Skin Condition: Dry Skin
The how’s, the why’s and the best proven products to fight dry skin.
Thirsty. Parched. Dehydrated. There are a lot of different words for dry skin—and just as many undesirable symptoms that com with it. No matter what you call this common skin condition, it all means the same thing: your skin needs more moisture.
What causes dryness?
Like most skin conditions, we often inherit dry skin from our family tree. (Thanks, Mom!) But rough, flaky and tight skin can also be caused by outside factors—one of which is weather. (Thanks, Mother Nature!) Cold, windy conditions can suck moisture out of your skin and leave it feeling chapped. Another dryness culprit is diet. If you don’t eat foods rich enough fatty acids, it unfortunately shows on your skin.
All of these causes affect your lipid barrier, resulting in trans epidermal water loss. That’s when the natural water inside our skin creeps out through cracks and crevices, causing skin dryness.
How to treat dryness:
Just add water! (AKA moisturize.) Products rich with moisturizing ingredients add a layer of moisture on top of skin, therefore reinforcing the skin’s lipid barrier and keeping water from evaporating. These ingredients include petroleum, natural oils, mineral oil, natural butters and Vitamin E—and offer instant relief.
In addition to moisturizing, you can also hydrate, which is more from the inside out. “Hydration is the act of bringing water to the skin either by stimulating components within the skin that hold onto water—or adding humectants on the surface of the skin to draw in water,” explains cosmetic chemist Ni’Kita Wilson. The most popular hydrating ingredient is hyaluronic acid, which is also the moisturizing substance found in our skin.
When picking out products to quench your skin, think thick and creamy. “Thicker creams are best, because they tend to contain more waxy or emollient ingredients that coat the skin and prevent moisture from escaping,” says Wilson. “Creamy face washes add emollients back to the skin, too, reducing the level of dryness typically associated with cleansers.”
Choose the right products packed with the right ingredients, and you’ll hang your dry-skin woes out to dry.
Proven Products for Dryness
Our team of chemists check the claims of every product we sell, making sure its ingredients do what they say. The below products contain ingredients that are proven to treat and prevent dryness.
VMV Hypoallergenics Moisture Rich Mild-Mannered Cleansing Scrub for Dry Skin
What: This moisture-rich cream formula is filled with smooth pumice grains that buff away dry, flaky skin—revealing a healthy glow.
First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser
What: This luxuriously whipped, gentle face cleanser calms and purifies without leaving the skin dry.
Om Aroma & Co. Elixir de Perle Organic Cleansing Cream
What: This non-drying cleanser stimulates circulation and revitalizes skin with pearl micro-particles, which delicately remove dead skin cells without being abrasive.
| Josh Rosebrook Moisturizing Cleanser
What: Vitamin-Infused Aloe Gel and Organic African Black Soap work effectively to remove dirt, bacteria, and makeup in this deep-yet-gentle cleanser, preserving your skin’s natural oils while replenishing skin.
|Natura Siberica Natural & Organic Cleansing Fluid
What: Ideal for dry and sensitive skin, this daily cleanser removes impurities and makeup while its vitamin F rich formula moisturizes and renews skin cells for a bright, even-toned complexion.
|Sans Goji Cleansing Oil
What: Infused with powerful Goji oil, this nourishing cleansing oil helps retain the skin’s natural PH balance while soothing and restoring moisture to parched, dry skin.
|Suki Moisture Rich Cleansing Lotion
What: As you smooth this creamy cleanser over your skin, it soothes and softens with oats, grapeseed oil and cocoa seed butter—leaving a wonderful base of moisture.
VMV Hypoallergenics Creammmy-Rich Intense Moisture Milk SPF 15 for Dry Skin
What: An unbelievably buttery moisturizer that soothes and intensely hydrates dry skin.
Bayberry Naturals Mega Moisture Face & Eye Crème
What: This super-moisturizing cream hydrates delicate and dry skin—the eyes, neck, face, wherever you need it.
Snowberry Nourishing Rich Day Cream
What: This deeply hydrating moisturizer plumps up skin with shea butter and combats everyday free-radical damage.
|Kahina Giving Beauty Argan Oil
What: This multi-tasking oil hydrates skin naturally with vitamin E and essential fatty acids to reduce fine lines and produce a radiant glow.
|Sibu Sea Buckthorn Hydrating Serum
What: Infused with nourishing hyaluronic acid and sea buckthorn, this moisture-rich facial serum replenishes skin and repairs damage to reduce signs of aging.
|LaRocca Daily Hydrating Moisturizer with SPF 15
What: Infused with 24 K gold, this luxuriously moisturizing, yet lightweight, formula soothes and firms skin while protecting against damaging free radicals.
|Moor Intense Hydration Cream AM
What: Keep skin firm and hydrated throughout the day with this long-lasting, daytime moisturizer complete with a blend of Peat water and antioxidants to reduce breakouts, brighten skin and protect against free-radicals.
|Shea Terra Argan & Desert Date Ultra Moisturizing Face Crème
What: Formulated with Moroccan Argan oil to deeply hydrate and desert date oil to provide a lipid barrier against moisture loss, this nourishing face Crème firms skin and reduces signs of aging for a youthful glow.
|Marula Oil: The Leakey Collection
What: Loads of fatty acids help this East African beauty oil absorb deeply and rapidly, boosting hydration and moisture retention (while never looking greasy!).
What: Orange Blossom (Neroli) stimulates cells and awakens lackluster skin, while anti-aging Neem both hydrates and moisturizes the skin with vitamin E, emollients and fatty acids.
What: This melts-into-skin cream boasts Cell Protection Proteins that attract and bind moisture to cells to surge hydration levels.
What: It moisturizes and nourishes with shea butter, softens and hydrates with meadowfoam seed oil and avocado oil, soothes with colloidal oatmeal and combates free radicals with the brand’s signature FAB Antioxidant Booster.
What: A light, refreshing moisturizer that enlivens pale, dry skin, encouraging natural oil production and balancing the skin's moisture content.
What: Rich in fatty acids and Vitamins E, C and A, this restorative serum utilizes the recuperative properties of organic Argan oil, boosted by sea buckthorn seed oil, carrot seed oil, pomegranate extract and coffee oil to heal and rejuvenate dry skin
What: This light, subtly scented blend of powerful organic and essential oils is packed with antiaging goodness and hydrating properties for skin, hair and nails. That’s because this fast-absorbing formula is brimming with benefit-full oils.
What: More than just a daily moisturizer, this skin booster delivers hydration, antioxidant protection and a radiant glow to all skin types.
What: This deeply moisturizing skin replenisher taps into the power of cryogenic technology from the Arctic and Antarctic to help moisturize, repair and protect super dry, sensitive skin.
Clark's Botanicals Deep Moisture Mask
What: This two-in-one mask and moisturizer bathes skin in amazing moisture thanks to extremely nourishing natural ingredients.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask
What: In just 10 minutes, this soothing mask revives dry skin with a duo of protective oats (colloidal oatmeal and Avena Sativa oat bran), botanical antioxidants and nourishing shea butter.
|Manuka Doctor Apinourish Rejuvenating Face Mask
What: Formulated with purified bee venom and manuka honey, this moisture-rich restoring mask helps to reduce signs of aging to create youthful looking skin.
|Dr. Hauschka Moisturizing Mask
What: Quince seed extract provides moisture and reduces the appearance of dry skin while moisture-rich rose petal wax and beeswax seal and protect severely dehydrated skin.
What: This allover body moisturizer is loaded with intensely hydrating shea butter, cocoa butter and jojoba oil, which leave skin feeling extra soft and never greasy.
What: Coconut and grapeseed oils soften skin and keep moisture levels healthy, while moisturizing antioxidant vitamin E protects against environmental aggressors.
What: This restorative formula instantly melts into skin, thanks to a hydrating combination of citrus blossom essential oil, organic Shea butter and silk proteins to moisturize skin from head to toe.
What: Organic lavender extract, evening primrose, aloe and jojoba oil—all as pure as can be—nourish and protect dry skin.
What: Made with 30 percent organic cocoa butter, shea butter and pure vanilla, this body cream protects skin from rapid water loss and provides hours of moisturizing protection.
What: The lightly scented bath soak conditions and softens your skin with an amazing 94% pure almond oil. While you soak, it helps strengthen skin’s natural protective barrier.
What: Quince and marshmallow balance moisture content, leaving skin soft to the touch, while sunflower oil, olive oil, and jojoba oil hydrate and protect the skin with a breathable, non-sticky, non-greasy layer of moisture.
What: This blend of steam-distilled essential oils replenishes and restores dry skin with a fast-absorbing cocktail of argan oil, sunflower seed oil, olive oil, coconut oil and watermelon oil.
CV Skinlabs Restorative Skin Balm
What: This rich balm is designed to coat the skin and trap in hydration.
CV Skinlabs Body Repair Lotion
What: An ultra-soothing body lotion that absorbs quickly and provides deep hydration to fragile skin.
Bayberry Naturals Shea Buttercream
What: Enhanced with rich organic shea butter, organic aloe, sweet almond oil and vitamin E, it’s an extraordinary natural remedy for soothing dry skin.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Concentrate
What: This formula blends waxes, oils, botanical antioxidants and reparative ingredients to relieve the most stubborn dry spots.
|Shaffali Egyptian Geranium and Sandalwood Body Moisure
What: This deep hydrating body moisturizer replenishes skin with Vitamin E while Hyaluronic Acid and Titanium Dioxide act as a barrier to retain skins moisture and shield skin from harmful UV rays.
|By Nieves The Balm
What: This intensely hydrating balm penetrates dry skin with antioxidant rich, natural moisturizers like coconut oil, soy wax and sesame oil to calm skin and create a healthy glow.
|MBeze Aim To Be Pleased Body Oil
What: This lightweight, cherry blossom scented body oil delivers vitamin-rich moisture that quickly absorbs into the skin for nourishing yet never greasy hydration.
|Nuxe Body 24hr Moisturizing Lotion
What: This long-lasting moisturizer contains natural wood extracts, sweet almond oil, and sunflower oil that absorbs quickly into the skin to deliver lasting hydration without the greasy feel.
|African Botanics Marula Botanical Body Hydrator
What: Highly moisturizing and rejuvenating, this 100% natural moisturizer features marula and avocado oils for deep hydration.