So often, the beauty space is filled with "nice to haves"—aka ingredients or products you can add to your routine but certainly don't have to—but two steps remain essential: You need to wash, and you need to hydrate.

But the face moisturizer, in particular, is a precious thing. As it touches the delicate skin of your face, many people put far more thought and attention into their purchases. Not to mention, everyone has such different needs: Some crave a dense hydrator, while others can only tolerate light, oil-free lotions. 

We rounded up our favorites to help you find yours.