Moisturisers make or break a skincare routine: they're essential. With the sheer range available, moisturisers are increasingly multi-functional, not only targeting general hydration concerns by balancing the skin, but also tackling oiliness, inflammation, and age indicators. So, your pick of moisturiser should change and adapt to your daily needs. In this article we've rounded up the best moisturisers for every skin type, plus what to look out for when you're in the market to buy one.
Best for Dry Skin: Jack Black Dry Erase Ultra-Calming Face Cream
What dry skin needs in a moisturiser:
- Contains an array of ingredients that nourish and repair, penetrating deeply into the skin.
- Contains hydrating oils without leaving a heavy or oily residue.
- Features calming ingredients that address the inflammation and tightness dry skin entails.
Why it's ideal for dry skin: Jack Black's Dry Erase Ultra-Calming Face Cream is a powerhouse product. While oily skin produces too much oil, dry skin doesn't produce enough, leaving the skin feeling uncomfortably tight.
Dry Erase utilises highly efficacious ingredients that increases the water retention factor of the skin, immediately improving its visible appearance. At the core of this product's composition is Hydromanil (10%), which works in a dual manner: hydrating the skin by capturing water and assimilating it into the skin, while gradually releasing active compounds that keeps the skin balanced over time. When combined with Sweet Almond Oil, this gives the product a thick emollient consistency that forms a protective barrier, repairing and preventing water loss. This allows Jojoba Oil to get to work, quenching thirsty skin without leaving excessive weight. And in order to counteract the tenderness often associated with dry skin, SymRelief™ makes use of Ginger Root, a highly effective anti-irritant that calms redness and irritation.
If you're looking to address dry skin with a dedicated routine, we recommend our Dry Skin Kit.
Best For Oily Skin: men-U Ultra Concentrate Matt Moisturiser
What oily skin needs in a moisturiser:
- Upon application, the texture of the product feels lightweight, without a residual 'clingy' feeling on the skin.
- During the course of the day, it doesn't leave you with a greasy or shiny complexion.
Why it's ideal for oily skin: The men-U Ultra Concentrate Matt Moisturiser has an light and 'invisible' formula: quickly absorbing into the skin, mattifying and providing a smooth and even-looking texture without an excess of shine, controlling this throughout the day. Crucially, a moisturiser designed with oily skin in mind must work under a double-bind: it needs to hydrate and nourish without using ingredients that tip the skin into oily excess and clog the pores (such as certain lipids and petrolatum-based products). Ingredients of this sort are known as non-comedogenic, and are found exclusively in this product.
In addition, Tocopheryl Acetate is a potent form of Vitamin E, an antioxidant that repairs the skin by fighting free radical damage. In addition, Lactic Acid gets to work during the day, gently resurfacing the skin, rescuing the skin from an otherwise dull and lifeless complexion, improving its texture.
If you're looking for a complete set of products to help your oily skin, have a look at our Oily Skin Kit.
Best for Normal Skin: Jack Black Clean Break Oil-Free Moisturiser
What normal skin needs in a moisturiser:
- A product that maintains the balance of the skin.
- A medium consistency - not too lightweight that it doesn't hydrate, but not too heavy that it clogs pores.
- Contains ingredients that help the skin holistically, rather than addressing one main concern.
Why it's ideal for normal skin: Jack Black Clean Break Oil-Free Moisturiser combines the best of both nature and science. Finding the right moisturiser for normal skin can be a tough process because normal skin doesn't lean towards a particular area of concern. Oil production and water retention are nicely balanced, with minor blemishes now and again. Nonetheless, no skin type is perfect, and normal skin is prone to becoming oily or dry depending on seasonal or geographical changes.
Thus, the priority here is to find a versatile and generally effective moisturiser that can be used at all times. Jack Black's Clean Break Oil-Free Moisturiser fits the bill, and contains Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), which balances the skin's sebum production. By doing this, it's able to reduce the appearance of blemishes and congestion. What results over time is a more even complexion and reduced appearance of any hyperpigmentation from past breakouts.
Sodium Hyaluronate, otherwise known as hyaluronic acid, holds up to 1000x times its weight in water, immediately imparting a plump and hydrated look to the skin. It's a humectant too, capable of drawing moisture from its surroundings and bringing it back to the skin. This is especially beneficial if your skin is ever feeling tight or dry.
Meanwhile, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Extract contains strong antioxidant properties and aids against free radical damage encountered during the process of everyday life, minimising oxidative stress to the skin, which results in premature aging, sensitivity and pigmentation.
If you're in the market for a complete set to moisturise your normal skin, check out our Normal Skin Kit.