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The 10 bestselling moisturisers at MECCA (and what we love about them)

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 bestselling formulas.

Drunk Elephant Lala Retro™ Whipped Cream

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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Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Oil-Free Moisture Cushion

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 thing.

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer

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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Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream

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 temperatures.

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Sunday Riley C.E.O. Antioxidant Protect + Repair Moisturiser

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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Cosmetics 27 Baume 27

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.

Origins Ginzing Moisturiser

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.

Shiseido Essential Energy Moisturizing Cream

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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Mario Badescu Seaweed Night Cream

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.

Mecca Cosmetica Hydrating Moisturiser

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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