How much moisturiser have you worked your way through these past few weeks? It's more than usual, isn't it? Turns out, becoming a fully fledged 'indoor person' does not work wonders for your complexion. Between the fluctuating temperatures and that the fact that you're still succumbing to that 5pm quarantini, it's hardly surprising your skin's feeling thirstier than ever. However, put down that industrial-sized jar of cold cream because actually, it's the type of cream you choose, rather than the amount you apply that is crucial in bringing eternally dry skin back from the brink. The best moisturisers for dry skin are those that contain the most advanced moisture-grabbing ingredients, and there are few new ones to get on your radar. Hyaluronic acid is, of course, here to aid hydration on every layer of the skin – rather than simply the surface – while ceramides have made a triumphant return for their ability to boost your barrier, in turn stopping that crucial hydration from evaporating.
1 Caudalie Resvératrol-Lift Firming Cashmere Cream
As we get older, our complexions crave moisture more than ever. This is because the levels of hyaluronic acid naturally deplete as we age. Caudalie's Cashmere Cream contains a blend of collagen, hyaluronic acid and conditioning botanicals that bolster the skin's barrier, increasing hydration levels and elasticity.
2 Weleda Skin Food 75ml
An unassuming staple that several celebrities swear by, Weleda's Skin Food is an award winning, multi-use product that nourishes and protects seriously dry faces (and bods, too). Organic sunflower seed oil, wild pansy, calendula and chamomile will leave you skin smooth and supple in a flash. Oh, and did we mention it's only £12.95!?
3 La Roche-Posay Nutritic Intense Rich
A great no-nonsense moisturiser, this extra-rich cream is perfect for uncomfortably dry skin. It’s formulated with a base of soothing thermal water and a heavy dose of glycerin to lock in moisture for as long as you need it to. Fragrance free and extra-gentle, it’s a great choice for sensitive souls.
4 Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream
Like a generous hug for your face, this whipped, ceramide-based cream is an instant thirst quencher for parched complexions. It's brimming with vitamin C, fatty acids and omegas to deliver deep hydration that keeps your skin nourished all day. Even better, it won't make your foundation slide around on your face.
5 Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré Moisturiser
Fact: peek inside the kit of any makeup artist and there will be a tube of Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentré in there. The stuff of French pharmacy legend, this unassuming little tube works wonders on flaky patches, thirsty complexions and peeling noses (we told you to wear sunscreen!). The best part (apart from the bargain price, of course) is how well it works under foundation: expect an all-over glow that never cakes.
6 Olay Regenerist 3 Point Age-Defying Cream Moisturiser
Want a moisturiser that gives serious hydration whilst also combatting fine lines and skin texture? Yep, thought so. Olay's clever formula contains hyaluronic acid that deeply moisturises the skin, whilst added niacinamide helps target all the texture issues (think, fine lines, clogged pores and dullness).
7 Lumene Nordic Hydra [Lähde] Hydration Rescue 24H Replenishing Balm
If the weather (or a serious round of retinol) is leaving you with dry, flaking patches, this is a great cream to call on. It's formulated with a pH similar to your skin, which means it'll sink in seamlessly and work to replenish moisture levels over 24 hours.
8 CeraVe Moisturising Cream
For less than the price of your Friday night takeaway, this high-street moisturiser will deliver enough hydration to soothe even the driest complexions. It’s packed with barrier-supporting ceramides and moisture-binding hyaluronic acid, and is totally fragrance free.
9 Kate Somerville DeliKate Recovery Cream
If your dry skin is easily irritated or tends to become flaky, this is the cream to trust. Kate Somerville's latest launch is specifically designed for sensitised and stressed-out skin – the ceramides and peptides inside help to make your skin barrier more resilient. It works beautifully under make-up too: watch how it makes any foundation noticeably glowier.
10 Medik8 Advanced Night Restore
Designed to counterbalance the drying effects of retinol, this advanced night cream is perfect for skin that’s tight and flaking. It’s free from fragrance and preservatives, and full of the good stuff – think skin-strengthening ceramides, antioxidants and peptides.
11 The Inkey List Ceramide Night Treatment
This no-frills night cream is packed with ceramides: the lipids, or fats, that a healthy skin barrier needs to retain moisture and keep itself protected. Going one step further, it also contains a hefty dose of hyaluronic acid to lock moisture inside the skin. A clear bargain.
12 NUXE Organic Glow Rich Moisturising Cream
This deep-hydrating face cream is part of Nuxe's brilliant new planet-kind line,. It's made using 99% naturally-derived ingredients (70% of which are organic), and comes in easily recyclable packaging. As for the formula, there's citrus extracts and apricot oil to hydrate for hours while imparting a dewy glow.
13 Celery Green Cream
You know the way that celery juice is an OG for helping rehydrate your body? Well this cream takes that and infuses it into a hydrating moisturiser. If your skin is dry but you also don't want a super heavy formula this is lightweight and plumping with hyaluronic acid, peptides and soothing cucumber and lavender extracts.
14 Ceramidin Cream
The ceramide complex in this cult cream delves beneath the skin barrier to delivery really intense moisture. Applied daily this'll sooth irritation and dryness to leave your skin looking dewy and healthy.
15 Elemental Facial Barrier Cream
If environmental changes really have an impact on your skin this cream will help to protect its barrier. The texture is very buttery so it feels so soothing when applied and keeps it feeling nourished for hours on hours.
16 Lanolips Face Base Vitamin E Day Cream 60ml
For something hydrating that can sit well under makeup too, this is an ideal pick. The texture is velvety and the finish isn't super-greasy but hydrating and smooth.
17 Avene Hydrance Hydrating Cream 40ml
Shea butter and Avène thermal spring water are combined in this formula to make this gentle cream really emollient. If your skin's a little sensitive this doesn't irritate either.