The Best Night Creams For Dry Skin

If you’re prone to skin dryness, then you know that the aim of your skincare routine should be infusing as much moisture into your skin as you possibly can. The best time to focus on this is overnight, when you can slather the richest, thickest creams onto your face without having to worry about looking greasy. Night creams are formulated specifically for the purpose of intensive overnight hydration – starring ingredients like ceramides, omegas, and hyaluronic acid – they’re designed to leave skin soft and radiant by the time you wake up. 

We’ve already covered morning and evening skincare routines for dry skin, but below, we’ve rounded up the best night creams for your dry skin – including the personal favourites of the BEAUTY BAY team. 

Dr Jart+ Ceramidin Cream

The hero ingredient in this basic (in a good way) moisturiser are ceramides – a must-have in any dry skin-oriented skincare routine. Ceramides are lipids that our bodies naturally produce in the top layers of our skin to help maintain the skin barrier (which is essential for retaining skin’s moisture). If you have dry skin then there’s a high chance that you have a damaged skin barrier and a low ceramide count. This nourishing cream will help to make up for what you don’t have, reinforcing the skin barrier, and leading to improved skin moisture levels. 

By BEAUTY BAY Colloidal Oatmeal + Oat Lipid Rich Moisturiser

Another key ingredient to look out for if you have dry skin is colloidal oatmeal – found in abundance in this rich, buttery cream. If your skin is severely dry and you experience redness, chapping, flaking, and even eczema flare-ups, this offers instant soothing relief and helps to calm the irritation and sensitivity associated with extreme dryness. 

Dermalogica Super Rich Repair

The richest and thickest of Dermalogica’s moisturisers, this formula is packed with hardworking hydrators like shea butter, colloidal oatmeal, allantoin, and hyaluronic acid. Formulated specifically for dry skin types, it provides the much-needed moisture boost to leave skin feeling soft and looking radiant by morning. 

Revolution Skincare x Sali Hughes Drench Rich Moisturiser

Squalane and ceramides target the skin barrier while niacinamide and hyaluronic acid draw moisture into the skin. Use it nightly and watch redness, tightness, and flakiness become things of the past. 

Allies of Skin Retinal & Peptides Repair Night Cream

If you want the benefits of retinol (smoother, clearer skin and reduced signs of aging) without the side effects (dryness, irritation, and peeling), then set your retinol serums aside and opt for a retinol cream instead. The thicker texture will help to buffer the highly active ingredient and slow its penetration so that you’re much less likely to aggravate your existing dryness. 

E.L.F. Cosmetics Superhydrate Moisturiser

Got dry skin and breakouts? Yep, it’s a thing. Try to avoid oil-based creams and instead choose gel-textured formulas which will quench skin’s thirst without clogging pores. Despite its light texture this is every bit as hydrating as its heavier counterparts thanks to an ingredient lineup that includes squalane, niacinamide, cica, and vitamin E. 

Aurelia London Cell Revitalise Night Moisturiser

Packed with probiotics (which work to support a healthy skin barrier), this rich cream draws upon the nourishing properties of a host of plant oils, including rosehip, avocado, borage, and hibiscus. It’s a great choice for more mature skin.