Skincare has become pretty confusing in recent years (there are just so many steps, tools and tricks you can employ). That being said, there's nothing wrong with a simplified routine that hinges on a good-quality face cream. You can make your skincare regimen as long-winded or speedy as you like. Yes, some people love to supplement layering their serums with a derma-roller and sheet masks, but if you want to simply cleanse and moisturise, look no further than our edit of the seven best face creams.
The main benefit of a face cream is hydration, but each of the products below contains anti-ageing benefits, plus there are ones to suit every budget. Keep scrolling to shop our picks.
This seriously rich anti-ageing cream is packed with immortelle oil, which is an antioxidant. One reviewer on the L'Occitane site described this face cream as "life-changing" while another swears by it for their rosacea.
La Mer's face cream is seriously covetable and counts Victoria Beckham and Jennifer Lopez among its fans. The brand's Miracle Broth may be shrouded in secrecy, but when it comes to results, this cream delivers. The formula helps boost cell energy, which makes your skin look and act younger.
Like a green juice for your face, this lightweight but highly nourishing face cream is packed with antioxidant-rich ginger, matcha and goji berry. It also has prebiotics to feed your skin's good bacteria, ensuring a good, healthy complexion.
Kiehl's cult favourite Ultra Face Cream is lightweight yet leaves the skin hydrated all day long. It's worth considering if your skin type is dry or if you're prone to dehydration (thanks, city living).
Spot-prone? Look to an oil-free moisturiser like this gel-cream formula from Dr. Dennis Gross. Blemishes can often be made worse by skin dehydration, so this hyaluronic acid–packed face cream should help keep spots at bay.
Look to Liz Earle's moisturiser if you want something a little more natural. This face cream leans on borage oil, which is naturally rich in GLA, an essential fatty acid. It also contains avocado oil to help nourish the skin.
This is a great, affordable go-to moisturiser. Besides vitamin E, this contains hyaluronic acid to leave the skin supple, hydrated and prepped for makeup application.
Next up, check out our edit of the best eye creams for dark circles.