The 4 Best Moisturizers Our Editors Tried This Year

aimee simeon
·2 min read

Some parts of our beauty routine are non-negotiable, and a good, thick, potent moisturizer that leaves us looking more dewy and glowy than we feel internally is one of them. Instant gratification aside, a moisturizer with good ingredients will pay off in the long run, making your skin healthier and improving your concerns over time. In short, don't cheat yourself in the moisturizer department.

There are many new formulas on the market for a range of concerns, and we sifted through the clutter to pick out the best. Ahead, we rounded up our favorites — including three of our 2020 Refinery29 Beauty Innovator Award winners — worth making a permanent part of your skin-care routine.

At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.

<h2>Tata Harper Water-Lock Moisturizer with Skin-Smoothing Peptides</h2><br>Maybe a full-fledged outdoor vacation wasn't in the cards for you this year, but that doesn't mean dull, lack-luster skin has to be. This one will make your skin look and feel like you've been laying out on the beach (and drinking your daily recommended water serving) thanks to orange peptides, pomegranate spheres, and hyaluronic acid.<br><br><br><br><br><br><strong>Tata Harper</strong> Tata Harper Water-Lock Moisturizer with Skin-Smoothing, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sephora.com%2Fproduct%2Ftata-harper-water-lock-moisturizer-with-skin-smoothing-peptides-P458917%3Fcountry_switch%3Dus%26lang%3Den%26skuId%3D2352458%26om_mmc%3Dppc-GG_1918213323_68906954525_pla-418172524696_2352458_353513010232_9073502_c%26ds_rl%3D1261471%26gclid%3DCjwKCAiArIH_BRB2EiwALfbH1FhIwBYOKRFaLUa9c-1VNF1Vk2pnjp8p4oyS0gwGiN9EqlltlGAirxoCOQ8QAvD_BwE%26gclsrc%3Daw.ds" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sephora" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Sephora</a>

Tata Harper Water-Lock Moisturizer with Skin-Smoothing Peptides


Maybe a full-fledged outdoor vacation wasn't in the cards for you this year, but that doesn't mean dull, lack-luster skin has to be. This one will make your skin look and feel like you've been laying out on the beach (and drinking your daily recommended water serving) thanks to orange peptides, pomegranate spheres, and hyaluronic acid.





Tata Harper Tata Harper Water-Lock Moisturizer with Skin-Smoothing, $, available at Sephora
<h2>BeautyStat Universal Pro-Bio Moisture Boost Cream</h2><br><br>We don't call this the crisp white T-shirt of moisturizers for nothing. It's packed with essential, functional ingredients, including ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and fermented mushroom extract to deliver instant, long-lasting moisture that'll create a reliable canvas. <br><br><strong>BeautyStat</strong> Universal Pro-Bio Moisture Boost Cream, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fshop.beautystat.com%2Fproducts%2Funiversal-pro-bio-moisture-boost-cream.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:BeautyStat" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">BeautyStat</a>

BeautyStat Universal Pro-Bio Moisture Boost Cream



We don't call this the crisp white T-shirt of moisturizers for nothing. It's packed with essential, functional ingredients, including ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and fermented mushroom extract to deliver instant, long-lasting moisture that'll create a reliable canvas.

BeautyStat Universal Pro-Bio Moisture Boost Cream, $, available at BeautyStat
<h2>Lord Jones Whole Plant Formula Acid Mantle Repair CBD Moisturizer</h2><br><br>Stressed-out skin sometimes requires a <em>little </em>extra love, and it comes in the form of CBD in this infused moisturizer. It's also blended with ginger and ceramides to keep your skin chill and plump at the same time. <br><br><strong>Lord Jones</strong> Acid Mantle Repair CBD Moisturizer, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Flordjones.com%2Fcollections%2Fcbd-lotions%2Fproducts%2Flord-jones-acid-mantle-repair-cbd-moisturizer" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Lord Jones" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Lord Jones</a>

Lord Jones Whole Plant Formula Acid Mantle Repair CBD Moisturizer



Stressed-out skin sometimes requires a little extra love, and it comes in the form of CBD in this infused moisturizer. It's also blended with ginger and ceramides to keep your skin chill and plump at the same time.

Lord Jones Acid Mantle Repair CBD Moisturizer, $, available at Lord Jones
<h2>Starface Moisture On Mars</h2><br>Think of this moisturizer as lush, lightweight silk, but for your face. The non-comedogenic formula has aloe leaf and carrot extract to soothe and brighten your skin without clogging your pores. It's also free of parabens and fragrance, so you don't have to worry about irritation if your skin is super sensitive. <br><br><strong>Starface</strong> Starface Moisture On Mars, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fstarface.world%2Fproducts%2Fmoisture-on-mars" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Starface" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Starface</a>

Starface Moisture On Mars


Think of this moisturizer as lush, lightweight silk, but for your face. The non-comedogenic formula has aloe leaf and carrot extract to soothe and brighten your skin without clogging your pores. It's also free of parabens and fragrance, so you don't have to worry about irritation if your skin is super sensitive.

Starface Starface Moisture On Mars, $, available at Starface

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