Whatever your skin type, your morning skincare routine should always include a dedicated moisturizer. Moisturizing, of course, helps keep your skin hydrated, which is essential for healthy-looking (and feeling) skin. But many morning moisturizers have added benefits, too. For one, day creams often contain SPF to help protect your skin from damaging UV radiation. They’re also typically lightweight in texture and may be designed to help address specific skin concerns—like shininess or dullness—that you want to keep under control during the day.
If you’re interested in adding a daytime face cream to your skincare arsenal, you’ve come to the right place. Here, we’ll introduce you to our best day creams for every skin type and concern. You’ll also learn tips on how to use these must-have formulas in your morning skincare routine. Keep reading to find our best morning moisturizers for hydrated, healthy-looking skin.
For All Skin Types:
Ultra Facial Cream SPF 30
Everyone can reap the benefits of Ultra Facial Cream SPF 30. This mild SPF moisturizer, which contains olive-derived squalane and desert plant extract, absorbs quickly, nourishing the skin with non-greasy hydration that lasts up to 24 hours. The broad-spectrum sunscreen in this daytime moisturizer helps protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays, and it’s suitable for all skin types (even sensitive skin). We recommend applying this balancing formula liberally to your face and neck at least 15 minutes before going outside and reapplying as needed throughout the day for additional sun protection.
For Oily Skin:
Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream
Having oily skin is a bit of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, oiliness often goes hand in hand with blemishes and enlarged pores, which is frustrating. On the other, oily skin tends to show visible signs of aging slower than dry skin (consider that a win). We prefer to focus on the positive, but either way, oily skin still needs hydration. Seek out a lightweight, non-comedogenic moisturizer, like Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream. This gel moisturizer absorbs immediately, refreshing your skin with all-day hydration. The unique formula helps keep skin shine-free for up to 24 hours, while consistent use works to visibly minimize enlarged pores.
For Combination Skin:
Calendula Serum-Infused Water Cream
Balance is the key to moisturizing combination skin: You want a day cream that provides enough moisture to hydrate drier areas while also being lightweight enough to not feel heavy or greasy on oilier spots. For that, we recommend Calendula Serum-Infused Water Cream. This Kiehl’s staple with calendula flower extract provides a burst of soothing hydration and helps even the skin tone. With regular use, the weightless formula also helps reduce redness and improve the appearance of dry fine lines. It’s suitable for all skin types and can be used morning and night for fresh, radiant-looking skin.
For Mature Skin:
Super Multi-Corrective Cream SPF 30
Sun exposure without proper protection is responsible for up to 80% of all visible facial skin aging, by some accounts—so if you’re looking to manage fine lines and wrinkles, an SPF moisturizer is a must. Try Super Multi-Corrective Cream SPF 30. This powerful anti-aging day cream hydrates and smooths aging skin while helping to improve the appearance of age-related concerns, like fine lines, roughness, and dullness. The multi-targeted formula provides long-lasting, broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays and is suitable for all skin types.
For Sensitive Skin:
If your skin is on the sensitive side, a gentle, calming moisturizer, like Skin Rescuer, is ideal for daytime. This super-mild moisturizer with chamomile and glycerin delivers all-day hydration and instantly comforts stressed skin. When used regularly, the unique formula also helps repair your skin’s natural moisture barrier, leaving your skin less susceptible to the damaging effects of environmental stressors. Apply a generous amount to your face and neck daily as part of your skincare routine for sensitive skin to help promote a healthier-looking, more balanced appearance.
For Men’s Skin:
Facial Fuel Energizing Men’s Moisturizer SPF 20
While all of the morning moisturizers we’ve mentioned so far are unisex, men may find they prefer the feel of a moisturizer made specifically for their skin. If that’s the case, Facial Fuel Energizing Men’s Moisturizer SPF 20is a great pick. This lightweight day cream for men contains energizing caffeine and chestnut extracts, along with two antioxidants: vitamin C and vitamin E. It helps protect the skin from damaging environmental stressors while providing long-lasting hydration for an invigorated, healthy appearance.
For Men’s Oily Skin:
Oil Eliminator 24-Hour Anti-Shine Moisturizer For Men
Anyone can have oily skin, but men are especially prone to oiliness (as well as related concerns, like enlarged pores). If you’re a guy with oily skin, reach for a daytime face cream that helps mattify oiliness, like Oil Eliminator 24-Hour Anti-Shine Moisturizer For Men. The ultra-light, non-comedogenic cream absorbs sweat and surface oil, leaving the skin feeling clean and shine-free for up to 24 hours. When used consistently, it also helps visibly minimize pores, giving way to smoother, more balanced-looking skin over time.
For The Eye Area:
Avocado Eye Cream
When we talk about day creams, we’re usually referring to facial moisturizers. But your eye area needs hydration, too. For daytime, we recommend reaching for a non-greasy eye cream that won’t migrate throughout the day, like the cult-classic Avocado Eye Cream. This Kiehl’s favorite with shea butter and avocado oil provides long-lasting hydration, immediately improving the appearance of under-eye skin texture. Over time, the ultra-gentle formula is clinically-demonstrated to help brighten and depuff tired-looking eyes.* It also helps protect the eye area from the damaging effects of blue light, like that emitted by your phone or computer. Pat it on around your eye area for all-day hydration—just be sure to let it absorb fully before applying any makeup for a smooth application.
*Results based upon expert grading evaluated with product in a four-week clinical test.
For Added Sun Protection:
Super Fluid Daily UV Defense 50+
While many of the day creams mentioned above include SPF, for added protection, you can apply a separate sunscreen as well. We recommend Super Fluid Daily UV Defense 50+ because the formula provides long-lasting protection against UVA and UVB rays while also helping defend against free radicals. The gentle sunscreen absorbs quickly and dries to a matte finish, making it an excellent pick for all skin types.