Ask a Dermatologist: Can You Hydrate Your Skin Without Moisturizer?

This year, in a survey conducted by Statista, over 13 million people in the United States claimed to have not used a drop of moisturizer in the week prior to the assessment. We know; we clutched our pearls too. But to offer a bit of solace, 60 million people said they used it seven times, and over 24 million skin all-stars used it 14 times. As skincare junkies, we shudder to think that anyone would forgo nourishing the largest organ in their body, but we've certainly heard friends and colleagues express their grievances with cream moisturizer. The general consensus is often that it breaks them out or makes them feel greasy—a fair point, to be sure. (If you're interested, we've found a host of formulas that won't leave you feeling like an oil slick.)

Turns out "how can I hydrate my skin without moisturizer?" is actually a well-Googled search term, too, so we deemed it useful to tap a few skincare experts for their take. Is cream moisturizer truly a necessity, or can you use other alternatives to quench your skin's thirst? Their thoughts, below.