Best Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime)
In order to make the Best Products list, a moisturizer must NOT be packaged in a jar and have a state-of-the-art formula that:
- Helps skin fight environmental damage.
- Helps increase healthy collagen production.
- Contains a mix of antioxidants, skin-repairing, and cell-communicating ingredients.
- Hydrates skin (as appropriate for your skin type).
Regardless of your skin type (more on that below) or texture preference, all of the moisturizers on the Best Products list meet the formulary requirements mentioned above.
Packaging is critical for all skincare products, but especially so for anti-aging moisturizers, and we mean beyond the visual appeal. Rather, we're referring to the need for opaque, non-jar packaging that demonstrates the manufacturer has made efforts to ensure the continuing potency of the key ingredients, particularly antioxidants and plant extracts, after you start using the product.
Antioxidants are prone to degradation when repeatedly exposed to light and air—the manner in which they work to protect our skin bears this out as air (oxygen) is one of the most abundant sources of free-radical damage that we encounter on a daily basis.
Lastly, keep in mind that the only difference between daytime and nighttime moisturizers is that the daytime version must contain a sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater to qualify for our highest (Best) rating.
Daytime Moisturizers with SPF are judged based upon whether they provide broad-spectrum sun protection, their SPF rating, potential for irritation, packaging and aesthetics. They must also meet the same standards as an anti-aging moisturizer—the inclusion of beneficial antioxidants or other ingredients to back up the claims of improvements in signs of aging on skin beyond what sun protection alone provides. For more on our criteria for rating daytime moisturizers with sunscreen, see the Daytime Moisturizers with Sunscreen section of the site.