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The Best Moisturisers for Dry Skin this Winter
The year is almost at an end. We’ve survived the showers of spring, enjoyed the heatwave in summer and have seen 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. So, we’ve rallied up some of the best moisturisers for dry skin in winter that will banish those winter blues from head to toe. After some intensive (but super fun) research, we've pulled together the ultimate list of the best moisturisers for both your face and body (separate of course, you won't find any of that 2-in-1 malarky here).
So without further ado, let's get down to it…
Best Body Moisturiser For Dry Skin:
Aveda Stress Fix Body Creme
Hot showers + cold winter days = a recipe for uncomfortably dehydrated skin. Luckily, there's a solution to this equation, and it doesn't involve compromising the health of your skin. The Aveda Stress Fix Body Creme smooths easily in and provides instant comfort for chapped skin types. Better still, it contains a calming aroma that helps to alleviate the symptoms of a stressed-out mind, body and soul - we'll take x10, please.
Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion
A firm favourite amongst all ages, Aveeno knows more than a thing or two when it comes to skin care. Designed to leave the face and body miles softer than it was, this non-oily moisturiser smooths flaky skin and imparts a veil of comfort that wards off even the most biting of winds. Its blend of ingredients – including colloidal oatmeal – effectively seal in moisture to leave skin feeling supple and nurtured. The Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion has been designed with drier skin types in mind, so you can rest assured you’ll feel protected this winter.
Molton Brown Coco & Sandalwood Body Lotion
Not all intensive moisturisers have to have scentless, thicker-than-thick formulations that tick all the boxes when it comes hydration but subsequently leave you feeling, well a little uninspired). Molton Brown makes slathering on moisturiser a little more luxurious with their heavenly-scented body lotions - our favourite being the Coco & Sandalwood.
Caudalie Vine Body Butter
Focusing on strengthening the skin's protective hydrolipidic film, this replenishing body cream conditions your body from head to toe with its luxe mix of skin-loving ingredients. It contains a unique blend of grape oil, shea butter and vinolevure® to ensure that the skin is functioning at its absolute best. Sure, it comes in at a slightly higher price tag but its lavish texture and opulent smell make it a real winner.
Nuxe Body Lotion Dry Skin
Tailored for the driest of skin types, this silky formula from Nuxe sinks instantly in for a non-transferable finish that leaves your skin feeling oh-so satisfied. Lightly scented with a combination of aromatic notes, the lotion leaves skin glowing with vitality for uneatable results.
Weleda Skin Food Body Butter
Loved by both men and women alike, this body butter is exactly what it says on the packaging: skin food. It deeply nourishes and quenches the skin with its cruelty-free and vegan formulation (which also banishes common skin care nasties, result!). Not only does the butter provide relief from dry skin, but it also contains a range organic botanical extracts including chamomile to soothe irritation.
Best Face Moisturiser For Dry Skin:
Embryolisse Lait Creme Fluid
When a moisturiser originates from a French pharmacy, you know you're onto a good thing. This deeply nourishing face cream not only quenches your skin's thirst but also doubles up as a creamy makeup remover and aftersun lotion. Trust us when we say that this is the moisturiser your skin has been crying out for.
Vichy Liftactiv Supreme Dry to Very Dry Skin
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 Vichy Liftactiv Supreme Dry to Very Dry Skin steps in; its non-greasy texture retains the skin's water levels for a smooth, crease-free texture that boasts a glow of youthfulness.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Supercharged Booster
Neutrogena never falls short of brilliant ideas when it comes to solving skin concerns. The same way a cool glass of water quenches your thirst on a summer’s day, this energising serum intensely hydrates the skin in winter.
Designed with a results-driven formula that includes hyaluronic acid and vitamin E, the serum targets dry and exhausted areas of the face to leave the skin supple and smooth for up to 24 hours. With your skin feeling supercharged and full of life, you can take on the day ahead without any distractions.
Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-aging Overnight Cream
Sometimes, day cream just doesn't cut it when it comes to quenching your skin's thirst. This is where owning an intensive night cream comes in handy, and who better to serve your skin's needs than the experts behind Elizabeth Arden. Specifically made to protect and correct the skin's appearance, this moisturiser works overnight to combat the damaging effects of the environment and in turn leaves you with a vibrant, glowy complexion come sunrise.
GLAMGLOW Waterburst Hydrated Glow Moisturiser
We loved their GLAMGLOW Thirstymud face mask, therefore we of course loved their followup moisturiser. Used by celebrity makeup artists worldwide, this must-have moisturiser transforms your visage into a red-carpet-ready masterpiece that beams with radiance. But why is it an essential product for dry skin? Well, besides its ability to keep skin hydrated for up to 72 hours, it also contains water from the volcanic Island of Jeju, making it an exotic treat for our complexions.
Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto Replenishing Hydrator
The key to surviving bouts of dry skin is long-lasting moisture, which is why you'll find us wearing the Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto Replenishing Hydrator at all times. Despite its deeply nourishing properties, the moisturiser wears lightly thanks to its gel-like texture. Keeping your complexion protected has never been so easy.
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, and if you want to learn more, check out our guide to dry and damaged skin.
For a more indulgent skin care routine why not take a look The Best Hydrating Face Masks For Dry Skin?
Still got questions? Don't forget to read our ultimate guide to moisturisers.