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8 Best Moisturizers for Dry Skin

February 14, 2024

Winter is at its height which probably means your skin feels pretty parched. Dryness can make your skin feel tight and uncomfortable while making it appear flaky and dull. If you’ve been moisturizing to no avail, it’s probably time to switch to one of the best moisturizers for dry skin.  


In this post, we’ll showcase our favourite moisturizers for dry skin. We selected formulas that saturate the skin with water to combat dehydration while promoting long-term suppleness by boosting the skin barrier. With ingredients like reparative peptides, moisture-sealing occlusives, and powerful humectants, these top-of-the-line moisturizers are the perfect remedy for every type of skin dryness.  


1. Best for very dry skin: ZO Skin Health Recovery Crème

This rich and ultra-nourishing moisturizer is a deeply rejuvenating option, which is why we think it’s one of the best moisturizers for dry skin with signs of aging. It’s incredibly creamy, with ingredients that promote hydration and seal it into the skin. 


A touch of vitamin A and a few potent peptides promotes cell regeneration and skin renewal, to visibly reverse fine lines and wrinkles or texture. Plus, you can also use it on your neck where it’s clinically proven to reduce signs of aging. 


2. Best for sensitive skin: Alastin Ultra Nourishing Moisturizer with TriHex Technology

This is the best moisturizer for dry skin that’s also prone to sensitivity or rosacea. The creamy formula is comprehensively nourishing, with ingredients like oat kernel and linoleic acid to soothe signs of irritation. It features Alastin’s TriHex Technology, which is a blend of peptides that support the skin’s collagen and elastin production, for a firm, youthful look. 


4. Best lightweight: Alastin Ultra Light Moisturizer with TriHex Technology

Potent moisture and hydration are possible even with a lightweight texture. This face moisturizer for dry skin has a quick-absorbing, silky formula that leaves your skin plump and nourished. It still packs an anti-aging punch thanks to Alastin’s signature peptide blend. 


5. Best post-treatment: ZO Skin Health Hydrating Crème

This gentle hydrator is the best moisturizer for dry skin after laser or microneedling treatment. It’s a creamy and soothing formula that features ingredients like colloidal oatmeal to calm redness and sensitivity. Myristoyl pentapeptide-11 gives the skin an even stronger healing boost. It’s also a powerful remedy for severely dry or sensitive skin, especially in winter. 


6. Best for combination skin: ZO Skin Health Renewal Crème

Having combination skin can be tough because you experience both dryness and oiliness. Thankfully, the ZO Skin Health Renewal Crème hits the mark, with a lightweight texture and deeply hydrating formula. It loads the skin with water but not with heavy oils and has a silky, non-greasy texture. It’s also excellent for addressing signs of aging, thanks to retinol and acetyl hexapeptide-8. 


7. Best for dehydration: SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator

SkinMedica’s HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator immediately quenches dehydration with five different forms of hyaluronic acid, nature’s super-hydrator. It immediately helps give the skin a bouncy, plump look which also helps soften fine lines. With regular use, ingredients like Vitis Flower Stem Cell Extract and a peptide complex work to reverse the visible signs of aging. For best results, use it before any of our recommended face creams for dry skin. 


8. Best for mature skin: Alastin HA (Hyaluronic Acid) IMMERSE Serum

While this is technically a serum, Alastin’s impressive hyaluronic acid formula is a potent hydrating formula that’s immensely beneficial for dry, maturing skin. As we get older, our body’s production of hyaluronic acid slows down. 


Thankfully this serum counters that unfortunate process directly. It’s made with octapeptide-45 and hexapeptide-11, amino acids that support and encourage the skin’s natural production of hyaluronic acid. Over time, this helps the skin retain moisture better all on its own. 


Get Your Dry Skin Fix at Discovery Laser 

We know that’s a long list of amazing moisturizers for dry skin, so which one should you choose? 


Lightweight formulas like the Alastin Ultra Light Moisturizer and ZO Skin Health Renewal Crème are ideal for skin that can be simultaneously dry in some areas and oily in others. For severely dry skin, rich formulas like the ZO Skin Health Recovery Crème are ideal. 


You don’t have to figure it out on your own! You can pop on by Discovery Laser for a visit or send us a message, and we’ll be happy to recommend the best dry skin fix for you. 

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