Fall Moisturizers
London College Fashion Fall 2022. Courtesy of Imaxtree

Seasons change. So should your skin care. It's time to start weaning yourself off your warmer weather moisturizer in favor of a more substantial formula. But how do you sort through all the fall moisturizers to find the one that best suits your needs? Easy. Just keep reading.

What do the best fall moisturizers have in common?

The best options all contain moisture-boosting ingredients. Look for hyaluronic acid or a proven proprietary complex that not only increases hydration, but helps skin hold on to it. You don't necessarily have to go with the thickest formula. Science has evolved enough to create richer moisturizers that feel lightweight on skin. So feel free to buy a cream-gel version.

How do you figure out which one to buy?

It's important to keep your skin's needs in mind. Most offer additional benefits. If you want to tackle fine lines and wrinkles, pick one that lifts and firms as it moisturizes. There are formulas that also even skin tone, blur pores or calm irritation.

How expensive are they?

Prices vary widely. You can drop big bucks (we're talking several hundred dollars) or less than $50. Find the recipe and price that best fits your life. You can keep slathering these on through winter, which will help offset the cost.

Here are the best fall moisturizers on the market.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Water Cream Refillable Gel
Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Water Cream Refillable Gel Moisturizer With Niacinamide, $100 at Sephora

Charlotte Tilbury's latest innovation? A hydration-drenching weightless water cream. It includes niacinamide to brighten and balance, its own waterlocking fusion technology to trap and retain moisture plus a biopeptide complex to improve tone and texture.

Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream
Drunk Elephant

Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream, $62 at Ulta Beauty

Although fall demands a heavier moisturizer, you don't want one that feels heavy on your skin. Enter Drunk Elephant's whipped cream. It allows your skin to better retain moisture while reinforcing your skin's acid mantle without weighing down your complexion.

La Mer Crème de la Mer Moisturizing
La Mer

La Mer Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream, $200 at Nordstrom

Ah, La Mer. The beloved moisturizing cream is well worth its high price tag. Why? Because it boasts cell-renewing Miracle Broth that moisturizes as it repairs. So your skin will feel noticeably more hydrated, firmer and lifted.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Darker Skin Tones Face
Dr. Barbara Sturm

Dr. Barbara Sturm Darker Skin Tones Face Cream, $225 at Dr. Barbara Sturm

Tailored to the needs of darker skin tones with normal, combination or oily skin, this fall moisturizer absorbs in a flash. It has magnolia and African whitewood bark extracts to refine pores, reduce sebum and deliver moisture. Microalgae-sourced lumicol evens tone with glowing results.

Avene Revitalizing Nourishing Cream RICH

Avène Revitalizing Nourishing Cream RICH, $42 at Avène

This rich cream instantly replenishes lipids and starts preventing moisture loss. It's all thanks to a blend of red fruit extract, shea butter, pre-tocopheryl and the brand's proprietary thermal spring water.

La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream
La Prairie

La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream, $555 at Saks

OK, this pick is pretty expensive. But it contains the brand's exclusive cellular complex that helps increase tautness and suppleness. The formula attracts, binds and replenishes moisture. Simply use the included spatula to apply the cream morning and night.

Tatcha The Dewy Skin Cream

Tatcha The Dewy Skin Cream, $72 at Sephora

Tatcha's moisturizer plumps and hydrates. Japanese purple rice helps skin recover from (and protect against additional) stress, pollution and UV damage. While okinawa algae blend and hyaluronic acid replenish skin's natural moisture reservoir and ceramides. There's also botanical extracts to nourish complexions.

Sisley Paris Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream
Sisley Paris

Sisley Paris Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream, $230 at Sisley Paris

This best fall moisturizer transforms into micro droplets upon application to better permeate skin. That's not the only thing it has going for it, either. Alkekengi calyx extract and padina pavonica join forces to plump skin with black rose aqueous extract improving texture. Then hibiscus flower extract and alpine rose extract come along to boost radiance.

Lancome Absolue Soft Cream Moisturizer

Lancôme Absolue Soft Cream Moisturizer, $150 at Lancôme

Creamy yet lightweight, Lancôme's moisturizer transforms into a serum-like lotion when applied. The formula smooths fine lines as it firms and brightens. It supplies up to 24 hours of hydration, which is vital once the weather gets cold.

Clinique Moisture Surge Intense 72H Lipid-Replenishing Moisturizer

Clinique Moisture Surge Intense 72H Lipid-Replenishing Moisturizer, $46 at Macy's

Clinique's cream-gel moisturizer offers 72 hours of hydration courtesy of hyaluronic acid. It also has barrier-strengthening lipids and cica to soothe even supremely sensitive complexions.

Augustinus Bader The Ultimate Soothing Cream Refillable
Augustinus Bader

Augustinus Bader The Ultimate Soothing Cream Refillable Moisturizer, $290 at Sephora

It doesn't get more soothing than Augustinus Bader's creamy moisturizer. It replenishes, hydrates and soothes skin immediately and that relief really lasts. TFC8 creates the optimal environment, black cumin oil comforts dry skin and calms redness and evening primrose oil helps prevent moisture loss.

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