A daily moisturiser is like the bra and pants of the beauty world – it goes on before everything else and like a sturdy foundation garment should ideally keep things lifted and bouncy. I get sent a lot of very posh creams to try and quite frankly some of them are deeply underwhelming and end up consigned to the dusty hinterland that is the back of my dressing table. Money doesn’t always necessarily = quality.
Here are some daily moisturisers which work for my spectacularly average skin (bit dry, bit greasy, bit spotty at times – nothing special.) I’ve divided them into three price categories, stretching my underwear metaphor to its absolute limits – enjoy!
Zelens 3t Complex Essential Anti Ageing Cream, 50ml
At £95, this stuff is the decadent Agent Provocateur lingerie set of moisturisers. A light, whipped cream that glides on beautifully and absorbs quickly, it actually feels expensive (clearly I got this one in a goodie bag). As you’d expect there’s plenty of science behind it and fancy ingredients: ‘an exclusive plant-derived 3t Complex enriched with plant-isolated Ursolic Acid’, Commiphora Mukul (whatever that is) plus Rice, Vitamin E, Pearl Powder and Hyaluronic Acid all of which promise to reduce wrinkles, stimulate collagen production and improve skin firmness and elasticity. Would I buy it? Hell no! But it’s a decadent treat and makes my skin feel lovely. £95, beautybay.com
Bliss Triple Oxygen and C Energizing Cream, 50ml
Bliss Triple Oxygen and C Energizing Cream is £46, making it, I don’t know, the Calvin Klein set? Ok this metaphor is getting tired. Moving on! So it’s hardly cheap, but so so good I would cheerfully (well, not quite cheerfully) buy it with cold hard cash. It’s pale peach with an almost jelly-like consistency and I found that when I was rubbing it into my skin, all the grubby dead skin came off in little grey rolled pills – fascinating and gross – leaving me with a soft, dewy, glowing face – like in an ADVERT or something! Its light formula makes it good for oily skin and an ideal summertime moisturiser. £46, cultbeauty.co.uk
Neutrogena Visibly Clear Oil-Free Moisturiser, 50ml
Ah Neutrogena, how I love thee and your joyfully cheapo moisturiser. At £4.60, let's call this the white multipack of M&S pants shall we? Functional and chic in an austere, minimalist way. There’s something really invigorating about this super-light daily moisturiser – it smells fresh, almost minty and skin feels tingly when you put it on. It also absorbs straight away and make-up goes on beautifully. I will cheerfully repurchase this product forever. £4.60, boots.com
And just for fun, here's the night cream I apply when I'm feeling particularly grown-up and organised (ie. not collapsing into bed with my make-up on). This is the slinky silk kimono of the beauty world (sorry, had to get one last one in there). Korres new Black Pine Night Cream smells like marshmallow, feels rich and nourishing just as a night cream should and is packed with the natural ingredients that have made the Greek brand one of my all-time favourites. £39, harveynichols.com
So what's your favourite daily moisturiser? Are there some areas of your beauty regime you're happy to splurge on? I want to know!