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Skincare Diaries #3: Add A Layer Of Protection To Your Face With The Right Kind Of Moisturizer

By Vaishali Valecha

Updated - May 9, 202416 min read

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Choosing the right moisturizer can get super complicated when you wander the skincare aisles and you quickly learn that the choices can be confounding. Many moisturizers contain some combination of humectants to attract water, emollients to soften skin, and occlusives to create a protective layer that locks the moisture in. No matter what your issue is, we have got your back as we present to you how you can choose a moisturizer that is meant for your skin type. 


1. For Acne Prone Skin

If you're suffering from all those pimple and acne issues then go ahead and invest in a moisturizer with ingredients like witch hazel, neem extracts, tea tree and salicylic acid. These ingredients will help treat your acne and soothe the irritation and inflammation caused by it. It'll also give you enough hydration. A gel-based consistency or the ones with a light-weight texture are best for your face as it won't clog your pores and still moisturize. 


A) The Body Shop Tea Tree Mattifying Lotion

This mattifying moisturizer from the house of The Body Shop has tea tree oil extracts that combat the formation of acne and acne-causing bacterias. If you have acne-prone skin using this on a daily will help reduce your acne and irritation, blemishes and spots that it leaves behind on your skin. 


Price: Rs.895

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B) Nivea Soft Light Moisturizer Aloe Hydration

Nivea is hands down one of the most trusted brands in India when it comes to skincare. Their products are affordable and beneficial. Just like this aloe hydration moisturizer. With aloe vera as it's the main ingredient, it provides hydration to your skin leaving it soft and supple. The lightweight texture of this moisturizer is perfect for acne prone skin as it won't clog your pores. 


Price: Rs.230

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C) Biotique Bio Winter Spot Correcting Anti-Acne Cream

If you are tired of scars and marks left behind by your acne spots then try the Biotique Bio Winter moisturizer. It is an ayurvedic and natural product that has evergreen herb, neem and haldi extracts which is extremely beneficial for acne prone skin. Haldi will help kill the acne and the evergreen herb and neem will help reduce the marks with regular use. You can also use this cream to spot correct your acne.



Price: Rs.199

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D) Plum Goodness, Green Tea Renewed Clarity Night Gel

This gel-based moisturizer from Plum Goodness is your best bet as it's quick absorbent and leaves a cooling sensation when applied. Green tea helps purifies and detoxify the skin from all the dirt and grime, preventing the formation of acne. This moisturizer will make your skin plump and leave it looking smooth. 



This gel-based moisturizer from Plum Goodness is your best bet as it's quick absorbent and leaves a cooling sensation when applied. Green tea helps purifies and detoxify the skin from all the dirt and grime, preventing the formation of acne. This moisturizer will make your skin plump and leave it looking smooth. 


Price: Rs.489

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2. For Oily Skin

Let me burst your myth! Oily skin does require moisturization. Yes, people! this is true. If you don't provide enough moisture to your skin, it'll start freaking out as it'll feel dry from constant cleansing and not getting an ample amount of hydration. And in turn, your oil glands will start producing more oil. So, to balance that you need lightweight or gel-based moisturizer to hydrate and moisturize your skin. Ingredients like hyaluronic acid, green tea and aloe vera are something you can look for in your moisturizers. 



A) The Face Shop Chia Seed No Shine Intense Hydrating Cream


Price: Rs.1791

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B) Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturiser SPF 15

If your skin produces excess oil then you should invest in a moisturizer that is oil-free and lightweight in consistency. This Neutrogena oil-free moisturizer is perfect for the hot summer weather. It comes in a pump bottle which is travel-friendly and extremely hygienic. This moisturizer is non-comedogenic, hence it won't clog your pores. The best part is, it has SPF 15 so, it works as a light sunscreen too! 


Price: Rs.389

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C) L'Oreal Paris Hydrafresh Anti-Shine Icy Gel

From a renowned brand like L'oreal Paris, this gel moisturizer leaves your skin feeling ice cold. It has marine water sources and minerals that helps restore the hydration levels in your skin that is lost due to constant sweating. It is enriched with zinc which is known for its sebum-regulating properties. It leaves your skin matte, thanks to its no-shine formulation.


Price: Rs.570

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D) Happily Unmarried AC Moisturizing Cream

Apart from their fun product names and quirky packaging, Happily Unmarried and their products are of great quality. We all stay in AC environment all day every day which results in drying our skin out. This moisturizer is non-sticky and absorbs quickly. It is SLS and Parabens free making which makes it free of chemicals. 



Price: Rs.299

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3. For Combination Skin

Is your skin as confused as you are about selecting your next Netflix show? Fret not! You, my friend, have a combination skin type. Your skin tends to get dry and patchy at the cheek area and go oily on the T-zone and you're always confused about what kind of moisturizer you should invest in to treat your skin. Moisturizers that are quick absorbent and light in consistency are your best bet. They'll provide you with dual benefits of moisturization. They won't be heavy and add to the oily parts of your skin while still providing you ample hydration on the drier areas of your face.



A) Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator

Clinique's moisture surge is a cult favourite moisturizer. With a gel consistency and oil-free formulation, this moisturizer becomes apt for combination skin type. It gives an instant boost of moisture and repeats the process for 72 hours every single time your skin feels dehydrated. It is fragrance-free and allergy tested as well which makes it suitable for sensitive skin as well. 



Price: Rs.2550

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B) The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser

Another gem from The Body Shop, Vitamin C glow-boosting moisturizer helps you say goodbye to the dull, tired and fatigue looking skin. It smells divine, thanks to the orange and Amazonian Camu berry extracts. Lightweight and gel-like texture leave your skin feeling fresh and plump. Vitamin C helps to brighten your skin revealing a clearer complexion. 




Price: Rs.1845

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C) Plum Hello Aloe Caring Day Moisturizer

Plum's no.1 bestselling moisturizer is filled with the goodness of aloe juice which keeps your skin nourished and hydrated. It is non-greasy and free from silicone, synthetic ingredients or chemicals. Vitamin E gives an extra dose of moisturization and treats your skin from deep within. 



Price: Rs.470

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D) Lotus Herbals WhiteGlow Skin Whitening & Brightening Gel Creme SPF 25 PA+++

Lotus is a herbal brand which is always a bonus. With mulberry, saxifrage and grape extracts this moisturizer gives your skin brightening effect combating the dull and tired looking skin. It also contains SPF properties that protect your skin from the harmful UVA and UVB rays of the sun. Gel-like texture absorbs quickly and keeps your skin oil-free. Rejuvenates from deep within and reveals glowing skin. 



Price: Rs.280

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4. For Normal Skin

You're the lucky one! Normal skin type is the most forgiving and most experiment worthy when it comes to trying a different kind of skincare products. You can go ahead and invest in something that has an emollient feel to it so that it gives your skin an apt amount of nourishment and moisturization. You can try using ingredients like coconut, aloe vera, cucumber and products infused with vitamin C and hyaluronic acid and your skin would thank you for the same by looking flawless, all day every day!



A) Biotique Bio Coconut Whitening & Brightening Cream

With a luxurious and rich cream with a lightweight texture, this coconut wonder becomes ideal for normal skin. It is herbal and contains extracts of virgin coconut oil to moisturize and manjhishta to help fade away the scars, dark spots and blemishes. You can attain a noticeably brighter and smoother complexion with regular use of this Boutique Bio Coconut Cream. 




Price: Rs.199

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B) Alma K Dead Sea Minerals Hydrate Nourishing Night Cream

Alma K hydrating cream has the extract of dead sea minerals and natural oils that gives ample amount of hydration. This product is free from SLS, petrolatum, mineral oil and parabens. It enhances the skin's natural regeneration. The texture is super light, non-sticky and leaves your skin feeling soft. 




Price: Rs.2100

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C) Clinique Id Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

Another best seller from the house of Clinique, the dramatically different moisturizing lotion is perfect for people with normal skin type. It is a little thick in texture and provides tons of moisture to the drier areas of your skin. The pump packaging makes it travel-friendly and hygienic to use. It is a great moisturizer for using underneath makeup.


Price: Rs.2800

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D) belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb

Aqua bomb by belif is a blend of apothecary herbs. It is enriched with anti-oxidants and keeps your skin free from radicals. It induces hydration deep within your skin and leaves your skin feeling smooth and soft. Improves the skin elasticity and shrinks the appearance of pores. It is free from sulfates and parabens. 



Price: Rs. 1590

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5. For Dry Skin

If you feel like the Sahara desert is making an appearance on your skin, then you're from the dry skin family. Your skin needs loads of moisture as it literally drinks it all up. Problems like dry flaky skin, dry patches, cracks and sometimes, in extreme winter weather even skin peeling can become a major issue for your skin. To beat all this you need a rich moisturizer to quench your skin's thirst. Ingredients like, shea butter, essential oils, vitamin-e and coconut oil extracts are something you should look for while buying your next tub of moisturizer. 



A) Plum E-Luminence Deep Moisturizing Crème

Filled with Vitamin E, this moisturizer has a thick and creamy texture that provides an apt amount of moisturization to extremely dry skin. It is a vegan formulation, free from parabens, sulfates, mineral oils and silicone. It hydrates, nourishes and repairs your skin revealing a glowing complexion.  




Price: Rs.575

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B) Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream

Another cult classic cream with a light-weight texture that produces 24-hour hydration leaving your skin plump and glowy. Made with Antarcticine, a Glycoprotein extracted from microorganisms sourced from sea glaciers and notable for an ability to protect skin from the cold air as well. It reduces moisture loss by giving a constant boost of moisture. With regular use, you can balance the moisture levels of your skin. 



Price: Rs.2550

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C) The Face Shop Mango Seed Volume Butter For Face

Mango Seed Volume Butter by The Face Shop has mango fruit extract making it smell divine. As the name suggests it has a rich butter like consistency which provides intense moisturization for up to 48 hours leaving your skin deeply moisturized, soft, supple and radiant. It prevents the flakiness, dullness and wrinkles. It is infused with ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, sunflower seed oil, and adenosine. This product is also free of parabens, mineral oil, talc, paraffin, and polyacrylamide.



Price: Rs.2790

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D) Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre

This moisturizer is every makeup artists favourite, a great primer underneath your makeup and travel-friendly for an all-day moisturization. It is enriched with essential fatty acids and vitamins. Once applied, it absorbs quickly and leaves your skin feeling instantly feels plumped, feel soothed and hydrated. The velvety finish grips your foundation and makes your makeup seem flawless all day. 


Price: Rs.2200

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6. For Sensitive Skin

Are you sick and tired of watching your face look like a tomato? Do not worry as we've got you a solution! Your sensitive skin tends to get irritated and get inflamed in a split second. It can get super reactive and hence, requires specially curated products to treat it well. One thing you need to make sure is to get fragrance free skincare as scents tend to react badly with skin, especially sensitive skin. Other than this, go for natural and organic products/ brand to hydrate your skin and you'll thank us later! 



A) Cetaphil Moisturising Lotion

Cetaphil is a popular brand that creates products targeted especially for sensitive skin. This daily lotion is a perfect lightweight moisturizer. It has a non-greasy formula that absorbs quickly. It is non-irritating and non-comedogenic making it ideal for calming the redness of sensitive skin. Fragrance-free and Hypoallergenic and Dermatologically tested, this moisturizer is proven to bind water to the skin and help prevent moisture loss.



Price: Rs.347

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B) O3+ Aloe Derma Hydrating Gel For Sensitive Skin

Give yourself skin a refreshing experience with the Aloe Derma Hydrating Gel. It hydrates your skin while soothing, cooling and reducing any form of redness and rashes. Suitable for everyday use this moisturizer leaves you with a natural and nourishing glow. It effectively hydrates your skin without clogging the pores, thanks to the lightweight gel-like texture. 



Price: Rs.450

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C) L'Oreal Paris Hydra Fresh Anti-Ox Aqua Balm

Hydra Fresh Anti-Ox Grape Seed Hydrating moisturizer contains powerful antioxidants to fight against dryness, dullness and fragility. It keeps the skin hydrated, replenished and radiant. It is enriched with double hyaluronic acid and lipidure that boosts the skin's hydration levels, that makes your skin look and feel soft, plump and hydrated. It neutralizes free radicals caused by daily aggressions which calms the irritation and redness in your skin.



Price: Rs.599

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D) Biotique Bio Carrot Ultra Soothing Face Lotion 40+ SPF UVA/UVB Sunscreen

The Biotique Bio Carrot Ultra Soothing Face Lotion is a nutrient-rich formulation which is organic. With an amalgamation of pure carrot oil and extracts of carrot seed is enriched with Vitamin A, credited with many healing and healthy properties. The lodhra bark that cures the acne and improves the appearance of wrinkles. The quince seed and Aloe Vera keeps the skin soft, fair and moisturized in the sun. It contains additional benefits of sunscreen and protects the skin with a broad spectrum SPF 40 UVA/UVB technology.


Price: Rs.320

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Now that you know all the important points one should consider while buying a face moisturizer go ahead and invest in one that is best suited for your skin type. Let us know in the comments below which brand and type of moisturizer made it to your skincare routine. Until then, PEACE!!!

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Question: What ingredients should we look for while buying a moisturizer for acne prone skin?

Answer: Witch hazel, neem extracts, tea tree and salicylic acid.


Question: Which brands are best to shop for a face moisturizer in India?

Answer: Plum, Biotique, The Body Shop, The Face Shop, Cetaphil and Clinique.