8 dreamy day creams for smooth, glowing skin
And yes, they all work a treat under makeup
By Delaney Loane
Digital Beauty Editor / September 11 2023
You know how when you first wake up, you feel like a total zombie? We'll bet you only start to feel prepared to take on the day once you've guzzled down some form of energy kick, whether it be coffee or kombucha.
Well, that's basically the role that day creams play for your face – they hit skin with an alert that says "hello, it's time to look alive,", and so they're an extremely important element of our getting ready routines.
But just like us, day creams also have long to-do lists; not only do they need to provide premium hydration (as well as a bevy of other benefits depending on which concerns they aim to aid), but they also have the added task of needing to sit nicely under makeup.
Long story short, we expect a whole lot from them, and so it's a purchase you need to put an equal amount of thought into.
So, in the spirit of that, we've rounded up the cream of the day cream crop, all prepped and ready to take your skin from just-surviving to totally-thriving in a flash.
Embryolisse Rose Glow - Radiant Complexion Cream
This innovative cream is the perfect multi-tasking product. It revitalises and plumps up the skin with its silk tree extract and vegetal hyaluronic acid, and provides the natural healthy glow effect of a blush with its natural pigments and illuminating pearls. With a single application, you can achieve an instant natural and healthy glow effect that transforms your entire complexion.
$64 at French Beauty Co.
Clarins Extra-Firming Day Cream
Hyaluronic acid is a friend to our faces day or night, and this plumping cream pairs HA’s hydrating powers with elasticity-enhancing lemon thyme and skin-strengthening green banana extract.
$124 at MECCA
Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Matifying Fluid
After a matte-finish moisturiser? This bad boy is all about balance; it’s a weightless formula designed to reactivate your face’s hydration mechanisms (fancy) while also keeping excess oil under control.
$52 at Kogan
BYBI Beauty C-Caf Vitamin C & Caffeine Day Cream
Perk your skin up in a flash with this lightweight de-puffing day cream. Loaded with both brightening vitamin C and energising caffeine, it’s like an orange juice and coffee combo for your face.
$51 at Sephora
Jurlique Nutri-Define Supreme Restorative Light Cream
Jurlique Nutri-Define Supreme Restorative Light Cream is a lightweight restorative cream that allows you to reap the benefits of ingredients typically used in night cream formulas during the day. Antioxidant-rich and anti-inflammatory spilanthes flower and horseradish root extract rejuvenate, hydrate, plump, and restore radiance, elasticity, and unify skin tone.
$146 at Jurlique
Lancôme Renergie Multi-Lift Day Cream Rich
Flawless foundation won’t be a stretch if you prep your face with a coat of this firming hydrator – its smoothing abilities are so impressive we’d even deem it a moisturiser-meets-primer style situation.
$178 at Adore Beauty
Guerlain Abeille Royale Day Cream
Finding an adequately hydrating cream that can be slathered onto sensitive skin day in and day out can be a tall order, but this non-greasy honey treat is as gentle as it is silky (and boy, oh boy, is it silky).
$226 at David Jones