Are all moisturisers are the same?

Well, here’s the truth bomb: they’re not. Different ingredients target different skin concerns. Do you know what it’s like to use a product targeted at acne-prone skin on blemish-free skin? It’s not pretty. With that said, you should get a load of these 10 great moisturisers for every skin type before heading to a beauty store.

If you have acne-prone skin…

1. Splurge: La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat
In addition to its cleverly coined product line names, La Roche-Posay is also known for its gentle and effective products for acne-prone sufferers. The Effaclar Mat, is one of them. A sego-regulating moisturiser, it’s packed with Sebulyse (an ingredient far more formidable than Zinc) that aims to give you a shine-free look without enlarging your pores.

2. Save: Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Moisturiser SPF30

Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Moisturiser SPF30

Cetaphil’s DermaControl Oil Control Moisturiser SPF30 is a handy product to have if you’re on a prescription treatment for acne. This is because acne medication like doxycycline can cause side effects such as rashes and itching. (Exactly, it’s ironic, as it’s supposed to help with the skin, not damage it. What’s up with that?) If you’re on medication for acne, consider switching to this Cetaphil product, instead. It has a lightweight non-greasy formula that hydrates the skin and minimises irritation.

If you have dry skin…

3. Splurge: Estee Lauder Nutritious Rosy Prism™ Radiant Gel Emulsion

Estee Lauder Nutritious Rosy Prism Radiant Gel Emulsion

This moisturiser has a light aqua gel formula that aims to hydrate and energise your face all day. You can’t top that. Its pomegranate nectar infusion and pink peony extract are the ultimate ingredients for Asian skin. Estee Lauder recommends this radiant gel emulsion for dry, dull and tired skin.

4. Save: White Formula Super Moist Essence

White Formula Super Moist Essence

Could White Formula be the reason behind Taiwanese singer Fan Wei Qi’s flawless complexion? The celebrity ambassador of the award-winning brand welcomed her twin boys on January, and she has never looked better. Filled with highly concentrated ingredients like sodium hyaluronate, hyalo-oligo™ and syn®-hycan that target dry skin cells, it is recommended to be used at night for better absorption.

If you have oily skin…

5. Splurge: Vichy Aqualia Thermal Mineral Water Gel 

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Mineral Water Gel

Here’s one of the few products in the market that leaves a soft and non-greasy effect on the skin. Hypoallergenic and oil-free, the Aqualia Thermal Mineral Water Gel mends our skin barrier and prevents water loss at the same time. This statement on Vichy’s official website is on point: “Relax as the signature calming scent of Aqualia Thermal enhances this multi-sensory experience.”

6. Save: Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Moisturiser

Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Moisturiser

One of the winning qualities of Simple is that its products are not included of artificial perfume or colour. It contains beneficial ingredients and natural antibacterials that help to moisturise the skin “whilst gently absorbing excess oil and mattifying skin.” In a nutshell, this is an amazing product offered at a pocket-friendly price.

If you have dull complexion or are fighting spots…

7. Splurge: SK-II Cellumination Deep Surge EX

SK-II Cellumination Deep Surge EX

You know you gotta start paying attention to a brand when it has Tang Wei, Godfrey Gao and Cate Blanchett as their brand ambassadors. With Pitera™ and Aura Bright Cocktail EX as its key ingredients, the SK-II Cellumination Deep Surge EX is an ideal solution for people wretched with dull complexion or dark spots on their skin. This moisturiser is easily absorbed and evens out the skin tone.

8. Save: Hada Labo Arbutin Whitening Perfect Gel


Here’s another beloved skincare product enjoyed by ladies from countries such as Singapore, Malaysia and Japan. One of its brag-worthy qualities is that it combines the competence of three products: essence, moisturiser and mask. How’s that for convenience? The Arbutin Whitening Perfect Gel has three types of Hyaluronic Acids and Vitamin C concentrates that pack a powerful punch against dark spots.

If you are addressing anti-ageing concerns…

9. Splurge: Laneige Perfect Renew Emulsion_EX

Laneige Perfect Renew Emulsion_EX

Not only is the Perfect Renew Emulsion_EX effective, but it sounds yummy too; it’s loaded with almond, pomegranate and cocoa extracts and the Himalayas snow water. These key ingredients slow down the ageing process and leave you feeling fresh.

10. Save: CocoNurture Organic Baby Oil

CocoNurture Organic Baby Oil

Coconut oil is such an underrated beauty product. Packed with anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, it promotes collagen production and speeds up the skin healing process. Bonus tip: you can also use it as a hair conditioner and moisturiser. A cheap and natural moisturiser that fights wrinkles? What more can you ask for?