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These are the best moisturisers that’ll fix your dry skin woes

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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.

Secondly, you need to think about your diet and levels of inner hydration – yes, because beauty really does start from within. Apart from drinking plenty of water, vegetables and fruit are a great way of hydrating your skin, because the water content in them stays in your system for longer, so it is a really effective, and easy, way of keeping your body hydrated from the inside. Dr Ross also advises staying away from caffeine, alcohol and sugar, which can be dehydrating.
Finally, you need to know that if you have dry skin, your worst enemies are office air conditioning, pollution and ageing – all of which you can’t really avoid – but there are solutions to your dry skin woes, and they come in the form of some faithful moisturisers. Wondering which moisturiser is just right to make your dry skin a thing of the past? Pop over to our sister site Powder and tell them a bit about your beauty-self then they’ll recommend the day cream that’s best suited to you. Genius.
Click through for our round-up of the best moisturiser for dry skin and find one that suits your skin, budget and lifestyle…

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