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The best super moisturizers

Whether you battle with breakouts or dry patches, spend more time on a plane than off, or prefer a lightweight lotion to a rich cream, these are the best moisturizers to have on your radar. By VICTORIA CRAWFORD


BEST FOR BRIGHTENING Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Exfoliating Moisturizer

Dead skin cells leave your complexion looking dull and uneven. This creamy, gel-like formula contains an impressive blend of four acids to gently loosen blocked pores and reveal the brighter skin beneath. Plus, the added ceramides and squalane will leave your skin feeling smoother and more hydrated. It’s the perfect post-vacation option for beauty minimalists.

  • Alpha Beta Exfoliating Moisturizer, 60ml

BEST FOR CITY DWELLERS Chantecaille Anti-pollution Mattifying Cream

Stress, pollution and UV rays are your skin’s worst enemies when you live or work in the city. This cream goes beyond a typical moisturizer, protecting skin with an anti-oxidant-boosted formula that shields against heavy metals typically found in polluted air. The mattifying effect also keeps shine in check all day – especially useful after a hectic morning commute.

  • Anti-Pollution Mattifying Cream, 40ml

BEST FOR TRAVELING La Mer The Moisturizing Cool Gel Cream

Don’t let the weightless, gel texture of this super-lightweight moisturizer fool you – the formula contains La Mer’s famous Miracle Broth and leaves your skin feeling transformatively soft to touch. For a post-beach skin-cooling treat, leave in the fridge for 15 minutes before applying.

  • The Moisturizing Cool Gel Cream, 60ml

BEST FOR BLEMISH-PRONE SKIN Tata Harper Clarifying Moisturizer

When you’re battling with breakouts, it’s tempting to cull moisturizer in a bid to eliminate excess oil, but that will only exacerbate the situation, triggering skin to produce more of it. Instead, reach for this aloe-based rebalancing formula, which hydrates without blocking pores, and includes probiotics to tackle inflammation and redress the balance.

  • Clarifying Moisturizer, 50ml

BEST FOR DRY SKIN Sisley Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream

This is an essential if you have dry, sensitive skin. In true Sisley form, the creamy texture feels rich without being too heavy or greasy. If you have patches of dry skin, try pressing an extra layer over the top and leave it to absorb as you would a mask.

  • Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream, 50ml

BEST FOR A HYDRATION BOOST Sarah Chapman Intense Hydrating Booster

If you’re loyal to your favorite face cream but need an extra hit of hydration, this is your new best friend. The light formula is packed full of hyaluronic acid and can be used alone or mixed into your existing moisturizer. Everyone should have a bottle in their bathroom cabinet to tackle seasonal changes and those times when skin needs a little bit of TLC.

  • Intense Hydrating Booster, 30ml

BEST FOR PRE-MAKEUP Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Magic Cream

Hydrated skin is the canvas you need in order for makeup to look good. Created by makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury, this cream sits beautifully under your foundation – what makes it so popular is that it leaves skin smooth and supple but never slippery or greasy. Tilbury herself uses it backstage at fashion shows and on her A-list clients pre-red carpet.

  • Charlotte's Magic Cream, 50ml

BEST FOR A QUICK FIX Elizabeth Arden Superstart Probiotic Boost Skin Renewal Biocellulose Mask

When you need to give your skin a burst of moisture quickly, break out Elizabeth Arden’s latest sheet mask. The skin-boosting concoction of nourishing ingredients and probiotics works actual wonders on dry, dull complexions, and the biocellulose material clings to the contours of your face, meaning you can multi-task until it’s done its work.


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