It’s no secret that I love all things gel consistency. I find that gels make my skin more bouncy and supple. And overall they feel cooling and soothing on my skin– something my skin needs more often than not. But, sometimes gels aren’t enough and you have to bring in their creamier, more lush counterpart: cream moisturizers. They’re perfect for winter weather and these ones never clog my pores or break me out (I have blemish prone skin) so I hope they work the same for you!

5 Cream Moisturizers That Won’t Break You Out

I’m not going to lie. I’m always wary to try cream moisturizers because they can feel heavy. But, I do love to test and share so I thugged it out and tried all of these as nighttime moisturizers. Thankfully, my skin didn’t experience any adverse reactions like clogged pores or blemishes with any of them, and they’re moisturizers that I really like.

From how lush it looks in the jar, I was expecting the Dr. Roebucks FACE Anti-Aging Moisturizerto feel thick, but it’s not heavy at all. It has lavender oil, rosehip oil, Vitamin E, and macadamia oil, but it’s not greasy either. In fact, it feels very lightweight and you don’t need much to make sure your skin is fully moisturized and ready for bed.

One that I always go back to, and my skin craves, is Origins Night-a-MinsIt’s on the thicker side, but non-greasy, and I love the citrusy scent. It always makes my skin feel velvety and lush, which is why I go back to it time and time again. One that’s newer to my collection is Glossier’s Priming Moisturizer Rich*. The reason I opted out of this rich version for a long time was because I heard it was very rich. Yes, it’s thicker, but it’s not heavy or suffocating on the skin, but it is beautifully moisturizing. It has a really nice lavender scent so if that’s not your jam, this might not be your cup of tea.

I used the Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Creamdown to its last morsel of soft, lush moisturizer because I liked it that much. The consistency is different. It’s not that velvety, thick cream you generally think of. It has a more jiggly, spongy appearance, which sounds unappetizing, but it leaves the skin so soft and supple, and smells delicious like a minty dessert.

Last, is another one full of several oils, but doesn’t feel greasy or heavy: Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream. Housed in a super sanitary push down pump jar, it’s moisturizing, and has a soft almost whipped formula (hence, the name). This one moisturizes, but isn’t the most moisturizing out of the bunch. If you have really dry skin, you’ll most likely have to go in with a second layer of this or mix in a couple drops of oil to boost up the hydration. Still, it leaves the skin soft and hydrated without being too much.

5 cream moisturizers for winter that won't break you out
5 cream moisturizers for winter that won’t break you out

Do you have a fave moisturizer? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • I think it’s not 100% safe to say these won’t break one out.. I mean people are so different! I’ve been wanting to try the Lala one, but I think I’ll pass if you say it’s not perfect for dry skin. The name is very good marketing I must say, it sounds deeeelicious. But again, I need something heavier! Have a happy New Year dear!

    xx Laura / Laurantaina Beauty Blog

  • The Origins Night-A-Mins is my favourite in winter, although it can definitely be too heavy for me in summer especially recently as I have been sweating so much that it makes everything feel greasy.

  • I have a mini sample of the DE Lala Retro Whipped Cream which I’m excited to try, and I think I’m gonna crack it open tonight! Glossier PMR is sooo good for me. I remember getting it around this time last year and saw such a huge transformation in my skin. I went on a trip to Portland (where it was snowing) and didn’t bring it with me and I remember my skin feeling so dry and chapped. And when I got back, I was slathering that baby all over my face hahah. I feel like lately I’ve been more into oils than creams for moisture. But I’m back on the PMR train when I am! The Willing Beauty replenishing night cream was also great and my skin loooved it! I think you may have been trying that range out – not sure if that one stuck out for ya!

    Cindy |

    • Ooh I can’t wait to hear how you like the DE! I love adding a couple drops of oil to my moisturizers lately. Makes such a difference! I finished the Willing Beauty one and did like it! I just feel like it didn’t do as much as these for me! xx

  • I have oily skin so I don’t necessarily need the extra hydration a thicker cream can give, but I also don’t mind using them if it’s a product I like. I just opened my mini of the Drunk Elephant La La Cream last night and quite liked the texture, although I don’t think I was expecting it to be as creamy as it was it still sank into my skin really nicely. It’s interesting that you say it’s not the most hydrating though – I’ve only used it once so far so I don’t know, and I haven’t tried the others you’re comparing it to either, but that’s good to note!

    • Yeah it sinks in super nicely! I think you’ll love the DE since you have oily skin! I have combo skin (more dry rn) so it’s just not as moisturizing compared to the others, but it’s still moisturizing, if that makes sense lol!

  • I always find it exetremly hard to get my hands on a moisturiser that doesn’t make my skin oily or cause any irritation or fast breakouts so this is quite useful, thank you for this x

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