The best face creams - as chosen by Mumsnetters
24 July 2019
A good moisturiser will leave skin looking healthy, defend against blemishes, and keep you looking fresh-faced and youthful for longer. It's definitely not a part of your beauty regime that you can afford to neglect - but what about those of us who have yet to discover our perfect match? Well, help is at hand. Ditch the disappointments and breathe new life into your skin with this list of the best face creams as chosen by Mumnsetters.
L’Oréal Paris Cell Renew Day Cream, £13.25
If your skin is in need of a pick-me-up, this L’Oreal SPF 15 face cream could be the purchase you’ve been holding out for. It’s enriched with natural Natecium and is specially formulated to restore radiance to the skin, revealing a fresher and healthier-looking complexion. Mumsnetters love it because it’s silky smooth to the touch and makes their skin feel soft and hydrated.
Best for: mature skin
“L’Oréal Cell Renew is just so good.”
“I have found L’Oréal Cell Renew has transformed the plumpness and texture of my skin.”Buy now from Amazon
Nivea Soft Moisturising Cream, £5.25
If there’s one item you need in your bathroom cabinet, it’s a tub of Nivea Soft moisturising cream for face, body and hands. Loved by many, this intensive face cream is a dreamy all-rounder, suitable for everyday use, and comes in a nice big tub. The formula is light and enriched with Vitamin E and Jojoba Oil, which can be quickly absorbed into the skin for an instant hit of moisture. Mumsnetters like that it’s inexpensive, meaning they can stash pots all around the house/office/car for on-the-go skin care.
Best for: all-round hydration
“Apparently tests have revealed that the only difference between Nivea and Crème de la Mer
is the fragrance – and about £100!”
“Nivea Soft (in a white tub) is the perfect texture for my face and is just as good as the original blue tub. It's thinner than the original but still has a thick consistency which is better suited to my face.”Buy now from Amazon
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Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, £19.36
Want healthy, dewy skin even in the depths of winter? Look no further. For thirsty skin, Mumsnetters recommend Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream as it offers continuous hydration and replenishment throughout the day, leaving the skin feeling comfortable – even in extreme weather conditions. The texture is similar to a face mask but it absorbs much faster, softening the surface of the skin as if by magic – and all for a respectable mid-range price tag. Pair it with a Kiehl's lip balm for extra hydration. What’s not to like?
Best for: dry and dehydrated skin
“Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream is a great all-round moisturiser and, incidentally, the only stuff my partner will use (he has dry skin but hates fragranced or heavy cream).”
“Their Ultra Facial Cream is fab – bit of a pricey product but one of the few moisturisers I never react to.”Buy now from Amazon
Clarins Super Restorative Day Cream, £62.89
Combat those dreaded deep wrinkles, minimise the appearance of age spots and restore elasticity with Clarins Super Restorative Day Cream. It provides intense nourishment to skin weakened by the hormonal changes linked to aging, visibly lifting, toning and smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. Thanks to the revitalising properties of the healing Harungana leaf, you’ll soon be staring back at a bright(er), youthful(ish) and dewy complexion. If you’ve tried and tested every high street brand under the sun, maybe it’s time to call in the big guns and splurge. You may never look back.
Best for: mature skin
“I have to say, I'm a recent convert to Clarins creams (and the serum) I love them. After about four months my face feels sort of 'bouncy'. I know nothing can reverse wrinkles and ageing, but these products really suit my skin and are lovely to use. If you can afford it, treat yourself.”
“I love Clarins and (budget allowing) would use it above all other brands. I’ve been using it for about 15 years and while I’m not sure about the science bit, all of the products I have used have agreed with my skin and showed a noticeable difference in my skin tone.”Buy now from Amazon
Estée Lauder Revitalising Supreme, £70
This multi-action face cream could be your key to rolling back the clock thanks to Estee Lauder’s exclusive RevitaKey™ Technology, formulated to amplify collagen levels and elastin in your skin. It claims to give you firmer-looking skin in just four weeks, so you should find that lines and wrinkles appear dramatically reduced. Plus, it makes your skin glow in an oh-so natural way so be prepared to get plenty of compliments.
Best for: mature skin
“Estée Lauder’s Revitalising Supreme is excellent – but expensive.”
“Another vote here for Estee Lauder’s Revitalising Supreme cream – it's so lush.”Buy now from Amazon
Avène SPF 20 Hydrance Sensitive Face Cream, £16.90
One of the hardest skin conditions to satisfy is dry and sensitive skin and that’s because we’re not all sensitive to the same things. A cream that works well for some people might cause eczema flare-ups in others. So, how do you save yourself the risk and discomfort? Well, according to Mumsnetters, this Avène SPF 20 Hydrance face cream for very dry and sensitive skin is just the ticket. It’s formulated with shea butter which helps to soothe the skin, forming a protective barrier against environmental aggressors. Since it provides intense long-lasting hydration and prevents skin aging caused by the sun, Mumsnetters recommend this face cream for both eczema and rosacea sufferers.
Best for: dry and sensitive skin
“I've been using the Avène SPF 20 Hydrance daily moisturiser to calm down my sensitive skin after a rosacea breakout – it's light but soothing and has a slight mattifying effect.”Buy now from Amazon
Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream, £73.95 (was £85)
If you’re all about smoothing, firming and hydrating, this face cream by Elemis does it all. Its powerful blend of ingredients have been clinically proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in just 14 days. While it’s at the more expensive end of the spectrum, it could be exactly what you need to invest in if your skin is craving an added collagen boost or some extra sun protection (SPF 30).
Best for: mature skin
“I recently bought Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream and my skin looks and feels lovely for the first time in eons. I bought it as part of a bargain set of Elemis’ award-winning products. Not sure I'll be able to keep up with the RRP though.”Buy now from Amazon
Astral Cream (pack of three), £9.85
If you’re in desperate need of a face cream that won’t break the bank – but still leaves your skin feeling like you’ve just had a facial – then you can’t go wrong with Astral. Mumsnetters recommend it because it provides the perfect amount of hydration without weighing the skin down or making your pores feel clogged.
Best for: dry skin
“I love, love, love the Astral face cream. I have the type of dehydrated skin that needs a really good nourishing cream but when I spend money on one (and I have tried loads) they always bring me out in spots or block my pores – Astral is one of the only ones out there that doesn’t do this.”Buy now from Amazon
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