9 Best Moisturizers I Have Personally Used And Recommend

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Every single moisturizer I have used has been documented here on BeautySparkReview, to keep you guys informed about my experience with them and also help y’all make the best choice. 

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As you all know, keeping the skin optimally moisturized is very important to ensure good skin health. As you wouldn’t want to starve your skin of its deserving moisture, would you? Absolutely not. 

Moisturizing the skin helps keep the skin in good shape by keeping skin intensively moisturized, strengthening, improving and protecting skin barrier function, while helping minimize skin aging signs such as wrinkles and fine lines. Remember when the skin is sufficiently moisturized, it appears plump, supple and glowy. 

Having said that, I want to walk you guys through my list of best moisturizers which I’ve personally used and wholeheartedly recommend. 

1. COSRX Advanced Snail All In One Cream – Best Overall

COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All in one Repair Cream review

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Of all the moisturizers I’ve used, COSRX Advanced Snail All In One Cream comes on top. Atleast, for now. 

This snail-secretion infused moisturizer gave my skin the heavy-hit of moisture and hydration that it deserves. Of course it contains 92% snail mucin which is extracted from snails, and acts as a mega multi-tasker, with the ability to do everything from moisturizing to boosting skin hydration and promoting collagen production, healing and regeneration. 

It has a slimy, gooey-lightweight texture (but not sticky). Although it appears to be sticky when scooping it out of the product container, but doesn’t feel sticky on the skin. When applied on my skin, it glides effortlessly, and absorbs quickly without leaving a greasy feeling, while leaving my skin intensively moisturized. All thanks to snail mucin, hyaluronic acid, caprylic/capric triglyceride and dimethicone which are its main skin ingredients. This moisturizer is suitable for all skin types, including oily skin. Read my full review here

Pros

  • Product is fragrance-free.
  • Product comes well packaged.
  • Deeply moisturizes the skin, leaves it feeling dewy and soft. 
  • Product texture is completely lightweight and doesn’t leave any greasy residue. 
  • Cruelty free and contains no toxic or harmful substances.

Cons

  • Product is slightly pricey. May not be suitable for everyone’s budget. 
  • Product comes in a jar, which needs to be scooped prior to application which can encourage the deposition of bacteria into the product. Ensure to wash your hands properly before scooping or use a spatula for scooping the product prior to application. 

2. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream – Best For Dry Skin

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream review

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Similar to the COSRX Advanced Snail All In One Cream, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream also won my heart at first use, which made it make it to the list of my best moisturizers I’ve used. It has a thick-gel texture (but not too thick) which feels lightweight on the skin and absorbs without leaving a greasy residue behind, which made it great for my oily skin. 

Although on its packaging it says, “for dry skin”. But I went for this particular one despite having oily skin because the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel which is meant for oily skin types contains fragrance. And not being a fan of fragrance, I had to opt for this particular one. And believe me when I say, it intensively moisturized my skin without overwhelming it, which makes it suitable for my oily skin too. But people with dry skin will enjoy this moisture-rich moisturizer more. 

This moisture-rich moisturizer contains a bunch of skin hydrating-hitting ingredients such as glycerin, sodium hyaluronate, synthetic beeswax, and dimethicone. Read my full review here.

Pros

  • Easy to use.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Well packaged.
  • Absorbs quickly (doesn’t leave a greasy residue).
  • Adequately hydrates and moisturizes the skin.
  • Contains no skin irritating ingredients. 

Cons

  • Product is slightly pricey for the size. May not be suitable for everyone’s budget. 
  • Product comes in a jar, which needs to be scooped prior to application which can encourage the deposition of bacteria into the product. Ensure your hands are clean before scooping or use a spatula for scooping the product prior to application. 

3. Isntree Green Tea Fresh Emulsion – Best For Oily Skin.

Isntree Green Tea Fresh Emulsion review

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I got to know about this Korean brand moisturizer late, and when I got to know about it, that was when I learnt that it has been raving a lot online. 

Due to the massive online positive reviews backing this moisturizer, I couldn’t resist purchasing it, to put it to the test and see for sure if it was worth the hype. 

Ladies and gentlemen, this is one of the best moisturizers my oily skin has ever encountered. Due to its emulsion format, it made the texture extremely lightweight, thus exceptionally suitable for oily skinned-individuals (like myself). 

Not only is it super lightweight on my skin, but intensely hydrates and moisturizes my skin. I can literally feel that satisfactory skin-hydration – similar to the satisfactory feeling you get when you quench your thirst for water.

Oily skin gang, this green tea enriched moisturizer is hands-down the holy grail if you’re seeking for a moisturizer suitable for your oily skin. Read my full review here.

Pros

  • Pocket-friendly.
  • Comes well packaged and sealed.
  • Super lightweight and super moisturizing.
  • Comes in a pump-container packaging to encourage easy product dispensing.
  • Contains no skin-harmful or toxic ingredients. Learn how to read skincare ingredients list labels.
  • Completely cruelty-free.
  • Completely fragrance-free.

Cons

  • I have no dislike about this product.

4. Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Gel Cream – Runner-Up – Best For Oily Skin

Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Gel Cream review

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Here’s another super lightweight moisturizer for oily skinned-individuals. Of course from the same brand “Isntree”. This moisturizer consists of five (5) different types of hyaluronic acid, in conjunction with other blends of skin hydrating and moisturizing ingredients to supply the skin with weightless and intense hydration. 

My experience with this moisturizer was wonderful. Glides on the skin smoothly, absorbs very fast, feels lightweight on the skin and indeed does sufficiently moisturize the skin. Read my full review here

Pros

  • Comes well packaged and sealed.
  • Super lightweight and super moisturizing.
  • Comes in a tube packaging to encourage easy product dispensing.
  • Contains no skin-harmful or toxic ingredients.
  • Completely cruelty-free.
  • Completely fragrance-free.

Cons

  • Product is slightly pricey. May not be suitable for everyone’s budget.

5. CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion – Best For Normal To Dry Skin.

CeraVe vs Cetaphil moisturizing lotion

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This is one of the earliest moisturizers I’ve used and you know what? I love it. This drugstore moisturizer has everything your skin needs to stay optimally moisturized and it’s best suitable for normal to dry skin as indicated by the brand. But you know what? In my practical experimental review between this moisturizer and Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion, I came to discover that CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion is also suitable for my oily skin, and can also be suitable for combination skin too.  

When applied on my skin, it takes a little while to absorb, but surely absorbs and leaves no greasy residue behind while keeping skin optimally moisturized all day. It contains three (3) essential ceramides and hyaluronic acid. Read my full review here.  

Pros

  • Wallet-friendly.
  • Easy to use.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Well packaged.
  • Absorbs quickly (doesn’t leave a greasy residue).
  • Adequately hydrates and moisturizes the skin.
  • Contains no skin-toxic ingredients.

Cons

  • I have no dislike about this product.

6. Simple Hydrating Light Moisturiser – Best For All Skin Types.  

Simple Hydrating Light Moisturiser

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I got to know about this moisturizer when I bumped onto it on Instagram, being advertised by the brand. While going through the comment section, I was intrigued to purchase it and give it a trial, and guess what? It never disappointed.  This is a kind of moisturizer that when you apply it, you get that instant soothing and hydrating effect. 

It’s infused with pro-vitamin B5, vitamin E and borage seed oil, not only to optimally keep skin moisturized, but also nourish the skin cells, thereby keeping skin looking healthy and in good shape. 

It feels lightweight, non-greasy and non-shiny.
When applied on my skin, it absorbs quickly and sinks in faster without leaving no trace of greasy or oily residue behind, which makes it great for all skin types (including oily or acne prone skin). Read my full review here. 

Pros

  • It’s travel-friendly.
  • It’s light-weight, non-greasy and non-shiny.
  • It has all the information on the labels. 
  • Contain no artificial fragrance or colour.
  • Contains no harsh chemicals that can upset your skin.

Cons

  • I have no dislike about this product.

7. Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion – Best For Very Dry Skin

CeraVe vs Cetaphil moisturizing lotion

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If your skin is on the very dry side, then this moisturizer is your friend. My experiment with this moisturizer proved it’s best suitable for super-dry skin. It contains a combination of humectants and emollients such as; glycerin, avocado oil, vitamin E and B5 to revitalize dry skin and restore lost moisture. Read my full review here

Pros

  • Easy to use.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Well packaged.
  • Affordable to purchase. 
  • Absorbs quickly (doesn’t leave a greasy residue).
  • Comprises loads of skin moisturizing and soothing ingredients. 
  • Contain no artificial fragrance or colour.
  • Contains no skin irritating ingredients. 

Cons

  • I have no dislike about this product.

8. The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA – Best Budget

The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA review

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This list wouldn’t have been complete without the inclusion of The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA. One of the best moisturizers I’ve used. Of course from The Ordinary brand, a skincare brand that balanced between formulating quality skincare products and affordability. It’s loaded with multiple amino acids, in combination with fatty acids, triglycerides, urea, ceramides, phospholipids, glycerin, saccharides, sodium PCA, hyaluronic acid and many other compounds that are naturally present in our skin. All these at a budget friendly price. 

Although this moisturizer was a little bit thick for my liking considering the fact I have oily skin, which can easily be over weighed when using heavy moisturizers on it. I love weightless hydration. But using The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA was great on my skin, irrespective how slightly thick it was, my oily skin still loved it and never broke out. The science behind this is unexplainable because my skin easily breakouts from heavy moisturizers. Read my full review here. 

Pros

  • Easy to use.
  • Well packaged.
  • Pocket-friendly.
  • Contains no skin irritating ingredients. 
  • Absorbs quickly (doesn’t leave a greasy residue).
  • Adequately hydrates and moisturizes the skin.

Cons 

  • Product texture is a little bit thick for my liking.

9. Aveeno Skin Relief Moisture Repair Cream – Best For A Damaged Skin Barrier.

Aveeno Skin Relief Moisture Repair Cream review

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Got a compromised skin barrier? Then this moisturizer is your best bet to repair your skin barrier and get it back in shape. 

It’s enriched with skin hydrating, soothing, and nourishing ingredients such as; glycerin, oat kernel flour, oat kernel oil and shea butter to deliver heavy-dose of moisture to the skin, to repair damaged skin barrier, keeping skin intensively moisturized (relieved of dryness), supple and healthy. 

Regarding skin type, This moisturizer is suitable for all skin types (including oily skin), but MOST suitable for people with very dry skin and also damaged skin barrier due to its richness in skin hydrating and moisture-restoring ingredients. Although people with oily skin may find this moisturizer richer for their skin, as it was designed for very dry skinned-individuals. Read my full review here

Pros

  • Easy to use.
  • Well packaged.
  • Pocket-friendly.
  • Contains no skin irritating ingredients. 
  • Contain no artificial fragrance or colour.
  • Absorbs quickly (doesn’t leave a greasy residue).
  • Adequately hydrates and moisturizes the skin.
  • Contains no harsh chemicals that can be harmful to the skin. 

Cons 

  • Product scent is unpleasant (it smells like a drug) but I find it much tolerable because I’ve gotten used to it. Although the product’s scent is off-putting, but it isn’t strong and doesn’t contain fragrance. 
  • Product has to be scooped for application, which can encourage the deposition of bacteria into the product. I recommend the brand to devise a means for the application of this moisturizer without necessarily scooping it. Packaging can be changed into a tube container, or even a container with a pump, as this won’t only prevent bacteria deposition, but also encourages more efficient product-usage. 

Possible Questions & Answers.

Q: Did you break out while using any of these moisturizers?

A: While using any of the aforementioned moisturizers, I never experienced breakouts or any sort of irritation. But remember, skin types differ so shall result differs too. Do well to perform a patch test prior to commencing skincare products to test for allergies.

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