Find the Best Moisturizer for Your Skin

Find the Best Moisturizer for Your Skin

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Whatever your complexion concerns may be, taking care of your skin means finding a daily moisturizer that's suited specifically for your skin type. If you have dry skin, you’ll want to use a face cream with hydrating ingredients to soothe and nourish your complexion. For oily or blemish-prone complexions, reaching for a lightweight, oil-free face lotion for oily skin may be best. If your skin doesn't feel dry, it can be easy to dismiss moisturizer as an unnecessary skincare step, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s crucial to moisturize your skin every day to protect the skin barrier and keep your complexion looking radiant and healthy. Admittedly, it can be tough to find the best moisturizer for your skin. To help, we’ve compiled a list of the best face moisturizers from Kiehl’s for every skin type and complexion concern. Read on for our top recommendations.

How To Pick The Best Moisturizer For Your Skin

Choosing the best moisturizer for your skin involves first understanding what type of skin you have. There are several different types (and subtypes) of skin, but the most common are: dry, oily, sensitive, acne-prone, and combination. If you need help figuring out what your specific complexion concerns are, check out our article, How To Determine Your Skin Type, to discover your skin’s unique needs.


Best Moisturizer For All Skin Types

Ultra Facial Cleanser

The cult-classic Ultra Facial Cream is our #1 best-selling face lotion. This non-greasy hydrator features olive-derived squalane and glacial glycoprotein to effectively moisturize skin without weighing it down. The formula (also one of our best moisturizers for dry skin) is clinically-proven* to smooth and soften skin with consistent use. We recommend using it as part of your daily daytime and nighttime skincare routine for soft, healthy-looking skin.

For extra UV protection, reach for Ultra Facial Cream SPF 30, which boasts the same 24-hour hydration but with an added dose of broad-spectrum sunscreen to keep your skin looking its best. For more of Kiehl’s best face lotions with sunscreen, here’s a complete guide to our best moisturizers with SPF.

Kiehl's Expert Tip: The best moisturizer for you may not be consistent all year round. Reach for a heavier moisturizer in the winter, when your skin is more likely to dry out, and swap for a lighter facial lotion in hot or humid weather.


Best Moisturizer For Combination Skin

Calendula Serum-Infused Water Cream

If your skin has dry areas and oily areas, you likely have combination skin. The best way to care for it is with a moisturizer that provides lightweight hydration, such as Calendula Serum-Infused Water Cream. This top-rated lightweight moisturizer features a concentrated calendula extract serum to soften the skin with 24-hour hydration. With continued use, this effective gel cream also helps even the skin tone and improve the appearance of fine lines for a fresh, radiant complexion.


Best Moisturizer For Oily Skin

Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream

While you may be hesitant to moisturize oily skin for fear that doing so will just make it oilier, all skin needs hydration in order to look its best. For oily complexions, we recommend lightweight gel moisturizers that hydrate the skin without clogging pores, such as Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream. This non-greasy moisturizer refreshes the skin with an instant cooling effect and provides 24-hour hydration to keep your complexion hydrated and shine-free.


Best Moisturizer For Sensitive Skin

Centella Sensitive Cica-Cream

For sensitive skin, we recommend reaching for a hydrating, alcohol-free moisturizer, like Centella Sensitive Cica-Cream. This hypoallergenic cica cream is formulated with calming centella extract and vitamin B5 to relieve and hydrate reactive, irritated complexions. With regular use, the mild formula is clinically demonstrated** to help protect and repair the skin barrier for stronger, healthier-looking skin.

Kiehl's Expert Tip: After washing your face, don’t dry off. The water droplets lingering on your skin can actually serve a purpose. Apply your moisturizer to clean, damp skin to lock in that moisture for effective hydration.


Best Anti-Aging Moisturizer

Super Multi-Corrective Anti-Aging Cream for Face and Neck

If aging is your main concern (you’re not alone), we recommend Super Multi-Corrective Anti-Aging Cream for Face and Neck. This multi-benefit face cream stars hydrating hyaluronic acid plus chaga mushroom and vitamin A to address the most visible signs of aging on the face and neck. Together, these potent ingredients reduce the appearance of wrinkles, even tone, and smooth skin’s texture for a younger-looking, more radiant complexion. It’s suitable for all skin types and gentle enough to be used day and night. Find more of our best anti-aging face creams here.


Best Moisturizer For Dull, Uneven Texture

Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream

If dullness or uneven tone is your main concern, we recommend Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream. The revitalizing formula contains a blend of potent, antioxidant-rich ingredients, including manuka honey and red ginseng. Together, these powerful ingredients help skin renew itself for a smoother, more even texture. It also helps boost radiance and firm the skin for a youthful, healthy-looking complexion.

Kiehl's Expert Tip: Don’t make your moisturizer do all the work. Applying a serum underneath is a great way to address your skincare concerns, whatever they may be. For more tips on layering skincare products, click through to Your Skincare Routine Order: A Step-By-Step Guide.


Best Moisturizer For Uneven Skin

Clearly Corrective Brightening & Smoothing Moisture Treatment

Sun exposure, pollutants, and the natural aging process can all contribute to an uneven skin tone. To reduce hyperpigmentation and promote a more uniform complexion, we recommend Clearly Corrective Brightening & Smoothing Moisture Treatment. The effective formula contains antioxidant vitamin C and white birch extract, which work together to brighten skin and boost clarity. It’s clinically demonstrated*** to reduce the appearance of dark spots and improve skin texture, and is safe for all skin types, including sensitive skin.

Kiehl's Expert Tip: Everyone should be wearing SPF, but if you scar, freckle, or burn easily, you have another reason to take extra care and ensure you’re wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day. This can help prevent sun damage, including developing new sun spots (or worsening existing ones).


Best Moisturizer For Men

Facial Fuel Energizing Moisture Treatment for Men

For guys, we recommend Facial Fuel Energizing Moisture Treatment for Men. This effective moisturizer is formulated with caffeine to energize and awaken tired, dull skin. The lightweight hydrating formula also boasts several powerful antioxidants, including vitamin C and vitamin E, which work together to revitalize skin for a healthy-looking complexion.

For added protection from environmental stressors, reach for Facial Fuel Moisture Treatment for Men SPF 20. This daily moisturizer is formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen to help protect the skin from damage caused by UVA and UVB rays. The antioxidant-rich formula helps protect skin from other irritants, such as pollution, too.

Once you’ve figured out the best face moisturizer to add to your skincare routine, we’ll help you find the best Kiehl’s face cleanser to pair it with.


*Average result for improvement in skin dryness based on a two-week clinical study on multiple skin tones and ethnicities .
**Based on an instrumental test of the skin barrier and clinical grading in an 8-week study
***Results based upon a clinical study of upper layers of the skin.

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