What Is A Moisturizer And What Do They Do?

It may seem like a basic skincare question, but what moisturizers are and what they do can become complicated when you factor in skin types and concerns, as well as the wide and brilliant selections of moisturizers now on offer and the ever-changing environment we live in.

Moisturizers follow after a cleanser and toner in your skincare routine and are generally the last step before an SPF for protection. They’re generally a cream or gel texture and they sit on the top layer of your skin to hydrate, retain moisturise (duh!) and protect your skin. They also work perfectly as a primer for your makeup by creating a smooth and even base.

Now we’ve convinced you that you need one, let’s get into the best face moisturizer for your skin type:

I have dry patches across my skin and love thick luxurious creams

You’ll notice your skin has dryness in areas and any skincare product you apply is absorbed quickly. The best moisturizer for dry skin is DOUBLE CREAM Hydrating Moisturiser, as the name suggests it’s a thick and luxurious cream with a stunning texture. Phirmaderm™ complex and Mediterranean botanicals work together to rehydrate and firm dry and parched skin.

My skin can look dull and lacklustre so I need something to wake it up

Dullness can be due to lack of exfoliation, so we’d recommend adding one to your routine. For creating a glowy appearance, we’d opt for SKIN TRUFFLE Ultra Radiance Moisturiser. Another super hydrating formula but with added Happybelle-PE™ that mimics a natural radiant glow and diamond powder to blur fine lines and wrinkles with light reflecting patterns.

I experience an oily t-zone but dry cheeks, what moisturizer do I need?

One of the most common skin types is combination, where you can have oily and dry areas on your face. To even the skin texture we love MOISTURE TO GO Balancing Moisturiser, a clever formula that absorbs excess oil and rehydrates the drier areas. You’ll find brilliant Mediterranean ingredients like tomato, grapefruit and olive combined with vitamins and our Combiderm™ complex to balance the skin.

Oiliness is my biggest problem, I have shiny areas showing through my makeup during the day

We’ve all been there when nothing can stop oily skin from producing a shiny t-zone. But fear not because the best moisturizer for oily skin is our MOISTURE MATTE Mattifying Moisturiser. It has an incredible cashmere-soft texture that targets the oiliness but doesn’t leave your skin dried out or lacking in hydration. Oily skin still needs moisture but in a lighter non-greasy formula.

My skin can become easily irritated and experience redness

Sensitivity is on the rise amongst many skin types and can be a major problem if not treated with the right skincare products. We’ve taken this into account and created our BE STILL Settling Moisturiser, a soothing and nourishing light cream to comfort the skin. We’ve added prebiotics which work to help support the skin microbiome’s defences against redness and irritation and a range of beautiful Mediterranean botanicals. Sounds super calming right?

I need something overnight to refresh and restore my skin by the morning

We do recommend switching to a night cream vs using the same day cream, because when you’re sleeping your skin can take a break and help to restore and repair again. The best night cream and our award-winner is REPOSE Relaxing Night Cream, where you’ll find calming vitamins and essential oils to settle a busy mind and stressed skin.

If you’re looking more along the anti-ageing side in your moisturizer, TRUFFLE NOIR 24-Hour Skin Rejuvenation is a great option for you. Ingredients like black truffle, platinum and peptides hydrate and firm the skin, helping to prevent the appearance of dine lines and wrinkles while visibly brightening.


But what about facial oils we hear you say?

Facial oils help to seal in all the ingredients and moisture you’ve just applied to your face so they’ll come last in your skincare routine but before an SPF if using an oil during the day. We love to use IT’S ALL GOOD Nutritious Boost Facial Oil as a nightly treatment a few times a week to really help our skin feel hydrated and look glowy by morning.

Always remember that your skin changes throughout the year so adjust your moisturizer based on what your skin needs. And the best anti-ageing tip we can give you is to apply SPF all year round, your skin will definitely thank you for it later.


We hope you enjoyed our what is a moisturizer post and discovered the right TEMPLESPA moisturizer for your skin type and needs. Stay up to date with us on Facebook and Instagram for news, blog content and more.