Best Moisturisers

The right moisturiser can help give you clear skin and that healthy glow. But with the army of lotions, creams and ointments on shelves, how do you know which one to pick? Everyone’s skin is different, so read on to find out how to choose the best moisturiser for you. Continue reading...

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Real-u Beauty Bundle

Real-u Beauty Bundle 🏆 2024

4.6  (146) Summary
Tammy
Tammy
 
Best by farThese products made my daughters skin the clearest we had seen it in years! It took the redness out of her skin as well as reducing the acne. Show details
SkinB5™ Next generation Clear Skin + Wellness

SkinB5™ Next generation Clear Skin + Wellness 🏆 2024

4.4  (316) Summary
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E V.
E V.3 posts
 
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TTNSW8 posts
 
MooGoo Full Cream

MooGoo Full Cream

4.3  (79) Summary
Mardi D.
Mardi D.South Australia4 posts
  Verified
Love itHave just ordered my 2nd lot of face crème, day and night crème plus the amplified serum. Love them, my skin feels amazing and I like the low to no perfume. Would love to see and eye crème in the future Show details
MooGoo Skin Milk Udder Cream

MooGoo Skin Milk Udder Cream

4.4  (47) Summary
APPLEASHA
APPLEASHASYDNEY100 posts
 
Great smell and excellent for skin healthFabulous texture, I love the cream as I have a lot of active and I need a base which will moisturise and enhance overall skin health and function. Tend to need oil now over all my skin creams and this is no exception, but nicely moistened skin anyway Show details
Olay Whip

Olay Whip

4.1  (82) Summary
Bek L.
Bek L.Western Australia
  Regenerist Whip
Olay
Olay   DM   
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Nivea Creme

Nivea Creme

4.4  (41) Summary
Lovinghomes
LovinghomesWA6 posts
 
Absolute goldIf you want great skincare on a budget than this is hands down the best skincare product ever. I remember using it as a kid. And recently rediscovered it after having spring allergies and sunburn and dryness. It’s so soothing for skin. Highly recommend for ppl with dry and sensitive skin . Show details
Infinity Anchor
Infinity Anchor8 posts
 
Hate the new formulaThe old formula was great; easy to apply and had a lovely fragrance. The new formula is not only 50% more expensive but also smells terrible - like those nasty commercial hand soaps that smell like industrial floor cleaner. So I'm left to smell the disgusting industrial floor cleaner scent lingering on my face after applying the moisturiser. Show details
Rosken Skin Repair Dry Skin Cream

Rosken Skin Repair Dry Skin Cream

4.2  (56) Summary
Helen C
Helen CNSW
 
Change for the worse!I have used this product for over 20 years and just recently It’s not just the labelling which had changed. The consistency now is thin and it has lost it’s richness. My hands feel dry after using it now. I’m now searching for a better cream! Show details
David Craus
David CrausVIC6 posts
 
Awesome night creamI'm not an expert on moisturisers but this cream has achieved wonders for my skin. You can feel your skin hydrate immediately after its applied. It feels quite refreshing on my face. The best part is that it has a lightweight, non-greasy with a pleasant scent......not to mention the affordable price. Show details
Nivea Soft

Nivea Soft

4.2  (43) Summary
Kayla
KaylaACT10 posts
  Verified
ironic that it has alcohol content in it but a good drugstore productI was surprised that this product has alcohol content considering it was supposed to make your skin soft. I have tried this and I think I had a fairly good experience. However the alcohol content is just a turn-off. Show details
Nutrimetics Nutri-Rich Oil

Nutrimetics Nutri-Rich Oil

4.4  (33) Summary
Carmen
CarmenNSW5 posts
 
CocoaLeaf
CocoaLeaf4 posts
 
The Body Shop Body Butters

The Body Shop Body Butters

3.9  (51) Summary
JohnBe
JohnBeQueensland16 posts
 
Change to vegan has made this a must NOT buyThe various body butters were brilliant; I've been buying these for years. Changes to the vegan version is like rubbing engine oil on your body. What tragedy a great product is now useless. Show details
Swisse Rose Hip Facial Moisturiser

Swisse Rose Hip Facial Moisturiser

4.6  (22) Summary
Sarah F.
Sarah F.ACT
 
327chev
327chevWA9 posts
 
The best hand moisturiserI'm a truck driver and I work with chlorine on a daily basis. I've tried many different moisturisers and finally found the best one. This one. It isn't at all greasy and my hands and face feel so soothed after I apply it. Never changing. Show details
DU'IT Tough Hands for Her

DU'IT Tough Hands for Her

4.9  (17) Summary
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Brooke G
Brooke G
  Fair Incentive
Hydrated HandsI have gone through these hand creams so quickly because I use them so much. I absolutely love the feeling it gives my hands. Side, creamy and hydrated - no oily feeling! Show details
The Body Shop Hemp

The Body Shop Hemp

4.1  (31) Summary
Mr Awesome
Mr AwesomeAU17 posts
 
Aveeno Intense Relief Hand Cream

Aveeno Intense Relief Hand Cream

4.8  (18) Summary
Mye
MyeNSW36 posts
 
Excellent productThis is the only hand moisturiser that prevents red blisters on my hand from coming back. Very effective especially during winter. Show details
Ego QV Skin Lotion

Ego QV Skin Lotion

3.9  (39) Summary
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Aussiedeb
AussiedebWA3 posts
 
Restored my sons skinMy son got cracked hands and dry skins being a painter after 3 weeks of using QV lotion cracks healed up and skin more moistened Show details
Caroline's Cream

Caroline's Cream

4.0  (31) Summary
skye
skyeNSW5 posts
 
Invite E Vitamin E Cream

Invite E Vitamin E Cream

4.2  (24) Summary
Jen
Jen9 posts
 
It turns out to be a great product!I bought this Vitamin E cream when the CW ran out the stock of my usual brand. So I just asked the CW assistant to recommend any alternative products to go through the winter. It turns out to be great! It does all the work my previous one does. And, it is cheaper. Guess what, I just switched to this brand. :) Show details
Jurlique Hand Cream

Jurlique Hand Cream

4.2  (23) Summary
phoenixd
phoenixdSA259 posts
  Verified Rose
Olay Total Effects

Olay Total Effects

3.1  (249) Summary
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naomi w.
naomi w.5 posts
  Total Effects 7 in One Day Cream
Tried others but at this price can’t beat itI can’t afford anything super expensive but I won’t use anything that isn’t worth the money either- this is the only moisturiser I have found (always buy on sale) that actually makes a difference- if I use anything else it’s visibly different- never as good- always buy this but I don’t use the spf version… Show details
Zea Relief Original Kunzea Cream

Zea Relief Original Kunzea Cream

4.3  (19) Summary
Patsy26
Patsy26NSW6 posts
 
Anita
AnitaBrisbane
 
Love it!I use this cream twice daily. Normally I am the type of person who forgets to use hand creams but I love the way this keeps my hands soft and smelling lovely. I have also noticed my nails growing faster and not breaking as easily.

Sukin Signature Facial Moisturiser

Sukin Signature Facial Moisturiser

3.1  (122) Summary
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Chloe K.
Chloe K.
 
Do not buy this product!I’ve never had a reaction to any product before in my life. After only 2 days my skin was as dry as sandpaper and I had a rash all over my face, particularly around my mouth and chin, and down my neck! It’s so dry, itchy, painful and unsightly! I don’t even have sensitive skin but there needs to be a warning on this product! Show details
ALDI Lacura Face Cream

ALDI Lacura Face Cream

3.0  (296) Summary
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Inge
IngeNSW
  Skin Science Revitalise Night Cream with Soy for Mature Skin
The Best value for moneyGreat products love the creams just right. Cleansers are good also value for money. Skin looks great and I’m happy. Show details
Marvin
MarvinVIC
 
Tough hands, my new go to!Great product that works really well on my hands! Really affordable price. Show details
Liz
LizSA4 posts
 
Purchased from the website no productsPurchased from website. Money debited from my CC. No confirming of order email. No order number sent emails, phoned goes to voice left web message, FB message. NO RESPONSE. I’ll be lodging a claim to have my credit card charge reversed b Show details

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A quick note on moisturiser types

You may be confused by the various marketing labels for ‘moisturiser’ you’ve seen, and no one coud blame you. In short, the three types of moisturiser you’ll see are sorted by their level of thickness.

  • Moisturising lotions are the lightest or thinnest type of moisturiser you can buy. Their main ingredient is usually purified water, which means they won't clog pores and are suited to oily skin. Since lotions are non-greasy they're also great for the summer months.
  • Moisturising creams are the most common type of moisturiser, and they make the best face moisturisers for normal to dry skin. Rich creams will usually be oil-based, to help meet your skin’s daily hydration needs.
  • Ointments or skin oils are the thickest moisturisers you can find, and are soothing for dry or itchy skin, especially during the winter months.

Do you want a moisturiser for your face, hands, or body?

Applying moisturiser

The skin on your face (and neck) is more delicate than the thicker skin on your hands and body. Using a body moisturiser on your face can irritate it or make it oily, and even if you're using the best face cream on your hands and body won’t moisturise it properly.

Some people find that their body cream doubles well as a hand cream. This is usually the case if you have the same skin type on both your hands and body. However, you might notice that your hands become especially dehydrated in the colder months, making the use of a separate hand cream neccessary. Everyone is different, so choose what works best for you and the season.

What's your skin type?

Dry skin

If your skin feels dry, flaky or rough after you wake up, cleanse or hop out of the shower, your skin type is likely to be dry. It produces less oil than other skin types, which is why it tends to lack moisture. If you have dry skin, opt for a thicker moisturising cream that’s oil-based, as this will help hydrate and replenish your skin.

Best moisturisers for dry skin: This Nivea Crème is rated 4.4. stars on ProductReview.com.au, and many users like it for its thick, rich texture which smoothes dry skin. While many users found this cream handy for winter, however, they observed that in warmer months it can feel greasy.

The Redwin Vitamin E with Evening Primrose Oil Moisturiser, awarded 4.5 stars, is a great moisturiser for the hands, body and in some cases the face, if you have dry or sensitive skin all over. It’s also only $4.40, which means you can apply it generously. This is handy as the tub size is relatively small at 300g.

In some cases a body oil is preferable to soothe very dry skin, such as the Nutrimetics Nutri-Rich Oil. A skin oil is better for the body, as applying oil directly to your face will probably leave it looking greasy.

Oily skin

T-zone area

While oily skin usually feels clean after cleansing, some tell-tale signs appear later in the day. Your face may become shinier in the afternoon, particularly in the T-zone area (forehead, nose and chin). Even if you're literally powdering your nose to keep the shine away, chances are it's a futile exercise. Oily skin can also cause larger pores in the T-zone area, and perhaps some blackheads or pimples, too.

If you have oily skin, your skin produces plenty of moisture. This makes a lightweight lotion or face cream the best solution to help balance your skin. Lotions are high in water content, rather than oils, and hydrate the skin without adding more oil to the equation.

Best moisturiser for oily skin: The Real-U Hydrate Lite Moisturiser is the top-rated moisturiser for oily skin, sitting pretty at 4.7 stars. It's sold as an individual moisturiser for around $25 or or as part of the Real-u Beauty Bundle.

Many reviewers who experienced acne or mild breakouts caused by oily skin recommended this real-U Lite Moisturiser. The majority found that, when used in conjunction with the real-U spot treatment, cleanser, and Face Gel acne serum, it helped clear up their skin, and by extension, their confidence about their skin's improved appearance.

Combination skin

Combination skin means your skin shows signs of being both oily and dry in different places. Usually, the T-zone area produces more oil, which can result in occassional breakouts in this area, along with enlarged pores, and/or blackheads. By contrast, the skin on your cheeks may remain dry or flaky.

Combination skin can be tricky to work with, because you have two skin types in a small surface area. The easiest solution is to find a moisturiser that's suitable for all skin types. This will accommodate both oily and dry skin – and therefore, combination skin.

If the level of oil and dryness is strong on different parts of your face, you may prefer to buy two different moisturisers. Another option is to buy one product that’s either light (for oily skin) or rich in texture (for dry skin), and apply more or less product on different parts of your face accordingly.

Best moisturiser for combination skin: : Check out the Olay Whip face creams range, which is suited to all skin types and has a promising rating of 4.6 stars. This range of Olay moisturisers has been described by happy reviewers as hydrating, as well as light and non-greasy.

Normal skin

Normal or balanced skin produces just the right amount of oil. It’s not especially oily or dry, and while it can produce the occasional pimple or spot of dryness, it generally stays balanced for the majority of the time.

The pores are usually small, which makes for a fairly clear complexion without you having to do much.

For normal skin, a light moisturiser during the day will keep your skin happy, while a thicker night cream will adequately replenish your skin at night, protecting the skin’s moisture barrier as you sleep.

Best moisturiser for normal skin: During the day, try one of the Olay Whip face creams, which have a 4.6 star rating and are suited to all skin types. This Olay range has been described by satisfied reviewers as being hydrating, light and non-greasy.

If you’re looking for the best night moisturiser, the Sukin Signature Moisture Restoring Night Cream is a top pick for all skin types. With its heavier natural oils, positive reviews described it as thick, hydrating and absorbent without being greasy. It’s also 100% vegan, with no animal testing or animal ingredients.

Do you have any skin concerns?

Acne-prone skin

The top-rated moisturiser for acne-prone skin is the Real-U Hydrate Lite Moisturiser, which can be bought individually for $25, or as part of the Real-u Beauty Bundle. With an impressive 5-star rating (or 4.7 stars for the Beauty Bundle), this moisturiser often helped with clearing skin marked with acne.

Reviewers appreciated how the real-U Lite Moisturiser was light and didn’t clog skin. At the same time, they also noted that this moisturiser ‘hydrates skin but doesn’t add oiliness,’ making it an effective moisturiser for dry, acne-prone skin as well as combination skin. Overall, reviewers noted that after using this facial moisturiser, their skin felt fresh and looked clearer, smoother and healthier.

The skinB5 Acne-Control Moisturiser also received a positive 4.4 star rating. It’s available to buy individually for $31.90 for 500mL, or as part of the Skin B5 Next Generation Clear Skin Bundle.

Sensitive skin

T-zone area

If you have sensitive skin, your skincare routine should incorporate a moisturiser that is gentle and doesn’t contain any harsh ingredients likely to aggravate your skin.

If your skin is sensitive or allergic to an ingredient you're aware of, check a moisturiser's ingredients list before buying – especially the first five ingredients listed, as these will be in the highest concentration. If your skin is generally sensitive, or you have a skin condition, seeing a dermatologist may help point you in the right direction.

Best moisturisers for dry, sensitive skin: MooGoo Full Cream received 4.3 stars, and helped soothe sensitive, itchy or dry skin, and eczema. The MooGoo Skin Milk Udder Cream was also good at providing relief for eczema, in the experience of many reviewers.

The Dermal Therapy Australia Body Care Range is rated an almost-perfect 4.9 stars. Their Very Dry Skin Cream and Sensitive Skin Lotion were favourites among reviewers who experienced these conditions. The Very Dry Skin Cream is also a great option if you have dehydrated skin.

Dehydrated skin

Moisture droplet

This is different from the dry skin type. Dehydrated skin is a condition caused by extremes in weather, certain food or drinks such as an excess of caffeine or alcohol, or not drinking enough water. Skin may feel rough, sensitive, tight or dull. Many people experience dehydrated skin during winter.

Best hydrating moisturiser: Dermal Therapy’s Very Dry Skin Lotion was by far the most popular moisturiser for reviewers with dry skin, especially in winter. One reviewer summarised the sentiment by saying: ‘the winter months cause so much havoc on our body and skin, but not with this.'

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Anti-ageing cream

Anti-aging products are marketed as reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. They require the inclusion of the right active ingredients in a high-enough concentration to be effective, such as retinol. There are other daily steps that can be taken to prevent the effects of ageing. Namely this includes keeping out of the sun and investing in a moisturiser with SPF, as exposure to UV rays can cause premature skin ageing, wrinkles, and/or pigmentation.

Best anti-ageing moisturisers: According to reviewers, the Olay Regenerist Whip, rated 4.6 stars, is the best, and contains amino peptides.

This is closely followed by the MooGoo Anti-Ageing Antioxidant Face Cream which received 4.5 stars. It contains resveratrol, a plant-based antioxidant proven in studies to have anti-ageing benefits.

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Moisturiser with SPF woman on beach

Being out in the harsh Australian sun makes choosing a moisturiser with a minimum of SPF 15+ sensible. If you wear make-up and can’t find a good one for your skin type, there are primers, foundations and tinted moisturisers with SPF, and you only need one for the sun.

Looking for the best moisturiser for men with SPF? Choose something lightweight yet deeply hydrating, as men’s skin is thicker and oilier than women’s. The Dermalogica Oil Free Matte SPF 30 ($81) suits this purpose, and the Natio Men’s Face Moisturiser SPF 30+ ($16.95) is a cheaper yet worthy choice.

Wrapping up

When choosing the right moisturiser for you, it’s helpful to consider a number of factors that will more likely result in buyer satisfaction. These include: knowing which part of your body you want to moisturise, catering to your skin type and finding a product that helps soothe and settle any skin conditions.

Also think about the season or time of day you’ll be wearing the moisturiser, and whether you'd prefer a moisturiser with SPF. Answering these questions will help you choose right the first time, leading you one step closer to clear skin.

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