17 Affordable Moisturisers That Feel So Expensive on the Skin


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A good moisturiser is a skincare staple. Second only to a great cleanser, a moisturising cream is an important step in any skincare routine to ensure you're flooding your skin with hydration and vital ingredients. 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. Moisturisers often have clever active ingredients and luxe textures, so you can expect to pay a little more, but that doesn't mean you should have to.


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Luckily, there are now some seriously good beauty dupes out there from more affordable brands, all of which offer high-quality products without the enormous price tags.

Keep scrolling to shop 17 high-end moisturisers as well as their affordable alternatives.

Shop the Best High-End & Affordable Moisturisers:

If you love: La Mer Moisturizing Cream

Try: Nivea Creme

If you love: Origins Ginzing Oil-Free Energy Boosting Gel Moisturizer

Try: The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser

If you love: Sisley Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream

Try: PIXI Rose Ceramide Cream

If you love: Dr. Barbara Sturm Clarifying Face Cream

Try: La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo

If you love: Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Oil-Free Moisture Cushion

Try: Naturium Niacinamide Gel Cream 5%

If you love: Tata Harper Repairative Mositurizer

Try: Weleda Skin Food Light

If you love: Ren Evercalm Overnight Recovery Balm

Try: Naturium Marshmallow Root Balm

If you love: Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly

Try: Bioderma Hydrabio Gel Cream

If you love: Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream

Try: Beauty Pie Youthbomb Biologic Collagen Peptide Cream

If you love: Sunday Riley C.E.O. Vitamin C Rich Hydration Cream

Try: No7 Radiance+ Vitamin C Daily Brightening Moisturiser

If you love: Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base

Try: Beauty Pie Super Healthy Skin Ultimate Anti-Aging Cream

If you love: Lisa Franklin Pro-Effect Pollution Defence Moisturising Cream

Try: Nip + Fab Anti-Pollution SPF 30 Moisturiser

If You Love: Givenchy Le Soin Noir Cream

Try: Q&A Snow Algae Intensive Face Cream

If You Love: FaceGym Supreme Restructure Firming EGF Collagen Boosting Cream

Try: Boots Collagen Day Cream Spf30

If You Love: Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream

Try: Embrolisse Lait-Crème Concentré

If You Love: Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturising Cream

Try: Beauty Bay Colloidal Oatmeal Rich Moisturiser

If You Love: Charlotte Tilbury Magic Water Cream

Try: Bubble Skincare Slam Dunk Hydrating Moisturiser Creme

This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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Grace Day is a beauty editor and content creator. She has over 10 years of beauty-industry experience, spanning editorial, retail, and e-commerce, which gives her a unique understanding into how people shop for their beauty routines.

While studying for a history degree (specialising in the history of beauty) and working as a beauty adviser in department stores, Grace started writing her own beauty blog in order to share the products she discovered while dealing with acne. After graduating, she moved to Beauty Bay as beauty editor and content manager. Grace is currently a beauty contributor to Who What Wear. She has also written for Hypebae and PopSugar and works as a brand consultant and copywriter.