The definition of a moisturizer

A moisturizer or emollient is a hydrating cream or lotion enriched with various nutritional elements with the purpose to protect your skin. A skin without proper hydration will not feel smooth and not have a healthy glow. There are three types of moisturizers.
Humectants contain an ingredient that pulls water from the air and actively pushes it into your skin. Emollients contain an ingredient that fills up the cracks between your skin cells, giving your skin a smooth feeling. Occlusives contain an ingredient that forms a barrier on your skin, prevent water loss.

Buying a facial moisturizer

Trying to find the best facial moisturizer for your skin can be quite overwhelming when you aren’t as heavily invested in skincare as me. I will try to guide you through different moisturizers to help you find the right one for you.
The first thing you need to know when buying a facial moisturizer is your skin type. Do you have dry, oily or combination skin? More heavily hydrating creams are aimed at dry skin. Your moisturizer will depend on your skin type.
So once you know that, I will show you some different creams and lotions now that I think are one of the best.

Facial Moisturizer for Dry skin

These moisturizers are can be used by all skin type, but suited best for dry skin. Not that all CeraVe moisturizes have some alcohol in them which can be the cause of breakouts or skin irritation.
cerave facial moisturizer am

CeraVe Moisturizing Facial Lotion AM w SPF 30

The CeraVe Moisturizing Facial lotion is a very hydrating moisturizer that can be used on any skin type. The SPF30 added to this lotion will also partially protect you from the damaging UV rays. While it is often suggested to use SPF50, SPF30 is already very high and will protect you very well on a sunny day. Contains ceramides and hyaluronic acid and niacinamide.

CeraVe Moisturizing Facial Lotion PM

Similar to the AM lotion, but without the SPF30. Great for use in the evening or if you don’t plan to go outside. The difference with AM and PM sunscreens is that AM sunscreens are lighter and less visible, they can also contain sun protection (but not always). A PM sunscreen is often thicker and more visible.

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

Is often used for your body, but it can also be used for your facial skin. It’s stronger than the Facial Moisturizing Lotion but hydrates very well and gets absorbed quickly by the skin.

Cetaphil Cream

Similar to CeraVe moisturizing cream but even stronger. Cetaphil cream is very hydrating for your dry skin. Contains ceramides, petrolatum and hyaluronic acid.


Vaseline is thick and occlusive, use it on top of your moisturize to prevent any moisturize from leaving the skin.

Moisturizer for Oily skin

Even when you got an oily skin, you will still need a moisturizer to keep your skin healthy. You could use one for the dry skin types, but those can be too much for an oily skin.
neutrogena oil free moisturizer for sensitive skin

Neutrogena Oil-free Moisturizer – Sensitive skin

A very gentle emollient without alcohol and fragrances. It is best to avoid fatty alcohols for oily skin as it can make it feel even more oily. The missing fragrances might not give you a nice smell, but it will also not irritate your face or break you out. While this does not guarantee you from not breaking out, as there are other ingredients in there that still could be the cause of irritations and breakouts.

Aveeno Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 15-30 (Positively Radiant)

Great for evening out your skin tone while moisturizing your skin in the meantime. This moisturizer comes as SPF15, but can also be found as SPF30. Great during the day to protect you from the sun. Some complaints do mention that it doesn’t moisturize enough, so definately do not use this one for dry skin as it will not be hydrating enough.

Nivea Soft Moisturizing Creme with Jojoba Oil and Vitamin E

This Soft Moisturizing Creme with Jojoba Oil and Vitamin E is great for oily skin and comes with a SPF15 so you don’t have to apply extra sunscreen (unless you are outside a lot).

So which moisturizer should you use?

Just like anything to do with skincare, its a quest of trial and error. What works for some people might not work for you, it could be that all of the moisturizers suggested on this page will not help you very much. This could either mean that you should search for other moisturizers likeLa roche possay or Olays; Or it could be other products you apply to your face or even food that could be causing irritation, acne and blackheads.