10 Best Moisturizers for Dry Skin

The beauty market is flooded with a plethora of skin care products and the choices are seemingly endless. Each one is touted for its unrivaled benefits. Here we have rounded up the 10 best moisturizers for dry skin.

Dry skin (also called xerosis) is the result of excessive water loss from the topmost layer of the epidermis, the stratum corneum. One way this can happen is through over cleansing or using harsh cleansing products. For this reason, it is advisable to know your skin type and identify what cleansers would work best for your skin. Alternatively, you can find our cleansers guide for dry skin here. Other reasons can include; normal aging process, certain type of skin diseases, temperature and humidity.

Low humidity and temperature accelerates water loss through the skin. For this reason, dry skin is more common during winter.

Similarly, there is evidence of decreased levels of natural moisturising factor (NMF) and ceramides in the lipid bi-layers of persons with dry skin. The disruption of the lipid bi-layers, thereby results in increased permeability and epidermal water loss.

Dry skin is usually a long-term concern that recurs often, especially in winter. Moisturizers formulated for dry skin work by forming a semi-occlusive layer over the skin surface to minimize the trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL).

A good moisturizer contains a combination of ingredients to confer added skin benefits. Look for products that contain hyaluronic acid, glycerin, ceramides or lanolin that help lock in moisture.

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CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

Texture: rich, non-greasy

CeraVe Moistturizing Cream

Why we love it?

A versatile moisturizer that works well for both your face and body. The cream formula contains more lipid than the lotion one, which is why we recommend this instead for very dry skin. It also contains ceramides as well as hyaluronic acid. Also, what makes this a good choice is the reasonable price point and its diverse uses, inlcuding as a barrier repair cream.
CeraVe Moisturizing Cream, $15.94, Amazon

Derma E Vitamin E 12,000 IU Cream

Texture: rich, non-greasy

Derma E Vitamin E Cream

Why we love it?

This cream has a thicker consistency and functions great as an all-over moisturizer, especially for very dry skin or as an add-on during the winter season. With the addition of actives such as vitamin E, the skin-lightening alpha-arbutin and licorice, the formula helps to not only moisturize your skin but also promotes skin-healing and evens out your skin tone. Aside from being pH-balanced, it is also free from parabens, phtalates, SLS and colours. It does have a light fragrance, though, which may be something to keep in mind if you have sensitivities.
DermaE Vitamin E Cream, Vitaminshop

We have just learnt that Derma E has a dedicated range for psoriasis and eczema skin conditions, which includes their Psorzema cream. The botanical trio of neem, burdock and bearberry work synergistically with vitamins A and E to promote wound healing and alleviate symptoms associated with psoriasis. The formula is very gentle, moisturizing and soothing, and can even be used for the wintry dry skin issues.

Aquaphor Healing Ointment

Texture: thick, jelly, vaseline-like

Aquaphor Healing

Why we love it?

This is another multi-purpose ointment that protects and soothes extremely dry skin, chapped lips, cracked hands and feet. It combines both the occlusive and emollient benefits of a moisturizer through skin barrier seal that helps lock in natural oil and moisture.
Aquaphor Healing Ointment, $13.74, Amazon

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré

Texture: thick, non-greasy, sunscreen-like

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré

Why we love it?

Embryolisse Lait-Crème is a more thicker, hydrating cream that is formulated with beeswax, shea butter, essential fatty acids, hyaluronic acid, and that makes it suitable for those with very dry skin. It also works work as a primer under makeup. So if you don’t mind the scented and almost sunscreen-y texture, then you could try this cult French moisturizer.
Embryolisse Lait-Crème, $28, Amazon

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Riche

Texture: thick, non-greasy, fast-absorbing

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Riche

Why we love it?

This is a richly textured moisturizer for dry and sensitive skin types. It contains shea butter and glycerin to hydrate and nourish the skin. It does have a light fragrance, though, which may be something to keep in mind if you have sensitivities.

Bioderma Atoderm Cream

Texture: Rich, creamy, non-greasy

Bioderma Atoderma

Why we love it?

This cream has a rich texture that spreads easily and absorbs quickly without feeling too greasy. The formula contains glycerin, shea butter and vaseline to restore the skin’s lipid balance.
Bioderma Atoderm, AED 99, Amazon

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

Texture: Rich, creamy, non-greasy

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

Why we love it?

With a feather light texture, this moisturizer from First Aid Beauty fits in our criteria of a healing and protecting cream perfectly. It contains skin-strengthening ingredients such as ceramides, allantoin and colloidal oatmeal.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream ($34, amazon)

Bio-Oil Dry Oil Gel

Bio Oil Dry Oil

Why we love it?

The Bio-oil gel is formulated to mimic the NMF by using a combination of humectants, emollients and occlusives. On application, it easily melts into the skin and forms a thin, clear layer on the surface without leaving behind an oily or sticky residue.
Bio-oil gel, AED 47, Amazon

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream

Texture: rich, creamy texture melts immediately into skin

Vichy Aqualia Thermal

Why we love it?

This moisturizer from Vichy has a thicker, creamier consistency and contains mineral rich volcanic water, shea butter and hyaluronic acid. It does have a light fragrance, though, which may be something to keep in mind if you have sensitivities.
Vichy Aqualia Thermal, $31, Amazon

Skinceuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2

Texture: rich, creamy texture melts immediately into skin

Skinceuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2

Why we love it?

For mature skin, and only if you decide to splurge, this would be our top recommendation. Not only does it replenish the ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids that are essential for supporting barrier function, it also hydrates, nourishes and helps improve the appearance of the skin.  The price of this is super steep but you do get what you pay for when it comes to Skinceuticals.
Triple Lipid Restore, $143.26, Amazon

All in all, it takes some trial and error before finding the right skin moisturizer. In some cases, you might even find that combining two different moisturizers would work better for you.

Remember, your skincare routine will work best if you custom built it to your skin type, concerns and sensitives and it’s always best to consult your dermatologist.

Are you using any of these moisturizers? Let me know in the comments below. Additionally, you could also click here to read some of the most common skincare mistakes we all make in our routines.

Sahar x


  1. 9th July 2020 / 4:16 pm

    I love the first aid beauty moisturizer. I also found it at TJ maxx
    last week!

  2. 9th July 2020 / 5:25 pm

    Good list! My dermatologist recommended Cerave and it’s awesome.

    • Sahar Reviews
      11th July 2020 / 4:26 pm

      Thanks Andrea. Cerave and Cetaphil are both dermatologist recommended brands! πŸ™‚

  3. 9th July 2020 / 6:52 pm

    Adding some cruelty-free alternatives to this list in the same price bracket: e.l.f daily hydration, Honest Beauty, Burts Bees, Pacifica and SheaMoisture. All available at CVS <3

    • Sahar Reviews
      11th July 2020 / 4:24 pm

      Thank you, Eve. I will be rounding up organic, cruelty-free moisturizers in the coming weeks and these would be great additions to the list. πŸ™‚

  4. Karletta
    9th July 2020 / 8:23 pm

    Perfect timing. I was just looking for a moisturiser! Thanks for sharing these options.

    • Sahar Reviews
      11th July 2020 / 4:21 pm

      Hi Karletta, thank you. I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed reading the article! πŸ™‚

  5. 10th July 2020 / 6:11 am

    Great list. Thank you for including a variety of brands and price points. I used the cerave for years as a teen and in undergrad. Once I started getting into clean beauty I opted for brands like Weleda as their skinfood is tauted as a La Mer dupe. I also like Acure, Andalou, and Derma-e in addition to oils.

    Nathalia | NathaliaFit – Fitness & Wellness Blog

  6. Marie
    12th July 2020 / 5:38 am

    Wow thanks this was really helpful!! It can be so overwhelming choosing the right skin care

    • Sahar Reviews
      17th July 2020 / 1:43 pm

      Thank you Marie. I’m glad that you found it useful πŸ™‚

  7. 21st October 2020 / 2:11 pm

    Thank you for this relevant and reliant article on dry skin moisturizers πŸ™‚ I’m also having extremely sensitive dry facial skin prone to rashes and so for the past few days, I was in search of a good moisturizer suitable for my skin. Your article has helped me to choose the right moisturizer for face with the required ingredients. I would like to choose Cetaphil moisturizer for face as my skincare aid. I just went to their website and collected some more information about Cetaphil moisturizer. This is a hypoallergenic, non-irritating, pH-balanced moisturizer for face and body that can replenish, nourish and protect our skin from sunburn and premature aging. Since it can be used for multipurpose, I think I should choose this one itself.
    Hope that it would help me to reduce my dry skin issues. Thank you once more and expecting many similar helpful articles in the future πŸ™‚

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