Best Moisturisers

When you have clear skin, it’s hard not to shout it from the rooftops. The right moisturiser can help give you 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 discover the three questions to ask yourself to find the best moisturiser for you. Continue Reading...

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Best Moisturiser

Real-u Beauty Bundle
4.7 from 144 reviews

This is a luxury 4-piece kit that clears acne and soothes problematic skin. It includes a cleanser, face serum, moisturiser and spot treatment to tackle blemishes.

Contains lactic acid
Is effective at targeting spots
4 products included
No benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid
May not be suitable for sensitive skin
Premium price tag
  • Skin TypeDry Skin (1), Normal Skin (3), Oily Skin (2), Sensitive Skin (2) and Combination Skin (8)
  • Value for Money
    3.1 (16)
  • Causes Irritation Yes (4) · No (11)
  • Ease of Application
    4.5 (15)
  • Smell
    4.1 (13)
  • Personal PreferencesCruelty Free
  • Skin Type Combination, Dry, Normal, Oily and Sensitive
  • ApplicationFace
2nd Best Moisturiser
SkinB5 Next generation clear skin

SkinB5 uses natural ingredients to tackle acne at the core with a range of products including vitamin tablets, cleansers, moisturisers and masks.

Controls breakouts
Natural ingredients
Suitable for sensitive skin
Premium price
  • Skin TypeOily Skin (6), Sensitive Skin (2) and Combination Skin (12)
  • Value for Money
    4.1 (21)
  • Causes Irritation Yes (1) · No (20)
  • Ease of Application
    4.5 (17)
  • Smell
    4.8 (10)
  • Personal PreferencesNo Artificial Fragrances, Paraben Free and Sulphate Free
  • Skin Type Oily and Sensitive
  • ApplicationBody and Face
3rd Best Moisturiser
Olay Whip

Olay Whip

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4.3 from 78 reviews

Olay’s Whips can help nourish your skin, erase wrinkles and keep your skin looking and feeling healthy. They come in three products: Total Effects, Regenerist and Luminous Whip.

Lightweight moisturiser
Pleasant scent
Non-greasy and dries quickly
May cause rash
  • Skin TypeDry Skin (9), Normal Skin (10), Oily Skin (5), Sensitive Skin (33) and Combination Skin (18)
  • Value for Money
    4.2 (63)
  • Causes Irritation Yes (10) · No (60)
  • Ease of Application
    4.7 (70)
  • Smell
    4.6 (54)
Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream

Neutrogena’s Norwegian Formula Hand Cream is fragrance-free and has active glycerin to help moisturise extremely dry hands.

MooGoo Full Cream
4.3 from 72 reviews

MooGoo’s Full cream is full of natural oils that are high in the types of fatty acids that healthy skin needs including aloe vera, allantoin, honey and milk protein.

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MooGoo Skin Milk Udder Cream
4.5 from 47 reviews

MooGoo’s Skin Milk Udder Cream is a lightweight moisturiser that easily sinks into the skin and soothes it. It is filled with natural healthy ingredients such as aloe vera and vitamin E.

Nivea Creme
4.4 from 38 reviews

Latest review: this is definitely one of those creams I think everyone should have in their cabinet. I use mine whenever my skin isn't its best and it can be used with other skincare products, I use this right

Redwin Vitamin E and Evening Primrose Oil Moisturiser

Latest review: A very good winter cream. I think it might be abit thick for Qld humidity in Summer but absorbs well. My face feels really soft and I’m 56. Not sure how it goes under foundation cause my skin looks s

Sukin Signature Moisture Restoring Night Cream

Latest review: After I used it, my skin felt so soft and it made me look attractive. I did not have any adverse reaction to my skin. The product helped to eliminate

Nivea Soft
4.2 from 43 reviews

Latest review: I 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

Redwin Sorbolene Moisturiser
3.7 from 123 reviews

Latest review: I’ve been using this product for a couple of years now and honestly don’t know how I ever went without it. I have combination skin and but it’s very sensitive to many products out there. I use it for

The Body Shop Body Butters
4.1 from 48 reviews

Latest review: Shea Butter is the best moisturizer for your skin. I have read so many reviews on all sites and watched videos. You do NOT slather it on your face! You only need a very tiny amount for your whole

Nutrimetics Nutri-Rich Oil
4.3 from 33 reviews

Latest review: I have started using this product tonight over 40 years ago my sister was selling Nutrimetics and Apricot Oil has not changed its good as a night creme that's what I be using it for It's natural and

Swisse Rose Hip Facial Moisturiser

Latest review: My skin has become very dry over the last 2 years and I've really battled to find a product that actually restores moisture without make making my skin break out. I've tried lots of expensive

Ego QV Skin Lotion
4.1 from 33 reviews

Latest review: My 7 Year Old just has a bad reaction to the lotion. She was crying right after applying the lotion around her chick's/face. I could not understand because my husband loves the lotion and most

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Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Sooth Lotion

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Olay Total Effects

Olay Total Effects

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3.2 from 232 reviews

Latest review: Don't use this skin cream I don't know what's in it but I don't have sensitive skin but this cream has burned my skin I actually have scabs on my face after using this cream for a

Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion

Latest review: I saw this at the chemist for half price and decided to try it because it was a pump pack that I like and it's also saying it's got oatmeal in it etc so I figured a more natural product, when I used

ALDI Lacura Face Cream

ALDI Lacura Face Cream

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3.1 from 276 reviews

Latest review: The problem only kicked in after I took it off as I went to bed - my face was inflamed and now, the day after is a very very ugly red all o

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Woman with moisturiser on hand

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.