Why You'll Never Regret Buying This Beauty Product

Updated 04/27/19

Quick question: What's your favourite moisturiser? If you're struggling to answer, then we'd hazard a guess that you've never found the right one for your skin. The truth is if you had found The One, we know you'd be shouting it from the rooftops about how wonderful it makes your skin look. A really incredible moisturiser should make your face appear fresh, hydrated and ready for foundation if you're going to apply that, too. You want the feeling of plump and smooth skin that makes you feel like Jennifer Lopez (because come on, that woman's skin is #goals).

While there are some who still think moisturiser is just for dry skin, the truth is there are plenty of different skin types that need moisturisers just as much. From the oilier skins to the acne-prone as well as the dry, we've built a definitive guide to the moisturisers that Byrdie editors love. Keep scrolling for the best moisturisers for every skin type.

Best for Dry Skin

Best moisturiser: Bare Minerals Butter Drench Restorative Rich Cream
Bare Minerals Butter Drench Restorative Rich Cream $32
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Want a moisturiser that just works well? BareMinerals constantly creates incredible products that do exactly what you need. This thick cream is ideal for dryer skins thanks to its rich formula.

As chosen by Byrdie UK assistant editor Elinor Block.

Best for Acne-Prone Skin

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ Anti-Blemish Cream $16
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Suitable for even the most sensitive of skin types, this cream is designed specifically to target shine while moisturising the skin. Lipo-hydroxy acid gently exfoliates your skin while zinc PCA slows sebum production. Vitamins C and E prevent sebum oxidation—this is where your squalene (found in sebum) reacts with oxygen to produce squalene peroxide, which one study found caused acne due to its ability to seriously block pores.

As chosen by Byrdie UK Editorial Director Amy Lawrenson.

Best for Anti-Ageing

Best moisturiser: Perricone MD Oil-Free Hydrating Cream
Perricone MD Oil-Free Hydrating Cream $39
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Ideal as a first defence, this oil-free formula contains hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5 to nourish skin and prevent early signs of ageing.

As chosen by Byrdie UK contributing editor Amy Lewis.

Best for Combination Skin

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream $25
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This has been formulated to improve your skin's ability to retain moisture, which in turn means it won't produce excess oil as a natural hydrator.

As chosen by Byrdie UK Editorial Director Amy Lawrenson.

Best for Spot-Prone Skin

Best moisturiser: Neutrogena Visibly Clear Oil-Free Moisturiser
Neutrogena Visibly Clear Oil-Free Moisturiser $4
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If you get the occasional breakout, then this super-lightweight formula could be what you're looking for. Not only does it contain salicylic acid, which helps to exfoliate skin, but also, it keeps away spots and prevents pores from becoming clogged.

As chosen by Byrdie UK assistant editor Elinor Block.

Best for Pre-Makeup Prep

Best moisturiser: Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream $70
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It makes sense that makeup queen Charlotte Tilbury would come up with a moisturiser that's ideal for wearing under makeup. A very thick cream (you really don't need much), this is great for massaging into your skin. Thanks to the magic ingredient of hyaluronic acid, the face feels perfectly prepped for foundation.

As chosen by Byrdie UK assistant editor Elinor Block.

Best for Oily Skin

Best moisturiser: Nivea Daily Essentials Oil Free Moisturising Day Cream
Nivea Daily Essentials Oil Free Moisturising Day Cream $3
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When you deny the skin oil, it often overproduces sebum to compensate. This lightweight moisturiser is oil-free but seriously hydrating, so your skin won’t feel the need to start generating excess sebum. Clever.

As chosen by Byrdie UK Editorial Director Amy Lawrenson.

Best for Sensitive Skin

CeraVe Moisturising Cream $13
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When one Byrdie editor asked a host of dermatologists for the best moisturiser for sensitive skin, the answer was unanimous. Why, exactly? As a thick cream rather than a lotion, "it helps to maintain the skin barrier without clogging pores," says Michele J. Farber, MD, of Schweiger Dermatology Group in NYC.

As chosen by Byrdie Managing Editor Lindsey Metrus.

Best for Dry and Sensitive Skin

Best moisturiser: Pai Avocado & Jojoba Hydrating Day Cream
Pai Avocado & Jojoba Hydrating Day Cream $32
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It's a tough ask, but someone's got to make a moisturiser for dry and sensitive skin. Fear not—Pai skincare has this answer with the combo of soothing avocado and jojoba extract and glycerin to help moisturise dry skin.

As chosen by Byrdie UK assistant editor Elinor Block.

Best for Pollution and SPF Protection

Best moisturiser: Clarins Multi Active Day Lotion
Clarins Multi Active Day Lotion $42
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Teaming replenishing plant extracts with SPF and sodium hyaluronate—a salt derived from hyaluronic acid—this day cream works to fend off damage from pollution, free radicals, UV rays and stress.

As chosen by Byrdie UK contributing editor Amy Lewis.

Best for Warmer Weather

Best moisturiser: The Body Shop Vitamin E Day Lotion SPF30
The Body Shop Vitamin E Day Lotion SPF 30 $15
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Sometimes, particularly in the warmer months, you don't want to wear really thick and heavy cream. Instead, you’d prefer a lighter solution. In steps The Body Shop's Vitamin E lotion that's so thin it goes on more like a liquid. However, it still leaves your face wonderfully moisturised and protected with an SPF 30. Bonus.

As chosen by Byrdie UK assistant editor Elinor Block.

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