5 Best Moisturisers For 30s Skin


The best moisturisers for 30s skin – in the space of a few weeks, I have been complimented on my ‘great skin’ several times by different people. Now, this isn’t something I am here to brag about, far from it.┬áBut I thought it might be worth sharing what I do to try make my skin the best it can possibly be.

One of my top tips for great skin is to moisture, moisturise, moisturise!

I have been an avid moisturise-er person (I can’t think of a good term for that) since I started high school. Aged 11/12 I bought my first moisturiser having read about how important it was in my Mum’s Cosmo magazine. I can remember exactly the moisturiser I first bought, it was the infamous Vitamin E cream from The Body Shop. It was one of my mainstays in my beauty routine for years and years. The scent, even now, makes me super nostalgic.

Anyhow, I’ve always been an avid moisturiser fan, religiously applying it in the morning and evening.


Nowadays, with my 30+ skin I find that my face tends to get dehydrated easily. I guess this is because at this age we are starting to loose our collagen, or at least not restoring it as much.

Anyhow, I’m no scientist or beauty expert, all I know is that the texture of my skin changed as soon as I hit 30. This means I spend a bit more time thinking about my skincare routine including using an array of cleansers, acid toners, and serums.

However, my first skincare love is always moisturiser.

And so, I thought it might be nice to share 5 best moisturisers for 30s skin, according to me. Of course, everyone’s skin type varies, we all react slightly differently to products. And what I love you might not get on with.

This is just my own personal opinion, and if we’re lucky some of these products might work for you too.


5 Best Moisturisers For 30s Skin

Avene Skin Recovery Cream

The Avene Skin Recovery Cream is probably my number one go-to moisturiser. I keep repurchasing it and it has got my through the last 3 winters of super-dehydrated skin.

I really like the dispensing method of the tube, which prevents too much coming out and getting stuck on the end of the tube. I do find, though, that at the end of the tube I have to cut cut it open to scoop out the last bit of cream, but I don’t mind that.

The Avene range is aimed at hypersensitive and irritable skin, and I initially found the brand when I suffered from some weird dry irritable red patches on my skin. This was the only moisturiser that fixed it. Since then, I’ve used it to moisturise and it gives my skin a lovely texture. I find that it soaks in nicely, my skin feels moisturised but not dewy.

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Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream

The Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream is another long term favourite in my stash. It has a light consistency but leaves an almost tacky feel to the skin for at least an hour or so after. I quite like this before I put make up on as it feels like it forms a nice barrier to stop my make-up sinking into my fine lines and wrinkles.

If the weather is getting super cold I sometimes add an extra layer to lock in the moisture. I am always happy to add extra layers of moisturiser on during the winter when my skin feels parched.

The packaging is nice and simple. It comes in a pot so you have to make sure you’ve got nice clean hands to stop any bacteria spreading, etc.

Overall, this is a great all-rounder moisturiser and one I’ve bought many times over the last 4 years.

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Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

The Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion probably has the loveliest initial texture, it is a smooth thin velvet-y feel. The moisturiser absorbs quickly and feels more creamy than tacky. Once absorbed the lotion feels almost matte.

I find this is a good all rounder and I happily use this moisturiser in the summer as well as winter.It’s great under make-up if you give it at least 10 minutes to absorb. I really enjoy the pump action packaging on this moisturiser, which I find it probably the most hygienic of all the moisturisers.

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Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream

The Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream is the newest edition to my moisturiser collection. I received a few samples of this before my wedding day to use alongside my Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation on the big day. I used it on the 3 days leading up to and on the actual day itself. It forms a great base for applying make-up. I find this moisturiser plumps my skin up a bit more. it forms a smooth layer on my skin which is ideal for long-wear foundation (FYI – this foundation last my entire wedding day, well over 14 hours of wear).

The texture of this moisturiser is a bit gloopy. It’s thick and almost reminds of cold cream. The scent isn’t to my liking but I don’t find it a problem (that might be the SPF in it). You do need to be careful of quantity, a little goes a long way and you may find it a tad clogging if you pile it on. I tend to do my usual skincare routine with one of the other moisturisers, then when I come to do my make-up I smooth a thin layer of the magic cream on first to give me that extra plumping and smoothing texture.

It comes in a beautiful pot, and this one definitely wins the prize for best packaging – it looks super cute on my dressing table.

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Embryolisse Creme Riche Hydrantante

The Embryolisse Creme Riche Hydrantate moisturiser is another great moisturiser that I mostly use in the winter. I first bought this in an apothecary in Paris a few years back and I like the simple, almost clinical, look of the packaging.

The texture is relatively thick and requires a nice face massage to work into the face. The scent isn’t my favourite but it does now remind me of winter. I find that it can be a bit too thick for me a times however where this moisturiser really came into its own is on my skiing trips. I found that this formulation formed a super barrier on my face to stop it drying out completely at the higher altitudes. I would highly recommend this for high altitudes or dry winter conditions.

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What is your favourite moisturiser for 30s skin?

I’d love to try some new products so let me know what works for you.



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