Applying a daily face moisturizer is one of the number one keys to healthy, radiant skin irrespective of the season, age or skin color. Moisturizers are emulsions of oil and water (plus other fuel, medication, and preserving ingredients) that help to replenish hydration, maintain moisture in the skin and dryness out.
Your moisturizer will hydrate the skin to the bare minimum. And while that sounds pretty simple, shopping for a new moisturizer is anything but that. Not only are there so many different varieties of lotions, creams, and moisturizers on the market, but the skin of any shopper is special, making choosing the best fit so much harder.
Now that you know the basics, you're ready to revive that painfully dry face. Below are the best dry skin moisturizers — from drugstore to high-end — that will leave you sparkling in no time.
Ceramides is an emollient and can aid in conditions such as eczema to fix the skin barrier. They are the foundation of all CeraVe products, including their favorite cultivated moisturizing cream, recommended by numerous dermatologists we talked to. The soft, non-irritating formula fits on all skin styles, can be used around the body and is healthy enough for the most parched complexions to be deeply hydrated. Bonus: In this tub you will get a whopping 19 ounces of water!
Humectants are substances which help maintain moisture in your skin. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant that likes the derms, as it keeps its weight in water a thousand times and severely plumps the skin (for this purpose it is widely found in cosmetic fillers). The Garnier lightweight face moisturizer incorporates the product of the champion, along with vitamin C that brightens.
With 4.5 stars and over 3,300 reviews on Amazon, we can see why this Neutrogena gel-cream is so enraptured. This oil- and fragrance-free, noncomedogenic recipe, which was evaluated by dermatologists, provides rich hydrating capacity with hyaluronic acid.
The product is filled with ceramides to quench dry skin but it also receives the National Eczema Association's certification for the lack of specific irritants: coloring, scent, lanolin, formaldehyde and parabens.
We love Olay's fragrance-free moisturizer for what it does: skin-plumping hyaluronic acid and wrinkle-reducing niacinamide, a type of vitamin B3 that often helps to reduce irritating redness.
First Aid Beauty's Ultra Repair Cream contains the product along with a hydrating ceramides, calming colloidal oatmeal, and rich shea butter. It's perfect for people with delicate skin, free of fragrances and alcohol — even those who suffer from eczema, or very dry itchy skin, may be using it.
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