Dry skin: if you don’t have it, you’ve heard about it, and if you do, you know what a vibe killer it can really be. Dry skin can be more than one thing. Some people have naturally dry skin their entire lives: skin that is itchy, flaky, cracked, or in some cases even peeling and discolored. Some people may find themselves with dry skin during a particular season or because they’ve moved somewhere new where the climate is different than what their skin has experienced before. What causes this uncomfortable and very un-cute skin condition? Your skin doesn’t retain moisture well, the climate is extremely cold or hot and dry, or you have an underlying medical condition. All you dry-skin queens can thank your lucky stars because you can find the answers to your prayers for relief right here, right now.

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The Heavenly Seven

1. Fresh Rose & Hyaluronic Acid Deep Hydration Moisturizer

Size: Travel Size 15 ml / 0.5 fl oz. Full Size 50 ml / 1.6 fl oz.  Jumbo Size 100 ml / 3.3 fl oz.

Price: $19, $46, $76, respectively.

Let’s start with the best moisturizer for dry skin: the Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream from Fresh. This best-seller delivers everything it promises — most notably: 72-hour deep hydration, strengthened skin barrier, and plump, dewy-looking skin. Hyaluronic acid is undoubtedly the hero ingredient here, retaining up to 1000x its own weight in moisture. Damask rose extract keeps skin looking fresh and flawless and strengthens the skin barrier for healthy, happy skin.

Reviewers love this product. The average rating is 4.7 stars across 2387 reviews. One user said, “I had saggy baggy lines all over my face and neck. My husband and children could not believe the difference this cream made! My skin feels dewy now.” Another happy customer said, “I love this product! I used it, leaving my face feeling very moisturized and soft. It has a nice texture that helps dry skin. I also love the smell, and the ingredients list is a plus. So glad I tried it!”

2. Aveeno Face Cream for Dry Skin, Oat

Size: 50z (1141g)

Price: $9.24

Second on our list, Aveeno. This face cream is an excellent way to cure your dry skin sadness at a drugstore price point. Nourish your woes way with this soothing and probiotic oat-based, fragrance-free moisturizing cream. Clinical trials have proven that this rich cream is effective as a moisturizer for as long as 24 hours, which is essential for any dry-skin queens ready to make a change.

One reviewer had this to share: “I got this Aveeno daily moisturizing face cream for dry skin two weeks ago, and I absolutely love it. I love that this Aveeno cream hydrates my skin.”

3. Philosophy Purity Made Simple Ultra-Light  Moisturizer

Size: 4.7 oz

Price: $34

Did someone say hydration without stickiness? Well, here it is! Philosophy’s Ultra-Light moisturizing cream keeps you hydrated and fresh-faced all day without any stickiness or greasy after-effects. Your skin will be so smooth that going bare-faced is an option, but since this cream is so light, it’s perfect as a layer under your makeup. Keep free radicals at bay all day and get minimized visible pores as a bonus, thanks to vitamin C and meadowfoam seed oil.

Good reviews? We’ve got ‘em! “Not heavy, absorbs fast, and does not irritate. I need this stuff to keep my face healthy. 10/10.”

4. Alpyn Beauty PlantGenius Melt Moisturizer

Size:1.7 fl.oz / 50 ml

Price: $60

As the name implies, this moisturizer really does melt right into your skin, leaving previously dry and dehydrated skin soft, silky, and makeup-ready. The keys to this kingdom of satin-soft skin? Hyaluronic acid & squalane retain as much moisture as possible, bakuchiol (a plant-based alternative to retinol) softens visible wrinkles and lines, and ceramides support a healthy skin barrier.

Reviewers say: “Bought on the suggestion of a friend, and this moisturizer does not disappoint. It literally melts right into my skin. Great for the dry air of winter but light enough to use all year.”

5. Acure Brightening Day Cream

Size: 1.7 oz

Price: $19.99

If dryness makes your complexion look less than radiant, try Acure’s Brightening Day Cream. Beef up on antioxidants and ply your skin with argan and cica oil to fight that dull look and give you a bright, even complexion all day long.

One reviewer has this to say: “This moisturizer works so well with my sensitive, dry skin. I have had such a hard time finding a moisturizer that doesn’t break me out and leaves my skin feeling great and, most importantly, looking great, and I am so glad I stumbled upon this.”

6. Weleda Skin Food

Size: 2.5 fl oz

Price: $19.99

It wouldn’t be a best reviewed list of moisturizers without Weleda. This brand has been doing the most for rough, dry skin for a long time now — since 1926, to be exact. The patented, rich blend of plant-based ingredients in their formula turns dull skin into luminous, lit-from-within skin that would put a chandelier to shame.

“This cream remains my favorite for my face when it needs moisturizing. It is rich without being heavy and is absorbed quickly.” That’s all we need to know!

7. Ella & Jo Plump & Protect Hydrating Day Cream With SPF 30

Size: 50ml

Price: €38.00

Last but certainly not least, hydration comes with a dose of protection from Ella & Jo. With an SPF of 50, you know your precious skin is safe from the sun all day. Keep UVA, UVB, and blue light at bay and add a coat of pollution defense to the deal. You’ll be left looking youthful, radiant, and, above all, hydrated.

The average rating is 4.95 out of 5 stars. “Absolutely fabulous product. Very luxurious and has a beautiful scent. My skin feels amazing. Love it.”


These seven little pieces of heaven are the best dry-skin moisturizers on the market, and the results they deliver really do speak for themselves. Try any of these moisture-boosting products, and you’ll see the difference.