Moisturisers are a must, especially for someone with dry or dehydrated skin. Whether you buy your moisturizer at the drugstore or from high end brands, look for ingredients that have emollients and moisture replenishing ingredients such as glycerine and hyaluronic acid that helps preserve moisture in your skin.
As a person with very dry and dehydrated skin it took me a while to find the right moisturizer that I can commit too in different climates. Here are my top 6 moisturizers that are suitable for dry skin in winter and summer months at low and higher price points. In terms of applications, I like to warm to product up between my hands first and then gently pat it into my skin. Be careful of products in a jar, many active ingredients won’t work if they are exposed to air and light. Use a little spoon to scoop out the product in a jar rather than your fingers to prevent bacteria from coming into the jar.
High End Moisturizers for Dry Skin
This is a thick and creamy moisturizer that I has become my staple moisturizer when I don't wear any make up or at night time. It gives my skin a perfect radiance and glow and improves my skin's texture over time. It smooths fine lines, stimulates elastin and contains a high amount of peptides. It is definitely on the pricy side but if you have the cash to splurge, definitely give this one a try because it's like magic in the jar.
INGREDIENTS : Aqua (Purified Water), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Teprenone (geranylgeranone GGA), Arachidyl Alcohol and Behenyl Alcohol and Arachidyl Glucoside, Mango Butter (Mangifera Indica) Seed Butter, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Fruit Butter, Plukenetia Volubilis (Inca Inchi) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Lauryl Lactate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate (and) Trihydroxystearin (and) Sodium Hyaluronate (and) Amorphophallus Konjac Root Powder (Ultra Filling Spheres), Mannitol (and) Acetyl Tetrapeptide-11 (Syniorage), Euphorbia Antisyphillitica (Candelilla) Wax, Propyl Gallate (and) Gallyl Glucoside (and) Epigallocatechin (and) Gallatyl Acid, Schizandra Chinensis Fruit Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia Essential Oil, Canaga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil.
I'm pretty sure most people know about this moisturizer and that is for a good reason. It's does the job to hydrate my skin all day long without feeling heavy. While at times I do alternate between the lotion and gel formula, I do choose the lotion more frequently as my skin won't feel dried out throughout the day. I recommend to wait at least 10 to 20 minutes before applying any make up on top so the moisturizer has time to sink in and won't affect your make up.
INGREDIENTS : Water, Mineral Oil, Glycerin, Petrolatum, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Oil, Urea, Lanolin Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Trisodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Red 33.
This is my rescue moisturizer, one that I don't necessarily use everyday but use when my skin is feeling extra dry and looks flaky. I used this a lot when I was living in colder climates with strong winds. You can even use this on your cuticles or lips. The formula contains a high amount of petrolatum, the latin word for petroleum jelly which reduces moisture loss.
INGREDIENTS : Petrolatum 56.8%,Lanolin, Mineral Oil, Fragrance, Salicylic Acid, Propylparaben, Castor Oil, Corn Oil, Tocopherol, BHT, Iron Oxides.
Drugstore Moisturizers for Dry Skin
I was shopping one day for a drugstore moisturizer that could hydrate my skin all day long. I was a bit skeptical of this product at first because I always feel that I drugstore skincare doesn't work as good as higher end ones. Also, because I associate the Olay brand with a brand of my grandmothers generation. Regardless, I decided to give this product a good try and I was absolutely amazed. The cream is very lightweight with a pink colour and is completely odourless. I have even repurchased this product several times as it's great value for money and does the job perfectly.
INGREDIENTS :: Water/Eau, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Petrolatum, Cyclopentasiloxane, Stearyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Peg-100 Stearate, Fragrance/Parfum, Peg/Ppg-18/18 Dimethicone, Titanium Dioxide, Edta, Dmdm Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Mdm Hydantoin, Red 4
This is such a universal cream and is great for sensitive skin as well. I can lather my whole body in this cream at night and wake up in the morning feeling as soft as a baby's butt!
INGREDIENTS :: Water, Myristyl Alcohol, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol Denatured, Stearic Acid, Petrolatum, Myristyl Myristate, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydrogenated Coco Glycerides, Dimethicone, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil (Jojoba), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Polyglyceryl 2 Caprate, Phenoxyethanol, Lanolin Alcohol, Fragrance, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Cetyl Phosphate, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben.
I'm not to sure how popular the Pond's brand is around the world, I definitely don't see it a lot in Hong Kong but it was definitely a dominant drugstore brand in Indonesia. If you haven't tried anything from this brand yet, you should definitely give this or the cold cream a go. This is similar to the Nivea Soft Cream and can be applied all over your body, however definitely a bit cheaper and without denatured alcohol. For more on alcohol in skincare ingredients read my previous blog post on alcohol in skincare.
INGREDIENTS: Water/Agua, Mineral Oil, Isopropyl Palmitate, Petrolatum, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Ceresin, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Oleate, Candelilla Wax, Triethanolamine, Laureth-23, Fragrance/Fragancia, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylparaben, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate.
There are of course still many moisturizers out there that can work for you that are not listed above. Let me know your favourite moisturizers and if the ones above have worked out for you!
Disclaimer: I have tested these products out myself and can vouch that I have seen improvements in my skin because of them. However, I can’t guarantee that the following products may work for you as each skin is different and products react differently to different skin. If you are uncertain about a certain product, consult with your dermatologist before use.