Whether you’re dry, oily or a combination of the two, there’s a face cream for you
You might have tried so many different lotions and potions in your lifetime that finding the best moisturiser is starting to feel like a pipe dream.
But fear not: With a little bit of knowledge and preparation you’ll be well-equipped to choose the perfect match for your face, thanks to Marie Claire’s handy guide.
The key is knowing your skin before you buy. Dr Anjali Mahto, Consultant Dermatologist, author of The Skincare Bible and spokesperson for the British Skin Foundation says: ‘Finding the perfect moisturiser depends on your skin type, because not one size fits all.
‘Dry, sensitive and oily skins all need different skincare. And it needs to be designed specifically for your skin type. If you don’t know what your skin type is, speak to your dermatologist.’
Not everyone has access to a dermatologist, but you can usually work out your skin type based on the following: If you have enlarged or open pores, blemishes or are prone to greasiness, you need the best moisturiser for oily skin, something light and ideally non-comedogenic (which means non-pore clogging).
Struggle with skin that’s uncomfortably tight, flaky or just feels like sandpaper and we’ll point you in the direction of the best moisturiser for dry skin. These are usually richer emollient creams that
And, finally, if your skin is sensitive you’re probably already aware that certain ingredients cause inflammation or break outs. It’s best to avoid creams that contain alcohol, essential oils or fragrance.
So without further ado, keep reading for some of the greatest hits of the moisturiser world – you might just leave here with a new skincare best friend.
Feeling like an oily mess come lunchtime is never ideal, but these will ensure you stay matte all the day long
Is that midday shine your beauty nemesis? Do you battle with breakouts? If you haven’t got the best foundation for oily skin in your arsenal already, then look no further.
Dr Ross Perry, cosmetic doctor and managing director of Cosmedics Skin Clinics, has words of caution when it comes to pairing oily, acne-prone skin with makeup. ‘Before thinking about makeup, review your skin regime. Getting one of the best face cleansers and a moisturiser for oily skin is key, so experiment to see what suits your skin.
‘Don’t be tempted to ditch the moisturiser as your skin still needs hydration, but choose a formulation which suits oily skin,’ he continues. ‘Exfoliate regularly to remove excess sebum as well as dead skin cells. Sleep, drink water, and eat your fruit and veg – do everything you can to improve your skin from within, making you less reliant on foundation.’
First up: prep responsibly. ‘Try one of the best primers that’s a mattifying water-based gel underneath your foundation to tackle oiliness and absorb shine, hiding pores and leaving skin looking and feeling smoother,’ says Dr Ross.
Next, evaluate what exactly you want from your foundation.A full-coverage formula will mask hyper pigmentation from previous breakouts, while something designed to mattify will keep your skin shine-free all day. Oilier skin types often get along well with powder-based foundations like BareMinerals, while a liquid will glide on seamlessly whilst strategically locking in oil.
No foundation will keep you matte until the end of time, so choose a powder foundation that’ll help fight shine throughout the day. “It’s tempting to load on lots of powder to absorb the oil, but this approach can tend to leave the skin looking chalky,” warns Dr Ross. “Choose a matte, translucent, loose powder and apply with a brush to avoid it looking too heavy. For day-time touch-ups, oil blotting sheets are a handbag hero.”
Now that we’ve got all the facts covered, allow us to help you find the best foundation for oily skin for you, and finally keep that shine under control.
This lasts for hours and hours, offers great SPF protection, conceals pretty much every blemish and dark circle and locks down any excess sebum production. It’s a total all-rounder and an absolute must for oily skin.
This lightweight, oil-free formula conceals blemishes whilst actively tackling them and preventing them from returning. Plus, its cooling sensation and skin-soothing ingredients help calm flare-ups and inflammation.
If you think long-wear foundation sucks the life out of skin, meet NARS’ game-chaning Natural Radiant Foundation. This gem has it all: desk-to-drinks staying power, a glowy finish sans shine, extracts of raspberry, apple and watermelon to boost elasticity and mineral powders that mimic your complexion’s most natural hues. We’re unofficially calling it ‘dream skin bottled’.
The oil-free formula is super hydrating without leaving you looking overly shiny, as well as the benefit of SPF 15 – which you still need during the winter months. Think youthful, radiant skin in a bottle.
Double Wear is pretty full coverage, making it perfect for anyone who wants a completely flawless base – but it can be easily lightened up when mixed with a dot of moisturiser. What’s more, it mattifies skin and lasts all day and into the night, without smudging or needing any touch-ups at all.
Nothing really beats a powder foundation when it comes to oil control, and BareMinerals’ is a timeless favourite for a reason – the mineral formula is completely non-comedogenic, so there’s no risk of pores becoming blocked.