The search is over: These are the best anti-aging moisturizers for dry skin

Adrianna Barrionuevo
These hydrating moisturizers will bring seriously dry skin back to life. (Photo: Getty Images)
These hydrating moisturizers will bring seriously dry skin back to life. (Photo: Getty Images)

Whether you have dry skin year-round or deal with seasonal bouts of an uncomfortably dehydrated complexion, a simple moisturizer can do the trick and provide anti-aging benefits.

Often, dryness is the result of an impaired skin barrier and a deficiency of ceramides and fatty acids on the top layer of the skin. Side effects include redness, irritation and flakiness, not to mention pronounced fine lines and wrinkles. So, to promote skin's health and youthful glow, look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin to fight back against dryness and dullness.

From drugstore classics to top-shelf splurges, we searched high and low for the best moisturizers for dry skin. Shop some of our top picks, below.

Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator

Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator. (Photo: Nordstrom)
Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator. (Photo: Nordstrom)

You can never go wrong with a classic like this moisture-boosting gel-cream from Clinique. The hyaluronic acid-rich formula has auto-replenishing technology and aloe water to keep skin hydrated for 72 hours, even long after you've washed your face.

Shop it: $39, nordstrom.com

Dove Dry Skin Relief Fragrance-Free Overnight Face Cream For Dry, Dehydrated Skin

Dove Dry Skin Relief Fragrance-Free Overnight Face Cream For Dry, Dehydrated Skin. (Photo: Walmart)
Dove Dry Skin Relief Fragrance-Free Overnight Face Cream For Dry, Dehydrated Skin. (Photo: Walmart)

With a balanced blend of shea butter and glycerin, Dove's rich overnight face cream relieves dry, irritated skin overnight. The affordable moisturizer is fragrance-free and ideal for psoriasis and eczema-prone skin.

Shop it: $15, walmart.com

Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Moisturizer

Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Moisturizer. (Photo: Sephora)
Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Moisturizer. (Photo: Sephora)

Whether you're dealing with a bout of dry skin or looking for a moisturizer to address fine lines and wrinkles, this one does it all. The lightweight, whipped cream is blended with six African oils and packed with antioxidants and skin-brightening extracts, too.

Shop it: $60, sephora.com

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Intense Soothing Night Moisturizer

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Intense Soothing Night Moisturizer. (Photo: Amazon)
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Intense Soothing Night Moisturizer. (Photo: Amazon)

Formulated especially for allergy-prone sensitive skin, this nighttime moisturizer is made with La Roche Posay's signature Thermal Spring Water to deliver a soothing experience. The shea butter and glycerin-laden cream is also made with antioxidants to defend skin against free radicals.

Shop it: $30, amazon.com

Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream

Augustinus Bader the Rich Cream. (Photo: Neiman Marcus)
Augustinus Bader the Rich Cream. (Photo: Neiman Marcus)

This high-end cream activates stem cells and boosts them into repair mode for a 360-degree approach to gorgeous skin. The result? Diminished fine lines, reduction of brown spots and pores and improved texture (goodbye dry, cracked skin!). Other ingredients like shea butter, Panthenol (a form of Vitamin B5) and squalene add to its moisturizing benefits, making it well worth the splurge.

Shop it: $160, neimanmarcus.com

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturizer

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturizer. (Photo: Amazon)
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturizer. (Photo: Amazon)

If you prefer the texture of a luxurious gel-cream without the price tag, look no further than this Neutrogena best-seller. The straight-forward formula is chock full of hyaluronic acid, visibly plumps tired skin and boosts hydration all day long.

Shop it: $17, amazon.com

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream. (Photo: Amazon)
CeraVe Moisturizing Cream. (Photo: Amazon)

This dermatologist favorite boasts ceramides, a lipid naturally found in skin, which helps protect skin's barrier and retain moisture. Hyaluronic acid and glycerin round out the trifecta of active ingredients in this no-frills formula — and its affordable price point is the cherry on top.

Shop it: $15, amazon.com

Kiehl’s Since 1851 Ultra Facial Cream

Kiehl’s Since 1851 Ultra Facial Cream. (Photo: Nordstrom)
Kiehl’s Since 1851 Ultra Facial Cream. (Photo: Nordstrom)

Address dryness and strengthen skin with this lightweight formula, which promises to increase hydration by two to three times immediately. Formulated with glycerin and squalene in addition to nourishing oils, the longtime best-seller balances skin and provides 24 hours moisturization.

Shop it: $30, nordstrom.com

Pond's Dry Skin Cream

Pond's Dry Skin Cream. (Photo: Target)
Pond's Dry Skin Cream. (Photo: Target)

Keep it simple and straightforward with this affordable drugstore classic. A little bit goes a long way, but either way, the dermatologist-tested cream won't clog pores and helps retain moisture.

Shop it: $8, target.com

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