6 Under-$20 Moisturizers for Every Skin Type
Can’t justify spending a fortune on a moisturizer that works for your specific skin type? Give your skin the hydration it needs without the hefty price tag with these affordable moisturizer picks from the L’Oreal portfolio of brands.
Moisturizing your complexion with a hydrating facial lotion or cream is one of the most important steps in any skin care routine. Experts would agree that keeping your skin hydrated from head to toe is a cardinal skin care rule for all skin types—oily included. But in order to get the most out of your moisturizer, you’ll have to pick a formula that’s catered to your specific skin type and concerns. To make things easier, we went ahead and rounded up a handful of our favorite moisturizers—from the L’Oreal portfolio of brands—for every single skin type. Best of all? They all clock in at under $20.
FOR COMBINATION SKIN: GARNIER MOISTURE BOMB THE ANTIOXIDANT SUPER MOISTURIZER
If you have combination skin, a gel-based moisturizer is often recommended, and this water-light gel-cream fits the bill. Formulated with hyaluronic acid, goji berry, vitamins C and E, and pomegranate, this moisturizer can help strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier and promote a more youthful-looking visage day after day.
FOR OILY SKIN: L’ORÉAL PARIS HYDRA GENIUS DAILY LIQUID CARE – NORMAL/ OILY SKIN
Oily skin calls for mattifying moisturizers that can help curb the appearance of excess shine. One in particular we can’t get enough of is the L’Oreal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care — Normal/Oily formulated with three types of hyaluronic acid. In addition to infusing skin with moisture and locking it in, the formula removes excess sebum for a fresh, mattified, and healthy skin look.
FOR DRY SKIN: CERAVE DAILY MOISTURIZING LOTION
Dry skin types will love this lightweight, no-frills moisturizing lotion featuring MultiVesicular Emulsion (MVE) delivery technology that delivers multiple layers of nurturing and protective ingredients to the skin slowly over time. And just what are these ingredients? Ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and emollients that moisturize and soften the feel of the skin. What’s more, the formula won’t clog pores and is never greasy.
CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion, $13.99 MSRP
FOR SENSITIVE SKIN: LA ROCHE-POSAY TOLERIANE DOUBLE REPAIR MOISTURIZER
This soothing formula boasts a high concentration of La Roche-Posay Prebiotic Thermal Water, ceramide-3, and niacinamide, and can help replenish essential skin lipids, restore skin’s natural moisture barrier, and immediately comfort skin. What’s more, it’s free of oil, fragrance, and parabens, which is music to the ears of sensitive skin types.
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Moisturizer, $19.99 MSRP
FOR NORMAL SKIN: KIEHL’S ULTRA FACIAL CREAM
If you’re a Kiehl’s fan, you’ve surely used (or at the very least, heard of) their beloved Ultra Facial Cream. The light-textured daily moisturizer—with extracts of glacial glycoproteins and desert plants—hydrates the skin so it’s left comfortable and visibly well-balanced, particularly in harsh weather conditions. Winter is coming up, so be sure to stock up on Ultra Facial Cream to help protect your skin from the drying effects of cold temperatures.
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, $18 MSRP
FOR ALL SKIN TYPES: L’ORÉAL PARIS IDEAL MOISTURE EVEN TONE ALL SKIN TYPES DAY/NIGHT CREAM
Another way to save some money on skin care? Reach for multi-use products. Instead of buying two separate moisturizers for morning and evening use, reach for one that caters to both times of day. This oil-free formula—infused with time release vitamin C and tourmaline gem—works double-duty day and night to leave skin with a more even tone and texture. Immediately after use, skin feels softer, smoother, and more fresh. With continued use over four weeks, notice a more even skin tone and visibly smoother texture. Wear it alone on your face and neck or under makeup.
No matter what facial moisturizer you choose to add to your regimen, try to incorporate it into your routine at least twice daily. The best time to do so would be while your skin is slightly damp post-shower or cleansing.