You know when your face feels all tight and flakey, you’re plastering on layers and layers of moisturiser in the hope that it will bring some solace to your desert like complexion? Yeah, dry skin really is a bummer and often, you’re using way too much of the wrong kinda product which is why you’re struggling to see results

When you’ve got dry skin, finding the best moisturiser can be a minefield. You need a seriously hard-working hero; a cream that will instantly calm and comfort tight, irritated skin while absorbing quickly and playing nicely with your makeup (anything too dense will make your foundation slide around on your face – and nobody wants that.)


So, where to start when it comes to finding the best face cream for the job? You’ve come to the right place. Scroll down to discover our deep dixve into the beauty world’s most hydrating formulas, and discover the one that will work for you.

1Toleriane Sensitive Riche




A great no-nonsense moisturiser, this extra-rich version of LaRoche Posay’s Toleriane Sensitive cream is perfect for uncomfortably dry skin. It’s formulated with a base of soothing thermal water and a heavy dose of glycerin to lock in moisture for as long as you need it to. Fragrance free and extra-gentle, it’s a great choice for sensitive souls.

2Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturiser




This rich formula is specifically formulated for extremely dry skin that’s prone to irritation and flaking. Formulated with hyaluronic acid alongside soothing aloe and panthenol, it’ll deliver immediate comfort, calm rosacea flare-ups, and even helps to prevent eczema. It’s too rich for wearing under makeup, so apply at night instead – the peptides and essential nutrients mean you won’t need to layer with any serums.


3Ultra Hydrating Oil Stick




This clever portable stick is perfect for boosting hydration throughout the day. Leaping Bunny-certified, it’s formulated with a 98% natural base of coconut oil and shea butter, and supercharged with vegetable-derived glycerol (a moisturising powerhouse.) Heavy-duty oils make this a miracle worker on dry, flaky patches, but approach with caution on acne-prone skin.


4Lait-Crème Concentré



Fact: peek inside the kit of any makeup artist and there will be a tube of Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentré in there. The stuff of French pharmacy legend, this unassuming little tube works wonders on flaky patches, thirsty complexions and peeling noses (we told you to wear sunscreen!).


The best part (apart from the bargain price, of course,) is how well it works under foundation: expect an all-over glow that never cakes.

5Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Intense Moisturizing Crem





If you’re having a flaky skin emergency, Caudalie’s latest launch is one of the fastest ways to restore order. An impressive line-up of plant nutrients – think borage oil, olive-derived squalane and a patented antioxidant grape extract – sinks seamlessly into skin to calm and soothe.


6Nurture Me Moisturizing Crème




Skin that needs to chill out? Introduce it to Ole Henriksen’s baby-pink moisturiser, stat. This lightweight yet deeply hydrating formula contains all the vitamins that stressed-out skin needs, including fruit oils to bring that springy, elasticated feeling back to the driest of complexions. It smells like summer berries, so if you’re into scented skincare, you’re bound to fall in love.


7Advanced Night Restore



Designed to counterbalance the drying effects of retinol, this advanced night cream is perfect for skin that’s tight and flaking. It’s free from fragrance and preservatives, and full of the good stuff – think skin-strengthening ceramides, antioxidants and peptides.


8Facial Moisturising Lotion



For less than the price of your Friday night takeaway, this high-street moisturiser will deliver enough hydration to soothe even the driest complexions. It’s packed with hyaluronic acid, which binds moisture within the skin, and is totally fragrance free.


9Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer



Yep, it’s pricey, but this ultra-intensive moisturiser has a cult-like following for its ability to re-plump even the driest complexions.


It might feel as light as water, but it’s loaded with humectants that draw moisture in from the environment, holding it within the skin for a glowy, hydrated result that lasts all day.

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