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These are the best moisturiser buys for different skin types

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.

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