9 Drugstore Moisturizers Our Editors Swear Gave Them Real Results

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When researching, testing and ultimately recommending beauty products is in your job description, there’s very little left in the beauty industry that you haven’t gotten a chance to try out for yourself. We’ve tested every luxury lotion, prestige moisturizer and skin-conditioning cream out there, and while we love a good department store beauty find, nothing feels better than stocking up on a few drugstore favorites for half the price.

Therefore, we polled our beauty editors for their go-to drugstore face creams that have stood out for their incredible results. So, the next time you head out for a beauty restock, be sure to add these to your list of must-haves.

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Aveeno Ultra Calming Daily Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF15 ($15)

“I love how this product just makes life simple—it hydrates, it never irritates and it packs in a little sunscreen to protect.” 

–Liz Ritter, Executive Managing Editor

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CeraVe Moisturizing Cream ($16)

“When it comes to skin care, I usually tend to go for the more expensive products packed with all the latest-and-greatest technology and ingredients, but CeraVe is a drugstore brand I trust and love. I was introduced to this brand by a cardiologist friend who let me in on the little secret that all the doctors and surgeons at Stanford (where he worked) recommended the line to each other. The CeraVe Moisturizing Cream is a classic, and because I buy it in the big size, I use it on both face and body. It’s packed with ceramides and hyaluronic acid to strengthen skin’s natural barrier and keep moisture in for 24 hours at a time.” 

–Carolyn Hsu, Site Director

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Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Moisturizer Pink Grapefruit ($9)

“Whenever my skin starts to act out, this is the first thing I reach for to hydrate it without clogging any pores. Its effervescent scent immediately wakes me up in the morning and I feel good knowing it’s only bettering my blemishes throughout the day.” 

–Danielle Fontana, Editorial Assistant

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Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C BB Serum ($21)

“This nongreasy serum gives my complexion an instant boost of vitamin C each morning to leave it looking smoother, brighter and healthier. It’s also great for those who think creams are too heavy under makeup.”

—Brittany Burhop, Senior Editor

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Yes to Blueberries Daily Repairing Moisturizer ($16)

“The consistency of this lotion is super light but still heavily hydrating, making it great for daily use. But my favorite part has to be how yummy it smells—giving it a refreshing feel every time I put it on.”

–Julie Ricevuto, Digital Beauty Editor

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Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream Face Moisturizer ($27)

“I really love all the Olay products that fall under this line. This particular one works like an eraser on dark spots while simultaneously making your skin look so much brighter and better.”

 –Liz Ritter, Executive Managing Editor

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RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream ($23)

“I’ve just started incorporating retinol into my beauty routine, and can’t help but love this drugstore option. I only use it a few times a week, but I’ve already noticed that the fine lines on my forehead have smoothed out.”

–Julie Ricevuto, Digital Beauty Editor

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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel ($19)

“I use retinol regularly, so having a good moisturizer that really quenches my dry patches when I need it is crucial. This one does that and more—plus it’s oil-free, which I love.” 

–Brittany Burhopp, Senior Editor

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Aveeno Active Naturals Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer ($18) 

“I like a moisturizer that multitasks so I can skip some other steps during the week when I don’t have time to really focus on my skin care. This formula contains salicylic acid, which helps fight breakouts and improve the tone and texture of my skin.” 

—Tatiana Bido, Special Projects Editor

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