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        Hall of Fame
        Best Tinted Moisturizer 2016

        Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

        Best Tinted Moisturizer 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

        Call it an original skin care–makeup hybrid. This is a cult-classic hydrator that can be anything you need it to be. Feeling time-poor? Blend a few drops into skin (with or without a mirror) to subtly even out your complexion. Woke up rested and luminous? Lucky! Cut it with moisturizer for a thinner veil of coverage. Been a long week? Build as you go with a sponge, as L.A. makeup artist Fabiola does, for a finish that’s never gummy or artificial- looking.

        $44
        Best Oily Skin Daytime Moisturizer With SPF 2016

        Elta MD UV Clear

        Best Oily Skin Daytime Moisturizer With SPF 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015, 2014

        Elta MD UV Clear

        Dr. Palm’s prescription for acne patients isn’t complete without a notice to use this SPF cream every day. The oil-free formula (available in a tinted and untinted version) won’t clog your pores or bring on a breakout, she says. And the niacinamide helps take down inflammation and ward off dark spots (which can follow bouts of inflammation). Don’t think all that anti-blemish insurance comes at the cost of serious sun protection: Once blended in, the micronized zinc leaves no cast.

        $32
        Best Daytime Moisturizer for Normal Skin 2016

        Aveeno Positively Radiant SPF 30

        Best Daytime Moisturizer for Normal Skin 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015, 2014

        Aveeno Positively Radiant SPF 30

        Here’s a one-two punch you’ll want to receive: The lotion delivers a respectably high SPF with a lightweight, non-sticky consistency, says N.Y.C. dermatologist David Bank. The hydrator also addresses discoloration with soy, which “breaks up excess pigment in the skin,” says N.Y.C. dermatologist Rosemarie Ingleton.

        $15
        Best Daytime Moisturizer for Dry Skin 2016

        CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion

        Best Daytime Moisturizer for Dry Skin 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015

        CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion

        Sure, your skin needs moisture, but you don’t want to start the day feeling basted with grease. This formula skips the mineral oils (as well as the overly thick emollients) in favor of skin-sealing ceramides and water-attracting hyaluronic acid, says Dr. Bank. And while it shouldn’t tick off eczema-plagued users, doctors say any skin type could benefit from its fragrance-free moisture and physical sunscreen.

        $15
        Best Eco-Friendly Facial Moisturizer 2016

        Burt’s Bees Renewal Firming Day Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30

        Best Eco-Friendly Facial Moisturizer 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Burt’s Bees Renewal Firming Day Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30

        This non-comedogenic lotion delivers serious hydration with help from the botanical ingredient clary sage, which survives its arid Mediterranean climate by holding onto water like a Bachelor contestant grips a rose. It’s safe for many different skin types and, for slightly more mature nature girls, “really helps to plump up those fine lines and wrinkles,” says Dr. Rachel Nazarian.

        $20
        Best Eco-Friendly Moisturizer 2015

        Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy

        Best Eco-Friendly Moisturizer 2015
        WINNER 2015

        Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy

        When skin needs TLC, this cushiony cream provides open arms with a trifecta of potent ingredients. Vegetable-based hyaluronic acid plumps, peptides firm, and a cocktail of fruit acids smooths. “It delivers just as well as any other product on the market,” says Mount Kisco, N.Y., dermatologist David Bank. In this case, it’s easy being green.

        $45
        Best 2014 Night Cream Acne Prone Skin

        Skinceuticals Renew Overnight Moisturizer

        Best 2014 Night Cream Acne Prone Skin
        WINNER 2014

        Skinceuticals Renew Overnight Moisturizer

        Fighting an adult blemish battle? Consider this the cavalry. Gently exfoliating hydroxy acids stride around, de-junking pores while collagen-stimulating vitamin C smooths fine lines. So women “dealing with hormonal breakouts who still need the hydration” can rest easy, says Beverly Hills aesthetician Gina Mari.

        $61
        Best 2014 Daytime Moisturizer with SPF

        Cerave SPF 50

        Best 2014 Daytime Moisturizer with SPF
        WINNER 2014

        Cerave SPF 50

        This daily cream delivers such rich moisture that it makes even the driest skin radiant. Its ultra-absorbent, non-greasy lubricants, such as ceramides, “are found in products at much higher prices,” says Washington, D.C., dermatologist Elizabeth Tanzi. Also, its zinc and titanium ingredients offer impenetrable sun protection.

        $15
        Best 2014 Face Oil

        Bobbi Brown Face Oil

        Best 2014 Face Oil
        WINNER 2014

        Bobbi Brown Face Oil

        Facial oils are obviously super-hydrating, and this one is loaded with enough naturally derived deliciousness (sweet almond, olive, and jojoba oils) to double as a fragrance. When it’s layered on top, it also takes the burn out of tough-to-tolerate anti-agers, says N.Y.C. dermatologist Whitney Bowe.

        $62
        Best 2013 Eco-Friendly Facial Moisturizer

        Origins Night-A-Mins

        Best 2013 Eco-Friendly Facial Moisturizer
        WINNER 2013

        Origins Night-A-Mins

        This cream, with salicylic acid to slough dead cells and vitamins to improve the skin barrier, can virtually give you a prettier complexion overnight. By morning your face looks and feels “moist and smooth,” says Great Neck, N.Y., dermatologist Jeannette Graf.

        $40
        Best 2013 Daytime Moisturizer with SPF Acne Prone Skin

        Neutrogena Oil-Free SPF 35

        Best 2013 Daytime Moisturizer with SPF Acne Prone Skin
        WINNER 2013

        Neutrogena Oil-Free SPF 35

        Oily types need their moisturizers whipped up as such: light, fast absorbing, and loaded with broad spectrum SPF 35 that won't clog pores. This non-chalky block ticks off all the right boxes and creates a flawless base for makeup, says N.Y.C. dermatologist Melanie Grossman.

        $12
        Best 2013 Moisturizer for Dry Skin

        Cetaphil UVA/UVB Defense SPF 50

        Best 2013 Moisturizer for Dry Skin
        WINNER 2013

        Cetaphil UVA/UVB Defense SPF 50

        This lightweight formula won’t play favorites: It hydrates as well as it protects, says N.Y.C. dermatologist Jeffrey Weinberg, who keeps coupons for this go-to moisturizer in his office. Laced with micronized titanium dioxide, the broad-spectrum block is sensitive enough for even rosacea and eczema sufferers.

        $14
        Best 2012 Eco-Friendly Facial Moisturizer

        Burt’s Bees Sensitive Daily

        Best 2012 Eco-Friendly Facial Moisturizer
        WINNER 2012

        Burt’s Bees Sensitive Daily

        This is a real softie—the aloe soothes and the rice extract moisturizes. "It’s not just what it has but what it doesn’t have," says Robin Schaffran, a dermatologist in Beverly Hills. Free of perfumes and parabens, this light moisturizer is noncomedogenic, so it won’t clog pores or irritate skin—just two reasons it’s particularly great for acne-prone complexions.

        $15
        Editor’s Pick
        Editors' Pick 2012

        Josie Maran Argan Balm

        Editor’s Pick
        WINNER 2012

        Josie Maran Argan Balm

        This shea butter–infused balm doesn’t discriminate: It softens lips, hydrates parched body parts, and even tames flyaways. It has no mineral or silicone oils, and its packaging is completely recyclable.

        $42
        Best 2012 Daytime Moisturizer with SPF for Normal Skin

        CeraVe AM

        Best 2012 Daytime Moisturizer with SPF for Normal Skin
        WINNER 2012

        CeraVe AM

        It’s a standout broadspectrum sunscreen that wards off UVA/UVB rays while boosting the skin’s barrier with replenishing ceramides, which make it less vulnerable to the elements, says dermatologist David McDaniel of Virginia Beach, Va.

        $14
        Editor’s Pick
        Editors' Pick 2011

        La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra Intense

        Editor’s Pick
        WINNER 2011

        La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra Intense

        Formulated without fragrance, parabens, alcohol or dyes, this gentle lotion calms skin with a hydrating blend of glycerin, shea butter, and spring water.

        $35
        Editor’s Pick
        Editors' Pick 2011

        La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra Intense

        Editor’s Pick
        WINNER 2011

        La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra Intense

        Formulated without fragrance, parabens, alcohol or dyes, this gentle lotion calms skin with a hydrating blend of glycerin, shea butter, and spring water.

        $35
        Best 2011 Daytime Moisturizer with SPF for Sensitive Skin

        Aveeno Ultra Calming Moisturizer SPF15

        Best 2011 Daytime Moisturizer with SPF for Sensitive Skin
        WINNER 2011

        Aveeno Ultra Calming Moisturizer SPF15

        Loaded with redness-reducing feverfew, this fast-absorbing lotion hydrates the most delicate skin. "It has great antioxidant and anti-aging properties as well," adds Miami Beach dermatologist Leslie Baumann.

        $17
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