Best Moisturizers for Dry Winter Skin

Say hello to supple, hydrated and glowing skin thanks to these game-changing products from brands like Youth To The People, Dr. Jart+, Biossance, Tatcha & more.

By Jake Thompson, Emily Spain, Carolin Lehmann Nov 02, 2021 11:00 PMTags
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Now that we are in November and temperatures are starting to drop, it's time to re-evaluate your skincare routine. The worst thing you can do for dry fall or winter skin is nothing at all, and the best thing is to invest in a good moisturizer. But quality matters. You can't just pick up any old formula and hope it does the trick. Depending on what skin type you have and personal preferences (do you like it lightweight or a thick balm?), select carefully.

From fan favorite brands Tatcha, Glow Recipe and Biossance to Shani Darden, Dr. Strum and Dr. Jart+, we've tried 'em all, and there are a lot of winners out there.

For the dry skin saviors we swear by, keep scrolling!

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Dr. Jart+ Cicapair™ Tiger Grass Cream

Packed with soothing Centella Rx, reparative Cicabond and more skin-loving ingredients, this cream is our current fave for keeping our skin hydrated and smooth. Plus, it's a lifesaver for reducing redness!

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream for Normal to Dry Skin with Ceramides

If you're looking for a non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic option, you can't go wrong with CeraVe's moisturizing cream. We always have a jar on-hand to use on our face and body during the colder months.

Biossance Squalane + Omega Repair Cream

Featuring squalane, restorative omega fatty acids, moisturizing ceramides and replenishing plant sterols, this fragrance-free cream will keep your skin looking and feeling smooth AF.

Vitamin C Creme

If you're like us, you're always looking for a way to reduce dark spots or acne scars. Thankfully, this vitamin C-powered cream not only hydrates skin but works to improve uneven skin tone and reduce dark spots.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel

This cult-favorite moisturizer delivers eight hours of oil-free hydration. 

PerriconeMD Rejuvenating Moisturizer

This deeply hydrating, fast-absorbing, skin firming moisturizer delivers the optimal nourishment to strengthen and replenish your skin's moisture barrier for plumper skin. 

iS Clinical Hydra-Cool Serum

This tiny hydration station is packed full of powerful and healing vitamins to quench your skin's thirst.

Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Moisturizer

This advanced gel-cream delivers intense 24-hour hydration powered by a combo of hyaluronic acid and time-release hydro-patches for petal-soft skin.

Dr. Barbara Strum Face Cream

This soothing anti-aging moisturizer promotes skin regeneration and is infused with the power ingredient purslane to keep skin hydrated and radiant for 24 hours.

Beuti Skincare Beauty Sleep Elixir

Ever wonder what Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle's secret to glowing skin is? It's this beauty sleep elixir which provides skin with a super boost of omegas 3, 5, 6, 7 and 9, plus vitamins and minerals.

Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Moisturizer

A protein moisturizer that combines an unprecedented array and concentration of actives for improvement in the appearance of skin's tone, texture and firmness? Yes, please.

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer

Want your skin to feel refreshed and hydrated while smelling good too? Glow Recipe's Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer is both functional and fruity.

Tatcha The Dewy Skin Cream

If the packaging doesn't get you alone, then the rich cream that feeds skin with plumping hydration and antioxidant-packed Japanese purple rice for a dewy, healthy glow sure will! This cream is ideal for dry skin, but can be used on normal skin for those who prefer a richer texture too.

Shani Darden Daily Oil-Free Moisturizer

Ever wondered how Shay Mitchell and Jessica Alba keep their skin glowing and picture perfect? Considered the secret behind Hollywood's most flawless faces, esthetician Shani Darden is to thank with this oil-free moisturizer. 

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Vitamin C+ Collagen Deep Cream

This non-greasy cream features 3-O vitamin C technology that corrects the appearance of dark spots and wrinkles.

Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream

If you're looking for a whole lot of bang for your buck, pick up a pot of Cetaphil. It won't irritate sensitive skin, and can be used on your entire body, including your face.

FarmHouse Fresh Three Milk Ageless Sleep Cream

This is FarmHouse Fresh's No.1 bestselling face cream. It's a retinol cream that won't cause redness and irritation.

Skinfix Barrier+ Triple Lipid-Peptide Face Cream

This bestseller at Sephora includes unique ingredients like seaweed hyaluronate and lily root to optimize hydration. 

Youth To The People Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask with Vitamin C

This overnight mask utilizes vitamin C, antioxidant-rich superberries, squalane and hyaluronic acid to plump skin.

Kiehl's Since 1851 Ultra Facial Cream

This bestselling lightweight face cream promises to hydrate for up to 24 hours. It's super convenient because it can be used as both a day and night cream. 

Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb

This lightweight gel-cream is never heavy or greasy.

La Mer Crème de la Mer Moisturizer

This cult-classic splurge moisturizer goes to town on redness and fine lines and wrinkles.

Yaupon Tea Glow-Awakening Moisturizer

WWE star Maryse Mizanin co-created this moisturizer which utilizes caffeinated yaupon tea for glowing skin. 

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—Originally published March 10, 2019, at 3:00 a.m. PT