21 Best Moisturizers Malaysia 2020 – For Hydration (All Skin Types)

Relieve dry skin with the best moisturizers in Malaysia 2020! Dewy skin gives you a more youthful appearance! And feels more comfortable too!

Depending on what your skin needs, you might find a drugstore moisturizer that is adequate! Or one that is water based!

Whichever the case, here are some hydrating moisturizers that are popular among dry, oily, combination skin types and more!

How Does Skin Moisturizer Work?

Firstly, a good skin moisturizer will lock in moisture on your skin. Like a lip balm but for your skin, not your lips!

Their other function is to bring out moisture from inside your skin to the top layer.

And there are skin moisturizers with exfoliants too. Or sun protection!

How To Choose The Right Face Moisturizer

Moisturizer should definitely be a part of any basic beauty routine! Along with the best facial cleanser and sunscreen!

Especially if you:

  • Work in an air-con environment
  • Go swimming a lot
  • Are above 30 years old
  • Have naturally dry skin
If you use the best vitamin C serum in Malaysia, do apply if first before your moisturizer and sunscreen!  

Step 1: Identify Your Skin Type

Your skin may be any of the following:

  • Oily Skin – Naturally well moisturized; skin looks shiny and pores are often visible
  • Dry Skin – Appearance of scaly or flaking skin; Can be itchy
  • Combination Skin – Oily T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) and dry cheeks
  • Sensitive Skin – Gets irritated (e.g. itchy, red, flaky, etc) easily with most products or other external factors (e.g. food or environment allergens)
  • Acne Prone Skin – Breakouts and angry pimples are common.

And if your skin doesn’t seem to fall under any of these, then you’ve got normal skin! Which seldom has any problems! We’re jealous!

You are safe with just a light moisturizer that is non-greasy!

Recommendations according to skin types:

Skin TypeGood IngredientsBad IngredientsRemark
OilyHyaluronic Acid,
Glycerin,
Salicylic Acid
Essential Oils,
Mineral Oils,
Petroleum Jelly,
Cocoa Butter,
Silicones (E.G. Dimethicone),
Coconut Oil,
Lanolin
Avoid comedogenic ingredients; oil-free lotions with sebum control are best.
DryShea Butter,
Jojoba Oil,
Coconut Oil,
Lanolin,
Hyaluronic Acid,
Glycerin,
Dimethicone
Salicylic Acid,
Glycolic Acid,
Caffeine,
Retinoids,
Alcohol
Heavier lotions and creams work best; if you can, avoid fragrances too.
CombinationN/AN/AUse a light moisturizer that is oil-free. And/ or a heavy moisturizer only on the dry parts of your face.
SensitiveAloe Vera,
Cucumber,
Chamomile,
Shea Butter,
Calendula Extract,
Oatmeal
Any Fragrance,
Alcohol,
Parabens,
Exfoliants,
Sodium Lauryl Sulfates,
Chemical Sunscreens,
Essential Oils,
Citric Acid
Natural and minimal ingredients; go for unscented and hypoallergenic moisturizers with soothing ingredients.
Acne-ProneAlpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA),
Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA),
Witch Hazel,
Tea Tree Oil,
Salicylic Acid
Essential Oils,
Mineral Oils,
Silicones,
Coconut Oil,
Lanolin
Same rules as for oily skin but it’s good to have anti-inflammatory ingredients too.

Step 2: Check The Ingredients

It’s not uncommon to see the same ingredients in toners, whitening creams and eye creams!

Do not be overwhelmed by the ingredient label! The first 5 ingredients are what you should pay the most attention to!

Here are some common ones (besides water):

For sealing in moisture:

  • Petrolatum
  • dimethicone
  • lanolin
  • mineral oils

For providing hydration:

  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Glycerin
  • propylene glycol

For exfoliation:

  • AHA (alpha hydroxy acid)

For anti-aging:

  • Retinol
  • Niacinamide (vitamin B3)
  • Linoleic acid
  • Peptides

And here’s an ingredient that you don’t see too often:

Ceramides

Your skin’s barrier is made up of 50% ceramides (or lipids). This barrier is what keeps your skin moisturized.

And as protection against external elements. Like dust and pollution.

When you don’t have the right balance of ceramides, your skin will feel dry (“tight”). And in worse cases, there may be flaking, itching and redness.

Speaking of that tight feeling:

Switching to a cleansing oil may be better!

Step 3: Types Of Moisturizer

Moisturizer can be in 3 forms of varying thickness. Knowing which to go for depends on your skin type!

If you decide to buy a different moisturizer for the day and another for night use, the latter is usually richer!

Lotion:

Lotions are the lightweight due to their high water content. They are suited to oily skin types.

Cream:

Creams are thicker than lotions. Offering more hydration. And are thus, suitable for normal or combination skin!

Ointment:

Sensitive or dry skin types may need the extra help of an ointment to lock in that precious moisture!

21 Best Moisturizers Malaysia 2020

Best Moisturizer For Normal Skin

1. Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly

There are 4 ingredients in the Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly that are great for dry skin! Cucumber, butylene glycol, hyaluronic acid and glycerin!

And in case you’re wondering, the caffeine is there as an anti-oxidant!

Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly
  • Size: 125ml
  • Suitable For: All Skin Types
  • Key Ingredients: Sunflower Seed Cake, Barley Extract And Cucumber Fruit Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Caffeine
  • Price: RM149

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2. Himalaya Herbals Intensive Moisturizing Cream

You can walk into any Watsons branch to pick up a tub of this absorbent cream with no greasy after feel.

It does have some ingredients that can potentially clog up pores (e.g. wheat germ oil and almond oil). So oily skin types would do well to choose another product!

Himalaya Herbals Intensive Moisturizing Cream
  • Size: 50ml
  • Suitable For: All Skin Types
  • Key Ingredients: Vitamin E, Almond Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Grape Seed Oil
  • Price: RM19.77

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3. Bio-essence Bio-Water Moist-in Water Gel

Bio-essence Bio-Water Moist-in Water Gel has some powerful hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, butylenes glycol and glycerin!

The formula includes allantoin too. Which acts as a skin protector! And soothes acne-prone skin!

Bio-essence Bio-Water Moist-in Water Gel
  • Size: 50g
  • Suitable For: All Skin Types
  • Key Ingredients: Sodium Hyaluronate, Hyaluronic Acid, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Allantoin
  • Price: RM46.32

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Other options:

  • Bio-Essence Bio-Treasure Jeju Water Hydrating All Day Moisturising GelCheck Price
  • Bio-essence Bio-Bounce Collagen Essence CreamCheck Price

4. THE INKEY LIST Bakuchiol Moisturizer

This gentle moisturizer from the UK, has glycerin, omega-3-packed sacha inchi oil, squalane and vitamin E to hydrate your skin.

But the star ingredient that the moisturizer is named for, is bakuchiol. This is a natural alternative to retinol. To encourage collagen and elastin production!

THE INKEY LIST Bakuchiol Moisturizer
  • Size: 30ml
  • Suitable For: All Skin Types
  • Key Ingredients: Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil (Sacha Inchi Oil), Bakuchiol, Vitamin E, Phytic Acid
  • Price: RM50

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5. Mamonde Rose Water Gel Cream

From South Korea, Mamonde’s Rose Water Gel Cream does not miss out on hydrating ingredients like butylene glycol, glycerin or sodium hyaluronate!

Beware, it has a strong fragrance of roses!

Mamonde Rose Water Gel Cream
  • Size: 80ml
  • Suitable For: Normal To Dry Skin
  • Key Ingredients: Sodium Hyaluronate, Rose Extract
  • Price: RM99

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Best Moisturizer For Dry Skin Malaysia

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6. The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors + HA

From Canadian brand, The Ordinary comes their Natural Moisturising Factors + HA moisturizer with generally low-risk ingredients.

It’s thick and creamy with pure vitamin E (tocopherol)! With ceramides and other skin-equivalent ingredients (e.g. glycerin, linoleic acid, and hyaluronic acid) to keep the moisture in!

The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors + HA 100ml
  • Size: 30ml, 100ml
  • Suitable For: All Skin Types
  • Key Ingredients: Multiple Amino Acids, Fatty Acids, Triglycerides, Urea, Ceramides, Phospholipids, Glycerin, Saccharides, Sodium PCA, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E, Allantoin
  • Price: RM48, RM88.7

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7. Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base Lotion

Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base Lotion has anti-aging properties through ingredients like beta-carotene, vitamin A (retynyl palmitate) and E (tocopheryl acetate)!

While butylene glycol, squalane, sodium hyaluronate and shea butter to moisturize your skin!

Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base Lotion
  • Size: 50ml
  • Suitable For: Combination, Dry, Normal, Oily, Sensitive
  • Key Ingredients: Shea Butter With Vitamins B, C And E
  • Price: RM248

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8. Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream

If you love the smell of roses:

The Rose Damascena flower oil in this lightweight moisturizer works as an anti-oxidant too!

The hydrating formula has cucumber, glycerin, butylene glycol, and sodium hyaluronate!

Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream
  • Size: 50ml
  • Suitable For: Normal To Dry Skin
  • Key Ingredients: Rosewater, Rose Flower Oil, Angelica Leaf Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Cucumber Fruit Extract And Vitamin E
  • Price: RM204

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9. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

All about moisture, the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel has glycerin, hyaluronic acid and sodium hyaluronate!

The dimethicone is present to form a moisture barrier. And to fill in fine lines and wrinkles (temporarily!).

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
  • Size: 50g
  • Suitable For: Dry To
  • Combination Skin Types
    Key Ingredients: Sodium Hyaluronate, Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin
  • Price: RM66.9

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10. CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30

As the name implies this face moisturizer by CeraVe contains SPF (Zinc oxide)! Which is also anti-inflammatory!

Your skin will get moisture from glycerin and hyaluronic acid. And be able to retain that moisture with the added ceramides!

CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30
  • Size: 88ml
  • Suitable For: Normal To Dry Skin
  • Key Ingredients: Ceramide 1, Ceramide 6 II, Ceramide 3, Hyaluronic Acid, Niacinamide, Zinc Oxide
  • Price: RM105

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For night:

  • CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Facial LotionCheck Price

11. Ceradan Hydra Ceramide-Rich Hydrating Moisturizer

Touting skin-compatible ingredients like glycerin, sodium hyaluronate, butylene glycol, vitamin E, linoleic acid:

Ceradan Hydra Ceramide-Rich Hydrating Moisturizer still manages to be lightweight. And there’re ceramides to fortify your natural skin barrier!

Ceradan Hydra Ceramide-Rich Hydrating Moisturizer
  • Size: 80g
  • Suitable For: All Skin Types, Including Dry And Sensitive Skin
  • Key Ingredients: Sodium Hyaluronate, Vitamin E, Jojoba Seed Oil, Ceramide, Linoleic Acid
  • Price: RM64.9

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We have even more suggestions for dry skin types under the sensitive skin section! Be sure to check that out!

Best Moisturizer For Combination Skin

12. Simple Hydrating Light Moisturizer

Simple’s Hydrating Light Moisturizer has UV protection from titanium dioxide and 2 key anti-aging ingredients, vitamin E and lactic acid.

Said lactic acid can be irritating to sensitive skin though. And there’s a brightening agent too, alpha-bisabolol.

Simple Hydrating Light Moisturizer
  • Size: 125ml
  • Suitable For: All Skin Types (Even For Sensitive Skin)
  • Key Ingredients: Pro-Vitamin B5, Vitamin E, Glycerin, Borage Seed Oil, Allantoin, Lactic Acid
  • Price: RM21.8

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13. Origins Dr. Andrew Weil For Origins Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Treatment Lotion

The citrus components and lavender oil in the formula of this lotion may make this unfavorable for sensitive skin.

However, it’s fine on normal, combination and dry skin (e.g. butylene glycol, sodium hyaluronate and glycerin)! And the Reishi mushrooms are there to fight skin irritation and as antioxidants!

Origins Dr. Andrew Weil For Origins Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Treatment Lotion
  • Size: 100ml, 200ml
  • Suitable For: Normal To Dry Skin
  • Key Ingredients: Reishi, Fermented Chaga & Coprinus Mushrooms, Sodium Hyaluronate, Vitamin E
  • Price: RM99, RM168

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14. The Body Shop Vitamin E Gel Moisture Cream

From The Body Shop®’s best-selling Vitamin E range, comes the gel moisture cream!

The gel texture is light enough for normal and combination skin types! With a matte finish and some salicylic acid and calming aloe leaf powder to take on the oilier parts of your face!

The Body Shop Vitamin E Gel Moisture Cream
  • Size: 50ml
  • Suitable For: Combination Or Normal Skin
  • Key Ingredients: Vitamin E, Sodium Hyaluronate, Salicylic Acid, Raspberry Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder
  • Price: RM70

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Best Moisturizer For Oily Skin/ Acne-Prone Skin

15. Origins Original Skin™ Matte Moisturizer With Willowherb

Origins Original Skin™ Matte Moisturizer with Willowherb is a light moisturizer that is perfect for oily skin types.

It has eucalyptus leaf oil, salicylic acid, scutellaria baicalensis root extract and lemon peel oil to treat acne-prone skin too.

Origins Original Skin™ Matte Moisturizer With Willowherb
  • Size: 30ml, 50ml
  • Suitable For: Normal, Dry, Oily, Combination
  • Key Ingredients: Willowherb, Salicylic Acid, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Caffeine, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Laminaria Saccharina Extract
  • Price: RM92, RM142

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16. iUNIK Centella Calming Gel Cream

iUNIK Centella Calming Gel Cream from South Korea has a combination of soothing, hydrating and healing natural ingredients!

Like glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, centella asiatic leaf water and tea tree leaf water!

iUNIK Centella Calming Gel Cream
  • Size: 60ml
  • Suitable For: All Skin Types
  • Key Ingredients: Centella Asiatic Leaf Water, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Water, Butylene Glycol, Water, Niacinamide, Phenyl Trimethicone, Sodium Hyaluronate, etc
  • Price: RM42

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Best Moisturizer For Sensitive Skin

17. CLINIQUE Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator

Clinique’s Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator is a low-risk lightweight product that’s suitable for dry sensitive skin types!

The moisture factor comes from butylene glycol, glycerin and hyaluronic acid! And there are soothing ingredients like aloe leaf water and green tea leaf extract!

CLINIQUE Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator
  • Size: 50ml
  • Suitable For: All Skin Types
  • Key Ingredients: Caffeine, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E, Aloe Leaf Water, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Lady’s Thistle Extract, Birch Bark Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract
  • Price: RM174

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18. Mediplus All-In-One Gel

Have sensitive skin but don’t want to miss out on anti-aging goodies like elastin and collagen?

Mediplus’ All-In-One Gel has glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) leaf extract for brightening. There are several hydrating ingredients in the formula – sodium hyaluronate, avocado oil, hyaluronic acid, etc.

And soothing ingredients like allantoin and aloe barbadensis leaf extract!

Mediplus All-In-One Gel
  • Size: 180g
  • Suitable For: All Skin Types (Effective On Sensitive Skin)
  • Key Ingredients: Licorice Leaf Extract, Ceramide 6 II, Ceramide, Collagen, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Avocado Oil, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Horse Chestnut Extract
  • Price: RM199

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19. LaF Tea Tree BHA Med Secret Cream + Ceramide

Sensitive skin that is not that dry and has some scars to heal can benefit from the panthenol, centella asiatica extract, grape seed oil and sodium hyaluronate in this water-based moisturizer!

Test it on your inner wrist first as there are some known irritants in the formula!

LaF Tea Tree BHA Med Secret Cream + Ceramide
  • Size: 50g
  • Suitable For: Dry & Sensitive Skin Types
  • Key Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Centella Asiatica Extract, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Vitamin E, Aloe Ferox Leaf Extract
  • Price: RM37.66

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20. Sukin Sensitive Facial Moisturiser

Really unfriendly towards oily skin, but the Sukin Sensitive Facial Moisturiser’s formula suits dry and sensitive skin.

With a host of natural moisturizers (e.g.  rosehip, sesame and jojoba oils) and cucumber fruit extract and chamomile extract for irritable skin!

Sukin Sensitive Facial Moisturiser
  • Size: 125ml
  • Suitable For: Normal To Sensitive Skin Types
  • Key Ingredients: Vitamin E, Cocoa, Shea Butters, Rosehip, Sesame, Avocado and Jojoba Oils, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Chamomile Extract
  • Price: RM31.9

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21. REMDII Intensive Moisturizing Cream

UPM researchers (Professors & PhDs) came up with the patented technology behind REMDII Sensitive cream.

They have many products now but this was the original life-changing formula. Created for eczema sufferers, including babies!

REMDII Intensive Moisturizing Cream
  • Size: 28ml, 50ml, 112ml, 250ml
  • Suitable For: Sensitive (Not Good For Oily Skin)
  • Key Ingredients: Full-Spectrum Tocotrienols, Tocopherols, Carotenoids And Vitamin C
  • Price: RM30, RM50, RM85, RM147

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Conclusion

To reflect the diversity of skin types, moisturizers are made differently. Thus, it’s important to find the best moisturizer in Malaysia for your particular skin type!

You don’t need as much moisture as dry skin types if you’re an oily skin type! And oily skin types can take stronger ingredients (e.g. skin brighteners and exfoliants)! As long as they are not comedogenic!