Every skin type needs daily moisture, but that doesn’t mean we should all reach for the same formula. Different complexions have different needs, and this rings especially true where face cream is concerned.
For this reason, we have a number of formulas in our line-up: Moisture Defence Oily Skin, Moisture Defence Normal Skin, Moisture Defence Ultra Dry and Expert Restore Niacinamide Replenishing Cream. Each comes with a unique texture, feel, and specific skincare benefits, so you can experience healthy, hydrated skin year-round, no matter your skin type.
Scroll down for the Skinstitut moisturiser guide, including tips for understanding your skin type and finding the right formula for your complexion.
The Role Of Moisturiser In Your Routine
A top face cream will strengthen the skin barrier to prevent moisture loss, offer hydration, and improve the skin’s look and feel.
In the context of your routine, think of moisturiser as the final protective layer. You should start with a clean base, then infuse active ingredients via serums, before finally locking all the goodness in, prepping your skin for the day ahead.
How Do I Know My Skin Type?
Before landing on the perfect moisturiser, it’s essential to understand your skin type.
‘Skin type’ refers to the level of oil your body produces – this is genetically determined and doesn’t change much over time. Skin type differs from skin conditions that are temporary and triggered by lifestyle habits – dehydration can happen when you fly, for instance, while other conditions can be caused by air conditioning, irritants and the environment.
There are five main skin types:
A great way to determine your skin type is to cleanse your skin and wait 30 minutes. If your face feels tight and uncomfortable, it’s most likely you have dry skin. If your skin feels fine, you’re normal; if there’s some shine around the T-zone while the cheeks and foreheads are dull, you likely have combination skin. And if your complexion looks shiny, it’s safe to say you’re an oily skin type. Acne-prone skin usually goes hand in hand with oil overproduction but with the unwelcome addition of recurring breakouts.
The Difference Between Dry And Dehydrated Skin
On that note, it’s important to note the difference between dry and dehydrated skin. We mentioned previously that dry skin is a type, indicated by a lack of oil. A dehydrated complexion, however, is a temporary condition where there’s not enough water within the skin. It’s generally brought on by travel, air conditioning, low humidity, sun exposure or an impaired barrier.
Dehydration can affect any skin type at any time, even those with oily skin.
Finding The Right Moisturiser For Your Skin Type
With that in mind, read on for the Skinstitut breakdown of the best moisturisers for every skin type.
The best moisturiser for dry skin:
Dry skin needs extra lipids – these compounds ensure the skin’s barrier remains intact, preventing moisture loss while keeping your complexion supple. Moisture Defence Ultra Dry is jam-packed with Shea Butter and plant oils to do just that, while Oat Extract soothes any redness or itching. It has a rich, balmy consistency that functions like a protective layer.
The best moisturiser for normal and combination skin:
For those with normal skin, a lightweight moisturiser is all that’s necessary. Moisture Defence Normal Skin is a lightweight cream that absorbs quickly while drawing water into the skin (thank you, Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid!)
It also contains Squalane, a natural source of moisture that is compatible with our skin. Because of this, the formulation can pass through the skin’s outer layer, instantly smoothing and softening. Thanks to Moisture Defence Normal Skin being exceptionally lightweight, we also consider it one of our best moisturisers for combination skin.
The best moisturiser for oily and acne-prone skin
Oily and acne-prone skin still needs water-based hydration, and Moisture Defence Oily Skin is the perfect formula. Not only does it have a weightless fluid-like texture, it’s oil-free, so won’t impact easily congested skin. Instead, it contains Superox-C (derived from Kakadu Plum) to boost antioxidant protection, plus fruit enzymes to keep pores clear. Added to that, it has a matte finish to keep you balanced throughout the day, and it doubles as a great makeup primer.
The best moisturiser for sensitive or pigmented skin:
If you want to simultaneously moisturise while targeting the look of fine lines, dark spots or stretched pores, reach for Expert Restore Niacinamide Replenishing Cream. Not only does it melt into the complexion like a dream, it contains a B3 Immuno Complex (including Niacinamide and Beta Glucan) to repair signs of damage and unify skin tone. There’s also Hyaluronic Acid to top up hydration and Kakadu Plum for an antioxidant boost. Because of its rich texture, it’s a top choice for normal-to-dry and ultra-dry skin types.
Want to learn more about the best ingredients for a plump, bouncy complexion no matter your skin type? Read our Choosing a Face Moisturiser blog.