When we have the best drugstore moisturizers at our disposal, is it worth looking at their expensive alternatives?
I have discovered throughout the years that there are indeed some skincare products that are truly expensive but also amazing and they’re worth the price if you can afford it.
Getting a fantastic moisturizer from drugstores is possible and it can be a very good decision.
You can save a bit and spend your money on a more expensive vitamin C serum or on a serum with retinol or on a good chemical exfoliator.
There are so many options on which you can spend more money on and turn out to be totally rewarding and worth it.
Related to the subject of very good skincare products that you can get at a drugstore, I also wrote a post on the best drugstore eye creams. Check it out if you’re interested in expanding your beauty routine without running out of money.
On that matter, you can even get good serums from drugstores.
CeraVe and L’Oreal have vitamin C serums that are worth considering and CeraVe and Neutrogena are two affordable brands that have some serums or creams with retinol that are really good.
As a small conclusion right in the introduction, drugstores are full of alternatives to expensive products from really excellent cleansers to sunscreens to moisturizers to serums of all kinds.
A full beauty routine can be accomplished even on a more affordable budget and that’s what I want everyone to consider.
Best Drugstore Moisturizers for Dry Skin
Dry skin, dry sensitive skin, this is actually the skin type that usually looks for the perfect moisturizer to keep the redness away or to prevent dry patches from always forming especially in the colder months.
What are the signs of dry skin?
Dry skin can actually feel dry. It’s actually a physical sensation, one that it’s truly unpleasant. It seems like some force is doing something to your face, you can feel the air actually tightening your face.
Dry skin type is also characterized by red, flaky skin, what we call dry patches. The itchiness is definitely something that I can do without for the rest of my life.
Before I became obsessed with skincare, many many years ago, I wasn’t doing anything to my face until one winter when my dry skin got really bad, the itchiness was unbearable and the red, flaking skin is not something I want to experience again.
Also, if you don’t take proper care of your dry skin, the fine lines are a lot more pronounced. If my eye area doesn’t receive the proper moisture or if I sleep less than 8 hours, I suddenly look a lot older.
Tips for taking care of dry sensitive skin
Drinking water won’t mean that your dry skin will all of a sudden feel full of moisture but it will mean that you won’t suffer from dehydrated skin (dehydrated skin can also happen to oily and combination skin types). Plus, it’s a very healthy habit so, don’t forget to drink plenty of water and teas. Green tea has powerful antioxidant properties.
Use the right cleanser, it must specify that it’s a gentle cleanser that doesn’t dry out the skin, it moisturizes it while making it totally clean.
Don’t take hot showers and avoid washing your face in the shower. Always use lukewarm water to wash your face.
And don’t leave the house without wearing a SPF product.
1. CeraVe Moisturizing Cream, 19 oz
No, the 19 oz is not a typo. This moisturizing cream from CeraVe really weighs 19 oz (that’s more than a pound). It’s pretty unbelievable, right? Especially when you also see the price tag, which is under $20.
This is not only an extremely popular best drugstore moisturizer but also one that is highly praised. And it can be used on both the face and body. It’s a 2-in-1 minimalist approach to complete head-to-toes hydration.
The ingredients are simple and exactly what we need: ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E.
It’s also fragrance-free and non-comedogenic.
Those with dry sensitive skin are going to love it. Even those with extremely dry skin will make this their favorite moisturizer. It’s good for those who are acne-prone, too.
The CeraVe Moisturizing Cream is my first recommendation as a best drugstore moisturizer for dry skin because it’s extremely effective, it has simple but amazing ingredients for a strong and healthy skin barrier, it ensures a skin filled with moisture throughout the day/night, and an absolutely awesome price for an unthinkable quantity.
There’s also the CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion for Dry Skin, which has the same quantity and a very cheap price. You can choose between the two because I can’t since they’re both so good.
2. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Gel-Cream, 1.7 oz
This is one of the best drugstore moisturizers for all skin types. It’s a great cream for daytime.
It works for all skin types, including acne-prone skin type. The price is really affordable and the 1.7 oz quantity is more than enough.
The Neutrogena Hydro Boost is a gel cream, meaning that it’s absorbed more quickly than a cream but it still has the same amazing moisturizing properties. It’s also one of the most popular products in skincare, at one point I was seeing it everywhere.
It you don’t have extremely dry skin then you’re going to be fine with just using the Neutrogena Hydro Boost daily. It’s even recommended for Accutane-users so, that alone should reassure us of its moisturizing powers.
The only focus is on hyaluronic acid. It’s also non-comedogenic, oil-free, dye-free, and fragrance-free.
What more can it be said? The Neutrogena Hydro Boost is the perfect example that the best drugstore moisturizers sold for prices under $20 are the perfect replacement to the expensive brands.
If you want to check out its expensive counterpart, that’s the Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Hydration Treatment. I must admit that their list of ingredients is simply wonderful, full of ceramides (5 of them), hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, and even a vitamin C derivative, but the price is also at least 3 times more expensive.
3. Vanicream Daily Facial Moisturizer, 3 oz
The Vanicream Daily Facial Moisturizer is perfect for dry sensitive skin. The price is low, the ingredients are everything we could ask for, and the quantity is considerable. It’s simply amazing.
Just take a look at what it contains: squalane (a hydrating oil that also balances oil production), hyaluronic acid, and 5 ceramides.
I know that expensive moisturizers contain a lot of extracts and have ingredients that, let’s be honest, sound quite dreamy but if you’re on a tight budget and you have dry sensitive skin, you should give the Vanicream Daily Facial Moisturizer a try.
It’s also lightweight, non-comedogenic, and easily absorbed by the skin. It will make your skin feel smooth and healthy.
Best Drugstore Moisturizer for Combination Skin
The above moisturizers that I reviewed for dry skin work well for combination skin, too.
But if you want something that is truly for combination skin, which also works for oily skin, I have a couple of recommendations for you.
1. La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Light Face Moisturizer, 1.69 oz
The thing with this La Roche-Posay is not only that it’s a best drugstore moisturizer for combination skin but it works for oily skin, too.
It’s a bit expensive. It’s not cheap but La Roche-Posay is not exactly a cheap drugstore brand. They have some great products, though. Others, I’ve tried quite a few from them, are pretty much useless.
That’s not the case with their Intense Light Face Moisturizer. It’s just a fantastic moisturizer for combination and oily skin with simple ingredients.
It contains hyaluronic acid and vitamin E. La Roche-Posay calls it fragmented hyaluronic acid. And their famous antioxidant thermal spring water to soothe the skin.
The perfection of this moisturizer is represented by its lightness. It intensely nourishes the skin, while keeping the T-zone under control.
Even the most sensitive dry skin will be soothed, while also working for combination and oily skin types. That’s quite an achievement even if the price is a bit high.
It can be used both in the morning and in the evening.
2. Bliss What a Melon Jelly Hydrator for Combination Skin, 1.7 oz
If the above best drugstore moisturizer for combination is too expensive then choose this Bliss one. It’s really cheap and good.
It has an awesome array of ingredients: watermelon extract rich in antioxidants and good for the skin barrier, sea water and sea salt for their vitamins and minerals, willow bark extract acts as an exfoliant to remove dead skin cells and excess oil, hyaluronic acid for hydration, and cucumber extract for a smooth appearance.
It’s another lightweight moisturizer that will leave your skin feel soft without the excess oil.
Best Drugstore Moisturizers for Oily Skin
Oily skin is characterized by shiny, greasy skin with large pores. The body makes too much sebum.
This seems like a very old question that some people are still confused about: does the oily skin type need to use a moisturizer?
It simply does, especially if you’re using harsh skincare products that are supposed to strip the excess oil.
Like a cleanser with benzoyl peroxide or masks for clogged pores or chemical peels or exfoliants.
But oily skin needs to be moisturized just like any other skin type because keeping it hydrated and content actually discourages the skin from producing excess oil.
When we’re talking about hydrating the skin, we’re not talking about increasing the production of sebum by adding more oils, we’re referring to products that trap the moisture into the skin or that attract moisture from the air or from the deeper layers of the skin.
Humectants, like hyaluronic acid work very well.
When it comes to moisturizers for oily skin, you need to look for one that’s non-comedogenic, oil-free, and lightweight.
Those who have oily skin, should try bringing niacinamide into their routine because it’s an ingredient that may inhibit the production of oil. The cheapest product to test this theory with is The Ordinary Niacinamide serum.
You can layer on a hyaluronic acid serum. Or use the Neutrogena Hydro Boost.
1. The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, 1 oz
The Ordinary says this is a blemish formula. It’s not going to make all breakouts go away but it can definitely help. It’s intended to reduce the look of blemishes, tame them down a bit.
The combination of niacinamide (vitamin B3) and zinc has the purpose of balancing visible aspects of sebum activity.
It’s great for all skin types and since there is mention of balancing visible aspects of sebum activity, you should consider it if you have oily skin.
Niacinamide is also known for making pores appear smaller since it impacts the sebum production.
Since it has the texture of a serum, it should be applied right after cleansing or right after toner, if you’re using one.
The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% can be used twice daily, it’s instantly absorbed by the skin.
Niacinamide can also be combined with a vitamin C serum, serums with these two ingredients can be layered for increased protection from environmental factors and also for their anti-aging benefits as antioxidants.
2. Lumene Nordic-C [Valo] Vitamin C Glow Boost Essence, 1 oz – The Hydrating Brightening Cheap Vitamin C Serum
Since we’ve talked about layering the above niacinamide serum with a vitamin C serum, I have a very affordable choice for you. This is not exactly a vitamin C serum in the traditional sense that we’re used to but it’s a really good alternative. And the price is great.
I really like it because it also hydrating due to the fact that it contains hyaluronic acid but it also has those fabulous antioxidant benefits.
It actually contains the two forms of HA: sodium hyaluronate and hyaluronic acid. That’s really good.
The other ingredients include cloudberry fruit extract which is rich in vitamins A, C, and E (all the best antioxidants), cloudberry seed extract, castor oil (good for oily skin), and ascorbyl glucoside (vitamin C derivative).
In the manufacturer’s own words, this is a super concentrated, miracle boosting serum for brighter-looking, intensely hydrated skin.
I think the miracle boosting part stretches it a bit far but it is indeed hydrating and vitamin C is know for its brightening properties.
It’s really good for all skin types and, even though it’s not your typical best drugstore moisturizer for oily skin, you shouldn’t dismiss it.
Well, I put it under the best drugstore moisturize for oily skin but I would recommend it to anyone who looks for an affordable alternative to the well-known vitamin C serums.
3. L’Oreal Paris Skincare Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum, 1.7 oz
Well, if you want to hydrate your oily skin, to keep it plump and fresh without increasing the production of sebum, this might be a product to consider.
It’s a hyaluronic acid serum that also works as an anti-aging best drugstore moisturizer for oily skin. The price is not cheap but at least it’s 1.7 oz and not the standard 1 oz measure for serums.
Besides hyaluronic acid in a good concentration, it also contains castor oil. Fortunately, castor oil is one of the good oils that can actually help dissolve excess oil so, everything is all right with this HA serum.
L’Oreal tells us that it’s suitable for all skin types and, judging by the ingredients, it definitely is. They market it as an anti-aging serum so you get benefits on multiple fronts.
Best Drugstore Moisturizers with SPF
I already wrote a post on the best moisturizers with SPF but those choices cover a wide array of prices so, let’s just talk about the best drugstore moisturizers with SPF since we’re here.
By now, we are already aware of how much damage exposure to UV rays can do to our skin. Cancer is the primary concern but premature aging is another and that’s what we’re interested in.
I must tell you that I’m not not against chemical sunscreens or chemical moisturizers with SPF. Or those that are a combination of chemical and mineral.
I’m only against those that contain oxybenzone. Oxybenzone can cause allergies and it may be hazardous to coral reefs. So, that’s the ingredient that I avoid.
But everyone has to decide for themselves what they’re fine with or what causes them uncertainty.
I also prefer those that are at least SPF 30. For the beach, I apply SPF 50 but SPF 30 is good enough for daily use when I don’t sit in the sun the whole day.
1. Cetaphil Pro Oil Absorbing Moisturizer with SPF 30, 4 oz
This best drugstore moisturizer with SPF 30 is perfect for oily skin and acne-prone skin. But it works perfectly well for sensitive skin, too. I would say that it’s actually a best drugstore moisturizer for all skin types.
It’s a broad spectrum sunscreen that’s very cheap. And the 4 oz size makes the cheap price even more unbelievable.
It provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection, it hydrates, and it controls oil production. Those are quite the achievement to boast of.
Oh. Wait until you see the price tag. I’m pretty sure you’ll also consider this best drugstore moisturizer with SPF 30 that’s also perfect for oily and acne-prone skin a steal.
The oil absorption is handled by micropearl technology. It helps reduce shine and gives skin a matte finish.
For oil reduction and absorption is also contains silica, polymethyl methacrylate, and zinc gluconate (zinc also has anti-bacterial anti-inflammatory properties).
The hydrating and soothing ingredients are: vitamin E, panthenol (vitamin B5), allantoin, and ceramide.
It’s a completely chemical sunscreen, the active ingredients are: avobenzone 3%, octisalate 5%, octocrylene 7%.
It also features the patented Oleosome technology, which enables this moisturizer with SPF to provide broad spectrum UV coverage and sun protection with fewer chemicals for less irritation and better hydration.
It’s also fragrance free and non-comedogenic.
2. CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30, 3 oz
This is a best drugstore moisturizer with SPF that’s a combination between chemical and mineral ingredients.
The active ingredients are: homosalate (10%), meradimate (5%), octinoxate (5%), octocrylene (2%), and zinc oxide (6.3%).
The moisturizing part is ensured by niacinamide, 3 ceramides, and hyaluronic acid.
The price is downright cheap and the quantity is quite big, what’s not to like?
3. Bolden Brightening Moisturizer SPF 30 Specially Formulated for Darker Skin Tones, 2 oz
Those with darker skin tones always have to worry about white cast. It’s really great when you find a best drugstore moisturizer with SPF that’s been especially made for darker skin tones.
There are sunscreens who don’t leave a white cast at all and can be used by everyone without any worries but they’re quite expensive.
But I’ve also used sunscreens that left a white cast on my face and I’m whiter than white wall paint. Once I massaged the sunscreen into the skin for a few minutes it blended in but that doesn’t work for everyone.
But the Bolden Brightening Moisturizer SPF 30 offers a great moisturizer with a high SPF and so much more at an amazing price and a good quantity.
It’s an impressive product to protect your skin and hydrate it at the same time. There are some amazing ingredients that nicely hydrate and brighten up the skin. It offers a glow not a white cast.
Judging by the list of ingredients, I would say that this works for all skin types, including oily and acne-prone skin.
Before that, let’s get one thing out of the way.
This is a chemical sunscreen, if you have a problem with that, you need to save your money and look for something else. The active ingredients are: avobenzone 3%, homosalate 15%, octisalate 5%, octocrylene 2.7%.
The rest of the ingredients are pretty impressive: shea butter (it’s good for oily skin, too), tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate (very good vitamin C derivative, oil-soluble, good for brightening the skin and offering UV rays protection), squalane (anti-aging properties), safflower oil (strengthens skin barrier, nourishes, and reduces inflammation), vitamin E, allantoin (soothes the skin), and a few other extracts.
All the oils included are non-comdeogenic, this will not clog the pores, which is why I say that it will be very good for all skin types.
Best Drugstore Moisturizers Anti-Wrinkle, Anti-Aging
Who said that there aren’t any fantastic affordable choices when it comes to tackling wrinkles? Not these best drugstore moisturizers with anti-aging properties that we’re going to talk about in this section.
After all, we’ve established that a properly moisturized skin is smooth and plump and has a healthy glow.
They might not perform miracles and you won’t suddenly look 10 years younger, after all they’re not fillers, but they’re still pretty good.
They’re definitely worth a try, more as a way to prevent wrinkles in the coming years by combining the best anti-aging drugstore moisturizers with a healthy diet and exercise.
That’s the route I wish anyone could take.
1. CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream, 1.7 oz
You simply can’t beat the price of this anti-aging drugstore night cream.
For that price, that quantity, and those ingredients, it’s a wonder why anyone wouldn’t give this a try. Thankfully, it’s incredibly popular and praised so, there are quite a lot of people who appreciate it.
As usually, CeraVe keeps it simple in its list of ingredients, while managing to include a few very potent ones. That’s all I’m looking for in my skincare routine.
Which are those very interesting ingredients that are worthy of our attention and money?
Since we’re interested in anti-aging anti-wrinkle best drugstore moisturizers, let’s see which are those responsible for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles when it comes to the CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream.
It turns out that those are two peptides: tripeptide-1 and caprooyl tetrapeptide-3. Besides reducing the appearance of wrinkles, CeraVe also suggests that they can also improve the appearance of tired-looking skin.
You’ll be fresh-looking from morning till evening.
The rest of the ingredients, mainly responsible for plump full of moisture skin and a strong skin barrier include shea butter, allantoin, 3 ceramides, niacinamide (also has anti-aging benefits), hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E.
It’s fragrance-free and non-comedogenic and I think that it works for all skin types based on their list of ingredients.
This is a night cream but right below you will find a few best anti-aging drugstore moisturizers that can be used during the day.
2. No7 Protect and Perfect Intense Advanced Day Cream SPF 30, 1.69 oz
I could have put this into the best drugstore moisturizer with SPF but the focus of this one is on anti-aging, on improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Before anything else this is a best anti-wrinkle drugstore moisturizer for the day because it also has SPF 30.
It’s quite nice and the price is very affordable.
The active ingredients for UV protection are completely chemical: avobenzone 3%, octisalate 5%, octocrylene 7.5%.
As for the ingredients that provide hydration and anti-aging benefits, there are quite a few of them: hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, ascorbyl glucoside (vitamin C derivative), and retinyl palmitate (a bit weaker than retinol but it still has potent anti-aging benefits).
On top of those three antioxidants (vitamin E, C, and A) and hyaluronic acid, there’s another indication that this best drugstore moisturizer is serious about reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
It features its Matrixyl 3000+. This is actually represented by two peptides: palmitoyl tripeptide-1 and palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7. Peptides are valued for their anti-aging benefits because they stimulate the collagen production.
By pairing peptides with antioxidants and hyaluronic acid, while also offering UV protection, the No7 Protect and Perfect Intense Advanced Day Cream SPF 30 sets itself up as a fantastic option for a best anti-aging drugstore moisturizer. And a perfect choice as an overall best drugstore moisturizer.
Why You Should Moisturize Regardless of Skin Type
From my point of view, there are some fundamental steps when it comes to how we take care of our skin that simply cannot be skipped.
I call them the pillars of skincare, the foundation on which we can add layers for even more impressive results.
Which are they? I’m pretty sure you already know them.
First, there’s washing your face properly at least twice daily. I say at least twice daily because I also cleanse after exercising and, as soon as I get the chance, after wearing a mask because my acne has been out of control for more than half a year now.
Second, there’s applying a moisturizer both in the morning and in the evening. It can be the same cream or it can be a different one for the day and another for the night. We’ll talk more about this as we review the best drugstore moisturizers for different skin types (dry skin, oily skin, acne prone skin, with SPF, anti-aging).
Third, there’s wearing a sunscreen daily, every day of the year. I must confess that I’m not at the point of wearing sunscreen indoors. I apply a vitamin C serum which also offers UV rays protection and I consider that that’s good enough if I don’t go out during the day. Wearing sunscreen is the most important step for preventing wrinkles and premature aging.
Only after we’ve covered these three steps can we delve into facial chemical exfoliants, which should definitely be included in your routine, and various serums for the day and night.
Since we’re on the topic of moisturizing, hydrating the skin, let’s see why it’s a crucial thing to do twice daily.
The most important benefits of using a moisturizer are:
- it maintains the skin’s overall health
- it protects the skin from getting irritated
- a dry skin, a skin that doesn’t receive the necessary moisture, will produce more oil to compensate for the loss of moisture, which can lead to acne in all its forms (blackheads, whiteheads, and pustules)
- it helps prevent fine lines and wrinkles as we grow older
- loss of skin moisture leads to skin aging
- protects against redness and inflammation
- a healthy skin barrier protects the skin against aggressors and irritants, it prevents bacteria, toxins, and allergen from entering the skin, it prevents excess water loss
- if you have a balanced nourished skin with a strong skin barrier you can use chemical exfoliants or peels or retinoids without incurring harsh side-effects and without damaging the skin barrier
Best Drugstore Moisturizers: Ingredients to Look for
If you know which ingredients are a clear indication for the best drugstore moisturizers, the whole buying process will only take you a few minutes.
Take time to read some online reviews on the chosen product and then you can finalize your purchase.
There are a few central ingredients you should pay attention to. Let’s get you quickly acquainted with them so that you know exactly what you’re going to spend money on.
Hyaluronic Acid (HA)
This is one of the most famous acids in the skincare world.
And it’s probably the most mentioned ingredient when it comes to moisturizers, whether affordable or expensive. It’s also present in toners, cleansers, serums, masks, etc. And let’s not forget about HA fillers for younger-looking skin, which are so expensive and they always require a specialist.
Indeed, hyaluronic acid is not a fad. But what is it?
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring substance in the skin, a key molecule for skin moisture.
HA is also a humectant, a substance that it’s capable of attracting and holding onto one thousand times its weight in water.
This incredible capacity of retaining water and of actually pulling moisture from the air to replenish the moisture in our skin is what makes hyaluronic acid such a terrific and popular ingredient.
HA is part of the skin’s youth-supporting matrix. As we age, we lose moisture, which makes our skin less resistant and pliable, it loses its elasticity.
It’s also good for all skin types, including oily and acne-prone, and it can be used during any season. During the colder months, if you suffer from dry skin, you can also layer a hyaluronic acid serum with a moisturizer.
It also calms the skin so it’s great for acne-prone skin.
Instead of hyaluronic acid, a product might include it as a sodium hyaluronate, which is a salt from HA, and it is more easily absorbed by the skin, having the same benefits as HA.
Or there are products that include both HA and sodium hyaluronate, the skin can reap benefits on multiple levels.
Here’s an entire study made on hyaluronic acid, one of many, if you’re interested in reading those kind of stuff.
Unlike the famous hyaluronic acid, ceramides tend to be overlooked for their importance. They’re not getting the recognition they deserve.
Ceramides are essential for a strong skin barrier and we already discussed above how important that is.
So, we should be glad when a skincare product includes ceramides because it will strengthen our skin’s barrier, which in turn will postpone the aging process and it will protect the skin against environmental factors (pollutants are linked to premature aging, causing wrinkles and age spots).
Niacinamide or vitamin B3 has become the ingredient that everyone wants to try and everyone praises it for various reasons.
It’s easily accepted by all skin types, which is always such a joy.
Niacinamide offers various benefits: anti-inflammatory properties, helps the body with its natural production of ceramides, protection against environmental factors, smaller pores, controlled production of sebum, anti-aging benefits, and can help with hyperpigmentation.
If I have made you truly curious about it, try The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%. It’s extremely affordable, a really good skincare product to try if you suffer from mild breakouts and works for all skin types.
This is a very good antioxidant and an ingredient that seems to be included by a large majority of skincare products.
The best drugstore moisturizers make no exception and that’s good because it has moisturizing properties, offers UV protection, has anti-inflammatory benefits, and anti-aging properties.
It is it found under the name tocopherol or tocopheryl acetate.
If you’re looking for drugstore moisturizers that are focused on anti-aging, besides retinol, peptides are at the top of the list of ingredients that you should be looking for.
There are a lot of them and there are a lot of prefixes by which to spot them: di, tri, tetra, penta, poly.
Thus, look for words like dipeptides, tripeptides, tetrapeptides, pentapeptides, polypeptides.
Peptides are amino acids and amino acids are the building blocks of proteins.
The proteins that we are interested in when trying to prevent or reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles are collagen and elastin.
So, peptides are helpful because they can increase collagen production, which makes our deep wrinkles seem less harsh and smooths out our fine lines.
How to Properly Moisturize
Applying a moisturizer is usually the final step in a beauty routine. The exception is made if you also apply a sunscreen after, if you’re not using a moisturizer with SPF. Both are good options, what matters is to protect the skin against UV rays.
You don’t need to apply a large amount of moisturizer for it to be effective.
A chickpea size amount should be enough for the face and even the neck. Dot it on your forehead, nose, cheeks, chin, and on the neck.
It should be massaged into the skin with upwards strokes, always work against gravity, with circular gentle motions that massage and relax the skin.
I don’t apply a facial moisturizer on the chest because I use a body lotion daily and I think that’s good enough for me.
If you’re using too much moisturizer, it can lead to oily skin and clogged pores, which leads to breakouts. Starting by using one of the best drugstore moisturizers is a good step towards having a proper hydrating routine.