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12 Best Drugstore Moisturizers for Great Skin on the Cheap

These budget-friendly drugstore moisturizers hydrate, firm and nourish skin just as well as their high-end counterparts
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The journey to youthful, hydrated skin can be a pricey one, but it doesn't have to be. Our reviewers went on a hunt for the best drugstore moisturizer — one that boasts all the qualities of a hundred-dollar face moisturizer for a third of the price. 

So what does it take to be named best drugstore moisturizer? We're talking hydrating properties, fast absorption, a non-greasy texture and, most importantly, results. We trusted our TotalBeauty.com readers to comb through the hundreds of drugstore products on the market to find the best moisturizers for every skin type. With these 11 top-rated face moisturizers, say hello to a perfect (and reasonably priced) complexion.

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Best Drugstore Moisturizer No. 12: Cetaphil Daily Hydrating Lotion, $14.99

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 8*

Why it's great: Looking for a lightweight moisturizer that'll still keep your complexion feeling nourished? "The formula is incredibly light — almost slightly gel-like — yet it substantially moisturizes my skin and wears well under makeup," writes one reviewer. Another noted that it worked great on their sensitive skin, while also praising the featherweight texture.

Agree? Disagree? Write your review for Cetaphil Daily Hydrating Lotion here.

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Best Drugstore Moisturizer No. 11: Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $1

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 8.1

Why it's great: Since it comes with sunscreen, you get a little extra SPF along with your daily dose of moisturizer and many readers commented on how nice it is to use a high-performing moisturizer that also offers UV protection. Another bonus? It also has subtle shimmer in it. One reviewer called the light diffusers her favorite thing about the moisturizer, saying, "They are like barely noticeable sparkles in the cream that make your skin look RADIANT."

Agree? Disagree? Write your review for Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 here.

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Best Drugstore Moisturizer No. 10: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel, $19.99

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 8.3

Why it's great: Easily one of the best drugstore moisturizers for oily skin, this hyaluronic acid-packed product is an all-around favorite. "This moisturizer is perfect for those of us with oily, acne-prone skin ... It's not at all greasy, and it doesn't make my skin feel tight," explained one reviewer. Many also commented on its comfortably light texture, calling it "great for the summer."

Agree? Disagree? Write your review for Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel here.

*At time of publication



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Best Drugstore Moisturizer No. 9: RoC Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Creme, $27.49

TotalBeauty.com editor's pick

Why it's great: When it comes to anti-aging skincare, retinol is key. RoC makes the potent ingredient accessible at the drugstore, which makes this one of the best face moisturizers at its price point. It's gentle enough that it won't aggravate sensitive skin and it provides a ton of hydration — and best of all, the retinol really does make a noticeable difference when it comes to dullness and fine lines.

Agree? Disagree? Write your review for RoC Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Crème here.



Think you can't find an amazing moisturizer at the drugstore? Think again. From rich creams to silky lotions, the best drugstore moisturizers address every skin concern and texture preference.

And you don't have to compromise on high tech ingredients either. Many of these drugstore moisturizers contain things like retinol, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide. Pick up one of these moisturizers and your skin will be hydrated and fine lines will start to disappear in no time.
BY AMANDA MONTELL, ROSIE NARASAKI | MAR 30, 2018 | SHARES
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