Fight dry skin in winter with these tried-and-tested moisturizers, specially formulated for all skin types.
The Best Moisturizers for Dry Skin in Winter
Dry Skin in Winter? No More with These Moisturizing Products
Winter is almost synonymous with dry flaky skin as it is to snow. So if you follow Game of Thrones then indulge me in this: winter is coming, but it doesn’t have to hurt your skin health.
I’ve mentioned before how important good skin is in the application of makeup and how it lasts longer even without a primer. Good skin keeps your face dewy and fresh even without heavy moisturizer, but I know what cold weather can do to our skin.
In fact, if you think you don’t need a moisturizer because you have oily skin, check out these water-based moisturizers that should work well on you. I give top priority to my skincare preparation as much as my makeup brands.
I also know how dreadful winter could be to our skin so I’ve listed down some of the best products for optimum moisturization. Keep hydrated and lather on these luxurious goodies to remedy dry flaky skin.
You can also create your own homemade moisturizer out of simple household ingredients. I hate dry skin on me which is why I created this list to help out some of you who may be having trouble looking for products that actually work.
Check out this list which includes some of the best options for saving your skin from the dry spell of winter. Of course, with proper hydration and nutrition, you can keep dry skin free even in the heart of a blistery cold.
1. Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil Light
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Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil Light is lightweight and absorbs quickly by your skin. It helps hydrate your skin without leaving it oily – because dehydrated skin compensates by releasing more oil — making it perfect for all skin types.
This oil also hydrates your hair and nails by conditioning your cuticles and fixing your split ends! This oil is a problem solver at an affordable price. No wonder it’s a cult favorite among skin care enthusiasts especially for those with dry skin.
2. Kate Somerville Quench Oil Free Hydrating Face Serum
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Kate Somerville Quench Oil Free Hydrating Face Serum is perfect for those with combination or a sensitive skin type. Plumeria flower extract replenishes your skin without risking breakouts.
As an added bonus, this serum also helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, which come easy with dry skin. Use only one small dollop before you put on your foundation and you’re ready to go!
3. Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture
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Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture daily moisturizer replenishes your skin round the clock. It contains natural oils in hyaluronic acid, coconut oil extract, and shea butter.
Your dry skin will thank you for this hydrating skin drink that’ll last throughout the day and night.
What Is Hyaluronic Acid? It is a substance in the body that gives its natural moisture. Its function is to retain water and keep your tissues moist and well-lubricated.
4. Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial
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Korres Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Sleeping Facial works hard while you’re dreaming away. This skin remedy goes centuries back, and it’s still around because it WORKS.
This powerful Greek yogurt concentrate and aloe vera enrich dry irritated skin throughout the night, so you’ll wake up with invigorated, healthy-looking, plump skin. With the benefits your skin is getting, I think it’s worth the spend.
5. Water Balm Skin Prep for Dry Skin in Winter
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Water Balm Skin Prep is a one-of-a-kind moisturizer as you can use this on any skin type, from dry skin to oily. This lightweight formula starts out a fluffy emollient, then dissolves into water droplets on the skin which gives it a plump, smooth, moisturized feel.
It is well-recommended by a lot of makeup artists because of its excellent moisturizing formula and it’s wonderful skin preparation properties. I personally have this in my kit as well.
6. Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator
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Another cult favorite on the list, Clinique products are specifically formulated for sensitive skin and this moisturizing cream is no exception.
Not only is this oil-free, but it can also be used as a 5-minute mask for those extra cold days. No wonder Rachel McAdams swears by this stuff.
7. Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar for Dry Skin in Winter
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The name says it all. Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar is packed with anti-aging antioxidants and alpha-hydroxy acids that exfoliate and hydrate your skin. Its lightweight soufflé texture goes on smoothly without greasiness or shine.
This is your classic go-to daily moisturizer for replenishing your dry skin in winter but is also great for all seasons.
8. GLAMGLOW Thirsty Cleanse Daily Hydrating Cleanser
Who knew mud and foam would make a hydrating and cleansing dynamic duo? GLAMGLOW Thirstycleanse Daily Hydrating Cleanser not only rinses off your makeup, but it also revitalizes and intensely hydrates your skin.
With rare Brazilian yellow clay to remineralize your skin and olive leaf powder to moisturize, this is definitely not your average cleanser — but it will quickly become your favorite.
9. Algenist Ultra Lightweight UV Defense Fluid
Don’t let the sun’s harsh rays get you down! Even in winter, smart ladies know you still have to protect your skin.
With an SPF of 50, Algenist Ultra Lightweight UV Defense Fluid will not only shield you from the sun, but it also contains hyaluronic acid. It increases cell regeneration and helps prevent wrinkles.
This non-greasy moisturizer will replenish your skin and help you stay ageless even as exposed to harsh cold temperatures in winter.
10. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel with Hyaluronic Acid
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Certified and satisfied users stand by the effectiveness of this skin moisturizer. First-time users rave about the lightness of the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel.
They swear it to be effective in keeping their skin supple and smooth to the touch. Infused with hyaluronic acid, its hydration powers come as no surprise.
11. Model Off Duty Beauty Dream Glow Moisture Cream
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With winter’s low humidity comes dry flaky skin. This highly rated moisturizer is packed with natural oils and ingredients that not only fight dryness but help soothe irritated skin.
Users swear Model Off Duty moisturizing cream gave them a natural glow, a youthful look, and kept their skin hydrated all day.
12. Cetaphil Daily Advance Ultra Hydrating Lotion with Shea Butter
Your ultra-sensitive skin will thank you for this ultra-hydrating lotion. It is highly recommended by dermatologists, after all.
Winter and low humidity can wreak havoc on your skin, so it is best advised to use products with glycerin, like Cetaphil lotion with shea butter.
13. Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment Skin Protectant To Go Pack
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It is an essential solution for many of your skincare needs, from chapped lips, cracked hands and feet, extremely dry skin, to even minor cuts and burns.
If you maintain an active outdoor lifestyle in winter, make sure to keep one or two with you. In fact, this should be on your first aid or medical kit.
14. Maybelline New York Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm
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Chapped lips in winter? Who doesn’t? What’s even worse is pale, cracked lips.
Maybelline’s moisturizing lip balm holds the things you need for your lips this winter. Suppler lips? Check. Smoother lips? Check. Overall better-looking lips? Check!
It also adds a bit of color to your lips without dryness or irritation. In fact, you can even use the pink or coral color as your lip and cheek tint, and even as an eyelid highlighter in a pinch.
15. Dr. Bronner’s – Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
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Imagine, one product to please both your skin and hair — that’s what Dr. Bronner’s virgin coconut oil is all about.
From your hair to your skin, this virgin coconut oil will work wonders on your skin and work overtime to keep it moisturized and hydrated.
16. Alpenglow Hand & Body Lotion – Forget-Me-Not
A skincare product coming out of Alaska? You can say for sure, this is legit perfect for dry skin in winter.
Infused with natural oils from local ingredients, you can tell this would be great for your winter skincare needs.
Alpenglow hand & body lotion will pamper your skin without harmful synthetic ingredients.
17. Face Moisturizer by Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream
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For a drugstore brand moisturizing product, Olay Regenerist micro-sculpting cream does not disappoint. Since it also contains hyaluronic acid and vitamin B3, we know this is good news for your skin.
18. Trader Joe’s | Ultra Hydrating Gel Moisturizer with Aloe & Green Tea Extracts
You can’t beat the price tag of Trader Joe’s moisturizer. For an ultra-hydrating gel moisturizer, you get a great deal indeed. It contains aloe and green tea, both known as effective natural ingredients in skincare.
19. Biossance Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer
Redness? Enlarged pores? Oily skin? Our “fire extinguisher for your skin” Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer is here to save the day. Let us know if you’ve tried it! pic.twitter.com/qeJAtSqvha
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Squalene is another hydrating substance in our body which gradually decreases over time. With Biossance squalane, your skin can be rejuvenated and your skin health and radiance restored.
If you need more tips on keeping your skin moisturized for winter, check out this video by Jamie Paige:
Winter doesn’t have to hurt our skin as much as we expect it to, just make sure that you are properly hydrated, keep warm, and use products that will quench your skin’s thirst. The more emollient creams perform better in winter too.
Take note that UV rays do not change with the climate, so make sure to apply sunscreen when you go out because drier skin is more susceptible to damage. Skin health is also dependent on your nutrition, so make sure to eat right.
Now that your skin is fully hydrated and looking fresh, check out the BEST face makeup products to keep your face dewy and smooth all day long! Let me know if you’ve ever tried any of the moisturizers above in the comments below.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on December 2, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.