Basic Moisturizers: The Ultimate Top 3 (July 2012)

1. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 15   $21 (2.5oz), $31 (4.2oz)

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2. Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief   $36 (1.7oz), $48.50 (2.5oz)

Fragrance-free, oil-free, long lasting hydration

3. Estee Lauder DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Moisturizer SPF 15   $45 (1.7oz)

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Lightweight, heavenly scent, sunscreen and loaded with anti-oxidants


The top three best-selling basic moisturizers have reflected the need to switch to lighter skin regime for the summer. Our number one basic moisturizer for the month is Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer. There are some variations among the Ultra Facial line. A tinted version ($24.50 for 2.5oz), a regular moisturizer without SPF ($18 for 2.5oz) and a creme ($26 for 1.oz) suitable for dry weather. My friend who lives near Seattle swears by it. It’s super affordable and the results are fascinating. Her skin used to be flaky and peels during the winter. Not anymore. Kiehl’s website promises that the cream to hydrate your skin for up to 24 hours. This is one of the “steals” I must try this winter.

Clinique’s Moisture Surge is perfect for the summer. You can apply this soothing gel after a suntan to alleviate your sun-kissed skin. The skin really “drinks” this up and leaves your skin well hydrated and dewy. I also try to put a dab of this underneath my eyes to get rid of fine lines caused by dehydration.

Estee Lauder DayWear is one that’s suitable for all skin types. If you worry about having an oily face during summer, you can try their oil-free, SPF 25 creme ($45 for 1.7oz). A tinted lotion is also available ($45 for 1.7oz). At this price point, this skincare line is loaded with anti-oxidants and delivers all an excellent day creme should.