Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

The power moisturisers

powermoisturizers.jpg

Contrary to the bold claims and ambiguous promises that litter the rest of the skincare world, there is one universal truth that dermatologists and beauty editors are agreed upon: moisturiser works. A liberal layer of good quality moisturiser each morning creates happy skin for all. Its brilliance has, until now, been in its simplicity – but that’s all about to change.

The new school of moisturisers multitask more than ever: not only will they intensely hydrate the skin (even oily skin requires moisture), they also address a surfeit of key skin concerns such as dull complexions, blemishes, sun spots and fine lines with greater gusto than ever before. Why mess with the trusted, unfussy formula of moisturiser? Because, let’s face it: most of us have a pretty ropey record when it comes to the consistent application of the peripheral skincare bastions (eye cream, anti-ageing serums, masks, toners and so on). Inevitably, life just gets in the way.

Which is when the new breed of seriously hard-working moisturisers step in. Many are based on years of clinical study and contain the type of sophisticated skin-saving ingredients you’d have previously only found in top-tier serums and potent anti-ageing creams. They’ll deliver all the key ingredients your skin would otherwise be missing out on. Here is Stylist’s pick of the big hitters to invest in now...

Main picture credit: Getty Images

Best for pigmentation

L’Oréal Revitalift Repair 10 Multi-Active Daily Moisturiser SPF20, £14.99

L’Oréal’s much-hyped new moisturiser targets 10 different signs of ageing – including fine lines and age spots. Vitamin A helps balance an uneven skintone and strengthens elasticity. It works brilliantly on tired skin.

Best for oily skin

Caudalíe Vinoperfect Day Perfecting Fluid SPF15, £38

For a moisturiser to really impress, it must acknowledge its place in the make-up food chain – priming skin for foundation. This oil-free day fluid has already earned its place in my routine. Fellow pore obsessives will be glad that it also regulates sebum, imparting a radiant glow.

Best for pale skin

Bliss The Youth As We Know It Anti-Aging Moisturise Lotion SPF30, £55

The divinely-scented hero cream which tackles the 10 signs of ageing has been reformulated to include optimal UVA/UVB protection and a high SPF30 so if you only need step outside to catch the sun, this one’s for you.

Best for Radiance

Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Skin-Brightening Moisturiser SPF15, £9.99

A seriously good moisturiser needn’t cost the earth. This new cream from Aveeno is a perfect case in point. It contains soy which gives tired skin an instant boost and shea butter, squalane and glycerine to intensely hydrate parched skin.

Best for fine lines

Olay Professional Age Defying Day Moisturiser SPF30, £34.99

Based on Olay’s ground-breaking scientific studies into human genomes, this contains peptides to improve skin texture and retinyl – the collagen strengthening ingredient. This is the one all future moisturisers will be measured against.

Best for calming skin

Balance Me Moisture Rich Face Cream, £24

Organic skincare has stepped away from its ineffective oil-based past and now competes with the big boys. At the forefront is British brand, Balance Me. Fusing vitamins, antioxidant cloudberry and essential fatty acids together it’s the ultimate hit of skin food in one tube.

Best for Acne

Murad Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF20/PA++, £46.50

A huge 48% of women suffer from adult acne. LA dermatologist, Dr Murad’s new anti-ageing moisturiser simultaneously tackles troubled skin and fine lines – willow bark extract fights spots while amino acids stimulate collagen production.

Best for Sun Damage

DermaQuest Skin VitaLight with Chromabright, £56

Created by leading cosmetic chemist, Sam Dhatt, DermaQuest is causing a stir in the industry. Containing a melanin suppressing peptide (responsible for age spots), this formula unifies a sun-damaged complexion, while sodium hyaluronate plumps and hydrates.

Related

chickpeaandpumpkinsalad.jpg

Pumpkin and chickpea salad with tahini

womansellschildrenonebay.jpg

Woman tries to sell children on ebay

luluhero2.jpg

Exclusive: Lulu Kennedy's latest collection

Comments

More

This is why Alicia Keys wore make-up in her latest photo shoot

The star appears in colourful eyeshadow and sweeping eyeliner

by Amy Swales
20 Jan 2017

Iris Law is the new face of Burberry Beauty

A huge gig for the 16-year-old

by Anna Pollitt
17 Jan 2017

Why more and more women are embracing wigs

“I never have a bad hair day”

by The Stylist web team
15 Jan 2017

Claire Danes reveals how she tackles anxiety over her appearance

How to avoid falling into an "obsessive loop"

by Sarah Biddlecombe
05 Jan 2017

Caitlyn Jenner’s new MAC collection is here and it’s fabulous

Make-up for everyone.

by Moya Crockett
04 Jan 2017

British Army recruiters slammed for sexist “Military Makeup” campaign

"We want to know the girls behind the make up! We are searching for real beauty"

by Sarah Biddlecombe
03 Jan 2017

Hurrah: beauty grooming victory as Tesco cuts price of women's razors

A small victory

by Sarah Biddlecombe
03 Jan 2017

Breaking new ground: introducing 2017's innovative beauty products

Finally, some answers for beauty's biggest conundrums

by The Stylist web team
30 Dec 2016

Hair trends 2017: The cuts and colours ruling social media

New year, new hair?

by Amy Lewis
22 Dec 2016

Hairdressers are being trained to spot signs of domestic abuse

New law requires beauty workers to spot the signs

by Anna Pollitt
19 Dec 2016