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. 

Hand And Nail Treatment Cream
Clarins Hand And Nail Treatment Cream $30

You'll never want to leave home without this ultra-rich hand cream that shields against the elements. A soothing mix of aloe vera, shea butter, and coconut oil, your hands, nails, and cuticles will feel instantly smooth and hydrated.

Deep Hydrating Mask
Dr. Barbara Sturm Deep Hydrating Mask $160

Highly touted amongst beauty-lovers, this deep hydrating mask contains purslane, aloe-vera, vitamin E, and chamomile to leave skin silky-soft. 

Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater 4 oz.
Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater 4 oz. $7

Carry this with you on the go for instant hydration in just a few spritzes. Soothing aloe and rosewater will refresh your complexion and leave you glowing.

Skin Food, 2.5 Ounce
Weleda Skin Food, 2.5 Ounce $12 $12

From celebrities to beauty editors to those who work in the great outdoors, everyone who tries this all-natural moisturizer proclaims their love. Replete with sunflower-seed oil, avocado oil, and pansy extract, it intensely moisturizes and nurtures the skin. Use it on your face, body, and excessively dry problem areas. 

Ultimate Hydrator
Le Metier de Beaute Ultimate Hydrator $225

Say hello to super hydration. This rich and creamy formula contains hyaluronic acid—an ingredient that helps maintain moisture within the skin. Apply to a freshly cleansed face day and night to see immediate results. 

Coco Rose Coconut Oil Body Polish 8 oz/ 226 g
Herbivore Coco Rose Coconut Oil Body Polish $36

Applying oils and creams is futile if you're not exfoliating regularly. Slough away dead skin cells with this nourishing coconut oil–based scrub to leave your skin velvety-soft (and smelling amazing).

Minted Rose Lip Balm Minted Rose Lip Balm 0.8 oz
Rosebud Perfume Co. Minted Rose Lip Balm Minted Rose Lip Balm 0.8 oz $7

There's not much this salve can't do. It's an editor's favorite to treat chapped lips, heal cuts, soothe cuticles, and moisturize dry areas like elbows and knees. We even use it to highlight cheekbones and tame unruly eyebrows. Now there's $7 well-spent.

Eve Lom Cleanser $50

Eve Lom's signature cleanser may come with a high price tag, but the results are second to none. Aromatic plant oils gently remove impurities and dirt without stripping your skin of moisture. After just one wash your skin feels exponentially more hydrated, soft, and smooth. My absolute favorite for the winter season.

Pep-Start Hydro Rush Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 1.7 oz/ 50 mL
Clinique Pep-Start Hydro Rush Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 $30

Don't forget your sunscreen. Even in winter. This luxurious formula has a moisture-barrier technology that protects from the elements while providing UV protection. 

Addict Lip Sugar Scrub 0.12 oz/ 3.40 g
Dior Addict Lip Sugar Scrub $33

Grains of sugar crystals gently exfoliate then melt into your lips leaving them ultra-soft with a gorgeous, glossy sheen.

Oils Of Provence
Amanda Lacey Oils Of Provence $160

If you're suffering from the harsh conditions of winter weather, this luxurious face oil is the perfect indulgence. A soothing blend of eucalyptus, bois de rose, and sage, it relieves dry, irritated skin with just a few drops.

Pep-Start Eye Cream 0.5 oz
Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream $27

Don't neglect your eyes. Because the skin around your eyes is thin, it needs some extra love at this time of the year. Try a lightweight eye cream that visibly brightens and hydrates for a refreshed look.

Rose Hip Nourishing Oil
Mario Badescu Rose Hip Nourishing Oil $22

Apply this nourishing rose-hip oil immediately after showering while the skin is still damp to help lock in moisture. Essential fatty acids and vitamin C brightens the skin while providing intense moisture to help smooth dry patches.

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