Moisturisers for Dry Skin

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

Moisturiser for dry skin - it's a must. Oily skin sufferers will claim that their problems are the worst, but we of dry, irritable skin beg to differ. Especially if your delicate little face is also sensitive to certain chemicals.

While E45 and other aqueous creams might come recommended, they're really rather boring and they don't have many of the benefits of some of the more interesting, pricier creams out there. 'For dry skin sufferers I tend to suggest a gel texture when it comes to moisturisers as they generally cause less irritation', says celebrity facialist Debbie Thomas, 'but richer creams can be helpful after using an exfoliating or active product which causes some flakiness or if going in to extreme weather conditions, this is when a richer cream adds in a layer of protection.'

Not sure what you're looking for when it comes to a moisturiser that'll hydrate your skin and solve your dry complexion woes? Opt for formulas with moisture boosters like hyaluronic acid, ceramides, glycerin and squalane. Additionally, it's worth checking out the INCI list of your go-to moisturiser for dry skin to see if it boasts gentle exfoliators such as lactic acid, which can help slough away dead, flaky skin and leave a smoother, softer surface for your moisturiser to work its magic.

So for all the dry skin sufferers our there, we've gathered the best moisturisers for dry skin to buy in 2021.

Nordic Hydra [LAHDE] Fresh Moisture 24H Water Gel

Soak your skin in Arctic spring water with Lumene's ultra fresh gel moisturiser. Apply to clean skin or after your go-to serum and let the birch sap, nordic algae and hyaluronic acid go to work on your dry skin.

WASO Clear Mega-Hydrating Cream

Housed in the most satisfyingly ergonomic pot ever, this water-like jelly combines the best of nature (carrot cells anyone?) with Japanese skincare technology for the ultimate skin plumping treatment.

Pure Oxygen Radiant Glow Moisture Infusion

This oxygen-infused moisturiser is all about transforming your work from home skin into a seriously fresh and glowy complexion aka exactly what we need right now.

Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream

Even oily skin needs hydrating, which is where Kiehl's new oil-free version of their iconic Ultra Facial Cream comes in. A lighter weight gel formulation than the original, this mattifying moisturiser absorbs super quickly to reduce excess product left on the surface of your skin whilst also reducing the appearance of pores over time.

Moisture Surge 100H Auto-Replenishing Hydrator

If you're a fan of Clinique's original Moisture Surge face cream, then you're going to love the new 100H formulation. Infused with hyaluronic acid and an aloe bio-ferment, it deeply hydrates and soothes sensitive skin. If it's good enough for Emilia Clarke, it's good enough for us.

Curl Intensive Moisture Facial Cream - 19.50

The newest J-Beauty brand to hit the UK, Curl focuses on keeping parched skin hydrated without irritating it in the process. The light-weight formula is fragrant and alcohol-free, so you don't end up with any redness or reaction, whilst your skin gets treated to a tall glass of water.

Elemis Peptide4 Plumping Pillow Facial - 39

Relieve thirsty skin with this overnight treatment. This works as you snooze to repair and replenish overworked skin, leaving you with a cooling sensation. Wake up to expensive-looking skin.

Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Cell Revitalise Day Moisturiser - 58

The ideal make-up primer, use this as as a dewy base to get the most out of your foundation. Rich in fatty acids, this locks in moisture and instantly plumps skin to banish any dullness.

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Dream Face Cream - 45

Lather on liberally before you get in to pjs to wake up to a fully rested face. Rich in shea butter and cucumber extract, this detoxifies and works to reduce fine lines and blemishes without leaving skin parched.

Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Hyaluronic Marine Moisture Cushion - 59

If you're acne-prone and suffer from dryness, it can be a mine field trying to reach the right balance but this gel-based moisturiser replenishes moisture levels and is oil-free, so won't cause any irritating break outs. It's a win- win.

Ceramidin Cream

If you're not familiar with ceramides as an ingredient, you need to get on the hype now. Ceramides are naturally found in the skin but once depleted, skin can look dry or damaged.

'I am a huge fan of ceramides, one of the big issues with dry skin is no matter how much water you drink or moisturiser you apply it never seems enough. The reason for this is that the barrier function of the skin is compromised. Ceramides help to fix the leaks in the skin meaning all your hard work pays off', explains Thomas.Replenish your ceramide levels with Dr. Jart's iconic cream to relieve skin of any dry patches or itchiness.

Sisley Paris Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream - 150

No matter what your skin type, this jar will be a life saver for winter skin. Black rose extract smooths and adds a much need glow to skin, whilst hibiscus flower extract keeps dry patches at bay. Talk about flower power.

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream - 45

This features a jelly-like texture that melts onto skin, no pore-clogging involved. Best for those who just need a light-weight hydration top-up during the winter months, without overloading skin.

REN Ultra Moisture Day Cream - 34

This moisturiser is an instant soother to dry, tight-feeling skin. Once applied it instantly sinks into skin, without leaving an oily sheen. It contains a blend of peptides and hyaluronic acid to strengthen the skin's barrier and lock in much needed moisture.

CeraVe Moisturising Lotion - 9.50

Nabbing a moisturiser that's going to sort your dry skin doesn't have to break the bank. Cult US import CeraVe's legendary Moisturising Lotion is a gift to parched, sensitive skin and a snip at under 10.

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