7 (extra) hydrating moisturisers for super dry skin
Meet the moisture MVPs your complexion has been crying out for
By Delaney Loane
Digital Beauty Editor / September 20 2021
'Moisturisers for dry skin' kind of seems like an obvious category, right? Moisturisers aim to (shocker) moisturise, so um, aren't they all for dry skin?
Well, sure, most of 'em can help your hydration levels; the name literally confirms it. But when it's all said and sunk in, there are moisturisers for dry skin and then there are moisturisers for dry skin.
Put it this way; some formulas are like hydration's form of a handshake (perfectly fine but not particularly life-changing) and some are its version of a hug (AKA more intense, longer-lasting and through the roof on the comforting scale).
So, if your parched complexion is in need of the latter category, allow us to suggest something from our round-up of above-average hydrators. Here are seven superior moisturisers for dry skin, designed to nip dehydration right in the bud...
Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream Moisturiser
'Water bank' sums this cream up well; not only does it visibly and generously dial up skin's hydration levels (with the brand's unique 'Ocean Brew' blend that pulls moisture from brussel sprouts and artichoke leaves), but it also works to provide a protective barrier between external aggressors and your skin's precious new (you guessed it) water bank.
$52 at Sephora
Tatcha The Dewy Skin Cream
Down to trade dehydrated for dewy? You've come to the right cream; this formula is beloved by beauty editors and celebs alike (Selena Gomez is a fan, FYI). It pairs squalane, green tea and algae with the purple rice bran it pulls its chic lavender shade from to leave skin doused in dew, impressively moisturised and loaded with elasticity.
$97 at MECCA
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion+
Most of us will remember this lovely lemon bottle as one of the first 'actual' moisturisers we brought into our lives. Well, if your skin is struggling, we suggest bringing it back into your repertoire pronto; there's a reason it's recommended by just about everyone who's ever tried it. It's a 'does what it says on the front' dehydration-diminisher that you can always, always trust.
$50 at Sephora
First Aid Beauty Coconut Water Cream
Softness and smoothness are often the first complexion qualities that dehydration likes to nab, and this coconut water cream is here to return them to your skin in spades. Rich in replenishing electrolytes and nature's favourite hydrator (coconut water itself), it's so refreshing and hydrating that it's worthy of 'Powerade for your skin' status.
$56 at Sephora
Wishful Honey Whip Peptide Moisturiser
Honey has long been hailed for its hydrating, soothing abilities, but never has it felt so silky (instead of sticky) on the skin. This moisturiser whips it into a lightweight yet richly hydrating cream packed with everything from collagen to peptides to offer a plumping, nourishing hydration hit that's not heavy or greasy in the slightest.
$66 at Sephora
Paula's Choice Water-Infusing Electrolyte Moisturiser
Another electrolyte-heroing option (calcium, magnesium and potassium in this case) it's got an airy texture you'll want to apply all day long (and at this price point, legitimately could). Specifically designed to be applied as the final step of your evening routine, it'll have skin considerably more comfortable, hydrated and plump by the A.M.
$17 at Paula's Choice
La Mer Crème de la Mer
Yes, we know the price tag screams 'luxury', but so does the formula, okay? We're not saying it's a necessity; we're simply saying that if you can swing it, your face's hydration and plumpness levels will seriously thank you for this lime tea and miracle broth blend. It's a richly rejuvenating splurge we swear you'll be glad you made.
$490 at La Mer