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A What's What Guide to Moisturisers

March 18, 2021

A What's What Guide to Moisturisers

Here’s some real talk: the only skincare essentials you absolutely need are a good cleanser, a good sunscreen, and a good moisturiser. 

Obviously, more is better, but if you’re on a budget and you need to stick to the basics - and we’ve all been there, loveliess, no shame in that - definitely don’t skimp on a cleanser, sunscreen, and a moisturiser. Not only will your skin get the basic protection that it needs, a good moisturiser can pretty much fix anyone’s problems, no matter what kind of skin you have or what kind of breakouts you’re dealing with. While not a miracle cure, a good moisturiser means soft, supple, and hydrated skin that glows from within. 

Why is a moisturiser important?

We all know why sunscreen is important and why you can’t do without a cleanser - but moisturiser? Isn’t moisturiser just something you can replace with drinking lots of water and sunscreen? 

Well, no. Actually, a moisturiser is a key step. A moisturiser keeps your skin from drying out, which leads to your skin producing more sebum, which leads to breakouts and acne. A moisturiser also acts as a barrier between your skin and pollutants in the air outside, such as car exhaust and pollution. As a result, it helps to reduce the risk that you have dire skin problems such as acne and severe breakouts. 

Not sold yet? A moisturiser can also reduce the irritation you experience from wearing a mask daily as it acts as a cushion between your skin and the mask. If that doesn’t sell you on a moisturiser, we don’t know what will!

A What's What Guide to Moisturisers

What will a moisturiser do for me?

Depending on how dry or oily your skin is, a moisturiser can: 

  • Reduce the appearance of blemishes. 
  • Fight against acne and help heal breakouts faster. 
  • Reduce the appearance of wrinkles and help skin stay young. 
  • Leaves skin soft and hydrated, which helps prevent signs of premature aging. 

I don’t use a moisturiser and my face is fine. Is this wrong?

Obviously, your skin is your skin and you do you, but we very much encourage you to buy a moisturiser. The long-term benefits of moisturiser use will far, far outweigh the short-term, and while your skin can look its best now at 18 or 28, as you get older, your skin will start to show signs of aging. A good moisturiser can limit the signs of aging, and help keep your skin glowing, since it’s hard to hydrate skin without a moisturiser.

I want to start applying moisturiser, but I don’t know how. Help!

This is our wheelhouse! It’s super simple. 

  1. Grab your moisturiser. 
  2. Squeeze out as much as you think you need: we prefer a pea-sized amount for each cheek, but some people prefer more, and that’s perfectly fine! 
  3. Pat your lotion in, don’t rub. Rubbing will damage your skin and cause breakouts. 
  4. Apply upwards, using gentle circular motions to help reduce puffiness and sagging. 
  5. Moisturiser isn’t just for your face - make sure you also treat your neck and chest!

Can I just use any moisturiser?

Well, sure! But different moisturisers might have properties that suit some skin types better than others. It’s always best to find products that will suit your skin. 

A What's What Guide to Moisturisers

What sort of moisturiser should I use?

We’re here to help you out, so here’s our cheat-sheet to figure out what’s the best moisturiser for you!


For Oily Skin

If you have oily skin, you’ll want a moisturiser with a gel formula, such as Payot Pate Gris Jour. This moisturiser absorbs quickly even on the oiliest of skin types, and helps limit the production of sebum to create a beautiful velvety finish that can double as a primer for makeup. 

  Payot Pate Grise Day Cream

Payot Pate Gris Jour - €30.15


For Dry Skin

If you have dry skin, you’ll want a creamy moisturiser with a lot of hydrating ingredients. As the day wears on, your skin will lose the overnight hydration that your skincare routine from the previous evening put in, so it’s important to replenish your skin’s hydrating properties. La Cure Beaute’s moisturiser for dry skin is light and natural, and it’ll leave your skin feeling soft and rehydrated. 

La Cure Beauté Grandma’ Beauty Cream

La Cure Beaute Grandma' Beauty Cream  - €20.10


For Dull Skin

If you have dull skin, you’ll want a moisturiser with some brightening properties that will help minimise the appearance of blemishes and scarring! Pixi’s Vitamin C Lotion is perfect for this: the lotion’s blend of ingredients helps boost skin and leave it looking radiant for those no-makeup makeup looks. 

 Pizi Vitamin C Lotion Lucy makeup store

Pixi Vitamin C Lotion - €31.00


For Combination Skin

If you have combination skin, it’s important to strike a decent balance between ‘hydrating’ and ‘not hydrating’. For this, we can’t rave enough about our Bio Phytorelax Sebum Aloe Vera Balancing Gel Cream. The gel-cream formula means that the dry sections of your skin and the oily sections of your skin will both get just the right amount of hydration, and aloe is a natural ingredient for preventing the over-production of sebum. It can reduce visible pores and irregularities, and control sebum production so your skin does not have that glazed-doughnut shine throughout the day. 

 Phytorelax Sebum Aloe Balancing Gel Cream

Bio Phytorelax Sebum Balancing Gel Cream - €31.00


For Sensitive skin

If you have sensitive skin, you’ll want a moisturiser that has little to no problematic ingredients and additives. La Cure Beauty’s multi-benefit rose cream gel detoxes and hydrates your skin, helping it maintain a natural glow. Ingredients such as chamomile are excellent for helping to soothe and calm sensitive skin that’s been recently irritated by another ingredient. 

 La Cure Beauté Multi Benefit Rose Cream Gel Lucy makeup store

La Cure Beauty Multi-benefit Rose Cream Gel - €11.50


For Aging Skin

If you have aging skin, you’ll want a moisturiser that can help minimise the appearance of aging and boost collagen. We love Payot’s Roselift Collagene Jour Day Cream, which has damask rose as a collagen booster and toner.

PAYOT Roselift Collagène Jour Day CreamPayot Roselift Collagene Jour Day Cream - €70.20



Your skin is your most important beauty secret and having good skin is key to creating those fire makeup looks we love to see from you, so please take care of it!

Have we missed your favourite product? Write in and let us know what your secret moisturing weapon is: we’re always on the hunt for the best of the best!

Love, LUCY

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