Boots Vitamin C Brightening Moisturising Cream, £4
At just £4 this brightening cream is an absolute steal. Utilising the benefits of vitamin C and YUZU extract, it works to strengthen the skin barrier, while adding visible radiance after just a few days. It’s quite thick in texture, though, so remember to use it sparingly.
CeraVe Moisturising Cream, £9
Oil-free, this moisturiser is ideal for those prone to breakouts. It sits well underneath make-up with zero piling, either. Plus, the ceramide-rich formula helps skin hold on to moisture, resulting in a complexion that’s both smooth and supple.
E.L.F. Super Hydrate Cream With Squalane, £8
If you’re in the market for an affordable moisturiser, try Elf’s new jelly cream. It uses vitamins B3 and E, while squalane (a plant-derived oil) gives a hefty dose of hydration. Non-greasy, it sinks in fast and feels cooling on the skin, giving a bouncy, plump effect we love.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream, £10
If you’ve never tried this brand before, you’re missing out. Laced with skin-softening shea butter and plumping ceramides, this thick cream is a best-seller. Not only does it visibly reduce redness after just a couple of uses, it also brings immediate comfort to tired, itchy or flaky skin. Dermatologists recommend it for anyone suffering from eczema, psoriasis or dermatitis. Ideal for sensitive skin, it’s also great for those after long-lasting hydration.
Garnier Natural Rose Water Moisturiser for Sensitive Skin, £5.99
You can always trust Garnier and their reliable formulas. Laced with botanical ingredients and rose water, this moisturiser works to reduce skin irritation and lock in hydration. It can be used both day and night, but the sheer texture lends itself better to the day – it sits imperceptibly underneath make-up, too. Free from parabens, silicones and artificial colourants, it works for all skin types – even the most sensitive. It’s so popular, many have dubbed it a ‘magic cream’.
Jason Age Renewal Vitamin E Cream, £7.75 (was £7.99)
This can be used on both the face and body, while the thick texture works particularly well on both mature and overly dehydrated skin. Formulated with avocado oil, aloe vera gel and vitamins A and C, it lends a generous dose of moisture that never feels sticky or greasy. Use it at night for extra benefits – you’ll wake up to much smoother-looking skin. The honey scent is a bonus, too.
Kind Natured Hydrating Daily Moisturiser, £6 (was £12)
This affordable moisturiser ticks all the boxes. Vegan-friendly, ethically-sourced and suitable for all skin types, it’s an ideal option for those seeking a no-frills formula. Cotton seed extract, coconut and shea butter hydrate, while cucumber keeps inflammation and redness at bay. Some fans reportedly use it on their feet, too, to soften cracked heels and soothe dryness.
L’Oreal Paris Triple Active Day Moisturiser, £6.49
Light in consistency, this cult moisturiser absorbs easily and works well with other products to smooth and refine. Ceramides and vitamin B5 help the skin retain water, while softening glycerine gives the complexion a more radiant finish from first use. Designed to protect from UV rays, free radicals and pollution, it’s a great option for city dwellers, or those with lacklustre skin.
No7 HydraLuminous Water Surge Gel Oil-Free, £14
We love a multi-tasking moisturiser, especially when it addresses numerous skin concerns. Designed to hydrate skin for 72 hours, the thin consistency penetrates deep into the dermis for serious skin-quenching benefits. It also acts like a shield against pollution particles which can damage skin and dull its natural glow.
Olay Total Effects Whip Light As Air 7-in-1 Moisturiser SPF30, £17.49 (was £34.99)
When it comes to affordable products for mature skin, Olay consistently tops the list. The potent formula uses soothing niacinamide, brightening vitamin C and nourishing green tea extract to rehydrate and exfoliate for a smoother, refined surface. The addition of SPF30 (UVA and UVB) is a huge bonus too, especially for those who like everything in one formula. It also sinks in fast, leaving behind a matte surface that’s primed for make-up.
The Inkey List Vitamin B, C & E Moisturiser, £4.99
This straightforward moisturiser has everything you need for basic hydration. A perfect starter cream for anyone beginning to build their regime, it uses vitamins B, C and E to help balance oil levels, while protecting and brightening at the same time. Use it day and night for optimum results, and you’ll soon understand the hype.
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream, £15.28
Ingredients including shea butter, glycerine and hyaluronic acid all work together in this gentle formula to offer intense hydration and soothing benefits. Expect your complexion to drink this in, without any greasy residue left over. You’ll find your skin feels softer, while elasticity is bolstered, over time.
Versed Dew Point Moisturising Gel Cream, £13.50
Offering more than just pretty packaging, this lightweight gel-cream has a jelly-like texture that absorbs fast, leaving skin feeling cool and refreshed. Aloe leaf and sodium hyaluronate help draw and retain moisture into the skin, while natural antioxidants found in green tea soothe inflammation quickly. A must-try for anyone that suffers from breakouts or irritation.