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Applying facial moisturizer is a crucial step in any skincare routine. These products help hydrate your skin, seal in moisture, and help support skin that feels healthy, comfortable, and smooth. When used consistently, face moisturizers can even help address specific skin concerns, like rough skin texture, uneven skin tone, and fine lines.

CeraVe’s facial moisturizers with three essential ceramides are developed with dermatologists to help maintain and restore your skin’s protective barrier. All of our gentle, fragrance-free formulas are allergy-tested and include beneficial ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, peptides, and retinol. We have face moisturizers to suit the needs of all skin types, including anti-aging night creams, moisturizers with sunscreen, and an ultra-lightweight gel.

Find the Best Facial Moisturizer for Your Skin

Below, explore our range of facial moisturizers and discover the right option for your skin’s unique needs.

Find the Right Facial Moisturizer for You

Skin Type Concern Key Benefits Key Ingredients Texture
AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30
AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30
Normal to Dry Hydration; Sun Protection
  • Provides Broad Spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen with InVisibleZinc™ Technology
  • Provides continuous hydration through the day for healthy-looking skin and helps restore skin's protective barrier
Ceramides, Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid Lightweight Lotion
PM Facial Lotion
PM Facial Lotion
All Skin Types Hydration
  • Ultra-lightweight night cream
  • Provides continuous hydration through the night for healthy-looking skin and helps restore skin's protective barrier
Ceramides, Hyaluronic Acid, Niacinamide Ultra-Lightweight Night Cream
Ultra-Light Gel Moisturizer
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Ultra-Light Gel Moisturizer
All Skin Types Hydration
  • Provides lasting hydration with a weightless feel on skin.
Ceramides, Hyaluronic Acid, Niacinamide Ultra-Lightweight Gel
Ultra-Light Moisturizing Lotion
Ultra-Light Moisturizing Lotion
Normal to Oily Skin Hydration; Sun Protection
  • All-day lightweight hydration with a matte finish and helps restore skin's protective barrier
  • Provides Broad Spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen to help protect skin from UVA and UVB rays
Ceramides, Hyaluronic Acid Ultra-Lightweight Lotion
Oil Control Moisturizing Gel-Cream
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Oil Control Moisturizing Gel-Cream
Combination to Oily Skin Hydration; Oil Control
  • Helps absorb excess oil for all day hydration and shine control
  • Rebalances oily skin leaving neither too oil nor too dry
Ceramides, Hyaluronic Acid, Niacinamide Gel-Cream
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes, daily moisturizing is an essential part of any well-rounded skincare routine. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends applying moisturizer as part of your morning and evening routine, regardless of your skin type.1 Your skin requires plenty of moisture to look and feel its best, and the right face moisturizer can help keep your skin looking hydrated, supple, and smooth. The ideal facial moisturizer, according to the AAD, is one that’s formulated for your skin type—whether that’s dry, oily, combination, normal, or sensitive.1
  • It’s important to apply face moisturizer daily, even if your skin is oily or prone to clogged pores. Moisturizing can help maintain your skin’s moisture levels and prevent extreme dryness or oiliness—both of which can impact the look and feel of your skin. It’s a common misconception that those with oily skin should skip moisturizer as a way to “dry out” their skin. In reality, this may do more harm than good.

    Skipping moisturizer can lead to increased dryness, which, in turn, can cause your skin to overcompensate by producing more oil. Choosing a non-comedogenic moisturizer that’s designed for your skin type can help ensure your skin gets the essential moisture it needs without looking shiny or feeling greasy.
  • Face moisturizers aren’t a one-size-fits-all skincare product. The ideal moisturizer for your skin will depend on several factors, such as your skin type and personal preferences. With that said, there are a few things to look for when choosing a face moisturizer for healthy-looking skin.

    CeraVe—the #1 dermatologist-recommended moisturizer brand in the U.S.—recommends using moisturizers that are developed with dermatologists, fragrance-free, gentle on skin, allergy-tested, and non-comedogenic (meaning they won’t clog your pores). It’s also important to look for beneficial hydrating ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and ceramides (a key component of your skin barrier).
  • If you want to get the most out of your face moisturizer, you’ll need to use it correctly. Moisturizers should generally be applied twice daily as part of a consistent morning and evening skincare routine. They are usually applied after washing your face and applying any serums or targeted treatments (but before applying sunscreen).

    However, each facial moisturizer will have its own set of instructions, so it’s important to read the label carefully and apply as directed. The American Academy of Dermatology also recommends applying moisturizer on slightly damp skin to help lock in moisture and prevent water loss.2 If you have any questions about how to use your face moisturizer, consult a board-certified dermatologist.
  • Everyone! Sun protection is a key part of any skincare routine, no matter your skin type or skin tone. For daytime, we recommend using a face moisturizer that includes broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen (or higher) in its formula, such as CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion. Those with normal to oily skin can also try our Ultra-Light Moisturizing Lotion with broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen.

    If your daytime moisturizer doesn’t contain sunscreen, remember to apply a separate face sunscreen following your moisturizer. Sunscreen products should also be reapplied at least every two hours during the day for sun protection, in addition to taking other sun protection measures, like seeking shade and wearing protective clothing.
  • Facial moisturizers come in a variety of different texture options, including lotions, creams, and gels. Gel moisturizers, such as CeraVe Ultra-Light Moisturizing Gel, tend to be the most lightweight option. These water-based formulas are a popular choice among people with oily, acne-prone skin or anyone who prefers a refreshing, weightless feel.

    Face lotions, like CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion, offer a slightly richer texture than gels, which can be ideal for normal to dry skin types. Lastly, face creams (like CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream) are generally the thickest and most intensely moisturizing option of the three. They tend to be best suited for dry skin (including seasonal dryness) and mature skin.
  • When choosing a face moisturizer for your skin type, remember to read the product label closely. The label should tell you what you need to know about the moisturizer, including which skin type(s) it’s suitable for. If you need additional help finding the right facial moisturizer for your skin’s needs, we suggest reaching out to a board-certified dermatologist for guidance.
  • CeraVe offers a range of facial moisturizers for mature skin, including our Skin Renewing Day Cream with encapsulated retinol and Skin Renewing Night Cream with peptides. This daytime and nighttime moisturizer duo is ideal for mature skin for several reasons: Both formulas are suitable for all skin types, fragrance-free, and non-comedogenic. These anti-aging formulas also feature beneficial ingredients for aging skin, such as ceramides and hyaluronic acid. When used consistently, this duo can help promote more radiant, smooth, and youthful-looking skin. Discover more skincare options for mature skin by browsing our anti-aging skincare products.

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