Must-have Moisturisers of 2019
What are 2019’s best moisturisers for your skin type?
Before the trend towards Serums and Face Oils this was the OG, and there’s a good reason why it should remain the basis of your skincare routine. This humble staple does a lot more than just add moisture. Want your makeup to apply properly? Many double up as primers. Want to control dry or oily skin? Give your base the attention it deserves. Dehydrated skin speeds up the ageing process, and shines a spotlight on wrinkles and fine lines and nobody wants that.
We’ve looked at the skinny on skincare and eye creams and here we present you with the best moisturisers, choc-full of the best hydrating, soothing and anti-aging ingredients like Hyaluronic acid, B3 and Retinol.
Olay Regenerist Wrinkle Revolution Complex
Best for Wrinkles and Fine Lines
Light and nourishing this popular moisturiser was engineered to relax the appearance of wrinkles and shun shadows using Micro-Fillers.
Formulated with key anti-aging ingredients like Bio-peptide, you’ll notice surface skin cells regenerating, transforming your skin so it looks younger and firmer. Olay claims this cream’s B3 complex targets the look of fine lines so effectively that even deep eye lines will be hydrated and diminished within a 14-day turnaround. It also includes the vitamin B3, which works with the natural substances in your skin to assist with visibly improving uneven skin tones, fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores and dullness.
Its affordable price tag is a bonus when you consider that you can multitask, and kick your eye-cream to the curb.
Weleda Skin Food
Best Natural Moisturiser
There’s a good reason why some products become classics, and when it comes to trusty longevity and consistently good reviews you can’t beat Weleda.
This 1926 (!) creation claims to rehabilitate dry and rough skin, and almost a century of popularity proves it ‘ain’t no lie. Whether your cheeks are susceptible to drying out in the summer or get a dry, red patina in the winter this is your all-season jam. Beloved by celebrities, who have no endorsement commitments with Weleda speaks volumes. Fans include: Victoria Beckham, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Julia Roberts who uses it all over her body.
It’s quite a firm cream to apply and should provide a noticeable difference within a few days.
If you’re a fan of natural ingredients, this pioneer in a peppy green squeeze tube is the way to go. The cult classic is a blend of rosemary to illuminate dull skin, and organic chamomile, calendula and wild pansy to heal.
Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream
Best overnight firming cream
My beautician introduced me to the Murad range after a much-needed facial, and I’ve loved it ever since.
Apply this paraben-free lotion easily with its measured dose pump just before bed. And its Retinol Tri-Active technology will bring meaning to beauty sleep when you look in the mirror in the morning.
Its formula aims to eliminate blemishes and put fine lines and wrinkles firmly in their place – off your face.
It is infused with peptide-rich Red Algae Extracts that improve skin’s firmness and elasticity, unveiling a youthful complexion. Apply to the face, neck & chest areas just before you hit the pillow and you should notice a visible difference in the radiance of your skin.
THE ORDINARY Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA
Best Skin Care for G-Zeds and Millenials
Skin might be at its dewy, non-wrinkly peak when you’re in your early 20s and under, but that doesn’t mean you should skip this skincare step. Dermatologists actually recommend making anti-aging products a part of your beauty regimen sooner rather than later.
The adage about proper preparation preventing poor performance rings true here, as you can halt the impact of fine lines, sun damage and age spots by getting in early.
This deeply hydrating yet light cream contains the all-important hyaluronic acid, which helps retain water. Dry skin equals noticeable fine lines, and nobody’s got time for that! There’s also a whopping amount of amino and fatty acids to keep your complexion looking youthful and blemish-free. Coupled with its cheap and cheerful price tag, and cruelty-free, vegan stance it’s a winner for the young ‘uns amongst us.
Dermalogica’s Active Moist
Best Light Moisturiser
Don’t miss this crucial step in your beauty routine because you think moisturisers are too heavy or your skin is too oily. Some lighter formulations still hydrate beautifully, without leaving you feeling greasy and oversaturated.
Dermalogica’s Active Moist is the oil-free lotion of choice if you prefer a hard-working cream, that has a gentler touch.
Silk amino acids smooth the skin’s texture, while extracts of lavender, mallow and cucumber soothe. It is very easily absorbed into the skin and keeps skin matte despite providing enough lubrication. Its light touch makes it a great option to apply beneath your primer and before foundation and makeup, as it won’t cause excess oil to build up.
Crème de la Mer
Best Luxe Moisturiser
If money is no object reach for a swimmingly luxurious tub of the famed La Mer. Infused with its trademarked miracle broth, it will have your skin frothing with gratitude.
This decadent crème is as dense as Greek yoghurt, providing deep-seated hydration and will have your face feeling firmer and suppler.
Many fans report a brisk turnaround from dull, dry skin after only a few days use. If you’re prone to redness and irritation, it is also quite effective in this regard.
This is the OG of the luxury brand, and is primarily aimed at eliminating dry skin, but if you have normal to combination try their lighter La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Skin Protectant Original
Best Day Cream
A peep into many makeup bags making their way onto an aeroplane or into an office with blaring aircon is not complete without this trusty product.
If you’re after long-term moisture when your skin is at risk of being sucked dry, this is your ride or die. Apply a small amount to restore and soften chapped, irritated skin – from elbows, to your knees to your lips! Rub it into your hands and give your cuticles some attention for improved nails.
It’s available with or without a fragrance, depending on your preference. Secret tip? Use it to shape your brows and keep them in place.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream
Best Moisturiser for Acne-Prone Skin
There are many topical acne creams on the market, but Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Gel won’t dry your skin out or cause itchiness like many of them tend to do.
The hype of this dermatologically tested range speaks for itself as it repeatedly appears in forums as a tried and tested fave for banishing pimples and calming angry skin.
Hyaluronic acid will have you saying howdy to hydration, as it’s a powerful water attractant restoring moisture.
Because it is comedogenic it won’t block your pores, causing blackheads. Those with typically sensitive skin can breathe a sigh of relief as the formula is fragrance, oil and dye-free.
DRUNK ELEPHANT Lala Retro Whipped Cream
Best Cult Must-Have Moisturiser
The current IT-girl of hydration was created by Tiffany Masterson who was fed up with the ‘Suspicious 6’ (drying alcohols, silicones, essential oils, SLS, chemical screens, fragrance and dyes). So what is in it? The brand contains six antioxidant-rich rare African oils aimed at firming the skin and inflammation and signs of ageing are tackled by fermented green tea.
The brand’s ‘Clean-Clinical’ category is just one of the reasons it’s coveted. The texture is delightfully fluffy and luxurious – whipped just like its namesake, but thankfully it won’t leave your face feeling suffocated, as it’s formulated at a skin-friendly pH level of 5.2. Make-up glides on afterwards without causing any issues.
Lala also ticks the box for vegans and those committed to cruelty-free skincare.
Avène Skin Recovery Cream
Best for Sensitive Skin
Want to keep your moisturiser’s ingredients’ list minimal and apply confidently without the fear of a breakout? You can’t go wrong with this lotion available for a very affordable price at your local pharmacy.
If you’re struggling with irritation or sensitivity, this gentle formula will put the kibosh on unsightly redness and painful inflammation. Thermal Spring Water helps cool angry skin, and restores the moisture barrier.
This product is suitable for any age group, and a great for tackling the first signs of ageing. Its simple recipe means it’s also great for any skin type or gender, so that right there takes the confusion out of choosing the right moisturiser.