15 Best Moisturisers for Dry, Flaky, Itchy Skin

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15 Best Moisturisers for Dry, Flaky, Itchy Skin

Okay, yes, winter is still a million years away, but if you're prone to dryness, you're pretty much always in need of a solid moisturiser for your flaky skin (especially if it's been withering away in your office's unbearably dry air conditioning, which, like, same). And since I'd hate to watch you sift through the obscenely large amount of face and body creams the beauty world has to offer, I did the hard work for ya. Ahead, the 15 best moisturisers for every dry skin type—yup, even your part-oily, part-dry face that's more than a little hard to please.

1. Best moisturiser for dry, sensitive skin

Avène Hydrance Rich Hydrating Cream

If my apartment were on fire, this insanely effective facial moisturiser would be the first thing I grab (I'm serious, I love it that much). Even though the formula is lightweight and silky, it hydrates even the flakiest, driest of skin with über-gentle ingredients like shea butter and safflower seed oil.

$32.00 (approx Dhs117.5)

Shop at dermstore.com

2. Best hyaluronic acid moisturiser for dry skin

Youth To The People Superfood Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizer

Hyaluronic acid (which is, like, the holy grail for dry skin, since it traps massive amounts of moisture) is combined with an impressive blend of antioxidants (think: super-hydrating vitamin E and skin-brightening vitamin C) in this 100 percent vegan formula. Oh, and it smells incredible, too.

$48.00 (approx Dhs176.5)

Shop at nordstrom.com

3. Best moisturiser for dry, red skin

Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Facial Moisturizer

Got dry-as-hell skin that transforms into a red, irritated nightmare when you slather on your moisturizer? I gotchu. Try switching to this sensitive skin-friendly formula from Aveeno, which is spiked with feverfew extract to soothe and calm irritation. Did I mention it's also got SPF 15? 'Cause it does.

$13.97 (approx Dhs51.5) 

Shop at amazon.com

4. Best moisturiser for dry, dull skin

Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream

This powerful little cream targets dry skin and dullness in one swoop, courtesy of hyaluronic acid (which hydrates and plumps), papaya enzymes (which gently exfoliates), and alpha-arbutin (which fights hyperpigmentation and dark spots).

$65.00 (approx Dhs239)

Shop at dermstore.com

5. Best lightweight moisturiser for dry skin

Peach & Lily Matcha Pudding Antioxidant Cream

I get it, I get it: Just because your skin is dry and flaky, it doesn't mean you want (or need) a thick-ass cream. That's where this lightweight moisturizer comes into play—it calls on crazy-effective hydrators like matcha (which is also loaded with antioxidants) and skin-brightening niacinamide, but the texture is light enough to wear in hot, sweaty weather.

$40.00 (approx Dhs147)

Shop at ulta.com

6. Best night moisturiser for dry skin

Dermalogica Super Rich Repair Salve

Okay, keep in mind that this moisturizer is super rich—like, you probably don't want to slather it on your face in the A.M., especially if you wear makeup. Instead, think of this formula as the perfect nighttime moisturizer. It's loaded with peptides, shea butter, and evening primrose oil which soothes dry, flaky skin as you sleep.

$92.00 (approx Dhs338)

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7. Best retinol cream for dry skin

RoC Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Crème

It's true: Retinol is one of the only ingredients proven to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but it's often too harsh for dry or sensitive skin types. This dry-skin moisturiser is packed with hyaluronic acid and retinol, though, so you can tackle all your skin concerns with one gentle formula.

$24.99 (approx Dhs88.5)

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8. Best priming moisturiser for dry skin

First Aid Beauty Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturiser

This super-lightweight moisturiser is the best way to prep your dry skin for makeup (seriously). With hero ingredients like coconut water, which is loooooaded with skin-plumping amino acids and electrolytes, along with quinoa protein (to strengthen your skin barrier), it's a genius, extra-hydrating alternative to your regular makeup primer.

$14.00 (approx Dhs51.5)

Shop at sephora.com

9. Best moisturiser for dry hands

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hand Gel Cream

File this under hand creams you won't hate. Here's why: The hyaluronic acid—a lightweight, sponge-like ingredient that absorbs 1,000 times its weight in water—in this gel cream promises maximum moisture (for up to 24 hours!)  minus that gross, greasy finish.

$5.19 (approx Dhs20)

Shop now at ulta.com

10. Best moisturiser for dry necks and chests

Jergens Skin Firming Neck & Chest Moisturiser SPF 15

Since the skin on your neck and chest is about as thin and delicate as the skin on your eyelids, it's important to stay hydrated 24/7. Not to mention sun damage can further thin the skin (SO WEAR SUNSCREEN), making your neck and chest two crucial areas to protect. Enter this dry-skin moisturiser, which works to firm and hydrate your skin with vitamin B3, while blasting it with a layer of SPF 20.

$9.88 (approx Dhs36.5)

Shop now at amazon.com

11. Best moisturiser for dry elbows and knees

CeraVe Moisturising Cream for Normal to Dry Skin

Fun fact: Your elbows and knees tend to collect a lot of dead skin cells, which can lead to major dehydration and dull texture. That's why you need a mix of humectants (like glycerin) that hydrate, plus occlusive ingredients (like petrolatum) that prevent moisture from escaping. Lucky for you, this dry-skin cream from CeraVe has both.

$13.99 (approx Dhs51.5)

Shop now at ulta.com

12. Best moisturiser for dry, bumpy skin

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

This body moisturiser relies on a blend of butters (specifically, cupucaçu, a Brazilian superfruit) and açai and coconut oils to transform your dry, bumpy skin into the softest texture of all time. Bonus: It smells freakishly good (like, your friends will ask you what perfume you're wearing).

$45.00 (approx Dhs165.5)

Shop at dermstore.com

13. Best moisturiser for dry legs

Curel Hydra Therapy Itch Defense

The best time to hydrate your dry skin? When it's damp, oddly enough, since that's when your skin is most receptive to moisture. The ceramides in this after-shower lotion do just that, improving your skin's ability to hold onto hydration longer, while the formula's soothing oatmeal extract prevents any itchiness later on.

$10.99 (approx Dhs40.5)

Shop now at bedbathandbeyond.com

14. Best moisturiser for dry, rough feet

Palmer's Cocoa Butter with Vitamin E Foot Magic

This ultra-thick formula moisturises tough heels with a blend of cocoa- and mango-butters, petrolatum, and mineral oil. Plus, the peppermint oil gives a tingly kick.

$4.99 (approx Dhs18.5)

Shop now at bedbathandbeyond.com

15. Best body moisturiser for dry skin

Caudalíe The Des Vignes Nourishing Body Lotion

If you feel like your skin is dehydrated from the neck down, smooth on this antioxidant-rich grape seed oil-packed lotion (which, by the way, is also spiked with hyaluronic acid to keep your skin moisturised all damn day).

$26 (approx Dhs95.5)

Shop now at us.caudalie.com