5 Steps to Choosing a Moisturiser

Moisturising is an essential part of any skincare routine, and there are many moisturising products on the market. It’s easy to determine which moisturiser is most suitable for you when you follow our top steps.

Why Do I Need to Moisturise?

All skin needs moisturiser in order to stay hydrated, soft, and smooth. Most moisturisers are tailored to a certain skin type. Some moisturisers offer extra benefits, such as plumping or soothing, so it’s important to find a product that meets your specific wants and needs.

Which Areas Need Moisture?

The skin on both your face and body needs to stay hydrated, but some areas can become drier than others. If you’re looking for a body moisturiser, then you may want to use a lotion or butter. Generally, body butters have a thicker and more nourishing texture than lotions. La Roche–Posay Lipikar Lait Body Milk is a lotion that’s ideal for all skin types; it helps to gently hydrate without feeling greasy.

Thicker, drier skin—such as that on the feet, knees, and elbows—needs intense hydration. Choose a cream tailored for the specific area, such as L’Occitane Shea Butter Foot Cream. You shouldn’t use body moisturisers on the face, as body products are richer and heavier than face products and may cause clogged pores and breakouts. It’s best to use a facial moisturiser tailored to the face and neck.

Determining Your Skin Type

To find the best moisturising product for you, you need to determine your skin type. You may find that your skin fits into one or more of the following categories:







When you have determined you skin type or types, then you need to consider which form of moisturiser you should use.

Forms of Moisturiser

Lotions are the most common type of moisturiser and are suitable for both daytime and night-time use. Lotions may be either water-based (lighter) or oil-based (heavier).

Creams may be packaged in a jar, pot, or tub and are normally heavier in texture than lotions.

Oils are sometimes applied directly to the skin.

Gels may feel lighter in texture than a lotion or cream but are suitable for most skin types.

Balms are best used at night and likely contain essential oils.

Tinted moisturisers offer a hint of coverage and are worn during the day instead of foundation.

Moisturisers with SPF are ideal for daytime use, to protect against the sun.

Which Moisturiser Is Best for My Skin Type?

Dry skin benefits from heavier moisturising creams, such as Clarins HydraQuench Rich Cream, which nourishes and soothes very dry and dehydrated skin.

Sensitive skin benefits from soothing properties and ingredients like aloe vera that help to calm irritation and reduce redness.

Normal skin responds well to most moisturisers, so you can use whatever feels and works best.

Oily/combination skin types are best suited to lighter formulations; however, don’t be afraid to use a moisturiser that contains oils or straight oil, as these can help to balance the skin. Dr Hauschka Clarifying Day Oil is ideal for oily skin types, because it helps to normalise the production of sebum.

Mature skin needs a moisturiser aimed at ageing skins. A product containing peptides and antioxidants helps to target visible signs of ageing, smooth, and brighten.

Blemished skins are best suited to moisturisers with spot solutions. Bioderma Sébium Global Intensive Purifying Care helps to reduce inflammation and clear the skin of imperfections.

Regardless of your skin type, make sure you choose a moisturising product with SPF for daytime use in order to protect your skin.

What About a Specific Skin Concern?

You may find that you have a skin concern other than dryness that you want to address. If that’s the case, then opt for a moisturiser tailored towards that concern. You may want to reduce dullness, blotchiness, spots, or fine lines. Many moisturisers may be tailored towards a specific skin type but contain bonus properties. For instance, Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream aids very dry skin and can also help to heal irritations and blemishes. Make sure you read product labels and descriptions before purchasing to ensure you have the best moisturiser for you.