Best moisturizers for winter
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends moisturizing skin, applying products right after getting out of the shower for best results. Thicker creams can help in winter, and they absorb more easily when the skin is damp.
Dr. Zeichner explains that a well-formulated moisturizer combines three types of ingredients: occlusives, humectants and emollients.
“Occlusives (like petrolatum or dimethicone) form a protective seal over the skin, preventing loss of hydration and creating a barrier to the environment,” he says.
Humectant ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid or glycerin, act like sponges, pulling in hydration to the outer skin layer, he explains.
And emollients, like natural oils, “offer direct moisturizing benefits and soften rough cells on the surface of the skin.”
For Dr. Gohara, moisturizers with ceramides, glycerin, mineral oil and shea butter are the ones to look for.
Here are some of Dr. Zeichner and Dr. Gohara’s picks for rich, winter-ready moisturizers.
Best moisturizers for dry skin
Vichy LiftActiv Supreme, recommended by Dr. Zeichner, moisturizes while helping address the visible signs of aging. It’s formulated with 5 percent rhamnose, a naturally occurring sugar derived from plants.
Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Face Cream is another recommendation from Dr. Zeichner. This cream boasts prebiotic oat and is created to moisturize to help achieve smooth, soft, healthy-looking skin.
Vaseline Original Healing Jelly is a classic for a reason, and Dr. Gohara likes this occlusive. It can keep skin moisturized even on the coldest of days. Made with 100 percent petrolatum, this balm has been used to protect and help heal dry skin for more than 150 years.
La Roche-Posay Lipikar Moisturizing Body Cream is a shea butter-infused formula, which Dr. Gohara recommends for keeping the body moisturized.
Best moisturizers for combination skin
Eucerin Skin Balance Night Cream is one of Dr. Zeichner's recommendations that offers a lighter consistency. "If you have combination skin, stick to a lighter cream or lotion, or consider using a different product for the T-zone versus the cheeks," he notes.
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Dermallegro Ultra is another one Dr. Zeichner likes for combination skin. It contains neurosensine, a soothing agent that targets irritation due to dryness.
Best moisturizers for oily skin
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Water Gel is recommended by both Dr. Gohara and Dr. Zeichner. "Look for lighter lotion or gel formulations," Dr. Zeichner says, "and consider an oil-free product that does not contain vegetable or mineral oils that can lead to breakouts."
Cetaphil DermaControl SPF30 is a good option with SPF, Dr. Zeichner explains. It's formulated with antioxidants and ProVitamin B5 to soothe sensitive skin.