Best moisturiser for women 2024: the top hydrating options for all skin types

These are the best moisturisers for women, from brands such as Elemis, Dermalogica and Liz Earle

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Knowing whether you're using the right products for your skin can often seem like a minefield. New products, ingredients and techniques pop up every single day, only fuelling the contradicting advice and methods that we're constantly fed. I've been heavily into my skincare for nearly 10 years now, and I've only recently found the products that work for my skin - ridiculous! 

However, there's one essential that must take place in any skincare routine, and that's moisturiser. The right moisturiser acts as a protective barrier on your skin’s surface, locking in hydration and slowing down the ageing process. When we cleanse our faces, we strip away our skin's natural oils as well as any dirt and make-up from that day, so replenishing this level of moisture is extremely important. 

As it's so difficult knowing where to start, we've put together our top women's moisturisers for every kind of skin type. We've already rounded up the best women's perfumes and fragrances and best facial cleansing brushes, so make sure you check those out as well. 

Dry skin

If you’re suffering from dry skin, you’re definitely not the only one! It can be especially uncomfortable to have, and usually causes scaling, itching  and even cracking. You might have it naturally or external factors, such as the cold weather, may behind it. 

When looking for a moisturiser that helps dry skin, you want one that eliminates dry patches whilst also penetrating the skin to achieve deep moisture. Thick, heavy creams are best for this, and help to moisturise your complexion throughout the day. However, you don't want one that contains unnecessary fragrances or ingredients, as your skin could react and become even dryer. 

Here are our top moisturiser picks for dry skin:

Oily skin

An oily complexion is a result of the skin producing too much sebum and oils, so it's important to balance oily skin with a routine of cleansing, exfoliating and of course, moisturising.  

It's important to know that if a moisturiser contains oils, then it can contribute to an oily feel to the skin. Moisturisers that are lightweight and high in ceramides are the best ones to opt for, and will keep your pores unclogged. 

Here are our top moisturiser picks for oily skin:

Sensitive skin

When looking for a moisturiser that works with sensitive skin, the best thing to do is avoid fragranced formulas that contain harsh ingredients. Whether you suffer from specific conditions like rosacea and eczema, or you're just prone to skin irritation, there's still lots of options out there for you. 

The best moisturisers for sensitive skin types contain humectants such as hyaluronic acid, lactic acid and urea. Also opt for a lightweight moisturiser that will be sure not to irritate your complexion further!

Here are our top moisturiser picks for sensitive skin:

SPF

Protecting your skin from damaging UV rays is the key to keeping the skin moisturised and hydrated, and we've already summed up why you need to wear sunscreen daily for healthier skin if you're interested. 

Applying a moisturiser with SPF is a great way to protect your skin on a daily basis, especially if you have oily or sensitive skin. It removes the need to apply a separate sunscreen, keeping your complexion fresh and makeup sitting nicely. 

Here are our top moisturiser picks with SPF:

Anti-aging

As we age, our skin begins to lose elasticity which can cause fine lines and wrinkles, or other signs such as dehydration, rough skin texture and dark spots. This means using a moisturiser that tackles these concerns is a great way to slow down the ageing process, whilst boosting our skin's hydration levels. 

Collagen and Vitamin C are great anti-ageing ingredients, so you'll find a lot of moisturisers that contain these. SPF is also a great addition, meaning your face will be protected from UV rays which can also speed up the ageing process. 

Here are our top moisturiser picks that are anti-ageing:

Looking for some tips on where to get started? Check out the 5 skincare swaps you need to make for the colder weather!

Lizzie Wilmot
Staff Writer, Home

Lizzie is T3's Home Staff Writer, also covering style, living and wellness. She works closely with Bethan Girdler-Maslen, T3's Home Editor, ensuring all the latest Home news, trends and recommendations are covered. Outside of T3, Lizzie can be found mooching around Bath, attempting (or at least trying to) a new DIY project or spending time with family and friends.