Top Brands of Face Creams

Apply top-rated facial creams daily to keep skin smooth and moisturized.

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With so many excellent face creams on the market -- from drug store brands to department store brands -- not only is there something for any budget, but there is no reason not to moisturize and protect your skin with one of several of the best options out there. A good moisturizer will last all day and provide SPF protection and age-defying properties. Be sure to choose one that complements your skin type. Avoid creams with fragrances if you have sensitive skin. Many highly recommended face creams are safe for most skin types, but be sure to use what's best for you. After all, using a good face cream is a must and at the base of a naturally looking smooth, flawless, dewy complexion.

Normal Skin

Consumer Search recommends Olay Regenerist UV Defense Regenerating Lotion SPF 15 as the best facial moisturizer. This lotion provides sunscreen protection, antioxidants and age-defying properties. It is an excellent moisturizer for normal skin and moderately dry or oily skin. If your skin is a little dry, you won't worry about flaking. If it's a little oily, this will keep your skin looking dewy, not more oily. This moisturizer is not recommended for those with sensitive skin because it does contain fragrance and it is not hypoallergenic.

Sensitive Skin

Real Simple chose La Roche-Posay Anthelios SX Daily Moisturizing Cream with Sunscreen SPF 15 as the best face moisturizer for sensitive skin because it is fragrance-free. It is an excellent moisturizer and recommended and safe for all skin types. The winner of 12 beauty awards including Allure 2009 Best of Beauty and Instyle 2009 Best Beauty. This moisturizer is light, oil-free and provides 24-hour hydration, so you don't have to worry about reapplying, day or night. A little goes a long way. It's a great safe daily moisturizer that provides a high level of sun protection.

Oily and Combination Skin

Consumer Search named Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel as the best reviewed face cream and recommended for combination and oily skin types. It's thin and feels lightweight once applied, which makes for a is a great moisturizer choice to wear under foundation and other makeup . It hydrates quickly, leaving flaky skin smooth within minutes. It is also oil-free and does not clog pores while moisturizing amazingly well, so it is perfect for oily skin. Because the gel is lightweight, it's best to apply twice daily, in the morning and before bed, for continuous hydration. This moisturizer is especially soothing when applied after removing makeup after a night out. Or apply before bed. It just feels refreshing and relaxing on your face before relaxing for the evening.

Dry Skin

Elle named Estee Lauder Hydrationist Maximum Moisture Creme as one of top 10 beauty essentials. This face cream keeps skin well moisturized without clogging pores. It's a great choice for dry skin because it hydrates well and is long lasting. This face cream is perfect for any type of skin as it's available in three different formulas: dry skin, normal/combination skin and SPF 15 for extra protection. Like La Roche-Posay Anthelios SX Daily Moisturizing Cream, this cream also lasts all day -- a full 24 hours after application. All it takes is a once daily application for a constant smooth and soft complexion. Apply morning and evening to get the most of this powerful moisturizer.

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