a lifesaver for anyone with dry or irritated skin. You will be obsessed with the glow it leaves behind.

Dieux rating: 4.7/5 stars

A Dieux reviewer says: “This is my favorite moisturizer. I went through one tube already and this is my second one. I have very dry skin and this has helped with the dryness so much!”

9

Best for Irritated Skin

Tatcha Indigo Overnight Repair

Indigo Overnight Repair

9

Best for Irritated Skin

Tatcha Indigo Overnight Repair

Pros
  • Healing

Bumpy texture, redness, and dryness are no match for this overnight moisturizer. Despite itsit’s deeply hydrating nature, this cream is actually non-comedogenic, making it ideal for every skin type.

Sephora rating: 4.6/5 stars

A Sephora reviewer says: “After just one night of using this Tatcha cream, I felt and saw the difference. Redness went down and my face was plump and so hydrated by the morning.”

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10

Best for All Skin Types

La Roche-Posay Lipikar Balm AP+M Triple repair Moisturizing Cream

Lipikar Balm AP+M Triple repair Moisturizing Cream

10

Best for All Skin Types

La Roche-Posay Lipikar Balm AP+M Triple repair Moisturizing Cream

Pros
  • Gentle
Cons
  • Some dislike the scent

Hands down my favorite,” Lal says. “It has all of the powerhouse ingredients and is safe for all skin types, including babies. It provides 48 hours worth of hydration. It also has prebiotics which help the skin microbiome stay intact.”

Amazon rating: 4.7/5 stars

11

Best for Supple Skin

DAMDAM Mochi Mochi Luminous Plumping Moisturizer

Mochi Mochi Luminous Plumping Moisturizer

11

Best for Supple Skin

DAMDAM Mochi Mochi Luminous Plumping Moisturizer

Pros
  • Plumping
Cons
  • May not be suited for oily skin

Any moisturizer that promises a mochi-like texture for the skin has won my heart. This cream is packed with antioxidants and AHAs to help plump, soften, and reduce signs of aging.

Sephora rating: 4.7/5 stars

A Sephora reviewer says: “I’ve been using this product for almost a year now. I absolutely love it! My skin has gotten dryer since I got in my mid-20s, but this moisturizer keeps it from being flaky.”

12

Best for Flaky Skin

AmLactin Daily Moisturizing Lotion

Daily Moisturizing Lotion

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Best for Flaky Skin

AmLactin Daily Moisturizing Lotion

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Pros
  • Exfoliates
Cons
  • Some dislike the scent

Bye-bye, texture. “This is great for those with flaky skin,” says Dr. Lal. “It has lactic acid, which helps exfoliate the skin. It moisturizes and exfoliates at the same time.”

Amazon rating: 4.4/5 stars

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Best for the Skin’s Microbiome

Beekman 1802 Bloom Cream Daily Probiotic Moisturizer

Bloom Cream Daily Probiotic Moisturizer

13

Best for the Skin’s Microbiome

Beekman 1802 Bloom Cream Daily Probiotic Moisturizer

Pros
  • Healing
Cons
  • May not be suited for very dry skin

Probiotics aren’t just for the gut; they’re great in your skincare, too. This cream helps keep your skin glowing and healthy, thanks to a combination of goat milk, honey, and niacinamide.

Ulta rating: 4.4/5 stars

An Ulta reviewer says: “I have struggled with severe acne, rosacea, and dry skin since I was about 13. I’m 23 now and have FINALLY found a skincare line that works for me.”

14

Best for Dull Skin

Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Skin Therapy Lotion

Ultimate Healing Skin Therapy Lotion

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Best for Dull Skin

Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Skin Therapy Lotion

Pros
  • Brightening
Cons
  • Some dislike the packaging

If your complexion feels sallow and dull, opt for a brightening moisturizer like this one. “This has multiple vitamins like A, C, and E which help hydrate, heal, and brighten the skin,” says Lal.

Amazon rating: 4.7/5 stars

15

Best for Matte Skin

Augustinus Bader The Light Cream

The Light Cream

15

Best for Matte Skin

Augustinus Bader The Light Cream

Pros
  • Lightweight

This lightweight moisturizer will leave your skin looking and feeling mattified, making it ideal for oily skin types on the hunt for the perfect barely-there cream.

Sephora rating: 4.3/5 stars

A Sephora reviewer says: “Good for oily/combo acne-prone skin. My skin feels so soft, smooth and brighter.”

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16

Best for a Glow

Farmacy Honey Halo Ceramide Face Moisturizer

Honey Halo Ceramide Face Moisturizer

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Best for a Glow

Farmacy Honey Halo Ceramide Face Moisturizer

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Pros
  • Hydrating
Cons
  • Can be hard to rub in

Honey is a humectant—locking in moisture and is a great healer for the skin, which is why this moisturizer is so beloved by many. This cream is packed with ceramides that help hydrate and add radiance to stressed-out skin.

Amazon rating: 4.7/5 stars

An Amazon reviewer says: “This moisturizer stays on for so long. It’s worth it and has been great for my acne-prone and combination skin. It’s really hard to find a great moisturizer that isn’t too expensive, but this one is worth the minor splurge. Definitely recommend.”

17

Best for Barrier Repair

Etude House SoonJung 2x Barrier Intensive Cream

SoonJung 2x Barrier Intensive Cream

17

Best for Barrier Repair

Etude House SoonJung 2x Barrier Intensive Cream

Pros
  • Hydrating
Cons
  • May not be suited for acne-prone skin

Our skin’s moisture barrier can be damaged by everything from too many harsh chemicals to sun exposure. This deeply hydrating cream helps repair and soothe the skin.

SokoGlam rating: 4.5/5 stars

A SokoGlam reviewer says: “This is perfect during the winter months and keeps my skin moisturized without feeling greasy.”

18

Best for Bouncy Skin

Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream

Protini Polypeptide Cream

18

Best for Bouncy Skin

Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream

Pros
  • Hydrating

Healthy skin has a great bounce to it, which is why we love plumping ingredients. This cream uses peptides and natural extracts to give the skin that extra boost.

Ulta rating: 4.4/5 stars

An Ulta reviewer says: “SO easy to mix with serums and oils. Love the consistency and weight of the product.”

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Best for Even Skin

EADEM Cloud Cushion Plush Moisturizer with Ceramides + Peptides

Cloud Cushion Plush Moisturizer with Ceramides + Peptides

19

Best for Even Skin

EADEM Cloud Cushion Plush Moisturizer with Ceramides + Peptides

Pros
  • Multi-benefits
Cons
  • May not be suited for acne-prone skin

Whether you’re dealing with dark spots, enlarged pores, or dry patches, this moisturizer has you covered. Thanks to a combination of niacinamide, ceramides, and peptides, this cream can solve almost every skin woe imaginable.

Sephora rating: 4.7/5 stars

A Sephora reviewer says: “This moisturizer made my skin feel so soft and smooth immediately after use. I have very sensitive skin and I have never noticed an issue with this. Even the next day your skin still feels nice and clean and soft.”

20

Best for Redness

Biossance Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer

Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer

20

Best for Redness

Biossance Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer

Pros
  • Calming
Cons
  • May not be suited for very dry skin

Using the brand’s signature squalane, this moisturizer is a must-have for anyone struggling with stressed out, inflamed skin. Ginger extract and red seaweed help reduce inflammation, so the skin looks even and calm.

Biossance rating: 4.7/5 stars

A Biossance reviewer says: “I’ve been using this gel moisturizer for quite some time and I love it. I have very oily skin so it does the trick for me. It has definitely helped even out my skin tone and it doesn’t leave my oily throughout the day.”

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Tatjana Freund

Beauty Commerce Writer

Tatjana Freund is a Beauty Commerce Writer, covering makeup, skincare, and haircare products and trends. She’s a fan of vodka tonics and creepy Wikipedia pages. 

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