A good moisturiser is a skincare staple. Second only to a great cleanser, a moisturising cream is the most important step in your routine to ensure you're flooding the skin with hydration and vital antioxidants. Plus, a good one will act as the final step in protecting your skin against environmental aggressors during the day and will help your skin cells recharge and rejuvenate overnight.
The problem with many moisturisers, however, is that they can be the most expensive element of a good skincare routine. With clever active ingredients and luxe textures, when it comes to the final step of your routine, you can expect to pay a little more, but that doesn't mean you should have to.
There are now some seriously amazing dupes out there from more affordable brands—all of which offer a high-quality product without the enormous price tag.
Not all moisturisers are created equal, but blowing your budget is not essential.
Keep scrolling to shop nine high-end moisturisers as well as their affordable alternatives.
1. La Mer Moisturizing Cream
If it's a super-rich, comforting cream you're after, Nivea's original Creme is widely considered a good dupe to La Mer. No, it might not have the same luxe feeling, but it does carry similar nourishing benefits. Incredibly gentle and seriously hydrating, it's a great option for drier, mature skin types.
2. Origins Ginzing Oil-Free Energy Boosting Gel Moisturizer
Every skincare routine craves vitamin C—the ultimate antioxidant for brightening and protecting skin from pollution. This Origins cream has a lovely light gel texture and is formulated without pore-clogging oils, making it great for oily skin types.
While Origins' vitamin C moisturiser isn't as pricey as some options on this list, it does run over £20, which isn't a sustainable expense for many who use their moisturiser morning and night. To help keep costs down a little, this option from The Body Shop is equally as brilliant.
3. Sisley Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream
Rose is a great ingredient for sensitive or dry skin, and Sisley's beloved gel-water cream is divine. In fact, it's considered to be one of the most popular moisturisers amongst celebrity facialists and makeup artists thanks to its instantly plumping, glow-boosting finish.
4. Dr. Barbara Sturm Clarifying Face Cream
If you suffer from blemishes and breakouts, you still need to moisturise. However, finding a suitable formula can be a challenge. Dr. Barbara Sturm's clarifying cream aims to control excess oil and moisturise without clogging pores. The brand is a favourite amongst celebs such as Emily Ratajkowski, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Hailey Bieber, so you know it's good.
5. Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Oil-Free Moisture Cushion
6. Tata Harper Repairative Mositurizer
7. Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly
8. Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream
Loved by the likes of Victoria Beckham for its antioxidant, skin-loving benefits, Augustinus Bader's The Rich Cream undoubtedly has been one of the most-talked-about skincare products of the last few years. But £215 is a lot of cash to part with for a moisturiser.
9. Sunday Riley C.E.O. Vitamin C Rich Hydration Cream
Sunday Riley's C.E.O. moisturiser is a cult favourite among beauty editors and skincare buffs thanks to its lightweight but powerful antioxidant abilities. It also boosts hydration and glow and isn't thought to cause irritation as seriously as many other vitamin C formulas might. If you can afford to part with the cash, this is a great moisturiser to try.