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The Best Moisturizers for Teenage Skin

MIRA BEAUTY • updated Dec 15, 2020
The Best Moisturizers for Teenage Skin

Retain a youthful glow with these moisturizers for teenage skin

Finding the right moisturizers for teenage skin isn’t too different from adult skin, really. Regardless of age, a proper skin care routine does wonders for your well-being and complexion. And just because you’re 15 years old and haven’t felt the effects of time or gravity yet, doesn’t mean you can’t invest in all the best skincare products for teens to help you glow up like never before.

Due to hormonal changes, a lot of teenage skin tends to be on the oilier side, which can result in dreaded blemishes, breakouts, and excessive sebum on the surface. Especially if you wear a lot of makeup or spend plenty of time outside. However, there are plenty of teens who deal with chronic dryness, too… or the lucky ones (sense the sarcasm?) with combination skin who have dry patches in some areas of the face while other parts are excessively oily. Awesome.

But everything can change once you find the right hydrating moisturizer, or even using a lightweight moisturizer that's gentle on the skin while working overtime to beat the teenage skin issues that come with growing up. Like excess oil, blemishes, breakouts, dry patches, and more. Don’t even think about reaching for your concealer to cover these things up, as investing in the right skincare products for teens is always the best place to start… and we’re here to help you find all the best moisturizers for teenage skin.

Original Skin Matte Moisturizer With Willowherb by Origins, $35

Original Skin Matte Moisturizer With Willowherb by Origins
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“Right now I’m using the Origins matte moisturizer and I love it! It absorbs right into my skin and doesn’t feel heavy at all, and leaves me staying matte for way longer!” As a teen starting to develop her makeup and skin care routine, the #1 rule for oily skin is matte, matte, matte. This type of finish eliminates the look of shininess and excess oil, and is a top beauty tip when searching for foundations and powders. But in this case, let’s talk about moisturizer. Some of the best moisturizers for teenage skin provide a matte finish that leaves you looking soft, smooth, and fresh… and that’s exactly what you’ll get with the Original Skin Matte Moisturizer With Willowherb by Origins. This simple and lightweight cream is made with Willowherb to minimize the appearance of pores and give your complexion that “blurred” look for a naturally beautiful finish. Wear this moisturizer alone to give your teenage skin a soft glow, or underneath makeup for a matte-nificent finish that gets you tons of compliments between classes.

Cactus Water Moisturizer by Boscia, $38

Cactus Water Moisturizer by Boscia
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“Cactus water? What even is cactus water?” It’s a thought you may or may not have just had when hearing about one of the top moisturizers for teenage skin, and we don’t blame you. But we will tell you that it’s a dream for oily and combination teenage skin that delivers an instant sip of hydration. Queen of the Night Cactus Succulent is as powerful an ingredient as it sounds, rejuvenating and nourishing the most dry patches of skin to improve texture and keep the skin from producing more oil out of necessity. Which is sadly an actual thing that happens, by the way. South African Resurrection Plant Infusion works alongside the hero ingredient to reduce redness while supporting the skin’s natural moisture barrier and improving texture, while Aloe Vera Flower Extract keeps your teenage skin cool, calm, and collected at all times. While those ingredients may sound intense, trust us when we say that they’re definitely not. The best moisturizers for teen skin are soothing yet effective, and 99% of MIRA guests agree that Cactus Water is gentle on the skin while 96% say that it’s extremely hydrating.

Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer by Glow Recipe, $39

Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer by Glow Recipe
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If a summer with “Watermelon Sugar” by Harry Styles constantly stuck in your head didn’t put you in the mood for this superfood, this moisturizer by Glow Recipe definitely will. Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer is one of our favorite moisturizers for teenage skin for several reasons. Firstly, the adorable pink packaging that gets you excited about starting your teen skin care regime, without skipping a night because you’re “too tired” from doing homework. Secondly, the hero ingredients that give your complexion a dewy (but not oily!) glow. Watermelon extract floods your face with moisture without clogging pores or causing irritation, and fights acne, blemishes, and dull spots while preventing the fine lines that aren’t as far off as you may think. Hyaluronic Acid and Jasmine & Peony Extract also make up this super sweet moisturizer, which has a 93% approval rating on MIRA for brightening up your complexion. Oh, and the sweet watermelon scent doesn’t hurt, either.

Hydro Boost Gel-Cream by Neutrogena, $25

Hydro Boost Gel-Cream by Neutrogena
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It doesn’t matter if your skin is oily, dry, combination, or simply can’t make up its mind… you need hyaluronic acid. This powerhouse ingredient holds 1000 times its own weight in moisture, and delivers lasting hydration to the skin that fights off everything from dryness and dullness to fine lines and chronic breakouts. And you’ll get HA, all day with the best moisturizers for teen skin, like the Hydro Boost Gel-Cream by Neutrogena. Gentle, affordable, and designed as a tall glass of water for your complexion, Hydro Boost has a lightweight, gel texture that won’t irritate your moody skin. Whether your face has become dry from the cold air or is acting more oily than ever, hyaluronic acid and olive extract are here to provide 48-hour hydration and enhance your youthful radiance with a glow.

Renewed Hope In A Jar Moisturizer by Philosophy, $39

Renewed Hope In A Jar Moisturizer
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“This moisturizer is great for combination skin! It is lightweight but deeply hydrating and lasts all day!” With a name like this, how can you not reach for one of our favorite moisturizers for teenage skin? When you’re only 16 years old and a new breakout seems to happen every other day, a little renewed hope in your teen skin care routine is all you need… and you’ll get it with this Philosophy essential. The whipped, lightweight formula is gentle and soothing on your teenage skin, helping to minimize pores, refine texture, and re-energize dull complexion with a triple blend of alpha-hydroxy acids, combination of 3 hyaluronate and asian fruit extracts. All day hydration leads to a radiant glow that makes going bare-faced that much more fun, and 91% say it evens out skin tone while 93% are obsessed with the brightness factor of Renewed Hope.

Positively Radiant Sheer Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 by Aveeno, $15

Positively Radiant Sheer Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 by Aveeno
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Sometimes the first step to adulthood isn’t starting high school or getting the keys to your first car, it’s discovering the power of SPF. This skin care hero isn’t just available in the thick, creamy texture that your parents forced you to wear at the beach as a child, but also infused into your favorite teen skin care products to protect against harmful UVB rays and early signs of aging. Positively Radiant is a top-rated teen skin care product that provides all the benefits of SPF without the stickiness and overpowering sunscreen smell you’re used to. Protect yourself against the sun with SPF 30, while a Total Soy Complex improves your skin’s tone and texture to reveal more radiant skin in just four weeks. No more blotchiness, dark spots, and greasy complexion? Yes, please. Aveeno has the best moisturizers for teenage skin that can do it all, and MIRA reviews agree… as Positively Radiant has top ratings for being hydrating, brightening, lightweight and good for acne.

Ginzing Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturizer by Origins, $30

Ginzing Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturizer by Origins
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“I love this product. I have oily skin and it doesn’t make me feel heavy. It kind of smooths my skin out.” The teenage years are when you’re first introduced to the beauty of caffeine - and how it can help lift you up during early morning classes or your part-time job after school. As it turns out, it’s also a cult skin care ingredient to keep your oily teenage skin issues under control. This oil-free moisturizer by Origins is specially formulated for those with oily, acne-prone skin, with caffeine and ginseng to clear oil and breakouts while tightening your complexion. This leaves a natural matte complexion that won’t emphasize large pores or excess oil. It also contains Hydra-Hug™ Technology to lock in moisture for 72 hours of hydration. We can’t stress this enough: having oily skin does not mean that you don’t need moisturizer. You just need the right one that will make you look soft, natural, and matte rather than oily at the end of the day… and this one by Origins is seriously it. MIRA guest reviews say that it’s brightening, hydrating, lightweight, and evens out skin to leave you with a gorgeous matte finish.

Essentials Dual Action Moisturizer by Clean & Clear, $5

Essentials Dual Action Moisturizer by Clean & Clear
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The first reason that you should stock up on all the top drugstore moisturizers for teenage skin? They’re almost always under $10, with all the quality of beauty products that are twice the price. Secondly, Clean & Clear… that’s the reason. This beauty brand is beloved by tweens and teens everywhere, with their low-cost products that beat blemishes basically overnight and help you put your best face forward. Essentials Dual Action Moisturizer contains salicylic acid to defeat even the worst breakouts and prevent new ones from forming, leaving your face always smooth and soft. Or should we say, Clean & Clear. It’s the ideal beginner product for your teen skin care regime, helping to reduce breakouts without spending all of your allowance on a high-end cream. At least not yet!

Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration by First Aid Beauty, $34

Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration by First Aid Beauty
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“This product is great for my sensitive, dry skin. It also helps improve my eczema and red patches that appear on my face. I would totally recommend this cream to a friend with a similar skin type.” Part medicine and part moisturizer, we’re always ready for First Aid Beauty to provide the best moisturizers for teenage skin. If you have chronic dryness that tends to get worse as seasons change, Ultra Repair Cream guarantees that your skin is always moisture-packed and ready to glow. It contains colloidal oatmeal, known for decades as one of the best treatments for sensitive skin, along with Shea Butter and Ceramide 3 to keep your skin always hydrated but never heavy. While acne is a common teenage skin issue, dryness and skin conditions like eczema can be just as (if not more) painful and irritating… and First Aid Beauty will take care of you with the best moisturizers for teen skin. 94% of our community says Ultra Repair Cream is hydrating, and 92% use it as a form of redness relief.

SkinActive 3-In-1 Face Moisturizer With Rose Water by Garnier, $13

SkinActive 3-In-1 Face Moisturizer With Rose Water by Garnier
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If the rose water didn’t give it away, this moisturizer by Garnier is as smooth and calming on your teenage skin as it sounds. It’s made with 96% natural ingredients, and serves as three teenage skin care products in one small but mighty jar. These include a daily face moisturizer for hydration, a night cream that deeply nourishes, and a face mask that you can wear on your face before bed to wake up with stunning skin. Basically, it’s one of the top moisturizers for teenage skin - one that you should try if you’re just getting started with your routine or want a lot of quality products at a lower price. We promise that once you try this moisturizer for teenage skin, you’ll start collecting face masks and more rose water products, they’re just that good. How can you be sure, exactly? MIRA reviews say it all - with 95% of guests saying that this moisturizer is hydrating, 96% calling it gentle, and 88% who think it’s effective at treating acne.

Hydration is everything. Shop all the best moisturizers for teenage skin and beyond on MIRA BEAUTY today.