NewBeauty Awards: Skin Hydrators

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This article first appeared in the Spring 2020 issue of New Beauty. Click here to subscribe
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THE BEST MOISTURIZER

Falling somewhere between a serum and a rich cream, silky-smooth Beautycounter Countertime Antioxidant Soft Cream ($79) douses skin with moisture and diminishes lines without feeling tacky or heavy.

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THE BEST MOISTURIZER WITH SPF

Neutrogena Bright Boost Facial Moisturizer with SPF 30 ($20) may be sheer, but it sure means business in the brightening department thanks to the illuminating effects of vitamin C.

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THE BEST GEL-CREAM MOISTURIZER

Imagine 100 tiny water balloons bursting on your skin, and the water getting trapped under the surface, plumping everything up—that’s INSTYTUTUM Hydrafusion 4D HA Hydrating Water Burst Cream ($65) in a nutshell.

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THE BEST MOISTURIZER FOR ULTRA-DRY SKIN

Like Gatorade for a dehydrated complexion, fragrance-free (and new to the U.S.) Curel Japan Intensive Moisture Facial Cream ($30) restores skin’s natural ceramides to significantly improve its barrier function.

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THE BEST MOISTURIZER FOR BREAKOUT-PRONE SKIN

Formulated with the brand’s pure Australian tea tree— a natural alternative to benzoyl peroxide—Dr. Jart+ Teatreement Moisturizer ($32) hydrates and calms pesky breakouts without clogging pores or overdrying skin.

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THE BEST FACE OIL

Pat nongreasy, fast-absorbing, Farmacy Honey Grail ($48) into clean skin or mix it into foundation. Either way, the blend of buckwheat honey and flower oils give skin instant hydration a seriously luminous sheen.

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THE BEST NIGHT CREAM

All of our testers agreed Naturally Serious After Dark Natural Peptide Sleeping Cream ($52) is basically “beauty sleep” in a jar. Come morning, skin feels pillowy-soft and looks ready to take on the day.

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THE BEST SLEEPING MASK

Deeply nourishing, firming and brightening, Sulwhasoo Timetreasure Invigorating Sleeping Mask ($200) is one of the only products that actually gives us “I woke up like this” skin.

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THE BEST FACE MIST

Whether it’s in the morning, midday or night, a spritz of ultra-fine Youth to the People Adaptogen Soothe and Hydrate Activated Mist ($42) hydrates and calms skin with hyaluronic acid and reishi.

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THE BEST HYDRATING ESSENCE

Enriched with the brand’s signature organic olive oil, watery-light DHC Olive Virgin Oil Crystal Skin Essence ($36) imparts a subtle dew and helps all of the products you apply after it absorb better, too.

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THE BEST MULTIPURPOSE BALM

We don’t even have room to list all of the ways 90-year-old Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant ($24) can be used to hydrate and highlight, but one thing is certain: It’s a beauty essential.

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THE BEST NECK CREAM

The ultimate solution for tech neck, NEOSTRATA Triple Firming Neck Cream ($88) utilizes a patented, peptide-rich complex to instantly hydrate skin as it tightens and strengthens so deep-set bands are less visible.

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THE BEST MAKEUP PRIMER

Oil-free Benefit The POREfessional Hydrate Primer ($32) delivers the best of both worlds: It blurs pores and infuses skin with hyaluronic acid for a glass-like finish that makes foundation look a million times better.

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THE BEST LIP BALM

It’s easy to get addicted to LANO The Original Lanostick’s ($17) buttery texture and deep-conditioning mix of lanolin, natural oils and waxes—we’re not at all surprised that it continues to sell out.

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