A moisturiser that perfectly meets your skin’s needs is like that moment in The Notebook when Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams fall in love. It’s such a beautiful thing and when you find it, that you can’t remember life before it.
If you haven’t found your beauty soulmate, or you’re sick of playing the field, check out our edit of the 12 best moisturisers…
The one that suits all
This is one of beauty’s icons, known for being a suits-everyone lotion that’ll moisturise, protect and nourish. A great base for makeup, the silky texture is easily absorbed and also helps to strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier.
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion+, £29 at Boots
The one that combats wrinkles
The ingredient list on this luxurious cream is as mouthwatering as it is skin-loving. Oat kernel and essential fatty acids promote skin elasticity and plump, while delicious Bulgarian rose otto oil gives a natural, non synthetic, scent. It’s also jam-packed with antioxidants to protect skin from aging oxidative stress.
Eve Lom Radiance Lift Cream, £45 at John Lewis
The cult favourite
This is a cult beauty buy for a reason, performing the function of moisturiser, cleanser, mask and primer. There’s a mix of shea butter, aloe vera and soy proteins to stimulate cell renewal, plus it helps to rebuild the hydrolipidic film – the layer between our skin and all those aging environmental aggressors – so the skin can protect itself that bit better.
Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate, £13 at Net-a-Porter
The all-time classic
There are some moisturisers you should always have on-hand and this one is up there with the best of them. When your face feels dry or tight, this will save the day. If your elbow or knees are grey and scratchy, you can turn to it to solve your woes. And here’s a handy hint… If you find the cream too thick, but really need moisture, mix it with a moisturising oil for a really spoiling treat.
Nivea Creme, £1.39 at Boots
The makeup artist formula
Tested backstage at fashion week for years before it was bottled and sold as part of her cult beauty range, this cream counts numerous supermodels as devoted fans. Containing hyaluronic acid boosters to plump and hydrate skin as well as a BioNymph Peptide Complex to fight against all the things that can age our skin, it also feels luxuriously soothing. In addition it has SPF15 and a UVA filter to protect skin year-round.
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, £70 at Charlotte Tilbury
The cream that defends
One of skin’s most important functions is to defend and protect itself against the environmental aggressors it comes into contact with every day. This cream helps that along, thanks to a broad spectrum SPF and a super antioxidant complex. It hydrates and rejuvenates the skin and has the added benefit of a deliciously fresh scent. In clinical trials 96% of women felt their skin was smoother and fresher instantly.
Estee Lauder DayWear Advanced Multi Protection Anti-Oxidant Cream SPF15, £42 at John Lewis
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The anti-aging wonder
There’s a clever mix of Mediterranean algae and padina pavonica in this cream that increases the quantity of glycosaminoglycans in the skin – these essentially attract water into the skin keeping it hydrated, nourished and plumped. Gingko biloba and rose protect against free-radicals in a cream that feels whipped and super light, but that leaves skin feeling intensely nourished.
Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream, £80 at John Lewis
The one that’s perfect for oily skin
Providing oily skin with the lipids it’s crying out for, Effaclar H will quench your face and give it some TLC if it’s feeling a little fragile – leaving it soothed, nourished and comforted.
La Roche Posay Effaclar H, £15 at Boots
The one for sensitive skin
Formulated especially for those with dry or sensitive skin, this hypoallergenic moisturiser contains olive fruit and olive leaf, which are renowned for their ability to soothe the skin. Sweep over your face every morning for skin that super soft and smooth.
Perricone MD Nourishing Moisturiser, £62 at John Lewis
The one that fights the first signs of aging
Working to fight the first signs of aging by pumping the skin with peptides, thanks to the inclusion of pea extract, this cream promises to defend the skin’s youth potential. Best used from the age of 25, it’ll help improve your skin tone and a combination of active ingredients like kiwi, ginseng and buckwheat seed minimise the effects that stress and tiredness can have on your complexion.
Sisley Sisleyouth, £106.20 at John Lewis
The skin saviour
On those days when your skin needs a comforting hug, this is your knight in shining armour. Even the smell tries to tell you that everything is going to be okay and the silken formula is easily absorbed, leaving soft, supple skin in its path. It’s the perfect antidote on those days when skin feels like a dry husk or is a touch sensitive. The price tag may be pretty hefty, but the results make it totally worth saving for.
La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream, £298 at John Lewis