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Welcome to our large face cream test 2022. Here we present all the face 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 face 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 face cream.




Summary

  • A face cream gently and intensively cares for the skin and should be used at any age. The numerous manufacturers offer their facial creams for different skin types, so you can choose the product that suits your skin's needs.
  • Basically, face creams can be divided into day, night and eye creams. All three categories are available from different brands and for different skin types.
  • Day creams should ideally be applied daily in the morning and are the ideal care for the whole day. Night creams are usually very rich and care for the facial skin particularly intensively during the night hours, and eye creams are suitable for the sensitive area around your eyes.

The Best Face Cream: Our Picks

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a face cream

What skin type are you and what is the ideal face cream for your skin?

Normal skin

Characteristics: Your skin is smooth, supple, fine-pored and soft. It has sufficient moisture and oil, but does not become greasy quickly.

The ideal care: Your correct care is adapted to the season, age and external influences. Ideally, you should apply a moisturiser once or twice a day.

Oily skin

Characteristics: Your skin is oily, shiny and has large pores (especially on the forehead, nose, chin, décolleté and back). This is caused by excessive production of your sebaceous glands, which can be triggered by heredity or changes in hormone balance.

Your skin type is somewhat thicker than normal skin and therefore less sensitive to sunlight.

The ideal skin care: You should mainly use low-fat skin care products (with aloe vera).

Dry, low-fat skin

Characteristics: The skin appears brittle, rough and cracked. It often forms scales, wrinkles, itches and looks dull.

The ideal care: With your skin type, consistent care is important. The products used should be rich in fat and moisture to relieve feelings of tension and dryness. Olive oil is a particularly good ingredient for caring for dry skin.

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The choice of the right face cream depends crucially on the skin type. (Photo: Charisse Kenion / unsplash.com)

Combination skin (dry-oily skin)

Characteristics: Your skin has oily skin on certain parts of your face like your forehead, nose and chin. The skin on the cheeks and around the eyes, on the other hand, appears dry.

The ideal care: If you want to care for your combination skin properly, you should care for it section by section according to the respective skin condition. In concrete terms, this means that with combination skin, the T-zone and cheeks can hardly be treated successfully with the same cream.

Sensitive skin

Characteristics: The skin tends to be dry and low in oil. It is externally delicate and has fine pores and reacts very sensitively to different stimuli. In hot and cold weather it burns, tingles or tightens, shows redness, becomes rough, blotchy or scaly.

The most common causes include heredity and overly intensive facial care.

The ideal care: You should use mild and pH-neutral creams and not overdo it with the application of care products.

What is a face cream for men and how does it differ from conventional face care?

Face creams for men are specially adapted to the needs of men's skin. The latter differs significantly from women's skin and must therefore also be treated differently.

As a modern man, you want to look well-groomed and fresh in order to make a good impression on your fellow men, but also for your own well-being.

When it comes to facial care, men have it a lot easier than women.

The reason for this lies in the different hormone balances. Due to the male sex hormone testosterone, men have 20% thicker skin. At the same time, however, they have a higher permeability in the skin's protective barrier.

Furthermore, skin ageing is slower in men than in women. Due to the higher sebum production of male skin, they often have to struggle with impurities.

Which face cream is therefore best suited for men?

The best cream for men's skin is one that provides the skin with moisture and substances that are needed throughout the day and also at night.

For this purpose, it is best to use a moisturiser for men. These are only slightly greasy and regulate your water balance.

Face creams with a sun protection factor are also important. Basically, for both men and women, choose a cream that suits your skin type.

Important tip: Be careful not to use skin care products for women. Men's and women's skin need different care!

What is a face cream for babies and what should you consider when caring for baby skin?

Baby skin is much thinner than adult skin. It therefore needs very special care that supports the natural skin functions.

In the first years of your baby's life, it needs special care for its skin. It is important to distinguish between the three areas of action: face, bottom and body, which should all be treated individually.

The reason for this is that the natural protective mechanisms of the skin are not yet fully developed and the natural acid mantle is also not yet fully developed.

Since your baby's face is most exposed to the weather, it is important to protect it from drying out. So-called "wind and weather creams" are particularly suitable for this purpose, as they can be easily spread on the little face even at low temperatures.

The so-called water-in-oil emulsions consist largely of fat and thus form an effective protective film against wind and cold. In addition, these creams contribute to the healthy development of the child's skin.

It is recommended to choose a skin care product that also has a sun protection factor and thus protects your baby's skin from UV rays.

What are anti-aging creams and when should you start using them?

Anti-ageing products prevent the ageing of the skin by using special active ingredients. Regular use should keep the skin looking young and fresh for as long as possible.

Skin ageing begins in the mid-20s, but at this age you should still avoid anti-ageing creams and use good moisturisers. In principle, anti-ageing care is suitable from the age of mid/late 30s.

The creams promise a visible effect against wrinkles. The most popular ingredients include coenzyme Q10 and pro-retinol A.

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So it's not just babies' faces that should always be well moisturised. (Photo: Bennie Lukas Bester / pexels.com)

What is the ideal skin care for you from 20/30/40/50?

Not only you, but also your skin has different needs at every age and should be treated differently.

In this section you will find enough tips for the right skin care at all ages.

Facial care from 20

At the age of 20, your skin is in its best shape; it is elastic, firm and the skin cells renew themselves quickly. Therefore, a light care with plenty of moisture, which should be applied twice a day, is sufficient.

In these years, it is especially important to lay a foundation for the later years and to already prevent skin ageing. To prevent skin damage and wrinkles, your daytime skincare should have a sun protection factor. You can also apply a cleansing mask about once a week.

Facial care from 30

As your skin becomes drier, you should also apply a richer skin care regimen - especially when it comes to moisture. Special masks and substances like hyaluronic acid and urea, which can bind a lot of moisture, are a useful anti-ageing strategy. In addition, an eye cream should be applied so that the wrinkles around the eyes do not deepen.

The day cream should definitely contain a sun protection factor, not only in summer.

Care for mature skin over 40

At this age, the skin becomes drier, loses elasticity and the wrinkles around the eyes and mouth deepen. Hormonal fluctuations favour the production of blackheads and pimples and the first signs of bags under the eyes may already appear.

For the ideal care, I advise you to use nourishing serums and face creams with concentrated hyaluronic acid, which fill the skin and reduce deep wrinkles. A day cream with UV protection prevents further skin damage from sunlight. And for your eye care, I recommend a rich, firming eye cream.

Facial care from 50

From the age of 50, you can start to use more anti-wrinkle skin care. In these years, the skin begins to visibly sag and wrinkles can start to form.

The daily sun protection must be higher, because the skin now produces fewer pigments and tans more slowly. At this age, your day and night care should contain anti-ageing substances such as retinol, vitamin C or coenzyme Q10, as they all stimulate collagen formation and thus smooth the skin.

Other ingredients to look for when buying a face care product:

Hyaluronic acid: Binds water, making the skin plumper and firmer
Vitamin E: This ingredient in daily skincare scavenges free radicals

What ingredients in facial creams should I look out for?

The following section lists some of the ingredients that can be found in facial creams and their effects:

Alpha lipoic acid:

In anti-age creams, it prevents premature cell ageing and smooths contours.

Retinol (vitamin A1):

Ensures that wrinkles are plumped up. The vitamin boosts your collagen production, activates enzymes and can even repair sun damage.

Niacin (often called vitamin B3 or nicotinic acid):

It helps renew skin cells while protecting against moisture loss.

With its help, even sensitive skin calms down, small wrinkles smooth out and pores become visibly finer.

Vitamin E

This vitamin regulates moisture and supports collagen production.

Polypeptides

These ingredients accelerate the cell renewal of your skin. In addition, it ensures that wrinkles are plumped up from below. On cream jars, these active ingredients are labelled as acetyl hexapeptides or palmitoyl pentapeptides

Vitamin C

This vitamin has a threefold effect against premature skin ageing. It supports collagen formation, scavenges free radicals and lightens pigmentation spots.

The vitamin breaks down easily in heat and light, so it is best to store skin care products in the refrigerator.

Hyaluronic acid against wrinkles

This ingredient absorbs moisture like a sponge and is the prerequisite for a plump, firm complexion. With regular use, your skin will become noticeably thicker.

Urea

Urea is an organic compound that is an ideal remedy for dry skin. This active ingredient replenishes your moisture reservoir and ensures a peachy-soft complexion.

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

Basically, you can distinguish between the following types of face creams:

  • Day cream
  • Night cream
  • Eye Cream

The above-mentioned types differ in many factors, such as ingredients, strength, fragrance, application area, price, etc. and therefore have different advantages and disadvantages.

Since every skin is different, not every cream is suitable for every skin, which is why you should consider a few factors before reaching for the cream.

For this purpose, we will introduce you to all the types of face creams mentioned above and clearly present their advantages and disadvantages.

Tip: If you prefer to answer questions instead of reading long texts, we recommend that you use our interactive buying guide!

What is a day cream and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The term day cream refers to the category of creams that are ideally applied in the morning or during the day and represent the basic care for the whole day.

After cleansing the face in the morning, the skin needs moisture and vitamins. The day care product provides the skin with optimal care throughout the day.

A day cream is ideally characterised by the following functions:

It moisturises the skin, protects against harmful environmental influences and possibly mattifies the skin. Its light consistency prevents the skin from shining and allows you to apply make-up over the day cream without it smudging.

Advantages
  • Lightweight consistency works well as a primer for make-up
  • Mattifying effect conceals oily and shiny skin
  • Light-reflecting particles make the skin radiant
  • Absorbs quickly and completely into the skin
Disadvantages
  • Daily use

In addition, a day care product should protect the sensitive facial skin from premature signs of skin ageing caused by harmful environmental factors such as sun rays and exhaust fumes. A sun protection factor blocks sun rays and antioxidants such as goji berry extract and grape seed oil ward off pollutants and thus protect the skin cells.

Special powder particles in creams absorb excess sebum from the face and create a matting effect. In addition, a day care product ensures radiant skin due to the light-reflecting particles it contains.

What is a night cream and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The night cream is applied to the face, neck and décolleté in the evening after thorough facial cleansing.

The consistency of the night cream is much thicker and creamier than that of the day cream and should therefore also fulfil the following functions. It should intensively care for and nourish the skin and support its regeneration.

Advantages
  • Contains many active ingredients that support the regeneration of the skin
Disadvantages
  • Often oily and greasy
  • Absorbs slowly into the skin
  • Leaves a fine film on the skin surface

Ingredients in night care products, such as shea butter and hyaluronic acid, keep the skin supple, moisturise it and support cell renewal.

The secret weapon against wrinkles is the ingredient retinol, which, especially when used overnight, gives the skin a much younger and smoother appearance.

Did you know that night creams are usually richer than day creams?

Because during the night, the skin can regenerate better, the pores widen and the skin absorbs the substances better.

What is an eye cream and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Eye creams are specially nourishing creams for the skin around the eye area.

Since our skin has no subcutaneous fatty tissue of its own there, it is very thin and sensitive. Therefore, the bluish veins there show through more, which we commonly know as dark circles under the eyes.

Advantages
  • Special consistency that prevents the cream from running into the eye
  • Free of oils and fats that can irritate the eye
Disadvantages
  • Expensive

Most eye creams differ from conventional face creams in their consistency, which does not run, and in certain ingredients. In addition to nourishing substances and anti-ageing agents, the decongestant ingredients contained are said to stimulate lymphatic flow. In addition, eye creams are free of oils and fats that could creep into the eye and irritate it.

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate face creams

In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate face creams. This will make it easier for you to decide which face cream is suitable for you and which is not.

In summary, these are:

  • Content
  • Type of packaging
  • Skin type
  • Application time
  • Absorption time
  • Effect
  • Ideal application age

In the following paragraphs you can read about the individual purchase criteria and how you can classify them.

Content

An important purchase criterion for a face cream is the content in relation to the price. In general, the amount of content of conventional face creams varies between 50ml and 200ml.

This allows you to buy the product with the right amount of content for you.

If you are testing a face cream for the first time, we advise you to choose the smallest possible jar/tube/pump dispenser. These are usually cheaper.

If you are happy with the results, you can then buy the larger pack if available.

In some cases, however, you will have to spend a lot of money on facial creams with a small amount of ingredients. The reason for the high price is usually special ingredients that promise special results.

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Night creams take longer to absorb than day creams. This is because night creams are usually richer. Day creams should be absorbed more quickly, as they often have to be applied quickly in the morning. (Photo: chris howard / pexels.com)

Type of packaging

Some manufacturers offer their creams in different packaging versions, while others stick to a single model.

The most common types of packaging for facial care products include:

  1. Jar
  2. Tube
  3. Pump dispenser

The type of packaging you prefer depends on your personal requirements. Each of the types listed above has advantages and disadvantages.

The jar gives the feeling that you are holding a "luxury item". Just unscrewing the jar gives the feeling that it must contain something valuable. Another advantage is that you can always see how much cream is left in the jar.

A major disadvantage is that the jar is not too practical. When applying the cream, you have to put the lid down and, moreover, jars are difficult to take anywhere because they are bulky. Especially for long fingernails, jars are rather impractical because the contents get under the nails, especially when the jar is almost empty.

The tube has the advantage that less air gets in, making it harder for bacteria and germs to get into the cream. Care products in tubes therefore usually need fewer preservatives. Since you don't dip your fingers into the cream, bacteria from your hands don't get in either. In addition, a tube is practical because you can easily pack it in your handbag and take it with you.

The disadvantage of tubes is that it is usually difficult to get the last bits out.

With the pump dispenser, as with the tube, hygiene is a significant advantage. In addition, it is possible to use the pump dispenser several times because it can be refilled. This option is therefore environmentally friendly.

Unfortunately, with most pump dispensers you often cannot see how much is left inside and probably the biggest disadvantage is that they are not always available as packaging variants.

Skin type

To get the best results from your facial care, it is important that it matches your skin type. Therefore, the suitability of the cream for your skin type is an essential purchase criterion.

To begin with, you need to find out which skin type category your facial skin falls into. Detailed information on the different skin types and which skin type you are can be found in the guide section.

However, you should know that certain skin care creams are also suitable for all skin types. In most cases, you will find the skin type information on the packaging or on the brand's homepage.

Application time

Depending on the effect your face cream promises, or for which skin type it is suitable, the manufacturer advises you to stick to a certain application time and frequency.

If you don't like to spend a lot of time caring for your skin and don't want to spend a lot of time on it, you should choose a cream that only needs to be applied infrequently.

If, on the other hand, you spend a lot of time in the bathroom and with your facial care, you can choose products that require more frequent use.

Before you use the care product, you should therefore inform yourself exactly about the application time and frequency. Only the right application leads to optimal results.

Application time

The more time your face care product can take, the longer the absorption time can be. However, if everything has to be done quickly in the morning, the absorption time should also be as short as possible.

Generally, most day creams are absorbed quickly, while the absorption time for night care products is longer.

You can often find information on the absorption time on the packaging or on the manufacturer's homepage. Otherwise, it is often helpful to read customer reviews and comments on online portals. Here you will often find information on the absorption time.

Effect

An essential factor for your purchase decision should of course be the effect that the care product promises. This should of course correspond to the needs of your skin and your skin type.

A facial care product can promise the following effects:

  • Alleviates wrinkles and skin spots (anti-ageing effect)
  • Relaxes and soothes irritated skin
  • Skin smoothing
  • Moisturising
  • Mattifying
  • Protection against environmental influences
  • Regeneration

It is important that you use anti-ageing creams only from the age of 20.

Ideal age for use

Not every face cream is suitable for every age. Therefore, it is important to consider the age guidelines and only buy products that correspond to your age category.

Especially for anti-wrinkle care, the ideal age of application is prescribed and you should definitely take this into account. Young skin needs different care than the skin of a 40- or 50-year-old.

The question of which care is suitable for your age is dealt with in detail in the advice section below.

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