Those will dry skin types are probably aware of the basics when it comes to skincare. Number one, moisturizing is key. Secondly, keeping your skin hydrated and avoiding any products that will dry out or irritate the skin is a must for keeping it healthy, plump, and happy. And third, avoid long, hot showers or baths because they could strip your skin's natural oils and leave it dried out.

"People with dry skin have special needs that require special skincare," explains Corey L. Hartman, MD, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist and founder of Skin Wellness Dermatology. "Lack of oil glands contributes to a dehydrated skin environment that is more prone to wrinkling and easily irritated. A dry skincare regimen should encourage increased water content and a skin barrier fortified with protective emollients."

When it comes to products, Hartman recommends four: a gentle cleanser free of harsh detergents; hydrators like hyaluronic acid and glycerin to help drive hydration into the skin; a serum to treat irritation and redness; and a moisturizer to seal it all in.

Ready to ramp up your hydration game this season? The below editor-and dermatologist-favorited products for dry skin are a good place to start.

Best Cleansers for Dry Skin

CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser

No matter your skin type, a good cleanser is a vital first step for washing away makeup and dirt — but if you have dry skin, it's important to find one that's not too stripping. Because of its creamy texture and moisturizing properties, dermatologists recommend this budget-friendly face wash. "It contains ingredients like ceramides and hyaluronic acid, which help to hydrate and keep moisture in the skin," says dermatologist Alexandra Gold.

From ¥92.79
EltaMD Foaming Facial Cleanser

While oily skin types are more prone to acne, it’s still possible to have pimples if your skin is dry. If that describes you, look for cleansers that mildly exfoliate the skin to get deep into the pore but are still gentle enough that they won’t be irritating. Unlike other products that use harsh acids for exfoliation, this one contains the much more mild bromelain, an enzyme derived from pineapples, so it’s safe for everyday use even if you have dry skin.


Kanebo Freeplus Mild Cream Cleanser

Kanebo Freeplus Mild Cream Cleanser is a creamy face cleanser for sensitive skin. This Japanese face wash gently cleanses your skin as it keeps the moisture. Free of paraben, fragrance, coloring, alcohol and uv absorbing agent. Mild acidity and allergy tested.

Neutrogena Ultra Gentle cleanser

It's an effective cleanser that helps remove excess oil without damaging your natural skin barrier. It's also free of harsh ingredients and oil-free, so she recommends it for all skin types. This cleanser has shown to be effective for cleansing both before and after wearing a mask, which is a huge win for everyone.


Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser 500ml

The best cleansers can also be wallet-friendly. The best budget cleanser pick for dry skin is the Cetaphil gentle cleanser. This creamy formula held up against five different tests of skin dryness and sensitivity. It hydrates as it cleanses and helps soothe sensitive and/or irritated skin.

Vanicream Gentel Facial Cleanser

When you have sensitive skin, it's imperative to find a cleanser that doesn't contain common irritants, like fragrance, dyes, parabens, formaldehyde and other preservatives. It's gentle enough to be used every day and can remove makeup and excess oil without drying the skin out. It's also non-comedogenic.


Best Moisturizers for Dry Skin

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

Ceramides are an emollient that can help repair the skin barrier in conditions like eczema. They're the foundation of all CeraVe products, including their cult-favorite Moisturizing Cream, which was recommended by numerous dermatologists we talked to. The gentle, non-irritating formula works with all skin types, can be used all over the body, and is rich enough to seriously hydrate the most parched complexions.

Kiehl’​s Ultra Facial Cream

If you're looking for a lightweight moisturizer for dry skin that has all the power of a heavier formula, look no further. This classic face cream from Kiehl's contains squalane, an emollient that leaves parched skin feeling hydrated and soft without that super greasy feeling. Avocado, apricot kernel, olive fruit, and sweet almond oils join forces to rejuvenate any dullness.

From ¥340.90

Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Unscented Body Lotion

The scent-free lotion was our favorite. It's formulated with super-hydrating Vaseline, but it won't leave skin feeling greasy or tacky: we all agreed it absorbed quickly.

Vanicream Moisturizing Cream

This hydrating face cream is in our round-up of the best moisturizers for sensitive skin. The formula is packed with ceramides to quench dry skin, but it also earns a stamp of approval from the National Eczema Association for its lack of common irritants: dyes, fragrance, lanolin, formaldehyde, and parabens.


First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration

First Aid Beauty's Ultra Repair Cream features the ingredient, along with a hydrating ceramides, soothing colloidal oatmeal, and rich shea butter. Free of fragrances and alcohol, it's great for those with sensitive skin—even those who suffer from eczema or extremely itchy skin can use it.

CURÉL SKINCARE Moisture Face Milk

If you're looking for both instant and long- lasting dryness relief, this lotion is just for you. It left skin feeling four times as moisturized right away and kept it hydrated for 24 hours and you will be impressed at how quickly the silky, lightweight moisturizer absorbed into skin.


Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream

This fragrance-free, hypoallergenic formula is gentle enough to use on eczema and powerful enough to actually calm flare-ups on face and body. It's made with emollients and humectants like glycerin and sunflower seed oil to repair the skin's barrier while preventing future moisture loss. Best of all, the do-it-all cream is gentle enough to use on both face and body.

HydraLuminous Water Surge Gel Cream NO7

Formulated for dry skin and suitable for sensitive skin, this gel cream leaves skin feeling nourished and hydrated for 72 hours. It glides onto skin and instantly absorbs and hydrates, leaving skin glowing.


Best Serums for Dry Skin

CeraVe Skin Renewing Retinol Serum

For under $20, CeraVe Skin Renewing Retinol Serum, is quite the deal since you're also getting the anti-aging benefits of retinol. For those with skin sensitivity issues, you'll be happy to learn that this product is non-comedogenic and fragrance-free. Don't let the simple branding fool you either, CeraVe products are developed with dermatologists.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

This award-winning serum has become a well-known savior to those with dry and dehydrated skin types, which become more common as you age. Formulated with 2% hyaluronic acid, it boosts plumpness and moisturizes the skin. Its vegan formula has a syrupy texture, and you’ll only need to use one to two drops of product—meaning you get to save your coins.


La Roche-Posay HyaluB5 Hyaluronic Acid Serum

With mighty moisturizer hyaluronic acid and repairing vitamin B5, this product leaves users with plump and smooth skin, sans irritation.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum

This serum is both moisturizing and calming, thanks to a mix of humectants along with skin-soothing colloidal oatmeal, allantoin and aloe. Like all the brand's products, it is safe for sensitive skin and formulated without irritating fragrance; it's also oil-free and silicone-free. The texture is a light gel, and it's quick to absorb into the skin.


Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum

This popular gel-cream serum has ingredients that both attract moisture and keep it trapped in your skin. They include humectants (like the B5 it is named for), coconut alkanes (a natural silicone alternative), and the brand's signature marula oil. Like all products in the line, it is free of fragrance, essential oils and silicones.

Vichy Minéral 89

This serum gets its name from its 89% concentration of mineral-rich thermal water—the same soothing ingredient the brand uses in its popular face mist. Here, it is bolstered by two of the best humectants (glycerin and hyaluronic acid), and surprisingly, no fragrance, oils or silicones. It has the texture of a lightweight gel, and promises a full 24 hours of hydrated skin.


Best Toners for Dry Skin

KIEHL'S Calendula Herbal Extract Toner

This gentle alcohol-free toner from Kiehl's includes calendula extract and petals to calm and soften skin while it cleanses. It is soothing and hydrating, perfect for sensitive skin.

THAYERS Alcohol-Free Unscented Witch Hazel Facial Toner with Aloe Vera Formula

A triple threat, Thayers unscented toner cleanses, tones and softens skin with witch hazel extract and aloe vera. The calming formula helps to balances skin pH without any irritation. One Amazon user shares that it's very gentle and doesn’t dry out or burn her skin, plus even "makes her pores look smaller."


MARIO BADESCU Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater

A multi-purpose product, Mario Badescu's bargain toning facial spray can be used in the traditional way — after cleansing, before a serum or moisturizer — or spritzed on anytime throughout the day to revive and energize dehydrated skin.

From ¥70.22
EAU THERMALE AVÈNE Gentle Toning Lotion

Eau Thermale Avène's gentle toning lotion, a top-rated pick at Dermstore, is great for dry skin, but also works well on those who have combination skin (dry in some areas and oily in others).


Dr. Andrew Weil Origins™ Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Treatment Lotion

Origins'Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Treatment Lotion is an absolute godsend for stressed, sensitive skin types (think rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis). The secret to its skin-boosting powers is the trio of reishi, Chaga, and Coprinus mushrooms, which instantly calm irritation, soothe redness, and help restore compromised skin. It also has a unique, watery lotion texture that absorbs effortlessly upon contact, making it easy for your skin to drink up all of those hydrating and anti-inflammatory benefits.

From ¥388.60
Innisfree Intensive Hydrating Toner With Green Tea Seed

Innisfree's Intensive Hydrating Toner is infused with a blend of Jeju green tea and green tea seed oil to deliver an extra boost of free-radical-fighting benefits morning and night. Thanks to the added panthenol, it is also super hydrating and helps strengthen the skin barrier, so you're better able to retain all of that moisturizing goodness over time.


Best Makeup Removers for Dry Skin

Bioderma Face And Eyes Sensibio H2O Make-Up Removing Micelle Solution

The Bioderma Face And Eyes Sensibio H2O Make-Up Removing Micelle Solution contains a blend of ingredients like purified water, glycerin, and mild surfactants, which gets rid of dirt, makeup, and oils from your pores. This is the best makeup remover for sensitive skin that gets rid of 99% of makeup and 98% of fine particles. The fatty acid ester micelles in the product cleanse and soothe your skin without drying or irritating it. The DAF (Dermal Advanced Formulation) soothes the skin and raises its tolerance levels.

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes

The Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes are ultra-soft and gentle. They help cleanse and refresh your skin in just one simple step. They effectively dissolve all traces of dirt, oil, and stubborn makeup, including waterproof formulations. The wipes are also safe for those who wear contact lenses. They come in a convenient and travel-friendly resealable package. These wipes thoroughly cleanse your skin without leaving any heavy residue.


DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

A water-soluble formula that rinses dirt and impurities from your face thoroughly, the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil is rich in vitamins and antioxidants such as vitamin E, rosemary extracts, and olive oil. Olive oil helps break down dirt and removes waterproof makeup to clean your face, while unclogging pores. This product helps protect your skin from free radicals with the essence of vitamin E. Cherish your softer, smoother, and clean skin using one of the best natural oil cleansers for dry skin.

From ¥113.42
Curel Makeup Cleansing Oil

Hailing from Japan, the masters of the double cleanse, this skincare brand has infused its cleansing oil with hydrating and strengthening ceramides – perfect for skin on the dry or sensitive side. It has more of a water-like consistency that makes it feel beautifully refreshing on the skin, making it perfect for the warmer months, and it turns into a milky-white emulsion when massaged with water.


Best Hand Creams for Dry Skin

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream

This thick, glycerin-rich Neutrogena cream has achieved cult hand-healing status for a reason: In past GH Beauty Lab testing, it was a top-scoring formulation, increasing skin's hydration levels by 19.5%. "Even after washing my hands, they were still moisturized."

Aveeno Intense Relief Hand Cream

It made hands look the smoothest, and it scored high for how quickly it absorbed into the skin. Not only did testers love this fragrance-free product, but it also improved skin moisturization by a notable 31%. Its thick formula provides a great barrier against outdoor elements without feeling oily.


O'Keeffe's Working Hands Hand Cream

It comes in a tub, which perhaps isn't quite as handbag-friendly as a traditional tube, and the texture is a solid, buttery balm. It smoothes across the skin beautifully and leaves hands silky-soft and comfortable thanks to a good dose of glycerin. This heroic humectant helps skin retain moisture so skin feels and looks healthier.

CeraVe Reparative Hand Cream

With three essential ceramides (remember, they’re the building blocks of a healthy skin barrier) and moisture magnet Hyaluronic Acid, CeraVe Reparative Hand Cream is a tonic for rough hands. If your skin is prone to redness and very reactive, particularly in winter, you’ll appreciate that this is fragrance-free and non-comedogenic, so it won’t block pores. It feels nourishing but lightweight, leaving skin feeling quenched and comfortable.