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Skincare can seem confusing, even for the most-necessary skincare product like a face moisturiser. Why are they a must-have? Facial moisturisers help to soothe your face so it won't feel dry and cause premature ageing from our surrounding air. 

Besides knowing which moisturisers are for you, we'll teach you the actual benefits of moisturisers and how to pinpoint what you really need in this article.

Here's also a quick video on our favourite face moisturizers!

Top 17 Moisturiser Recommendations in Malaysia

  • Origins GinZing™ Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturizer 
  • Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Fresh Watery Cream
  • Neutrogena Moisture SPF15 100ml
  • Cosmoderm Q10 Gentle Day Moisturiser
  • The Body Shop Tea Tree Mattifying Lotion
  • SK-II R.N.A Power Airy Milky Lotion
  • First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
  • Sothys Softening Emulsion
  • Estee Lauder Crescent White Full Cycle Brightening Moisture Creme
  • Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar Overnight Moisturiser
  • Garnier Light Complete Day Cream SPF 19
  • Kiehl's Dermatologist Solutions Centella Cica Cream
  • L’Oreal Paris Men Expert Hydra Energetic Multi Action 8 Moisturiser
  • Dermalogica Barrier Repair
  • St. Ives Timeless Skin Facial Moisturiser
  • The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Day Cream
  • Alpha-H Daily Essential Moisturiser SPF 50+

Here's a breakdown of the best face moisturisers in Malaysia:

More: Treat Your Skin with these 17 Skincare Products for All Skin Types

Origins Ginzing Oil-Free Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturizer

RM 85.00
Origins
1. Origins Ginzing Oil-Free Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturizer
Best gel moisturiser - suitable for combination skin and oily T-zone
Updated on 12th August 2020
add_circle Absorbs quickly
add_circle Hydrating and soothing
add_circle Nice smell
remove_circle High in price

This GinZing Oil-Free Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturizer from Origins is created to give your exhausted, dull skin an instant boost. You will look more awake, less saggy cheeks, and more hydrated; it claims to be able to deliver 72 hours of hydration to your skin. 

Good for tired skin

If you often have late nights and lack of sleep, then your skin will need external help to boost your skin’s natural radiance for a wide-awake look. There are energy-boosting caffeine and ginseng in the ingredients to help revitalize, refresh and recharge your skin. It also helps to increase your skin’s natural energy.

Besides, there’s also Origin’s signature Hydra-Hug technology that works to help bridge the gap between skin cells. So, they will be kept together to prevent moisture loss.

For dehydrated, oily skin type

If you experience skin dehydration, dryness or even dry patches on certain areas of your skin, then this moisturiser is the one for you. The non-oily gel texture is made especially for oily skin and normal skin types, so you will not feel greasy throughout the day.

Use it twice a day

You should use it twice a day, in the morning and before bedtime after cleansing and toning. Alternatively, you can reserve this moisturizer for daytime use, and use a relaxing or cooling night moisturizer before bedtime.

Promising review: "I love this moisturizer. I have combination skin that gets dry patches, and this moisturizer hydrates my skin and takes care of my dry spots, but is oil-free and doesn't break me out. Definitely a good daytime face lotion!" - Feng

Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Fresh Watery Cream

RM 38.5
Nature Republic
2. Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Fresh Watery Cream
Best Korean/oil-free face moisturiser - great for oily skin
Updated on 12th August 2020
add_circle Lightweight and not oily
add_circle Moisturizing
add_circle Packed with 30 different maritime extracts
remove_circle Small bottle; product might be too little

Nature Republic is well-known for the Aqua range, especially this moisturiser. It has a gel texture, making it easier to spread it across your face and neck; plus you don’t have to use too much, just small dollop is more than enough.

Hydrate and protect your skin

This moisturiser is made primarily of 30 different maritime extracts and fresh seawater to give your skin the hydration it needs. It also works to guard your skin from environmental aggressors and pollutants. Think wearing a second skin or a thin layer of mask throughout the day for protection.

For dehydrated, oily skin

It’s a misconception that having oily skin also means having hydrated skin. That is absolutely incorrect as one of the reasons your skin is oily is because of dehydration. To control your excessive oil secretion, it’s important to use a hydrating toner and a moisturiser to keep your skin balanced.

Gel moisturisers are good for oily skin

This gel moisturiser is very lightweight, as it’s made especially for the oily skin type. Note that you should always go for gel moisturisers when you have oily or combination skin.

To better control your skin’s oil secretion, use this moisturiser twice every day after cleansing and toning your skin. Apply a small dollop on your forehead, cheeks, nose and chin and rub them all over. Don’t forget to moisturise your skin too.

More: Say Goodbye to Oily Skin with These 8 Moisturizers

Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 15

RM 25.2
Best moisturizer with SPF
Neutrogena
3. Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 15
Best drugstore moisturiser - suitable for normal to oily skin
Updated on 12th August 2020
add_circle Fragrance-free
add_circle Hypoallergenic
add_circle Lightweight on skin
add_circle Non-comedogenic
remove_circle SPF is too low

Using sun protection is crucial, especially when you’re constantly exposed to the sun all the time. However, we also understand that you might not like to apply too many products on your skin, and the perfect solution for you is a moisturizer that contains SPF.

Keep your skin protected from both UVA and UVB rays 

Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 15 can help your parched skin stay hydrated and moisturized. 

It’s lightweight but it’s also more than enough to cover your entire skin, keeping it protected from environmental aggressors and the Sun’s UVA and UVB rays. 

If SPF 15 is not enough, you will need to use an external sunscreen for extra protection.

It’s made for sensitive skin

This moisturizer is suitable for sensitive skin too, as it’s made fragrance- and alcohol-free to avoid irritants. It’s also hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic; meaning it will not clog your pores to prevent breakouts.

Good for oily skin as well

If you have oily skin, then this oil-free moisturizer should be a part of your morning skincare routine. 

It will not leave behind a greasy or sticky texture but instead, will give your skin surface that smooth and soft feeling throughout the day.

Promising review: "The staying power (of this moisturiser) is so good that at the end of the day, you might feel (that) your skin is (slightly) oily, but in a good moisturised state." - Gowthami

Cosmoderm Q10 Gentle Day Moisturiser 30ml

RM 40.5
Cosmoderm
4. Cosmoderm Q10 Gentle Day Moisturiser 30ml
Best moisturiser for dry and sensitive skin
Updated on 12th August 2020
add_circle Deep hydration for dry skin
add_circle Sunscreen with SPF 25 PA+++
add_circle Lightweight
remove_circle Not enough SPF for sun protection

With our hot weather and your busy lifestyle, your skin probably suffers from dehydration and lack of moisture. It is important to hydrate your skin with a good toner and essence, before locking all the goodness in with a good moisturizer. One like Cosmoderm’s Q10 Gentle Day Moisturiser is great especially during the day.

Prevents moisture loss

The moisturizer is designed with Co-enzyme Q10 to primarily protect the moisture barrier on your skin. It also works to keep moisture in the layers of your skin for firmer, softer and more resilient skin.

It’s a sunscreen as well

As a day moisturizer, it also comes with sunscreen of SPF 25 PA+++ to guard your skin against both the UVA and UVB rays. You don’t have to worry about putting on a second sunscreen. 

However, should you need to be exposed to the sun for a long period of time, it’s advisable that you use a second sunscreen for extra protection.

It keeps your skin hydrated 

This moisturizer is suitable for dry and sensitive skin due to the lightweight formulation. Apart from Co-Enzyme Q10, there’s also Aloe Vera and Chamomile Extract as well as Sea Cucumber to fully hydrate your skin during the day.

More: Put Your Skin First with these 7 Sunscreens for Sensitive Skin

The Body Shop Tea Tree Mattifying Lotion

RM 69
Best for acne prone skin with matte finish
The Body Shop
5. The Body Shop Tea Tree Mattifying Lotion
Best non-comedogenic face moisturiser - matte-finish, for acne prone skin
Updated on 12th August 2020
add_circle Stays matte without drying the skin
add_circle Hydrating
add_circle Kills acne-causing bacteria
add_circle Non-comedogenic
remove_circle Has strong herbal smell

For some, acne skin is just a teenage phase and usually goes away when you hit your mid-20s. However, acne stays on as a skin condition for most adults, especially those with oily and sensitive skin. 

These can be a painful skin condition so using the right product to aid acne is crucial, like this Tea Tree Mattifying Lotion from The Body Shop

It can kill acne-causing bacteria

The moisturizer has a lightweight liquid-cream texture to works best as a daytime moisturizer. Its light cream is infused with pure tea tree oil from the foothills of Mount Kenya that’s works to kill off acne-causing bacteria while providing hydration.

Natural ingredients to fight blemishes

This liquid-cream will not clog your pores nor leave it feeling greasy, as it’s easy to apply and spread across your skin. Apart from tea tree oil, you’ll also find lemon tea tree and tamanu oil in the ingredients that can fight blemishes, blackheads and control excessive oil secretion.

Good for blemish-prone skin

Use it every day after a thorough cleanse and tone in the day for matte, shine-free skin. It’s especially good if your oily skin is also acne- and blemish-prone. Besides, the moisturizer is easily absorbed by your skin so it will mattify your look quickly.

Promising review: I have been using it for 3 weeks and I love it! It doesn't make my face oily. My skin became soft and smooth. It shrank my pimples too!” - Kiushie

More: Say Goodbye to Acne with these Top 10 Korean Skincare Brands

SK-II R.N.A Power Airy Milky Lotion

RM 419
SK-II
6. SK-II R.N.A Power Airy Milky Lotion
Best for anti-ageing, dehydrated skin
Updated on 12th August 2020
add_circle Erase wrinkles
add_circle Remove fine lines
add_circle Get radiant and glowy skin
add_circle Lightweight cream
add_circle Non greasy
remove_circle Expensive

By now, you've probably already known that it’s crucial to moisturize your facial skin twice a day, right after you cleanse. You can skip all the other products in between (not that we encourage you to) but you should never skip the moisturizing step.

That’s because, a good moisturizer can lock in all the moisture and nutrients, preventing them from evaporating from the deep layers of your skin.

Restores your skin's elasticity and suppleness

As not all moisturizers work the same, this R.N.A Power Airy Milky Lotion from SK-II is lightweight, packed with nourishing ingredients and can be absorbed by your skin pretty quickly. It works to improve your skin tone, elasticity and suppleness to reveal a younger, healthier-looking complexion.

That aside, this moisturizer is also designed with SK-II’s signature PITERA and RNArchitect Complex that works to lock in all the moisture in your skin while brightening it up. As a result, your skin is expected to look radiant, uplifted and healthy.

Reduce fine lines and wrinkles

The PITERA and RNArchitect Complex is also created to improve the firmness of your skin while erasing wrinkles, fine lines, enlarged pores and dark spots caused by acne.

Use it twice a day

Every morning and night, right after you cleanse and tone, scoop a pea-sized amount of cream with your pinky and dot them on your forehead, nose, cheeks and chin. Then massage evenly all over your face in an outwards and upwards strokes – against gravity to lift your skin.

Use some on your neck

Don’t forget to massage the cream down your neck too. When you’re done, gently pat your palms down all over your face and neck to encourage further absorption.

More: 9 Perfect Face Moisturizer Picks For Your Combination Skin

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

RM 54.00
First Aid Beauty
7. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
Best with dimethicone
Updated on 12th August 2020
add_circle Eczema-friendly
add_circle Absorbs easily
add_circle Does not leave sticky residue
add_circle Gentle yet moisturizing
remove_circle Doesn't smell pleasant

This Ultra Repair Cream from First Aid Beauty is an all-rounder moisturizer that works to instantly relief itchy and inflamed skin caused by eczema, dry and distressed skin.

You probably cannot feel it on your bare skin, but it very gently exfoliates and improve your skin’s condition without compromising comfort.

Additionally, this cream is also able to decrease early signs of fine lines and wrinkles that are caused by dry skin and eczema. Be prepared for a clear complexion and glow if used religiously.

It contains Dimethicone

Don’t worry, as Dimethicone is not all bad for your skin. In fact, it’s widely used in skincare products that are used to fight eczema, rashes and redness. It has a non-clogging feature to prevent breakouts and helps to reduce water evaporation from the surface of your skin.

This moisturiser is very mild and is good to use when your eczema flairs up. Also, it’s good to use if you suffer from rosacea-prone skin. Additionally, ceramides are present in the ingredient too, to reduce the appearance of fine lines and early signs of wrinkles.

Use it on dry, eczema-prone skin

If you don’t attend to your dry skin, it can crack and cause more problems; premature ageing is one of them. Use a thin layer on your skin first, and a second later if your skin is still feeling dry. Whenever there is an eczema rash, use an additional dollop on the affected area.

Bring it out with you

After cleansing and toning your skin, apply the cream all over your face and neck, day and night. If your eczema is active, bring the cream out with you and apply it on your affected area when it gets too dry. You can also re-apply a thin layer of cream on your skin if it gets too dry midday.

Promising review: "I started to realise after a few weeks that my skin (oily/dry, acne-prone) was suddenly becoming SO hydrated and my makeup was starting to stay on my skin and looked way better! Love this!" - Rest

More: 9 Face Serums to Get Rid of Dry, Parched Skin 

Sothys Hydra Protective Softening Emulsion

RM 158
Sothys
8. Sothys Hydra Protective Softening Emulsion
Best anti-pollution moisturiser
Updated on 13th August 2020
add_circle Silky-smooth finish
add_circle Nice smell
add_circle Doesn't leave face looking greasy

The combination skin type has become increasingly common and so are products made to aid the skin, just like this Hydra Protective Softening Emulsion from Sothys.

As the name suggests, an emulsion is a form of moisturiser, that is lightweight, in liquid-cream hybrid form and super hydrating. It’s usually made for people with oily skin and dehydrated skin.

Your skin will feel velvet-soft

Because it’s in liquid form, your skin will not look greasy and oily. Instead, it will look matt and soft like velvet, perfect for those with excessive T-zone shine.

It’s no doubt that the polluted air, water and environment can damage your skin cells. That can cause acne, blemishes, redness, dehydration and other skin condition, which can be challenging for combination skin type.

Protect your skin from pollution

Hence why it’s important to strengthen your skin's barrier with Sothys' Softening Emulsion to keep your skin hydrated. The emulsion also has anti-pollution effects as well as Shea Butter and sunflower oil to keep your skin balanced, matte, smooth, and ready for makeup.

It’s also suitable for sensitive skin

This emulsion is perfect if you have very oily T-zones and dry U-Zones, dry patches on the cheeks and chin areas, oily skin and dehydrated skin. Besides, there’s also Dimethicone in the ingredients that are suitable for sensitive skin.

Use it twice a day

After you cleanse, tone and applied all the products in your skincare routine, spread a little bit of emulsion on your palms and tap them all over your face and neck. The slowly massage your face upwards and outwards.

Promising review: This is an excellent moisturiser. I use it under my makeup and it leaves my skin feeling very, very soft, while also hydrating it.” - Monica

More: Top 11 Skincare Products to Reinvigorate Your Dull Skin

Estee Lauder Crescent White Full Cycle Brightening Moisture Creme

RM 330.00
Best brightening moisturizer for dry skin
Estee Lauder
9. Estee Lauder Crescent White Full Cycle Brightening Moisture Creme
Best brightening moisturiser - suitable for dry skin
Updated on 10th August 2020
add_circle Moisturising whether in dry or humid areas
add_circle Not oily
remove_circle Expensive

When you’re out and about, the weather is always hot and humid. When you’re indoors, your skin is exposed to the dry air of air conditioning. That could give your skin a shock, leading to dullness, uneven skin tone, dehydration and even breakouts.

Prevent dehydration

One of the best ways to protect your skin from all the aggressors above is with this the Crescent White Full Cycle Brightening Moisture Crème from Estee Lauder. It works to strengthen your skin's natural moisture barrier, preventing it from dehydrating and looking dull.

Remove dark spots and scars

The moisturizer also contains brightening properties that can help to reduce dark spots and scars caused by acne while preventing new ones from forming. It also works to lighten your skin tone, to even out discolouration and patches.

Anyone can use it

This cream is great for all skin types, especially those with uneven skin tone. After all your skincare steps, apply this moisturiser on your forehead, cheeks, nose and chin, and spread them out evenly for deep-skin hydration and skin-cushioning comfort. Your face should feel smoother, more supple and radiant.

Promising review: I love it! I have dry skin so I have problem in finding a suitable moisturiser. This product is the best moisturiser I've ever used. It has an immediate effect on my skin. It also lightened my dark spots.” - Nuha

More: Keep Your Skin Hydrated with These 10 Face Moisturizers for Dry Skin

Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar Overnight Moisturiser

RM 174.00
Best paraben - free moisturiser - suitable for ageing skin
Philosophy
10. Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar Overnight Moisturiser
Best paraben-free moisturiser - suitable for ageing skin
Updated on 12th August 2020
add_circle Nice consistency in texture
add_circle Hydrating
remove_circle Smell may be too strong

As our weather gets more and more hot and humid, our skin could dehydrate, therefore skin will sag and look dull. Boost your skin’s moisture level with Philosophy's Renewed Hope In A Jar that can also lift and firm your skin. It’s a night moisturizer that can help replenish your skin cells while you’re resting (our skin repair itself at night).

The main purpose of this night moisturizer is to help boost your skin's nightly cell-renewal cycle while improving the skin's ability to fight dehydration, dullness and rough texture.

The Myramaze technology

This moisturizer is infused with Myramaze, a natural plant extract, and other non-stop skin renewal technology. The combo helps to keep your skin soft and supple. 

Additionally, it’s also enriched with a triple blend of AHA to smoothen the skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and dull-looking skin.

It’s suitable for all skin types

If you come across any fine lines and early signs of wrinkles, then you should consider changing your regular moisturiser to this one. Besides, Philosophy's moisturiser can help take on dry skin and dullness as well.

Just dap a little on your forehead, cheeks, nose and chin and massage it all over, at night, after a thorough cleanse and tone. Add on a few more dollop of cream if there’s not enough, and don’t forget to massage down to your neck too.

Promising review: “Recommended for dry and combination skin. Cream is very thick texture with nice relaxing fragrance. After use, you can feel your skin looks more moisturised and fresh." - Wansiri P.

More: Be Forever Young with These 11 Anti-Aging Skin Care Products

Garnier Light Complete Day Cream SPF 19 PA+++

RM 18.1
Best cheap moisturizer for glowing skin and to even skin tone
Garnier
11. Garnier Light Complete Day Cream SPF 19 PA+++
Best cheap moisturiser - for glowing skin and to even skin tone
Updated on 12th August 2020
add_circle Cheap
add_circle Easily available everywhere
remove_circle Takes awhile to see results

Lack of sleep, late nights and insufficient water intake is the main culprit on why our skin gets dehydrated, dull and tired. That will then lead to uneven skin tone and the skin on your forehead might even get darker. That aside, it doesn’t help that you’re always out and about under the scorching sun.

To help you combat this common issue, give your skin some love from Garnier’s Skin Naturals Light Complete Fairness Serum Cream which also comes with SPF 19 PA+++.

It has various functions

This multi-action cream comes with Yuzu lemon and 3X Vitamin C to help brighten up and even out your skin tone. Additionally, the serum in the moisturizer also helps to reduce dark spots and pigmentation, while the sunscreen provides sun protection.

It’s safe to use twice a day

The cream can be used on all skin types, especially the ones with uneven skin tone. Also, the box has a fairness scale that helps you track your skin’s brightening progress. Use this cream twice a day, after cleansing and toning. It’s best to use it in the morning, but there’s no harm making it your night cream as well.

Promising review: I love the texture. It feels so light and helps to brighten my skin. Will definitely repurchase.” - Izzaty

More: Even Out Your Skin Tone with These 8 Tinted Moisturizers

Kiehl's Dermatologist Solutions Centella Cica Cream

RM 169
Kiehl's
12. Kiehl's Dermatologist Solutions Centella Cica Cream
Best moisturiser for sensitive skin
Updated on 2nd July 2020
add_circle Absorbs easy
add_circle Dermatologically-tested
add_circle Fast results
add_circle Suitable on Rosacea
remove_circle Might be heavy-feeling on some people

Living with sensitive skin can sometimes be torture. Especially when you also suffer from skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, scarring, cellulite and acne.

While tea tree can only do so much, and steroid creams might not be the best choice to use often on your facial skin, let Cica lend you a helping hand.

Protect your skin from allergens

Kiehl's Dermatologist Solutions Centella Cica Cream is created with a list of skin benefits; as Cica is known for its healing, soothing, antibacterial, and inflammatory properties.

Besides, there’s also D-Panthenol and sustainably-sourced Madecassoside in the ingredients that are hypoallergenic and soothing. It works to protect your skin’s fragile barrier and help restore its healthy, glowy appearance.

Keep your skin hydrated

Besides, this moisturiser can hydrate your skin for 48 hours, keeping your skin’s sensitivity at bay. That’s one of the Cica’s benefit. Apart from repairing the skin’s moisture barrier, it can also relieve your skin from inflammation, rashes and redness while strengthening and intensively moisturize your skin.

Use it when your skin flares up

You can use this Cica cream no matter what your skin type is. Use it twice a day after cleansing and anytime in the day when your skin is starting to have an allergic reaction.

More: 10 Korean Skincare Products to Hydrate Dry and Sensitive Skin

L’Oreal Paris Men Expert Hydra Energetic Multi Action 8 Moisturiser

RM 41.49
L’Oreal Paris
13. L’Oreal Paris Men Expert Hydra Energetic Multi Action 8 Moisturiser
Best non-greasy moisturiser for men on a budget
Updated on 12th August 2020
add_circle Affordable
add_circle Wakes up your skin
add_circle Easy to use pump
add_circle Use as aftershave to soothe razor burns
add_circle Non greasy
remove_circle One pump is not enough

If you often stay up late at night and get less than six hours of sleep, it’s only natural that your skin will look saggy, tired and worn out. If you can’t change your lifestyle immediately, then you’ll need help from an external factor, like this moisturizer from L’Oreal Paris.

The eight things your skin needs

The Men Expert Hydra Energetic Multi Action 8 Moisturiser is designed to give your skin the eight things that all skins crave for - moisturized, tonified, comfortable, suppler, softened, energized, fortified and radiant.

Star ingredients to stimulate microcirculation

It’s also formulated with caffeine to reduce and prevent signs of fatigue on your skin. There’s also Vitamin C in the ingredient to help brighten up your skin, giving it a lift and keeping it hydrated for 24 hours.

The combo also acts as a source of energy to stimulate microcirculation in your skin, and to fight signs of tiredness, all the way from morning until night time.

Use it twice a day

It’s suitable for all skin types, especially oily skin types, as the cream texture is lightweight, not greasy and will not leave a sticky residue behind.

Use it as an after-shave

Besides, you can also use this moisturizer as an after-shave, as it can soothe out your razor burns and cuts after a full shave. That’s one way to save money on aftershave creams.

More: Groom Yourself Right with the Best Men’s Face Washes Under RM30

Dermalogica Barrier Repair

RM 168
Best unscented moisturizer to reduce redness – not tested on animals
Dermalogica
14. Dermalogica Barrier Repair
Best unscented moisturiser - reduces redness
Updated on 12th August 2020
add_circle Cruelty-free
add_circle Gentle on skin
remove_circle Expensive

No matter what skin type you are, there is no way to escape sensitive skin when you have it. However, there is always a way to prevent your skin from acting up. Keep acne, flares, rashes and redness away with Dermalogica’s Barrier Repair Moisturizer.

Smooth texture for troubled skin

It has a velvety and soft texture that’s suitable for troubled skin. The unique, waterless cream also works to fortify sensitized skin with a damaged barrier, thanks to the UltraCalming Complex technology.

Get rid of discomforts and burning sensations 

There’s also oat and botanical actives in the ingredients that work right below the skin’s surface to interrupt inflammatory triggers that lead to sensitization. That can also help to minimize discomfort, burning sensation and itching.

No more inflammation and irritated skin

Additionally, the Evening Primrose Oil, Borage Seed Oil, Vitamins C and E also helps to restore a healthy barrier function. Plus, the combo can also combat free radicals that can lead to inflamed and irritated skin.

It creates a good base for makeup

Use it twice a day over face and throat with light, upward strokes, after cleansing, to keep irritants at bay. Besides, the cream can also reinforce your skin's lipid barrier layer by creating an even base and shield against environmental assault. This action also preps your skin for makeup.

Promising review: “Waterless, so hydrating, feels like velvet on my skin. Gets rid of dry patches (and) takes away the redness I get on my cheeks too. Almost feels like a primer. Really lightweight.” - Peggy

More: 8 Fragrance-free Skincare Products You Should Give Thought To

St. Ives Timeless Skin Facial Moisturiser

RM 58
St. Ives
15. St. Ives Timeless Skin Facial Moisturiser
Best anti-ageing moisturiser - made with collagen
Updated on 12th August 2020
add_circle Hydrating without clogging the pores
add_circle Gentle on the skin
remove_circle May not be the best for dry skin

You’ll need to start paying more attention to your skin when you start noticing fine lines and wrinkles. They are sneaky and will form very slowly and quietly around your eyes and cheeks areas. When that happens, it also means that your skin is losing its elasticity.

Lift and freshen up your skin

Repair your skin’s barrier and elasticity with this Timeless Skin Facial Moisturiser from St. Ives. The collagen in the cream can give your skin that elasticity and bounciness, making your face look uplift and fresh.

It’s suitable for sensitive skin

Besides collagen and elastin, this moisturizer is infused with safflower oil to help keep your skin moisturized and lifted. It’s also non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic, making it suitable for sensitive skin, eczema- and acne-prone skin.

Use it two or three times a day

This face cream is rich and hydrating, making it suitable for all skin types, especially dry and combination skin. Use it twice a day, morning and night, and you should notice a healthy glow from within your skin. For softer and smoother skin surface, use it during midday as well, especially when your skin is getting dry.

Don’t leave your neck out

Ageing skin affects your neck too. So scoop up a little cream, and run it down your neck to keep it moisturized and youthful.

Promising review: Most anti-aging products (usually) have a heavy, oil-based texture as mature dry skin needs a heavy dose of hydration to look youthful. But (this moisturiser) hardly needs any massage, gets absorbed in the skin and feels absolutely weightless on the skin.” - Juthika

More: Road to a Healthy Complexion with These 8 Awesome Drugstore Face Wash 

The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Day Cream

RM 70
Best vegan, natural and organic face moisturizer
The Body Shop
16. The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Day Cream
Best vegan, natural and organic face moisturiser
Updated on 12th August 2020
add_circle Fast results
add_circle Soothes the skin
add_circle Calm inflamed skin
add_circle Good for sensitive skin
remove_circle Small quantity in a tub

If you have dry skin which is also sensitive, that could be a pretty painful combination, especially when you have cracking skin with acne popping out everywhere. Ouch! For this skin type and condition, you’ll need something cooling yet gentle, instead of the usually concentrated cream.

The Aloe Vera is pure and concentrated

The Body Shop’s Aloe Soothing Day Cream can help soothe out your inflamed skin and calm redness down. Its main active ingredient, Aloe Vera, is made from Campeche in Mexico to get that pure and concentrated texture that your dry skin craves for.

It’s perfect for sensitive skin

Besides, there are no fragrance, colour, alcohol and any form of preservatives in the ingredients. So whatever your skin is sensitive towards, this product will make sure your skin stays calm.

Use it when your skin cracks and flakes

You can use this moisturizer more than twice a day to calm your sensitive skin and hydrate your dry skin. If you see your skin cracking or flaking during midday, then you should apply this cream. Make sure your hands are clean and if you can wash your face first before using the moisturizer.

Promising review: Best moisturiser for sensitive skin. Literally calms your skin the second you put it on and has reduced my redness. Plus it never irritates and sinks right in!!” - Natasha

Alpha-H Daily Essential Moisturiser SPF 50+

RM 136.00
Best moisturizer with SPF
Alpha-H
17. Alpha-H Daily Essential Moisturiser SPF 50+
Best moisturiser with SPF - won’t clog pores
Updated on 12th August 2020
add_circle Not greasy
add_circle Not heavy on skin
add_circle Also a sunscreen
remove_circle Contains silicone

You can never be too safe when you’re exposed to the Sun’s rays every day. Even if you use a sunscreen before you leave home, there’s no harm in using extra for more protection, specifically one that’s also in your moisturiser.

It’s a moisturizer and a sunscreen

The Alpha-H's Daily Essential Moisturiser SPF 50+ is, well, both a moisturiser and a sunscreen that’s enriched with vitamin E and Aloe Vera. Its purpose is to lock in all the moisture in your skin, while also protecting it from the sun.

It’s a good primer for your makeup

It’s lightweight, so it will not leave your skin feeling sticky and greasy. In fact, it does have a matte finish, so you can easily apply your make up right after. Plus, there is no white cast, so your foundation should turn out well.

Go swimming with it

This moisturizer is also waterproof with a broad-spectrum sun damage protection at SPF 50+. Meaning it can fend off both UVA and UVB rays. The next time you go for a swim, remember to slap on some of this moisturizer before and after.

Good for oily and combination skin

Alpha-H’s moisturizer is suitable for all skin types, especially oily and combination skin types. Use it twice a day on cleansed and toned skin, or midday if you have to. However, remember to leave it on for a few minutes first for proper absorption before applying your make up.

Promising review:  “I am very picky with my moisturisers, because I don’t like the oily, tacky feeling of some. At the same time, I dislike feeling like I didn’t put anything on at all. This product strikes the perfect balance.” – Nisha

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What is moisturiser used for?

With today's air quality and the many things we do that tortures our skin such as standing out in the sun too long without sun protection, you're technically speeding your skin's ageing process. As the skin lacks moisture, the more apparent fine lines and wrinkles will be, just like how clothes wrinkle easily when dry but not wet.

By using moisturisers, you incorporate a good amount of moisture that your skin may be lacking due to your surroundings. So, should you use moisturize every day? Yes, it's very important to do so if you want to protect your skin. Might we add that many brands incorporate several skin-friendly ingredients into moisturisers such as aloe vera due to its healing and cooling properties on the skin!

Here are many more benefits of using moisturisers everyday:

  • Fine lines look less obvious
  • Healthy and glowing complexion
  • Plumper, younger-looking skin
  • Prevent the feeling of tightness (or any discomfort from dry skin)
  • Makeup applies flawlessly
  • Maintain the condition of your skin (such as preventing bad breakouts)

How to use moisturisers?

As stated, moisturisers might seem simple enough. However, unbeknownst to us, it’s equally as simple to apply them wrong, ultimately rendering them ineffective.

Hence, there’s no harm in learning how to apply moisturisers better; and this goes for those of us who are already applying them correctly as well. In fact, it’s surprising how a few small tweaks are all it takes to acquire bigger results. Check out these 8 tips/hacks to get the most out of your moisturising routine:

  • Use it at the right time

You’re gonna want to lock your moisturiser in as best as possible and the easiest way to do this is to apply your moisturiser when your skin is still moist. This is best achieved after showering or washing your face, when your skin is freshly moist after drying with a towel.

  • Apply it on your neck too

Moisturising is helpful to avoid premature ageing. Hence, don’t just stop at your face when applying facial moisturisers, extend it past your jawline to your neck too! However, bear in mind that while facial moisturisers can target wrinkles and dark spots in ways that body lotion can’t, it is alright to use facial moisturisers on your body but never in reverse as body lotions can irritate the face and clog pores.

  • Try one with SPF

We can never emphasise sun care enough. If you find yourself constantly in a rush in the mornings, opt for a moisturiser with broad spectrum SPF. This will help to prevent signs of premature aging such as dark spots and wrinkles - providing you with not just hydration, but protection too.

  • Mix facial oil with your moisturiser

In a hot and humid country like Malaysia, it’s easy for the environment to cause our skin to be dull and dry. Combat this by mixing facial oil with your moisturiser for a hydration boost. Trust us, your skin will thank you for it.

  • Mix an illuminator into your moisturiser

Breathe life into your skin by mixing a drop of illuminator into your moisturiser - a little goes a long way. The results? A nice glow and brighter complexion!

  • Apply in upward strokes

As you age, you’ll find that your skin starts to sag and get dragged downwards in ways that are not very appealing. If this is the case, apply your moisturiser in upward strokes. While it might not reverse the effects of aging, the technique increases circulation and helps your skin to absorb more product.

  • Layer it correctly

One of the easiest ways to ensure that you are getting the most out of your skincare routine is by making sure that you are layering your products correctly. With the exception of sunscreen which should always be applied last, start with products that have thinner consistency before moving to thicker ones.

  • Use a hydrating spray

Up your hydration by using a facial mist! These are extremely easy to take on-the-go with you. Apart from adding to your skin’s hydration, a quick spritz also goes miles to re-set your makeup - keeping you looking fresh all day.


Hydration is key!

While moisturisers are important to help protect your skin's natural oil content from dehydration, it is not enough to do the job. Remember that skin cells are made up of water and therefore, it is as important to hydrate by drinking enough water as it is to moisturise. 

Drinking water keeps your skin from turning dry, tight and flaky. In other words, it preserves your skin's resilience, consequently protecting it from wrinkles. So the next time you get lazy to carry your bottle of water out with you, just think about the billions of skin cells on your body that will thank you for properly hydrating!

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