Find your new dry skin saviour
There are moisturisers and then there is the best moisturiser for dry skin. Yes, they differ from your regular lotions (especially the best moisturisers for oily skin). Packed with things like hyaluronic acid (which can hold 1,000 times its weight in water) and fortifying hydrators, moisturisers for dry skin don’t just inject your skin with the hydration it needs. They also attract moisture from your environment and draw it deep into your dermis as well as defend your skin’s protective barrier against environmental aggressors such as pollution, which then works at locking in any moisture. “Choose a good quality light moisturiser that soaks in readily, rather than just sitting on the surface of the skin,” advises Dr Ross Perry, cosmetic doctor and managing director of Cosmedics Skin Clinics.
But there’s more to keeping your skin hydrated than simply applying moisturiser. Firstly, you need to exfoliate your skin. One of the common causes of dry patches is due to dead cells adhering to your skin, so invest in a good face cleanser containing ingredients like salicylic acid, then chemically or physically exfoliate to break down the bonds that hold those dead skin cells together. Then, when it comes to putting your moisturiser on, you know it’s going to sink in to your skin and be as effective as it can possibly be.
This intensely hydrating moisturiser contains a unique Hyaluronic Gel Matrix to instantly lock in intense hydration and continuously release it as and when your skin needs it throughout the day. Genius!
Clinique’s Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator is suitable for all skin types, but is best suited to skin types suffering from areas of dryness because it’s rich AND instantly rehydrating. Use it daily to keep skin soft and supple, and to fight the drying environmental irritants, or twice daily for drier skins.
Lasting for up to 24 hours, this moisturiser is a real winner that glides onto your skin and soaks in quickly. Containing Murad’s RepleniCell solution, it helps bind water to the skin to keep it perfectly hydrated, while coconut extract and hyaluronic acid help the skin to retain moisture. It’s also non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog up your pores while it moisturises your skin. Our bathroom cabinet wouldn’t be without it!
Benefit’s Total Moisture Facial Cream provides concentrated and immediate hydration to your skin for an instantly refreshed complexion. The tri-radiance complex, packed with mango butter and natural plant emollient, helps boost the skin’s moisture barrier to get rid of dry skin for good.
Philosophy Hope In a Jar Moisturiser has a rich texture which keeps skin moisturised and quenched all day long. Your friends will be wondering what’s given you such a healthy glow.
Estée Lauder’s Hydrationist Maximum Moisture Creme is the answer to your dry skin woes. Delivering an instant rush of moisture, this rich cream strengthens your skin’s moisture barrier for healthier, smoother skin, as well as reducing the tell-tale signs of ageing.
Liz Earle is a firm favourite here at Marie Claire, so there really isn’t a bad word to say about the skincare brand’s skin repair moisturiser, with its fabulous natural combination of essential fatty acids, avocado oil and natural antioxidant beta-carotene. These key ingredients are responsible for leaving the skin plump, supple and glowing.
L’Occitane Ultra Rich Face Cream not only keeps skin hydrated all day long, but it keeps it protected. This ultra-rich formula has 25% of soothing shea butter which intensely nourishes dry and very dry skin and effectively protects it against the causes of dryness and climatic damage. Skin is left feeling firmer and softer too.
Origins’ Make A Difference Plus+ is specially formulated for those of us with dry skin as it’s jam-packed with Rose of Jericho, plus a Lychee and Watermelon quenching complex to reach deep into the skin, adding moisture and hydration.
Neal’s Yard Rehydrating Rose Daily Moisture Organic Cream has a rose scent which hits the senses immediately. You’ll feel calmed and de-stressed before you’ve even addressed how this rehydrating cream tackles dry skin. Damask rose oil, essential fatty acids from pure plants and a injection of moisture from hyaluronic acid will leave your skin full of moisture, with a dewy fresh glow.
Another skincare hero that’s enriched with hyaluronic acid, this new addition to the Lancôme family is a winner. It’s very gentle on the skin so if you struggle with a sore, sensitive complexion, this is the moisturiser match for you.
Use Matis Youth Hydrating Mask twice a week for a thirst quenching treat for your face. It combines the mechanical action of fine exfoliating microbead and the exoliating action of a papain extract to leave your skin feeling deeply moisturised. Just sit back, relax and enjoy your own little home spa treatment.
Clarins Multi-Active Day Cream suits the 30+ generation (yes, that’s most of us!) as it tackles the very first signs of skin ageing. With a medium to rich consistency, it leaves skin feeling so soft, thanks to the moisturiser’s hero ingredient, Ambiaty extract, a medicinal plant from Madagascar.
Simple’s Kind To Skin Replenishing Rich Moisturiser wins hands down as our best budget dry skin product, not even breaking the £5 barrier. Simple does exactly what it promises, delivering a light, fragrance-free cream that gives intense moisture, without making skin greasy. Your skin will be smooth, soft and you can splash out on another beauty buy to boot, thanks to its cheap as chips price tag.
Elemis’ Pro-Collagen Marine Cream is backed by impressive scientific evidence which shows that after just two weeks of use, wrinkles can be reduced by up to 78%, thanks to its hero ingredient, the marine extract Padina Pavonica, which mimics the skin’s own function. We’re no scientists, but the light gel-like cream sinks in quickly, skin feels firmer and instantly more supple on application.
B complex vitamins are involved in a number of functions within the bod and deficiencies of them can lead to dry skin, dermatitis and acne. Vitamin B has been shown to improve the ability of the epidermis, the upper-most layer of the skin, to retain moisture – leading to softer, smoother skin with less dryness and flakiness, so if you want all of that, get this.
Aesop’s Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Hydrator will say goodbye to your dry skin for good. This quick absorbing moisturising fluid for the face delivers hardworking anti-oxidant hydration leaving skin feeling soft, smooth and supple.
Dr Hauschka’s skincare range has been on our radars for a long time and the Melissa Day Cream is perfect for tackling extra dry skin. Rich in lemon balm and medicinal herb extracts, it helps the skin retain moisture in dry areas, whilst soothing irritable and reddened skin leaving your complexion soft and clear.