Moisturizing season is upon us, and we've been prepping for its arrival for the better part of the year. Every face cream, oil and serum we came across was tested, then set aside, in anticipation of the cold months ahead. And now that our skin is officially feeling red, irritated, dry patch-y and, in general, off, a hard-working lotion is feeling particularly necessary right now.
Considering a few key factors -- texture (not too greasy, not too light), long-lasting hydration and anti-aging benefits -- we present the five best moisturizers that will take your face from a blah winter skin day to fresh-faced and glowing.
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This deep-penetrating oil is the answer to skin that's freaking out due to wind and other harsh elements. Both hydrating and soothing, the Omega-3-rich blend gives the perfect amount of glow, without leaving an oil slick behind. And fear not, oil-phobes, this formula will not cause breakouts. One Love Organics
Packed with plant oils and Omega 3, 6, 7 and 9, this formula feels like the skincare equivalent of a gallon of water. Place a few drops on the palm, then warm it up with your hands. Be sure to pat the oil on to skin, as opposed to rubbing. What we love almost as much the instant hydration is the non-greasy effects. Glowy, not shiny. Sephora
We could talk endlessly about the benefits of retinol (and we do): it's an acne-fighting, anti-aging miracle worker, in our minds. One of the few downsides to the prescription-strength formula, however, is the irritation and sensitivity it can cause. But none of that is an issue with this serum. Packed with naturally-derived Vitamin A, this formula helps ease the appearance of wrinkles and age spots. REN Skincare
Created to mimic the in-office version of LA-based dermatologist Kate Somerville's hydrating treatment, this newfangled moisturizer delivers a instant (and noticeable) boost of oxygen, botanical extracts and hyaluronic acid. Sephora
A cross between a cream and a gel, this whipped moisturizer sinks into skin without feeling heavy. And for that reason, we thought it might not last as long, but no, our skin stayed happily hydrated all day. And even better the nourishing squalane, royal jelly and liquid silk formula doesn't cause breakouts. Tatcha
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