Moisturisers are your second to last product to be applied (last should always, always, always be SPF) as they are what effectively protects your skin barrier from external aggressions (other than sun damage) and “lock” everything in. Most moisturisers can be used AM and PM – (provided they aren’t tinted or don’t contain SPF), but there are some formulated specifically for night time, with specific active ingredients that should only be used at night, like added retinol. But I wouldn’t advise using these at the same time as other actives, so as not to overload the skin. I find them better to use instead of, for skins that aren’t so used to intense actives. Ideally leave the super active ingredients that target your skin’s condition to your serums/treatments and choose your moisturiser based on your skin type. Opt for oil free versions for oiler, combination skins and richer formulas for dry skin, and remember, there’s no point in spending hundreds of pounds on a moisturiser if the rest of your routine is slack (I mean, if you’re not even gonna cleanse properly or use a serum, the uber expensive moisturisers won’t give you a miracle result!). Of course, if you can afford the uber expensive moisturiser, have at it (and some of them really are very good!), but you can also spend some of that disposable income in a good cleanser, serum and SPF (minimum), and remember, good does not necessarily have to equal expensive.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream, RRP £30.00 for 170gr
This is a wonderful moisturizer suitable for face and body that provides instant relief and long-term hydration for dry, distressed, sensitive or reactive skin, and even eczema. With Colloidal Oatmeal to help relieve itching and irritation, Shea Butter to help moisturise and protect the skin barrier, an Antioxidant Booster to help protect skin from environmental aggression and Allantoin to help calm and soothe skin. The beautiful whipped texture is quickly absorbed with no greasy residue.
Available at feelunique.com
Burt’s Bees Sensitive Daily Moisturising Cream, RRP £16.49 for 50gr
This is a lightweight moisturiser with a soothing blend of Rice Extract, Aloe and Cotton Extract which provide skin with deep, soothing hydration. It also softens and helps shield skin from potential irritants. Texture is fluid-like and quickly absorbed, with a slight mattifying finish, great for sensitive-oily skin types. No added fragrance, but it’s not entirely scent free. The scent is from the natural ingredients used and vanishes quite quickly. If you want a specific night time moisturiser you can also opt for the Burt’s Bees Sensitive Night Cream.
Available at Burt’s Bees
Algenist Collagen Calming Relief, RRP £55.00 for 40ml
Formulated to soothe and treat overly stressed skin and the look of accelerated ageing, as well as calm and replenish irritated looking skin. For all skin types showing signs of sensitivity, this luxurious cream provides immediate comfort against dryness, tightness and the look of redness associated with rough, dry skin. Combats the look of irritated skin to balance and protect from moisture loss, while restoring bounce and resilience. Skin is left hydrated and protected. Active Vegan Collagen™ together with Patented Alguronic Acid help to reduce the signs of irritation, redness, sensitivity and environmental and stress-induced skin ageing whilst also improving the look of fine lines and wrinkles and promoting hydration. Calendula, Oat and Edelweiss Extracts help soothe, calm and comfort sensitised and reddened skin whilst also fighting oxidative stress and Vitamin E protects from free radical damage that contribute to visible signs of skin ageing.
Available at Space NK
Embryolisse Lait-Crème Sensitive Moisturiser, RRP £20.00 for 75ml
This is the sensitive, fragrance-free version of cult favourite Lait-Crème Concentré that has found its way onto countless professional makeup artist’s kits the world over (including my own!). This creamy lotion is a 6-in-1 multi-tasker working as a primer, moisturiser, make-up remover, repairing mask, an after-shave cream, and a baby-care product. Using a combination of ingredients of natural origin, rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins, it provides the skin with nutrients and water for its balance and helps protect it from aggression. Moisturised and nourished, the skin is supple and bouncy. It is plumped, smoothed, and incredibly soft. Signs of dryness and discomfort are reduced, leaving the skin soothed. Its creamy milk texture leaves even dry skin with a satin finish. The skin’s surface appears softer and more radiant and revitalised.
Available at lookfantastic.com
SVR [C20]BIOTIC Re-vitalising Radiance Cream, RRP £40.00 for 50ml
A brilliant moisturiser for dull, tired, devitalised skin. Enriched with a 20% stabilised Vitamin C duo that revitalises and protects skin from signs of ageing and skin is left looking more evenly-toned and radiant. The formula also contains Vitamin E beads that instantly burst on contact, melting into the skin and releasing all of their antioxidant properties and added Hyaluronic Acid and Probiotics to strengthen and rejuvenate skin. It’s quickly absorbed and leaves skin feeling comfortably balanced, hydrated and radiant. The Biotic range also includes options for other skin types like the [PEPTI]BIOTIC Rebalancing Smoothing Matte Gel for oilier and acne-prone skins, [CERA]BIOTIC Regenerating Firming Balm for drier, sallow skins and the [HYALU]BIOTIC Re-hydrating Plumping Gel for dehydrated, dull skins, and all are suitable for sensitive skins. The range is housed in recyclable glass bottles with recyclable bakelite lids made using natural-origin components, including 40% plant cellulose.
Available from uk.labo-svr.com
Versed Dew Point Moisturizing Gel-Cream, RRP £13.50 for 60ml
This light, gel-cream moisturizer with a jelly-like texture is quickly absorbed and keeps skin bouncy and supple. It’s an ideal everyday moisturizer, which hydrates with Squalane and Sodium Hyaluronate (a low molecular weight form of Hyaluronic Acid), while skin- strengthening Vitamin B3, antioxidant-rich Green Tea Extract, and soothing Aloe Leaf Juice replenish and protect skin. The gel-cream texture feels cooling on contact, making it a refreshing choice for the warm weather months.
Available at Cult Beauty
Syrene Aqualight Moisture Gel Lotion, RRP £58.00 for 100ml
A light, silky lotion that sinks effortlessly into skin, leaving it richly hydrated, soft and plump. The gel formula also helps to protect the skin from environmental stressors and support firmness and elasticity in the skin to leave it supple and radiant. With Seaweed Extract (Ephemer™), Marine Collagen, Larch Tree Extract and Aquaxyl™ to help strengthen skin’s antioxidant capacity, boost elasticity, increase moisture levels, hydrate and reduce TEWL (trans-epidermal water loss) as well as the appearance of fines lines and wrinkles, boost hyaluronic acid production, improving moisture circulation to smooth and soften skin. Pohutukawa Extract which contains Ellagic Acid, helps the skin to remain soft, hydrated and toned, whilst the complexion appears more even and Squalane helps deliver an essential hydration dose whilst also balancing oil production to leave skin soft and supple.
Dr. Hauschka Balancing Day Lotion, RRP £26.50 for 50ml
Designed to balance combination skin, this beautiful lightweight formula regulates the oily areas of the skin and helps reduce blemishes whilst hydrating and helping keep skin supple. With botanical extracts of Anthyllis, Field Horsetail and Nasturtium to support the skin’s structure and soothe inflammation and irritation associated with blemishes, leaving skin moisturised and clear and the complexion glowing. (And if you want an added boost of healthy luminosity, mix it with the Translucent Bronzing Tint). Also in the range are the Revitalising Day Lotion for drier and dehydrated skin types and the Soothing Day Lotion for sensitive skins.
Available at drhauschka.co.uk
Oily/Blemish Prone Skin
Organic Apoteke Active Face Hydrating Gel, RRP £35.95 for 50ml
This is a clarifying gel that hydrates skin and helps heal blemishes, using active botanicals to balance sebum production and which have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial actions. Evening out the complexion, using Lemon Oil, Arginine and Neem Leaf Extract. This is a cruelty free, vegan, organic formula in 100% recyclable packaging using biodegradable ink.
Available at https://www.organicapoteke.com/
COSRX Hydrium Green Tea Aqua Soothing Gel Cream, RRP £26.00 for 50ml
This gorgeous lightweight gel-cream moisturiser delivers optimum hydration without feeling heavy or leaving a greasy residue or after-feel, sinking in in seconds to soothe red, aggravated or blemish-prone skin types. This is a truly soothing and refreshing formula that melts into skin to help nourish and soothe the complexion. Containing hydrating Vitamin B5 that acts as an anti-inflammatory and Aloe Leaf Extract which helps to cool and soothe the skin. Other options you can choose from are the COSRX Oil Free Ultra Moisturising Lotion for oily/combination skin types, or the COSRX Pure Fit Cica Cream for more sensitised skin.
Omorovicza Elemental Emulsion, RRP £90.00 for 50ml
This lightweight oil-free emulsion is ideal for very oily skin types or as a lighter option for combination skins during the warmer months. It can be used as an everyday moisturiser, or layered under another moisturiser as a moisture-booster or a serum. It contains Marine Extracts and Hyaluronic Acid to deliver long-lasting hydration while controlling shine. Incredibly refreshing, it delivers high-level lightweight hydration.
Wo Daily Base™ Aqua Gel, RRP from £28.00 for a 2 week supply
This unique formulation features a lightweight, water like texture with a refreshing, cool effect. The gel contains a super hydrating H20 Complex derived from Marine and Plant-based Actives, it bursts into liquid when applied, drenching skin for optimal skin hydration, whilst revitalising, plumping and giving lasting moisturisation. This single dose product works in a unique way as a 3-in-1 to cleanse, hydrate and condition and you can pair it up with any of the appropriate Power TonIQ™ Essences for your skin type.
Available at wearewo.com
Dry Skin/Dehydrated Skin
MONAT Be Gentle™ Nourishing Moisturizer, RRP £64.00 for 45ml
This rich, calming, ultra-hydrating and exceptionally comforting cream helps to renew, plump and nourish skin. Containing Peptides to tighten and plump, whilst Plant Stem Cells strengthen and protect for plumpness, firmness and bounce. Moisture magnet Hyaluronic Acid works together with REJUVENIQE S™ and a Ginger Root and Bisabolol soothing complex to reveal a soft, smooth, glowing complexion.
Available at www.monatglobal.com/uk
Indeed Labs™ In-Ceramide Daily Moisture Cream, RRP £24.99 for 30ml
With three different types of ceramides to hydrate and nourish skin. This is an ultra-moisturising cream formulated to deliver intense, long-lasting, nourishing and plumping daily moisture and hydration with a light-textured formula which doesn’t leave any residue. It helps to restore the skin’s moisture barrier and smooth texture. This moisturiser also provides essential nutrition to restore skin’s plumpness, reduce sensitivity, and eliminate tightness. Ceramides are powerful ingredients that you can safely add to your skincare regimen, to reduce visible signs of ageing that come as a result of the natural ceramide depletion that happens as we age. A healthy skin barrier keeps out environmental aggressors that would otherwise make skin look dry, saggy, and wrinkled. SK-INFLUX®, a unique ceramide blend, and Hydrasensyl® Glucan combine to restore, moisturise, and plump skin. For even more moisture, it has added skin-identical C+eRAMIDE to aid in water retention. It restores barrier function, and enhances moisturisation, leading to less sensitive and more hydrated skin.
AMELIORATE Replenishing Facial Cream, RRP £24.00 for 75ml
Brilliant at boosting moisture levels and helping dry skin feel protected from environmental aggressors for a healthier-looking complexion that feels comforted and smoothed. Charged with their Omega Therapy and their unique LaH6 Skin Hydration Complex, this daily face cream delivers instant and long-lasting moisturisation to nourish and support dry, sensitive skin. Rich in Ceramides and Hyaluronic Acid it provides everyday hydration and lipid barrier repair.
Weleda Skin Food, RRP from £8.25 for 30ml
A cult favourite and another kit staple for me. Absolutely brilliant for very dry skins, and not just for the face, but any areas that might need a little extra TLC, like hands, elbows or feet. Enriched with Calendula and Chamomile, it’s a luxurious, buttery-creamy texture without a sticky feel or greasy residue. The ultimate natural moisturiser for dry, rough skin. If your skin isn’t so severely dry you can opt for the Skin Food Light as your daily dry skin quenching moisturiser.
Available at Weleda.co.uk
Balanced/All Skin types
Nudestix Nudeskin Citrus-C Mask & Daily Moisturiser, RRP £35.00 for 60ml
This is a vegan-actives-powered moisturiser that deeply hydrates skin, gently boosts collagen, helps reduce environmental damage and helps to refresh texture for smooth, soft and glowing skin. A 3-in-1 day a night moisturiser, makeup primer and sleeping mask, that provides all day moisture. Use daily as a morning moisturiser and makeup primer and at night layer on and use as a treatment mask to rehydrate skin. Smells positively lush and feels really comfortable on skin.
BYBI C-Caf Cream, RRP £26.00 for 60ml
C-Caf Cream is a brightening, hydrating, and regenerating Vitamin C and Caffeine moisturiser ideal for everyday use for skins that are feeling dull, uneven and lacklustre. Lightweight and nourishing, it brightens and softens skin whilst helping to reduce morning puffiness. Enriched with Shea, Squalane and Green Tea to help keep skin hydrated and protected from oxidative stress. And the tube is made from sugarcane, a carbon-neutral material that is 100% recyclable.
Available at BYBI
Crabtree & Evelyn Hydrating Glow Rose Moisturiser, RRP £32.00 for 50ml
This a universal, ultra-hydrating moisturiser that delivers instant all day radiance. Packed with skin soothing, calming and smoothing actives like Rosewater, Niacinamide and Micro-Algae to hydrate, refine, brighten, soothe and balance, improving the look of skin over time. Rich yet lightweight, this hydrating formula glides on and sinks in fast without leaving a greasy after-feel or residue, just gorgeous plumpness and dewiness. Gorgeously scented of Rosewater.
Available at Crabtree & Evelyn
ESPA Optimal Skin Pro-Moisturiser, RRP £50.00 for 55ml
This is a nutrient rich, lightweight moisturiser ideal to deliver a radiant complexion to all skin types. The skin enhancing nutrients and Plant Extracts will balance the complexion and deliver long-lasting hydration while reviving dehydrated skin and targeting signs of premature ageing for a youthful glow, and Yeast Bioferment revitalises, for visibly radiant, glowing, beautiful skin. If your skin is slightly on the oilier/combination side you can opt for the ESPA 24-Hour Balancing Moisturiser, or the ESPA Tri-Active™ Lift & Firm Moisturiser if you have more mature skin.
The Night Time Ones
Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream, RRP £70.00 for 50ml
This is a lightweight, quick-absorbing cream that helps to minimise the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and uneven texture for a smoother, younger-looking complexion come morning. This is a preventative and corrective retinol for all ages that strengthens skin’s protective barrier with a rich texture and lightweight finish. With Retinol Tri-Active Technology, a fast-acting retinoid, a time-released retinol and a retinol booster that helps fight lines and deep wrinkles and Niacinamide and Picolinamide strengthen skin’s protective barrier. Gorgeous texture that quickly sinks into the skin without a residue.
Too Faced Hangover Pillow Cream, RRP £32.00 for 45ml
Ultra-nourishing, rich cream moisturiser, with a lightweight, cloud-like feel on the skin. Rich in minerals, it’s deeply hydrating and replenishing, helping to renew, soothe, rejuvenate and restore skin for a healthier, glowing, radiant looking skin. Enriched with Coconut Water, Sea Kelp, Mango Seed Butter, Avocado Oil, Vitamin B and Hyaluronic Acid to nourish, replenish and lock-in moisture over night so you’ll wake-up to luminous, plump, supple skin. Also, smells beautifully, calming and soothing.
W7 Good Night Glow Night Cream, RRP £6.95 for 50ml
Formulated with Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate and relieve dry and damaged skin and plump skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and Retinol to help boost the skin’s youthful balance and glow as it helps build collagen to improve elasticity, diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Simply apply to the face and neck in the evening, after your usual serum.
Available at W7 Cosmetics
Green People Fruitful Nights Night Cream, RRP £21.00 for 50ml
A rejuvenating night cream to even-out texture and minimise wrinkles. Enriched with Pineapple, Hibiscus and Raspberry Extracts to help reveal younger, smoother skin, balance oily areas and reduce pigmentation, Rosehip, Jojoba and Hemp Seed Oils help regenerate, reduce wrinkles, protect against TEWL and balance sebum levels, keeping skin soft and supple. Beautifully scented with Raspberry, Apple and Vanilla Extracts.
Available at Green People
The Tinted Ones
Beauty Pie Super Healthy Skin™ Sheer Tinted Oil-Free SPF20, RRP £28.00 for 50ml (£6.73 for members)
This is a gorgeous moisturiser with SPF20 to help you achieve a radiant, all-day gorgeous, blurred-focus glow with UVA/UVB protection. Oil and fragrance-free, it has a soft velvety finish. This is the multi-tasking BB cream to add to your skincare routine. With Squalane, Jojoba and Liquorice Extract for hydration and soothing skin, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. Ideal to achieve a soft-focus finish.
Available at Beauty Pie
Omorovicza Complexion Perfector SPF20, RRP £62.00 for 50ml
Beautiful multi-tasking BB cream that delivers sheer, even and natural-looking coverage. Fortified with Zinc Oxide, Vitamin C and the brand’s patented Healing Concentrate™, the tinted moisturiser blends seamlessly onto skin and creates a protective veil that shields from the damaging effects of pollution and UVA/UVB rays, whilst minimising the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and lending complexion a fresh, supple, dewy, luminous glow.
Evolve Organic Beauty Climate Veil Tinted SPF 20, RRP £28.00 for 50ml
Climate Veil is designed to protect skin against premature ageing caused by UV rays and the Reef Safe formula is blended with Zinc Oxide to offer an SPF 20 broad spectrum protection against UVA/UVB rays, while polyphenol-rich Lingonberry Stem Cells help to improve the appearance of sun damaged skin. It’s also formulated with a wealth of skin boosting ingredients including Hyaluronic Acid to plump and hydrate, Cacay Oil to support the skin’s barrier layer and Abyssinian Oil to moisturise the skin. The skin loving formula works to protect and nourish skin, and natural, mineral light reflecting pigments provide a dewy luminous finish.
Available at evolvebeauty.co.uk (additional shades available from May)
The Organic Pharmacy Tinted Beauty Cream, RRP £45.00 for 30ml
This sheer tinted beauty cream, packed with skin loving ingredients will lend skin a radiant, dewy and fresh finish. With Mineral light reflecting particles, Hyaluronic Acid, Witch Hazel and Jojoba for a hydrated, refreshed complexion and a light diffusing, soft-focus effect. And packaged in eco-friendly packaging made from recyclable materials and tree-free paper (using hemp, bamboo and bagasse fibres with vegetable ink).
Available at The Organic Pharmacy
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