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    If You Hate Having Ridiculously Dry Skin As The Weather Gets Colder, Here Are 31 Products To Keep Things Hydrated

    Because we have enough flakes to deal with in our social lives alone.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Some may have been sent as samples, but all opinions and reviews are our own. 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. A bottle of truly iconic Bio-Oil Multiuse Skincare Oil to take your skin from borderline scaly to oh-so-soft after just one application. It's formulated with vitamins A and E, along with chamomile, sunflower, and lavender oils to provide much-needed hydration without clogging pores or making skin feel greasy (the worst!). Plus, reviewers say it's highly effective when it comes to fading acne and other types of scars!

    series of photos showing a reviewer's patchy, acne-prone skin before using the oil and photos of their skin looking much clearer after using the oil
    the same reviewer's face looking bright and glowy

    Promising review: "Love it! Makes my skin feel so soft and smooth! In the winter my skin becomes so dry and itchy that Bio-Oil is a must! It absorbs into my skin and leaves it feeling hydrated. I use it on my face and it is not too oily but it does stop my skin from flaking. It's awesome!!" —Angel Fitzgerald

    Another promising review: "I've been using Bio-Oil on and off for several years. I love it. I have some slight scarring from bad acne when I was younger and after a few months of applying the Bio Oil the scarring was considerably improved and my skin was smoother. I have oily skin so I was concerned about using any type of oil on my face, but this stuff doesn't make me greasy at all (and I use it before bed). Added bonus; I LOVE the scent." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.92+ (available in three sizes).

    2. CeraVe's Hydrating Cleanser, which was specifically formulated with dry skin in mind. It gently removes residue without stripping the skin of its natural moisture, and contains essential ceramides and hyaluronic acid, which help restore and maintain the skin barrier. 

    reviewer before and after photos, showing their skin with acne on the right and their skin looking much clearer after using the cleanser on the left
    reviewer holding the white and green cleanser bottle

    Promising review: "Amazing skincare cleanser. I have dry skin and this is probably the best cleanser I've had in my fight against acne. I would definitely recommend this product since it’s so hydrating and makes your face feel fresh!" —Neil

    Get it from Amazon for $14.57.

    3. Briogeo's Scalp Revival to keep itching and scratching at bay when your scalp is feeling bone dry. It's made with tea tree, peppermint, and spearmint oils that provide a cooling sensation to soothe itchiness, while binchotan charcoal helps remove buildup for a cleaner scalp. And for a boost of hydration, hyaluronic acid and aloe vera help prevent skin from getting dry and flakey.

    bottle of the conditioner styled on ice block
    before and after photos showing scalps looking dry and flaky before using the treatment, and the same scalps without flakes after using the treatment

    Briogeo is a Black woman–owned small biz dedicated to making inclusive haircare products that are cruelty-free, gluten-free, and mostly vegan.

    Promising review: "I wish they came out with this product sooner because my dry scalp has been sufferinggg. I have their entire Scalp Revival line and this was the perfect addition to it. My scalp felt so refreshed, clean, and hydrated after. I have thin hair and a dry scalp so this is such a great product for it. Worth every dollar." —helentiffanycee

    Get it from Amazon or Sephora for $34. 

    4. A tub of O'Keeffe's Healthy Feet Foot Cream that'll smooth out even the most cracked skin and caked-on calluses. It delivers essential exfoliation and moisture, and has a good dose of allantoin, which penetrates those super-thick areas.

    A series of customer review photos showing the results of using the foot cream
    A customer review photo showing a close up of a jar of O'Keeffe's Healthy Feet Foot Cream

    Promising review: "Highly recommend! Works wonders! My feet were so cracked and dry. Now they are so soft and healthy. Keeps them hydrated. Never thought I'd get relief. So satisfied. Does work 100%. 10 stars! Also not greasy. At. All! Absorbs into feet within minutes and is not slippery after. LOVE this product! Will be a lifetime user for sure! Swear by it." —Emma Bell

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (also available in multipacks). 

    5. A tube of Weleda Skin Food you'll "eat" right up once you discover how well it transforms your dull, parched skin. Per its name, it contains yummy-sounding, skin-enhancing ingredients like rosemary and chamomile extracts and sunflower and sweet almond oils.

    reviewer before and after photos showing their under-eye area looking much brighter after using the skin cream
    reviewer holding the green tube of skin cream

    Promising review: "I have really dry skin. No matter what I do. Drinking water, vitamins, and layering moisturizer has helped but it's still dry. Weather changes and pollution don't help. I also get dark spots/discoloration. This has helped a lot with dryness and the discoloration. I use on my face and my skin is all glowy when I wake up. Only been using a few weeks but very happy that it's improving my skin." —AMReynaud

    Get it from Amazon for $12.49+ (available in two sizes). 

    6. Laneige's Lip Sleeping Mask, which keeps lips kissably smooth by trapping moisture to prevent chapping and cracking. Swipe some on before bed and let it work its magic overnight — oh, and there's even a limited edition pumpkin spice scent rn. 👀

    model holding the gummy bear scented lip mask
    the pumpkin spice lip mask styled with some mini pumpkins and cinnamon sticks around it

    Just apply a bit of this to your lips before you catch some shuteye, and let the vitamin C- and antioxidant-packed formula do the rest.

    Promising review: "Love this lip mask! Smells amazing! The best smelling one by far and is not too sticky, just the right texture. Keeps lips hydrated for hours!" —aaloveshorses

    Another promising review: "I love this lip mask! I have always struggled to find a lip product that would keep my severely dry lips at bay and this is the product! I have been using this for the past few weeks and I have never had such plush smooth lips. I wear it at night and sometimes during the day depending on what I am doing. If you struggle with dry lips, I highly recommend you give this a try." —Holly2176

    Get it from Amazon or Sephora for $24 (available in seven scents).

    7. A Dr. Jart+ color correcting treatment that balances out redness while providing thirsty skin with some much needed hydration. And while we're on the subject of redness: painful sunburns, be gone! (It's got SPF 30.)

    model's face, half of which is bare with redness, while the other half looks much more even with the color correcting treatment applied
    the green jar of color correcting treatment on a green and pink background

    Promising review: "This is such a great cream for anyone who suffers from dry or red skin. It definitely hydrates my super dry sensitive face. But it also helps correct redness I have from acne scarring or marks. My mom wears this instead of foundation. I like to wear it under my foundation for more color correction." —Kiles

    Another promising review: "My makeup artist used this on my wedding day and I was so blown away with the coverage of my redness. I ordered a jar for myself shortly after and it’s quickly become a holy grail in my skincare/makeup routine. I don’t even need to use green concealer if I put this on under my makeup. The SPF is an added bonus!" —MariaTheGreek

    Get it from Sephora for $20+ (available in two sizes). 

    8. A milky toning lotion, which will make your skin so silky-soft, you'll wanna keep touching it just to make sure it's real. A mixture of hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and snow mushroom (!) keeps everything nice and dewy so you'll be able to go about your day with a moisturized glow.

    Model holding a bottle of the toning lotion
    Model applying the toning lotion to their face
    Good Light

    Based in Brooklyn, NY, Good Light is a small business focused on "beauty beyond the binary." Their products are vegan, cruelty-free, nontoxic, and fragrance-free.

    Promising review: "This is hands-down one of the best toners I have ever tried. It is so hydrating, and it makes your skin GLOW. I have sensitive skin, and toners are hit and miss, but this actually calms any burning and redness I'm feeling. I can't imagine my regimen without it!" —Lacy C.

    Get it from Good Light for $22.

    9. multipurpose balm made with soothing botanicals for dabbing pretty much anywhere you experience severe dryness, like your feet, hands, lips,, it's made from a vegan beeswax alternative!

    model applying the balm to their lips
    Two pairs of hands holding tubes of the balm

    Cocokind is a San Francisco-based small biz that makes truly dreamy, cruelty-free skincare products with sustainability in mind. 

    Promising review: "I love everything about this balm. My dry, cracked, wintery hands soooo appreciate this balm at the end of the day. I apply it at night on my hands and any dry patches and when I wake up, my skin is moisturized and healthy again. It’s hard to find an intense moisturizer that doesn’t have petrochemicals in it. This feels better than any of those drugstore brands and I can feel better about the pure ingredients." —sarah b.

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 or Cocokind for $11

    10. E.l.f.'s Poreless Putty Primer, which has over 25,000 5-star ratings — probably because it's more than just a smooth makeup base. It contains squalane, which mimics oil naturally found in our bodies to keep parched skin hydrated, so your face will feel as good as it looks. Oh, and reviewers say your makeup will. not. budge. with this stuff. 

    reviewer with their makeup done
    reviewer holding the tin of beige colored primer

    Promising review: "My favorite go-to. I’ve tried almost everything — I have pitted scars from acne as a teenager, this putty hydrates, covers, and looks amazing. I don’t really need foundation most of the time. I love 💕 it." —Celeste

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    11. Or Milk Makeup's Hydro Grip Primer for anyone who prefers a more gel-like consistency. Not only will it keep your makeup looking fresh literal hours after you apply it; it'll also help banish dryness with its hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and aloe water formula. 

    model applying the primer to their face
    photo series showing a model before applying primer, and their skin looking more hydrated with the primer on

    Promising review: "People have been talking about this primer non-stop and I’ve finally been able to test it out. I’d give this primer a 10 out of 10. It made my sensitive/dry skin super hydrated and helped my makeup go on smoothly. My first time using this, my makeup looked so good that I forgot to put on setting spray! My makeup lasted all day after applying this primer. This is a MUST HAVE!" —speakingofmyaa

    Get it from Amazon or Sephora for $18+ (available in two sizes). 

    12. CeraVe face moisturizer with SPF 30, because if you're anything like me, even just thinking about colder weather instantly makes your skin dry up. At any rate, this ceramide-packed stuff will keep your face from feeling desert-like during your apple-picking outings while also protecting it from the sun!

    hand holding the white and blue bottle of moisturizing sunscreen
    buzzfeeder with the spf moisturizer on their face with text: not greasy, hydrating, spf 30
    Britt Ross / BuzzFeed

    This is my go-to face moisturizer/sunscreen and I apply it *every* morning. As someone who can't stand the feeling of being caked in tons of products, especially on my face, I love that this is a 2-in-1 and saves me a step in my routine. I find that the formula absorbs really quickly — especially considering it has SPF — and it keeps my dry-as-a-desert skin feeling hydrated and looking just a bit dewy without being greasy (aka the absolute worst!). Plus, it doesn't have a runny consistency, meaning I can confidently toss it into my bag without worrying about it leaking everywhere, and the twist-and-lock cap adds extra reinforcement. Since it's just three ounces, I don't have to run to the store for a travel-sized version whenever I have a flight coming up, and it's super affordable to boot. The one thing I would advise is waiting for any serums or skin products you apply before it to fully absorb before putting this on, since it'll help prevent pilling.

    P.S. I personally don't notice a white cast left behind, but as you can see from the photo, I have extremely fair skin, and some reviewers with darker skin mentioned they did notice a cast. That said, there's another great option below!

    Promising review: "Finally I have found my perfect sunscreen. Most moisturizing sunscreens either aren’t sufficient on their own or leave you with a film/greasy feeling. Honestly, even as a stand alone moisturizer this stands out. Skin feels fully hydrated and protected with zero residue. I tend to lean towards dry/dehydrated skin that can be very acne prone, especially with sunscreen, but I definitely think this would work for all skin types." —matt

    Get it from Amazon for $14.62.

    13. Or a brightening SPF 30 moisturizer formulated with darker skin tones in mind, since it swaps the chalky residue for a glowy, radiant finish. Plus, it contains vitamin C (which helps reduce signs of sun damage) along with nourishing moisturizers and extracts.

    gif of reviewer rubbing the moisturizer onto their face
    reviewer's face looking bright and radiant after applying the moisturizer

    Bolden is a small, Black woman-owned biz making skincare products that are never tested on animals. 

    Promising review: "Love this. This is my new facial care — very light and moisturizing, the sunscreen is great. And it works." —Carol A Newman

    Another promising review: "I love this moisturizer. Being a dark-skinned African American, I find that often times sunscreen leaves a residue. This is the first sunscreen I've ever used that doesn't leave any weird discoloration, feels great on my skin, and it aids in reducing hyperpigmentation. I even have sensitive skin and haven't had any breakouts while using Bolden's sunscreen. A pump and a half is all I need for my face and neck. I highly recommend it and will be buying more for my family." —Missy D

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99

    14. An old-school bottle of Aveeno Daily Moisturizing lotion to slather all over your body when it's feeling straight-up scaly. Its soothing oat formula absorbs into skin quickly, and it's unscented, in case you're sensitive to fragrance.

    model applying the lotion to their arm
    model's legs next to the bottle of lotion

    Promising review: "I have very dry and sensitive skin that tends to peel during winter months. This lotion keeps my skin hydrated all day long, no need to reapply it at all. It is thick enough but not greasy, it doesn't leave any white residue and the smell is so light, you barely notice it. If you have dry and sensitive skin like me, this is the body lotion for you." —Pamela

    Another promising review: "It's so moisturizing and it has no scent. We all love it, and use it everyday. It is the best lotion I've encountered. It has no greasiness and makes your skin glow." —Lils Reyes

    Get it from Amazon for $9.64

    15. Fenty Beauty's Poutsicle Hydrating Lip Stain, which became so popular on TikTok it's currently sold out at Sephora (don't worry, you can still find it elsewhere!). It contains squalene, giving lips hydrating, long-lasting color, and has a slick, glossy texture. Pro-tip: Many TikTokers say they like dabbing it off after applying for the perfect "just-ate-a-Popsicle" tint. 

    model applying the red lip stain on their lips
    the white tube of lip stain on top of a swatch of the purple lip stain

    Promising review: "These are the best lip stains! Haven't stopped using mine since I got it. They need to restock ASAP so I can buy all of them! Hydrating too, coming from a girl who gets very dry lips! I love these." —GL

    Another promising review: "Super happy with the quality of this lip stain. I've never tried a lip stain before that wasn't sticky or tacky, but this one was lightweight and long-lasting! Add a little for a little color, add a lot for intense color! Lasts all day for me!" —Tbabyyy

    Get it from Ulta or Fenty Beauty for $24 (available in two shades). 

    16. Youthforia's BYO Blush, a light oil that changes color by reacting to your skin's pH level to give you a positively dewy, all-day hue that's totally unique to you. And not only that — it's also packed with 20 plant-based, antioxidant-rich oils to help hydrate. Cakey skin? I don't know her. 

    model wearing the blush and holding a tube of it

    It's also 100% fragrance- and cruelty-free!

    Youthforia was founded by Fiona Co Chan with the goal of creating makeup that is also good for your skin — "so good you could sleep in it."

    Promising review: "I love the natural pink/rose hue and dewy glow from this blush! The texture is amazing, moisturizing, and a little goes a long way. So unique, I love this blush!" —Kristen I.

    Another promising review: "First of all, it's everything. E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G. This is extremely compatible with the glass skin look: It's super dewy but has massive staying power. I put this on at 4 p.m., I woke up at 6 a.m., and it's still on! I originally planned to only wear this on no makeup days as I was worried that, as an oil product, it may lift my makeup underneath. I can say now with confidence it doesn't mess with my base at all. It doesn't feel heavy, is easy to blend, and makes my skin look plump. I've been complimented on my skin, rather than my makeup, with this product on. I generally don't believe in hype, but I see why someone would be excited about this product — there's simply nothing like it, and it does a fantastic job. Looking forward to Youthforia future products!" —Lalita

    Get it from Amazon or Youthforia for $36.

    17. A tube of TruSkin Vitamin C Daily Moisturizer, because if you're someone who likes a low-maintenance skincare regimen, this bb packs a punch. Not only does it contain TruSkin's signature vitamin C, but it's also filled with ingredients like aloe, green tea, and shea butter so your skin stays quenched, looks brighter, and feels more even. 

    before photo of a reviewer with dry-looking skin next to a photo of the same reviewer with much brighter, more radiant skin after using the moisturizer
    The bottle of the moisturizer

    Promising review: "I love this moisturizer! It hydrates my skin, even in the dry winter months, without feeling heavy or greasy. My skin is very prone to breakouts, but this product doesn't seem to clog my pores at all. This has become a staple in my daily skin routine." —Samantha Casey

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in three sizes).

    18. A crowd-pleasing CeraVe body and face cream (over 89,000 5-star ratings!) that'll give seriously moisture-deprived skin the hydration it craves, thanks to a combo of hyaluronic acid and three essential ceramides. It's even got the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance!

    before photo of reviewer with a skin break out one month after using the moisturizer next to a photo of their skin looking clear seven months later
    reviewer with a bit of the white moisturizer on their fingers, with the tub of moisturizer in the background

    Promising review: "I *had* pretty bad eczema and have very dry skin. I use it right after I shower every day and have been for almost a year. Most of my eczema on my body has disappeared while using this and it keeps my skin very hydrated. Barely any scent and very good for people with sensitive skin. I highly recommend this." —Lab K.

    Another promising review: "I eagerly was waiting for my cream to arrive, and when I saw the Amazon delivery person I leapt out of my door like an animal and retrieved my package. Never have I been this excited for a product. I tore open the package and slathered the white stuff liberally over my face. My skin glowed like it has few times in the past. My skin also feels hydrated. I look forward to using this for many more weeks to come." —Lilporkchops

    Get it from Amazon for $17.78 (also available in a few bundles).

    19. Dr. Loretta's Gentle Hydrating Cleanser, which lightly removes makeup and other gunk while nourishing dry skin with moisturizing marine peptides and chamomile and ginger root essential oils. Oh, and if you have rosacea or another skin sensitivity, this is approved for you!

    the white cleanser bottle styled with some of the foamy product
    the white cleanser bottle styled next to scattered chamomile and a spoon full of ground ginger

    In addition to dermatologist Dr. Loretta herself, this small, family-owned biz has a team that also includes her two daughters, and is dedicated to formulating cruelty-free, vegan products to help reverse the effects of pollution, light, climate, and irritants on our skin. 

    FYI, this is one of my personal *holy grail* cold weather products. I tried this Dr. Loretta gentle hydrating cleanser for the first time last year, and, can I just say, it's been a total game changer. I was blessed with dry, red, irritable skin, which only gets even more fun to deal with once the temperature drops — and face cleansers in particular tend to dry me out even more. But not this one! It feels like a dream on my skin — in fact, my face feels even more moisturized after I've rinsed it off (and stays that way, despite the fact that I have my heat blaring 24/7 during the winter). True to its name, it's incredibly gentle, and my skin has never felt softer (or looked happier and *glowier*) after being scrubbed clean. Definitely my new favorite out of all the skincare products I've tried in the past year — and as a skincare obsessive, I've tried A LOT.

    Get it from Dr. Loretta or Dermstore for $35.