Best Facial Moisturisers
If there is one step of your skincare routine you should NEVER skip, it's moisturising. Facial moisturisers help your skin look its best, providing a protective layer that supports healthy skin while giving it the nutrients it needs to deal with issues like spots and dry patches.
Not all moisturisers are created equal and finding the perfect moisturiser from a range of trusted luxury brands can be hard. But worry not, we're here to help. Our list below features the best moisturisers available and highlights their most notable benefits.
Avène Hydrance Aqua-Gel
Best Moisturiser For Everyone
Made with anti-irritant thermal spring water, ultra hydrating Cohederm™ and vital skin nutrient vitamin E, Avène's Hydrance Aqua-Gel is a top quality moisturiser. This is one of those facial moisturisers that is so good, it will work for everyone. It has been formulated for sensitive and reactive skin, meaning you'll get cool hydration without any surprises.
Uriage Hyséac 3-Régul Global Tinted Skincare SPF30
Best Moisturiser For Oily Skin
If your skin is prone to a little extra shine, it's best to choose a moisturiser formulated for oily skin. These will work with your elevated sebums levels, helping to reduce shine while providing the necessary hydration for skin restoration. Uriage Hyséac 3-Régul is a great choice because, along with its moisturising properties, it is tinted to combat shine and leave your skin mattified.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ SPF30
Best Moisturiser For Combination Skin
It can be tough to find a great moisturiser that works for combination skin, when some parts of your face are oily and other parts are drier. Luckily there are skincare experts who have been working on this specific issue. The result: La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+. The gel formula of this moisturiser is designed to alleviate oily skin issues like spots, while providing enough hydration to remedy flaky dry skin.
Avène Hydrance UV Rich Hydrating Cream
Best Moisturiser For Dry & Very Dry Skin
Avène always has those with dry and sensitive skin front of mind when they develop their skincare products. Avène Hydrance UV Rich Hydrating Cream is ideal for those with dry or very dry skin because not only does it have antioxidants to protect your skin from damage, it contains shea butter to richly moisturise your skin ensuring 24hr hydration. This is truly one of the best moisturisers for dry skin.
What's the best moisturiser for men?
Despite what the packaging might imply, there are no significant differences between men's products and all other products. In fact, often the formulas are the same but the bottles are a different colour and that's it!
The best moisturiser for men? One that tackles the issue that needs to be dealt with or one that works with the skin type of the man.
Lancome Rénergie Multi-Lift Redefining Lifting Cream
Best Moisturiser For Mature Skin
Lower sebum production as we get older will naturally lead to skin feeling drier and less firm. Lancome Rénergie Multi-Lift Redefining Lifting Cream aims to combat that by using a combination of hyaluronic acid and vitamin C-rich moringa extract. Both are key to creating plump, radiant skin so applying via a moisturiser twice daily will help enrich the skin while minimising wrinkles.
Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution Multi-Protection Moisturising Screen
Best Moisturiser For Combating Pollution
There's no getting around it, we live in a much more polluted world. From car fumes to cigarette (and vape) smoke, pollen to blue light from phones, our skin has to deal with a lot. If you work in a city or live in a polluted area then you should strongly consider choosing a moisturiser that affords you the best protection. Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution Multi-Protection Moisturising Screen targets five common pollutants, and provides excellent hydration, in a great lightweight moisturiser.
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Sensitive
Best Moisturiser For Eczema & Sensitive Skin
We've already mentioned a couple of moisturisers that are great choices if you have sensitive skin, but we'd be remiss if we didn't mention La Roche-Posay Toleriane Sensitive. Fragrance and alcohol free, with anti-inflammatory ingredients and dermatologist approved, this silky moisturiser is great for all sensitive skin, even if you have eczema as it won't cause flare-ups thanks to the soothing thermal water included in the formula.
Want a moisturiser with retinol?
Retinol is a type of retinoid made from vitamin A. Vitamin A is great for healing skin, which is why it is a popular ingredient in skincare products. Not many moisturisers list retinol as a key ingredient, even if vitamin A is part of the formula, so if you want a boost of retinol, we recommend getting a retinol serum. Add into your moisturiser or apply before with a cotton pad to get the benefits of retinol on your skin.
CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion SPF25
Best Moisturiser With SPF
We need to be protecting our skin from sun damage all year round, not just during the bright, hot days of summer. An easy way to do this is with a facial moisturiser that has a built in SPF. CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion SPF25 is a solid baseline sun protection, ideal for most seasons, plus this formula is a great moisturiser for normal and dry skin. You can then top up your sun protection in summer with sunscreen over the top.
La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Hyaluronic Acid Moisturiser
Best Moisturiser With Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced by the body, primarily in your skin and eyes. It's what keeps the connective tissue well lubricated and strong. As we get older we tend to see a decrease in production so applying it to the skin with a moisturiser is a great way to boost your levels. La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Hyaluronic Acid Moisturiser enables you to do just that, reviving your skin with hyaluronic acid along with a range of other skin-loving nutrients, like vitamin B5