How to find the right moisturiser for your skin.

How to find the right moisturiser for your skin.

Looking for the perfect moisturiser but not sure where to start? When it comes to finding the right moisturiser for your skin type, there’s a lot to consider, and going on skin type alone isn’t always enough.


Skin type and concerns aside, texture, ingredients and benefits all come into the equation too. So, we believe the best place to start is to set a skin goal, and find the moisturiser that’ll get you there – which is where we come in. Read on to find out all about the best Clinique moisturiser tailored to specific skin goals, so you can call off your search once and for all.


Skin Goal: Dewy & Glowing.

Meet Moisture Surge™ 100H Auto-Replenishing Hydrator, your first stop on the quest for the ultimate glow.

Texture: Moisture Surge 100H™ is a lightweight, refreshing oil-free gel-cream; Moisture Surge™ Intense 72H Lipid-Replenishing Hydrator is a richer cream-gel texture.

Key Ingredients: Hyaluronic acid to attract and lock in moisture; aloe bio-ferment to soothe and help skin retain moisture, and a blend of vitamin C and vitamin E to protect skin. Moisture Surge Intense also includes cica (aka tiger grass) to soothe dry, delicate skin.

Benefits: Our bestselling Moisture Surge™ 100H Auto-Replenishing Hydrator delivers weightless, long-lasting hydration and leaves skin with a plump, dewy glow. Plus, you can use it as a face mask, cuticle cream, makeup base and more. The Moisture Surge™ Intense formula delivers an instant moisture boost in a richer texture that leaves skin velvety smooth and hydrated for 72 hours. Our NEW Moisture Surge™ SPF 25 Sheer Hydrator offers the ultimate in hydration and protection with sheer SPF 25 in a cloud-like, weightless cream moisturiser. 

Best for: This is a real crowd pleaser as far as moisturisers go. It’s lightweight and oil-free yet still really hydrating, so it ticks all the boxes for combination skin, oily skin and dry skin types. If you prefer a richer texture, try the Intense version.

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Skin Goal: Strong & Perfectly Balanced.

For stronger, healthier-looking skin, call on Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+™, the iconic fuss-free moisturiser that has stood the test of time.

Texture: We know everyone’s skin is different, so we offer this fan favourite in three formulas – the original silky lotion, a moisturising gel for oily skin and a refreshing water-jelly.

Key Ingredients: All contain natural moisturising factors, including hyaluronic acid, which help attract and bind moisture to skin, alongside a blend of natural barley, sunflower and soothing cucumber extracts.

Benefits: These dermatologist-developed formulas help to strengthen skin’s moisture barrier and deliver comforting, just-right hydration. They work to soften and smooth the skin while strengthening the skin barrier, allowing for better absorption of the actives in your routine. A little goes a long way, plus you can use it on your face, neck and anywhere your skin needs a hydration hit.

Best for: Anyone looking for an effective, no-frills moisturiser that hydrates and strengthens the skin. Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+™ has held icon status for decades, and with good reason – it’s gentle, it’s effective and there’s a variation for every skin type.


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Skin Goal: Plump & Youthful.

Get Smart on signs of ageing with our innovative Smart Clinical Repair™ Wrinkle-Correcting Cream, or try our NEW Smart Clinical Repair™ Lifting Face + Neck Cream powered by fortifying peptides. 

Texture: Available in an oil-free peptide moisturiser for oily to combination skin, or a rich cream moisturiser for drier skin.

Key Ingredients: CL1870 Peptide Complex™, an expert peptide blend; two molecular weights of hyaluronic acid to flood skin with hydration; soybean seed extract to fortify skin and shea butter to nourish (rich cream only).

Benefits: This skin-smoothing moisturiser is engineered to visibly reduce lines and wrinkles, plumping skin with lasting hydration. The new >Smart Clinical Repair™ Lifting Face + Neck Cream is dermatologist developed to help lift, smooth and hydrate the skin for a more lifted appearance and a reduction in the look of wrinkles. It's safe for sensitive skin too. 

Best for: This is a great moisturiser for mature skin, and as we have two formulas, it’s suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. It’s also great for anyone looking for a nourishing cream to use AM and PM – just remember to follow with an SPF during the daytime. The new lifting cream is great if you're looking to target loss of volume in the neck and chin area also. Find out more about how to tighten neck skin here.

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Skin Goal: Clear & Calm.

Wondering if blemish-prone skin needs a moisturiser? The answer is always yes. The right moisturiser, like Anti-Blemish Solutions All-Over Clearing Treatment, is essential to help balance your skin’s oil production, and can actually help treat breakouts.

Texture: Oil-free, lightweight moisturising cream.

Key Ingredients: It contains salicylic acid, a BHA which stimulates cell turnover and unclogs pores to reveal smoother, clearer skin, alongside other anti-blemish ingredients like witch hazel.

Benefits: This oil-free moisturiser for blemish-prone skin hydrates, smooths and comforts while helping to prevent breakouts and control oil build-up. Skin looks fresh and healthy, not oily and shiny.

Best for: This formula is perfect for anyone prone to regular breakouts. It’s also a good option for teens starting out on their skincare journey. We’d recommend using it alongside a cleanser, Clarifying Lotion and the Clinical Clearing Gel from the Anti-Blemish Solutions range for best results.


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Skin Goal: Soothed & Comfortable. 

If you experience redness flareups or blotchiness, soothe and calm your skin with Redness Solutions Daily Relief Cream, our best moisturiser for redness.

Texture: Oil-free moisturising cream.

Key Ingredients: Lactobacillus probiotic extract which helps to calm and comfort irritated skin, green tea extract for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, plus hyaluronic acid to replenish hydration.

Benefits: This gentle, oil-free cream moisturiser helps to calm the appearance of redness and strengthens the skin with comforting hydration.

Best for: Those experiencing persistent or occasional redness or anyone with very sensitive skin. This moisturiser is particularly effective when used with the rest of the Redness Solutions regimen, alongside a high-level SPF.


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Skin Goal: Revitalised & Glowing.

Maximise your beauty sleep with TURNAROUND™ OVERNIGHT REVITALIZING MOISTURISER, our rejuvenating, dermatologist-tested night cream. Our top-rated night cream visibly plumps, hydrates and smooths fine dry lines for a fresh-faced glow when you wake.

Texture: Nourishing moisturising cream.

Key Ingredients: Natural moisturising factors like squalane, urea and glycerin help to hydrate and soften, while salicylic acid provides gentle overnight exfoliation to smooth and rejuvenate the look of skin.

Benefits: This revitalising nightly moisturiser helps to boost cell renewal, revealing more luminous skin overnight. It gets to work while you sleep, helping to tone, retexturise and smooth the look of skin. Thanks to a combination of nourishing, hydrating ingredients, skin appears plump, refreshed and hydrated when you wake.

Best for: Anyone looking for an effective, glow-boosting night-time moisturiser. It's also a great moisturiser for first signs of ageing, as it hydrates fine, dry lines to create a smoother, plumper appearance. It's like your best-ever beauty sleep, in a jar.





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Updated by Shona Wallace, August 2023.


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Dramatically Different™ Moisturizing Lotion+, Dermatologist-developed formula that supports a stronger moisture barrier for healthier looking skin.
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