Shopping for the best moisturizer for dry skin can make you feel like a goldilocks walking down the porridge aisle: there are plenty of options, but very few feel just right. You might think that people with dry skin types would have an easier time finding a quality face moisturizer that works for them, given the importance of moisturizer in preventing crucial water loss and thus keeping happy and healthy skin. In fact, hydration is an important step in everybody skincare routine and choosing a product suitable for dry skin can be just as difficult as finding a decent moisturizer for acne-prone or sensitive skin.
Chief among these challenges is finding the right moisturizer that nourishes, hydrates and soothes, but not greasy. Even the flakiest, thirstiest skin shouldn’t feel like an oil slick after applying moisturizer. Beyond that, how dry your skin is will also play an important role in which moisturizer ends up feeling good. For example, while people with extremely dry skin might benefit from a heavy cream, those with combination skin (where some parts of the face are dry but others are oily or prone to rashes) would probably prefer something a little lighter but still very hydrating.
While it can be difficult to buy effective skin care products, rest assured, it’s not impossible, especially when you can follow the advice of an expert. Here we’ve highlighted a range of products that dermatologists and SELF Healthy Beauty Award testers consider the best moisturizer for dry skin, including drugstore favorites from Cetaphil and CeraVe as well as high-end options from Drunk Elephant and SkinCeuticals.
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