What Is the Best Face Moisturizer? 3 Things to Consider

Everyone can dream of young, fresh, youthful, glowing skin, but you need hydrating products to make that dream a reality. This starts by finding the best daily moisturizer that nourishes and rehydrates your skin and by drinking enough water to avoid dehydration lines.

It makes sense that as the largest organ in our body, your skin needs a lot of hydration and regular attention to stay blemish-free, healthy, and looking young and vibrant. But drinking water, while still vitally important, can only get your skin so far.

That’s why all skin types, especially those with dry or sensitive skin conditions, should incorporate a quality moisturizer into their daily skincare routine. But how do you know what the best face moisturizer is for you? We’ve created this guide to help you narrow down your options.

What to Consider When Choosing a Moisturizer

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when looking for the right moisturizer. Do you go with a formula designed for sensitive skin? Or, maybe you wear makeup regularly and would prefer a foundation with moisturizer.

Let’s bring it back and start with the basics by going over what a moisturizer is. A facial moisturizer is a lotion, cream emulsion, ointment, or balm formulated with emollients to help your skin stay hydrated and protect your skin barrier.

When selecting the right moisturizer for your face, it’s important to consider several factors, including:

  1. What your skin type is: In some cases, certain moisturizers may cater to certain skin types exclusively. For example, for those with extremely dry skin, there may be thicker moisturizers available that wouldn’t typically suit those with oily skin.

  2. Skin concerns: If you have certain skin concerns, like rosacea or sensitive skin for example, you’re going to want to find a moisturizer that won’t irritate your conditions.

  3. Ingredients: When selecting the right moisturizer, it's important to avoid harsh chemicals or added fragrances and confirm that the formula is non-comedogenic so it doesn’t clog your pores. This helps prevent breakouts.

Once you start shopping, you’ll notice there are a plethora of options to choose from. It can make the shopping process overwhelming and even confusing. But, choosing a moisturizer doesn’t have to be complicated. We have a recommendation that is suitable for all skin types, making the process of elimination a simple one.

Our Top Recommendation for the Best Face Moisturizer

Our top recommendation for the best face moisturizer is the Barrier Pro™ Essential Moisturizer.

Developed in collaboration with skin health professionals, the Barrier Pro™ Essential Moisturizer provides multi-level replenishing hydration that penetrates deep into the skin. This helps increase the skin's ability to attract and retain moisture over a longer period of time.

Don’t just repair; prepare and evolve your skin barrier daily with the Colorescience Barrier Pro™ collection.

About Barrier Pro™ Essential Moisturizer

About Barrier Pro™ Essential Moisturizer

The Barrier Pro™ Essential Moisturizer is more than just a moisturizer. It keeps your skin hydrated by supporting the skin’s microbiome balance and promotes the skin’s integrity by reinforcing good bacteria. This helps the moisturizer on your skin create a stable, balanced microbiome for an improved appearance and supple glow.

By supporting the skin’s microbiome, the Barrier Pro™ Essential Moisturizer fights back against the reactive cycle of damage by strengthening the skin’s protective barrier and bringing it back stronger and healthier than before. It hydrates and refines skin texture with an expertly formulated, healthy ingredient blend, resulting in a more plumped, vibrant, healthy, and youthful appearance.

Key Ingredients

The Barrier Pro™ Essential Moisturizer is specifically formulated with healthy, rejuvenating ingredients that help your skin go beyond hydration. Its clean, oil-free, non-comedogenic, non-greasy formula is not only fragrance-free but also hypoallergenic and vegan.

With prickly pear extract and calming botanical ingredients, our Barrier Pro™ Essential Moisturizer soothes the skin while enriching it with antioxidants that neutralize free radicals to prevent visible skin damage. It also strengthens the skin's resilience and prepares it for exposure to irritating environmental aggressors, including blue (HEV) light.


With many benefits, the Colorescience Barrier Pro™ Essential Moisturizer melts into your skin and immediately nourishes and envelopes the face in a light, velvety finish.

The Colorescience formula helps support good bacteria for a stable, balanced microbiome that promotes the skin's integrity and quality and improves the overall appearance of your skin.

The tri-molecular hyaluronic acid provides multi-layer hydration and improves the skin’s ability to attract and retain hydration while nourishing dry, patchy, or flaky skin with its soothing moisture.

It prepares your skin to respond to both indoor and outdoor light exposure, including harmful UV rays and HEV (blue) light, while continuing to improve the skin's resilience and adaptive response over time.

Additionally, the Barrier Pro™ Essential Moisturizer layers well over other skincare products, creating the perfect base to prepare your skin for optimal sunscreen application and makeup.

Is Barrier Pro™ Essential Moisturizer Safe for All Skin Types?

Yes, our Barrier Pro™ Essential Moisturizer is suitable for all skin types. It's made with healthy, revitalizing, non-chemical ingredients; plus it's oil-free, non-greasy, non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, and vegan. This makes it perfect and safe for all skin types, even those with sensitive skin.

Benefits of Barrier Pro™ Essential Moisturizer

How to Apply Face Moisturizer

Now that you have a better understanding of what to consider when picking out a moisturizer that works best for you and its overall benefits, it’s time to learn the proper technique of applying moisturizer to your face.

Often, people moisturize twice a day. However, you should decide what’s best for your personalized skincare routine. Moisturize in the morning after you've washed your face and removed all the impurities that have settled onto your skin throughout the night.

After washing your face and cleansing your skin of any dirt, grime, makeup, or sunscreen that’s accumulated throughout the day, apply your best hydrating moisturizer. Doing so can give your skin the support it needs for the natural renewal and regeneration process that occurs at night.

We recommend using the Barrier Pro™ Essential Moisturizer and incorporating the following steps into your morning and night skincare routine:

  1. Dispense 1 to 2 pumps of the Barrier Pro™ Essential Moisturizer to face and neck. 

  2. Gently rub into skin in a circular motion.

  3. Apply before your daily sunscreen and after the application of any treatment serums.

Pair It With Barrier Pro™ 1-Step Cleanser for Better Barrier Health

With so little time in the day, it’s hard to take moments for self-care and create a skincare routine—let alone a twice-daily routine with multiple steps, including removing makeup, cleansing your face, and hydrating and moisturizing your skin.

Not to worry. We have a solution for that. We’ve created an optimal, skincare duo for a quick, easy, and smooth skincare routine. The best part is that it’s safe and beneficial for all skin types—even those with sensitive skin.

Barrier Health Dream Duo

The Colorescience Barrier Pro™ 1-Step Cleanser is specifically formulated to remove everything from makeup and mineral sunscreen to grime and dirt in a single step. It's designed with a multi-benefit skin barrier-boosting solution to help support your skin’s microbiome and promote gentle exfoliation for smoother, softer, and healthier skin.

After cleansing your face of makeup, daily pollutants, and other irritants, it’s time to apply the Barrier Pro™ Essential Moisturizer. This will replenish your skin's hydration, support and balance the skin’s microbiome, and refine texture.

This is done through calming botanical ingredients, which help soothe your skin and neutralize free radicals to prevent visible skin damage. Additionally, it strengthens the skin barrier and your skin’s resilience, preparing for exposure to environmental aggressors and pollution, including harmful rays of the sun. The result is healthy, vibrant, more plump, and youthful-looking skin.

While Colorescience eliminates the hassle of multi-step cleansers, maintaining healthy, clear, and youthful-looking skin requires effort and attention. Figuring out what works best for you and your routine takes time. We're here to help, and our professionals recommend incorporating these products into your routine twice a day: once in the morning and once at night.

Woman moisturizing her face while looking at herself in the mirror

Damage, Repair, & Evolve Your Barrier Protection

Developed in collaboration with skin health professionals, the Colorescience Barrier Pro™ Essential Moisturizer provides intensive and extensive multi-level replenishing hydration that responds to and repairs damage while evolving your barrier protection. Thus, your skin is better prepared to handle environmental pollutants and aggressors, including UV rays.

The Barrier Health Dream Duo includes a one-step cleanser and moisturizer to help your skin go beyond just cleansing. Support your skin’s microbiome while hydrating and repairing skin cells, resulting in plumper, smoother, stronger, and healthier, more youthful-looking skin.