10 Must-Have Drugstore Night Moisturizers for Baby Soft Skin!

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If you’ve ever felt confused by the dizzying array of nighttime face creams with huge price differences, this post is for you. There are so many great options out there, and you don’t have to sell a kidney to get one that is going to moisturize your skin and leave it glowing. In fact, you can get results in any price point. So, if you’d rather spend less on your face cream so you can save your money for something that you enjoy, I have good news for you: you can get a great night moisturizer for around $20, and I’m giving you 10 options to prove it.

But, first, let’s talk about why there is such a big price discrepancy in the first place:

Will Drugstore Moisturizers Actually Work?

It’s easy to think that if it doesn’t come in a fancy container and have marketing that includes your favorite celebrity bathing in said moisturizer – it can’t be that good.

The truth is, the price difference comes down to a few possibilities:

  • Marketing costs to get you to buy it
  • Retail costs to get that cream on the shelf at that high-end store
  • (Sometimes) Higher concentrations of active ingredients – we’ll talk about this one more later
  • Higher quality packaging – may or may not even matter to you

But, as time goes by, more and more companies are producing high quality ingredients with less fillers, less chemicals and higher concentrations of active ingredients – for drugstore prices.

Why? Because the mark-up on these products is usually pretty high and they think they’ll grab a bigger market share by going more mainstream, sort of like when Mossimo rebranded as an affordable line at Target.

So, which ones will let you have your cake and eat it, too? Let’s find out:

The Best Drugstore Moisturizers:

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Here are the 10 best drugstore moisturizers for different skin types. Yes, get it, girl. These are all affiliate links.

1. Acure Cloud Cream: 

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Okay, Acure blew my mind with their Blue Tansy Oil, so naturally, I needed to try a bunch more of their products and the reviews on this one put it at the top of my list.

This cloud cream feels, well, like a cloud, and yet, is loaded with powerful ingredients like argan oil and hyaluronic acid.

And, if you’re an Acure fan, you also know they make the super clean beauty cut for really high quality, affordable products without any of the gross stuff.

I love this cream, but it’s not a fit if you like thick, rich, deeply moisturizing creams, but it’s a great fit for oily, acne prone, sensitive, and/or normal skin. 

Find it at Amazon.

2. Nivea Cream:

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This one has been making headlines for being a possible dupe for skin care legend, Creme de la Mar. Since most of us will probably never buy a jar of CDLM, Nivea is a great alternative for an unbelievable price.

This cream, mixed with a few drops of your favorite skin oil or skin serum, becomes a rich, creamy, soothing, deeply moisturizing cream. 

There’s a reason Marilyn Monroe, and many other people, swear by the stuff.

I’ve also seen some debates that the made in Germany version is thicker and the made in Mexico one has a lighter feel, so pick your poison. Either way, it’s excellent, especially for dry skin.

Find it at Amazon.

3. Bliss Rose Gold Rescue:

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When Bliss first came out, they were a higher end brand that sold at their spas and Sephora. I actually got to go to a Bliss spa in San Francisco for one of those facials and….it was bliss!

So, I was THRILLED when I saw them re-release the line at Kohl’s, and then Ulta, and then Target. They are pricing these incredible products at prices anyone shopping at a drugstore can afford, but you are getting the ingredients, the technology, and the expertise of a line with serious skin care swagger.

I have loved everything I’ve used from Bliss, before and after they made their line more accessible, so you really can’t go wrong.

This Rose Gold Rescue cream is great for sensitive skin – and I should know, because I have super duper sensitive skin. In fact, I love rose in all my skin care, because of how gentle, and yet effective it is, from my DIY rose water to my beloved Rose skin rollers. So, this Rose Gold Rescue nighttime moisturizer is as good as gold.

Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.

Find it at Amazon.

4.Bliss Drench & Quench:

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Yup, we’re back with more Bliss! If you don’t have sensitive skin, you will love this Bliss Drench & Quench moisturizer – designed to hydrate parched skin.

Not only will it hydrate at first use, but it’s designed to improve your skin’s ability to hold moisture over the long haul, so you really see result after consistent use.

Plus, it’s super light, making it great for oily and acne prone skin, too. The moisturizer starts as a cream and turns to water on contact, “surging skin with more than 10,000 marine micro-droplets for intense, yet weightless, all-day hydration”.


Find it at Amazon.

5. Neutrogena HydroBoost Moisturizer:

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I mentioned this one before (and I’ll probably mention it again, too). It’s Neutrogena’s version of the super light, gel, hyaluronic acid packed moisturizer and it is good, good, good.

The jar is just huge. I mean, I couldn’t believe the value here with this product. It took me a long time to get through that jar and the price point is super affordable.

It has a weightless, cooling sensation right on application, which I like.

I will say it is a tiny bit runnier than some other options on the list, which makes me believe it has more fillers, but honestly, if you are on the younger side and have sensitive or oily skin, you are just really going to be super happy with this one.

Find it at Amazon.

6. Honest Hydrogel Moisturizer:

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Long-time Honest fan, here. I have tried almost all of their products at some point and this Hydrogel Moisturizer is one of their newer additions to the line and has some serious staying power.

It’s even won some blog awards for being a really great, innovative moisturizer. It’s also cleaner than most, so it’s not going to load you up with a bunch of toxic chemicals your body has to figure out how to flush out later. #NoThanks

The texture does transform on application, and takes a couple seconds to really sink in, but once it does, your skin thanks you for it.

Packed with two kinds of hyaluronic acid, squalane for moisture, and SODIUM PCA for hydration, this works for almost all skin types.

Find it at Amazon.

7. Olay MicroSculpting Cream:

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A mainstay on the moisturizer market, Olay knows what’s up. Their MicroSculpting Cream is one of their most popular and has thousands of amazing reviews. It’s been called a “rich bi*ch cream” by Bethenny Frankel, who tries products from dollar store to luxury.

Designed to deliver moisture 10 layers deep and restore firmness and elasticity with a powerhouse combo of vitamin B3, amino-peptides, hyaluronic acid and antioxidants, this Olay cream has earned a throng of obsessed, loyal followers.

This is the drugstore pick for you if you’ve been looking in the mirror and pulling on those pesky little fine lines that comes for all of us.

Find it at Amazon.

8. CeraVe Moisturizing Cream:

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CeraVe is known for super gentle, soothing formulas that are excellent for even the most sensitive skin. This one, in fact, is well suited for skin prone to eczema, rosacea, and inflammation, so grab a jar if that’s what you’ve been looking for.

Plus, formulated with ingredients like 3 essential ceramides that help the skin retain moisture, it is even safe to use all over the body, so feel free to use it on rough patches, elbows, etc.

And, without any fragrances, oil, or any other irritating ingredient, it is known to be very gentle.

Find it at  Amazon.

9. Versed Skin Soak:

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This buttery, fast-absorbing, and soothing skin cream has been said to be another potential dupe for higher end creams. Although Versed says it’s well suited for dry and mature skin (it is), it is also excellent for anyone looking for a clean, but effective, night moisturizer.

Key players in Skin Soak include squalane and red algae, which give Versed it’s rich texture and active ingredients.

Versed is a game changer line, opting to offer their super effective, clean products at a very accessible price point. If you haven’t tried any of their products – add them to your must-try list STAT.

Find it at Target.

10. Pond’s Dry Skin Cream:

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Ponds is to face cream what Noxzema is to cleansing cream. Basically, it’s a classic. It’s that product people use because their mother’s used it and their grandmother’s used it.

There are quite a few Pond’s moisturizer formulations, so feel free to try the one that suits your skin needs. I am using this dry skin cream as one example of their iconic products.

Plus, the price will throw you. I think it’s the most affordable option on this list.

Talk about value.

Find it at Amazon.


So many great choices! If you just ran out of your fave face cream or just need a new one to try that won’t break the bank – I hope you’ll consider one of these killer drugstore moisturizers.

Because, hey, even if none of these things we rub all over our faces actually does anything – they sure do feel nice, don’t they?

You’ll increase the effectiveness of any product you use when you regularly exfoliate. Check out this post on how I exfoliate my face quickly, easily and naturally.

Or, if you want to try custom skincare for drugstore prices – you’ll want to read this post.

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Have a fabulous day,


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