The 12 Best Moisturizers for Day AND Night…Get Dewy & Protected Skin!

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Best Moisturizers for Day AND Night

Whether it’s stress, hormones or just another candle on the birthday cake, our skin’s needs change. If the moisturizer that worked like a dream in your thirties is now a full-fledged nightmare in your forties (and fifties), it’s time to reevaluate.  But, I confess. Up until a few years ago, I generally skipped moisturizer.  With oilier skin, it just didn’t seem necessary.  Of course, now it’s a must.  Especially since glycolic acids, AHAs and retinol products are an established part of my routine.  But I’m pretty particular. I want something that’s not too rich nor heavily scented but still packed with active ingredients.

Daytime is all about a great moisturizer/sunscreen combo. At night, I look for something soothing with avocado, jojoba or sunflower oils. Bonus points if they boast ultra-hydrating ingredients like glycerin and hyaluronic acid. So, let’s take a look at my personal favorites – the best moisturizers for day and night (and yes, I’ve tried them all!).

Let’s take an informal poll … what are your moisturizing go-to’s?  Please let me know in the comments below!

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Protect and hydrate. That's the goal. Choose a lightweight moisturizer with a minimum of an SPF 30. It's tricky though because many can cause your foundation to oxidize and turn ashy or orangey on your skin. That's why I make sure to try it with makeup first. These are excellent choices.
Perricone MD Moisturizer
CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizer
La Roche-Posay Moisturizer
EltaMD UV Daily SPF 40
Black Girl Sunscreen Moisturizer
Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench
Clean choice!


Hopefully, your nighttime routine includes some sort of retinol product. If so, then a hydrating moisturizer is a necessity. Better still is one that also has active ingredients to help restore and repair. Depending upon your climate or weather, you may need to switch it up. I love using a water-based lotion in summer, and a slightly richer formula (cream) in winter.
Peter Thomas Roth Cloud Cream
REN Clean Skincare Night Cream
Biossance Repair Cream
La Mer Hydrating Emulsion
Fresh Hydration Moisturizer
Estee Lauder Anti-Aging Cream
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3 thoughts on “The 12 Best Moisturizers for Day AND Night…Get Dewy & Protected Skin!

  1. Loved those cool pics of you..reminded me of a movie. Your skin looks luminous..beautiful.
    That lame top is to die for. Thanks Erin ..enjoy all of your videos. Enjoy all the wonders of the Christmas season.

    1. That lame top is SO freakin good! If you need something for a party and tummy is not an issue or torso, it’s slightly cropped, scoop this up!! I wore it to a holiday party the other day and got four complements! Erin xo

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