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Welcome to our big day cream test 2022. Here we present all the day creams we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best day cream for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a day cream.


  • Day creams are available for all skin types: dry, oily and combination skin
  • A day cream can combine many useful properties. For example, it can nourish and at the same time contain UV protection.
  • Day cream should not contain fragrances. These only irritate the skin and, in the worst case, can lead to a contact allergy.

The Best Day Cream: Our Picks

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying day cream

Do I need a day cream?

Yes, if you want to moisturise and nourish your face throughout the day. It doesn't matter if you are a man or a woman.

A day cream is applied specifically to the face and was also developed for this purpose. Our facial skin is exposed to many environmental influences every day and it can be difficult to maintain clear skin without additional care.

Day cream is available for every skin type - be it dry skin, combination skin or oily skin. Each variant ideally moisturises and nourishes the skin. (Image source: / stux)

As mentioned earlier, not everyone needs a day cream, of course. A person with very dry skin is more likely to use a day cream than a person with oily skin.

Also, people who tend to have flaky or uneven skin are often recommended a day cream by experts. However, a day cream can also contain ingredients for anti-ageing or good UV protection, so that in the end it always depends on the personal needs.

Did you know that too much care can lead to skin problems?

Often less is more! Therefore, limit yourself to as few products as possible so as not to over-care for your skin.

What kind of skin is day cream suitable for?

Day creams come in many different varieties and each variety is particularly suitable for one skin type.

Day cream can be classically divided into three major sub-topics: Day cream for combination skin, dry skin and oily skin.

For dry skin, creams containing at least 10% urea are recommended. Urea is a real lifesaver for dry and chapped areas.

For combination skin it is a little more difficult. The complicated thing about combination skin is that it has one area that tends to be oily or greasy and another area that tends to be dry. Therefore, you should always use day creams that have a dual effect: one mattifying and one moisturising.

Oily skin often needs to reduce shine. Here, a day cream that has a mattifying effect helps to counteract this.

But special day creams can also be used for acne or neurodermatitis.

In this case, the day cream should not be comedogenic, which means that it should not clog the pores. It should also be non-greasy and have comedolytic properties. This means that pimples are opened and actively combated.

A day cream can have many properties. Among other things, it can contain UV protection or have anti-aging effects. (Image source: / silviarita)

Tip: Additional care tips for acne are also the use of retinol and BHA acid. Of course, these can also be used without skin problems.

What alternatives are there to day cream?

If, for whatever reason, a day cream is not for you, there are wonderful alternatives. In the following section you will find a rough overview.

Product type Properties
Serum A serum is a wonderful complement to a day cream, but it can also replace it entirely. It has a very light and fluid texture and is absorbed very quickly into the skin. At the same time, the serum provides the skin with a lot of moisture.
Fluid A fluid is very similar to a cream, but it is often lighter in texture. It is also less rich than a cream. Therefore, a fluid is always suitable when a cream "overprotects" the skin.

Decision section: What types of day creams are there and which is the right one for you?

We basically distinguish between three types of day creams:

  • Day cream for combination skin
  • Day cream for dry skin
  • Day cream for oily skin

In the following, we explain the different types and their respective advantages and disadvantages. In this way, we want to help you find the best day cream for you.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of day creams for combination skin?

The perfect day cream for combination skin must be able to mattify the oily T-zone and moisturise the areas of the skin that are dry elsewhere.

The lipid deficiency of the dry cheek area is compensated for in good day creams for combination skin by a rich emulsion.

Likewise, the enlarged pores that combination skin often brings with it are less emphasised by the day cream and thus visually reduced.

If these two areas are very different for you, it is indeed advisable to care for both areas in isolation with products that are tailored to the skin type.

To mattify the oily areas, day creams often contain a very drying alcohol. Here, however, care should be taken that the dry areas do not come into contact with it.

Conversely, this means that the cream for the dry areas should not come into contact with the oily areas.

  • Lipid deficiency is compensated
  • pores are visually reduced
  • Sometimes two different creams have to be used

What distinguishes day cream for dry skin and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Very dry skin needs a day cream that contains ingredients such as urea with a content of up to 10%. Urea is widely used in foot care in particular.

With other ingredients such as lactate, the skin's ability to protect itself can be gradually improved.

The skin is protected from external moisture loss and the day cream lays on the skin like a cloak so that very little moisture can be lost.

The annoying feeling of tension or flaking is thus prevented.

However, not all day creams for dry skin are formulated the same. The proportion of different ingredients can vary greatly, which is why not every day cream has the same effect.

  • Skin can gradually protect itself better
  • little moisture is lost
  • the feeling of tension and flaking diminishes
  • Not every day cream is formulated the same and therefore works differently

What are the characteristics of day creams for oily skin and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

Day cream especially for very oily skin can visually reduce the often large-looking pores. It also optimally mattifies the shine.

In addition, the sebaceous glands are often inhibited so that fewer impurities occur. This means that day creams for oily skin are non-comedogenic - i.e. they do not clog pores.

We also recommend always using a wash gel as a supplement. Oily skin is prone to impurities, so it's important to keep the sebaceous glands unclogged and not to clog them further. (Bildquelle:

Day cream is often also available as an anti-ageing product. It has a double effect: it prevents oily skin and impurities and counteracts wrinkles.

Here, too, the composition plays a decisive role. The ingredients are always in different doses, which is why not every cream has the same effect.

  • Pores are visually reduced
  • Skin is mattified
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Not every cream has the same effect

Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate day creams

In the following, we will show you which criteria you can use in your decision to buy day cream.

The criteria you can use to compare day creams include:

  • Scented care
  • Ingredients
  • Sun protection factor
  • Packaging
  • Amount

In the following sections, we will explain what is important in each of the criteria.

Fragrant care

People often choose products because they smell good. However, the assumption that fragrances have no effect on our skin is wrong.

They are often used to mask unpleasant odours of the day cream, because pure care does not smell good.

Fragrance in skincare is never a good sign. Try to avoid fragrances! (Image source: / mohamed_hassan)

In fact, in the worst case, contact allergies can occur, which mean that even perfume may no longer touch your skin.

What's more, fragrances offer your skin no benefits other than irritation.

Incidentally, it makes no difference whether the fragrances were added artificially or whether they are natural. A fragrance is just a fragrance.

Did you know that day creams are often true all-rounders?

It is not uncommon for them to combine UV protection, anti-aging properties and nourishing properties in one. They are also available in tinted form so that they even have a slight corrective effect.


You probably don't pay much attention to the ingredients. Often you simply don't understand what is meant.

However, it is useful to know which substances you should avoid. Below you will find a small list of alcohols and fragrances that are less suitable for delicate facial skin:

  • Limonene (fragrance)
  • Benzyl Cinnamate (fragrance)
  • Citronellol (fragrance)
  • Alcohol Denat
  • Ethyl Alcohol
  • Benzyl Alcohol

On the other hand, they are very suitable:

  • Glycerin
  • Amino Acids
  • Peptides
  • Ceramides
  • Retinol
  • Sodium Hyaluronate

Sun protection factor

Not only sunscreen has a sun protection factor. There are day creams that also offer UV protection. But it always depends on the strength of the sun protection factor!

Basically, it is recommended to apply an SPF of at least 30, better still 50. If day cream and UV protection are combined, you even have a 2-in-1 product.


When it comes to packaging, you should always make sure that it is as environmentally friendly as possible. The best alternative here would be glass packaging.

To protect your day cream in the best possible way, packaging with a pump dispenser is best. This prevents air from getting to the day cream and the ingredients from oxidising and becoming ineffective.

This happens in a jar, for example. The day cream constantly comes into contact with air and thus cannot work properly.


When it comes to quantity, the more the better!

The standard amount for a day cream is usually 50 ml. Depending on how rich it is, however, quantities of 30 ml are sometimes offered.

It all depends on your personal preference. Our motto is: it's the yield that counts. Therefore, it may well be that a 30 ml day cream lasts longer than a 50 ml day cream, simply because less is needed.

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