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An absolute skin care essential, face moisturizer is a top item on everyone's stranded-on-a-desert-island survival list. You don't need to be a castaway to appreciate Nordstrom's selection of the best face moisturizers from trusted brands, including—to name just a few!—top-rated favorites like Ultra Facial Cream from Kiehl's, Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream from La Mer and Revitalizing Supreme+ Global Anti-Aging Cell Power Crème from Estee Lauder. Our face cream selection includes the best moisturizers for dry skin and for oily skin, for sensitive skin and for breakout-prone skin. You'll also find tinted moisturizers in a broad range of shades, plus tons of formulations with SPF—essential for desert islands and city streets alike. Learn which face moisturizer is best for you in our ultimate skin care routine guide for every skin type.
What is the best face moisturizer?
Moisturizing your skin is one of the most essential steps in any skincare routine. First, you'll need to find the best face moisturizer for your skin type. You can choose from face cream with SPF for daily wear, to natural, or organic face cream. Water-based or lightweight products are great during the day and perfect for oily skin types. An aloe vera face moisturizer can be very soothing for dry, irritated or sensitive skin. A tinted face moisturizer will hydrate skin and also add a bit of coverage. Ingredients such as hyaluronic acid are perfect for dry skin, leaving your skin feeling supple and refreshed. Finding the best daily face moisturizer is easy if you know what skin concerns you want to target.
How do I moisturize my face?
Moisturizing your face is easy. Start by choosing the best face moisturizer for you. Once you have that down, you should use a nickel-sized amount of moisturizer, morning and night, after you cleanse your face. Massage the product into the palms of your hands before applying, and pat into cheeks in a circular motion, before applying to your forehead, chin and the rest of your face using an upward sweeping motion. Your face will be moisturized before you know it! You can also help hydrate your skin by using a humidifier in your home and drinking plenty of water.
How often should you moisturize your face?
Most experts suggest moisturizing your skin twice a day. You can use a moisturizer in the morning and add a night cream before bed. Moisturizing twice a day can help balance your skin, so that it stays hydrated all day and throughout the night while you sleep. In fact, if you cleanse your skin more than twice a day (in the morning and at night) you should moisturize more than twice a day. As a rule of thumb, moisturize after cleansing for healthy, glowing skin.
Can you over moisturize your face?
Yes, unfortunately. Using too much of what you consider to be the best face moisturizer for your skin can damage your skin barrier. Skin likes to be balanced, and if you use a moisturizer too often, or if you're using one that's too thick, you can unbalance your complexion. Telltale signs of over-moisturizing are sudden blackheads, clogged pores, and an excess of oily texture. Luckily, it's easy to combat over-moisturizing by slowing down, switching formulas and using products with exfoliating ingredients like salicylic acid or retinol.