If any of you have friends like mine, who have full blown out ten-step skincare routines, you’ll understand that they are not playing games when it comes to moisturising. Of course, why would they not hound us to slather moisturiser on our beautiful and precious faces? It is one of the most important products that your face needs as it holds in the hydration and water your skin needs. Additionally, they help keep your skin barrier stay healthy. So, there is no good excuse for skipping this essential step in your skincare, because we all want to prevent irritants and bacteria from entering our skin. More importantly, with the weather turning cold and drying our skin out, these moisturisers will help prevent essential nutrients and moisture fleeing. I do indeed love a luxury moisturiser, but I’m at university, so I’m balling on a budget until I can be reunited with my personal favourites, Charlotte Tilbury’s ‘Magic Cream’ or La Mer’s ‘Crème de la Mer’.
- Avène, ‘XeraCalm A.D. Lipid-Replenishing Balm’ and ‘Hydrance Intense Serum’: Eczema-Prone and Dehydrated Skin
The former cream is a personally favourite of friends who have experienced eczema. It soothes symptoms of itchiness and it strengthens that skin barrier in the long term. The latter is a personal favourite as my skin needs round the clock hydration, it’s a light serum that keeps my dry cheeks looking dewy throughout the day.
- Nivea, ‘All Purpose Creme’: Normal Skin
It’s a classic and my mother’s remedy to all skin ailments. It’s also what the entirety of the Sandhu family grew up using before we branched out to other brands. But, when in doubt over which rich, hydrating and moisturising cream to use, this is the one we all automatically reach for. This cream can be used for your face and body. It’s underrated and you should give it a go if you want a luscious dollop of heaven to save your skin in the autumn and winter.
- CeraVe, ‘AM Face Moisturiser with Sunscreen’: Dry Skin
This is currently a favourite among many. What’s not to love? It has your ceramides, it has your niacinamide, hyaluronic acid. All of which are fancy ways of saying that it will reinforce your skin barrier that locks in the moisture, reduces inflammation and will hydrate your face. People, if your skin is thirsty, give it a go!
- Cetaphil, ‘Daily Hydrating Face Lotion’: Normal Skin
Just to clarify, by normal skin, we mean low-maintenance skin that doesn’t breakout easily or dry out easily, it’s just relaxed. It gives that much-needed, but light, dosage of moisture. This moisturiser is hydrating and lightweight. Let’s describe it as one of your more standard moisturisers, but it actually works.
- La Roche-Posay, ‘Effaclar Mat Mattifying Moisturiser’: Oily Skin
This is a personal favourite for the t-zone in the summer and a favourite among friends with oily skin. What many people don’t realise is that oily skin also requires moisturising. We wouldn’t want your oil glands to then produce more unnecessary oil due to the lack of moisture, now would we? This product is designed for greasy skin, so it absorbs oil and shine during the day, and still hydrates your skin. It’s lightweight and its mattifying formula cancels out excess grease and shine.
- Neutrogena, ‘Hydro Boost Gel-Cream’: Dehydrated Skin
This one is a beaut. It’s filled with hyaluronic acid and is evidence that you can get brilliant moisturisers from the drugstore. It’s for all skin types, but when your skin is feeling flaky or tight, this gel moisturiser is a true God send. This one essentially draws moisture to your thirsty face and what’s even better is that it doesn’t clog your pores or feel greasy under your makeup.
- e.l.f. Cosmetics, ‘SuperHydrate Moisturiser’: Combination Skin
Its hard to moisturise combination skin, but it does what the packaging claims and it quenches your combination skin, which is hard to do without leaving it looking overly shiny. This moisturiser excels at that perfectly. There’s little residue, little greasiness and a lot of hydration.
- EltaMD, ‘UV Daily Facial Sunscreen SPF 40’: Dehydrated Skin
It doesn’t matter what time of the year it is, but you better not be skipping your SPF! Seriously, you’ll thank me later on in life for that piece of advice. You don’t like to layer your moisturiser with sunscreen? That’s fine. This moisturiser is a multi-taster as it moisturisers your gorgeous face and gives you UV protection. A complex cream for a simple routine.
- Clinique, ‘Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator’: Combination Skin
You didn’t think I was going to write about moisturising without so much as mentioning this cult classic, right? It’s oil free, it’s a gel-cream and it hydrates you for hours on end. This is a beautiful cream, a little on the pricer side, but still a little goes a long way. It goes on lightly and doesn’t make your skin feel oily. This is the one to use through harsh weather conditions.
- A’pieu, ‘Madecassoside Cream’: Irritated Skin
This is best for irritated skin and to use as a makeup primer. It’s moisturising, but slightly tacky, which is what makes it great for under your makeup. It reduces redness and has a rather calming effect. If you want to smooth, plump and hydrate your inflamed skin before any event, I’d give this one a go.