Moisturizers for Dry Skin

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / Honayst

At this point, we’ve established that everyone needs a moisturizer in their daily skin care routine, right? However, dry skin needs a little more love in the hydration department to help combat things like redness, flakes, eczema, and all-around discomfort. (You know that dry, tight feeling that happens when you skip your moisturizer or use the wrong one? That's what we don't want.) Luckily, there are a ton of brilliant moisturizers, creams, and gels specifically formulated to soothe, rehydrate, and relieve dryness. We rounded up 20 of the very best moisturizers that will help restore skin’s moisture barrier and give off a healthy, youthful glow—whether you suffer from dryness only during winter or 365 days a year.

Full Fit Propolis Light Cream

Want a cream that's a glass of water for your skin, sans waiting all day for it to sink in? Then this rich K-beauty moisturizer will do the trick. It's made with antibacterial ingredients, too, so you can stress less about any random acne flare-ups.

Lala Retro Whipped Moisturizer with Ceramides

If the pleasantly whipped texture doesn’t have you at hello, the triple-threat of ceramides, sodium hyaluronate (a super-hydrating cousin of hyaluronic acid), and the brand’s signature blend of six rare African oils will seal the deal.

Radiate Face Jelly

Grab a jar while it's still in stock, and you'll understand that the hype around this aloe-infused "face jelly" is merited. It's amazing for combination skin, aka when your face ranges from mega-oily to super dry.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

If bouncy, plump skin that won’t break the bank is the question, this hyaluronic acid-infused gel cream is the answer.

Drugstore Deal Total Effects Whip Fragrance Free Facial Moisturizer

The cream-to-liquid formula soaks in lightning-fast, making it great for getting in an extra layer of moisture before makeup.

Drugstore Deal Versed Skin Soak Rich Moisture Cream

Infused with ingredients like squalane and vitamin E, it hydrates just as well as the pricier creams, all for less than $20.

Natural Pick Vital Balm Cream

Made with ultra-hydrating Indian Senna Seed and calming blue tansy, this clean formula is as thick and rich as they come.

24/7 Moisture Hydrating Day & Night Cream

Probiotics in this cushiony cream help lock in moisture on skin's outer barrier. It's great if you have acne-prone skin.

Moisturizing Cream For Normal To Dry Skin

This derm-approved cream is a fail-safe option for anyone whose skin is both dry and sensitive.

Hydra Life Hydration Rescue Intense Sorbet Creme

Made with calming chamomile, this buttery cream is ideal for ultra-dry skin types and those dealing with redness.

Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator

Not only does it refresh skin on contact, but thanks to magic (or science), it helps skin replenish its own hydration levels. Mind blown.

Natural Pick Creme Riche

As the name suggests, this formula is ultra-thick and as rich as creams come. Plus, it boasts over 40 all-natural ingredients.

Water Bank Moisture Cream

Talk about a healthy glow: This lightweight gel’s key moisturizing ingredient is derived from green vegetables. Your dry skin will quite literally drink it up.

Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream

Rabid fans don't mind saving up for this pricey cream for a reason: It works. Plus, the formula is so rich that a small dab is all you need.

Ultra Facial Cream

The texture of this cult classic somehow feels both ultra-creamy and lightweight at the same time. Plus, the brand also has an SPF 30 version, so you can use it day and night.

Squalane + Omega Repair Cream

Those omega fatty acids we’re always trying to add into our diets? They’re great for our skin too, and this moisturizer is packed with them, along with squalane and hyaluronic acid.

Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream

Loaded with hyaluronic acid, this gel-like formula is ideal for those who experience dryness but still want something lightweight.

Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration

Made with colloidal oatmeal and shea butter, this super-emollient option is a good option to have on hand if you experience flakes and eczema.