8 Daytime Moisturizers to Achieve #NoMakeupSelfie Goals

By Laura Dominguez

Gone are the days when the only thing we expect out of our daytime moisturizer is, well, moisture. I need mine to work triple (or quadruple) duty, since I don’t have the time for a 10-step skincare routine when I’m trying to dash out the door in the morning. Sunscreen? Check. Gentle exfoliation? Check. Major antioxidants? Check and check. Turns out I’m not the only one: We polled our council of beauty experts to find out which daytime moisturizers they stock in their bathrooms time and again, and we’ve got their 8 favorites below. Scroll on, and we’d love to hear in the comments which daytime moisturizer tops your list.

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Tatcha Pore Perfecting Sunscreen SPF 35

I wear SPF religiously, and this moisturizer with SPF 35 is seriously amazing under makeup — it’s the best I’ve ever tried. It’s hydrating yet slightly mattifying, and it’s an incredible primer.

-Dawn Spinner Davis, Beauty Director at Total Beauty

The Body Deli Solar Day Cream

I can’t even begin to tell you how obsessed I am with this little beauty product shop in Palm Desert.  All of their products are made from raw organic superfoods, most of which are grown in the coachella valley.  I use their solar day cream and love it!

-Jen Pinkston, The Effortless Chic

Marie Veronique’s Protective Day Oil / Cosmedix Rescue

I wear this day oil and if I need extra moisture I put on the rescue which can be a mask or a moisturizer but I’ve worn it as a daily moisturizer for years. I think it makes my skin glow and people always comment on my skin when I wear it!

@jennikayne, Designer

Too Cool For School Egg Mellow Cream

I love this cream. It’s super dewy and I love the way it flows through foundation.

@katiejanehughes, Makeup Artist

Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar

This moisturizer somehow manages to have a super light, whipped consistency, while offering mega moisture that lasts all day. Its alpha hydroxy acids encourage gentle cell turnover that’s really helpful for my skin which tends to get a bit pore-clogged.


Sisley Paris Black Rose Precious Face Oil

I like to use oils and serums in place of a daily moisturizer, and this face oil really plumps and hydrates.

– @laneycrowell, Founder of Crowell Lane Creative

Skinceuticals C E Ferulic

My entire skincare routine is exhaustive, but I LOVE Skinceuticals C E Ferulic for its brightening benefits.

-Lauren Caruso, Beauty Director at Style Caster

Jao Brand Face Crème

I love all products in the Jao brand but this one stands out as a favorite daytime facial moisturizer because it is lightweight and comes in a nice tube I can carry around all day and use as needed.

-Nadine Abramcyk, Co-founder of @tenoverten

Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Day Shade Facial Lotion

I’m totally obsessed with this natural moisturizer’s silky texture and amazing rose scent—plus, it’s incredibly affordable.

@tararasmus, Beauty Editor & Author of Camille Styles Decoder Series