A good moisturizer is a skincare staple. Second only to thoroughly cleaning the skin with a great cleanser, a moisturizing cream is the most important step in your routine to ensure you’re flooding the skin with hydration and vital antioxidants. Plus, a good one will act as the final step in protecting your skin against environmental aggressors during the day and will help your skin cells recharge and rejuvenate overnight.
The problem with many moisturizers, however, is that they can be the most expensive element of a good skincare routine. With clever active ingredients and luxe textures, when it comes to the final step of your routine, you can expect to pay a little more, but that doesn’t mean you should have to.
There are now some seriously amazing dupes out there from more affordable brands—all of which offer a high-quality product without the enormous price tag.