Moisturisers for dry skins…what I love and why I love them.


Skin is in

“Glow is the essence of beauty”

Estée Lauder.  

Moisturiser must be its soul. My 35 plus skin cannot do without some form of external hydration – it’s  parched and dry and my skin practically drinks up whatever I throw at it. This is where moisturisers save the day and some are better (in my humble opinion) than others.

Pictured here are a few of my favourites. They come in at various price points, proving the fact that expensive needn’t always be better. I’ve only posted the day ones as I thought I’d put the night one as a separate post…yes, I have THAT many 😦

Also whilst some are multitaskers, most have been included purely for that warm, comforting, creamy blanket that they provide for my thirsty face. For active ingredients, I look to serums. ( that is a subject matter for another post entirely) by this I mean that my moisturiser is simply what is says on the tin; it moisturises. If it makes weird anti -ageing claims, then it doesn’t make the cull. If it claims to brighten etc. that’s an added bonus but this is the job of the serum so it’s not a priority.


Priming moisturiser-

Its touted to be a buildable hydrating cremé, it does exactly that. I find that on nights where I’m doing the K-step routine, I use a light layer of this over an essence at night. But more often than not it is a day moisturiser over which I layer a thick sunscreen.

I use both – I definitely use the rich version during the colder days and nights when a light texture just won’t do!


Believe the hype. Buy the tube. It’s inexpensive and is a beautiful ( and natural) skin soother.


Those French Pharmacies know how to get their products spot on! I keep coming back to the cream for no reason at all, its just comfort in a tube. The skincare equivalent of a cup of tea and a good book. Its unscented and moisturising without being greasy at all.  I just cannot imagine a scenario where this isn’t in my makeup drawer. That would be my idea of a bad dream.

La-Roche Posay

Toleriane ultra for those days when my skin’s acting raw and sensitive. ( which isn’t often, but it does happen…)


Indeed labs  Hydraluron is one that I use as a serum and a moisturiser. This is a marmite product. I love it, though it has its fair share of critiques. ( I cannot understand why!) Hyaluronic acid molecules hold up to 1000% their weight in water and a boon for dehydrated skins! This reasonably priced Hyaluronic acid gel is half the price of comparable products and works just as well. It goes on slightly tacky and I would a wait a few minutes before adding other products, just to give it time to sink in,


Cica repair balm, this one is an inexpensive French brand ( don’t you just love the French pharmacy with their exotique products?) aimed at sensitive skins. This thick, unctuous balm contains panthenol and is a great barrier repair cream if your skin on the face has had a rough run with retinol, acids or life in general. It can be used by all the family and a great cream to keep on hand for those days when life has taken its toll on you and you feel like keeping it calm with as little activity as possible. On your skin and otherwise.

Egyptian Magic

This solid balm like moisturiser which melts on contact when rubbed in your hands has a lovely orangey scent and the most bonkers packaging and owner. Google it. I’d like to say that its quirkiness is why I bought it, but I actually do love how its sinks into my dry as the Sahara feet and hands ( very occasionally the nostrils especially after the ‘lurgy). I do sometimes use it after a tretinoin treatment as my skin feels especially in need of TLC.

Farsali Rose Gold elixir

The whole world, the internet and its cousin have raved about this amazing elixir, and when it made its unctuous way to the UK (which despite its exotic Eastern name, has originated in Canada)I just had to buy it. It’s essentially a rosehip oil with gold flecks in it, which sounds like a gimmick. But it works! The gold flecks dissolve, are not chunky at all, and the rosehip moisturises. All in all it leaves THAT INSTAGRAM GLOW, which its creator Farah Dhukai is famous for and really does what it says on the tin. ‘Tis not cheap though, so I use this very sparingly to make the bottle last and use it on those special occasion days.

Simple Hydrating Booster

On the opposite end of the price spectrum to Farsali is the Simple Hydrating booster, but no less a heavy hitter. I use it to add punch to an existing moisturiser ( much like those Dermalogica boosters but for 1/10th the price, its £6 or something like that) but I also use this underneath CC creams just to add a bit of heft to the cream. Thus totally eliminating the need for a traditional moisturiser.

Astalift day Moisturiser

A fantastic cream from the company that created the Jelly Aquarysta, this contains some of the same collagen inducing ingredients as its sister product. The range is amazing ( again another one where the story of its creation and the company that created it FUJIFILM no less…is one to google) the only downside is that it is easier to spot a Blue Moon than it is to find this product in the UK. I found it in my local TK Maxx. Maybe you will find it in yours? It is still available to order from other parts of the world however.

Aldi Lacura Caviar Day cream

Just. Buy. This. 

It’s meant to be a dupe for La Prairie caviar cream and to be honest, I’m quite surprised that Aldi have gotten away with imitating the packaging to the extent that they have. This may be a dupe but is in no way its poorer cousin. It feels luxe, rich and just lovely. the serum and night cream are amazing too. I have bought backups for my backups. (at £12.99 for a set of full size day and night cream and intensive day and night treatment I can afford to splurge and still have pennies to spare for my Patisserie Valerie Macaroon habit too)

Estee Lauder Re Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Transformative Energy cream

This is a cream with a hefty price tag, which is why all you can see this is a teeny sample size. This bad boy is supposed to be transformative and it can make your skin glow. At £265 for a full sized version, I’m not sure my budget could stretch to buy this once I run out. But a girl can dream right?

Olay Total Effects 7 in one day cream

They were the first ones in the business to talk about pentapeptides, with lots of R&D backing the brand, it’s the budget brand you know you can trust. When budget is a constraint, do what Sali Hughes says and go for brands that are backed by money and research. There are many variants to this 7 in one cream, you can even get one with a sun-kissed glow. They are also invariably either reduced or on offer in Superdrug and/or Boots. They are cheap, cheerful and for that price you know it’s a reliable staple that won’t let you down and great active ingredients if you are looking for that.


There are more moisturisers than those that made the list, but I had to curate my list or this would be an encyclopaedia not a blog post. And those are no fun. There is something in the list for everyone ( I hope) . I would love to know your faves and why. Love Elle xx

Note of disclaimer: All opinions are my own, I have no affiliations with any company, there are no affiliate links on this post and all products are purchased with my own money . Please check ingredients list of all products that you buy, in case you have allergies to any of the products that I mentioned. If you are particularly sensitive or even if you’re not, allergies can happen suddenly, even with products that you have used for years. If unsure, please do a patch test on your elbow, and wait 48 hours before using a ny of the products I’ve suggested. Please do not copy, publish any photos on this blog or contents in its entirety or otherwise without my express permission.
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