13 moisturisers your skin NEEDS to know about
Our team share their reviews for the best moisturisers
Beauty Crew Contributing Editor / October 21 2018
When it comes to what we like/want/need from a moisturiser, we’re a picky bunch. And that’s ok. We should be. Moisturisers have a big job to do: they balance our skin so it’s not too oily and not too dry and they work to draw and trap moisture in the skin, while also helping skin to retain it. And yes, even oily skin needs to be well hydrated - the right moisturiser can actually help normalise oil production.
As it’s one of the most essential products in your skin care routine, you want to make sure you’re using the best moisturiser for you. Here, our Beauty Crew team and SUPERcrew members share their reviews for the best face moisturiser.
#13 / Trilogy Age Proof Replenishing Night Cream
Overnight a blend of pH-balancing sweet almond oil, omega 3 and 6-enriched chia seed oil and anti-inflammatory strawberry oil, along with everyone’s favourite hydrator - hyaluronic acid, are all hard at work to get your skin looking A+ by morning. Besides keeping skin well-hydrated, this formula is all about fighting the signs of ageing by restoring elasticity and smoothing wrinkles.
The review: “Trilogy Replenishing Night Cream - it’s packed full of natural ingredients like chia, blueberry and strawberry oil; and with a healthy dose of hyaluronic acid, this moisturiser works its magic while I sleep and I wake up with the smoothest, most supple skin ever. Every time!” Mandy, SUPERcrew member
#12 / By Terry Cellularose Detoxifying Defense Cream
If city living has your skin stressed out, this moisturiser will get it back on track while shielding your complexion from further damage (hint: here’s how pollution affects your skin). Probiotics in the formula reinforce your skin’s natural defences while alpine rose native cells support the skin’s antioxidant protective mechanisms. Hello, brighter, nourished and positively glowing skin.
The review: “My current obsession is the By Terry Cellularose Detoxifying Defense Cream. Being a Sydneysider, I have no doubt that my skin is getting exposed to a heap of pollution daily. It also has a brightening effect on my skin and is beautiful to use as a base under makeup. The heavenly rose scent makes it feel like such a treat to apply.” Isobel Larkin, Beauty Crew’s Beauty Assistant
#11 / Antipodes Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream
This anti-ageing night cream works overtime to minimises the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, redness, and age spots while you sleep. It stimulates collagen production and boosts hydration levels to leave your skin so soft and supple you won’t be able to stop touching it!
The review: “This is the only moisturizer so far that I could use on its own, no matter what season it is. Rich yet not greasy even a bit. Nourishes and protects the skin from dehydration. And can be used even around the eyes! Goodbye crepey under eyes.” Jovanka, SUPERcrew member
#10 / Bespoke Complete Daily Armour
Lightweight in texture but heavy-hitting with its skin benefits, Bespoke Complete Daily Armour was created by two of Australia’s leading dermatologists. The formula is packed with vitamin B3 to reduce pigmentation and vitamin D to fight against sun damage and ageing.
The review: “This moisturiser ticks a lot of boxes for me – it feels lightweight and leaves an almost matte finish (a great plus for my combination skin), it has UV protection in the form of zinc oxide, and it’s packed with a slew of other ingredients to leave skin hydrated, radiant and healthy. I’m also a big fan of the pump packaging.” Carli Alman, Beauty Crew’s Editor
#9 / Dermalogica Active Moist
This oil-free moisturiser has a sheer texture but still manages to leave skin feeling pampered and ultra nourished. Beauty Crew member, Sarah recommends this moisturiser for acne-prone skin, while fellow member Yianna who has combination oily skin felt her breakouts minimised after using this cream. Both members said this water-based moisturiser is amazing under makeup.
The review: “Dermalogica Active Moist has been my go-to moisturiser for many years. It is oil-free, lightweight, and absorbed in a flash. I found it a great moisturiser to use either day or night. It keeps my skin hydrated until my next cleanse. It smells great too.” Bella, SUPERcrew member
#8 / Paula's Choice Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturizer
A gentle-enough formula for sensitive skin, even those prone to rosacea or eczema, hydration and firming skin are top of the agenda for this moisturiser. You’ll love it if radiant, nourished and youthful-looking skin is on your wish list.
The review: “This is my holy grail moisturiser (I wish it was cheaper though - I only buy it on sale and stock up!). I have dry skin that is sometimes temperamental and this feels so soothing and hydrating on my face. It's creamy and deeply moisturising but sinks into skin well and doesn't leave any stickiness. It feels like I've been to a spa after using it!” Georgia, SUPERcrew member
#7 / Medik8 Advanced Day Total Protect Anti-Ageing Moisturiser SPF 30
This moisturiser is on quite the mission: it’s formulated to hydrate, fight signs of ageing, protect against pollution and provide SPF 30 sun protection. The formula is lightweight, suitable for all skin types and vegan.
The review: “This gem is pretty much everything you’ve ever wanted in a face cream – it’s deeply hydrating, lightweight and actually protects the skin (it’s SPF 30). While most moisturisers with SPF can feel gross on your skin and sit weird under your makeup, this one is totally comfortable to wear every day and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth.” Erin Docherty, Beauty Crew’s Contributing Beauty Writer
#6 / Sukin Sensitive Facial Moisturiser
Formulated for sensitive skin, jojoba, shea butter, aloe vera and sesame and rosehip oils do a stellar job of nourishing and soothing. As for how it feels on the skin, SUPERcrew member Debbie describes it as, “nice and light to wear, never greasy and the pump bottle is handy and creates no mess. It absorbs straight away into skin for a smooth feel and appearance.”
The review: “This contains many great ingredients including shea butter and rosehip oil, so it really hydrates skin as well as giving it a plump look and a smooth, soft feel. It comes in a pump bottle which I love, it's really cheap and smells good!” Milan, SUPERcrew member
#5 / Rationale DNA Night Cream
If you want a moisturiser that’s going to work its butt off through the night while you catch some zzz’s, this one is up for the job. It stimulates your skin’s collagen production to boost skin elasticity and treat and prevent fine lines and wrinkles overnight, while also hydrating and smoothing your skin.
The review: “Finding a night cream that feels lightweight and not at all sticky hasn’t been the easiest feat… until this one from Rationale came along. It’s really airy, melts into skin upon contact (there’s no sticky residue at all), and is packed with vitamin A to renew skin overnight.” Iantha Yu, Beauty Crew’s Beauty Editor
#4 / Ultraceuticals Ultra Moisturiser Cream
Dry to very dry skin will finally feel some repreve thanks to the shea butter, provitamin B5, ceramide-3, vitamin E and moisturising complex in this formula. Paraben-free and fragrance-free, this cream addresses dryness and irritation so you can put your best face forward.
The review: “If you’re after the Goldilocks of moisturisers i.e. one that nourishes and hydrates the skin without being too heavy or thick, Ultraceuticals Ultra Moisture Cream will be right up your alley. Packed full of vitamin E, hyaluronic acid and ceramide-3, this hardworking cream helps balance and maintain vital moisture levels, while leaving skin smooth, supple and plump.” Kate Niven, Beauty Crew’s Beauty Writer
#3 / Neutrogena Hydro Boost Night Concentrate
Neutrogena’s entire Hydro Boost range doesn’t disappoint on the hydration factor - or its price tag. The formulas are gel-like yet feel silky smooth upon application, and this night cream ensures you wake up with softer, smoother skin - and it keeps on working to continuously releases moisture over the next 24 hours. This face lotion contains hyaluronic acid, vitamin E and olive extract, and is dermatologist tested, non-comedogenic and oil-free.
The review: “I very much love my Neutrogena Hydro Boost Night Concentrate (for the daytime) in summer as it is truly hydrating on the skin, without the weight. My skin feels soft and touchable,without having to worry about the humidity making my moisturiser melt off. The lightweight texture also allows me to add a sunscreen without heaviness.” Jacqui, SUPERcrew member
#2 / Clinique Moisture Surge 72 Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator
If you think gel-like formulas aren’t hydrating enough for extra dry skin, this moisturiser will change your mind. You’ll find hyaluronic acid in there, naturally, but also activated aloe water to plump skin with moisture and surprisingly, caffeine to trigger the skin’s own rehydration system. Replenishing and retaining moisture is what this moisturiser is ALL about.
The review: “Clinique Moisture Surge 72 Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator. Moisture Surge has always been my go-to moisturiser as I can use it all year round to give my skin instant, lasting hydration. I love the cooling and refreshing gel-cream texture that absorbs well and creates a great base for my makeup. My favourite thing about this moisturiser is that it's non-greasy, yet leaves my dry cheeks soft, smooth and hydrated.” Dina, SUPERcrew member
#1 / Olay Total Effects 7 In One Day Cream Gentle SPF 15
Olay have jam-packed this formula with hardworking ingredients that tackle seven signs of ageing in one - fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone, dark spots, uneven texture, dryness, dullness and visible pores. Not bad for a drugstore buy! It contains broad-spectrum SPF 15 and renews skin with a healthy radiance.
The review: “It contains the powerhouse ingredients niacinamide, panthenol and green tea in a beautifully thick yet spreadable and light formulation. My skin loves this no-frills moisturiser that can be used day and night because it sits well under makeup and has no SPF, and does not leave a greasy film.” Bhavna, SUPERcrew member
If you’re a fan of multipurpose products, swap your moisturiser for a tinted moisturiser in the mornings - try these six summer-approved formulas.
What’s your all-time favourite moisturiser? All do you swap between a few? Share with us your product picks and reviews below.
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Chelsea is BEAUTYcrew’s Contributing Editor. She has a sweet spot for anything that claims to make skin glow and won’t leave the house without a slick of mascara. Chelsea has 10 years of experience as a beauty editor and her words can be found on BEAUTYcrew, Women’s Health, Daily Addict, The Joye and Primped.