A moisturiser is the cornerstone of a daily skin care routine, the bare minimum beauty product to be slathered onto skin. While we know there is an abundance of other products to be using daily – namely face oil, toner and sunscreen – a moisturisers sits at the crux of items your skin craves for a burst of hydration and replenishment, while working to maintain the epidermis for years to come. For those seeking to change their moisturiser for the second half of the year or simply wanting a recommendation for future use, we've rounded up the 10 best moisturisers we turn to when our skin needs to look and feel its best.
Sunday Riley C.E.O. Vitamin C Rich Hydration Cream
Sunday Riley’s C.E.O range is notorious for its hydrating and anti-oxidant properties, making it a staple in the beauty cabinets of many. At the crux if the range is the Vitamin C rich hydration cream, infused with five per cent vitamin c ascorbate, a powerful and stable highly-targeted ingredient working to prevent and repair the visible signs of premature ageing. Alongside this, the cream brightens dull skin, fights signs of dehydration and provides antioxidant protection against free radicals. Buttery in colour an texture, over time you should expect to see a more even skin tone and visible reduction of fine lines and wrinkles across the face.
A cult item, a favourite of the likes of Victoria Beckham and Beyonce, Crème de La Mer is renowned for its abilities to keep skin hydrated and supple at any age, characteristic of only the best moisturisers. Infused with cell-renewing ocean botanicals, the rich cream delivers maximum hydration while repairing signs of age. Redness and irritation are soothed as the cream works to repair the skin’s natural barrier, using the Miracle Broth as a calming agent against inflammation. This is one to be invested in for the long-term, packed with results to come as your skin ages gracefully through the years to come.
The Chanel Hydra Beauty crème is an essential moisturiser for those with drier skin, rich in texture and scientifically-backed formulation. Protecting the skin against free radicals, its fresh, rich texture melts away into the skin with the key active ingredient of the crème the House signature camellia flower, working to restore and maintain optimal moisture levels in skin cells. Expect subtle fruity notes in scent alongside radiant, soft skin.
The one to turn to when you want to try something new with guaranteed results. Aesop’s Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Hydrator is light in texture and rapidly absorbs into the skin, delivering anti-oxidant hydration and a smooth, supple texture to the epidermis. Particularly for the cooler months, this is a moisturiser to turn to for its fortifying hydration that rejuvenates skin left raw from cold temperatures and excessive indoor heating. It is a seamless addition to your skincare routine, fitting in alongside your serums, oils and toners with ease, a true hallmark of one of the best moisturisers to shop.
For those looking for a drugstore moisturiser that works overtime, look no further than the Bioderma Sensibo Riche cream. A staple in the beauty bags of French It-Girls, it is a cream primed for those looking to bolster the moisture in their skin for an enhanced overall glow. Key ingredients include avocado oil to nourish and sooth skin and glycyrhetinic acid for renewed hydration. Additionally – and in music to our ears – the cream moisturises and restructures the skin barrier, keeping irritants from penetrating it, reducing sensitivity and irritation in the longterm.
Having launched in the Australian market earlier in 2022, Sulwhasoo’s Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream is a soft-textured moisturiser looking to repair signs of ageing for healthier looking skin. Sustaining triple resilience-boosting efficacies of the Sulwhasoo Ginsenomics, it replenishes, supports and strengthens skin to look its best and reveal a dewy complexion. The Ginsenomics formulae enriches the rarest type of Ginseng Saponin to enhance the skins ability to regenerate, look firm and reduce wrinkles that are yet to appear. It is a dream concoction, with packaging to suit.
Boasting a brood of powerful anti-oxidants, Go-To’s Very Useful Face Cream is exactly that – very useful. The cream is formulated with replenishing oils and butters – namely alma berry and Shea butter – to deeply restore dry and dehydrated skin, ensuring skin is adequately hydrated supple and smooth whilst shielded from free radicals. Alma Berry delay the effects of premature ageing, caused by free radicals, Shea butter contains high concentrations of fatty acids and vitamins working to soften and heal skin. The duo when paired with CoQ10, promoting collagen and elastin production, make this one a true go-to item in our beauty cabinets and one of the best moisturisers in 2022.
There’s an allure unique to any Augustinus Bader cream that is unmatched by most other brands. From the decadent casing to the tangible results claimed by many who have used the product, it has created a buzz on the desks of beauty writes for years and deemed one of the best moisturisers on the market. Crafted by Professor Augustinus Bader, it is inspired by his extensive research into healing processes and treatments and has a fast-absorbing formula containing amino acids, high-grade vitamins and synthesised molecules. This aims to stimulate cell regeneration and leaves skin even and smooth. The Rich Cream contains vitamin E to support hydration levels and protect against environmental aggressors, alongside replenishing Argan, Avocado and Evening Primrose oils to protect skin from free radicals. Run, don’t walk.
When one thinks of Tatcha, luxe, supple formulae that work to achieve a dewy glow is naturally the first though that pops into the heads of many. And this would be a correct assumption, one that its aptly named Dewy Skin Cream lives up to. Intensely hydrating, it delivers a healthy and youthful glow best suited to those with concerns surrounding dryness, uneven texture or loss of elasticity. The brand’s signature Hadasei-3 blend of anti-ageing Japanese super foods delivers a concoction of essential nutrients for maximum skin health and radiance. The cream also contains purple rice bran, rich in anti-oxidants to help the skin recover from harsh external aggressors and stress.
An intensely nourishing moisturiser delivering hydration for up to 24 hours, Vida Glow’s Age Defiance Memory Cream improves the skin’s water content, plumps its appearance and aims in improving its elasticity. Containing a combination of the Vida Glow marine collagen alongside four types of hyaluronic acid, the cream works to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles alongside promoting overall enhanced hydration. Pair with its matching serum or seamlessly add into your already existing routines.