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From Sensitive Skin to Anti-Aging These Are The Best Moisturisers For Every Budget

Beauty editors-approved salves to pamper all skin types at every price point.

Regardless of your skin type, one essential that everyone needs is hydration. And while some might advise against piling on an additional layer of occlusive emollients on oily or blemish-prone skin, the key lies in selecting the suitable one. Those with oily skin should stay away from oil-based moisturisers and opt for oil-free, water-based ones while those with dry skin should look for moisturisers that contain humectants like squalane and glycerin. Hyaluronic acid is another popular, tried-and-tested ingredient that works for all skin types as it attracts moisture, keeping skin plump. Here are the best moisturisers that address any skin concern you might have, at every price point.

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November 2019
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For Fighting Pollution: Chantecaille Anti-Pollution Mattifying Cream, $166 for 40ml
Living in an urban jungle means we are surrounded by pollution. From exhaust gases to blue light that are emitted by electronic devices, our skin is frequently subjected to environmental assaults. Add an anti-pollution step to your skin, like this mattifying cream from Chantecaille. Packed with antioxidants and metal-binding active ingredients, this forms an invisible shield, repelling heavy metals and particulate matter that can asphyxiate skin, causing dullness and accelerated ageing. In addition, plant extracts also help to refine skin texture, minimise the appearance of pores and mop up excess sebum for a smooth and mattified complexion. For All-In-One Anti-Ageing: Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream EX, $298 for 60ml
The result of over 50 years of research, this power-packed age-defying cream works on improving skin resilience, suppleness and glow to restore youthfulness. This nourishing cream counts on key ingredients Compound K and Ginsenoside Re, derived from ginseng root and ginseng flower, to reduce the appearance of glabellar and marionette lines, wrinkles around the eyes and across the forehead, as well as nasolabial folds. Fans also love its subtle ginseng-infused scent that’s soothing to the senses. And thanks to Sulwhasoo’s multi-emulsification technology, it has a sumptuous texture that melts into skin, leaving it silky smooth. For Early Signs Of Ageing: Dior Capture Youth Age-Delay Advanced Crème, $152 for 50ml
As you approach your late twenties, you might start to notice that your complexion becomes more prone to dullness and unevenness, even if you’ve had a full eight hours of sleep the night before. Developed to delay the onset of ageing, this face cream takes on a preventative approach instead of a corrective one and is best for women in their twenties. Infused with a powerful antixoidant extracted from Iris, it neutralises potentially harmful free radicals from external sources of assaults like pollution, UV exposure and dehydration. Its whipped texture melds into skin, instantly forming an invisible cocoon to shield skin and improve its resilience. For Combination Skin: Teoxane Advanced Filler, $220 for 50ml
Made from the same laboratory as TEOSYAL hyaluronic acid-based fillers, this Teoxane moisturiser works by plumping up wrinkles and improving skin firmness. An exclusive cocktail of RHA, Derma-Restructuring Complex and Matrixyl 3000 peptides boosts the production of hyaluronic acid and collagen deep within skin layers to reinforce its elasticity and density, as well as iron out fine lines and wrinkles. Formulated for normal to combination skin, it is non-greasy and keeps skin mattified. For Hydration: Sisley Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream, $240 for 50ml
Specially made for parched skin, this intensely hydrating cream not only restores moisture levels at various skin layers, it also strengthens skin’s barrier layer so it is able to hold moisture better. Combining replenishing botanical extracts and powerful antioxidants, skin is instantly plumped and smoothed, ensuring that it reflects light better. Moreover, the melt-in gel-cream texture is also exquisitely scented with a blend of rose, magnolia and geranium essential oils, making it a delightful treat to your senses For A Healthy Glow: Fresh Vitamin Nectar Moisture Glow Face Cream, $77 for 50ml
A tell-tale sign that your skin is not getting enough nutrients is when it starts to look dull and feels rough. And just like taking a vitamin shot when you’re feeling under-the-weather, this moisturiser gives skin an instant dose of vitality. Rich in vitamins C, E and B5, it instantly energises sluggish skin as minerals and fruit-derived flavonoids improve microcirculation for a healthy radiance. Its fresh citrus scent also reawakens your senses, making it the perfect pick-me-up day-use moisturiser. For A Non-Sticky Finish: Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Water Gel, $25.90 for 50g
Moisturisers are developed to seal in active ingredients delivered to the skin via previous skincare steps, and as a result, some can veer on the side of rich and greasy. And while those who live in cold climates or have dry skin will appreciate the occlusive nature of such moisturisers, most of us living in a tropical island do not. This explains why this refreshing gel moisturiser from Hada Labo is a hit amongst beauty editors who prefer a lightweight and non-sticky finish. Made with hyaluronic acid of varying molecular weights, it has a gel texture that is quickly absorbed into the different layers of skin to replenish and seal in moisture sans any residue. For Dry Skin: IDS Intensive Moisturiser, $100 for 30ml
While hyaluronic acid is one of the most common ingredients found in hydrating skincare products, this Intensive Moisturiser from IDS contains Sodium Hyaluronate, a more bio-compatible form of hyaluronic acid. This means that it not only has all the plumping benefits of hyaluronic acid, it is also more readily absorbed into skin. In addition, this replenishing formula also contains plant-based oils that are rich in antioxidants and fatty acids to strengthen skin against environmental pollution and rebuild skin’s barrier function, making it perfect for those whose skin is prone to tightness and itching as a result of dehydration. For Oily Skin: Porcelain Balance Hydraclear Gel, $128 for 50ml
Finding a suitable moisturiser for oily and acne-prone skin can be a challenge because it’s a delicate balance to ensure that the formula is lightweight, hydrating, calming, anti-bacterial and gentle. Meet Porcelain’s Balance Hydraclear Gel. Formulated to soothe inflammation and inhibit the proliferation of P. Acnes (the bacteria responsible for breakouts), it is powerful against blemishes but yet mild on skin. The specially calibrated formula also packs squalane, vitamin B3 and botanical butters to keep skin hydrated and balance skin pH for a healthier, clearer complexion. For Sensitive Skin: Biotherm Life Plankton Sensitive Balm, $72 for 50ml
Caring for sensitive skin can be tricky; you have to stick to products that calm irritation and rebuild the skin’s barrier layer without being overly rich and thick. No wonder Biotherm’s Life Plankton Sensitive Balm is such a heaven-sent. Even though it has a balm texture, the formula is hypoallergenic and glides over skin smoothly without any stickiness. The star of this restorative moisture? The brand’s signature Life Plankton, which originated from France’s mineral-rich thermal waters, reduces redness and delivers moisture. It also boasts an innovative airless dispensing mechanic to prevent contamination, further minimising any potential source of irritation. For Instant Relief: Guinot Pur Confort SPF 15, $133
Be it external or internal, stress can cause our skin to react adversely. And when it flares up, your regular skincare routine just doesn’t cut it unfortunately. In times of crisis, try this SOS cream from Guinot. Thanks to its rich yet fast-absorbing texture, it alleviates feelings of tightness and itching. Formulated with vitamin E, Alpha Bisabolol and phospholipids, it strengthens skin from inside out, rebuilding cellular components and fending off environmental aggressors. Dermaline is also used to tone down skin’s reactivity to any external particles for a balanced complexion. For An Eco-Friendly Solution: MTM Custom-Blended Harmonious Moisturizer, $152
If you’re looking for an eco-friendly option, try this customisable moisturiser from MTM. With a base that is made with organically-farmed ingredients and awarded Japan’s ECOFIT organic certification. This means that ingredients are farmed according to the most stringent restrictions to ensure the highest quality of actives are extracted from them. Key ingredients include Apple Fruit Water, Kiwi Fruit Water and Echinacea Purpurea Root Extract, a synergistic blend that helps reduce allergy symptoms, speed up collagen production and replenish skin’s moisture. For Unparalleled Luxury: Lancôme Absolue Precious Cells Day Cream, $390 for 50ml
Indulge your senses with the cocooning texture of this protective day cream from Lancôme. Fortified with SPF 15 protection, it contains a cocktail of botanical oils and butters that hydrate the skin. More importantly, it contains Pro-Xylane, the brand’s patented ingredient that rebuilds skin matrix, to restore volume and density to skin. Upon application, skin is visibly more radiant and supple, and within continued usage, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is gradually erased for a smoother, firmer mien. For Sheer Coverage: Shiseido Waso Colour Smart Day-Moisturiser Oil-Free, $55 for 50ml
If you’d rather hit the snooze button and get an extra 10 minutes of sleep than fuss with a complicated morning routine, this multi-benefits day cream is your new best friend. Not only does it infuse skin with antioxidants derived from loquat leaves, it helps control shine with its oil-free formula. And that’s not all: this moisturiser also adapts to your skin tone upon application to leave a sheer and natural tine that helps counter any unevenness in your skin tone. It is also equipped with SPF 30 and offers all-day hydration, making it your all-in-one go-to for lazy days. For All Skin Types: SK-II R.N.A. Power Airy Milky Lotion, $149 for 50g
Aimed to improve skin suppleness, hydration and elasticity, this moisturising lotion intensely nourishes skin for a youthful radiance and never-before-felt smoothness. Combining the brand’s signature Pitera (a proprietary blend of amino acids, vitamins and minerals) with hydrolysed soy and yeast extracts, the latest RNArchitect Complex enhances skin firmness and radiance. At the same time, a freshwater algae-derived agent replenishes lost moisture to soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles caused by dehydration. Now available in a lightweight lotion texture, it is perfect for all skin types, including oily and combination.