13 Quick-Fix Products for When Your Skin Feels Insanely Dry

Devouring warm apple pie, watching The Holiday, snuggling up by a roaring fire–of the many things I love about this time of the year, dry skin is not one of them. Cracked, irritated, flaky. For most of fall and winter my face feels like I’ve left on a clay face mask for far too long. My fingers peel. My lips are raw. In the words of Ella Fitzgerald, 'I got it bad (and that ain’t good)’.

Back to that roaring fire. Did you know that sitting in front of an open flame or any heat source is a huge cause of dry skin? Moreover, alternating back and forth between the cold winter air to the dry indoor heat can exacerbate and irritate our epidermis even more.

While I’ve tried and tested a plethora of moisturizers, lip balms, and hand creams to help relieve my scaly skin, dermatologists have taught us the key to super-hydration lies in the ingredients as well as implementing some daily habits. Opt for products containing pure oils like almond, jojoba and coconut oil. Moisturize with a cream not a lotion as soon as you get out of the shower, and don’t forget to exfoliate.

Here, we’ve rounded up the products we reach for that soothe, hydrate, and hold moisture in the skin. Use from day to night or when you need a shot of hydration on-the-go.