The right moisturizer can change your entire skincare regimen for the better—it will balance out your skin, plump it up, and if needed, prevent future fine lines from forming. But finding the perfect hydrator is definitely a struggle, because there are so many options out there that it could get overwhelming.

If you think that all face creams do the same thing, we're here to tell you, no. How well they work boils down to their ingredients list. So if you're in the market for a new face lotion, make sure the sticker label contains most, or a combination of the following ingredients:

1. Glycerin

humectant that attracts moisture to the skin, this will cause it to “swell,” making it look plump and smooth!


TRY: Human Nature Night Moisturizer, P174.75, Beauty Bar

2. Vitamin E

Because vitamin E can penetrate deep into the skin and stimulate the growth of collagen, it’s one of the most popular moisturizing ingredients to give skin a smoother and more hydrated look.

TRY: Pond's Flawless White Dewy Rose Gel, P149, Watsons

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3. Hyaluronic Acid

Another form of humectant that draws water into the skin, hyaluronic acid is reported to hold up to “1,000 times its weight in water,” that’s why many skincare products have it.


TRY: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel, P855, The SM Store

4. Anti-oxidants

This will protect your skin from tiny molecules that can ruin your skin barrier and cause premature aging.

TRY: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream, P1,926,

5. SPF

If you need a refresher on why SPF is important in a moisturizer, we suggest you read this and this.


TRY: Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar SPF 25 Moisturizer, P2,095, SM Megamall

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6. Ceramides

Since ceramides are natural fats found in the skin's outer layer, a lack of it can make your complexion prone to irritation. Yikes!

TRY: Dr. Jart Ceramidin Cream, P2,967,

7. Retinol

Famous for stimulating cell turnover and fighting fine lines and wrinkles, this form of vitamin A is a must-have ingredient for anyone looking for an anti-aging skincare regimen.


TRY: Snoe Beauty Twinkle Skin Star Night Cell Turnover Cream, P699, SM Supercenter Pasig

8. Emollients

Emollients such as cocoa butter and dimethicone prevent moisture loss by acting as a skin barrier. 

TRY: CosRX PHA Moisture Renewal Power Cream, P1,250, The Skincare Curator

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