Whether you’re a K-beauty obsessive who prefers a 10-step skincare routine or a minimalist who relies on just the bare essentials, chances are you’ve already incorporated a facial moisturizer into your daily skincare routine. For many, it’s the final step in the process. But with so many options available, how do you know if the lotion or moisturizer you’re using is actually the best option for your skin type? Not only does the product need to properly hydrate your skin, but it also needs to address your skin’s specific needs and concerns, whether that be anti-aging and wrinkles, blemishes, excessive shine, or sensitivities.
To help make this process a bit less stressful, we asked both a top dermatologist and a leading celebrity esthetician—Dr. Joshua Zeichner and Shani Darden, respectively—to share their expert picks for the best lotions and moisturizers for each skin type. And because we’ve tested countless moisturizing formulas in our day-to-day work as beauty editors, we’ve also shared some of our favorite picks as well.