Yep, we know dry skin is the worst. Trust us, most of us have been through it before.
It can be a nightmare when you finally feel as though you've cracked your skincare routine and got it perfected down to a T. And then boom- those pesky flaky bits can appear out of nowhere, causing the skin to feel super tight (or even painful!) and beginning to peel.
Why do we get dry skin?
The answer is pretty simple actually: It's mostly due to hot or cold weather, low moisture in the air, or soaking your skin in water (yep, water can actually dry the face out, especially hot water).
It's also down to genetics; some people naturally have a dry skin type, so will need to find nourishing products to help soothe, hydrate and calm their complexion.
So what's the solution for dry, flaky skin?
Your solution is... moisturiser! It'll be your best friend in a crisis like flaky, tight skin.
But, which one do you go for? Well, hold off from clicking buy now on just any old moisturiser as you'll need to refine your searches just a tad...
Any old cream won't cut it.
The right moisturiser should feel like a silky blanket for the skin: giving it enough coverage to ensure comfort and protection. Most importantly, it should keep your skin healthy, dewy and hydrated.
Shop now: the best moisturisers for dry, flaky skin:
The best moisturisers for dry skin
This is easily one of the best moisturisers for hydrating skin on a budget. This rich and simple moisturiser hydrates whilst avoiding congestion or irritation. It's perfect for nourishing dry patches, whilst completely absorbing into the skin without leaving it greasy. Stand-out ingredients: Amino acids, ceramides, fatty acids, hyaluronic acid, and glycerin. A promising review: "I have very dry skin and this product keep my skin moisturised, it absorbs quickly and does not leave my skin sticky. I use it during the summer because it's doesn't feel heavy on the skin and I can apply my makeup after."
A personal favourite of ours (we swear by it.) This moisturiser is super nourishing and perfect for thirsty skin.This vegan and cruelty-free moisturiser intensely nourishes as it delves into every layer of the skin, leaving you feeling refreshed and truly cared for.Stand-out ingredients: Aloe vera, jojoba oil, shea butter, cucumber antioxidants, grape, bilberry, and even vitamin E.A promising review: "I have used this product like 4 times and oh my sweet Jesus... my face has been so smooth and hydrated especially when I go out in the cold as well. It doesn't get dry at all and I don't have to constantly keep applying. The packaging is a bonus".
If you have combination skin, you might not want something that could create more oil while it combats your dry areas - that's where this gel cream from RoC comes in. It glides on effortlessly and sinks into your skin immediately. As well as hydrating your skin, the vitamin c gives you a lit-from-within glow and helps to make skin feel fresher and look youthful.Stand-out ingredients: 10% vitamin C blend, antioxidants, nonapeptide-1 and advanced hydrators. Our review: "As someone with combination skin, I really need my moisturisers to work hard and not give me a 3pm sheen. This lightweight moisturiser has very little scent to it, feels divine on the skin and definitely makes my face look brighter after just a few uses. I like to use it at night so it can really sink in and go to work, and it makes my skin feel comfortable and refreshed."
This unique gel-in-cream formula focuses on moisturising, soothing and detoxifying to help skin feel revitalised. If you're after a moisturiser that doubles up as a primer, then look no further than this hard-working formula.According to make-up Artist Daniel Martin (who's worked for Elizabeth Moss, Jessica Alba and even did Meghan Markle's wedding day make-up), this product is fantastic for make-up prep. He says it locks down foundation in such a way that it doesn't feel heavy on the skin, nor is sticky. Stand-out ingredients: Cohederm, vitamin E derivatives, dextran sulfate, Avène Thermal Spring Water.
Another A-class moisturiser, best for protection against environmental damage. Packed with retinol, this moisturiser targets fine lines and blemishes. It's completely free of parabens, silicones, PEGs, SLS, SLES, and mineral oils. This moisturiser requires only a small amount per application, so you know it's gonna go a long way!Stand-out ingredients: Retinol, vitamins C and E, high glycerin content and purest-grade hyaluronic acid, shea butter, Argan oil.A promising review: "Finally I've found my favourite moisturiser of all time, it's so gentle and absorbs beautifully, I feel like my skin can breath and still feel totally quenched. "
Give your skin a much-needed hydration boost with RoC's newest range. The Hydrate + Plump Moisturiser is a gel-cream formula bursting with hyaluronic acid to quench, plump and perfect your skin.Stand-out ingredients: Hyaluronic acidOur review: "This product has a really lovely, subtle smell, melts into my skin and doesn't leave any greasy or oily residue. After a few weeks, my skin looks brighter and plumper, so it's definitely doing the Lord's work. I love that it's SPF30, too - it's now the final step in my daytime skincare routine. I found that giving the bottle a shake is best before use."
Wave goodbye to tight and flaky skin with this extra-rich cream. This moisturiser's main focus is to soothe irritated skin, whilst promising to eliminate the sensation of tightness and discomfort. Packed with a base of soothing thermal water and a heavy dose of glycerine, this is a go-to if you want a moisturiser that truly locks in moisture for as long as you need. Stand-out ingredients: Glycerin and shea butter.A promising review: "I bought this cream for my extremely sensitive skin. Hoping for some results and I'm so impressed! my skin is not flaking and falling off anymore , all the redness is gone!!! It is a rich cream so you need just a little bit and it feels great, absorbs well and works wonders with make up. It has a lovely smell that I love."
This is another super budget-friendly moisturiser, consisting of a nurturing formula that provides a vital hydration boost for dry and sensitive skin. It poses no risks of that greasy, oily feeling as this moisturiser is truly absorbent and very protective. Stand-out ingredients: Hyaluronic acid, patented MVE Technology, three essential ceramides (1, 3, 6-II)A promising review: "I was getting such painful and dry patches of red skin on my face due to the cold weather, i've tried all sorts of moisturisers and they just haven't been working however this has worked wonders, recommend to anyone who's struggling with sore, dry skin."
Huda Kattan has expanded her beauty empire to include skincare products, and boy are we glad she did. Every product we've tried so far has been luxurious and skin-loving. The latest release, the Honey Whip Peptide Moisturiser is a gorgeous nod to the wonder-product, honey, and is ideal for skin suffering from dryness. It's available on Huda's website now, and will be launching into more UK stores on 31 August.Stand-out ingredients: Manuka honey, cica, peptides, collagen.Our review: "I am utterly obsessed with the smell of this stuff, I could lather my whole body in it. It's rich but lightweight, settles into the skin well and the honey soon goes to work to give your skin a much-needed drink. It also plumps the skin and reduces redness - an added bonus."
This intensely hydrating cream has been featured on the likes of Khloe Kardashian's Instagram, so we know it's the real deal! If your skin is at its wits' end and is in need of rescuing, then this is the product for you. This unique cream has taken ceramides and blended with six African oils, whipping them up into a creamed soufflé, creating an airy lotion that ensures nourishing, without feeling suffocated.Stand-out ingredients: Marula oil, antioxidants and omegas, Mongongo, vitamin C oils, baobab, Kalahari melon, and passion fruit. A promising review: "I love this moisturiser. I love the fact that it is a non fragrance moisturiser that leaves my skin soft and hydrated. I have combination skin (dry in some zones and more oily in my T zone) and this cream is perfectly suitable for me. "
A deeply penetrating and replenishing skin repair cream that will save your dry skin. Welda's Skin Food is just that: skin food. This lotion can be used on your entire body: elbows, feet, hands, face, legs... yep, you name it. Jam-packed with tonnes of rejuvenating ingredients, this cream will be your dry skin saviour. It's a well-respected cream in the world of film, TV, and fashion shows; it's loved by make-up artists and is perfect for a pre-make-up hydrating base, as well as a long-lasting skin protector.Stand-out ingredients: Extracts of gentle viola tricolor, calendula and chamomile sit in an all-natural base of oils and beeswax.A promising review: "I have extremely dry, sensitive skin on my face and have eczema. This is a really rich moisturiser and is fantastic for overnight use or when my skin really flares up. This is the only moisturiser rich enough to moisturise my skin when it becomes really dry and flakey. Very noticeable results when I wake up even after one use- glowy, soft skin."
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Maskne sufferers, listen up, it turns out it could be your make-up to blame for breakouts.
No, we're not suggesting you ditch your make-up altogether, but have you thought about lightening the load?
Dr Rasha Rakhshani of the Dr Rasha Clinic recommends swapping your foundation for a tinted moisturiser. You'll get a slightly lighter coverage, however, if your skin's in a better state for it then what's to lose?
Plus, Dr Rasha told us, "Foundation will just rub off into your mask and spread bacteria."
Yuck - no thank you.
Think we'll be shopping for a tinted moisturiser next.