6 super hydrating face moisturizers shopping editors swear by

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Bye bye, buyer’s remorse. In The Essentials Edit, In The Know’s editors and creators share their favorite basic items they can’t live without. From treasured white tees to face moisturizers, these are the tried-and-true products our editors love — and the items you need to know.

When it comes to skincare, the foundation of all glowing complexions is a great moisturizer. The best moisturizers work with your body chemistry to create hydrated, plump and super soft skin. But in a sea of skincare options, these gems can be hard to find.

Moisturizer options are plentiful and often expensive, meaning test driving countless formulas to find the perfect specimen is just unrealistic. Luckily, In The Know’s shopping editors have access to top skincare products by trying countless formulas and releases first-hand. These are the items that have made a lasting impression and became staples in shopping editors’ skin routines.

From several options for sensitive skin to a cream so nice it was recommended twice, these are the facial moisturizers In The Know editors just can’t get enough of.

Shop: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, $32

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“I once read that Drew Barrymore swears by Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, and I haven’t used anything since. I can literally douse my face in this every morning and night, and it keeps my face dewy all day without clogging my pores. My skin has become increasingly dryer as I’m getting older (thanks, natural aging effects), but using this cream daily has helped decrease my dry patches, and I think it’s because of its two main ingredients: olive-derived squalane and sea glacier-derived glycoprotein. If you have sensitive skin like me, this moisturizer is super safe to use and has never caused me any irritation.” — Madison Alcedo, Senior Home Goods Commerce Writer

Shop: OSEA Advanced Protection Cream, $108

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“I am in the process of switching over to a low waste, sustainable beauty routine. After countless recommendations to try OSEA’s line, I recently gave the brand’s facial moisturizer a try. It’s so hydrating, has a wonderful natural scent and is full of simple ingredients. A little goes a long way, so it’s worth the investment. I genuinely don’t even miss my past holy grail moisturizers from my not-so-eco days.” — Katie Dupere, Commerce Editor

Shop: Drunk Elephant’s Protini Polypeptide, $68

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“I’m a massive fan of pretty much everything that Drunk Elephant makes, but its Protini moisturizer definitely tops my list. I have super sensitive skin that breaks out easily, so finding a moisturizer that feels thick and luxurious that doesn’t leave my skin feeling oily is really hard for me. But Protini, which is suitable for all skin types, never breaks me out and my skin seems to just drink it in. I typically use it in the morning and night after I wash my face since it also works well with the other products in my routine. I can’t recommend it enough!” — Julia Webb, Commerce Editor

“I have been using Drunk Elephant’s Protini Polypeptide daily for over three years now! I have very dry skin, and in the winter it becomes especially bad. This is my holy grail! I love that it’s formulated with nine peptides that all work to plump and firm your skin. It also has soybean folic acid, which is super hydrating.It’s basically a shot of protein for your skin! However, it doesn’t come cheap, but a little bit goes a long way and one jar definitely has lasted me over a year.” — Laura Galvan, Commerce Editor

Shop: The Inkey List Peptide Moisturizer, $14.99

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“I have dry-combination and occasionally acne-prone skin, so I prefer using a no-frills, fragrance-free moisturizer that won’t mess with my skin’s natural pH balance and oil production levels. This inexpensive moisturizer offers the right amount of hydration for my skin, and a little goes a long way. I also love the push dispenser as it ensures that I get every last drop. Gotta get your money’s worth — skincare ain’t cheap.” — Moriba Cummings, Commerce Editor

Shop: Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar with SPF 30, $39

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“My skin is prone to breakouts and tiny spots of rosacea can flare up if I’m not careful about what I put on my face. Philosophy’s Renewed Hope in a Jar is light enough that it doesn’t affect either skin issue, yet makes my skin feel soft, fresh and looking glowy. It’s like I don’t have anything on! My only complaint about the original version is that it doesn’t have any sun protection in it, but this version adds an SPF 30 so it’s all I need to put on before going out for a run or wearing under my makeup.”  Ellie Conley, Commerce Editor

Shop: Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Energizing Moisture Treatment for Men, $35

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“Nobody does it like Kiehl’s — end of story. I’ve tried a ton of different moisturizers for men, and Kiehl’s Facial Fuel is the one I always come back to. All it takes it a little bit each morning to make you feel like you’re ready to take on the day, leaving you feeling soft, smooth and not shiny after application. My favorite part? The slight cooling sensation that it gives you. While it comes in SPF form, too, I prefer to add that after the fact, because this moisturizer is just that good. This is a classic for a reason.” — Gibson Johns, Host and Producer

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