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    28 Products That People With Dry Skin Swear By

    Winter? We don't know her.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum lets you try a holy grail ingredient for cheap. Hyaluronic acid = a unicorn tears blend that plumps, hydrates, and soothes. This cruelty-free product is suitable for all complexion types (normal, oily, dry, combo) and requires just a pea-sized amount pre-coffee and pre-Zzzs.

    the black and white bottle

    Promising review: "This product has made a world of difference in my skin! Most winters, my face gets so dry that my skin just flakes off — and moisturizer rarely improves it. I’ve been using this serum for two months now and my skin has never been this hydrated or soft. I do think the serum is also helping my skin tolerate the addition of differin to my nightly routine. Will purchase again, and highly recommend." —CorabellePeach

    Get it from Sephora for $7.99.

    2. La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 Balm is a multi-purpose balm suitable for face, body, lips, and hands. A non-sticky combination of shea butter and glycerin soothes irritated skin in a jiffy — and despite how moisturizing it is, reviewers swear that it doesn't cause breakouts. Not all heroes wear capes.

    before and after photo of reviewer on left with visibly red skin labeled "8:41pm" and on right, visibly less red skin labeled "10:47pm"

    Promising review: "I had a terrible allergic reaction to tea tree oil about two weeks ago. Tiny bumps all over my face along with bunches of breakouts and my normally oily skin was so dry the strongest moisturizers I had wouldn’t keep it moisturized for long. I tried this stuff and OVERNIGHT basically all the bumps and my breakouts are gone. I have incredibly sensitive skin (clearly) and this stuff feels so soothing on my face and leaves it looking bright. I can’t speak more highly of this product. I will probably continue using it as a regular daily moisturizer even after my skin goes back to normal because it feels so smooth and I bet it would make a great base for makeup. HIGHLY recommend to anyone with sensitive, combination skin. And I’m acne prone and this stuff doesn’t break me out. Holy grail people!" —SH

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    3. Tower 28 Daily Rescue Facial Spray revitalizes skin with three simple ingredients: hypochlorous acid, water, and sodium chloride. Give your complexion a spritz of this trio to cleanse, soothe redness, and calm irritation. Reviewers even *swear* by this product for combatting maskne!

    model holding the clear spray bottle with white cap labeled "Tower 28"

    Promising review: "OK, so MASKNE is a real thing. I have been wearing a mask almost daily since March (work in healthcare). I did not realize it when I made the initial purchase, but the main ingredient in this is actually widely used in healthcare as an antiseptic and for wound healing. And. It. Totally. Works." —acsRN

    Promising review: "This stuff has been a LIFESAVER. I've been experiencing excessively dry flaky burning skin for a month and NOTHING was soothing it. My sister-in-law gave me the last little bit of her bottle and I tried it, as I was desperate for anything to work. It cleared up almost overnight!" —morninngstaar

    Get it from Sephora for $12+ (available in two sizes).

    4. Radha Beauty Rosehip Oil is currently negotiating a movie deal with Marvel: this little bebé is truly a superhero worthy of its own franchise. It delivers on its promise of glowing skin by morning, tackling redness, scarring, dehydration, and acne whilst you sleep.

    Reviewer's before-and-after of broken-out cheek and then clear cheek with caption that says "just wow"

    Promising review: "My new holy grail! I have super sensitive, acne-prone skin in a very dry climate. This stuff is seriously so amazing. I use it from my face to my toes. It’s completely eradicated any dry skin I had and makes me glow. I’ve gotten so many compliments on my skin since I’ve started using it, even my boyfriend noticed! I love it after chemical peels too. It gets rid of peeling and dry patches as well as soothing any redness. It’s a decent-sized bottle for what you pay!" —Brynnieb09

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95.

    To learn more, check out "This Facial Oil Will Solve All Your Skin’s Problems."

    5. Bioderma Hydrabio Tonic Lotion takes your nighttime routine from drab to fab with just one extra step and a mere seven seconds of your time — just soak this on a cotton pad and swipe it on post-cleanse. Toners tend to err on the strips-skin-of-moisture side, but *this* wonderful option uses glycerin to guarantee extra TLC in the form of hydration.

    the blue bottle of toner

    Promising review: "Obsessed. My YouTube hero turned me on to this product and my skin is in HEAVEN. I have pale, sensitive, dry skin and this saved me after the winter months in Minnesota made my skin extremely irritated and dry. I can't recommend this enough!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.90.

    6. Daydreamer Face Wash accomplishes what we once thought impossible: washing your face without having to experience that uncomfortable, overly tight feeling. Soothing plant extracts even pack in some ~plumping~ effects while the calming scent of lavender means you'll blissfully drift off to sleep with ease.

    hand holding the white bottle of face wash / Via @blume

    Blume is a Woman- and POC-owned brand that specializes in effective skincare and truly fantastic packaging.

    Promising review: "I have sensitive, dry skin and this is the perfect product! It’s cleans my face without drying it out and feels amazing! My skin feels soothe, clean, and moisturized!" —Elena R.

    Get it from Blume for $16.

    7. ColourPop Hyaluronic Concealer costs less then $10, but don't be deceived by the affordable price tag — this is full-coverage and gives expensive formulas a run for their money. Dark circles will be covered like a dream *and* a dynamic duo of hyaluronic acid and coconut water keep your skin supple and hydrated.

    ColourPop, AnaMaria Glavan / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "This has become my new favorite concealer for my very dry skin. It is super luminous, hydrating, it lasts all day, and doesn't sink into my lines. I love it and I recommend it for those who have dry skin." —souheyla

    Get it from ColourPop for $9 (available in 30 shades).

    8. Neutrogena's Norwegian Formula hand cream, because winter weather and extra hand-washing translates to dry, dry, d-r-y. Beloved by the TikTok community, this fragrance-free cream manages to heal chapped skin overnight so that you can finally bid adieu to scaly skin.

    Hand holding the small tube of cream with text "wave buh-bye to flaking, dry hands from all that hand-washing"
    BuzzFeed / Maitland Quitmeyer

    Promising review: "I live in a dry, cold climate. It's easy to get dry, chapped knuckles that lead to small, annoying and somewhat painful cracks. Moisturizing lotions works a little, but Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Moisturizing Hand Cream is absolutely the best without question. One selective application eliminates the dry skin condition within hours and the skin is completely rejuvenated within 24 hours. No need for a second application until the dry skin problem reemerges. Nothing else is as effective. Pretty much perfect." —gb

    Get it from Amazon for $10.

    9. Pacifica Beauty Super Flower Rapid Response Face Oil containing rose and blue tansy oils, fatty acids, and vitamins A and C so you can scream toodle-oo to redness and irritation. People with especially sensitive skin cannot. stop. raving about this wonderful little bottle.

    The serum

    Promising review: "This is the second time I've bought this product. I love the blue tansy. I seriously wish I could bathe in this. My dry skin absorbs the oil, it plumps my skin, fills in fine lines, and makes my skin soft. They need to sell a body oil version of this!" —Gre

    Get it from Amazon for $13.27.

    10. Melixir Vegan Lip Butter reaps all the benefits of your favorite matte lipstick (READ: intense color) but still delivers a generous serving of hydration with every swipe. With that being said, I believe the time to kick ultra drying matte lipsticks to the curb has arrived — this prod provides a flush of color on its own, no lip liner required. / Via, Amazon

    This lovely formula contains agave, vitamin E, green tea seed oil, jojoba oil, and argan oil.

    Promising review: "I am so obsessed with this! I have had super dry lips lately and have gone through so many different balms, butters, etc and this one is the best. Not only is it super moisturizing and makes my lips soft like butter, but the red velvet tint it has is perfect! I love wearing lipsticks and adding a pop of color to my face and this is my go to. I don’t have to mix it with anything." —Nila

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in seven tints, including clear).

    11. Mediheal Intensive Hydrating Mask promises luxury spa results — no getting up from your Ikea couch required. This cotton liner mask is infused with hyaluronic acid, amino acids, and water-binding sugars deliver dewy and refreshed skin ~15 minutes; glass of vino to enhance the experience strongly encouraged.

    the sheet mask

    Promising review: "I have super dry, sensitive skin and any other sheet mask I've used has always burned or stings my skin. This mask soothes my skin and I can leave it on for 20 minutes or more without any irritation. It always hydrates my skin so much and leaves it super dewy and plump. It is definitely worth the money!!" —cass

    Get a set of 10 from Amazon for $19.90.

    12. Korres Greek Yoghurt Probiotic Superdose Face Mask tackles redness with a vengeance. Quality ingredients like Greek yogurt, lactic acid, and a microbiome re-balancing technology help nourish your skin's natural protective layer (the kind ruined by never-ending stress and deliciously greasy food), plus improves overall texture.

    model with redness on necks and cheeks labeled "before" on the left, same model with no redness labeled "after 15 mins" on the right

    Promising review: "This is by far one of the best face masks I’ve ever used. I struggle with minor rosacea, dry skin, acne, large pores, etc. THIS cools my rosacea, soothes dry skin and acne, and blurs my pores. I only use it twice a week, but you can definitely tell a difference immediately after." —suzymay

    Get it from Sephora for $49

    13. Glossier Cloud Paint provides a gorgeous flush of color (cc: all eight stunning shades) without accentuating dry patches. This gel-cream formula is buildable and truly glides on with the same efficacy as your holy grail morning moisturizer, giving your skin that "I got a full eight hours" brightness — even though we both know you were up until 2 a.m. scrolling through TikTok.

    Glossier, Jessica Seib / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "Powdered blush has always accentuated my dry skin texture, and the cream blush I had been using was discontinued. These blushes are beautiful and very pigmented! I have Puff and Storm, and they're both easy to blend out. I was hesitant on Storm because my skin is pretty fair, but it gives a nice flushed look." —Lip A.

    Get it from Glossier for $18 (available in eight shades).

    To learn more, check out our full review of Glossier Cloud Paint.

    14. Vanicream Gentle Body Wash is a gentle wash raved about by those with sensitive complexions — because the heavily perfumed suds you've been using are irritating and drying, ergo, the time has come to *finally* swap in this dye-, fragrance-, and sulfate-free bottle (it's super moisturizing, to boot).

    white and blue body wash bottle

    Promising review: "I was diagnosed with sensitive skin and perfume allergy and this is the only product that does not make me itch. All other fragrance-free advertised products still contain fragrance right in the ingredients. I was also impressed with the silky smoothness of this body wash and the fact that it didn’t completely dry out my skin. This has been a total game-changer for me." —Carrie

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    15. Glow Recipe Plum Plump hyaluronic acid serum requires merely a few drops and *poof*, fine lines will be visibly reduced and your skin will feel bouncy in no time. It's basically major glow (with none of the greasy T-zone shine) in a bottle — a pink one that would look fantastic on your bathroom sink, to boot.


    This cruelty-free product uses hyaluronic acid, plum, vegan collagen, and silk proteins to really lock in that moisture.

    Promising review: "My moisture barrier was kinda suffering because of the winter months and after two days of using this, my skin was feeling so supple. I have dry to combo skin but mostly dry and definitely recommend to anyone with dry skin!!! I use it morning and at night every time after I cleanse and it’s life-changing." —mm37530

    Get it from Sephora for $42.

    16. CeraVe SA Cream is super effective at combating (and calming) everything from psoriasis to body acne, plus it provides light exfoliation to help your skin retain moisture. TLDR; This is noncomedogenic, fragrance-free, affordable considering the results, and is basically a product that you should have started using 84 years ago.,

    This formula contains salicylic acid, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin d.

    Promising review: "I get back acne, but it's also extremely dry, itchy, and my skin is very sensitive. This cream is amazing! It has reduced my back acne significantly while also being incredibly moisturizing. It also makes my skin so soft! I give 5 stars!" —RosaRoe

    Get it from Amazon for $17.28

    17. Fresh Rose Face Mask proves that not *every* rose has its thorn — this skincare staple is pure goodness through and through. No sappy heartbreak songs to be heard here. It's basically infused with real rose petals to hydrate and plump for the ultimate dewy canvas.

    the face mask in a white jar

    It's also packed with rosewater, cucumber extract and aloe vera gel to ~soothe~ and a tea blend to brighten.

    Promising review: "This is my holy grail product of all time. I have dry skin and I don't remember how many times this thing has saved my skin back from being extreme sensitive/inflamed after a facial peel, or dry/cracked during the harsh East Coast winter." —yiyir

    Get it from Sephora for $25+ (available in two sizes).

    18. Ancient Greek Remedy Oil works as a skincare jack-of-all-trades. A blend of extra virgin olive oil, almond oil, grape seed oil, lavender essential oil, and vitamin E does all the following: softens skin, calms acne outbursts, lightens dark spots, and is moisturizing enough for even the driest of complexions. *adds seven bottles to cart immediately*

    It can also be used to moisturize cuticles, strengthen nails, and can be used on dry, itchy scalps that have begun to flake.

    Promising review: "I have been desperately looking for a good moisturizer. I have always used only Korean skincare products because it's so moisturizing, but living in a dry state (especially during winter) has been brutal on my skin. My hands crack, my skin gets too oily because its dry, and the sides of my nose always gets painfully dry. I applied a little to my hands to test it out. It was immediately soothing. My hands already feel softer, and it smells AMAZING. It's not artificial perfume scent, so it's not irritating to my skin. This does NOT leave that greasy feeling when applied. If you're struggling with dry skin, this is worth the hype." —Ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    19. Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser is *the* definition of tried-and-true. This inexpensive cult product is hypothetically the only item you need in your skincare arsenal: Just a few quick swipes will dissolve makeup and give your skin a hefty dose of moisture.

    the cold cream cleanser

    Promising review: "I have very dry skin. I generally tend to go to Macy's for my skincare products, but being on a budget, I decided to give this a try. I'm shocked to tell you that I actually like this cleanser BETTER than my old expensive options. I wipe it on and wipe it off with a wet washcloth. My skin is softer with this stuff than the expensive stuff! No breakouts and no flaky skin! I'll stick to buying the department store brands for eye creams or serums, but for cleansers and cold creams, this stuff wins hands-down! Don't be intimidated by the low price!" —Jessica

    Get it from Amazon for $5.22.

    20. Aveeno Eczema Therapy Daily Moisturizing Cream uses an ultra gentle-yet-effective quartet of oat, soy, kiwi, and blackberry extracts, so you can finally wave au revoir to itchy and irritated skin. And you know what else wins? Your bank account — because the only thing we love more than an effective product is one that doesn't cost one million dollars.

    Promising review: "I'm absolutely amazed at this stuff. I had a terrible allergic reaction and broke out with eczema all over my face (I have suffered with it for years, just never on my face). My eyes were completely swollen shut and red, and my face was peeling, in pain, inflamed, and DRY, DRY, DRY. I tried everything, and I mean everything. I ordered this and nearly instantly felt and saw results. These two pictures (above) are LESS THAN 24 HOURS APART. I've been using it now for three days and my face is 100% back to normal. I really like that this product is a cream versus a lotion, I feel like it helps soak in better and KEEPS the skin hydrated. I 100% recommend." —Kelsey Coultrip

    Get it from Amazon for $11.67.

    21. Full Spectrum 360° Sun Silk Drops provides SPF30 sans breakouts and grease, the latter of which my T-zone is eternally grateful. This lightweight, serum-like formula effectively combats the effects of blue light, infrared, and pollution, all while while a combo of hyaluronic acid and Neroli flower extract work to hydrate and soothe.

    model holding pink bottle / Via @coola

    Promising review: "This is the best sunscreen for dry skin. It looks so beautiful under makeup and even on a makeup-free day! It leaves your skin dewy and supple (I have super sensitive and dry skin but this is nice and hydrating). It also didn’t break me out!" —pebsxl

    Get it from Sephora for $40.

    22. Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel Mini genuinely ~peels~ off dead skin cells with just one swipe. Salicylic, glycolic, and lactic acids work in harmony to tackle all of the following skincare concerns: dullness, fine lines, dark spots, and uneven texture. Your face is about to feel so. darn. smooth.


    Promising review: "I’ve never written a review for ANYTHING in my life but these peel pads are incredible. I have super sensitive skin and have to be really careful about everything that touches my face. These don’t make my rosacea flare up. If anything, they help! I live in a small mountain town in Idaho and these really help with dry, dull skin. I am so happy I found these pads." —loveitallskin

    Get a pack of five treatments for Sephora for $17.

    23. La Roche-Posay Lipikar Balm AP+ Intense Repair has heard our prayers for nongreasy, intense hydration that doesn't end in backne outbreaks — and boy oh boy, it sure does deliver. Reviewers swear it's safe for sensitive and acne-prone skin, plus it's great for streamlining your skincare routine because it's allegedly fantastic for face and body.

    the white bottle of moisturizer with blue pump / Via @larocheposayusa

    Promising review: "Well I’m sold on this stuff. I have very dry skin and if I apply this head to toe while still damp from the shower it goes on super quickly and dries fast without being greasy (which I loathe). This method seems to use very little product, so I’m still on this same bottle six months in!! I also use it on my face (yes really) and magically it doesn’t break out my sensitive skin. Like I said. SOLD." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in two sizes).

    24. Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream is for skin best described by SpongeBob: "waaaaaaaater." Dehydrated complexions will really benefit from this fancy product, which strengthens the skin barrier to help you retain moisture and elasticity. Winter skin = easily solved by a single layer of this splurge-worthy formula.,

    This product contains ceramides, bifida ferment lysate, beetroot, and hyaluronic acid.

    Promising review: "I just finished the tube of this cream (it lasts forever) and purchased again, and will keep purchasing. A Sephora staff member recommended it to me and I am so grateful. I could never wear a full face of foundation before using this cream because any foundation I tried would get pilled up on my face and look horrible due to dry skin. This product is a must for the winter, but my skin is really dry so I use it all year round. You just need a really tiny amount- I dispense it onto my finger and rub it a bit to loosen the cream, then dab it on. Such a thick, luxurious texture too!" —BrittanE

    Get it from Sephora for $48+ (available in two sizes).

    25. Aveeno Therapeutic Shave Gel uses a blend of soothing oat and vitamin E, aka it's safe enough for even the most sensitive and temperamental complexions. Reviewers (over 10,000!) swear by this noncomedogenic formula for a smooth shave sans razor bumps, plus no added fragrances means no irritated nostrils.

    the white and blue bottle

    Promising review: "I have very sensitive, dry skin, especially in the winter; sometimes so dry, I get painful patches on my legs. I always get razor bumps on my legs, under my armpits and delicate areas. I needed something to combat this so I figured I'd try Aveeno and upgrade my razor. This shave gel is like NOTHING I've ever used before. The color, texture, and consistency is something I haven't come across in a shaving cream/gel. No more razor bumps!" —Norma

    Get it from Amazon for $3.64.

    26. La Roche-Posay Hydrating Gentle Cleanser guarantees squeaky clean skin without disrupting your natural pH balance, a fancy way of saying your complexion won't feel stripped of moisture post-wash. Everybody (everybody in this equation = folks that are dry) rejoice because this is your new holy grail — foundation and built-up gunk stand no chance against this effective trio of glycerin, thermal water, and ceramide-3.,

    Promising review: "As soon as I started chemotherapy for breast cancer my skin became super dry, sensitive and irritated, and my usual skincare products made it worse. This was recommended on a self-help site for chemo patients, I ordered it on Amazon immediately and I absolutely love it! It comes in a pump (hygienic), is very light but 'rich' at the same time which makes it feel wonderfully light and cool on my skin. After the very first cleansing, my skin calmed down visibly.My skin has never felt better!" —Gabrielle Callison

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    27. Avène Skin Recovery Cream nourishes sensitive skin (the kind that gets cartoonishly red at even the hint of a new ingredient) with ease. This combination of thermal spring water and amino acids is ultra gentle, even for rosacea and eczema. If you've dreamed of shopping the skincare staples at a French pharmacy but can't exactly make it to France, then de rien — you'll probably have bought this.

    model squeezing cream out of white tuve / Via @aveneusa

    Promising review: "This is the best moisturizer I've ever used for my extremely dry, flaky, sensitive, rosacea-prone skin. Just six applications and my skin is no longer flaky and dry. No discernible scent and the cream is instantly absorbed so applying makeup over it is not an issue. In love with this product!" —VAnewmom

    Get it from Amazon for $35.

    28. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel is considered a holy grail of drugstore finds thanks to how rapidly it delivers long-lasting hydration. If you're looking for a ~tall glass of water~ to quench your face thirst, look no further than this fast-absorbing and oil-free formula.

    Kayla Suazo / BuzzFeed

    This fragrance-free moisturizer is packed with hyaluronic acid!

    Psst, pro tip if you have extra dry skin: apply this formula to damp skin, let it dry, and then use your daily moisturizer to really lock in the effects.

    Promising review: "I have dry skin, and this is my holy grail p.m. moisturizer and lip mask. If my face is extra dry on a particular day, I'll use this in the a.m. too. I will continue to buy this forever!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.63.

    To learn more, check out our review of the Hydro Boost moisturizer!

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