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Top 10 Cult Moisturizers

Holy Grail Moisturizers That Live Up To Their Hype

Holy Grail Moisturizers That Live Up To Their Hype

Who doesn't love a super supple, dewy look? Not only does it help you look hydrated, it'll make you look downright healthy. With so many choices available online and in-store, we've helped you by cutting through the clutter and finding the absolute best moisturizers with a cult following. It doesn't matter whether it's a drugstore formula or one that will require you to reach into your savings—these are the products that massive amounts of people go downright crazy over! Click through to discover the holy grail moisturizer that will completely transform your skincare game! Opening image: @LaMer

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May 14, 2018

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The Rankings


Roc Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Facial Night Cream

Our Score

BEST FOR: When it comes to skincare, you may find no better drugstore option than Roc.

LOVED FOR: This moisturizer packs a serious punch to reduce the look of wrinkles while you're sleeping. Use regularly for best results. 


Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base

Our Score

LOVED FOR: She may be known for her makeup, but Bobbi Brown also offers some of the best moisturizers on the market. Don't pass them up this primer-slash-moisturizer next time you're shopping her line.

BEST FOR: Use this prior to makeup application to ensure the best, most hydrated palette possible. 


First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair® Cream Intense Hydration

Our Score

BEST FOR: You may finally find relief in this jar if you suffer from eczema and other severe skin sensitivities. 

FUN FACT: This cream is clinically proven to increase hydration by 169 percent instantly upon application.


Elta MD UV Daily Broad-Spectrum SPF 40 Moisturizing Facial Sunscreen

Our Score

LOVED FOR: Combine your sunscreen application into your moisturizer (without the stickiness) with Elta's sought-after option.

USERS SAID: "Best physical blocking sunscreen for the face, hands down! I wear this daily, under my makeup and love the security it gives me as an extra defense layer... [T]his is the first and best sunscreen that has physical blockers in it that doesn't turn my face completely white."


CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion

Our Score

BEST FOR: CeraVe helps restore the protective skin barrier with proven nourishing ingredients like three essential ceramides.

LOVED FOR: This lotion is formulated to be long-lasting thanks to a patented controlled-release technology.


Rodin Luxury Face Oil

Our Score

LOVED FROM: Made from not one but 11 essential oils that will hydrate and envelop you in a sensory experience. 

USERS SAID: "This stuff really is just the caviar of face oils. It smells like heaven (neroli and jasmine), feels silky, looks fantastic on your bathroom shelf or bedside table - and makes your skin look all dewy and plumped when you use it in your skincare rituals."


Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Skin Protectant Cream

Our Score

LOVED FOR: This multitasking cream has been a favorite among celebrities and makeup artists for decades. It hydrates anywhere you put it, plus soothes minor weather burns and dry patches. 

USERS SAID: "My Mother used it, I use it and my kids have used it since they were teens . I don't know which ingredient is responsible but this ointment (lightly applied) is wonderful for your skin and lashes and decreases any red areas overnight"


Embryolisse Concentrated Lait Cream

Our Score

LOVED FOR: Among the many uses of Embryolisse, this French cult favorite serves as an ultra-gentle cleansing cream to remove makeup. 

BEST FOR: It's great for healing dry, flaky skin, and incredible for priming a smooth surface for makeup application. 


Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+

Our Score

LOVED FOR: Combination skin drinks this moisturizer up without further breaking out. 

HELPFUL TIP: Exfoliated skin accepts moisture better, so be sure to work that into your routine on a weekly basis. 


La Mer Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream

Our Score

LOVED FOR: A little bit goes a long way, and when used properly (warm the cream up between your fingers and press on) your skin will have never felt softer. 

USERS SAID: "I would give it six stars if I could. I have used La Mer for years. It works for me even though I am usually really sensitive to lots of products. I have never had perfect skin but this has gotten me very close to it. It gives me wonderfully hydrated skin, but it is not heavy."

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