The Hydrating Day Creams We Really Rate
The Hydrating Day Creams We Really Rate

The Hydrating Day Creams We Really Rate

An important step in any skincare routine, a good day cream should be lightweight, hydrating and offer some kind of protection. Here, we’ve rounded up six to help narrow the search for something new.
By Sapna Rao

All products on this page have been selected by our editorial team, however we may make commission on some products.

Best For: Repairing & Soothing

Restore Cream, £85 | Stella McCartney

We love the thought that’s gone into Stella McCartney’s refillable range, all of which comes in reusable bottles made from recyclable glass. This product is one of the heroes – loved by beauty insiders for its calming, hydrating and reparative qualities. Inside, you’ll find birch sap, natural-origin hyaluronic acid and cherry blossom extract – plus, the line’s custom scent was designed by master perfumer Francis Kurkdjian.

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Best For: An Innovative Formula

Replenishing Moisturizer, £53 | Rose Inc 

While Rose Inc is best known for its make-up, we’re also fans of this smart moisturiser. Formulated with a cooling gel texture, tiny capsules that are packed with skin-loving ingredients burst on contact with the skin to leave it feeling plump and smooth. It’s a great choice if you’re on the oilier side and want something non-comedogenic.

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Best For: SPF Protection

Sun Project Skin Relief Sun Cream SPF50+ PA++++, £21 | Thank You Farmer 

If you’re after a no-faff product, make this your go-to. Non-sticky and using a plant-based blend, it works to soothe, protect and hydrate your skin – and comes with anti-inflammatory benefits thanks to ingredients like chia seeds, honeysuckle and liquorice root extract. Added SPF means you’re protected against UV rays, too.

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Best For: Skin Barrier Health

Barrier Restore Cream, £29 | Rhode

Ever wondered how Hailey Bieber gets that ‘glazed donut’ glow? Lightweight and simple, this is a perfect everyday moisturiser to pop on under make-up to keep skin looking its best – and Hailey’s own company Rhode is behind it. Fragrance free, it’s ideal if you’re on the sensitive side, and better yet, there’s a real focus on repairing and maintaining a healthy skin barrier.

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Best For: Prep & Glow

The Simple Cream, £31 | Aime

If you’re after a primer-like moisturiser that will keep your skin hydrated while also adding a bit of a glow, this is it. A blend of prebiotics, probiotics, ceramides, reishi and bisabolol makes it super moisturising, but without that heavy, creamy texture. In fact, the thin formula isn’t just comfortable to wear, it even works to slow down the signs of ageing thanks to a powerful blend of antioxidants.

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Best For: Deep Nourishment

Green Smoothie Quenching Crème Cucumber + Apple, £62 | Odacité

For something a little thicker and better suited to dry skin, this non-pore-clogging cream is transformational. Not only is it compatible with blemish-prone skin, but it’s also gentle enough for sensitive skin – so it won't cause any further breakouts. Its main aim is to lock in hydration, and it does so using 16 green superfoods and a healthy dose of hyaluronic acid. Wear it during the day to keep your skin supple and soft – or apply a thicker layer at night to deeply nourish your complexion.

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