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For a moisturizing novice, this one was perhaps the most impressive of the bunch. The Elemis Daily Moisture Boost is so lightweight and easy to apply, you can hardly feel it soon after. It comes with a special blend of green tamanu oil and cactus flower, which in layman’s terms means it soothes and nourishes your skin. It’s easy to notice how effective it is after only a few uses — my skin felt softer and even shaving became much easier. Landing towards the top end of the price range, this $51 bottle is only 50ml so be economical with it but don’t let that stop you from treating yourself — it’s a total dream.
If you’re like me and easily won over by original package design, then this one will catch your eye right away. Luckily, as a moisturizer, Triumph & Disaster Gameface has strong credentials so this isn’t a style over substance situation. It is a little on the greasy side with its heavy texture, so you might need to massage your face a bit to blend it in — but the payoff is a long-lasting, nourishing moisturizer you can count on. An unexpected bonus of this all natural cream is its attractive woody smell, meaning it can suffice as an aftershave if you want. At $54, you’ll be paying a premium, but due to its weight you only need to use the smallest of dabs when applying so this 90ml tube goes a long way.
If the warm, healthy glow of a tinted moisturizer is what you’re after then meet Myego’s Fonteint Tinted Moisturizer. This natural-looking cream, fit for all shades of skin, is made with jojoba and shea nuts so not only does it soothe but it’s also good at evening out your skin tone. It does resemble a foundation cream so you’ll have to properly massage your face for it to blend in but once you’re done, you should be streak-free and radiant. Tinted moisturizers are also the right direction to go if you’re looking to give your complexion a little boost — think post-vacay tan retention or hiding the effects of your big night out the morning after.
For those with sensitive or dry skin, give this one a go. From the much-loved Yes To beauty crew, the Yes To Cucumbers Calming Moisturizer does exactly what it says: cools, soothes and smoothes the skin with only a few uses. It’s incredibly light and therefore absorbs with ease, boasts 97% natural ingredients and leaves your face smelling of, well, cucumbers. Consider Yes To Cucumbers a quick and easy fix for the skin at an accessible price.
Don’t let the low price point fool you, this humble moisturizer can compete with the expensive heavy hitters. Yes, it’s great for fighting oily skin and reducing breakouts, but this underrated option is a strong all-round contender that lasts the whole day, which for me was all I needed. It is also perhaps one of the lightest moisturizers on the list, more of a serum than a cream, so absorption isn’t a challenge. Suffice to say, Pure Power gets the job done — it’s incredibly easy to apply and more than lives up to its name.