The following five moisturisers make me positively giddy with happiness so let’s crack on with which ones made the cut…
1. HealGel Face – £48 (although currently £43.20 on FeelUnique)
I’ve mentioned HealGel Face before in my vids and in my post on my fail-safe “Back to Basics” skincare routine, but I really can’t praise this product enough.
It really is a healing wonder product with the dreamiest gel cream texture. It promises to restore, smooth and replenish and for me it delivers on every one of those promises.
I’ve always liked the story of HealGel: it was created by a team of leading British plastic and cosmetic surgeons with the help of award-winning dermatological biochemist Colette Haydon. They wanted to create an effective skincare range that was results driven and helped target everyday skin problems. And, from the products I’ve used at least, I can attest to the fact they did just that.
HealGel Face has a triple phase hyaluronic acid complex to provide an instant firming and plumping effect, as well as all sorts of soothing and collagen-boosting ingredients to help improve elasticity.
Texture-wise it’s my favourite moisturiser and I love the way it sits on my skin when I need to follow up straight after with a full face of make-up. Some moisturisers are lovely to apply but a pain when it comes to wearing make-up on top of them, I never have a problem with HealGel Face.
It’s just the best.
2. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream – £24
I’ve owned various pots of this over the years but I only really appreciated how great it was when I went to Iceland in 2014. If you’re outdoors and battling the elements then nothing stands up to this in my experience.
I’ve been using it a lot recently in this cold, windy weather and it’s been like the perfect coat of armour for my face.
I never fly without it and it’s always the moisturiser I turn to when I really need to pack a punch.
If your skin is very dry or you’re often battling the wind and rain, this is the one you need.
3. Kate Somerville Age Arrest – $90 (so around £70, if you include shipping and guarantee of no import taxes from Sephora)
This is the richest moisturiser I’m going to suggest and it’s also the moisturiser I’ve bought the most, having been my number one favourite for a long time before HealGel Face pipped it to the post.
I’ve written about it a lot in the past but basically it’s a seriously techy moisturiser (it’s literally based on Nobel Prize winning research) and whilst I pointed out that it’s rich, it absorbs beautifully without any feeling of grease or heaviness.
The texture of the cream itself is more like a gel cream than a buttery cream (it’s not a gel by any means, but it doesn’t have that heavy shea feeling some moisturisers do) and the clever pump packaging means the product is protected from the elements and you always get just the right amount dispensed. The downside is you can’t see how much is left, which is annoying when trying to figure out when to replenish.
It is one of my all-time favourite skincare products and it’s worth the hassle of importing or begging your American friends to carry it in their luggage for you.
I often find it hard to blog about moisturisers because so few compare to this one for me, it’s always up there for comparison like “okay this new moisturiser is good, but it’s not as good as Age Arrest”.
So yeah, perhaps only buy if you’re ready for a life-long obsession!
4. Clinique Smart Custom Repair Moisturiser – £45
Again a great moisturiser that you can really feel (and see!) working without being left with a greasy or heavy feeling.
This and HealGel are my fave moisturisers for using before applying a face full of make-up and I love how this moisturiser acts as such a great base before primers and foundation.
It helps protect from UVA and UVB rays (unlike any of the others here) and I really like the fact it’s a slight peachy colour as I feel like this really perks me up first thing. It feels like there’s a slight radiance to it (I PROMISE it’s not shimmery, you won’t look like you’re about to enter a dance competition!) and it absorbs perfectly.
It’s very comforting and whilst I can’t really comment on its claims to reduce wrinkles and lines, it’s quickly become a staple moisturiser in my routine since it launched last year.
5. Perricone MD Hyalo Plasma – £110
Let’s end this post with the comically expensive one because hey, you might have just been paid and you may be a fan of REALLY fancy skincare.
I wouldn’t include this if I didn’t think it was really truly excellent. I *know* it’s very expensive but I also know how joyous it is to use and how instantly smoothing and revitalising it is. It makes me want to stop strangers in the street and get them to stroke my face.
It combines three specialised forms of hyaluronic acid to deliver optimum hydration and utilises Perricone’s award winning plasma delivery system to supply the skin with vital nutrients to combat ten visible signs of ageing. It’s a gel texture (not a gel cream, this is pure plasma-esque gel) and a little goes a long way, which is a relief given the price per ml.
I use it as a treat, because it really is a treat to use.
Come back tomorrow for my last Skincare Week post, all about TREATMENTS!
See you then 🙂