Choosing the best moisturizer is actually way more difficult than most people think it is. Sure, there are lots to choose from, but that’s just the beginning. What most people fail to take into account is their skin type. The best moisturizer for dry skin is not necessarily the best moisturizer for oily skin. The ingredients for both skin types vary.

And even if you know your skin type, sometimes it's not easy to know what ingredients could be harmful and what are safe to use on your skin. Often times, moisturizers contain ingredients that could actually do more damage than good.

That’s why here at Hometop, we consulted with three well known dermatologists to get the facts on which moisturizers are safest on the market, and how to select one for yourself so your skin stays young and soft. 

We spent a month working to identify the best moisturizer in India. We sifted through the data to analyze 162 moisturizers based on ingredients, skin type requirements, reviews and ratings, and the recommendations of the dermatologists we consulted to narrow down our recommendations to the top seven. 

Plum Green Tea

Oily skin

Khadi Peach Avacado Moisturizer

Dry Skin

Wow Skin care Nectar

Dry Skin

Khadi Almond & Saffron

All skin types

Saffire Aloe Geranium

All skin types

Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe

Normal skin

There was a lot of data to crunch. So, to help you make a purchasing decision quickly, we summarized the test results below. If you’d like to see the full testing procedure, you can find it here.

If you know your skin type, you can click the appropriate link from the list below to see the recommendation we make based on our research. Additionally, please note that although we have consulted dermatologists, if you have serious skin problems or questions, you should consult a dermatologist.

This is a really long post! Use these links to jump around.

Best Moisturizer For Oily Skin

Plum Green Tea Mattifying Moisturizer (Best face moisturizer)

This moisturiser is definitely the top choice for those of us with skin that tends to be more oily. It has a mattifying effect on your skin when you use it (to dampen some of the oiliness) and uses only safe, dermatologist approved ingredients (as do all of our final selections in this review).

This moisturizer uses green tea extracts to keep your skin clear and hydrated and also acne free. Compared to other moisturizers, it keeps your skin oil free for longer. You can use it during the day or at night and it’s good for both men and women. It is generally best suited for your face.

Here are some of the other positives about this moisturizer:

  • Day and night use
  • Unisex
  • Pleasant (non-artificial) scent
  • Prevents acne formation
  • Hydrates well and leaves a nice matte look on your skin
  • Absorbs quickly
  • Non-comedogenic formula
  • Uses green tea extracts which are rich in antioxidants
  • Free of harmful chemicals like parabens

So if you have oily skin and are looking for a great moisturizer to use, this is the one. We highly recommend the Plum Green Tea Mattifying Moisturizer.

Full Ingredient List: Aqua (Water), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ethylhexyl glycerine, Glycerin, Glycolic Acid, PEG 400, Phenoxyethanol, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Fragrance, FDA Approved Colours.

Effective ingredients:Glycolic acid, Glycerin, Green Tea leaf extract, Aqua.

Best Moisturizer For Dry Skin

If you have dry skin, we recommend two moisturizers.

Khadi Peach Avacado Moisturizer (Best body moisturizer)

This moisturizer is best suited for your body and is good for both men and women.

This Khadi Peach Avacado Moisturiser is made with the nectar from velvety peaches and shea butter. It smells great and is perfect for people with dry skin who need help keeping their skin supple and soft for long periods of time.

And, as with the rest of the moisturizers on our final selection list, it’s dermatologically vetted and free of nasty chemicals like parabens. Here are some of the other things we like about Khadi Peach Avacado Moisturiser:

  • Unisex
  • Day and night use
  • Herbal, Parabens free and safe for skin
  • Perfect for normal to dry skin people
  • Amazing smell which lingers and keeps the skin fresh
  • Keeps the skin well moisturized for long
  • Perfect moisturizer for dry skin people

But, unlike our selection for oily skin, this moisturizer does have a few downsides as well (though they are minor):

  • Packaging isn’t all that interesting
  • The bottle is small (but the price matches it accordingly)

That said, we have no problem recommending Khadi Peach Avacado Moisturizer if you have dry skin. It’s certainly a great choice, and it’s scent is truly incredible.

Full Ingredient List: Peach extract, Avacado oil, Aloe vera, Glycerin, Triticium Vulgare oil, Sunflower oil, Brissica juncia oil, Cartamus Tinctirius oil, Triticum vulgaris oil, Terminale bellirica, Trigonella foenum, liquorice, Shea Butter.

Effective ingredients: Oil extracts, Glycerin, Plant extract, Shea Butter.

Wow Skin’s Revive Nectar Moisturizer is also a great choice for those with dry skin. It’s packed with all kinds of skin soothing nutrients that help to soothe inflammation and even delay signs of aging. It is best suited for your face and neck.

With ingredients like Bioactive Beetroot Extract, Shea and Cocoa Butter, and Argan, this moisturizer helps counteract the damaging effects of pollution on your skin that you are exposed to on a daily basis. Plus, it’s totally free of any harmful chemicals or ingredients that could have adverse effects on your skin.

Here are some of the things that are great about Wow Skin’s Revive Nectar Moisturizer

  • Day and Night moisturizer for men and women
  • Keeps your skin soft and smooth
  • Rich extracts from plants, oil, butter
  • It boosts hydration (Moisture) and helps skin from pollution
  • Paraben free and free from all harmful ingredients for dry skin

There’s not much else to say about this moisturizer. It’s a great choice all around for anyone who has dry skin.

Full Ingredient List: Shea butter, Cocoa butter, Vegetable juice extract, Beetroot extract, Potassium sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Glycerin, Alovera extract, green tea extract, Cucumber extract, Purified water, Moroccan Argon oil.

Effective ingredients: Glycerin, green tea extract, Shea butter,Vegetable Juice extracts,Plant extract.

Best Moisturizer For Any Skin Type

For best moisturizer for any skin type, we have two recommendations.

Khadi Almond & Saffron Moisturizer (Best face and body moisturizer)

Khadi’s Almond & Saffron is a great moisturizer choice for any skin type. As you would expect given the name, the fragrance is excellent, and hydration lasts for about 8 hrs after you apply it. Plus, it absorbs easily and you only need to use a single drop to feel the effects on your skin. It is best suited for face and body.

This moisturizer also includes aloe vera and wheat germ oil for soothing effects and is also dermatologist tested. Here are some of the other things that we like about this moisturizer:

  • Unisex
  • Day and night use
  • Leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth
  • All natural ingredients, no harmful chemicals
  • Very reasonably priced
  • One drop is all you need to use

There is only one downside we see to this moisturizer. Reading through the reviews we found that a lot of people had issues with its availability online. 

But that said, we have no problems recommending Khadi Almond & Saffron Moisturizer for any skin type.

Full Ingredient List: Purified Water, Sheabutter (Butyrospermum Parkii), Kokum Butter (Garcinia Indica), Sunflower (Oilhelianthus Annus), Beeswax (Cera Alba), Aloevera Ext (Aloe Barbadensis), Olive Oil (Olea Europaea), Almond Oil (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis), Kastoori Meethi (Trigonella Foneum), Wheatgerm Oil (Triticum Vulgare), Licorice Ext (Glycyrrhiza Glabra), Grapeseed Oil (Vitis Vinifera), Saffron Ext (Crocus Sativus)

Effective ingredients: Water, Shea butter, plant extract, oil extract

We also really liked the Saffire Hydrating moisturizer.The highlight of this moisturizer is it’s scent and hydration capabilities. It’s so powerful, that it even can help scars and spots to fade over time as you use it, thanks to the Geranium flower extract it’s made with.

Additionally, it’s free of harmful chemicals like parabens and mineral oils and even includes UV protection (an important factor in keeping your skin looking and feeling young and healthy). It can be used on your face, body and arms.

Here are some of the other highlights of this moisturizer:

  • Reduces the dark spots
  • Protects the skin from UV rays
  • Harmful chemicals free
  • Helps to balance the moisture content with essential oils
  • Light in consistency and non-greasy

But, there are a couple things to note about this moisturizer. It’s not really suitable for use in the winter and it also is meant to be used during the day. So if you need something that can be used both day and night, we would recommend using the Khadi moisturizer above.

Otherwise, we highly recommend Saffire Aloe Geranium Hydrating Moisturizer.

Full Ingredient List: DM water, Aloe vera juice, Glycerin, Carbomer, Polysorbate, Hydrogenated castor oil, Potassium sorbate, Vertivert oil, Geranium oil, Lavender oil, Chamomile oil, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium benzoate, Sodium Hydroxide Ethylhexylglycerin, Color.

Effective ingredients: DM water, oil extracts, Glycerin, plant extract.

Why You Can Trust Us

Here at Hometop, were committed to providing you with the most in-depth reviews possible of products that you’re already buying to make your purchase decision easy. We do the hard work of crunching all the data, hammering out all the facts, and summarizing the conclusions so you don’t have to spend a lot of time thinking about what to buy or make a bad purchase.

And this review is no exception. To figure out which moisturizers are both safe to use (free of harsh chemicals) and also highly effective, we spent some time with three expert dermatologists to get the facts on moisturizers and what to watch out for before we sifted through the data on over 162 different moisturizers available online today.

Here are the steps we took to reach the conclusions above.

Step 1: Consultation with Dermatologists

The first thing we did during the course of our research was to set up meetings with dermatologists. It’s important to note that we did this at different periods of time throughout the research. Some doctors were consulted before the research work began, and others were consulted after or during.

Here are the experts we consulted for the good and bad ingredients:

Dr. Anuj Singh (Ram Skin Clinic)

Dr. Anuj Singh

MBBS, DDVL, Aesthetic Dermatologist, Pediatric Dermatologist, Trichologist.

12 years experience

Dr. Janani Palanivel (Dermecure Skin & Care)

Dr. Janani Palanivel 

MBBS, Clinical Dermatology, Board certified

Thesis on Congenital Blistering skin disease and Gene therapy

Dr. Saravanan B.N (Sree Skin Clinic)

Dr. Saravanan B.N (Sree Skin Clinic)

MBBS, DDVL, Dermatologist, Venereologist

12 years experience

We asked our experts above many questions, but primarily our goal was to get a list of recommended moisturizers and understand why they were preferred. We found that usually the main considerations for moisturizing recommendations had to do with ingredients and skin types.

Step 2: Eliminating the Moisturizers with Harmful Ingredients

Taking the recommendations of our dermatologists, we compiled a list of 162 popular moisturizers from Amazon and Flipkart. We sorted them into skin type categories and began analyzing the ingredients of each, eliminating the products that contained ingredients we were advised to avoid (that process left us with a list of 58 moisturizers).

Here are the three main ingredients that were an automatic disqualification for us (and what you should watch out for if you choose to purchase a moisturizer that isn’t one of the ones we recommend):

  • Propylene glycol - it causes dermatitis as well as hives in humans.
  • Mineral oil- This helps it reduce water loss from skin cells. But these days it’s not used very often because it often causes rashes and acne.
  • Parabens - These are used as preservatives in moisturizers and increase the risk of Breast Cancer. Dr. Anuj Singh also mentioned in his consultation that, “Parabens are risky and can cause cancer and allergies. Parabens are cheap and primarily added to increase the quantity in a bottle thereby making it cheaper fro companies to make. This is the reason paraben-free moisturizers are expensive."

Additionally, there were a few skin-type specific ingredients that Dr. Janani Palanivel - the Board Certified Dermatologist - recommended to stay away from.

  • To find the best moisturizer for dry skin we stayed away from: Retinoids, Benzoyl Peroxide, Fragrance & preservatives, Mineral oil,Isopropyl Palmitate,Isopropyl Myristate (These ingredients often cause itching and irritation on dry skin)
  • To find the best moisturizer for oily skin, we stayed away from: Mineral oil, Petrolatum, Isopropyl Myristate, Isopropyl Palmitate (These ingredients cause acne).

​Apart from these above mentioned ingredients we had a complete list of close to 18 ingredients that we inspected all the moisturizers for. Here's a list of the moisturizers that didn't make the cut.

List of moisturizers removed due to harmful ingredients - 104 moisturizers

​In the chart above you can see the percentage of moisturizers that contained each harmful ingredients. So as you can see a shocking 43% of moisturizers had Paraben in them.

Step 3: Shortlisting Moisturizers for Good Ingredients

Now that we had removed all the moisturizers with harmful ingredients, the next step we took was to evaluate our list in the other direction (how many recommended good ingredients did they contain?).

Dr. Janani Palanivel, mentioned which good ingredients we should be on the on the lookout for, for each skin type.

Dry skin

  • Hyaluronic acid, Salicylic acid and Urea
  • Ceramides, Glycerin and Aquaporins (For hydration of the skin) 
  • Antioxidants (good proteins)
  • Plant butters, fruit and oil extracts ( for nourishment)
  • Oat extract (acts as a mild cleanser)
  • JoJoba oil (Used for treating acne and sun burn)

Oily skin

  • Dimethicone (Protection for your pores and helps oil control)
  • Glycolic acid (draws extra moisture)
  • Niacinamide (Anti-oxidants)
  • Retinol (Cut oil secretion from pores)
  • Hyaluronic acid and Salicylic acid

Armed with this information, we went through each of the moisturizers to find the moisturizers that had these ingredients. We were able to work our list down to 45 moisturizers. You can see which ones we chose below.

List of moisturizers with good ingredients - 44 moisturizers

Step 4: Shortlisting for Top 7 Moisturizers.

With our list pared down to 44, our next step was to go through every single verified amazon customer review line by line to determine which moisturizers would become our top seven picks.

A quick note about reviews on Amazon. Something you may or may not know about Amazon, is that a lot of the reviews tend to be fake. Which is why we always make sure to assess only the verified reviews on amazon. During our research, we found a lot of products that had large numbers of fake reviews, like Vaadi Herbals. Which initially had around 11 positive reviews but on closer inspection actually had zero reviews.

Once we had eliminated the fake reviews, we ranked the products based on rating and review quality. We specifically looked for reviews about what it was like to use the moisturizer, how well it worked, and what customers liked about it. We put less weight on reviews that were not so specific, like “Good product” and gave more weightage to reviews that were more descriptive and said things like, “it takes less time to settle and spreads easily”

Additionally, we did the same for bad reviews. We weighted the bad reviews that were specific about something they didn’t like much more than the ones that weren’t so specific. That left us with our best seven moisturizers.

Here the moisturizers highlighted in blue test are top 7 moisturizers

Final Thoughts

We highly recommend any of the seven moisturizers we concluded were our best picks. Based on what the doctors we consulted with said, any of those should be a great choice as long as you pick your specific skin type correctly.

As a general rule, here is what we concluded from our research:

1. Always choose a moisturizer by checking for harmful and good ingredients

2. Choose a moisturizer which is fragrance free and preservative free

3. Check your skin type and type of moisturizer before buying a moisturizer

Here at Hometop, we’re committed to researching and analyzing the products in-depth (not just on the surface level), to help you avoid buying horrible products. We do all the information finding and work so that you don't have to. Stay tuned for more in-depth analysis.

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