The Best Face Creams For Dry Skin

Dry skin isn’t just a winter problem. A year round battle, rough and dull skin be triggered by everything from stress and diet, to temperature changes and dry climates. Riding to the rescue are the crème de la cream: six of our favourite moisturisers for dry skin types.

From light lotions to heavy-duty creams, these hydrating formulas work day and night to prevent water loss and help repair the skin’s moisture barrier. Deeply replenishing, they protect dry and dehydrated skin types from fine lines and premature ageing, while restoring that elusive healthy glow.

Alongside the usual line up of emollient ingredients, these thoroughly modern face creams are formulated with skin transforming ingredients like Gycolic Acid. This alpha hydroxy acid not only helps to slough away dullness-inducing dead skin cells, clearing the way for your skincare to work more effectively, but it also attracts water for a smoother, plumped up complexion.

Alpha-H Liquid Gold 24 Hour Moisture Repair Cream

Rather than ‘sticking down’ dry patches, this rich cream harnesses Glycolic Acid (the key ingredient in Alpha H’s cult exfoliating product, Liquid Gold) for a mild daily resurfacing effect that kicks your skin’s natural cell turnover up a gear.

Nourishing Argan Stem Cells offer intense hydration to keep flakiness and dullness at bay, for a perfectly smooth and comforted complexion.

Yes To Coconut Milk Mistified Moisturiser

Products targeted at dry skin types often feel heavy and suffocating; not so with this featherweight moisturising mist.

Enriched with Coconut Milk and Coconut Oil (aka the ingredient that solves most of life’s problems), this tropical mist can be used under or over makeup to give your complexion a hydration boost whenever it needs it most.

Saturday Skin Waterfall

DO go chasing waterfalls. Saturday Skin’s deeply hydrating gel-cream is the perfect way to pep up dry and dull skin types.

As refreshing as it sounds, cooling glacier water quenches the skin to boost suppleness and glow, while amino acids strengthen the skin barrier to protect against moisture loss.

Freck Rich Bitch Cactus + Vitamin C Moisturiser

Face like the desert? Cactus to the rescue! Prickly Pear Seed Oil contains more Vitamin E than any other beauty oil to give parched skin some serious nourishment.

Ultra rich but still lightweight, it sinks in quickly for deeply hydrated and silky soft skin.

Mario Badescu Protective Day Cream

This is the cream to crack out in seriously dry or cold climes. Ideal for an in-flight skincare kit or to slather on before hitting the slopes, this lightweight cream offers serious protection from moisture-sapping environments.

Beeswax and Balsam Peru seal in precious hydration, while soothing signs of irritation and redness. Apply over your favourite hydrating serum to keep skin smooth and supple. 

The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA

The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors + HA targets dryness and dehydration with a cocktail of hydrating and protective ingredients, including amino acids, Hyaluronic Acid and compounds found naturally in the skin.

Melting in rapidly and leaving no oily residue, it offers speedy and lasting relief from the tightness and discomfort that can accompany dry and dehydrated skin.