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9 Drugstore Brand Daily Moisturizers for All Skin Types

As the winter months approach, we know that dry skin is coming. Gone are the humid summer days that made it effortless for many of us to keep our skin hydrated. We all know that the sun damages our skin, but dry, cold winter air isn’t good for it either. Not everyone has the budget for professional or salon brands. If the drugstore is your price range, here are nine excellent daily moisturizers for all skin types that won’t have you protecting your skin at the cost of breaking your bank account. Most are under 20.00.

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CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

Sensitive Skin: CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

This gentle daily moisturizing cream won Allure’s 2018 Best of Beauty Award for best sensitive skin moisturizer. If your skin tends to react to other brands of moisturizer, give this a try. Certified by the National Eczema Association, the ceramides in CeraVe help prevent dehydration. It also contains hyaluronic acid to hold moisture in your skin, all without skin irritation.

Differin Oil Control Moisturizer

Oily Skin and Acne Control: Differin Oil Control Moisturizer with Sunscreen

The sister product to Allure’s Best of Beauty-Winning Differin Gel, a revolutionary acne treatment, Differin Oil Control Moisturizer is not only non-comedogenic* but it actually absorbs much of the oil our skin produces. In addition, it contains a sunblocker, as UV exposure can also cause acne breakouts.

*formulated not to block pores

Garnier SkinActive moisturizer

Multipurpose for All Skin Types: Garnier Soothing 3-in-1 Face Moisturizer with Rose Water

Lightly scented with rose water, this product is so much more than just a moisturizer. The consistency of mayonnaise, it still absorbs quickly enough to be applied before makeup for daytime use. But you can also use it as a nighttime moisturizer and applied thickly and removed after ten minutes, it even serves as a weekly hydrating mask.

yes to blueberries moisturizing parfait

Anti-Aging: Blueberries DIY Moisturizing Parfait

We know that free radicals cause our body and skin to age and that antioxidants and probiotics fight free radicals. Some of also know that blueberries are an excellent source of antioxidants (and if you didn’t you should definitely be adding these age-fighting berries to your diet). The binary dispenser on this cool-looking bottle dispenses a blueberry infused antioxidant formula from one side, while the other side dispenses a creamy probiotic moisturizer. You can play with the mix until you find what works best for you.

Simple Hydrating Gel Cream


Pre-Makeup: Simple Hydrating Gel Cream

Whether you wear makeup every day, or just for special occasions it’s very important to moisturize before applying foundation. Not only does this step prevent your foundation from drying out your skin, but it plumps your skin and helps prime it for a smoother makeup application. This fragrance, dye, and harsh-chemical free gel is perfect for pre-makeup application, and if you’re rushed for time, it can even be used as a primer.

aveeno positively radiant moisturizer

Overnight: Aveeno Positively Radiant Overnight Hydrating Facial

While you can’t beat a salon facial, this product is probably the closest you’ll get at home and on a budget. This overnight cream is loaded with hyaluronic acid, a molecule that occurs naturally in our skin and can hold one thousand times its own mass in water. We lose hyaluronic acid as we age, so an overnight moisturizer that includes this essential molecule can help slow the sands of time.

The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors +HA

HA on a Tight Budget: The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA

If you’re really on a shoestring, that doesn’t mean you have to let your skin age prematurely. If Aveeno Positively Radiant is out of your budget this hyaluronic acid moisturizer retails for around $6 in most stores.

Burt's Bees Sensitive Daily Moisturizing Cream


All Natural: Burt’s Bees Sensitive Daily Moisturizing Cream

Love Burt’s Bees? Or at least your hypersensitive skin does? Like all Burt’s products, this moisturizer is fragrance-free, paraben-free and almost 100 percent natural. In addition, Burt’s Bees Sensitive Daily Moisturizing Cream includes a blend of aloe moisturizer and rice extract to protect even the most sensitive skin from irritation.

Almay Healthy Glow Makeup + Self Tan

Self Tanning: Almay Healthy Glow Makeup + Self Tan

If you get so pasty white in the winter that you disappear in a snowfall, this daily moisturizer is the answer. Not just a moisturizer, Almay Healthy Glow Makeup + Self Tan is also a concealer and self-tanning lotion. Apply daily and never get lost in the snowstorm again.

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At MagnifaSkin, we understand that not everyone has the budget for pro skin care products. If you do, however, you’ll want to read this post:

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About the Author

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Christina Buckley

Christina is passionate about the science of skincare, and about helping her clients look and feel younger. Christy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Penn State, and a Masters in Biology from the University of Delaware. Through her partnership in the MagnifaSkin MedSpa clinic, she works daily to help her clients find the keys to magnifying their natural beauty.