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Some people may cringe when they hear the word moist, but when it comes to moisturizers, we’ve got nothing but love. For many, it’s the final step in a skin-care routine, and whether you’re looking for a lighter option to wear during the day, or a souped-up version for an overnight glow-up, we’ve tested countless formulas in our day-to-day work as beauty editors. Whether you’ve got dry, oily, or combination skin, odds are the perfect face cream for you has passed through our offices.
“Moisturizers are an essential part of every skin-care routine,” Shereene Idriss, a dermatologist at Union Square Laser Dermatology in New York City, tells Allure. “Just as our bodies require us to hydrate with water, so does our skin. In the short term, moisturizing perks your skin up, giving you a healthy fullness. In the long term, consistent moisturizing helps decrease the appearance and rate at which fine lines and wrinkles emerge.”
Here, we’ve rounded up the 39 best face moisturizers (the crème de la cream, if you will), including Allure Best of Beauty Award winners and recommendations from dermatologists.
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