We all know we need to use moisturizer. The confusing part? Picking one that works for your skin—and your budget. Well, here's your cheat sheet: Using the Allure Beauty Product Finder, we found the ten best drugstore moisturizers for every skin type, all for under $20.
So whether your skin is dry, acne-prone, or you've got dark spots or fine lines, we've got you—and your wallet—covered.
CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM ($13.47; walmart.com) is a hydrating powerhouse: It contains ceramides, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid to draw in moisture, strengthening and plumping skin, plus SPF 30 to protect it from the sun. Yet it still feels light and silky, and it won't clog your pores.
(Photo: Roger Cabello) BASIC NIGHTTIME
There's a reason your mother, your grandmother, your aunt, and probably your next-door neighbor all trust Olay: The stuff works.
With a peptide-B3 complex, niacinamide, and powerful antioxidants like vitamin E and green-tea extract, Olay Regenerist Night Recovery Cream (currently $17.16 at Amazon.com) covers the 3 R's: It replenishes, repairs, and renews. Slather some on before bed every night and by morning your skin will feel velvety and your fine lines...wait, where'd they go?
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Maybelline New York Dream Fresh BB Sunscreen ($9; ulta.com) smooths over minor imperfections, giving you an even complexion without that makeup-y look. Plus, it offers ample sun protection with SPF 30 and costs less than ten bucks.
Short of Botox, nothing's better at smoothing fine lines and wrinkles than retinol. And for less than $20, nothing beats RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream ($14.54; Amazon.com).
The dose of pure, stabilized retinol in this Best of Beauty winner stimulates collagen production and faster cell turnover. The result? Firmer, healthier, more glowing skin. Just be sure to use a moisturizer containing a high SPF during the day since retinol makes your skin more sun-sensitive.
FOR OILY/ ACNE-PRONE SKIN
If you're among the acne-prone who have used harsh ingredients and wound up with skin that's even more irritated, try killing zits with kindness: Burt's Bees Natural Acne Solutions Daily Moisturizing Lotion ($18; drugstore.com) treats acne by gently unclogging pores with 1 percent salicylic acid and soothing skin with witch hazel and hops.
(Photo courtesy of Josie Maran) FOR DRY SKIN
If you're like me, you'd find the idea of putting oil on your face both ridiculous and somewhat horrifying—and you can admit when you're wrong.
Mea culpa: Face oils not only nourish dry skin, some can actually balance oily or acne-prone skin. (I know: Who'da thunk it?) If you're still not convinced, start small. Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil to Go comes in a .5 oz "to go" vial for $14 (josiemarancosmetics.com) (and since you only need a few drops, even this size will last you a while).
FOR SENSITIVE/ IRRITATED SKIN
Sometimes, basic is better. Case in point: If your skin is sensitive or inflamed, you don't want any ingredients that could make matters worse.
Simple Vital Vitamin Day Cream ($9; walmart.com) babies your face with natural ingredients like vitamins B5 and E, glycerin, and skin-soothing bisabolol. It's also free of dyes, artificial perfumes, and other potential irritants.
Load up on skin-brightening vitamin C with Garnier Skin Renew Clinical Dark Spot Corrector ($18; cvs.com) and say buh-bye to dull, tired, splotchy skin.
This Readers' Choice Breakthrough winner lightens spots, evens skin tone, and delivers a radiant complexion. And, because vitamin C promotes collagen production, you may notice firmer skin and fewer lines, too.
(Photo: Roger Cabello)WITH SUNSCREEN
Want to protect against wrinkles, sun spots, and premature aging? Use a powerful sunscreen every day. Period.
Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 50 ($11.19; Yahoo! Shopping) feels light and doesn't leave a white cast, despite its high SPF. Plus it makes skin feel soft—not greasy—and layers beautifully under makeup.
(Photo courtesy of Jergens)WITH SELF-TANNER
Everyone knows the only safe tan is a fake tan. Jergens Natural Glow Face Daily Moisturizer SPF 20 ($8.50; soap.com) will have your face bronzed and beautiful in a few days—without leaving behind any damage or weird streaks.