Must-Have Moisturizing Products

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must have moisturizing products

I have combination skin, and I LOVE pampering it with all kinds of moisturizing serums, potions and masks. I’ve found that keeping my skin moisturized is the best way to keep it happy and avoid minor irritations and redness (my skin is also pretty sensitive, lucky me!).


Even though we don’t really experience severe winter weather in the Bay Area, thanks to indoor heating and cooler temperatures, I still load up on moisturizers, and these are my current favorites for keeping my skin moisturized and soft:

moisturizing products

My nighttime skincare routine is sort of long, but I love it. I turn it into a mini pampering session, and I’ll double-cleanse, tone, add a serum, then a moisturizer, then a facial oil…and this is on my “low key” nights!

Lately, I’ve been using Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture at night (you can check out my nighttime skincare routine here). It’s packed with avocado, sunflower and olive oils, and even though it also has shea butter, it somehow manages to feel light. I’ve only been using it for a couple of weeks, but my skin feels really soft and plump in the morning after I use it. I’ve noticed no irritation, either, so this is a definite winner. It’s available now at Sephora for $72.

murad hydro dynamic cream

Murad Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence is another new product for me, and it’s awesome! I’ve been curious about essences since the whole K-beauty craze hit last year, so I was super excited to try it out. It has a very lightweight texture that soaks right into my skin and doesn’t leave it feeling greasy at all. Right now, I layer it under either Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture (night) or Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream (day), but I could see myself wearing this alone with just sunscreen during the summer.

It also has glycolic acid, which is a gentle exfoliator that helps to even your skintone. I am so happy with how this adds just the right boost of moisture to my skin, and if you have a moisturizer that leaves your skin dry towards the end of the day, consider adding something like this to your skincare routine. Or, if you have oily skin but need light moisture, this could be perfect. It’s available now at Sephora for $78.

murad essence

Kiehl’s is one of my go-to skincare brands, and whenever I need something, whether it’s an eye cream or cleanser, I usually head to Kiehl’s first.  

Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream is one of their best sellers for good reason. It just works. It moisturizes my skin without irritating it at all or clogging my pores. It’s one of my year round products. During cooler months I’ll layer it, and during the warmer months it works great alone.

If you have normal skin and you’re looking for an everyday (and night) moisturizer, definitely check it out. It’s available now at Nordstrom for $27.50.


As for when my skin is feeling dry and irritated, I immediately reach for First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Moisture Mask. Loaded with oatmeal and botanicals, it is so good! It’s super soothing, moisturizing, and feels really thick, but it’s still easy to spread over your face. I always bring it with me when I travel and apply it right after flights, and I also use it whenever my skin is acting up.

If you have sensitive and/or dry skin, look into this. Sephora also has cute little sets with mini sizes, making it even more perfect for travel. It’s available now at Sephora for $22 (or the travel size is $9).


I’m always looking for the next great thing, so let me know if you’ve found any great moisturizers lately!

Adia Goss

Adia is a lawyer by day and a beauty blogger by night. She believes that makeup should be fun and simple, but she also likes multi-step skincare routines (she’s complicated!). Adia loves the sight of a brand new highlighter, and she’s constantly looking for the perfect concealer. Follow her beauty adventures at Adia Adores (formerly beautyluxelife) and on Instagram.


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  1. Joyce says:

    I have the Murad Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence and it has a silky texture that allows foundation to apply smoother. It wears well under makeup! I’ve also been enjoying it for the night time when I pair it with the Ultimate Moisture cream. =)
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  2. The new Oskia 360 Renaissance moisturizer worked great for my combination oily skin, but I have to admit the essence sounds very tempting as well.
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  3. Love the sound of that mask! It’s going on my to try list 🙂

  4. Michou says:

    I’ve been dying to try the Murad Essence… This might be what gets me to finally bite the bullet!

  5. Nivedita says:

    I haven’t had the chance to try Murad. But I love the Kiehls’ Ultra facial Cream. But in winter, my skin turns so dry that nothing short of Nivea Creme classic, the one which comes in blue containers, works for me.
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  6. I love using face masks and the First Aid Beauty one is going straight on my wishlist!
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  7. India says:

    The travel sized First Aid beauty products are so so cute!
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  8. Erin says:

    For me my go to hydrators are:

    Fresh Black Tea Age Delay Instant Infusion which is an essence
    May Coop Raw Sauce which is another essence
    Fresh Seaberry Oil
    Sunday Riley Luna Oil
    Sunday Riley Good Genes
    Sunday Riley Tidal
    Caudalie Premier Cru
    Fresh Black Tea Age Delay Cream
    Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Cream
    Derma E Hydrating Serum
    Derma E Purifying Serum
    Sibu Sea Buckthorn Oil
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  9. 80sChicwithglasses says:

    I’ve been using the Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask. I live in the Midwest, and although our winter has been mild, the air is so drying. I love to use this as a part of my nightly routine. I have combo skin and I don’t feel that it’s too heavy when I wake up in the morning. I also love that it’s a squeeze tube, so the germaphobe in me doesn’t cringe at sticking my fingers in a container, lol!

  10. Lauren says:

    Have to try this mask! Once upon a time, Murad and I were best friends, and now we are enemies…I break out horribly. Definitely trying the mask though. I am all about skin care lately!

  11. Michelle ComesLast says:

    I’m going to have to try the Murad!

  12. Kelly B. says:

    I’ve been meaning to try out the Murad range! I wasn’t sure how it would be for my skin type but it sounds like it would be a good investment for me!
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  13. Kim says:

    It’s always great when you find products that work well with your skin! I have an oily T-zone and have had excellent luck with CeraVe cleanser and moisturizer. Super simple routine and, comparatively, really inexpensive. 🙂

  14. Anna Oh says:

    I love your picks! The murad products look really lovely

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