The recipe for the perfect moisturiser

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There’s no denying that moisturisers are among many people’s favourite skincare products, and for good reasons. Full of skin-loving, hydrating ingredients, moisturisers are the best way to replenish and protect your skin. But, have you ever wondered how they actually work?

How do their magical ingredients satisfy our skin so effortlessly and what exactly are they doing to our skin? Essentially there are three main types of ingredients in moisturisers, each with its own unique characteristics and benefits for different skin concerns.


Occlusives are heavier oils that help to build your skin’s natural protective barrier. This barrier not only works to keep nasties from getting into your skin but it also ensures moistures stay within your skin, keeping your skin plump and healthy. 


Humectants are great at holding large amounts of water within the skin to give a plump appearance. Humectants work by taking water from their environment, often from deeper layers of your skin, to hydrate the surface layers. Because of this, it’s best to use humectants in conjunction with occlusives.


Emollients don’t have the same moisturising and hydrating effects as occlusives and humectants but they are very effective at softening and smoothing the skin. Emollients spread easily on the skin and share some similarities to occlusives with their ability to help repair the skin although their main benefit is leaving the skin feeling smooth and soft to touch.

A good moisturiser will contain a mix of ingredients that have occlusive, humectant and emollient properties to give your skin an equal mix of moisture, softness and protection. Here are our picks of the best moisturisers and the types of skin-loving ingredients they contain.


Sol: Hydrating Gel Moisturiser is a lightweight formula that is perfect for oily or breakout-prone skin and works to hydrate and protect your skin with a combination of occlusives, humectants and emollients.

  • Occlusives - Rosehip Oil and Jojoba Oil
  • Humectants - Hyaluronic acid
  • Emollients - Colloidal Oatmeal

With ingredients such as Rosehip and Jojoba Oil and the balance of Hyaluronic acid and Colloidal Oatmeal means that Sol still packs a powerful punch when it comes to hydrating your skin and locking in moisture. And, because of its lightweight formula, Sol doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy or heavy after application so is safe to use in the morning before applying makeup.

Luna Vitality: Restoring Moisture Cream is dreamy formula for those with dry skin concerns. The combination of nourishing ingredients leaves your skin feeling smooth and creamy. This moisturising cream has also been recognised by The Beauty Shortlist Awards two years in a row!

  • Occlusives - Jojoba Oil
  • Humectants - Hyaluronic acid
  • Emollients - Cocoa and Shea Butter and Calendula

Because of the many emollients found in Luna Vitality, this cream is great when applied after your normal moisturiser at the end of your evening skincare routine. The combination of Jojoba Oil and Hyaluronic acid will hydrate your skin and keep the moisture locked in while the Cocoa and Shea Butter and Calendula help to soften and smooth your complexion for a youthful finish.


The Limelight: Brightening Probiotic Lotion is perfect for calming red, breakout-prone and sensitive skin. Because it’s packed with vegan probiotics, this formula is proven to reduce inflammation and brighten your complexion.

  • Occlusives - Avocado Oil and Sunflower Seed Oil
  • Humectants - Hyaluronic acid
  • Emollients - Shea Butter

If you suffer from a dull complexion, sensitive, oily or breakout-prone skin, The Limelight is your new best friend. Because of its powerful antioxidant hydrating ingredients, this lotion is ideal for soothing and smoothing your skin. We recommend applying after cleansing and toning each morning and night.

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