The best moisturizers for every skin concern

From oil-free lotions and anti-pollution creams to 100% natural and non-toxic formulas, these are the 10 best moisturizers to have in your beauty arsenal. By VICTORIA CRAWFORD


BEST FOR OVERNIGHT HYDRATION ByNacht Nocturnal Signature Anti-Age Cream

We all know that moisturizer is key in any skincare regimen, but this is particularly true at night. Between the hours of 11pm and 4am, our skin’s renewal rate almost doubles, and with no exposure to environmental aggressors or makeup, skin can absorb products more quickly. Which is why ByNacht Nocturnal Signature Anti-Age Cream makes for the perfect barrier to lock in hydration overnight. Packed full of marine collagen to repair and nourish, and gold to kickstart luminosity, this anti-aging powerhouse is a crucial support to skin’s night-time repairing process.

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 like a mask and leave it to absorb.

BEST FOR COLD CLIMES Natura Bissé Diamond Extreme

When the mercury drops and the wind picks up, skin can begin to feel uncomfortable and inflamed. This luxuriously cocooning cream by Natura Bissé strengthens the skin’s defenses with lipids, mango and shea, and helps it to hang on to valuable moisture, even when the air is very dry and dehydrating.

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 from Dr. Dennis Gross 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.

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 a city. So Chantecaille has developed a cream that goes beyond a typical moisturizer, protecting skin with an antioxidant-boosted formula that shields against heavy metals typically found in polluted air. The mattifying effect also keeps shine in check all day.

BEST FOR ON THE GO 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-sun, skin-cooling treat, leave in the fridge for 15 minutes before applying.

BEST FOR OILY SKIN Tata Harper Clarifying Moisturizer

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 from Tata Harper, which hydrates without blocking pores, and includes probiotics to tackle inflammation and redress the oil balance.

BEST FOR SPRING TEMPERATURES Indie Lee Active Oil-Free Moisturizer

Warmer weather is often welcome after months of biting temperatures, but it does mean your skin needs lighter hydration. This Indie Lee oil-free formula feels lightweight under makeup and doesn’t clog pores, but it still helps skin to feel nourished and well-moisturized.

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 booster from Sarah Chapman should be 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 when skin needs a little extra TLC.

BEST AS A MAKEUP PRIMER 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 best 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.


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