The Best Day Cream

Updated on 28 September 2022

After 16 hours of an exhaustive comparison of 46 day creams and our tests of 8 of them, we believe that Marilou Bio offers the best quality/price ratio at the moment.

This comparison is certified 100% impartial and follows our selection process.

Our choice, Best budget

Marilou Bio (30 ml)

Specially designed for normal skin, this day cream is suitable for a broad public. It gives the face a soft and light texture thanks to its good level of hydration. In addition, we appreciate its delicate fragrance and its clean, organic composition.

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Marilou Bio Crème Visage Jour

Although this product is specially designed for normal skin, it is also suitable for all skin types. Its soft and light texture is pleasant to apply and is ideal before make-up. The skin is nourished and supple thanks to aloe vera, shea butter and jojoba oil, all in an exemplary composition and certified organic. In short, a simple and effective skin care product!

 

 

Best mid-range

Jonzac Reactive (40 ml)

This cream is perfect for those with very reactive and intolerant skin. Formulated from soothing, fragrance-free thermal spring water, it helps prevent skin reactions. We would also like to highlight the practicality of the bottle.

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Eau Thermale Jonzac Reactive

People with intolerant and reactive skin will find an ally of stature with this high-tolerance treatment. Its thermal spring water and phytosphingosine effectively soothe the face and help prevent skin reactions. Its excellent composition, fragrance-free and tube-shaped packaging make it very pleasant to use.

 

Best high-end

Dr Hauschka Rose (30 ml)

This treatment is particularly recommended for dry and reactive skin, including mature skin. It strengthens, regenerates, protects the skin, and is quickly absorbed by the skin. Its sweet rose fragrance is also highly praised by users.

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This Dr Hauschka cream is recommended for dry, sensitive, fragile and reactive skin. Its organic ingredients help to strengthen and regenerate the skin, so it is also suitable for mature skin. Quickly absorbed, it can be used as a make-up base and has a soothing effect on the face. Its thick and very moisturising texture makes it a popular treatment during the colder months.

 

Budget alternative

Avril Bio (50 ml)

Effective for normal to mixed skin, this Ecocert-certified organic cream moisturises and protects the skin daily. It also penetrates relatively quickly compared to its rivals.

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Avril

In our tests, we have found that this day cream is really suitable for combination skin, without leaving a greasy finish. The presence of macadamia oil, glycerin, sweet almond oil and vitamin E allows it to moisturise the skin while protecting it, as the brand claims. The texture was a little more liquid than others, so it absorbs more quickly. In addition, we did not notice any bad reactions on our skin. As for its smell, we found it pleasant, but indefinable. Finally, please note that, although its composition is certified organic, it still includes 6 different allergens, so it should be avoided by reactive skins.

 

Mid-range alternative

Cattier Secret Botanique (50 ml)

Ideal for dry and sensitive skin, this cream effectively moisturises, softens and nourishes the skin. Formulated without perfumes and certified organic, it has an impeccable composition. In addition, the jar design is extremely practical for its application.

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This cream is intended for dry and sensitive skin. It has moisturising, nourishing and softening properties, all in a light texture. It is enriched with jojoba oil, phospholipids with protective properties, and soothing rose water. It is also fragrance-free and certified organic.

 

Our selection

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Marilou Bio (30 ml) Jonzac Reactive (40 ml) Dr Hauschka Rose (30 ml) Avril Bio (50 ml) Cattier Secret Botanique (50 ml)
Specially designed for normal skin, this day cream is suitable for a broad public. It gives the face a soft and light texture thanks to its good level of hydration. In addition, we appreciate its delicate fragrance and its clean, organic composition. This cream is perfect for those with very reactive and intolerant skin. Formulated from soothing, fragrance-free thermal spring water, it helps prevent skin reactions. We would also like to highlight the practicality of the bottle. This treatment is particularly recommended for dry and reactive skin, including mature skin. It strengthens, regenerates, protects the skin, and is quickly absorbed by the skin. Its sweet rose fragrance is also highly praised by users. Effective for normal to mixed skin, this Ecocert-certified organic cream moisturises and protects the skin daily. It also penetrates relatively quickly compared to its rivals. Ideal for dry and sensitive skin, this cream effectively moisturises, softens and nourishes the skin. Formulated without perfumes and certified organic, it has an impeccable composition. In addition, the jar design is extremely practical for its application.
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How did we test?

To test the day creams, we applied each one several times. Several people used them to test their compatibility with different skin types (mature, normal, mixed, sensitive, reactive…). We also evaluated whether the effects claimed by the brands were real or not.

After that, we also took note of the differences in texture and absorption time, as well as the scent. Finally, we checked the composition of each of the creams.

 

How to choose your day cream?

Applying a day cream (or moisturiser) to the face is an essential step in many people’s daily beauty routine. However, finding the right product can be tricky. There are so many different skin types and creams…

Crème de jour

  • Normal skin: it is soft and fine, neither too oily nor too dry, in good health. Almost any cream will do.
  • Dry skin: if you have dry skin, your face may feel tight and dull. This is usually a symptom of a lack of sebum (which protects our skin). As a result, it has difficulty retaining water in your body. The drier the skin, the greater the need for a rich cream.

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  • Oily skin: if your skin is pale, thick, luminous and prone to pimples, you probably have oily skin, which is too rich in sebum. In this case, opt for a water-based treatment.
  • Mixed skin: this is when your T-zone (i.e. forehead/nose/chin (for those who didn’t know!) is oily, but the rest of your face is dry. The idea is to find a moisturising cream with a matte effect.

Understanding the composition of such products is interesting, as it will give you a more accurate picture of what you really need or require for your skin care. Here are a few examples:

  • Hyaluronic acid: this is a natural component present in our body that helps to maintain hydration. In cosmetics, we find it in the form of sodium hyaluronate, an even smaller particle that penetrates the skin better. It has the effect of smoothing and firming the skin.

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  • Glycerine: a chemical compound obtained from animal or vegetable fat, sometimes even derived from petroleum. If possible, try to find out where it comes from. It has moisturising, soothing and protective properties.
  • Aloe Vera gel: this plant, as present in cosmetics as on the windowsill of of many Mediterranean homes, has a gel with multiple benefits. It moisturises, repairs and is recommended for damaged skin.

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  • Ceramides: these are lipids naturally present in the skin with anti-ageing properties. When added to cosmetics, they help maintain the skin’s balance and protect against dehydration and the outside world.
  • Vegetable oils (especially argan oil): highly reputed for their soothing properties and anti-ageing action, these are also often used in hair care.

 

Other recommended day creams

Weleda Skin Food (£12.30 / 75 ml upon publication): an alternative for face and body. Very popular, this ultra-nourishing cream is ideal for very dry and damaged skin. It provides deep hydration while repairing and soothing the skin. It can be used on the face as well as the rest of the body.

Shiseido Benefiance (£60.70 / 50 ml upon publication): one of the best on the market. Here is a cream indicated for mature skin that shows visible signs of ageing such as discolouration or loss of elasticity. It helps restore a firmer appearance to the skin, reduces the appearance of wrinkles and promotes a look of youthful vitality. Plus, it absorbs quickly. We have only one drawback: its high price.

Drunk Elephant Lala Retro (£49.98 / 50 ml upon publication): ultra-popular in the US. This creamy cream is enriched with ceramides and contains a blend of six rare African oils with regenerating, antioxidant, repairing, protective and, of course, moisturising properties: skin is left moisturised, soft and silky after application. Although the brand is known for its willingness to offer “clean” skincare products, we find phenoxyethanol in its formula, a very controversial synthetic preservative. The price is also quite prohibitive. 

 

Other creams tested

Diadermine PH7 (£6.97 / 50 ml upon publication): does not deliver all it promises. This cream did not convince us. Indeed, it is neither moisturising nor mattifying as it should be. And although it is suitable for normal to mixed skins, it’s very oily texture leads us to recommend it for dry to normal skins.

SO’BiO étic Précieux Argan (£14.19 / 50 ml upon publication): for mature skins. This argan oil and hyaluronic acid cream is specifically designed for mature skin and helps prevent and combat skin ageing. It is fully moisturising, thick and quite greasy, but users are very satisfied with the results. Although less known to the general public, this inexpensive cream is at least worth the effort to “turn heads”.

N.A.E. Bio (£14.65 / 50 ml upon publication): nothing to highlight. Supposedly moisturising, this oily-finish cream is, in our opinion, rather nourishing. Therefore, we do not recommend it for mixed or oily skin. In addition, it should be noted that its smell is rather peculiar and will probably not appeal to everyone.

 

Translated by Ramsés El Hajje

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