7 Moisturisers That Work For Everyone

Gel or water-based moisturisers aren’t just ultra-hydrating – they’re also seriously satisfying to use. The cooling feel delivers instant freshness to dull winter skin, while the thinner textures work well with other products and even under make-up. Here are the ones we rate.

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Hyaluronic Fix Extreme4 2% Hydration Hybrid Gel Cream, £24.95 | Nip+Fab

Few ingredients are more moisturising than hyaluronic acid and, if your skin could do with a refresh, this hybrid gel cream promises to plump, soften and revitalise. It does so by holding water inside the skin's barrier to dispel the appearance of dryness, while a naturally derived source called tremella – also known as ‘snow mushroom’ – means it works double time to tackle fine lines and wrinkles.

Available at NipAndFab.com


Cloud Dew Oil-Free Gel Cream Moisturizer, From £16 | Summer Fridays

This sorbet-textured gel moisturiser is one of Summer Friday’s most popular products – and for good a reason. Featherlight and oil free, it works especially well on combination-oily skin, delivering a staggering 72 hours of hydration for bouncy, dewy finish. We loved how well this worked under our make-up – unlike some moisturisers, this won’t cause products to break down or slide around come 4pm.

Available at CultBeauty.co.uk


The Silk Cream, £115 | Tatcha

The priciest choice on this list, the Silk Cream’s results are worth it if you’re serious about good skincare. Formulated with a liquid silk protein, it’s rich but never overpowering, delivering a comfortable but hydrating veil over the skin that locks in moisture and keeps it looking youthful and glow-y. Dermatologically tested and free from fragrances, we love that it comes with a mini spatula to help with application.

Available at SpaceNK.com


Hydrance Aqua-Gel Moisturiser For Dehydrated Skin, £25.25 | Avène

Using Avène’s signature thermal spring water, this gel locks in water for up to 24 hours at a time, while Cohederm – an innovative active ingredient – helps restore natural hydration levels. The results last longer than a typical hyaluronic acid, while the calming formula also soothes irritation with a cooling feel that’s seriously satisfying.

Available at Boots.com


 Vinosource-Hydra Grape Water Gel Moisturiser, £23.20 (was £29) | Caudalie

The texture and feel of this cream are unmatched – especially when you consider it’s been formulated without silicones. Made using 98% natural ingredients, it instantly gives skin a refreshed, supple feel. Apply it after your serum, morning and night, and watch as your complexion drinks up the hydration. Even better, there’s no oily finish here, so make-up sits beautifully over top.

Available at Boots.com


Jeju Cherry Blossom Jelly Cream, £20 | Innisfree

This satisfying water-jelly moisturiser is just the ticket if dullness or a tired-looking complexion is your primary concern. Not only is it formulated with Jeju Cherry Leaf Extract – which helps brighten and liven up the skin – it also uses niacinamide to gently boost radiance and glow.

Available at RefreshSkincare.co.uk


Hydra Essentiel Cooling Cream Gel, £38 | Clarins

When your skin has had a flare-up and feels red or irritated, few things will relieve it quite like this gel. Using an organic, medicinal kalanchoe extract – which is a powerful natural hydration activator that increases the skin's natural levels of hyaluronic acid – your complexion will be left feeling hydrated, comfortable and radiant. The best bit is it’s shine free – great for anyone prone to an oily T-zone.

Available at JohnLewis.com

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