Whether you're dry, oily, combination or have ageing skin, there's a face cream for you
Finding the best moisturiser for your skin type can be a bit of a tricky task.
If you’re prone to breakouts, you want something that won’t clog your pores to high heaven – but if you’re dry, you want something that’ll take the edge of your flakiness without leaving you feeling greasy all morning. Sound familiar?
Fortunately for you, we’ve searched the beauty market high and low to bring you the very best for every skin type. So whether you’re looking for the best moisturiser for oily skin, or the best moisturiser for dry skin, we’ve got the hero match for you.
Dr Anjali Mahto, Consultant Dermatologist 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 all of us have a dermatologist on speed dial, so generally speaking, if you suffer from flaky, you have dry skin; if you find that your skin looks shiny throughout the day, you have oily skin.
And finally, if you find that you have dry patches as well as some shiny areas, you have combination skin (‘normal’ skin is incredibly rare, but won’t experience any of the defining features mentioned above). Once you’ve found your perfect moisturiser, layer it over your best face serum to perfect your skin for the whole day long.
Whatever your budget, we’ve found the right moisturiser to suit your complexion in our round up.
Read on as Team Marie Claire brings you the curated edit of the very best moisturiser formulas for just about any skin type. You can thank us later…
This soothing cream has a light, milky texture and that ESPA spa smell we all know and love. Superfood Navarra asparagus extract works to tackle early signs of ageing, such as fine lines, while South African resurrection plant deeply hydrates the skin.
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.
A light and fluid potion that contains Baicalin, a supercharged ingredient that has anti-inflammatory effects, Vichy Thermal water and that all important SPF protection. Great for combination skin types.
One of the most luxurious beauty brands and products on the market, we adore the texture of the Crème de La Mer Moisturising Soft Cream; it's slightly lighter than the brand's signature cream, but delivers the same potent hit of moisturising Miracle Broth. Instantly absorbed by skin for a softer, smoother texture and luminous finish.
A must-try for those with dry or mature skin, Clarins Multi-Active Youth Recovery Night Cream promises to do for your skin the equivalent of eight hours of sleep; and it delivers a super-hit of hydration while minimising fine lines and wrinkles. We love this luxurious night cream.
The lightweight gel texture makes this an ideal moisturiser during warmer seasons, and for those who live in humid climates. This refreshing and lightweight water-based emulsion provides a burst of moisture, leaving skin refreshed, healthy and rejuvenated.
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.
This secret blend of patented ingredients, including BioNymph Peptide Complex, floral extracts and a hyaluronic acid, boost, lift and flood the skin with moisture. Cheat the appearance of 8 hours sleep.
The whisper-light formula is instantly absorbed, replenishing and sealing-in moisture for up to 8 hours, while lavender essence gently lulls your senses.