Elevate your skincare routine with these game-changing Holy Grail moisturizers.
You might find a Holy Grail moisturizer once in a blue moon.
Their discovery is a fleeting experience; an ephemeral moment in time that you can never seem to get to.
Moisturizers you find might be too greasy, drying, or have a scent that completely irritates your skin.
I understand the pain.
The key to a holy grail moisturizer is to keep it simple.
You don’t need an overwhelming amount of active ingredients, as this usually leads towards irritation, inflammation or breaking out.
Another vital element to a holy grail moisturizer may be apparent by the name, but it should be suitably moisturizing to your skin.
The best holy grail moisturizers should leave your skin feeling supple, replenished, and hydrated.
When these needs are met, you’ll have a brilliant, Holy Grail moisturizer that will completely change your skincare routine.
Apparently, this criteria is extremely difficult for skincare brands to understand, based off the overabundance of mediocre and simply ‘bad’ moisturizers.
If you’re ever unsure about trying out a new moisturizer, check the ingredients, and make sure there’s no alcohol, or fragrances added.
Alcohol in moisturizers can do the complete opposite of what you want, and end up drying and stripping your skin of any moisture.
The top 10 best Holy Grail moisturizers are as follows:
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1. Holy Grail Moisturizer For Dry Skin
CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream
This Holy Grail moisturizer can only be described as velvety.
It’s insanely smooth and creamy, and will leave even the driest of skin replenished.
I personally find this moisturizer a Holy Grail as it further comes packed with ingredients great for your skin.
There’s added niacinamide, which works towards smoothing your complexion, and working away any bumps or scars.
Niacinamide further helps to calm inflammation and redness, making it one of my favourite ingredients for a skincare product to have.
This Holy Grail Moisturizer is also packed with hyaluronic acid; the foundation of any good skincare product for dry skin.
One gram of hyaluronic acid can hold up to SIX LITRES of water, making it insanely useful in keeping your skin hydrated.
An important thing to note, is that this holy grail moisturizer can only be applied at night (you could probably gather this from the product name).
“I love this moisturizer. Tt has a consistency almost similar to a balm and omg goodness it is so thick and nourishing. I usually use it as a sleeping mask because of how thick it is and no joke my skin looks and feels incredibly hydrated and moisturized the following morning. This cream is definitely a staple in my skincare routine.”
“I’ve been having such a hard time finding a night cream that soothes my dry, acne prone skin, but also doesn’t irritate my extremely sensitive skin. Especially in the winter, I struggle with both oil/acne and super dry patches, which is a terrible combo! This cream INSTANTLY soothed my skin without burning/stinging/making my sensitive skin red and blotchy. And after a few days of using it, my makeup is even going on more smoothly! Highly recommended!”
2. Holy Grail Moisturizer For Oily Skin
The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors
You’re most likely completely sick of hearing about The Ordinary.
Every single skincare Reddit thread, and insta beauty influencer has mentioned The Ordinary at least once.
Let me add to this over saturation of praise, and say that they make an amazing Holy Grail moisturizer for oily skin.
With added hyaluronic acid, this moisturizer will leave your skin extremely hydrated – which is what you want for oily skin.
Oily skin is usually your bodies response to a lack of hydration.
This means the more moisture you provide it, the less natural oils it will need to produce.
Its formulation is extremely smooth, and will not leave your skin feeling greasy!
“I use this mosturizer day and night. It’s vert lightweight so if you have oily skin, this product is the one for you. It melts very easily in the skin, Just a bit is enough for the whole face.”
“One of the best moisturisers I’ve ever used, I bought it because of tiktok to be honest. When I first applied it, the texture was kind of weird and left like white line all over my face. But once I kept running it in it was super moisturising. It doesn’t make you look oily at all, however I do have normal to dry skin so I can’t completely be sure. Definitely recommend.”
3. Holy Grail Moisturizer For Normal Skin
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
This Holy Grail Moisturizer says it’s for combination to oily, but don’t be fooled.
It’s just as amazing for your average, not too oily, not too dry, skin type.
The gel is light and moisturising, and doesn’t leave your skin feeling oily or greasy.
If you’re a fan of Clinique, or need an all-rounder Holy Grail moisturizer, definitely give this one a try.
“I love this moisturizing gel by Clinique! I’ve been using these moisturizing products for years and find myself returning to them. The product is not heavy and does its job. The packaging is classic.”
“Light weight, ultra hydrating and leaves your skin smooth. This moisturiser has been a fave of mine for many years. Works amazing prior to make up application. Super affordable and generously sized! It’s a must have for any beauty queen!”
4. Holy Grail Moisturizer For Sensitive Skin
La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5
La Roche-Posay is a powerhouse brand for great skincare products.
This balm is insanely calming, and can be used not just on your face, but on your hands, lips, and body, for instant soothing of your skin.
It has a rich and creamy texture, with active ingredients of Shea Butter and Glycerin.
The balm will leave your skin feeling fresh, hydrated, and matte, with a non-greasy or oily finish.
It further contains Panthenol, which is great for dry, rough or irritated skin.
This product is insanely effective for irritated and inflamed skin, easily making it a Holy Grail moisturizer.
“This is a small miracle in a bottle!! Let me start off by saying that I have oily, acne/milia, sensitive skin.
I was looking for a moisturizer that wouldn’t break me out, speed up the skin recovery process, and moisturize dry patches. I bought this about a month ago and I have been using it consistently for the past month and I have noticed my newer acne scars fading away quicker than usual.
The panthenol/B5 regenerates skin, hydrates, and it has a plumping effect and has a thick texture that doesn’t absorb into skin right away but it’s not sticky. I could definitely see myself repurchasing this since it doesn’t irritate my sensitive acne/milia skin.”
“Cannot recommend this cream enough! This is fantastic for dry, chapped, irritated and red skin. This takes care of everything, you can even use this on babies for diaper rash!
I love using this during the colder months where I’ve been outside and I can feel my face is chapped and windburned.
Also love using this after doing a strong mask or peel to make sure my moisture barrier isn’t compromised, as well as the fact that this takes down any redness I have incredibly fast. Have a rough and super red patch of skin I’m dealing with now and using this overnight has taken the redness away a lot!”
5. Holy Grail Moisturizer For Combination Skin
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
This Neutrogena moisturizer is a fan favourite to any skincare enthusiast.
I’ts simple, stripped back, with only a small amount of active ingredients.
Despite this, it’s extremely hydrating, non irritating, and perfect for combination skin types.
This Holy Grail moisturizer is oil-free, and contains hyaluronic acid for skin moisture retention.
“Do you want a moisturizer that melts like butter and makes your skin silky smooth with subtle glow? Well you are at the right place.
Neutrogena hydro boost water gel is a beautiful gel based moisturizer that works for every skin type. It is loaded with hyaluronic acid that replenishes skin x2 times better than the regular moisturizer. It is non-comedogenic, fragrance free, and works well even for tricky skin like acne-prone or sensitive. It’s my holy grail and a product that I can trust completely.”
“I love this stuff! It is my holy grail moisturizer, and I use it no less than twice a day. I didn’t know what to expect using this moisturizer since I have combination skin and instructionally, it is for those with very dry skin, but it works wonders for my face.
It has reduced the amount of dry patches I have as well as makes my face super soft and smooth. This was recommended to me through a friend with the same skin type, and I’ll also recommend this to those with dry to combination (yes, don’t be afraid combination-skin-folks!) because it is just that great. It leaves my face hydrated, healthy, and brings it to life.”
6. Holy Grail Moisturizer For Acne-prone Skin
COSRX Oil-Free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion
This is one the best moisturizers you could get for acne-prone skin.
The insanely popular Korean skincare brand COSRX has a great understanding of what your skin actually needs.
They have heaps of products your skin will love, which we’ve conveniently made a full list of here.
This Holy Grail moisturizer is perfect for both night and day application, and contains 70% willow bark water – which is packed with anti-oxidants and vitamins.
It will leave your skin feeling refreshed and non-greasy, while also hydrated and plump.
“I’m so happy with this lotion. I’ve been using this immediately after I received it and it’s currently sitting on top as my all-time favorite moisturizer! After cleansing, toner, serum, eye cream, and spot treatment, I get to use this beauty.
I typically use 2 pumps and it would cover my entire face. It’s very lightweight and soothing with a scent that smells a little like soda which doesn’t bother me because it’s not strong at all. It’s the perfect AHA and BHA product, which is a balance of water-soluble acids and oil-soluble that helps keeps my skin hydrated as can be used on acne-prone skin.”
“This is an excellent moisturizer for my combination skin. I mostly use it during summer and I love that it is so hydrating, leaving my skin soft with a subtle dewy look. It is a light, gel like texture with a gentle fragrance from the sweet birch.
Sweet birch is an incredible ingredient great for soothing inflamed skin which is exactly what this product has done for me! This is my second bottle and I Will be buying this again.”
7. Most Affordable Holy Grail Moisturizer
CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion
I personally LOVE this lotion, and easily place it as my own Holy Grail moisturiser.
It’s genuinely pretty impressive that CeraVe delivers such a great product, at such a competitive price.
It’s simple, non-irritating, and packed with moisturizing and hydrating ingredients.
If you haven’t already invested in a solid skincare routine, and you’re looking for somewhere to start, this Holy Grail moisturizer would be the perfect first buy.
“I started using this moisturizer back in July, I heard about this product through hyram skin care. I use this product after I cleanse my face with the Cerave foaming facial cleanser. I have acne prone skin and so a lot of time moisturizers make my face more oily or I break out. This moisturizer is fantastic!
I got the travel size at target but will be picking up the full size when I run out. There is no fragrance and the texture is really nice. It does not leave an oily residue on my skin and I can see a difference in my skin. I would recommend this to anyone.”
“Honestly I have no idea why this product isn’t more hyped. It is my holy grail moisturizer, and it leaves my skin feeling INCREDIBLE.
The formula of this moisturizer is super beneficial to all skin types, leaving my skin super hydrated and moisturized, but ensuring that it isn’t at all oily in any way. It sinks into your skin so quickly, and honestly feels amazing when it does.
Not only is it a perfect facial moisturizer, it is also a great body cream. I cannot say enough good things about this product. It comes in a huge pump bottle, so no chance of bacterial interaction goes into the product, and the price it retails at is amazing, especially for the volume it comes in.”
8. Most Luxurious Holy Grail Moisturizer
SK-II R.N.A.POWER Radical New Age Cream
SK-II has a lot of the skincare community divided.
For a lot of people however, SK-II products can be a complete godsend for their skin.
There’s a lot of ridiculously expensive skincare products out there, that deliver zero results, but SK-II is not one of them.
What’s good as well, is that the almost always sell travel-sided versions of their products.
You can invest in the smaller size, see how your skin reacts, and if it’s a magical god send product for you, you can then buy the larger version.
“This is one of my go to moisturizers. It’s not oily. Doesn’t leave your face greasy either and a little goes a long way believe me when I tell you, I was shocked. It’s like this product instantly brightens the skin as soon as you rub it in. Leaving your skin soft and smooth to the touch. This was like love at first use. It’s a little pricey but it’s truly worth it.”
“This is such a product with amazing components, but its also very expensive. It have a lot of nutrients and go deep in the skin smoothing, illuminating, evening complexion and balacing the skin, powerful results can be seen in the first week. It guarantee youthful and radiant look, probiotics are so great. Recommend it.”