Whether you're dry, oily or a combination of the two, there's a face cream for you
You might have tried so many different lotions and potions in your lifetime that finding the best moisturiser is starting to feel like a pipe dream.
But fear not: With a little bit of knowledge and preparation you’ll be well-equipped to choose the perfect match for your face, thanks to Marie Claire’s handy guide.
The key is knowing your skin before you buy. Dr Anjali Mahto, Consultant Dermatologist, author of The Skincare Bible and spokesperson for the British Skin Foundation says: ‘Finding the perfect moisturiser depends on your skin type, because not one size fits all.
‘Dry, sensitive and oily skins all need different skincare. And it needs to be designed specifically for your skin type. If you don’t know what your skin type is, speak to your dermatologist.’
Not everyone has access to a dermatologist, but you can usually work out your skin type based on the following: If you have enlarged or open pores, blemishes or are prone to greasiness, you need the best moisturiser for oily skin, something light and ideally non-comedogenic (which means non-pore clogging).
Struggle with skin that’s uncomfortably tight, flaky or just feels like sandpaper and we’ll point you in the direction of the best moisturiser for dry skin. These are usually richer emollient creams.
If you’re a lucky soul who is prone to bouts of both – the classic mix of dry cheeks and an oily T-zone – we’ve rounded up the best moisturisers for combination skin too.
And, finally, if your skin is sensitive you’re probably already aware that certain ingredients cause inflammation or break outs. It’s best to avoid creams that contain alcohol, essential oils or fragrance.
So without further ado, keep reading for some of the greatest hits of the moisturiser world – you might just leave here with a new skincare best friend.
As with all of Kate Somerville's products, the Exfolikate moisturiser is a smoothing, skin-improving cream with a super fruity scent, thanks to the cocktail of pumpkin, papaya and pineapple extracts. Flaky skin and fine lines are almost melted away – just see the before and after pictures of a week's use on her site if you don't believe us.
At just £10 a month, it's worth signing up to Beauty Pie for this cream alone. Its thick, gel-like formula gets deep into the skin's layers for ultimate moisture levels, and soaks in quickly without feeling greasy.
If you're looking for a hydrating moisturiser that's not too expensive, we reckon you'll like this one. Containing a Hyaluronic Gel Matrix, it not only locks in hydration, but continues to release it throughout the day when your face needs it most.
The whisper-light formula is instantly absorbed, replenishing and sealing-in moisture for up to 8 hours, while lavender essence gently lulls your senses.
Now, we're not saying that you *have* to spend £143 to find a good moisturiser. But if you do have that money to spend, are feeling a bit boujie and want something extra luxurious, this is just the ticket. Carefully formulated for skin that's especially dry, this dream cream can be used any time of day and contains omegas and vitamin E to protect skin from environmental effects during the day as well as shea butter to deeply moisturise the skin overnight. It also contains saffron flower extract to calm any irritation; your skin will be in tip-top condition with regular use. Dry skin, who?
Kiehl's famous, and arguably one of their most recognisable products, has had a update. It's now twice as moisturising as before and leaves skin softer and more supple. It's a no-brainer for all skin types.
Having oily skin is a drag, and the best way to combat it is to approach it from all angles. Opt for oil-free products in everything from your skincare to your make-up. Not only is this moisturiser oil-free, but it's also mattifying.
Shisedo are all about the reseach and development. What they don't know about skin ageing isn't worth worrying about. This wrinkle smoothing cream uses clever technology, called ReNeura Technology+TM, to ensure your skin responds in the best way to the age-defying ingredients inside. Smart stuff.