When you have dry skin, winter can feel like a death sentence. Sounds dramatic, but when you mix cold weather conditions like sleet and harsh winds with dry, forced indoor heat, you can get majorly flaky, uncomfortable skin that’s prone to irritation and redness. You might think the solution is to douse yourself with the nearest tub of Vaseline or something equally occlusive, but unless you layer a good hydrating moisturizer for dry skin underneath it, you’ll just be sealing in the dryness.
Before you pick up just any moisturizer, know what to look for first: A formula with hydrators like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, or propylene glycol are all great options, and if your skin is particularly sensitive, make sure it’s fragrance-free. Once Ahead, seven of our favorite moisturizers for dry skin that’ll keep your complexion from flaking off this winter.
Eucerin Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Sensitive Skin Cream
Eucerin Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Sensitive Skin Cream (Walmart, $7.34)
CeraVe Moisturizing Cream
CeraVe Moisturizing Cream (Ulta, $15.99)
EltaMD Moisturizer (Dermstore, $11.50)
Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream
Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream (Ulta, $15.49)
Avene Tolérance Extrême Cream
Avene Tolérance Extrême Cream (Avene, $38)
Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance
Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance (Dermalogica, $66)
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair® Cream Intense Hydration
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair® Cream Intense Hydration (Sephora, $30)