The best moisturisers for dry skin

Judy Johnson 9 April 2018

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The best face creams for dry skin

Whether you have a naturally dry skin type or are simply suffering from tight, dry skin as a result of the weather, you need a cream or moisturiser that will nourish and hydrate it back to good health.

Get back to your supple best with our edit of the best face creams for dry skin - we’ve tried and tested each and every one, and swear by their moisturising properties for softer, smoother skin. From hyaluronic acid to shea butter, these dry skin creams have all it takes to help you get your glow back - and we’ve got something to suit every budget too. Great skin is just a click away…

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A'kin Chamomile & Shea 24 Hour Unscented Facial Moisturiser

Few creams we’ve tried have nourished our dried out and oversensitive skin like this one; containing organic shea butter, calming chamomile, echium oil (rich in fatty acids) and vitamin E, your skin will lap this up and be left looking all the healthier for it. Use it both morning and night for maximum effect.

£24,  Buy online

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Pai Avocado and Jojoba Hydrating Day Cream

Because toast isn’t the only thing that avocado is good for… Pai’s Avocado and Jojoba moisturiser is a real treat for dry skin, with organic oils and omegas 3 and 6 to hydrate it back to health without leaving a greasy residue. Certified by the Soil Association, you pay for quality with this sensitive skin-friendly brand, and the pump bottle will last you well with only one or two drops needed to keep your skin soft all day. As well as plumping up dull skin, it has a delicate natural scent to it too; a perfect start to the day.

£32,  Buy online

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Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream

There’s a reason this signature cream from the world-famous makeup artist has fast become cult; originally a handmade cream that Charlotte used on the famed faces she painted backstage, it’s now a bestselling moisturiser and for good reason. With hyaluronic acid, shea butter, rosehip oil, aloe leaf juice, vitamin E and SPF15, it not only quenches thirsty skin but smoothes it ready for makeup application. The texture is addictive but you’ll need the tiniest bit to make a difference - worth the investment for nourished, dewy skin.

£70,  Buy online

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Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream

A popular one in the GTG office, Kiehl’s' tried and trusted suits-all face cream is lightweight yet heavy duty when it comes to hydration; just the smallest amount can make a huge difference to dry and dehydrated skin. The squalane-rich formula absorbs easily to leave skin feeling nourished without looking shiny or greasy. Win-win.

£24.50,  Buy online

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Olay Regenerist 3 Point Moisturiser SPF30

Olay’s moisturisers are impressive for their price range, and this day cream from their Regenerist collection is no exception. With a whole host of anti-ageing benefits including SPF30, this non-greasy moisturiser is super hydrating too thanks to the niacinamide and glycerin content; plus it comes in a handy pump bottle.

£29.99,  Buy online

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Clinique Moisture Surge

Like a long drink for parched skin, this favourite from Clinique has a light, whipped, gel-like texture which instantly plumps up the skin and leaves it feeing fresh yet supple without a hint of dryness in sight. Fragrance and oil-free, it works for all skin types including the most sensitive and can even be patted on over makeup if you feel you need a top-up.

£36,  Buy online

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Avene Tolerance Extreme Cream

Sensitive skins tend to be on the drier side, and if you’re suffering with fragile, reactive skin that feels tight and sore then this wonder cream from Avene is the comfort blanket you need in your regime. A rich moisturiser for hypersensitive skin, it calms and soothes while eradicating any dryness with just one application, thanks to the signature Thermal Spring Water and glycerin, as well as shea butter to lock in moisture.

£13.50,  Buy online

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Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream

Containing two forms of hyaluronic acid, this light cream is more powerful a moisturiser than its light gel texture suggests - it's proper thirst slaking for tired and dehydrated skin. It has an unobtrusive marine scent, isn't at all sticky and absorbs quickly. We recommend using it around the eyes as well especially after staring at a screen all day (it contains brightening papaya enzyme so you may want to do a quick sensitivity test if using near the eye area). It's a powerful partner for a facial oil at night and a welcome light but effective hydrator for daytime, leaving skin plump and bright.

£60,  Buy online

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Comfort Zone Sacred Nature Bio-Certified Day Cream

With a rich, thick texture, this shea-butter enriched day cream feels intensely soothing on dry skin without leaving any greasy residue; instead, it quickly absorbs and leaves skin feeling thoroughly protected for the day ahead. Better still, it smells like a spa in a jar - comforting for all the senses.

£54,  Buy online

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Indeed Hydraluron Moisture Jelly

First they brought us the Hydraluron serum, then they brought us this moisturising jelly; Indeed Labs know their stuff when it comes to getting hyaluronic acid into our skin for maximum hydration, and this refreshing gel is a welcome addition to any skin routine. If your skin is dry but you find creams too rich or greasy, this is the moisture hit you need - a clear gel in an innovative pump jar, it spreads easily (with no stickiness or greasiness) to leave skin looking instantly more pepped-up and radiant, with a smooth, ready-for-makeup finish. Glycerin and urea alongside the hyaluronic acid make this one a high performer in satisfying dry, uncomfortable skin once and for all.

£24.99,  Buy online

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Tom Ford Radiant Moisturiser Souffle

It is a more expensive option - but if you’re willing to splash the cash in the hydration stakes then this one is for you. The rich, whipped formula is really satisfying to apply to dry skin, but it doesn't leave it feeling greasy as a result; best of all, it has a light golden sheen throughout to add a gentle glow that subtly brightens dull and lacklustre skin while the moisturising ingredients get to work.

£70,  Buy online

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REN Vita Mineral Emollient Rescue Cream

An absolute lifesaver for dry, rough, chapped skin, this rich emollient cream from REN does exactly as it says - rescues you from flakiness and soreness so you feel instantly soothed. Fragrance-free and full of skin-loving ingredients such as rose flower water and squalane, it’s a thicker cream for more intense hydration; a little goes a very long way, and it’s ideal for elbows and chapped hands as well as for the face.

£27,  Buy online

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Estee Lauder Hydrationist Maximum Moisture Creme

Another cream that’s so light and silky that it almost feels like a gel, this hydration hit makes a perfect makeup base if your skin is feeling less than its best. It sinks in easily and evens out the skin tone with an almost brightening effect, and is ideal for daily use. Though it lacks an SPF, it’s lightweight enough to layer your preferred sun protection over the top - a huge plus if you find other creams too heavy.

£39,  Buy online