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9 Smart New Moisturizers That Do Way More Than Just Hydrate

These multi-tasking moisturizers are anything but basic.
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Whether your skin care routine is as simple as can be or consists of a complicated 12-step process, there's likely one non-negotiable: moisturizer. Not only does dry skin look less than pretty, it also doesn't feel good, making the right face cream a universal essential. And while it's meant to moisturize, why not choose a product that's going to give you even more bang for your buck? Happily, the latest crop of creams feature all kinds of innovative ingredients, technologies and formulas to go above and beyond their intended call of duty. Here, nine of the coolest new multi-tasking moisturizers out there.

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PCA Skin HydraLuxe, $147
As a general rule, it's good to use a lightweight moisturizer in the summer and a heavier one in the winter. This product eliminates the need for two. Its unique blend of ingredients adapts to varying temperatures and humidity levels in the environment, adjusting to give your skin the exact dose of hydration it needs, no matter the weather or climate. As if that weren't enough, it's also packed with anti-aging ingredients (like collagen-protecting snow algae) to keep your complexion both moisturized and youthful.

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Ever have those days where it just feels like any kind of skin care step is way too much effort? It happens to the best of us. Lucky for you, this gel-cream hydrates for an impressive 72 hours (yes, as in three days), even after you wash your face. Lazy girls, rejoice.

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It sounds like a delectable dessert and, indeed, it's a true treat for your skin. With two separate chambers, you can use the probiotic-infused Greek yogurt moisturizer (probiotics are great for your skin, FYI) alone or add in a few drops of the antioxidant-rich superblueberries booster on days when your complexion needs a little extra TLC.

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An extra dose of protein can make all the difference, be it in your morning smoothie or your moisturizer. Packed with peptides (the building blocks that make up protein, they're tried-and-true anti-aging ingredients), this works on lines, wrinkles, spots and other annoying imperfections you want to get rid of. Also nice: You can use it on its own or add a dollop of it to any other cream, serum or oil you like.

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