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Like SPF, a moisturiser is a non-negotiable step in your skincare routine. No matter what your skin type, you should use a moisturiser every day to keep your skin looking and feeling its glowing best. Regularly moisturising supports your skin’s natural barrier function, which helps to prevent trans-epidermal water loss and protect your skin from environmental aggressors. Simply put, it helps to keep the good stuff in and the bad stuff out.
It's an essential step
Not only does your moisturiser hydrate your skin, it also seals in all the products (and their impressive ingredients) you’ve applied underneath. Apply after a supercharged serum that’s rich in vitamin C or hyaluronic acid for a brighter, healthier-looking complexion that’s protected against pollution and external threats.
This is especially important at night to help lock in all those skin-restoring ingredients while you sleep and your skin goes into repair mode. Don’t forget to always follow your moisturiser with a layer of SPF in the morning – you don’t want to undo the good work your serums and moisturisers do by leaving your skin exposed to the damaging effects of the sun’s UV rays.
The best moisturiser for oily skin
Different skin types have different needs, so you’ll want to tailor your skincare to meet them. Hydration is key to them all though, even oily skin. Although your skin might be naturally oily, it can still get dehydrated. Oil-free moisturisers and non-comedogenic formulas (that won’t clog your pores) are your new best friends, helping you to stay blemish and shine-free.
Look for lightweight gel formulations, like our Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream, which refreshes skin with its instant cooling effect and provides up to 24-hour hydration without clogging pores.
The best moisturiser for combination skin
If you are prone to both dry and oily areas – particularly around the T-Zone (your nose, forehead and even chin) – you’ll want to get a moisturiser that can treat both.
Lightweight, non-comedogenic formulas that provide hydration to the areas that need it but don’t exacerbate areas of oiliness. Kiehl’s Calendula Serum-infused Water Cream is a gel cream that does just that, providing lightweight and lasting hydration.
The best moisturiser for normal skin
Great news, your skin is pretty low maintenance. To keep it that way, we recommend layering on a lightweight moisturiser that will keep it hydrated without making it feel greasy.
Ultra Facial Cream is a Kiehl’s cult favourite and our #1 bestselling face product for a reason. Formulated with restorative squalane – our formula strengthens the skin’s moisture barrier function. its ultra-lightweight texture absorbs easily and leaves skin feeling balanced.
The best moisturiser for dry skin
Dry, scaly skin can be uncomfortable at the best of times, let alone in the colder months when the water in your skin evaporates faster. Regularly applying a heavier moisturiser that’s rich in hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid can help to lock in moisture and keep you comfortable throughout the year though.
Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream is a nourishing face cream that can be applied morning and night to prevent dehydration and help fortify your skin’s natural barrier function. To really quench dry skin, apply a layer of our Midnight Recovery Concentrate facial oil before your moisturiser at night. It’s packed with Squalane and omega-rich botanicals – Midnight Recovery is a dry skin’s best friend and will leave skin feeling soft and replenished.
The best moisturiser for sensitive skin
Even if you have dry, oily or normal skin, you can still experience sensitivity. It’s often associated with a compromised skin barrier, meaning increased moisture evaporation from the skin and less protection against external aggressors. As sensitive skin can feel tight and uncomfortable, you’ll want to look for a nourishing moisturiser and ingredients like niacinamide that will soothe your skin.
Skin Rescuer does what it says on the bottle, skin is left feeling comforted and relieved. Our formula boosts skin’s barrier function with soothing ingredients. Apply morning and night to clean skin.
The best moisturiser for men
As your face is the part of your body that is most exposed to environmental aggressors, it needs the best protection. We recommend choosing a daily moisturiser that’s formulated with broad-spectrum protection from UVA and UVB rays.
Facial Fuel Moisture Treatment for Men SPF 19 has an antioxidant-rich formula to protect your skin from other irritants including pollution. For skin that needs an extra boost, Age Defender Cream Moisturiser is formulated with stimulating caffeine and linseed extract to help firm skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It also comes in a non-comedogenic and non-greasy water-gel texture if your skin is on the oiler side.