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Cheap Moisturizers

The Best Drugstore Moisturizers


The celebs (and those with limitless funds) swear by ultra pricey moisturizers like la Mer, but how are the rest of us supposed to battle dry skin, red patches and the like? Check out my top drugstore moisturizer picks - from creams with Retinol (not that you have wrinkles) to formulas for extra-sensitive skin, you'll find a wallet-friendly pick for every skin type in this list of top facial moisturizers.

1. Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion

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Best for: Dry, sensitive skin

Designed to treat chronically dry skin, the Cetaphil line is recommended by dermatologists for those with sensitive skin. This petroleum-free formula won't clog pores, and is free of fragrance, lanolin and parabens.

Not good for: Sun protection. The basic formula contains no sunscreen.

2. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream

Best for: Wrinkle reduction

An Allure Magazine beauty winner for many years, this drugstore moisturizer contains Retinol in a formula that is generally tolerated by even sensitive skin.

Not good for: Sun protection (There is a version with SPF 15, but it doesn't protect against both UVA and UVB rays)

3. Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15

Best for: Reducing redness

With an anti-inflammatory ingredient, this Aveeno moisturizer has been proven to reduce redness like that associated with rosacea. An oil-free product, this lightweight formula contains UVA/UVB sunscreen.

Not good for: Those looking for a thick cream or a fragrance-free moisturizer.

4. Olay Complete All Day Moisture Lotion SPF 15

Best for: Everyday moisture

Containing the antioxidant vitamin E and broad spectrum sun protection, Olay Complete is 100% oil and PABA-free. Also available in formulas for sensitive skin and oily/combination skin. Lightweight formula is a great base for makeup.

Not good for: Those with very dry skin as the lightweight formula may not be enough to tackle severe dry spots.

5. CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

Best for: Dry, sensitive skin

Containing ceramides and cholesterol to help rebuild skin barrier, the CeraVe lotion is a lightweight - but very moisturizing - formula that won't irritate sensitive skin or leave a greasy residue.

Not good for: Those sensitive to Parabens or those looking for antioxidents or sunscreen in a moisturizer.

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