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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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