This is a question that we get asked a lot Nakin. How do I know what the best face cream is for me? The answer can depend on each person's specific requirements, as well as your skin type. However, there are common features that make some face creams stand out much more than others, and they will perform better due to the ingredients they are formulated with, as well as not having any undesirable consequences from using them, such as causing irritation.
The most important aspect of a good face cream is the ingredients that it contains, as this will determine how beneficial it will be to your skin. There are main elements to this; firstly having content that works in harmony with your skin to allow it to prosper and grow, and secondly to not include any harmful, toxic or damaging ingredients like parabens. Sometimes even ingredients that on the surface seem like they will be great for your skin, can actually cause problems. A good example of this is using coconut oil in the face cream. We all know that coconut has been branded as one of the biggest super foods due to it's amazing nutrient content, however it's actually very pore clogging to the face, being such a rich and fatty oil. But don’t worry if you do not feel up to speed on which ingredients are beneficial, and which are not so great. Just take a look at our list below, for our take on the best face creams available at this current time.
Criteria For The Best Face Cream
Top face products are no longer reserved for the wealthy, there are many great face products that are now easily available to everyone. As you know Nakin are heavily invested in clean beauty, and have the strictest standards and only deal in the best skincare products available. Our decades of experience in face care formulation come in handy when we want to do a task like this. To compile a list of the best face creams we use three-step criteria. The products need to contain ingredients that are highly good for skin, however they must not contain ingredients that are undesirable to skin. This last element was harder than we anticipated, the clean beauty revolution is certainly in force but there are still so many undesirable synthetic ingredients like PEGs, silicones and even parabens still making a common appearance in skincare. There are so many skincare products packed with synthetics. Lastly, they need to be affordable to most people, as we do not believe that good face cream needs to cost the earth.
List Of Best Face Creams
- Nakin Active Dew Face Cream £20. Our all-time number one best face cream available has to be the Nakin Active Dew Face Cream. Of course, we would say this, but it’s for a very good reason, as we formulated it to be head and shoulders above anything else on the market. This natural anti-ageing face moisturiser is our best-selling product, and rightly so. We are putting it at the number one best face cream available for lots of reasons. To start with it always receives outstanding reviews, and our customers are always right. This cream works wonders at skin ageing prevention, and repair. It gets it’s power from its intense blend of high performing natural plant actives like Hyaluronic Acid, Cassia, Seaweed, Hibiscus and Pomegranate, all blended to perfection with the finest silky smooth texture known to a cream. Of course, it’s also cruelty free and comes in an easily recyclable jar.
- Nakin Matt Formula Face Cream £20. This cream has become a cult favourite for those that like to layer their face products, or are not keen on a dewy finish. So good that even Kylie Minogue’s make-up artist Christian Vermaak loves to use it under foundations. There is no compromise here on hydration though, as this little pot of beauty works wonders on skin by combining the benefits of hydration, nutrients and protection - from the special blend of intense natural actives and plant ingredients. It packs a punch on skin morning till night with the divine creamy soft formula, and subtle scent. It’s kind to skin and the environment and we believe it is the best face cream around for oily, combination and normal skin and the outstanding reviews support this. Natural, cruelty free and presented in an easily recyclable jar.
- John Rosebrook Vital Balm Cream £40. This one is more for drier skin types, with it being a balm, although it has more of a cream finish, and states that it is suitable for even blemish prone skin. Boasting a long list of organic ingredients with aloe vera, honey, avocado oil, and vitamin E for great moisturisation and soft, supple skin. Senna seed, ashwagandha, turmeric, and goji berry help to condition the complexion. We like balmy face creams as they can multi-task in personal facial massage.
- Osmia Purely Simple Face Cream £50. Hailed as a saviour to troubled skin with calming ingredients like Aloe Vera, Jojoba and Sweet Almond Oil. Although the ingredients are common natural ones, they have been used for centuries for a reason. Jojoba oil is great for irritated skin as it is similar to skins natural sebum. We love the simpleness of this face cream, perfect for really aggravated skin, or as a moisturiser for very young skin. This cream is definitely an expensive one, so might be more for a special occasion instead of an everyday product.
- Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream £30.50. This timeless product has been a favourite for many years. Everyone loves Rose and it’s easy to see why as it is refreshing and kind to skin, plus smells gorgeous. This cream is probably better for drier skin types, as it is quite rich. We particularly love this cream as we respect Dr. Hauschka for their many years producing natural skincare.
- Kimberly Sayer Antioxidant Daily Moisturising Cream SPF30 £27. We have included this day cream as we know some people always prefer to use a cream with a built in SPF. We advise that it is better to have a separate SPF to apply just before going out in the sun, as opposed to applying at the same time as a moisturiser. This cream is not too rich and has very good reviews, so for those that like a built in SPF with their face cream, then this is a good option.
- Aveda Inner Light Tinted Moisturiser £26. This tinted face creams comes high on our list because we like multi-purpose products, that save time and money. It’s good if you don’t like to use foundation, and instead prefer just a small amount of sheer coverage on your face. It also has a lovely delicate aroma from organic lemon, bergamot and rose.
- 100% Pure Green Tea EGCG Concentrate Cream £43. A clean beauty brand from California, that has high natural skincare standards. This face moisturiser is highly rich in nutrients to soften and fortify the skin. EGCG plays a big part and is a strong antioxidant from green tea, to protect against environmental stressors.
- Botanics Organic Hydrating Day Cream 50ml £10. This is included as it is a good value option, and is 81% organic, which we felt is very good for a drug store own brand. It also contains organic Rosehip Oil which is lovely for skin due to the Omega content.
- Neal's Yard Remedies Frankincense Nourishing Cream £28. This has to be included as it has been a favourite with lots of people for many years. It’s a very rich cream though, so might be better for drier skin types, and when not using layers of products like serums.
- Antipodes Rejoice Light Day Cream £29. A light and non-oily natural facial day cream that is deeply moisturising to skin, as well as balancing to help enhance your skin's natural hydration.
- Sukin Facial Moisturiser £8. This brand is Australian, but they offset the airmiles by being carbon neutral. A nice affordable choice with plant and essential oils for those looking for a basic natural face cream.
- Egyptian Magic All-Purpose Skin Cream £29. If you like honey and bee products, then this is a good one with bee pollen, royal jelly and propolis. It’s all purpose so can also be used on irritated skin on the body.
- Balmology Calendula & Chamomile Comfort Balm £24. This is a balm so might not suit everyone, but the natural oils and butters make it a good option for those that have Eczema.
- Dermalogica Active Moist Facial Moisturiser £34. A USA brand developed by a skin therapist 25 years ago. This long-standing range formulate high quality face products that feel good on skin.
- Burt's Bees anti-blemish daily moisturising lotion £17. An option for those with blemish prone skin. A natural daily lotion that they say is scientifically proven to protect against blemishes without irritating skin, for smooth and healthy-looking skin.
- Origins GinZing™ Energy Boosting SPF 40 Tinted Moisturiser £30. Coffee Beans and Panax Ginseng work to increase moisture and energy in the skin, at the same time as protecting from UV rays and providing a sheer colour tint.
- Caudilie Vineactiv 3 in 1 moisturiser £32. A light hydrating cream which has been formulated to reduce the amount of pollutant particles deposited on the skin, they advise that it visibly smoothes wrinkles to restore a healthy glow.
- L'Occitane Ultra Rich Comforting Face Cream £29. This is formulated with a high concentration of shea butter, actually 25% so it may not be for some people as shea is a thick white butter. But they say it is to answer the essential needs of dry to very dry skin, including sensitive skin types.
- Elemental Herbology Moisture Milk Facial Moisturiser £44. They describe this as an anti-bacterial moisturiser rich in anti-oxidants, to help reduce excess oil and congestion in break-out and oily prone skin.
- BareMinerals SkinLongevity £48. Not the cheapest, which is surprising as their natural mineral make-up is slightly more affordable. However, it does have a patented formula and works to replenish skin, with enhanced resilience and a glowingly healthy look.
- Nakin Performance Face Serum £25. Although not actually a face cream, this serum is on the richer side compared to some of the watery formulations. It works to repair skin with it’s natural multi-active complex to help with past damage, and smooth and freshen skin. It can be used as a primer, or light face moisturiser under sunscreen and rich make-up.
- REN Evercalm Hydra-Calm Global Protection Day Cream £34. Another entry for those with more sensitive skin types. The founders of REN started the range to be all about clean skincare, and although the company has now been sold to one of the skin care giants, it still retains the philosophy of clean skincare. For this moisturiser cream they say it keeps reactive skin optimally hydrated, calmed, soothed and protected this moisturiser combats the feeling of chronic discomfort, redness and sensitivity, that can lead to premature ageing. It also ensures skin glows with renewed health.
- Balance Me Balancing Face Moisturiser £24. This range is all about balancing the skin out, so if you feel your skin has different sides that need balancing out then this might be good to try, and it is also not too expensive.
- Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser £22. We like this brand as the founder Liz Earle is a big healthy living advocate. Although Liz no longer owns the brand, it still retains many of it’s core beliefs and is a nice affordable option for normal skin.
*Prices correct at the time of publishing.
We hope that you enjoyed reading our list of the best face cream moisturisers around. Obviously we hope that you continue to use Nakin Skincare products, as we have developed these to be the best possible skincare, and at an affordable price. This is from the exceptionally high quality natural active ingredients, combined with strong environmental credentials and our affordable prices. But we do often get asked about the other brands that we like, and have inspired us. Compiling this list has actually been really beneficial to see what else is out there, and surprising how hard it is to find a good face cream that meets clean beauty standards, while still offering high performance skincare, and being purse friendly. Of course everyone’s skin and requirements are so unique, and there is never a one size fits all when it comes to face creams. The nice thing about affordable options is that if something isn’t quite right, it is easily put right.
As well as face creams Nakin offer a full range of anti-ageing skincare for all your beauty needs. Our Cleansing Milk cleans skin and removes make-up, while keeping it soft and conditioned at the same time. This can be used morning an evening as a cleanser and removes make-up. Then to exfoliate once a week, remove the milk with a damp luke warm muslin cloth. Use small circular movements, and move around the cloth to use a clean piece on different parts of skin. It includes Seaweed and Hyaluronic Acid. Our Purifying Face Toner is then lovely to follow cleansing to remove last traces of cleanser, double cleanse and close pores. It also includes Seaweed and Hyaluronic Acid.
Our Eye Cream Complex contains many actives like Algae and Green Tea to smooth lines, reduce dark circles and puffing.As mentioned in our best face cream list, we have two face creams, the Matt Cream and Dew Cream depending on your skin type that hydrate beautifully, provide intense nutrients and protect skin from pollution, wind and rain etc. Then our Performance Face Serum is great for skin repair and damage prevention. It contains Hibiscus to smooth lines naturally, Pomegranate for intense anti-oxidants and many other high performing natural actives. Our Lip Treatment Balm and Revitalising Face Oil are both made of beautiful natural oils and butters like Argan, Shea and Baobab. Both very calming and conditioning to skin. Here is a link forfull range of Nakin's award winning cruelty free natural anti-ageing face, lip and eye products.
We have formulated our products to be as natural as they can be, they are over 98% natural ingredients such as plant actives, oils and butters. We have a very strict ingredients policy and so our products are free from pore-blocking petrochemicals, sulphate detergents, silicones, synthetic colours and parabens. In addition, Nakin products do not contain potential irritants including: glycols and diglycols (such as propylene glycol), PEG's, PPGs, urea, D.E.A, T.E.A, PABA and other synthetic sunscreens, aliphatic alcohols/hydrocarbons, phthalates, fumarates, amines, alkanolamines, synthetic AHAs/BHAs, polyacrylamide, metacrylate, elastomer, poloxamer, styrene, vinyl, polyquaternium, synthetic chelating agents, nylon, nitriles, nitrates, nitrosamine releasers, bromates, fluor, aluminum and alumina.
We hope that you enjoyed this article about the best face creams, and it helps you in your quest for the perfect moisturiser. We plan to write a series about other face care products, such as eye creams and serums. In the meantime if you have any feedback or queries, then we would love to hear from you.