Editors’ Picks: The Best Face Creams for Giving Your Skin a Hydration Boost

September 01, 2022
Jennifer Hussein
By: Jennifer Hussein | skincare.com by L'Oréal
person applying moisturizer to cheek

Whatever your skin type, applying face cream should be an essential step in your skincare routine. The right face moisturizer can take dry skin to hydrated skin and give your complexion that elusive healthy-looking glow. The Skincare.com editors have tested hundreds of formulas, from rich, thick moisturizers that combat dryness to lightweight gel textures made with hyaluronic acid. Keep reading to discover several of our editors' favorite face creams for giving your skin the hydration it craves.

Our Top Face Creams for Daily Use

Best Luxury Face Cream

Lancôme Absolue Revitalizing and Brightening Soft Cream

The unique texture of this face moisturizer morphs from a thick cream to a thinner serum back to a rich hydrating layer as you apply it to your skin. It's formulated with a proprietary blend of rose extracts that reduce fine lines and firm up skin for a glowing complexion that looks more toned.

Lancôme Absolue Revitalizing and Brightening Soft Cream

Best Face Cream for Fine Lines and Wrinkles

SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore Moisturizer

If you struggle with large pores and uneven texture, this anti-aging cream might be the right choice. The patented lipid ratio of 2% ceramides, 4% natural cholesterol and 2% fatty acids helps restore the skin's external barrier, effectively nourishing the skin and boosting overall radiance.

SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore Moisturizer

Best Anti-Aging Face Cream for Face and Neck

Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Cream

Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Cream is an anti-aging powerhouse. Hyaluronic acid hydrates and plumps the skin, while naturally derived vitamin A helps visibly diminish wrinkles and chaga mushroom evens out skin tone.

Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Cream

Best Face Cream for Sensitive Skin

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream Fragrance-Free

Formulated for dry skin, this rich cream provides 48-hour hydration, a fresh-feeling complexion and a natural radiance. It’s also gentle enough to use on sensitive skin, with a thick formula that feels luscious.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream Fragrance-Free

Best Multitasking Face Cream

Garnier Green Labs Hyalu Aloe Super Hydrating Serum Gel

This sheer, lightweight gel formula helps to replenish moisture throughout the day thanks to the key ingredients of hyaluronic acid and aloe vera. Just one bottle replaces your hyaluronic acid serum, daily moisturizer and eye cream. After applying this serum gel, your skin will feel instantly refreshed.

Garnier Green Labs Hyalu Aloe Super Hydrating Serum Gel

Best Face Cream With SPF 30

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Moisturizer with UV SPF 30

If you have extremely dry, sensitive skin, then this moisturizer is probably your best bet. The intensely soothing formula provides immediate, lasting comfort for sensitive skin — plus, it's made without parabens, fragrance or drying alcohol. Broad spectrum SPF 30 keeps your skin protected from the sun's rays, too.

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Moisturizer with UV SPF 30

Best Affordable Anti-Aging Face Cream

L'Oréal Paris Wrinkle Expert Collagen Cream 35+

Bring back a more youthful complexion with this face moisturizer that works for both daytime or overnight application. (It also comes in formulas for 45 and 55+.) The non-greasy, effective moisturizer uses collagen to reduce the appearance of fine lines and improve skin's elasticity. The result? Smoother, plumper skin that stays hydrated all day long.

L'Oréal Paris Wrinkle Expert Collagen Cream 35+

Best Brightening Face Cream

The Inkey List Symbright® Moisturizer

This light, silky daily moisturizer evens out skin tone while simultaneously delivering plenty of hydration. Two plant extracts — Kaduku plum and Symbright®, made from fermented clary sage — boost luminosity to make skin appear brighter instantly.

The Inkey List Symbright Moisturizer
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