Every household in America has at least one all-purpose cream. All it takes is a tiny dollop and you’re good to go: moisturize and protect your skin, remove dirt, grease, or make-up; even shampoo your hair! And the best part? You can probably find them for next to nothing at your local grocery store!
Types Of All-Purpose Cream
There are many different kinds of all-purpose creams, but they can basically be boiled down to four major types:
Emollient creams are for dry skin. Using them will help put moisture back into the skin. They have a light texture that’s easy to spread on the skin, and often contain synthetic oils or other moisturizing ingredients. Most emollient creams don’t have any sunscreen protection, so you’ll want to use them under your normal cream or lotion if you’re going outside. Check The Weather Network if you live in Canada!
Emulsifying Ointment Creams
These are like an advanced emollient cream; they’re for people with very dry skin (and eczema/atopic dermatitis ) since they’re a lot heavier and more moisturizing than regular emollient creams. They also contain ingredients to soothe the skin, such as panthenol or other beneficial chemicals.
These have a slightly richer texture than emollient creams do, but still, feel light on the skin. Moisturizing creams work deep within the pores of your skin to infuse it with moisture, and often contain glycerin, lanolin, or cholesterol. These ingredients bind moisture to your skin for hours at a time! Usually moisturizing cream has sunscreen protection built-in, which makes it a good choice if you’re planning an active day.
Top 20 All-purpose Cream In The United States
Since you use it so often, why not try something new? These ones are ranked as the reader’s favorite hand creams.
1. Vaseline Total Moisture – Anti-Aging Hand And Nail Cream
This cream is rich enough to provide all-day hydration for your hands. It also absorbs quickly without leaving a greasy feeling, which makes it suitable for people with dry skin.
2. Eucerin Daily Protection Moisturizing Face Lotion
Not only will this cream keep your face moisturized, but it can also remove makeup! Use it day and night to protect against harmful UV rays that could cause premature aging of the skin. This cream is fragrance-free, paraben-free, hypoallergenic, and non-comedogenic- perfect for sensitive skin!
3. Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub
This cream is safe on all skin types, even the most sensitive. It contains lactic acid to help promote skin renewal and natural AHAs (alpha-hydroxy acids) extracted from sugar cane to gently exfoliate dead skin cells for a more radiant glow!
4. Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm Gel
Nivea excels in making products that are gentle on sensitive skin like this one. So, whether you’re shaving or not, you can still use it as an after-shave cream to protect your face against razor burn and soothe inflammation after waxing or tweezing. Its fast-absorbing properties also allow you to moisturize without having sticky hands all day long!
5. La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense
This cream is designed to protect, moisturize, and hydrate even the most sensitive skin. It’s also oil-free (great for people with acne!) and helps restore smoothness to rough skin caused by sunburns. If you have an allergy to parabens, this product is great because it doesn’t contain any of them!
6. Aveeno Active Naturals Soothing Body Cream
This cream will leave your skin feeling soft all over with just a small amount! It actually soothes dryness caused by shaving -who knew? The dermatologist-recommended brand contains oatmeal which naturally cleanses and exfoliates dead cells, so you can feel confident knowing that no harmful chemicals are being absorbed into your skin.
7. Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion
This fragrance-free cream is suitable for even the most sensitive skin types. It’s rich enough to be used on dry skin but light enough for oily skin! Use it all over before you go to bed and wake up with softer, smoother skin that’s ready to face another day.
8. AmLactin Alpha-Hydroxy Therapy Body Lotion
If you’re looking for a cream that will help hardworking hands, try this one out! It contains lactic acid (again!) which exfoliates dead cells naturally unlike harsher ingredients like microdermabrasion or glycolic acid. The result? Smooth, healthy-looking hands that are not only free of dryness but any rough patches.
9. Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturizing Bath Treatment
Relieve your skin from a long day’s work by treating yourself to a relaxing bath with this cream! It contains colloidal oatmeal and calms itchiness from conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, sunburns, and other irritants. Whether you have sensitive or dry skin, you’ll find relief in this product!
10. Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Therapy Lotion
This formula is made for seriously sensitive skin, containing no perfume and no harsh chemicals that can irritate the skin. With continuous use, it can help heal cracked heels and especially damaged cuticles and nails.
11. CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion
This cream is oil-free and fragrance-free, making it perfect for people with acne or sensitive skin! Its hydrating formula contains three essential ceramides to restore the protective layer of the skin and strengthen your ability to retain water (perfect for post-winter seasons!) It also includes an ingredient called niacinamide which helps prevent future breakouts by keeping pores clear and reducing inflammation in existing acne.
12. Hydrocortisone Anti-itch Cream
This cream relieves itching fast, whether you’re suffering from a mild case of poison ivy or something more serious like eczema! What’s even better is that it doesn’t contain any steroids -it doesn’t need to, because the water-based formula is powerful enough to help restore your skin’s natural health.
13. L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening And Smoothing Correcting Cream
Smoothie out those fine lines and wrinkles with this vitamin-enriched cream! This product also contains collagen-building agents for a firmer-looking you! Don’t be surprised if people start commenting on how young you look -that’s what happens when people see results! Get some today!
14. CeraVe Healing Ointment
This healing ointment will work wonders if you’ve got dry skin or cracked heels!) It contains ceramides, which help protect against moisture loss and restore your skin’s natural protective barrier.
15. Eucerin Redness Relief Daily Perfecting Lotion
This fragrance-free formula is perfect for those with sensitive skin because it doesn’t contain any known irritants that can cause irritation! It does double duty as a cleanser and a moisturizer, too! For the best results, use this cream once daily after washing your face or as needed to relieve dry skin.
16. Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Cocoa Radiant Deep Moisture Body Lotion
This body lotion contains pure cocoa butter which leaves even the roughest of skin feeling soft and smooth. What makes this product unique from other cocoa butter is its advanced hydrating agents -one coat of it after your morning shower and your skin will be soft for the entire day!
17. Aveeno Skin Relief Body Wash With Colloidal Oatmeal
This body wash is specially formulated to help relieve dry, itchy skin caused by eczema, psoriasis, or other irritating conditions. After using this lotion (and its partner product, the aforementioned moisturizing bath treatment) you can look forward to healthier-looking skin without any more irritating itchiness!
18. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream
This gel cream contains hydrating hyaluronic acid which helps replenish what your moisture robbing cells are sucking out of your skin! With regular use, you’ll see a big difference in the appearance of your skin.
19. Olay Regenerist Whip Facial Moisturizer
If you want a light, whipped cream-like lotion for your face that’s perfect for day and night use, this is the product for you! If you’ve got dry or sensitive skin, it’ll soothe and hydrate without clogging pores or leaving behind an oily residue. Best of all, those fine lines and wrinkles will be less noticeable after using this moisturizing lotion!
20. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
With gentle exfoliants like glycerin and lauric acid, this nonsoap cleanser leaves your skin looking brighter, refreshed, and renewed with each use! It’s good for all skin types, too, so don’t be shy about trying it just because you’re worried that your skin is sensitive.
21. Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion
This lotion creates a barrier between your existing moisturizer and the water in order to strengthen your hydration from day to night! In addition to helping lock in moisture, this lotion also contains shea butter which softens even the roughest of patches on rough elbows and knees! Be sure to apply after you’ve washed with soap or shower gel.
That’s a whole lot of moisturizers! That’s because the purpose of moisturizing cream is to add moisture back into your skin after you’ve taken it out from cleansing, exfoliating, and any other hydrating agents in your routine. Be sure to follow up with a serum or an essence if needed -these are the next step in the Korean skincare routine, which I will go over in another article. If you have super dry skin, try using two creams alternately -one for day and night use. When I did this my skin went from looking like an apricot (aka chapped) to oh-so-smooth and baby-faced.