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The 21 Best Creams and Moisturizers for Dry Skin

Say goodbye to your flakes and irritation.
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With the veritable cornucopia of creams and moisturizers on the market that claim to cure your dry, itchy, flaky skin woes, it can be hard to tell what really works and what's just advertising. We've cut through all that to figure out what really works—and rounded up the best products for dry skin, from drugstore steals to top-shelf splurges.

Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter


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Josie Maran
sephora.com
$40.00

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Josie Maran's signature argan oil formulas have achieved cult-favorite status, and this deeply hydrating face "butter" is no exception. 

Lala Retro Whipped Cream


Drunk Elephant
sephora.com
$60.00

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Drunk Elephant uses a laundry list of hydrating ingredients in this cream including hyaluronic acid and plantain extract, but maybe even more important is what's not in there: essential oils, drying alcohols, and silicones.

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Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Moisturiser


dermstore.com
$36.00

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This Korres moisturizer can be difficult to find, but it's worth the struggle. The thick, luxurious cream made with vitamin E, olive oil, and  of course Greek yogurt promises to restore the skin's moisture barrier in no time.

Hydro Boost Water Gel


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Neutrogena
amazon.com
$15.99

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Hyaluronic acid is a go-to ingredient for many high-end skincare lines for its ability to hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water and even draw moisture from the air into your skin. With this drugstore gel moisturizer, you can get the same stuff for a much more affordable price.

Goat Milk Moisturizing Cream


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Kate Somerville
nordstrom.com
$65.00

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Remember how your mom used to nag you about drinking your milk, so you could get big and strong? Think of this product like a tall glass of milk for your face—but instead of big and strong, it promises to leave your skin hydrated and glowing.

Moisturizing Cream for Normal to Dry Skin


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CeraVe
dermstore.com
$16.99

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Sometimes the simplest answer really is the best. While not as flashy as some other products on this list, CeraVe has been a favorite of dermatologists for decades, and its ceramide-rich formula continues to impress.

Sensibio AR Cream


Bioderma
dermstore.com
$24.90

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Those with skin on the dry side are also frequently plagued with sensitivity and redness. This cream was formulated specifically to combat that issue, using vitamin E to soothe even the most hypersensitive complexions.

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Magic Cream


Charlotte Tilbury
violetgrey.com
$100.00

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It's not literally "magic," but this cream does have many devotees. In addition to hydrating skin, it also promises to firm and give a lifted effect, making it an ideal two-in-one for those in need of a youthful boost.

Cicalfate Restorative Skin Cream


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Eau Thermale Avène
dermstore.com
$28.00

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Avène's Cicafate cream is ideal for those plagued by hypersensitive and aging skin by helping to accelerate skin's natural healing process. Plus, micronized zinc and copper helps shield the complexion from environmental damage like air pollution.

Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturizer


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Paula's Choice
dermstore.com
$29.00

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Antioxidants, aloe vera, and chamomile power this moisturizer from cult favorite brand Paula's Choice. The simple yet effective ingredients make it ideal for sensitive skin.

Ceramidin Cream


Dr. Jart+
sephora.com
$48.00

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When formulating this cream, Dr. Jart took the environment into account. The result is a product designed to combat dryness even in harsh climates, and ward off any environmental irritants.

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Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator


Clinique
macys.com
$39.00

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Many swear by Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion (lovingly referred to by fans as DDML), but for very dry skin, level up to the brand's more intense offering.

DayWear Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Creme


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Estee Lauder
dermstore.com
$54.00

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This powerful anti-aging cream comes in two varieties—normal/combination and dry—so you can pick the formulation that suits you best.

Ultra Facial Cream


Kiehl's
macys.com
$29.50

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Loyalists swear by this squalane-rich formula for being both non-greasy and providing long-lasting hydration.

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The Water Cream


Tatcha
violetgrey.com
$68.00

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Water—it's exactly what you want your face to drink up. Except, of course, water can actually dry skin out even more. Thankfully, Tatcha's silky cream doesn't suffer from that same issue, courtesy of a healthy dose of hydration-grabbing hyaluronic acid.

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Advanced Snail 92 All in One Cream


COSRX
amazon.com
$21.00
$16.47 (22% off)

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Snail mucin is the natural ingredient that skincare insiders are raving about, thanks to its high content of (you guessed it!) hyaluronic acid. This K-beauty brand has harnessed it into a smooth cream—and at under $17, you needn't break the bank to try the latest craze.

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The Moisturizing Soft Cream


La Mer
sephora.com
$175.00

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La Mer is notoriously secretive about its proprietary "miracle broth," but that hasn't stopped it from developing a devoted following among fans of all skintypes.

Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Treatment Lotion


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Origins
macys.com
$34.00

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Reishi mushroom, sea buckthorn and fermented chaga mushroom: these skin-loving, exotic-sounding natural ingredients power this best-selling moisturizer from Origins.

The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb


Belif
sephora.com
$38.00

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A "bomb" of moisture is exactly what the doctor ordered to rescue super-dry skin.

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Watermelon Pink Juice Moisturizer


Glow Recipe
sephora.com
$39.00

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K-beauty has officially infiltrated the U.S. skincare market—and we're much better off for it. This cute and effective moisturizer, which uses vitamin-rich watermelon extract and hyaluronic acid to hydrate and boost glow is just one of many reasons why.

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Superfood Air-Whip Hyaluronic Acid Moisture Cream


Youth To The People
sephora.com
$48.00

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Like a healthy smoothie, but for your face: that's what Youth To The People is offering with this plant-powered moisturizer packed with kale, spinach, and green tea extracts.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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