Let me just flat out say it: Dry skin is a drag. There’s nothing fun about having dull and dehydrated skin. If that wasn’t enough, sometimes the symptoms of dry skin can get severe causing skin to become flaky and itchy.
While some people may deal with mildly dry skin on a regular basis, the cold winter months bring a drop in humidity that can make even those with normal or even oily skin take a turn for dehydrated.
The good news is that there are several products that can help to hydrate and repair dry skin through the cold winter months and beyond. The key is using a combination of soothing products that heal your skin from within to achieve a healthy radiance and a smooth complexion.
The 20 Best Products for Dry Skin
Best Moisturizers & Hydrating Sprays for Dry Skin
Pixi Beauty Glowtion Day Dew Brightening Lotion
This is a lightweight, radiance-boosting moisturizer that blurs imperfections while giving skin an instant overall glow. It has light reflecting particles that give it its “glowy” appearance, so I personally like to use this as a gentle “no makeup” highlight or under makeup.
Price: $22, Pixi Beauty
Pixi by Petra Beauty Sleep Cream
This fast-absorbing, nutrient-rich night cream helps to nourish and hydrate skin while you sleep. Ingredients such as 100% natural mango butter, plus oils of lavender, lemon & bergamot, helps to calm and balances skin tone.
Price: $24, at Target
Pixi by Petra Glow Mist
Sometimes your skin needs a “drink of water” throughout the day. Maybe it’s before you apply your makeup, while wearing makeup, or just because. This all-over face mist gives you a glowing, luminous & smooth complexion. It’s enriched with 21 natural oils plus propolis, aloe vera and fruit extracts. It also acts like a makeup setting spray and is a must-have for a quick refresh when you are on-the-go.
Price: $15, at Target
First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Illuminating Moisturizer
Dry skin tends to have a dull appearance and this illuminating primer helps to give all skin types a healthy dose of instant glow. For the long haul, ingredients such as sodium hyaluronate (a new smaller molecule form of hyaluronic acid) help to hydrate and plump the skin for a smooth appearance.
Price: $34, at Sephora
Image Skincare Vital C Hydrating Repair Creme
This is my favorite go-to moisturizer because it’s lightweight and wears nicely under makeup. The ultra-hydrating anti-oxidant repair crème is packed with skin-loving ingredients such as Vitamins A, C, E to nourish and protect skin.
Best Serums for Dry Skin
Image Skincare Ageless Total Pure Hyaluronic Filler (Pictured Above)
This pure serum plumps and fills lines with concentrated botanical-derived hyaluronic acid, infused with an apricot essential oil, Vitamin B5 and potent anti-oxidant Vitamin E. Your skin will feel pure hydration in just one application of this hyaluronic filler and you will be able to see results quickly. I especially like to use this product at night because I find that when I wake up the morning my skin appears plump and supple.
Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster
This high potency serum is perfect for all skin types that are in need of a radiance boost and hydration. The complex vitamin C formula in this product helps to brighten skin, boost elasticity, and minimize fine lines and wrinkles.
Price: $48, at Sephora
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines Serum
This is one of my favorite serums because it works on all skin types and it’s literally a miracle in a bottle. This product was developed with plastic surgeons to deliver 10 powerful clinical results to your skin in as little as 10 days. It is infused with Drops of Light Optical Blurring Technology™ and skin-loving ingredients—including peptides, caviar extract, hydrolyzed collagen and algae. It’s especially useful for those who want to visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles by plumping the skin with hydration.
Price: $58, at Sephora
Best Eye Creams for Dry Skin
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Cream
This undereye cream instantly reduces the appearance of undereye circles and reduces puffiness, while also working overtime to improve fine lines and wrinkles. The silky formula is blue, which helps to brighten the undereye area.
Price: $48, at Sephora
Best Masks for Dry Skin
e.l.f. Cosmetics Hydrating Bubble Mask
We’ve all see these fun bubble masks appearing on Instagram, but this one by e.l.f. Cosmetics is one of faves. The mask starts off as a gel and gradually starts to bubble up. Unlike some of the other bubble masks that I have tried, this one actually leaves my skin really soft after removing it. I should also mention that the e.l.f Cosmetics Pore Brush Mask Tool is must-have when using this mask. It has a silicone “brush” that easily distributes the product, while the brush tip allows you to get into hard to reach places like the edges of your nose. The brush is easy to clean too which is nice.
Price: e.l.f. Cosmetics Hydrating Bubble Mask $14, at Target | e.l.f. Cosmetics Pore Bush Mask Tool $5, at Ulta
L’oréal Paris Detox & Brighten Pure-Clay Mask
Clay and charcoal are combined in this creamy non-drying mask that is designed to draw out impurities in the skin, while rebalancing it at the same time. After removing the mask you will notice that it leaves dry skin velvety smooth with a nice healthy glow. Although your skin will feel soft, it’s important to follow this mask (or practically any mask) with a moisturizer.
Price: $9.99, at Target
Dr. Brandt Oxygen Facial
Oxygen facials are spa treatments designed to give a mega dose of hydration to the skin will giving a radiant complexion. This is one of the most popular treatments at Dr. Brandt’s practice and now you can get the same treatment at home for a fraction of the cost. This mask helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles by plumping the skin and it also helps to rejuvenate tired skin. I personally like to use this mask in the morning to give my skin a peppy appearance.
Price: $70, at Sephora
Cleansers for Dry Skin
Garnier SkinActive Micellar Makeup Removing Towelettes
Micellar water has been a cult favorite since it appeared on the beauty scene. It acts like a magnet to lift off makeup and dirt, and now it’s available in a towelette form. These all-in-1 makeup removing & cleansing wipes use micellar water technology in an ultra-soft, ultra-convenient pack of 25 towelettes that are soft on skin. The towelette with 5% silk fibers removes makeup without harsh rubbing. Plus, they are travel-friendly!
Body Care Products & Tools for Dry Skin
Clarisonic Mia 2 Skin Cleansing System
A Clarisonic is a hefty investment for your beauty routine, but it’s so worth it. Are you wondering what makes this any different than washing your face with your hands? It’s all in the oscillation technology, which distributes 300 micro-massage movements that happen every second to work within skin’s natural elasticity to sweep away pore-clogging dirt, oil, and makeup, while fluid forces allow the water on the device to flush pores clean. In only 60 seconds you are left with skin that is up to 6 times cleaner than using just your hands alone. The Mia 2 is one of my top picks because it has 2 speeds which you can tailor to your individual needs.
Price: $169, at Sephora
Completely Bare Completely Smooth Moisturizing No-Bump Shave Gel
Ugh! Shaving is such a drag, but when you have to do it, you want to make sure that you are hydrating your skin, especially if it’s already dry. This shave gel is ultra-hydrating and uses plant & floral extracts to help condition and smooth skin. It has a special blend of essential oils to create a protective moisture barrier for long-lasting hydration.
Price: $8.99, at Target
Completely Bare Body Moisturizer & Hair Inhibitor
If you’re team #IHateShaving like me, this is about to be your new best friend. This lemongrass & green tea scented ultra-rich body balm hydrates your skin, while also reducing hair density, length, and growth.
Price: $9.99, at Target
Aveda Rosemary Mint Body Polish
Remove dry and dead skin cells with this botanical body scrub. Finely milled walnut shells gently exfoliate skin to reveal a glow complexion. The rosemary and peppermint scent is invigorating and awakening. This product is gentle enough to be used a few times a week.
Price: $34, at Aveda
Aveda Candrimā Creme Cleansing Oil
The first time I used this body cleanser I fell in love with the sultry fragrance of certified organic ginger and ginger lily in this product. In addition to smelling good, the blend of certified organic sesame and coconut oils gently cleanse and soften dry, stressed out skin. This luxurious cream leaves skin visibily hydrated in just once use.
Price: $22, at Aveda