The most important skincare step might be a cleanser, but no routine is complete without a face moisturiser. With heaps of moisturisers on the market, however, finding one that caters to both your skin type and concerns can be tricky.
Don’t worry, because we’re here to help narrow down your search for a good face moisturiser. Ahead, we’ve rounded up the very best moisturisers, so click on the categories to find the perfect match for your skin type.
Best face moisturiser for dry skin
Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream
If you’re looking for a face moisturiser that provides 24 hours of deep hydration, this will be your new favourite. Infused with rose water, rose flower oil, angelica leaf extract, and vitamin E, Fresh’s face cream will soothe and comfort dry skin for hours.
Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream (50ml) retails for RM210 at Sephora.
The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors + HA
For immediate hydration, this non-greasy face moisturiser from The Ordinary keeps your skin protected and hydrated. It also contains hyaluronic acid to draw and lock in moisture.
The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors +HA (30ml) retails for RM55 at Threebs.
Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream
This dermatologist-recommended face moisturiser provides long-lasting hydration for dry skin to leave your skin softer, smoother, and healthier. It also contains sweet almond oil, which is a natural emollient that binds water to the skin!
Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream (100g) retails for RM62.87 at Watsons.
Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream
Want dewy, clear, and radiant-looking skin? Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream is here to provide 24 hours of moisture retention for your dry skin. It’s also formulated with Green Mineral Water extracted from vegetables rich in essential minerals to improve the skin’s moisture barrier.
Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream (50ml) retails for RM155 at Laniege’s Official Website.
Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator
One of the best moisturisers for dry skin, Clinique’s Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator strengthens the skin barrier and locks moisture in, keeping your skin hydrated for a whopping 72 hours.
Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator (50ml) retails for RM178 at Clinique’s Official Website.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
Using hyaluronic acid to attract moisture to the surface of your skin, this bestselling face moisturiser from Neutrogena works wonders on dry skin. It delivers instant hydration to keep your skin smooth, supple, and hydrated all day long.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel (50ml) retails for RM69.90 at Watsons.
Olay Total Effects Anti-Aging Night Cream
This seven-in-one cream not only moisturises your skin, but it also fights signs of ageing. It’s infused with antioxidants to help fight free radical damage, leaving your skin smoother and stronger with continued use.
Olay Total Effects Anti-Aging Night Cream (50g) retails for RM44.90 at Shopee.
Sukin Moisture Restoring Night Cream
Waking up to supple, soft, and radiant skin is what everyone dreams of. This night cream is infused with a super blend of natural oils, including rosehip, evening primrose, and jojoba to help repair, protect, and hydrate your skin while you sleep, leaving your skin feeling rejuvenated and fresh in the morning!
Sukin Moisture Restoring Night Cream (125ml) retails for RM59.90 at Zalora.
Best face moisturiser for sensitive skin
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream
This lightweight face moisturiser from Kiehl’s is suitable for those with sensitive skin as it is formulated without parabens, dyes, and fragrances. Thanks to its Glacial Glycoprotein, it also provides 24 hours of lasting hydration, which leaves your skin softer, smoother, and healthier.
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream (50ml) retails for RM136 at Kiehl’s Official Website.
iUnik Centella Calming Gel Cream
Made in Korea, this lightweight gel-cream is packed with centella asiatica leaf extract and tea tree leaf water to help soothe stressed, sensitive, and blemish-prone skin. Plus, it also contains niacinamide to shrink the appearance of large pores and fight wrinkles!
iUnik Centella Calming Gel Cream (60ml) retails for RM55 at Threebs.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
For those with eczema-prone skin, it can be difficult to find a suitable face moisturiser. This is why First Aid Beauty created its Ultra Repair Cream. It provides instant and lasting hydration as it is formulated with soothing colloidal oatmeal and antioxidants to calm sensitive skin.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream (56.7g) retails for RM55 at Sephora.
Mediplus All-In-One Moisturizing Hydrating Gel
This all-in-one gel moisturiser contains four types of hyaluronic acid to keep your skin moist, firm, and plump. Since it is free of parabens, drying ethanol, synthetic fragrances, and colouring agents, it’s a great choice for those with sensitive skin.
Mediplus All-In-One Moisturizing Hydrating Gel (180g) retails for RM199 at Shopee.
The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Day Cream
Have dry and sensitive skin? The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Day Cream has got your back! As its name suggests, it contains aloe vera, which is super gentle and soothing, leaving your skin soft and refreshed.
The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Day Cream (50ml) retails for RM70 at The Body Shop’s official website.
Best face moisturiser for oily/acne-prone skin
Aiken Tea Tree Oil Spot Away Moisturiser
This oil-free water-based face moisturiser from Aiken helps to keep your oily skin balanced. Infused with antibacterial tea tree oil, it can also help reduce the chances of breakouts.
Aiken Tea Tree Oil Spot Away Moisturiser (75ml) retails for RM12.69 at Shopee.
Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Lotion
For oily skin that lacks hydration, this moisturising lotion from Innisfree is specially formulated with Jeju green tea to hydrate your skin for clearer, healthier-looking skin. Its lightweight texture absorbs easily, which makes it great for those who have oily or combination skin.
Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Lotion (160ml) retails for RM70 at Innisfree Official Website.
Bio-essence BioWater Sensitive pH MoistIn Water Gel
This moisturising gel is specially formulated for oily skin to instantly hydrate while effectively reducing oil production. Its cooling texture will leave your skin feeling soothed and refreshed too. It has a proprietary formula that boosts the skin’s ability to repair, renew and replenish itself, revealing calm and soothed skin.
Bio-essence BioWater Sensitive pH MoistIn Water Gel (50g) retails for RM59.90 at Shopee.
Clinelle Purifying Gel Moisturiser
Clinelle Purifying Gel Moisturiser is so lightweight that it gets absorbed into your skin in mere seconds. Infused with tea tree oil, this moisturiser also helps to reduce blemishes and control sebum production.
Clinelle Purifying Gel Moisturiser (30ml) retails for RM31.50 at Watsons.
Nature Republic Soothing & Moisture Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel
If you have both oily and acne-prone skin, this face moisturiser by Nature Republic will soothe and hydrate your skin without leaving a greasy after-feel. It contains up to 92% aloe vera leaf extract, so rest assured, your skin will stay hydrated all day long without the shine.
Nature Republic Soothing & Moisture Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel (300ml) retails for RM21.60 at Hermo.
CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion
If an extra layer of sunscreen makes your skin shiny and greasy, opt for a two-in-one product, such as this CeraVe lotion. It boasts a blend of hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and ceramides to nourish and hydrate your skin, while the added SPF30 protection shields your skin from the sun’s harsh UV rays.
CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion (89ml) retails for RM119 at Threebs.
Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser
Hydrate your skin with this face moisturiser, which contains skin-loving ingredients such as pro-vitamin B5 and vitamin E. It even keeps your skin fresh and moisturised for up to 12 hours. Plus, those with sensitive, acne-prone skin won’t have to worry, because it isn’t formulated with any harsh chemicals.
Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser (125ml) retails for RM21.80 at Watsons.
I’m From Mugwort Cream
Formulated with 73.55% mugwort extract, this moisturising cream has soothing, anti-inflammatory properties to calm redness and fight acne. It absorbs quickly into the skin without leaving a greasy finish too.
I’m From Mugwort Cream (50g) retails for RM113 at Shopee.
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Best face moisturiser for combination skin
Tatcha The Water Cream
Packed with skin-improving nutrients and powerful Japanese botanicals, this night cream from Tatcha helps to fight the effects of aging while also providing proper hydration to your skin. Infused with antioxidant-rich fruits, you’ll be able to achieve a delicate balance for your skin and diminish the look of pores at the same time.
Tatcha The Water Cream (50ml) retails for RM350 at Sephora.
Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer
Combination skin can often feel dehydrated in several areas – you’ll know if it’s prone to fine lines and a tight feeling, especially around your cheeks and forehead. This soft pink face moisturiser from Glow Recipe is chock-full of watermelon and hyaluronic acid to bind water to the skin, so you’ll be left with plump, bouncy skin. Even better? It smells like a tropical vacation and looks incredibly cute on any vanity.
Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer (60ml) retails for RM182 at Sephora.
Tarte Sea Drink of H20 Hydrating Boost Moisturiser
Tarte’s Sea Drink of H20 Hydrating Boost Moisturiser is a face moisturiser that’s packed with powerful marine antioxidants and hyaluronic acid to bump up hydration levels instantly. Besides deep hydration, it also protects your skin against damaging free radicals for a healthier, brighter complexion.
Tarte Sea Drink of H20 Hydrating Boost Moisturiser (50ml) retails for RM210 at Sephora.
Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Moisture Cushion
Infused with Japanese marine algae and hyaluronic acid, this vegan face moisturiser from Dr Dennis Gross helps to lock in moisture, ensuring your skin is hydrated, dewy, and supple all day long. It is also fortified with essential amino acids and B vitamins to improve your skin’s elasticity.
Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Moisture Cushion (50ml) retails for RM260 at Sephora.
The Inkey List Peptide Moisturiser
With The Inkey List’s Peptide Moisturiser, you’ll be able to see firmer, younger-looking skin in just 28 days. It contains a new-to-market peptide, Royal Epigen, which speeds up cell renewal to slow down visible signs of ageing. It also balances out combination skin, so you’ll be left with a softer, smoother complexion overall.
The Inkey List Peptide Moisturiser (50ml) retails for RM80 at Sephora.