Choosing the Best Moisturiser for Your Skin

Moisturiser Matches for Your Skin Type


From Concerns to Conditions, Take the Guess Work Out of Facial Hydration


Need a moisturiser? If only it was as easy as picking up any jar off the shelf. Unfortunately, it’s just not that simple. We’ve done a little homework for you so you can ace your choice. All you need to do is connect with your skin and its health.

When deep diving into the world of facial moisturisers, the first step is understanding the difference between skin type and skin condition. Skin type is what you’re born with. Skin condition (or conditions) happens thanks to living; think sun exposure, climate, lifestyle and even stress. Take a 28 year old woman with a dark skin tone. With a genetic predisposition to an oily skin type, Duduzile spends lots of time outdoors (hello, sunshine) and is experiencing hormonal changes. So, with UV exposure, a hormonal factor and extra oil (sebum) in the mix, Dudu finds that on top of needing to reduce sebum and shine, she’s looking for a moisturiser that helps manage dark marks for a more even skin tone. So, her skin health looks like this: balancing oil but still hydrating her skin properly and reducing dark marks.

Oily Skin: Balance, Even Texture and Shine Control

Those on the oilier side tend to look for something very absorbent. Or use no moisturiser at all! But your oily skin needs hydration to balance it, otherwise it’ll just produce more sebum in a desperate attempt to regulate itself. The answer – dependent on your stage of life – is to ensure your skin is getting equal levels of oil control and hydration. Natural clarifiers like lemon extract and Vitamin C for brightness, help with condition and an important factor is ensuring that mattifiers don’t leave any residue on skin. That means no chalkiness or ashy wash of colour.

TRY: NIVEA Perfect & Matte Effect Oil Control Vanishing Day Cream 

For an anti-ageing option, try NIVEA Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Power Pore Minimising Day Cream SPF 15 

Blemish-Prone Skin: Calm, Cleared and Soothed

Your skin is known to flare up with pimples, blackheads and can look red or inflamed. Your skin certainly isn’t dirty, it’s just that your pores tend to get congested. You’re dealing with more oil, and add to that dead skin cells, bacteria (perfectly normal) and debris that gets trapped creating dreaded bumps. Whether you’re seeing a spot here or there, areas of blackheads or breakouts, this skin type and the inflammatory conditions that come with it (like pimples) are tricky to treat. Look for clarifying ingredients that work to keep skin clean but not strip it.

TRY: NIVEA Clear Up Blemish Gel that absorbs extra oil, reduces noticeable blemishes and helps maintain even looking skin.

Dry Skin: Smoothness, Hydration and Radiance

It’s no secret that dry skin needs moisture. And, the conditions that come along with dryness, such as fine lines, may need some extra help. Think of re-plumping your skin’s cells – and doing so with the right ingredients. Botanical oils as well as Hyaluronic Acid (present in our skins) are natural fighters that help hydrate dry skin. Remember, the sun can dry out skin too. While you should always use a stand-alone sunscreen over your moisturiser, a day cream with a built-in SPF that gives a UVA/UVB filter means upping your protection.

TRY: NIVEA Nourishing Day Cream 24H Moisture SPF 15 and for mature skin or to treat ageing concerns, reach for NIVEA Cellular Lift Expert Advanced Anti-Age Day Cream SPF 15 

Unaffected Skin: Health, Vitality and Routine

You’ve hit the jackpot of skin types; regulated, easy to manage and healthy. While there may be certain conditions you wish to treat (like pigmentation or dullness), your skin isn’t especially oily, sensitive or dry. In other words, inflammation isn’t an issue and you’re not battling an underlying concern. You can reach for a daily cream that moisturises your skin, keeping your face in a happy routine, while treating any conditions that may crop up thanks to the environment or your lifestyle.

TRY: NIVEA Rose Care Moisturising Gel Cream, NIVEA Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Power Firming Day Cream SPF15 and NIVEA Q10 Energy Healthy Glow Day Cream SPF15 and for dark marks NIVEA Luminous630 Day Cream SPF50, are suitable for all skin types and treat a variety of skin conditions.