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Facial Moisturizers: Expert and User Reviews

By: Angela Stringfellow on May 09, 2018

Facial Moisturizers: Ratings of Sources

Editors of Beautypedia, As of May 2018

Beautypedia's editors review thousands of skincare and makeup products, evaluating ingredients against scientific standards by consulting medical journals, cosmetic industry reports and the Food and Drug Administration. Each product is rated on a scale of one to five based on ingredient quality, effectiveness, and usefulness for various skin types. Elsewhere on this site, daytime facial moisturizers with sunscreen and nighttime moisturizers are reviewed.

Editors of Reviews.com, Feb. 28, 2018

Editors of Reviews.com consult with dermatologists, aestheticians and chemists to identify the best face moisturizers out of 168 popular contenders. After eliminating products with harmful ingredients – fragrance, simple alcohols, irritants and dyes – as well as products lacking the beneficial ingredients hyaluronic acid and glycerin, 18 finalists are put through hands-on testing. Winners include the best anytime moisturizer (including both light and thick options), the best night cream and the best moisturizer with SPF.

The Good Housekeeping Institute, May 15, 2017

The notoriously picky testers at the Good Housekeeping Institute put more than 45 anti-aging skin products, including moisturizers, anti-wrinkle serums and eye creams, through their paces in the beauty lab and through hands-on testing by consumers. Elsewhere on this site, Good Housekeeping names the top facial moisturizers for healthy skin, and several moisturizers earn a spot in the 2017 Good Housekeeping Beauty Breakthrough Awards as well.

Sarah Kinonen and Sophie Wirt, April 2, 2018

Writers Sarah Kinonen and Sophie Wirt sift through a variety of affordable moisturizers, all under $20, to identify the best drugstore brands. While it's not clear whether they conducted hands-on testing, each recommended product includes a brief description including the skin types the products are most suitable for and other benefits.

Editors of Elle, Feb. 23, 2018

If anyone knows which beauty products actually work, it's the editors at a publication like Elle, who are constantly exposed to the hottest new products. Here, the magazine and website editors tell you which face creams they themselves have used for years. They typically fall into two camps: Either devotees of luxury products they feel merit a pricey investment, or fans of no-fuss, effective drugstore brands.

Sarah Carrillo and Amanda Montell, Not Dated

The editors of TotalBeauty list top beauty products in two sections. The first, dedicated to an annual awards list, is based on hands-on testing, plus several "Reader's Choice" picks. The second list is dedicated to drawing on TotalBeauty's deep well of reader feedback, with every product receiving an overall score out of 10 possible, plus several excerpts from reader comments.

Bella Gerard, Aug. 16, 2017

Health's Bella Gerard talks to dermatologists for their recommendations for the best moisturizers for combination skin. Each recommended product is accompanied by a quote from a dermatologist explaining why it's best for those with combination skin and other benefits.

Contributors to Amazon, As of May 2018

Amazon is, as always, a font of honest feedback from people who've purchased and used these face moisturizers. Because many of them have purchased multiple moisturizers in their search for the perfect product, these reviewers also offer a wealth of information on how said products compare. Customers also offer useful feedback on how facial moisturizers perform over the long term; once they find a product they like they'll stick with it for years, if not decades.

Contributors to Sephora, As of May 2018

Most of the facial moisturizers listed at Sephora have hundreds of user reviews; several products receive thousands of user comments. Said users often put an enormous amount of effort into finding a moisturizer that works for their skin, so their comments are very helpful.

Contributors to Ulta, As of May 2018

Feedback from Ulta customers is especially useful for gauging how a given moisturizer performs in real-world conditions and when used under cosmetics. Many of the moisturizers listed here receive a hundred or more user reviews.

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