The Best Luxury Hydrating Moisturisers For Thirsty Skin



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When it comes to skincare, you really want to be sure that you’re blessing your skin with the best options that are available.

Sure, dye your hair with a box kit and shave your legs with a disposable razor if you’re looking for cosmetics to skimp on, but skincare is one area where you should allow yourself some luxury.

Moisturising is a huge part of any good skincare routine, and understanding what different brands and products have to offer will serve you well in keeping your skin glowy and plump. Here are our favourite luxury hydrating moisturisers so you’ll never have to wake up feeling wilted or worn out again.

Dior Le Baume Revitalising Multi-Use Balm

The formula: Centella asiatica extract soothes irritated or inflamed skin and restores skin barrier health for more resilient skin. The hyaluronic acid is there to hydrate by retaining up to 1000x its own weight in moisture. Shea butter, a classic and incredibly effective ingredient, is added to give the formula a delicious, creamy softness, and moisturise deeply.

Scent: This product is fragrance-free, which will come as a relief for all those who are sensitive to fragrances or have sensitive skin overall.

Price: £60 on the Sephora website.

What we love: The fact that you can use this product almost anywhere makes it a real winner for us. Luxury items like this are usually extremely targeted, which can be very helpful when managing a specific skin type or issue. Still, it’s wonderful to apply this wherever it is needed on your arms or legs. The creamy texture really makes you feel like you’re using a luxury treatment. 

Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Moisturiser

The formula: Damask rose extract boosts natural HA levels to retain the moisture that this product pumps into your skin and prevents future water loss. Hyaluronic acid adds to the moisture retention properties of the product. Rosewater soothes and calms irritated areas. Fresh’s time-release technology means that the product works over a long time, keeping your skin full and moisturised for hours.

Scent: Subtly rose scented.

Price: £65.00 (jumbo size) on the Fresh website.

What we love: The 72 hours of hydration that Fresh advertises are delivered with this lovely, rich, award-winning moisturiser. A little of the product goes a long way, so your moisturiser will last you quite some time. Your face will be left looking dewey but never oily.

Tacha The Dewy Skin Cream

The formula: Japanese purple rice helps restore skin to health and protects against stress and pollution. The Okinawa algae blend and HA restore moisture to dry, papery skin and leave it feeling plump and hydrated. Botanica extracts enhance the skin’s ability to retain moisture and only release it as needed.

Scent: Lightly floral due to botanical ingredients.

Price: £67 (full size) on the Tacha website.

What we love: Tacha’s packaging is lovely to look at, for one thing. Aside from the aesthetic value, this cream is incredible for naturally dry skin and removes any feeling of tightness or dryness as it works.

Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base

The formula: The key ingredient is shea butter, enhanced with a multivitamin complex for skin health.

Scent: Natural shea scent.

Price: £54.00 for the 50ml jar on the Bobbi Brown site.

What we love: You don’t need a primer when you use this gorgeous, hydrating moisturiser. The product sinks quickly into your skin, forming an excellent base for makeup.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream

The formula: Vitamins C and E brighten and even complexion. Peptide complex plums skin. Hyaluronic acid hydrates. Cushion and Lift Tech shape contours and firm up the skin.

Scent: Fresh and subtle.

Price: £79.00 on the Charlotte Tilbury website

What we love: We saw an improvement in how skin handled stress and how it bounced back due to the skin barrier being improved. Skin appeared firmer and a lot more hydrated. Plus, you can have a name engraved on the packaging, which is such a special touch if you plan to gift it!

Dr Barbara Sturn Face Cream

The formula: Purslane extract, skullcap, vitamin E, panthenol, squalane, shea butter, corn oil, and glycerine work together to firm and calm ageing or irritated skin.

Scent: Clean.

Price: £126.00 on the Liberty London website.

What we love: Recyclable packaging always makes us smile, as does the minimal approach to branding on this product. Inside the jar, you’ll find a rich cream that is both hypoallergenic and cruelty-free. We saw firmer skin with regular use, especially around the mouth and under the eyes.

Dermalogica Active Moist Moisturiser

The formula: Prebiotic moisture complex and plant extracts (lemon, cucumber, and burdock) work to improve skin texture and refine appearance. 

Scent: Light, herbal fragrance.

Price: £95 for the 150ml tube on the Dermalogica website.

What we love: The formula is oil-free, so it hydrates without leaving skin looking oily or overly shiny. The product absorbs easily into the skin and does not pill underneath your makeup, so it’s a good base for the day.

Lancôme Rénergie Multi Glow

The formula: Linseed and schizandra red berry extracts intensely hydrate, nourish, and balance skin tone.

Scent: Fruity and subtly spicy.

Price: £87 on the Lancôme website. 

What we love: The gorgeous soft pink of the cream melts away into your skin immediately, so there’s no strange hue left on your face. The product really brightens up the skin and gives it a healthy glow that we can’t get enough of.

The Bottom Line

These incredibly luxurious and top-quality moisturising creams will work on a range of skin types and will make you feel like you have a spa in your own bathroom. We recommend asking for a sample before committing to a full-sized product to test and see if you like the results and how you feel.

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