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One of the most common questions we get online and in store—especially come
wintertime—is “what’s the best moisturiser.” It’s a hard one for us to answer, too, as
we have so many hydrating formulas that we really, truly believe in. There are the oil-free,
gel-like formulas that refresh the skin with lightweight ingredients like hyaluronic acid,
marine algae and even watermelon, and at the other end of the spectrum there are the rich,
buttery formulations of exotic African oils, shea butter and good-for-more-than-your-toast
avocado. Sure, they all hydrate the skin, but they each serve their own purpose too. To make it
easier than ever for you to shop the creams of our crop, we’re taking you through our
The buttercream frosting of moisturisers, this whipped blend of six cold-pressed African oils
and ceramides delivers instant and long-lasting hydration to revive dull, parched skin. With
a unique press-top packaging that provides the perfect amount of cream each and every time,
it’s thick and creamy but never greasy, and is perfect for customising, acting as a creamy
base to enrich with active serums or extra-nourishing oils like the Drunk Elephant Virgin
Marula Luxury Oil.
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If oils intimidate you, reach for this bestseller from Dr. Dennis
Gross. A refreshing gel-cream texture serves up a plumping dose of lightweight
hydration thanks to inclusions of skin strengthening marine algae, our hydrating hero,
hyaluronic acid, and a hit of cell-renewing glycolic acid. Plus, it’s a great daytime
moisturiser to layer under makeup. It’s ‘the one’ if bouncy, fresh-feeling skin is your
A K-beauty treasure, this weightless gel moisturiser is super cooling on application, dousing
the skin in vitamin and amino-acid rich watermelon extract, plumping hyaluronic acid and
soothing botanicals to calm sensitive skin. For those with oilier skin types, this formula
makes the perfect balancing hydrator, and for those with drier skin, it can be used as a
serum for an extra hit of hydration before a richer moisturiser.
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A tub of this cult moisturiser is sold every six seconds globally, so you know it must be
worth the hype. Road tested on the first-ever ascent of Greenland’s ice-covered peaks in
2005, Ultra Facial
Cream boasts 24-hours of reliable (yet still lightweight) hydration thanks to
avocado oil, squalane, and glacial glycoprotein; derived from sea glaciers to
protect and hydrate while facilitating water retention in even the coldest, driest
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If dullness, dark spots or uneven tone fall into your list of concerns, look to this
ultra-brightening moisturiser—it’s infused with five percent vitamin C THD ascorbate, a
powerful, stable, and highly targeted C that works to prevent and repair the visible signs
of premature skin ageing. Deeply hydrating, it will fight past sun damage while protecting
against future free radicals and can be used both day (underneath SPF, of course) and night.
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One of MECCA HQ’s most coveted hydrators, this decadent, skin-transforming moisturiser is
designed to repair, regenerate, and protect damaged skin cells. Rich and buttery with a slew
of oils, extracts and emollients, this cream is miraculously non-greasy as it melts into the
skin, comforting stressed complexions while combatting against environmental aggressors and
the visible signs of ageing—it’s extremely kind to acne-prone skin too. Expect clear,
luminous, visibly nourished skin.
Like a Monday morning latte, this fan-favourite hydrator is powered by revitalising and
de-puffing caffeine to serve your skin with an instant hit of energy, bounce and glow.
Antioxidant-rich panax-ginseng comes into play too to bolster firmness and boost
circulation. An oil-free, quick-absorbing all-rounder, this refreshing moisturiser is made
even better when popped in the fridge overnight.
This silky-smooth moisturising cream is filled with lush botanicals and citrus fruits to
energise the skin, counteracting dullness, dryness, and the appearance of fine lines.
Sinking into the skin like a dream, it’s the perfect hydrator to wear underneath makeup
(whether that be a no-makeup look or a full face), imparting the MECCA-favourite
lit-from-within glow we all know and love.
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Taking a note out of The Little Mermaid’s likely skincare routine, this affordable
night cream combines barrier-protecting seaweed with plumping collagen and
moisture-maintaining hyaluronic to create an oil-free formula that softens, smooths and
hydrates skin. Not one to leave a heavy or greasy feeling, this no-fuss moisturiser is
perfect for sensitive skin types prone to clogged pores.
Formulated for dry and combination skin types, this rich yet fast absorbing moisturiser
employs amino acids and plant peptides to even out skin tone and reduce signs of premature
ageing (think sun spots, fine lines and wrinkles). Hyaluronic acid stars in this cream to
hydrate at a cellular level, while shea butter nourishes and seals the skin’s surface,
creating a perfect base for your makeup. It’s a no fail formula that can be made even more
luxurious with a few drops of your favourite face oil.
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