Moisturizers are a dime-a-dozen skincare product, but that in not way cheapens their importance in our routine. In fact, if you could only choose and use three skincare products for the rest of your life, cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen are probably your safest bests because the effects of each simply can’t be replicated by any other product. 

But the fact that moisturizer is so ubiquitous doesn’t make it any easier to select one. Should you spend three figures (if you have that in your skincare budget) and splurge on a luxury name brand? Should you heed your dermatologist’s advice and stick with brands like Cerave or Cetaphil, no-frills moisturizers that you can find in your local pharmacy? There is no one right answer to this question, but there is one moisturizer that consistency proves it deserves the cult following it has garnered among beauty experts and celebrities alike. 

If you have to choose just one moisturizer for your “stranded on a deserted island” fantasy, this one is a fantastic choice. 

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Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré

It’s the moisturizer that you’ve probably heard of, but aren’t quite sure why you’ve heard of it. Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré pops up on your radar every now and then when a celebrity or makeup artist name-drops it and then you remember: “right, I should give that one a try!” 

Its claim to fame mainly lies in the fact that is it a beloved French brand, and many of us know that French pharmacy skincare is held up as exemplar skincare. But aside from that, Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré is enriched with vitamins and antioxidants and is the ultimate multi-tanker: you can use it as a facial moisturizer, but also as a cleanser and makeup remover, and a skincare mask. 



One of the best things about Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré is the fact that it is not only safe for dry and sensitive skin, but is ideal for these easily irritated skin types. It offers ingredients like beeswax, shea butter, and aloe for intense hydration and soy proteins to help firm your skin. But, whereas other moisturizers might leave your skin greasy or feeling heavy, this one stands out because it absorbs easily and is perfect to apply before makeup, making it a favorite among makeup artists. 



Considering how it’s a favorite among celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Sydney Sweeney, you might expect Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré to come with a pretty high price tag. But it’s actually pretty reasonably priced: you can score a 2.54 fluid ounce bottle for $32. 

And reviews from non-celebs prove it’s not just a passing fad. 

One reviewer wrote, “This all purpose moisturizer is perfect for my combination skin. I use it year round as the last step in my PM routine and as a priming moisturizer under make up during the day during dry months. It’s also an awesome eye make-up remover! A staple in my skincare routine!”

And another glowing review reads, “I love love this product under my makeup. I have dry skin which can make my foundation look cakey, but this product helps so much. It keeps me hydrated all day and makes my skin look smooth under makeup.”



Remember: Moisturize Prior To Makeup

One common tip you’ll hear all makeup artists remind us about is that it’s so important to moisturize your skin prior to putting on any makeup, whether you’re applying base, foundation, and concealer, or just a bit of color-corrector and concealer. Cleanse your skin, apply toner if you choose to, then follow up with a serum that contains an active ingredient like vitamin C, before applying moisturizer (and sunscreen if it’s daytime). Allow your skin to dry and for products to absorb before adding a base and makeup. This will ensure that your makeup goes on smoothly and stays on for longer.