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Budget Friendly Face Moisturisers for Your Skin Type

An integral part of your skincare regime, choosing a face moisturiser that is going to leave your skin supple and soft all day can be overwhelming and expensive. With so many options, we’ve narrowed down our favourite face creams based on your specific skin concern that won’t break the bank.

Your 6th step in your skincare regime, apply a face moisturiser after your serums, spot treatments, and face oil. The key is going from lightest to heaviest, and with any face cream product being the most dense, this is the final step to finish off your flawless routine (before applying sunscreen).

Irrespective if skin is dry, oily, normal or combination, this next step represents an important healing and protective function for our skin. Face moisturisers also ensure optimum health of the vital skin barrier which helps to maintain moisture and prevent inflammation and infection.

The Best order for your skin regime

How to Choose Your Moisturiser:

My approach when choosing the best face moisturiser for a patient in my practice or when giving advice online is dependent on a few factors:

  1. Budget
  2. Skin concern and skin type
  3. Ingredients

The same moisturiser wouldn’t work well every skin type. For skin that produces too much sebum verses tight, flaky skin, varying products are needed to treat and balance the skin. Especially when considering sensitive or mature skin, a specialised moisturiser is necessary. When targeting concerns such as fine lines and wrinkles, choosing an appropriate moisturiser that works well with your spot treatments and serums will ensure the most effective results all around.

Let’s start with the foundation of any product: the ingredients.


The ingredients to look for are divided into two broad groups: Emollients and Skin-Replacing Ingredients (Humectants).

Emollients have the ability to prevent skin water loss and they also provide a luxurious softening effect to the skin. Emollients can have a thick or a thin consistency so do not judge how well a moisturiser will work simply on its consistency.

Examples include non-fragrant plant oils along with shea butter, cocoa butter, fatty acids, borage oil, linoleic acid, oleic acid, coconut oil, evening primrose oil, sunflower oil, and mango butter.

Skin-Replacing Ingredients help to repair and replace much needed moisturisation to our skins. Furthermore, they have the ability to increase the water holding capacity of the stratum corneum. The stratum corneum is the surface horny layer consisting of stacks of dead cells without nuclei.

Examples include hyaluronic acid, ceramides, sodium PCA, glycerine, glycerol, silicones, petrolatum, salicylic acid, and alpha hydroxy acids.

The following list will allow you to select a product that works best for you based on skin type or concern:

Skin Concerns

Normal to Combination

First Choice


EARN 1104 SkinMiles

Meets The Brief

NEOSTRATA Bionic Face Cream

EARN 350 SkinMiles


First Choice

LAMELLE Nourish Revitalise Lite

EARN 228 SkinMiles

Meets The Brief

LA ROCHE-POSAY Effaclar Duo +

EARN 110 SkinMiles


First Choice

SKINCEUTICALS Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2

EARN 2440 SkinMiles

Meets The Brief

LAMELLE Serra Restore Cream

EARN 224 SkinMiles


First Choice

SKINCEUTICALS Metacell Renewal B3

EARN 1720 SkinMiles

Meets The Brief

BIODERMAL Advanced Moisture Absolute Day

EARN 194 SkinMiles


First Choice

OBAGI Nu-Derm Clear Fx

EARN 808 SkinMiles

Meets The Brief

LAMELLE Luminesce Brighter Day

EARN 366 SkinMiles

Fine Lines and Wrinkles

First Choice


EARN 384 SkinMiles

Meets The Brief

EXUVIANCE Ultra Restorative Creme

EARN 297 SkinMiles

Mature Skin

First Choice

LAMELLE Dermaheal Ultra Renewal Cream

EARN 778 SkinMiles

Meets The Brief

EXUVIANCE Ultra Restorative Creme

EARN 297 SkinMiles

About Dr Alek Nikolic

Dr Alek Nikolic was born in South Africa and received his MBBCh (Wits) in 1992 and in 2000 he received his MBA (UCT). He has been in private practice for 24 years and is the owner of Aesthetic Facial Enhancement, which has offices in Cape Town. Dr Nikolic specialises in aesthetic medicine and is at the forefront of the latest developments in his field. He is very driven and has lectured extensively and has performed live demonstrations throughout South Africa and Internationally including Bangkok, Rome, Paris, Monte Carlo, Prague, and Warsaw. Dr Nikolic’s focus is on skin care, skin ingredients and cosmetic dermatology treatments such as lasers, chemical peels, Botox, and Dermal Fillers. He has performed over 20 000 procedures to date and as such is responsible for training numerous medical practitioners both in South Africa and internationally. Dr Nikolic is one of the founding members of the South African Allergan Medical Aesthetic Academy and chaired its inaugural launch in 2012. The Allergan Academy provides essential training to keep up with the latest technology in aesthetics. Dr Nikolic holds the advisory position of Allergan Local Country Mentor in Facial Aesthetics and is the Allergan Advanced Botox and Dermal Filler Trainer. He is Vice President of the Aesthetic and Anti-Aging Medicine Society of South Africa (AAMSSA) and is an Associate Member of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS).

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