A few weeks back I shared my four favourite night creams, while explaining the difference between emollient ingredients versus humectants. Click here to see that post, and read on to discover four of the best daily moisturizers for each skin type.
For reference, I have combination-oily skin that tends to get quite flaky and dehydrated. Something like the Embryolisse cream (listed fourth) is a bit too oily for my skin and may clog pores.
Sensitive-Combination: Reversa Anti-Redness Soothing Care $32
"Protects and soothes sensitive/reactive skin that's prone to redness. It replenishes and protects skin’s moisture barrier, which greatly improves skin comfort and helps reduce the appearance of facial redness."
This is a recent discovery from the Canadian brand Reversa, and I am pleasantly surprised. Though it doesn't diminish redness that much, it seems to be a great moisturizer for my sensitive/combo skin and I love the green tint. A little goes a long way.
Note: For those with extremely oily skin, Clean & Clear Dual Action Moisturizer is a cult favourite. Sometimes people with oily skin think that no moisturizer at all is the best option. I would much sooner recommend using a small amount of one of these first two moisturizers, since that will allow your skin to feel balanced and produce less oil over time.
Combination/Oily: Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator $50"Rich, oil-free cream-gel plumps skin with 24-hour hydration.Instantly rehydrates. Helps repair skin's moisture barrier over time."
This Clinique moisturizer is quite similar to the Repairwear option linked in my night creams post, but it's a bit lighter and includes less anti-aging ingredients. I used the Moisture Surge original religiously a few years ago, so I'm excited to have gotten this travel size since the Intense version is even better than the original. I really enjoy using this moisturizer under makeup.
A nice drugstore alternative would be the Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel Cream since it has a very similar texture and costs around $10.
Normal: Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer $25
"It’s clinically shown to improve tone, texture, dullness, blotchiness and brown spots ... with natural light diffusers, this oil-free face moisturizer with SPF 15 works to reveal brighter, more radiant looking skin."
This is a classic drugstore moisturizer that lives up to the claims. It holds enough moisture for someone with normal skin, but still feels light enough for those who are more oily. I love using the Positively Radiant moisturizer in the Spring and Summer, when I know that i'll be outside for just a short period of time.
Dry: Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré $20"A nourishing, multitasking moisturizer that primes, hydrates, and removes all traces of makeup. "
Embryolisse makes one of the most basic yet effective facial moisturizers on the market. This cream is best suited for normal to dry skin, since this is has a combination of shea butter and emollient oils that can be a bit too heavy for my combination-oily skin. There is no SPF, and it can even be used to dissolve and remove makeup. No wonder it's a makeup artist favourite worldwide.
Check out my video review here to see these moisturizers in action, along with my four favourite night creams: