The Best Moisturisers for Dry Skin this Winter

By Edward Obeng and Gabriella Buckner -
woman putting moisturiser of her face with a towel on her head

The year is almost at an end. We’ve survived the showers of spring, enjoyed a few days of a heatwave in summer and are now seeing out the fickle weather of autumn. Just your typical year in Britain really.

But with the cold weather and harsh winds now here to stay, you’ve probably noticed your skin is getting a little drier. This change is down to dehydration, and it happens when there's a lack of water in the outer layer of your skin. Since this is not a matter of how much oil the skin produces, nobody is immune from these winter woes.

But don’t sweat it – we aren’t about to let you leave the house unless your skin is looking its absolute best.

After some intensive (but super fun) research, we’ve rallied up some of the best moisturisers for dry skin that will banish those winter blues from head to toe.

So without further ado, let's get down to it…

Best Dermatologically Tested Moisturisers for Dry Skin

We want the best for our skin, especially in winter when it's really being put through the wringer. Going for a moisturiser that's been tested by dermatologists is a great way to get a product you know has been thoroughly researched and reviewed. Here's a couple of our faves to add to your winter skincare collection.

Dermalogica Age Smart Super Rich Repair

Dermalogica Age Smart Super Rich Repair

£71.10 £79.00 (10% off)

Sure, we appreciate a moisturiser that combats dryness, but do you know what we really appreciate? One that can turn back the clock, too. That's where the Dermalogica Age Smart Super Rich Repair steps in; its non-greasy texture retains the skin's water levels for a smooth, crease-free texture that boasts a glow of youthfulness.

CeraVe Moisturising Cream

CeraVe Moisturising Cream

£3.42 £4.99 (32% off)

This moisturiser from everyone's favourite drugstore brand CeraVe is made especially for repairing dry to very dry skin, with its essential ceramides and hyaluronic acid blend that lock in moisture. And it just goes to show that dermatologically tested doesn't have to cost a pretty penny!

Best Rich Moisturisers for Dry Skin

Trading in your lighter moisturiser for a heavier one in winter might be just what your dry skin needs. Here are a couple of our favourites so you can give your skin a real treat.

Paula's Choice Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturiser

Paula's Choice Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturiser

£28.29

Rich and creamy but non-greasy, this plant oil-powered moisturiser is intensely hydrating. Vitamin E and C protect you from environmental stressors and aloe vera soothes any irritation. This one's great if you've got eczema or rosacea too.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant

£17.00 £29.00 (42% off)

Targeted at chapped and cracked skin, this moisturiser uses the beta-hydroxy petrolatum as well as vitamin E to calm inflammation, redness, rough patches and generally dry skin. You can even use this multi-tasker on hands, feet, lips and the dry ends of your hair, so we definitely recommend popping this one in your bag.

Best Lightweight Moisturisers for Dry Skin

If you have normal, combination or oily skin for most of the year and are just going through a bout of dryness during winter, you might not like using heavier creams. Don't worry - lighter moisturisers that soothe irritation can still do the job!

Avène Antirougeurs Day Soothing Emulsion SPF 30

Avène Antirougeurs Day Soothing Emulsion SPF 30

£13.18 £18.50 (29% off)

This light-wearing, super absorbable cream is a great pick, as Avène Thermal Spring Water and TRP-Regulin™ settles redness and pongamia oil balances your skin's microbiome. Your sensitive winter skin will look and feel happier (and so will you).

Clarins Hydra Essential Cooling Cream Gel

Clarins Hydra Essential Cooling Cream Gel

£29.50

You might be craving a steaming mug of hot chocolate to warm you up, but your irritated skin could do with some cooling down. This gel cream instantly soothes your skin, with Clarins' Anti-Pollution Complex designed especially for protection from harsh, dehydrating environments. You'll feel hydrated and refreshed in no time.

Best Organic Moisturisers for Dry Skin

Organic doesn't necessarily mean better, but these moisturisers are extremely effective for hydrating dry skin. Not to mention, there's the added benefit of ingredients that have been grown without pesticides, which is better for the planet!

Dr Hauschka Quince Day Cream

Dr Hauschka Quince Day Cream

£4.00

This quince wax-enriched moisturiser protects your skin from environmental pollutants as it restores lost moisture with jojoba, apricot and avocado oils for healthy, radiant skin all winter long.

The Ordinary 100% Organic Virgin Chia Seed Oil

The Ordinary 100% Organic Virgin Chia Seed Oil

£6.62 £6.75 (2% off)

Using a pure oil in place of a regular moisturiser or in addition is a great way to give your dry skin a boost this winter, and we won't say no to a sustainably sourced one like this chia seed oil from The Ordinary. A godsend for dehydrated skin, it also firms to reduce the appearance of fine lines thanks to the abundance oflinoleic, oleic, palmitic andstearic acids in chia seeds.And you can use this one on your hair if it's also taken a beating in the winter wind!

Best Moisturisers for Mature, Dry Skin

Harsh winters are kind to no one's skin, but if you're over 40 or so and your skin's more vulnerable to environmental aggressors, you'll want a moisturiser that does double duty for both signs of ageing and dryness.

Antipodes Diem Vitamin C Pigment-Correcting Water Cream

Antipodes Diem Vitamin C Pigment-Correcting Water Cream

£39.96

Give your skin everything it's craving with this moisturiser from Antipodes. It's jam-packed with kakadu plum (with super high levels of vitamin C to brighten and boost collagen), peptides for neutralising pigmentation and bakuchiol (a retinol alternative) for stimulating cell turnover to improve skin's texture and tone.

DCL Peptide Plus Cream

DCL Peptide Plus Cream

£111.15 £117.00 (5% off)

The seven anti-ageing peptides in this luxurious cream encourage collagen production for better skin elasticity and to minimise the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and loose skin. Plus, vitamin C reduces dark spots and hyaluronic acid hydrates and plumps for firmer, more youthful results.

Best Night Creams for Dry Skin

Sometimes a day cream just doesn't cut it (and winter is one of those times). Slather on one of our favourite intensive, luxurious night creams to give your thirsty, weather-beaten skin a real boost, and wake up to a totally new you.

Oskia Bedtime Beauty Boost

Oskia Bedtime Beauty Boost

£88.35 £90.00 (2% off)

The vitamin-rich formula of this night cream smooths and softens your skin as you sleep, while also encouraging collagen production (wave good-bye to those wrinkles!), stimulating cell repair and protecting you from free radicals.

REN Evercalm Overnight Recovery Balm

REN Evercalm Overnight Recovery Balm

£39.96 £45.00 (12% off)

Jam-packed with nourishing oils (think jojoba, almond, borage, linseed and olive oils), this night time moisturiser is intensely hydrating but also fast-absorbing so you don't get your pillow all greasy. Go to sleep with dry winter skin and wake up with a glowy, youthful complexion thanks to regenerative natural bio-actives in this cream.


With months of cold weather ahead, it’s about time you achieve resilient, hydrated winter skin. If any of our best moisturisers tickle your fancy, go ahead and incorporate them into your skin care regime and feel their hydrating effects.

For a more indulgent skin care routine why not take a look The Best Hydrating Face Masks For Dry Skin and The Ultimate Guide to the Best Body Moisturisers?

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Gabriella is a junior content writer with a background in creative writing, content marketing and journalism. She’s passionate about all things makeup and skincare, but especially vegan and cruelty-free beauty that is effective and inexpensive.

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