Let's be honest: Most moisturizers are nothing more than a jar full of disappointment. I really don't understand it. I mean, there are so many of them out there (829 at Sephora alone! 17 pages worth at Target!), yet somehow, almost none seem to get the job done.
Here’s how it usually works: I slather on a new moisturizer with a braggy label (Ultra Hydrating! Advanced Moisture!). My skin sucks it up for 15 minutes or so. Then, one hour, maybe two hours later, it feels no more hydrated than if I’d done nothing.
But … there are a few super hydrators that aren’t all talk. In fact, the 10 ahead have proven time and time again just how skilled they are at reviving scratchy, flaky, or dried out skin — and they’ve got the 4-star reviews to prove it. Each and every one of these moisturizers actually does the job and keeps skin soft and glowy, no matter what skin-parching weather autumn blows your way.
Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Crème Fortifying Replenishing Hydration
Clinique Moisture Surge
Garnier SkinActive 3-in-1 Face Moisturizer with Aloe
L’Occitane Shea Butter Face Soothing Fluid
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream Extra Dry
CeraVe Moisturizing Cream
Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream
H2O+ Infinity Oasis Hydrating Treatment
Estée Lauder DayWear Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant
Ren Evercalm Overnight Recovery Balm
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