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The 24 Best Moisturizers for Dry Skin

Get your glow on at all times.

MORGAN MCMULLEN

Redness, cake-y makeup, and itching are the hallmarks of uncomfortably dry, desert-like skin. There's nothing more annoying and discomforting than dehydrated, cracked skin. Which is why it's crucial to find a moisturizer that soothes your face with a salvo of hydration year-round before you step out the door. Whether you battle with eczema or simply have a dry to combination skin type, you're going to want to provide your skin with a little extra TLC in the hydration department.

While on the hunt for a hydrating moisturizer to implement into your daily regimen, be sure to look for a formula loaded with plenty of antioxidants and emollients. These two ingredients are ideal for dry skin because they're active enough to strengthen your skin's moisture barrier, yet lightweight enough to not leave behind an oily, pore-clogging residue. Ahead, 24 hydrating moisturizers that will save you from flaky, dry, lizard-skin nightmares.

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The Repair Cream
Squalane + Omega Repair Cream
Biossance sephora.com
$58.00

Smooth the appearance of fine lines and rough patches with Biossance's Squalane + Omega Repair Cream. It's free of fragrance and jam-packed with nourishing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, omega fatty acids, and shea butter, which are all super necessary for soft and supple skin. Plus, squalane draws in moisture for long-lasting hydration. 

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The Calming Agent
Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream
Fresh nordstrom.com
$42.00

Fresh’s Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream comes in the form of a cooling gel. In short, if you suffer from flakiness and irritation, reach for this rosewater-infused gel to calm your skin. Aside from the invigorating scent, your skin will thank you for the soothing sensation this cream provides that'll put your pores in their most relaxed state. 

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The Ultra-Hydrator
Hydra Life Fresh Hydration Sorbet Crème
Dior sephora.com
$69.00

Dior's Hydra Life Fresh Hydration Sorbet Crème's star ingredient is anti-inflammatory powerhouse chamomile, one of the most calming ingredients of all time. This antioxidant-filled moisturizer soothes irritation from eczema and dry patches, and can fade the look over blemishes and dark spots over time. 

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The Crème de la Crème
Crème de la Mer Moisturizer
La Mer sephora.com
$90.00

You can't talk about moisturizers without naming a cult classic—the Crème de la Mer Moisturizer, praised by the skin-obsessed and experts alike, is thick and luxurious and leaves the skin as soft as a baby's bum. A little goes a long way, so savor every last drop of this spendy cream. For best results and beauty sleep, try opting for this moisturizer as a night cream to wake up with the skin of your dreams.

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The Skin Soother
Water Bank Moisture Cream
Laneige sephora.com
$38.00

Similar to your insides, your skin needs a daily dose of water. Laneige's Water Bank Moisture Cream to the rescue! If you deal with eczema, sunburn, or rosacea, lather this mineral-rich formula on to soothe irritation. For an additional layer of hydration, use this as an overnight mask. 

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The Redness Eraser
Sensibio AR Cream
Bioderma dermstore.com
$24.90

The Bioderma Sensibio AR Cream is an anti-redness moisturizer that targets inflammation. 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.

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The Catwalk Favorite
Magic Cream
Charlotte Tilbury charlottetilbury.com
$100.00

Charlotte Tillbury's Magic Cream was so popular backstage at fashion shows that she eventually decided to sell the stuff. The thick cream 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 and it was gone within minutes.

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The Cure-All
Cicalfate Restorative Skin Cream
Avene dermstore.com
$28.00

Redness, rashes, rosacea, inflammation? This Avène Cicalfate Restorative Skin 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.

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The Replenisher
Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturizer
Paula's Choice nordstrom.com
$29.00

The most annoying side effect of heavy moisturizers is a greasy residue on skin, which clogs pores and causes more problems than you started with. (Ugh.) But Paula's Choice Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturizer is popular because it does just the opposite, leaving skin smooth as a baby's. 

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Key Word: Crucial
Crucial Moisture
bioelements bioelements.com
$36.50

Crucial Moisture focuses on one thing and one thing only: relieving parched skin. The result is smoother, softer skin plus a reduction in fine lines over time.

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The Hybrid
Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment
Josie Maran sephora.com
$20.00

If you thought that oil and water simply didn't mix, think again. Josie Maran's creamy Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment combines purified water and 100-percent argan oil in a formula that leaves skin radiant and moisturized.

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The Drugstore Star
Facial Moisturizing Lotion: Ultra Lightweight
CeraVe ulta.com
$15.99

The CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion is the most pleasantly basic of effective moisturizers. There's nothing fancy about it, but that's fine with us because it works, leaving skin quenched, plus it layers like a dream.

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The Triple Threat
Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2
dermstore.com
$128.00

The SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 sounds complex, so let us break it down for you: The formula is filled 2 percent pure ceramides, 4 percent natural cholesterol, and 2 percent fatty acids. The cholesterol-dominant ratio helps to restore the skin's external barrier and boost natural self-repair. On top of all of that, it nourishes aging skin, leaving a youthful glow.

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An Oldie, But Goodie
Ultra Facial Cream
Kiehl's Since 1851 sephora.com
$29.50

The Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream is the perfect everyday moisturizer for wintertime. The formula is thick enough to keep your skin hydrated, but not too heavy to wear under makeup. A great option for hydration without grease; it's a classic for a reason. 

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The Long-Laster
Moisture Surge™ 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator
Clinique ulta.com
$21.00

This gel-cream hybrid promises skin will be as moisturized at the end of the day as it was at the beginning, with 72 hours of hydration—even after washing your face. How? Clinique Moisture Surge™ 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator is packed with ingredients including caffeine, hyaluronic acid, and activated aloe water.

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The Auto-Hydrator
Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream
Peter Thomas Roth dermstore.com
$52.00

The Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream is concentrated with 30-percent hyaluronic acid cream, an ingredient that actually attracts water. The resultant continuous hydration, leaves skin full, supple, and smooth.

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A Whipped Dream
Lala Retro™ Whipped Cream
Drunk Elephant sephora.com
$60.00

There's plenty to love about this restorative moisturizer. The Drunk Elephant Lala Retro™ Whipped Cream uses a blend of six rare African oils to save your dry and dull skin while also serving up a nice dose of barrier moisture. And, for all you clean-beauty fiends, it's vegan and formulated without gluten, fragrance, essential oil, irritants, or silicone. 

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The Update
Renewed Hope In A Jar
Philosophy Ulta
$39.00

A reformulation of the original "Hope in a Jar" from Philosophy, Renewed Hope In A Jar has an abundance of ingredients: alpha hydroxy acids, three forms of hyaluronate, plus an Asian fruit extract. Guaranteed to keep skin constantly glowing and shining, but not shiny

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The Multi-Hyphenate
Ultra Repair Cream
First Aid Beauty First Aid Beauty
$3,400.48

Not just for your face, this whipped formula promises hydration and healing for all patches of dry, parched skin. Filled with oatmeal, shea butter, and several antioxidants (including licorice root and white tea extracts), Ultra Repair Cream is a dream for those with sensitive skin, and safe for all members of the household to use, even children.

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The Fanciest
Water Cream
Tatcha Sephora
$26.00

Tatcha Water Cream is nutrient-rich, using powerful and pure Japanese botanicals like wild rose and leopard lily to improve skin's texture and control oil production. But forget all that, this nourishing lotion offers up an added glow from some 23k gold. Gold! In a moisturizer!

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Luxury Feel For A Drugstore Price
Whip Fragrance-Free Moisturizer
Olay Ulta
$38.99

The Olay Regenerist Whip Fragrance-Free Moisturizer is known for having anti-aging agents, like Amino-Peptide Complex II, that will plump skin from within and also functions as a primer for makeup. Think of it as a stellar hydrator that just happens to smooth the look of fine lines and wrinkles. 

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The Clinically Proven
The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb
belif Sephora
$22.00

Clinical tests prove that belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb really is the bomb dot com (sorry, couldn't help ourselves). Actually, they show that the formula offers intense and soothing hydration, providing up to 26 hours of moisture. The cushiony, creamy consistency "bursts" on your skin when applied, then absorbs without stickiness. 

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The Next Cult Classic
Hydro Boost Water Gel
Neutrogena Amazon
$16.97

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel counts purified hyaluronic acid and olive extract as its primary ingredients. It hydrates skin instantly—absorbing quickly without any oily residue—while also keeping it that way for 48 hours.

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The Protectant
Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant 24H-Moisture Crème
Estée Lauder Sephora
$34.00

Wear! SPF! Every! Day! This Estée Lauder DayWear Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant 24H-Moisture Crème Broad Spectrum SPF 15 uses antioxidants to reverse signs of premature aging, while the light SPF 15 staves off the aging effects of UV rays. Oh, and it will keep your skin moisturized for 24 hours. 

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