- Best Body Moisturiser
- Best Day Moisturiser
- Best Face Mist
- Best Face Oil
- Best Glow-Boosting Serum
- Best Hand Cream
- Best Lip Product
- Best Luxury Moisturiser for Dry Skin
- Best Luxury Serum
- Best Moisturiser for Ageing Skin
- Best Moisturiser for Oily Skin
- Best Moisturiser with SPF
- Best Neck & Décolletage Cream
- Best Night Moisturiser
- Best Night Serum
- Best Purse-Friendly Moisturiser for Dry Skin
- Best Tinted Lip Product
- Best Treatment Serum
Whatever your skin type, and irrespective of your level of dryness, we're absolutely certain that there's a place in your regimen for a moisturiser of some variety, be it in the form of serum, moisturiser, or oil. There's something here for everyone (at every price point) in this year's Marie Claire UK Skin Awards.
For this year's Marie Claire UK Skin Awards, our panel of expert judges tested hundreds of products across our Cleanse, Treat, Moisturise, Sustainability and New to Market categories to create a definitive edit of the best in skincare.
Keep scrolling for our judges' expert pick of the best moisturising products on the market...
Best Body Moisturiser
Winner: Garnier Body Superfood
Garnier Body Superfood Nourishing Body Cream, £8.99 | Boots
This moisturiser was a hit with the judges because of how affordable it is for the amount you get in the tub. “If you like a soft scent these are lovely; not too overpowering but detectable nonetheless,” says judge Rose Gallagher. “It gives lasting hydration and for the price point the tub is enormous and will last for a long time—it’s a fantastic option and great to have this so readily available.” There are four variations from gel-cream (which absorbs quickly while giving incredible hydration) to the 48h repairing butter that is perfect for very dry skin.
Highly commended: Burt’s Bees Moisturising Body Lotion for Very Dry and Sensitive Skin
Best Day Moisturiser
Winner: Youth To The People Polypeptide-121 Future Cream
Youth to the People Polypeptide-121 Future Cream, £54 | Cult Beauty
Peptides are known for their amazing ability to restore the skin’s barrier, something that's needed if you’ve been going hard with exfoliation. Youth To The People’s Polypeptide-121 Future Cream contains Polypeptide-121 the first bio-designed vegan peptide chain. This, along with a burst of ceramides and plant proteins gives skin a bouncy, elasticated feel which the judges loved. “This is superb,” said judge Ola Awosika. “The formulation is considered and well-executed, and this moisturiser hydrates the skin, leaving your skin looking super healthy."
Highly commended: Lancôme Absolue Soft Cream
Best Eye Product
Winner: BIOEFFECT EGF Eye Serum
BIOEFFECT EGF Eye Serum, £69 | BIOEFFECT
Our eye area is the most delicate of our face so it’s often the area that is first impacted by the likes of fine lines and wrinkles. This serum from Icelandic brand BIOEFFECT uses EGF (Epidermal Growth Factor) biotechnology to help the skin boost its production of collagen. This is delivered in a cooling rollerball for depuffing benefits. Judge, Ruby Hammer said, “I love the delivery system—it’s easy to use with the rollerball.”
Highly commended: Elizabeth Arden PREVAGE Anti-Aging Eye Serum 2.0
Best Face Mist
Winner: Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist
Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist, £45 | Tatcha
Tatcha’s MO in the skincare world is to add mindfulness to our skincare routines while using effective products, and with their Luminous Dewy Skin Mist, the mission has been achieved. This mist delivers hydration to your skin in a fast-absorbing spray. If you have dry skin you can use this on top of your regular moisturiser, or for oilier skin, it’s a great spray-on moisturiser. As a top-up, it can go under or over make-up for glowing skin. “An absolutely wonderful light product that feels like you're just putting goodness into your skin,” said judge Karen Williams. “I could use this every day, forever!”
Highly commended: Skin in Motion COOL IT Mist
Best Face Oil
Winner: Tropic Super Greens Nutrient Boost Oil
Tropic Super Greens Nutrient Boost Oil, £44 | Tropic
A new way for you to get your greens! This Tropic face oil is packed with the nutrients of organic, cold-pressed broccoli, kale and avocado oils. The mix of antioxidants helps to prevent fine lines and dryness. Plus, tamanu oil moisturises the skin and stimulates cell growth to give enhanced elasticity. As if this oil wasn’t nourishing enough the raw green coffee extract provides a shot of vitamin E to aid with inflammation and reduce redness.
Highly commended: Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum
Best Glow-Boosting Serum
Winner: The Body Shop Edelweiss Daily Serum Concentrate
The Body Shop Edelweiss Daily Serum Concentrate, £30 | The Body Shop
Edelweiss is a small flower that can make a big difference thanks to its antioxidant power. This daily serum uses edelweiss and leontopodic acid, another antioxidant to not only protect the skin from pollution but also help smooth skin too. It’s smooth to apply and fast-absorbing for an efficient skin regimen. “The serum felt really nice on the skin and I really liked that it was made with 99% ingredients of natural origin,” said judge Adeola Gboyega.
Highly commended: Olay Vitamin C + AHA24 Serum
Best Hand Cream
Winner: Burt’s Bees Moisturising Hand Cream for Very Dry and Sensitive Skin
Burt’s Bees Moisturising Hand Cream for Very Dry and Sensitive Skin, £10.49 | Burt's Bees
We live in a newly highly sanitised world, and a good hand cream is essential to replenish the lost moisture from alcohol-based hand sanitisers and extra hand washing. Key ingredients in this softening cream include aloe vera, baobab oil and rice milk, and it’s made from 99% natural origins. The formula was developed with dermatologists to ensure it is kind to all skin types, and it has received the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance. Judge Sunil Makan said, “This product didn’t sit on top of my skin, it actually soaked in—a classic to have in your arsenal of products.”
Highly commended: Watermans Moisturise Me
Best Lip Product
Winner: Ultra Violette Sheen Screen SPF 50 Hydrating Lip Balm
Ultra Violette Sheen Screen SPF 50 Hydrating Lip Balm, £16 | Ultra Violette
If you rarely think about protecting your lips from the sun, then this lip balm from Ultra Violette has you covered (literally) without compromising on hydration or glossiness. Available in four shades (rose, nude, shimmer and peach), this formula contains lanolin, shea butter and cacao seed butter for super-soft lips, while offering SPF50-level protection.
Highly commended: Sensai Total Lip Treatment
Best Luxury Moisturiser for Dry Skin
Winner: Augustinus Bader The Ultimate Soothing Cream
Augustinus Bader The Ultimate Soothing Cream, £215 | Augustinus Bader
Judge, Hannah Martin, described this as, “brilliant for dry skin.” This sumptuous moisturiser is a hit for anyone looking for intense hydration and combines Professor Bader’s patented TFC8 technology with evening primrose oil, niacinamide, vitamin B5 and black cumin oil. TFC8 is a patented technology unique to Augustinus Bader that comprises natural amino acids, high-grade vitamins and synthesised molecules naturally found in the skin. The formula for the Ultimate Soothing Cream is optimised for calming hydration and is particularly good for counteracting harsher winter climates.
Highly commended: Biossance Squalane + Omega Repair Cream
Best Luxury Serum
Winner: Chanel N°1 De Chanel Revitalizing Serum
Chanel N°1 De Chanel Revitalizing Serum, £118 | Chanel
This serum, which judge Adeola Gboyega described as having a “refreshing gel-like texture,” has been created with camellia at the forefront of the formula. 76% of the serum is derived from camellia using its ability to smooth the look of lines and improve elasticity too. All of this while looking stunning on our shelfie. Sold.
Highly commended: Swissline Cell Shock 360° Anti-Wrinkle Serum Triple-Collagen Complex
Best Moisturiser for Ageing Skin
Winner: Caudalie Premier Cru The Cream
Caudalie Premier Cru The Cream, £85 | Caudalie
Many products are years in the making, but the special ingredient in this formula was a decade in the making for Caudalie. The brand’s research partner discovered an enzyme named TET (Ten-Eleven Translocation) that enables skin ageing to be 'reversed'. Mixing this with skincare-fave Resveratrol amplifies the results even further, correcting the eight most common signs of ageing; deep wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots, radiance, firmness, elasticity, volume, hydration.
Highly commended: Decléor Lavender Iris Rich Lifting Cream
Best Moisturiser for Oily Skin
Winner: Chantecaille Oil Free Balancing Moisturizer
Chantecaille Oil-Free Balancing Moisturizer, £70 | Chantecaille
Balancing the need for moisture and hydration with trying to fend off shine can be tricky because as much as oil-free formulas are great, often they can leave the skin looking matte. This winner from Chantecaille includes ingredients like marine postbiotics, which help to reduce the appearance of irritation associated with breakouts, while polyglutamic acid increases the skin’s natural production of hyaluronic acid. "This is a lightweight moisturiser with a nice texture and feels nice on the skin– plus it’s quick-drying. Nicely surprised by this one!” says judge, Dr Anjali Mahto.
Highly commended: L’OCCITANE Immortelle Precious Emulsion
Best Moisturiser with SPF
Winner: Olay Collagen Peptide24 Day Cream SPF30
Olay Collagen Peptide24 Day Cream SPF30, £38 | Boots
For days when you want to shrink your skincare routine without missing any vital steps, combining moisturising and sun protection makes so much sense. Judge, Naursheen Qureshi, described this cream as having a “great texture”. It includes a high concentration of collagen peptides, so as you protect your skin, thanks to the SPF30, it also works to improve elasticity and skin texture too. “It stays on the skin without feeling heavy, and it has good UV actives in it. I liked the addition of some solid peptides to the cream,” adds Qureshi.
Highly commended: Dr David Jack All Day Long
Best Neck & Décolletage Cream
Winner: PRAI Ageless Throat & Decolletage Creme
PRAI Ageless Throat & Decolletage Creme, £26.99 | PRAI
Thanks to how delicate the skin on the neck and chest is, giving it some extra attention is key to keeping it hydrated. This specialist cream from PRAI boasts the brand’s Sepilift DPHPTM to help restore elasticity and support the skin’s collagen production. Mix with this with hyaluronic acid and shea butter to hydrate, as well as mulberry, saxifrage and grapeseed extract to brighten and diminish the appearance of age spots, and you've got one hell of a cream.
Highly commended: StriVectin TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream PLUS
Best Night Moisturiser
Winner: Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme+ Night Intensive Restorative Creme
Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme+ Night Intensive Restorative Creme, £84 | Estée Lauder
Estée Lauder knows how to make great night-time beauty products (hello, Advanced Night Repair), and this moisturiser is another smash hit. “This leaves the skin with a gorgeous supple texture,” notes judge, Dr Ewoma Ukeleghe. It contains Moringa extract and hyaluronic acid to immensely hydrate the skin while you sleep. Now that’s a real beauty sleep.
Highly commended: RéVive Moisturizing Renewal Cream
Best Night Serum
Winner: Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex, £86 | Estée Lauder
As one of the most well-known and loved night serums, this iconic beauty product continues to get new fans. The latest upgraded formula contains the new Chronolux Power Signal Technology which is powered by a blend of yeast extract, peptide and plant-derived ingredients. This, combined with the rest of the ingredients, helps repair damaged skin and increase collagen production. “My skin felt so smooth and hydrated,” said judge, Adeola Gboyega. “It’s a staple in my skincare routine and gave my skin a glow that lasted throughout the day."
Highly commended: L’Occitane Overnight Reset Serum
Best Purse-Friendly Moisturiser for Dry Skin
Winner: e.l.f. Holy Hydration! Face Cream SPF 30
e.l.f. Holy Hydration! Face Cream SPF 30, £12 | e.l.f
“Beautiful texture and great ingredients, everything I’d look for in a moisturiser for dry skin at an excellent price point,” says judge, Hannah Martin. Despite being for dry skin, this moisturiser is lightweight and quickly absorbent. Thanks to the hyaluronic acid and squalane, it helps your skin absorb and retain moisture, while the niacinamide helps with brightening and peptides increase collagen production. Plus, the texture melts into the skin making it perfect for your pre-makeup routine.
Highly commended: Aveeno Calm+Restore Oat Gel Face Moisturiser
Best Tinted Lip Product
Winner: Fenty Skin Cherry Treat Conditioning + Strengthening Lip Oil
Fenty Skin Cherry Treat Conditioning + Strengthening Lip Oil, £19 | Boots
Not only does this lip oil smell incredibly fruity, it’s filled with Fenty Skin’s triple cherry complex (sweet cherry seed oil, Barbados cherry and wild cherry extracts) which helps condition and smooth, while jojoba seed and rosehip fruit oils help lock in moisture and soothe. "This is a beautiful lip oil that I have used on many beauty shoots. The lips look and feel fully hydrated as the oil fills and smooths over any dryness instantly,” says judge, Gina Kane.
Highly commended: Typology Tinted Lip Oil
Best Treatment Serum
Winner: iS Clinical Active Serum
iS Clinical Active Serum, £72 | iS Clinical
“I really enjoyed using this serum,” said judge, Adeola Gboyega. “My main concern is hyperpigmentation and this serum was a great serum full of actives to help tackle this. I felt it was really fast acting, and I saw a great difference to my skin when I used it.” This powerhouse serum not only works on pigmentation, it also works on fine lines, wrinkles and skin texture.
Highly commended: BIOEFFECT EGF Serum
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