The 16 Best Water-Based Moisturizers, Hands Down


As a lifelong beauty enthusiast, I’ve always considered myself pretty knowledgeable on my combination skin type and the kinds of products that work best on it. I rotate through an artfully crafted regimen of cleansers, serums, moisturizers and oils to combat the various zones of oiliness, dryness, and even occasional sensitivity on my face. When I met with acclaimed celebrity dermatologist Dennis Gross, MD, recently, he pointed to a small (but mighty) breakout I was experiencing and suggested a skincare swap I wasn’t expecting. “You should think about using an oil-free moisturizer,” he said plainly. “You want to hydrate, but oils can block the pores.” I. Was. Shook.

Although it’s no surprise that oil can clog the pores and lead to breakouts, I thought I was immune to such foolery since the slippery substance is among my favorite skincare ingredients. I love…

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