Don't Be Embarrassed: The 9 Best Moisturizers for Dry Skin

Updated 01/30/18

Dry skin doesn't just happen to people in the winter. If you've been, ahem, blessed with such a complexion, then you know it's an all-year-round kinda thing (lucky you). But before we give you a rundown of the best moisturizers to solve this skincare issue, perhaps it would be good to know if you've got dry skin in the first place, as so many people don't even know if they have it. According to celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau, truly dry skin "does not produce any oil or sebum." You also tend to have smaller pores and don't break out as much. While this sounds fantastic, skin can be flaky and often look dull. Also, it can—sound dramatic music—cause wrinkles to look worse.

Now, before you start panicking, there are few things to start doing, such as not using too harsh cleansers (avoid sulfates) and ensuring you moisturize the moment you've washed your face. But there are also some incredible moisturizers ideally formulated for dry skin that can put some zing back into your complexion. Bonus tip: Try using a serum before your moisturizer to give it an added hydrating boost.

After that, we suggest you use a super-moisturizing cream, so keep scrolling for our pick.

Best moisturiser for dry skin: Elemental Herbology Cell Plumping Facial Hydrator SPF 8 50ml
Elemental Herbology Cell Plumping Facial Hydrator SPF 8 $86
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Cell plumping all sounds rather fancy, but does it work? In short, yes. This moisturizer contains essential fatty acids and omega 7–rich macadamia oil to help rejuvenate the skin's natural lipids. It also helps to protect from the sun and wind damage, helping to avoid more wrinkles (yay).

Best moisturiser for dry skin: Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream $100
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This is such a gloriously rich cream, and dry-skinned people will relish in its ability to turn their face into something super supple.

To get the most out of your product, massage it into the skin ensure it sinks in thoroughly.

Best moisturiser for dry skin: The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser
The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturizer $21
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For those who really lack brightness in their skin, anything with vitamin C will give it what they need. This moisturizer utilizes a lightweight gel formula that will boost skin with much-wanted hydration with a side of glow.

Best moisturiser for dry skin: Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Silky Cream For Normal to Dry Skin
Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Silky Cream for Normal to Dry Skin $48
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Clarins nearly always delivers when it comes to moisturizers, and this new one isn't any different. Formulated especially for dry skin, it contains organic, medicinal kalanchoe extract, which is meant to boost the skin's naturally occurring hyaluronic acid to help to lock in moisture.

Best moisturiser for dry skin: Aesop Perfect Facial Hydrating Cream
Aesop Perfect Facial Hydrating Cream $120
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Containing high levels of vitamins C and E, this boosts the levels of collagen in the skin, which helps keep it supple. There is also a combination of oils in the formula to keep complexions hydrated.

Best moisturiser for dry skin: Susanna Kaufmann Moisturising Mask
Susanne Kaufmann Moisturizing Mask $65
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Susanne Kaufmann is one of the most respected women in organic skincare, so you can expect something pretty special from her moisturizing mask. Full of ingredients such as hazel seed oil and elasticity-enhancing beeswax, this helps to not only restore the skin's hydration but also protect against outside stresses.

Best moisturiser for dry skin: Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Cell Revitalise Night Moisturiser
Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Cell Revitalise Night Moisturizer $65
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A formula of blended plant and flower essences, this cream helps to soothe skin, leaving it fresh and moisturized.

Best moisturiser for dry skin: Eucerin Eucerin Dry Skin Relief Face Cream
Eucerin Dry Skin Relief Face Cream $9
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Don't dismiss this just because it's on the more affordable side—Eucerin's products just work. This one, which comes dermatologist recommended, contains urea, which is a moisturizer naturally present in healthy skin. This cream aims to replenish lost urea to keep skin moisturized.

Best moisturiser for dry skin: Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream SPF 30
Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream SPF 30 $30
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This moisturizer sells six units every minute, so you know it must be good. Ideal for dry skin that's also exposed to more extreme weather conditions, this is the one to keep stashed away for those cold winter days.

Next up: how to apply a facial moisturizer like a pro.

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