1. DayWear, £45, Estee Lauder
2. Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream with Super 7 Complex, £42, Fresh
Every now and again, a truly great skincare product comes along and we savour every last scrap. This face cream from natural-based brand, Fresh, is one of them.
Packed with botanical ingredients and vitamins, it has a lightweight, dewy texture, a seriously quenching conclusion and the scent of early morning dewdrops on freshly formed leaves.
3. Skin Food, £12.50, Weleda
Tonnes of celebrities swear by this green tub of goodness. Victoria Beckham loves to use it as a hand cream and Julia Roberts slathers the rich, buttery balm from top-to-toe. The online reviews don’t lie either, with five stars all round, hailing it as a ‘harsh weather lifesaver’. No wonder one is sold every 23 seconds.
4. Benefiance Wrinkle Smoothing Cream, £75, Shiseido
You can always rely on Shiseido to deliver cutting-edge skincare technology in the most luxurious of ways and the new Benefiance range is no different. It *casually* uses the principles of neuroscience to improve skin cells’ ability to communicate, optimising the benefits of each nourishing and age-defying ingredient.
5. Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly, £31, Amazon
The see-through skin-slurping moisturiser penetrates faster than doughnuts disappear in the office, and locks in that moisture all damn day. Having only launched in August 2018, it seems the good word has definitely gotten out.
6. Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream, £71.60, Amazon
When 100,000 women vote for this cream as their absolute favourite moisturiser, you know it’s pretty damn good. This creamy, whipped moisturiser promises to give skin an instant and sustained hydration without ever feeling heavy or greasy.
Infused with a blend of six antioxidant-rich African oils to heal and renew; plantain extract to promote firmness, density and elasticity whilst evening skin tone; fermented green tea to combat ageing and inflammation and moisture-boosting sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer to hydrate, smooth fine lines and wrinkles and stimulate collagen formation.
In fact, it’s so popular that Mecca Cosmetics hailed it the best moisturiser ever in their beauty awards.
7. Baebody Retinol Moisturiser , £18, Amazon
When a moisturiser receives over 3,000 positive reviews online and becomes Amazon Prime’s most in-demand cream, you know it’s good. Baebody Retinol Moisturiser promises to fight the signs of ageing (that’ll be the retinol), to leave skin soft, smooth and glowy. It targets everything from wrinkles and uneven skin tone to dark spots and dryness. If that wasn’t enough, it’ll help beat discoloration, sun damage and even work as an acne treatment. Talk about a multi-tasker.
8. Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, £82, Amazon
If you’re after a cream that works damn hard to hydrate and hold your skin firm, this silky slice of heaven is ready to start right away. Lacklustre skin that’s looking (dare we say) a little old, has a high chance of instant satisfaction.
9. Essential Energy Day Cream SPF 20, £53.10, Shiseido
This baby glides on like creamy yoghurt but dissipates into silk to leave your skin makeup-ready. It’s also the first face cream to use neuro-technology, helping to send messages from your skin to your brain to help the regeneration process.
10. CeraVe PM Cream Facial Moisturiser, £12, Boots
11. L’Occitane Ultra Thirst Quenching Gel, £28, Amazon
12. Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre Nourishing Moisturiser, £13, Boots
A best-seller since the 1950s and celeb secret weapon (we’re looking at you Khloe Kardashian), this simple and soothing lotion is great for dry, oil, sensitive, troubled, young or old skin. A proper all-rounder for £13? We’ll take 5 please.
13. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, £22.63, Amazon
Formulated to hold moisture in the upper layers of your skin, this keeps things hydrated for much longer than most, but without any greasiness. If you’re a ‘one product and go’ sort of person, make it this.
14. Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream, £22, Marks & Spencer
People have lost their nut over this ‘miracle’ night cream and we can see why. In the world of bells, whistles and 10-step-regimes, this just makes your skin better and brighter, all on its own. Don’t believe us? Check out the 300 rave reviews on their website…
15. Vitamin E Moisture Cream, £13, The Body Shop
This might have been your first-ever skincare purchase as a pre-teen, but there’s no reason it shouldn’t be your last, too. Buttery soft, non-irritating and packed full of goodness it’s a no brainer. Especially for the price.
16. Moisturising Cream, £120, La Mer
The original super cream, and one we’ll always come back to. Full of a secret ‘Miracle Broth’ it even things, brightens things, betters things. Being a traditional cream, it’s luscious and rich and a teeny-tiny bit goes a long way. Which basically makes it a bargain. Almost.
17. Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream, £60, Space NK
If your skin is feeling Sahara-like, give it a monsoon of a moisturiser like this one. Light and slippy, give it a minute to sink in then reap the benefits of super intense hydration. A bestseller and Beauty Ed’s fave for a reason.
18. Sisley Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream, £134, John Lewis
Sisley’s much-loved Black Rose oil and face mask now have a cousin in the form of this non-greasy, hydrating face cream. Use it as part of an at-home facial, or an everyday treat if budget allows. Smells freakin’ delicious.
19. GinZing Ultra-Hydrating Energy Boosting Cream, £25, Origins
This not only revives and adds a glow to dull skin, but it also smells like chocolate orange, which makes it our number one of ‘creams to use on a hangover’. Especially great for late-teens and early-20s.
20. Votary Super Seed Nutrient Cream, £65, Space NK
Their Super Seed Oil has been a skincare hero since its launch, harnessing the soothing and rebuilding properties of natural ingredients such chia and rosehip without the strong scents of essential oil based products. This cream version is perfect for those with an aversion to (or just plain scared of) oils.
21. Magic Cream, £70, Charlotte Tilbury
We find this a bit heavy for a daily moisturiser. But for priming pre-makeup, evening out a patchy complexion or instantly feigning you’ve had 8 hours sleep? Nothing beats it. Keep it in your desk drawer for any last minute meetings or surprise hot dates.
22. Avene Hydrance Optimal Riche, £14.50, Amazon
If you’re feeling inflamed, itchy or just in need of a good watering, give this stuff a go. Calming, soothing and hydrating, use it on sensitive patches, post-sun or just when the daily grind has sucked the life out of your skin.
23. By Terry Baume de Rose Face Cream, £55, Amazon
Man this stuff smells good… powdery, floral, a bit Grandma-ish, but in a lovely nostalgic way. It’s also soothing and smoothing, and velvety to the touch. But mainly it smells lush. (Unless you don’t like rose, in which case it’s probably not the one for you.)
24. Moisturizing Renewal Cream, £110, ReVive
Created by a renowned Plastic Surgeon who realised more and more potential patients just needed to improve their skincare rather than go under the knife, this stuff is super sciency, resulting in mega results. Amazing for mature or stressed skin, it plumps, smooths, firms and brightens. And all while you sleep.
25. Marine Complex Deep Restorative Cream, £125, Zelens
Using a host of ocean dwelling ingredients, this is one of the best active but gentle creams on the market. Powerful stuff that even the most sensitive of skinned can use. Feels lovely and cool on application too.