12 Moisturisers That REALLY Work

Top 12 Effective Moisturisers Available In India

Don’t we all love well hydrated supple skin! While there are 1000s of moisturisers available in India these days, only a handful really show results that we are aiming for. So Today I have a compilation of 12 wonderful moisturisers that really work and are easily available in India. Please note that I have only included products which have a rating of 4 and above (out of 5) so be rest assured that these moisturisers are the best you can find. 🙂 Reviews are linked to the titles to make it easier for everyone.

1. Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Gel-Cream:

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Gel-Cream Review

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Gel-Cream Review

Ideal for : All skin types

Concerns : Young skin in need of hydration

Price: INR 1250/-

A multipurpose gel cream to suit all skin types all year round. Just slather it on as and when your skin is in need of extra moisture. Being oil free and light weight it is perfect for everyone really but those with combination skin will love it a lot more.

2. Clinique After Sun Resue Balm With Aloe : 

Clinique After Sun Rescue Balm With Aloe Review

Clinique After Sun Rescue Balm With Aloe Review

Ideal for: All skin types

Concerns: Sun damage , Skin irritation , Hydration

Price: INR 3050/-

Another multipurpose product and again from Clinique. This after sun rescue balm can be used both on face and body to minimise sun damage post sun exposure. It really soothes irritated skin amazingly and is a must have for Indian summers IMO. Being oil free it is ideal for all skin types and it is a great moisturiser too. So you can replace your good old moisturiser with this one during summer months to enjoy the added benefits.

3. MAC Studio Moisture Cream :

MAC Studio Moisture Cream- Review

MAC Studio Moisture Cream- Review

Ideal for: Dry, combination skin

Concerns: dry patches, early signs of ageing

Price: INR 2700/-

This is a rich hydrating cream for skin that needs a heavy duty moisturiser. Full of antioxidants it makes a perfect day cream and the richness allows it to be a good one for night use too. If your regular moisturiser is not cutting it out for you then you should probably invest on this one from MAC.

4. Himalaya Nourishing Skin Cream :

Himalaya Nourishing Skin Cream Reviewed

Himalaya Nourishing Skin Cream Reviewed

Ideal for: all skin types

Concerns: young skin needs, dryness on face and body

Price: 125/-

This is one amazing budget moisturizer with quite a few natural ingredients that multitasks as a body cream too. In short it can be used anywhere on your body if your concern is dry skin. Being lightweight and non greasy, it can be used by all skin types without worry. Claims only to be moisturising and stays true to it. If you are not looking for a multi tasking moisturiser that will address your other skin care concerns (teenagers / early 20s ), this is the best you can get in budget.

5. Estée Lauder Day Wear Advanced Multi Protection Anti oxidant Creme SPF 15 :

Estée Lauder Day Wear Advanced Multi Protection Anti oxidant Creme SPF 15 :

Estée Lauder Day Wear Advanced Multi Protection Anti oxidant Creme SPF 15

Ideal for: All skin types

Concerns: dull skin and early signs of ageing

Price: 4300/-

This cream was earlier known as Estee Lauder Day Wear Plus, but has been reintroduced as the Day Wear Advanced creme in the last few years. It is a rich creme however can be used by all skin types to diminish the early signs of aging and any dryness that you may be experiencing. Its packed with antioxidants too which is a great reason for those in late 20s or early 30s to include this in their regimen. This also acts as a great base for your foundation to glide on. Even though SPF 15 is not enough, that can be corrected by layering a good sunscreen over it.

6. Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Protective Emulsion:

Shiseido White Lucent Luminising Surge Emulsion

Shiseido White Lucent Luminising Surge Emulsion

Ideal for: Normal, combination skin

Concerns: dull skin, dark spots

Price: 4000/-

This is s really really nice moisturiser that brightens and hydrates skin wonderfully. You can actually start to see results in about a weeks time when used twice a day and the result lasts a long while even when you stop using it. The formula is lightweight and dewy so not reapply apt for extremely oily skin. Those with dry skin can use this in conjunction with a hydrating serum. They have revamped the packaging to pink and relaunched it as the White Lucent Luminising Surge Emulsion now. So don’t get confused comparing the product pictures in the review.

7. Pond’s Age Miracle Firm-Lift-Face-Neck Lifting Day Cream:

Pond's Age Miracle Firm & Lift Face & Neck Lifting Day Cream Review

Pond’s Age Miracle Firm & Lift Face & Neck Lifting Day Cream Review

Ideal for: All skin types

Concerns: Anti ageing, dull skin

Price: 999/-

The entire Pond’s age miracle range is quite popular with ladies and this day cream is no different. It visibly brightens skin blurring the appearance of fine lines. So if you are looking for an anti aging product to start with, this day cream with SPF 30 not only takes care of the anti ageing aspect but also takes care of sun damage. So you can just use this one product and still be sorted. The results are better with usage of the whole range, but you can taste the water with this moisturiser first.

8. The Body Shop Tea Tree skin clearing lotion

The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion

The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion

Ideal for: Combination, Oily Skin

Concerns: Problematic blemished skin, Acne prone skin, oil control

Price: 995/-

This one from The Body Shop Tea Tree range is apt for troubled acne prone skin. Tea tree oil helps control oil as well as helps in fading marks, thus this is a great light weight moisturiser for oily skin type that also has a tendency to break out. Those with blemished skin can incorporate this skin clearing lotion in their morning and night skin care routine to get maximum benefits.

9. Sebamed Moisturizing Cream

Sebamed Moisturizing Cream for Sensitive Skin Review and Price

Sebamed Moisturizing Cream for Sensitive Skin Review and Price

Ideal for: Oily, combination skin

Concerns: Sensitive, troubled, acne prone skin

Price: 585/-

Sebamed makes wonderful products for sensitive acne prone skin and this moisturising cream is another no fuss product. I am sure most of you go through phases when your skin is breaking out randomly with just anything you put on your face. At times like this, you should rely on products meant for sensitive skin type that can calm your irritated skin while providing much needed hydration. Sebamed moisturising cream is one of those reliable products.

10. The Body Shop Vitamin C Daily Moisturiser With SPF 30

The Body Shop Vitamin C Daily Moisturiser SPF30

The Body Shop Vitamin C Daily Moisturiser SPF30

Ideal for: Normal, dry, combination skin

Concerns: dull skin, dryness , early signs of ageing

Price: 1950/-

This is apt for those who have dull skin that needs lift. It hydrates and brightens skin post application leaving behind smooth,plump skin. Vit C helps in collagen production so it also helps combat early signs of ageing. The added SPF 30 makes sure you do not need to layer sunscreen on top. Those looking for brighter looking skin would love this one a lot.

11. Lotus Herbals Alphamoist Skin Renewal Oil Free Moisturiser:

Lotus Herbals Alphamoist Skin Renewal Oil Free Moisturizer Review

Lotus Herbals Alphamoist Skin Renewal Oil Free Moisturizer Review

Ideal for: Oily, combination skin

Concerns: dryness

Price: 265/-

This was my go to moisturiser when I had combination skin (Mumbai days) and I have finished quite a few bottles of this Alphamoist moisturiser. It thoroughly hydrates skin without being oily or greasy. Doesn’t do much except for moisturising skin but then yung skin does not need much help from outside except for regular moisturisation. If you fall into this category, then you will love this a lot.

12. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream :

Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream Review

Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream Review

Ideal for: Normal, dry skin

Concerns: dull skin, dark spots

Price: 2750/-

A cult favorite amongst many and not without reason. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial cream is the ultimate moisturiser in my opinion. It is expensive but it hydrates like nothing else I have used so far, that too without being greasy. You just need a tiny amount for each use and one tub would last you a lifetime. Okay not a lifetime may be but 4 months at least when used twice a day. If you have dry skin then this is just the thing you need. I love it so much, I might just pick this up again as my moisturiser is nearing its end.

I am sure there are more moisturisers that work really well. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion+ , The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Moisturiser, The oils of life moisturiser from TBS to name a few, but I wanted to keep the list short and sweet without confusing you any more hence only 12 in this post. I hope you found it helpful.

Have you used any of these products mentioned above? Let me know your thoughts. I would love to know your skin type and your favourite moisturiser too. 😀

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