Redness, cake-y makeup, and itching are all the hallmarks of uncomfortably dry skin. If you fall in this camp, you know the struggle too well, which is why it's crucial to find a moisturizer that soothes your face with a salvo of hydration before you step out the door. Here, the moisturizers we love for saving us from daily lizard-skin nightmares.
The key word here is nourishing: Caudalie's grape-oil and vinolevure—a skin fortifying compound sourced from wine yeast—combo are just what the doctor ordered for a deep hydration cure for thirsty skin. So who said grapes weren't good for anything but food and wine?
Caudalie Vinosource Intense Moisture Rescue Cream, $39; sephora.com.
Because hot showers often get the best of our skin, Bioderma designed this anti-redness moisturizer to target inflammation after the water leaves your face. Dry skin and rosacea are treated to the most soothing of oils and skin repairing ingredients, so you don't have to double up on the green concealer before you head off to work.
Bioderma Sensibio AR Cream, $25; beautylish.com.
Having dry and acne-prone skin can make choosing a moisturizer that won't make you break out quite the minefield. Thankfully, the brains behind French cult brand La Roche-Posay heard your prayers, and created this lightweight, fragrance-free lotion, perfect for sensitive skin.
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Soothing Protective Skincare Lotion, $29; amazon.com.
Charlotte Tilbury's cream was so popular backstage at fashion shows that she finally decided to sell the stuff. This is a thick cream that goes on light and layers beautifully with other products. As for if it really is magical cream? One editor tried it on a rough, red dry patch on her face and it was gone within minutes.
Charlotte's Magic Cream, $100; charlottetilbury.com.
Redness, rashes, rosacea, inflammation? This cream hydrates and conditions so well, it has been known to speed up the recovery process of all of these pesky problems. Just layer it on, wait, and watch it work its magic.
Avène Cicalfate Restorative Skin Cream, $28; dermstore.com.
Of course a Korean brand came up with a genius solution to dehydrated skin (Korean beauty products = everything). Dr. Jart+ got super science-y with their moisturizer, and used ceramides—AKA molecules in our skin that protect against moisture loss and keep the skin firm—to lock in hydration. And from the looks of our faces after testing this out, we'd say the formula is working, big time.
Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Gel Cream, $49; sephora.com.
The biggest side-effect of heavy moisturizers is a greasy residue on skin, which clogs pores and causes more problems than you started with. (Ugh.) But this moisturizer is super popular because it does just the opposite, leaving the skin smooth like a baby.
Paula's Choice Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturizer, $28; nordstrom.com.
Crucial Moisture focuses on one thing and one thing only: relieving parched skin. The result of using this product is smoother, softer skin plus a tightening of fine lines over time.
Crucial Moisture, $35; bioelements.com.
If you thought that oil and water simply weren't meant to mix together, think again. Josie Maran's creamy Argan Milk formula is just as hydrating as the name suggests, and it's all thanks to a combination of–you guessed it–oil and water.
Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment, $56; sephora.com.
The most pleasantly basic of effective moisturizers. There's nothing fancy about it, but that's fine with us because it really sinks in to leave skin quenched and layers like a dream.
CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion, $14; ulta.com.