The Best Moisturizers for Dry Skin, According to Our Editors

July 21, 2020
Jessica Khorsandi
By: Jessica Khorsandi | by L'Oréal
The Best Moisturizers for Dry Skin, According to Our Editors

It may be summer, but rough, flaky and itchy skin doesn’t only rear its head during the colder months. Warm weather can also exacerbate dry skin and make it feel uncomfortably tight. Whether your dryness is a result of prolonged sun exposure, chlorine from swimming pools or moisture-sucking air conditioners, incorporating a heavy-duty facial moisturizer into your skin-care routine is a must. To help you find the best option for your skin, we’re rounding up a few of our favorite ultra-hydrating moisturizers for dry skin, ahead. (Note: They are all owned by our parent company, L’Oréal.) 


SkinCeuticals Emollience 

Formulated with an exclusive selection of extracts and oils, this rich, restorative moisturizer nourishes and hydrates the skin to restore and maintain proper moisture levels. It’s ideal for dry or sensitive skin that’s in need of some extra attention. Apply it once or twice daily to your face, neck and chest. With continued use, you’ll notice smoother, softer and more hydrated skin.  

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream 

For a drugstore option that’s great for acne-prone skin, we love this heavy-duty moisturizer by CeraVe. The moisturizing cream, which is great for people with normal to dry skin, can be used on your face, body and even hands. It’s formulated with hyaluronic acid and three essential ceramides to restore the skin’s moisture barrier. Plus, it’s fragrance-free, non-comedogenic and non-irritating, making it a great option for those with sensitive skin.  

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream 


Kick dry skin to the curb with this intense moisturizer. It’s great for all skin types, including sensitive, feels lightweight and provides lasting hydration. The facial cream absorbs easily and won’t leave behind a greasy residue. Apply it to the face and neck areas with your fingertips after cleansing and toning. 

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Rich Cream 


This powerful, drugstore formula rehydrates dry areas of the face and provides up to 48 hours of lasting hydration. It’s a rich and refreshing cream that gives skin a fresher, more radiant and plumped appearance. Gently apply it onto the face and neck every morning and evening. It’s also paraben-free, allergy-tested and safe for use on sensitive skin. 

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