Best Cheap Moisturisers for Dry Skin 2019

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You’ve come to the right place for a comprehensive guide to the best cheap moisturizers for dry skin in 2018.

Dry skin can be irritating, uncomfortable and a constant hassle to control. That’s where a high-quality, effective moisturizer comes in to save the day, and your skin.

The great thing is that there are so many fantastic moisturizers for dry skin on the market with modest price tags. In this article, we will explore the key features to consider when buying a moisturizer for dry skin, and of course, the top ten best cheap moisturizers for dry skin in 2018.

Features to Consider in Cheap Moisturisers for Dry Skin

Before we get into the product reviews, here’s a quick guide to choosing a moisturizer for dry skin. Take a read through these pointers and keep them in mind when perusing our list of ten impressive moisturizers for dry skin.

Who is the cream designed for?

This is an easy, obvious one. Take a look at the name and the description of the product. It will specify which skin type it is best suited for. Choose one that specifies “dry” or “very dry” skin. This means it will likely have been formulated to be thicker, richer and more emollient than moisturizers for oily skin which tend to be light and gel-like.

SPF (for day creams)

When choosing a day cream, SPF is essential. The only exception to this rule is if you have a hard-and-fast habit of adding sunscreen to your daily skincare routine. However, I know how tricky this can be, especially if your skin is sensitive to strong sunscreens. Adding another step to your routine isn’t always practical, so it’s easier to multitask and use a moisturizer which doubles as a sunscreen.

When choosing a day cream, look for one with an SPF of at least 15 (but the higher the better). Sun protection is crucial for keeping your skin healthy and moist. When dry skin gets damaged by the sun, the dryness is exaggerated and even more uncomfortable as any remaining moisture has been pulled away. Plus, SPF helps to keep you looking young and fresh, with fewer lines, wrinkles, discoloration, and dark spots.

Fragrance-free formula (for sensitive skin)

If you have sensitive skin, fragrances and scents are bad news. Look for a moisturizer which specifies “fragrance-free” on the packaging. You want as few unnecessary ingredients as possible, leaving the nourishing, hydrating ingredients to work their magic.

Rich, thick consistency (for night creams)

For dry skin, a thick, rich consistency is going to be most beneficial, especially during the night when your skin naturally loses moisture. By gently massaging a thick, emollient cream into the skin before bed, you are adding a layer of moisture and nourishment which your skin can absorb and “drink” as you sleep.

Hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic acid is an important skincare ingredient for people with dry skin. Hyaluronic acid helps the skin to hold onto moisture and even helps to fight the damaging effects of UV rays. It’s also a popular anti-aging ingredient, which often goes hand-in-hand with dry skin treatments, as part of the aging process is the reduction of the skin’s moisture.

Oil-free formula (for dry skin which tends to clog)

This is an important point for people with dry and oily skin. Even when the skin is dry, rough and flaky, it can still be oily, shiny and prone to clogging. If your skin matches this description, then look for a moisturizer with “oil-free” or “non-comedogenic” on the label. For extra dry patches of skin which don’t fall prey to oiliness, you can add a spot-treatment layer of serum or oil to treat the dryness.

But do remember, oily skin needs moisture too. If you deprive the skin of moisture, the oil glands can actually go into overdrive and produce even more oil.

Best Cheap Moisturisers for Dry Skin

Here are our choices for the top ten moisturizers for dry skin. Our reviews cover the features, pros, cons, and performance of each product so you can decide whether it sounds like the best pick for you and your skin.

Some of these moisturizers are for the body, some are for the face and some are great for both. There are a couple of serums thrown in there too, as they are a vital skincare step for extremely dry, dehydrated skin.

1. L’oreal Hydra-Renewal Continuous Moisture Cream

Why we like it: we love this product because it is very versatile and can be used as a day cream or night cream, under makeup or alone. While it is extremely hydrating, the formula is actually quite lightweight and more on the watery side as opposed to thick and greasy. This is great because it provides a nice canvas for makeup, and suits people who don’t like the “shiny” look and feel of thicker creams. Vitamin B helps to hydrate the skin and prevent moisture loss throughout the day.

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Key features/design:

  • Vitamin B5 for supporting dry skin and adding moisture
  • Comes in a jar for total control over how much you use
  • Specified for dry and/or sensitive skin

Performance: this cream performs well thanks to the lightweight but very hydrating formula. It can be used as a morning moisturizer to layer beneath SPF and makeup, as well as a night cream for layering with serums and eye creams. Because of the light texture, it won’t cause makeup to break down or become shiny during the day.

Price: high-end cheap

Pros
  • Can be used in the day or night
  • Works great under makeup
  • Contains Vitamin B for preserving moisture
  • Dermatologist tested to ensure suitability for sensitive skin
  • Lightweight formula reduces greasiness while maintaining hydration
Cons
  • Can be too greasy and heavy for people with dry and oily skin
  • Contains fragrance which may be unsuitable for very sensitive skin
  • Doesn’t contain SPF

2. Cetaphil Moisturising Cream for Very Dry, Sensitive Skin

Why we like it: Cetaphil is a very reliable brand when it comes to sensitive, dry skin. This particular cream is specified as for the body, but it’s absolutely fabulous for very dry, sensitive faces. It is very rich and thick (hence the jar-style packaging) but once it absorbs, the skin is left hydrated while still feeling light. This makes it a great cream for layering under makeup during the day and layering with oils and serums at night. We love the fragrance-free, sensitive formula which won’t irritate the most delicate of skin types. It’s not the best for skin which is dry as well as oily, so only go for this one if your skin is free of excess oil and shine.

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Key features/design:

  • Comes in a pot for controlling how much you use
  • Fragrance-free to be gentle on sensitive skin
  • Designed to lock moisture into the skin and prevent moisture loss
  • Suitable for the body and face (if your skin is extremely dry on the face)

Performance: while some people do find this cream a little too rich to use on the face, others, (with very dry, dehydrated and rough skin) find it to be ideal. It sinks into the skin after a small wait, leaving a moisturizing barrier to lock hydration into the skin.

Price: depends on jar size and retailer

Pros
  • Thick, rich formula for creating a hydrating barrier to the skin
  • Great for the face as well as rough, dry areas such as elbows and hands
  • Fragrance-free for sensitive skin
  • Helps skin to retain moisture
  • Affordable and easy to use
Cons
  • Too greasy for people with dry and acne-prone skin
  • Maybe too thick to use on the face for combination skin with dry and oily extremes
  • Does take a little while to completely sink in, which is problematic when using on hands during the day (i.e. may leave greasy finger marks)
  • Doesn’t contain SPF

3. Amara Organics Hyaluronic Acid Serum for Skin with Vitamin C & E

Why we like it: a hydrating serum is an amazing addition to your moisturizing routine for dry skin, and this one from Amara Organics is wonderful. We love it because it contains hyaluronic acid which creates a hydrating barrier and keeps moisture in the skin. We also love that this serum is organic, vegan-friendly and doesn’t contain any fragrances. The anti-aging ingredients such as vitamins C & E gives an extra boost of youthful support to dry skin. Great for layering with day and night creams for extra moisture.

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Key features/design:

  • Organic, cruelty-free, fragrance-free, vegan formula
  • Mess-free pump bottle with cap
  • Anti-aging
  • Serum formula for layering with creams and moisturizers
  • Designed to lock moisture into the skin and create a hydrating barrier (hence the hyaluronic acid)

Performance: because this is a serum as opposed to a cream or lotion, it can be smoothed onto the skin after cleansing, before you add your moisturizing cream. This adds an extra layer of hydration to dry, exposed skin. Hyaluronic acid creates a barrier of moisture and draws hydration into the skin, keeping it plumped and comfy all day. The addition of vitamins C & E provides a protective barrier against aging. Unfortunately, signs of aging such as wrinkles, dullness and fine lines are often exaggerated for people with dry skin as the plumpness and elasticity are reduced by the lack of hydration and moisture. This serum performs beautifully in the day and night.

Price: high-end cheap

Pros
  • Hyaluronic acid for locking moisture into the skin
  • Helps with reducing fine lines and wrinkles, with vitamins C & E
  • Organic, vegan, cruelty-free formula
  • Layers well underneath moisturizing creams and lotions
  • Cooling, smoothing serum texture
  • A little goes a long way
Cons
  • On the higher side of the affordable price scale
  • Doesn’t contain SPF

4. Curel Ultra Healing Intensive Lotion

Why we like it: we like the Curel Ultra Healing Intensive Lotion because it is fragrance-free and contains nourishing ingredients like ceramide, oatmeal and shea butter. It’s super affordable and very highly rated by happy customers. It will thoroughly nourish dry, uncomfortable skin without clogging up the pores and creating an overload of grease or oil.

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Key features/design:

  • Comes in a handy pump bottle
  • Contains ceramide complex to help retain moisture
  • Contains oatmeal extracts to calm dry, flaky, irritated skin
  • Suitable for the body and face
  • Clinically proven to restore moisture to very dry skin

Performance: while this is not strictly marketed as a face product, it is gentle enough to use on the face. This applies if your skin is extremely dry, rough, flaky and uncomfortable. Customers have attested to how great this moisturizer is for the face as well as the body. It doesn’t contain fragrance, which is a huge plus for dry, sensitive skin on the face. In terms of oiliness or grease, it performs really well. It will hydrate the skin without leaving a layer of shine. This makes it great for layering beneath makeup during the day and using with oils and serums at night.

Price: low-end cheap

Pros
  • Very affordable
  • Contains nourishing ingredients such as ceramides and oatmeal extracts
  • Pump bottle prevents mess and spills
  • Fragrance-free formula
  • Gentle on sensitive skin
  • Great for the body and face
  • Ideal for very dry, rough and tight skin
  • Non-greasy, non-oily formula
Cons
  • Doesn’t contain SPF

5. Eucerin Daily Protection Face Lotion SPF 30

Why we like it: we love this moisturizer because it contains SPF 30 to protect dry faces from further UV damage. It is great for daytime use because it hydrates the face without creating too much extra oil or grease. This means it can sit comfortably below makeup, smoothing over dry patches and keeping the skin comfortable. We love this product for faces which are dry but not extremely flaky or rough, as it’s moisturizing but not overly rich.

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Key features/design:

  • Mess-free pump bottle with cap
  • Designed for sun protection
  • Tested for sensitive skin
  • Designed for daytime use

Performance: this cream performs really well for dry skin during the day. It’s not extremely rich or thick, so it performs well for dry but not very-dry faces. It absorbs quickly, without leaving a greasy layer, and locks moisture into the face all day. Because of the light formula and SPF, it is ideal for layering beneath makeup for a smooth, protective canvas.

Price: mid-range cheap

Pros
  • Contains SPF 30 for sun protection
  • Light enough to layer under makeup
  • Rich enough to provide moisture to dry skin
  • Affordable
  • Fragrance-free for sensitive, dry skin
  • Non-comedogenic to keep pores unclogged
Cons
  • Not suitable for nighttime use
  • On the lighter side which may not be good for extremely rough skin

6. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Face moisturizer Gel-Cream

Why we like it: we like this product from Neutrogena because it caters to dry skin which is also prone to oiliness and breakouts. The gel formula smooths onto the skin with a cooling effect, hydrating dry skin without leaving extra oil or grease. We also love the fact that it is fragrance-free and oil-free as it makes it a great choice for sensitive, dry and oily skin. Of course, the addition of hyaluronic acid caught our eye as it’s a wonder ingredient for dry skin, drawing moisture into the skin and locking it there throughout the day and night.

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Key features/design:

  • Jar-style design
  • A gel-cream formula for hydration without oiliness
  • Designed for layering with SPF creams and makeup

Performance: because of the gel-like texture of this cream, it absorbs into the skin easily without leaving a greasy or oily residue. This is ideal for people with dry skin who also experience oiliness and breakouts. The gel-cream formula is cooling and smooth to apply to the skin and sits nicely underneath makeup. Use during the day or night.

Price: high-end cheap

Pros
  • Great for dry skin prone to oiliness
  • Absorbs quickly
  • Doesn’t leave oily or greasy residue
  • Oil-free
  • Fragrance-free
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Hyaluronic acid for attracting and keeping moisture in the skin
  • Great for day and night usage (as long as an SPF is used with it during the day)
Cons
  • More expensive than other cheap/drugstore brand moisturizers
  • Small container
  • Not ideal for very, very dry skin

7. Jergens Ultra Healing Extra Dry Skin moisturiser

Why we like it: we love this moisturizer for the body, especially during the Winter when elbows, knees, heels, and hands get extra scaly and rough. While it hasn’t been made for the face, there are many customers who rave about it as their go-to facial moisturizer. However, make sure you do a patch test before applying it all over the face, as it does have fragrance and could be unsuitable for very sensitive facial skin. It’s super affordable and super-rich, pumped with vitamins for healing and nourishing dry skin.

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Key features/design:

  • Pump bottle for mess-free usage and storage
  • Designed for extra hydration deep into the skin’s layers
  • Fragranced (some love it, some hate it)
  • Contains vitamins for nourishing and healing dry, tired skin
  • Designed for the body but reviewers claim that it’s perfect for the face too

Performance: we recommend this moisturizer for the body, as it does contain fragrance which isn’t the best ingredient for the face. It is rich enough to be highly moisturizing, but light and absorbent enough to avoid leaving a greasy or oily residue. A blend of vitamins and thick formula penetrates deep into the skin’s layers to hydrate and moisturize dry skin so it turns from dull to luminous. Great for use on the legs and arms for a glowing, healthy appearance.

Price: low-end cheap

Pros
  • Affordable
  • Non-greasy
  • Contains Vitamins B5, C, and E for extra healing and nourishing
  • Penetrates deep into the skin to hold in moisture
  • Non-spill pump bottle
  • Perfect for all over the body, targeting very dry patches such as elbows and knees
Cons
  • Not ideal for very sensitive skin

8. Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturiser for Sensitive Skin with SPF 15

Why we like it: while this is technically geared toward sensitive skin, the features are all great for dry skin too. We love the fact that it has SPF, a crucial component for daytime skin care. We also love that it has been designed to be super gentle and non-irritating to all skin types.

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Key features/design:

  • Mess-free pump bottle
  • Sensitive-friendly formula
  • Calms redness and irritated skin as well as hydrating dry patches
  • Protects the skin from UV damage with SPF 15

Performance: yes, this moisturizer is specified as for sensitive skin, but the key features are wonderful for dry skin that is cracked, irritated or uncomfortable. Many people experience sore, irritated skin during times of extreme dryness. This moisturizer will hydrate the skin while calming down redness and making your skin feel more comfortable. It’s light enough due to the non-greasy formula, so you can layer it with richer products such as oils and serums for extra dry patches during the day. The SPF 15 adds a protective layer to prevent your dryness from being exacerbated by sun exposure.

Price: mid-range cheap

Pros
  • Contains SPF 15 for sun protection
  • No-mess pump bottle design
  • Calms irritated, dry skin
  • Light enough to layer with other oils and serums
  • Oil-free for dry and oily skin
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Contains feverfew extract for soothing irritated skin
Cons
  • Not as thick or emollient as other moisturizers

9. St. Ives Renewing Collagen and Elastin moisturizer

Why we like it: we love this product because it is an affordable way to plump dry skin with collagen and elastin, two ingredients crucial for revitalizing dry, dull skin. We are aware that the formula has gone through a change which has bothered fans of the original formula. However, it still impresses us with its gentle, moisturizing properties and low price.

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Key features/design:

  • Jar-style container with a screw-top lid for no-spill storage
  • Collagen and elastin for anti-aging properties as well as hydration
  • Safflower seed oil for reducing roughness and adding a youthful glow
  • Designed for hydration without greasy or oily residue

Performance: this cream is light yet hydrating, making it great for oily skin. It absorbs and sinks into the skin after applying, leaving the skin soft and comfortable without shininess or excess oil. This makes it great for using underneath makeup as it creates a soft, smooth canvas without creating oil which can corrode and smudge makeup. It’s gentle enough to use day or night, but do remember to layer an SPF over the top for daytime use. Great for skin which is dry and prone to oiliness as well.

Price: low-end of cheap

Pros
  • Collagen and elastin for plumping dull skin
  • Easy to use jar with a mess-free screw top
  • Affordable
  • Non-comedogenic to save pores from becoming blocked
  • Contains safflower oil which nourishes and moisturizes dry skin
  • Sits well under makeup as it creates a smooth base
  • Absorbs and sinks into the skin without leaving an oily layer
Cons
  • Doesn’t contain SPF
  • New formula which some customers don’t like as much as the original

10. Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 moisturizer + Treatment Duo

Why we like it: Olay is a trusted brand favored by many, many customers. We like this particular product because it combines the intensive nourishment of a moisturizer and a serum to keep the skin hydrated all day. We also love that it has SPF 15 to protect the face from UV damage when you’re out and about during the day. It’s an affordable way to help prevent signs of aging while keeping your face hydrated, plump and comfortable. It is very slightly tinted in order to even out skin tone and reduce the look of dark circles under the eyes, so keep this in mind. We will say that it’s not suitable for sensitive or dry/oily combination skin. Some users have commented that it is too greasy for their oily/combo skin and others have noted that the SPF content irritates their sensitive skin.

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Key features/design:

  • Pump bottle for mess-free, hygienic usage
  • Swirls together a moisturizer and a serum for double-action treatment
  • Designed for sun protection with SPF 15
  • Designed for moisturizing as well as preventing signs of aging
  • Designed for evening skin tone with a very slightly tinted formula

Performance: this is very much a day cream. It has SPF 15 which helps to protect the face from UV rays, as well as a slightly tinted formula to even out skin tone and take dark eye circles down a notch or two. It is described as being non-greasy, but it does have a slightly greasy texture after you apply it, which is great for very dry skin. Definitely a choice for tough, non-sensitive skin which is very dry and in need of a rich formula with SPF and nourishing ingredients.

Price: high-end of cheap

Pros
  • Fragrance-free
  • SPF 15 for UV protection
  • Great for daytime use
  • Combines a moisturizer and a serum for extra nourishment and moisture
  • Affordable
  • Convenient pump bottle
  • Very slightly tinted to help even out skin tone
Cons
  • Not ideal for very sensitive skin
  • Not ideal for dry and oily skin

Guide to Buying the Best Cheap Moisturisers for Dry Skin

Now that we’ve explored ten great moisturizers for dry skin, let’s delve deeper into dry skin. Here we discuss why dry skin occurs, why moisturizers are crucial, and which features to look out for depending on your dry skin symptoms.

Dry skin: Why does it occur?

You know you’ve got dry skin when the surface of your skin looks dull, textured, flaky, ashy or rough. It can feel tight, itchy and uncomfortable. If you’re a makeup wearer then you’re familiar with how some products such as foundation, concealer, and highlight can sit on top of dryness, exaggerating the rough appearance.

But why?

There are many reasons why you are experiencing dry skin. It could be genetic or it could be due to circumstances such as your environment or products you are using.

Here’s a quick-fire list of possible causes:

  • Genetic: passed down from your parents
  • Health conditions: thyroid conditions can affect the skin and cause dryness
  • Seasonal: occurs during cold months
  • Hormonal: gets worse according to hormonal phases
  • Air conditioning or heating: both of these can strip skin of moisture
  • Products: certain creams, body washes, cosmetics or sprays can strip the skin of moisture or irritate it to result in a dry, scaly texture

Chances are, you simply have a dry skin type as opposed to an oily one, and you always will. However, you can absolutely improve and manage your dry skin, and using a good moisturizer is one of the key ways.

Other tips to remember are:

  • Try to take warm showers as opposed to hot ones as very hot showers can dry and irritate the skin
  • Include fatty acids from foods such as olive oil, avocado, oily fish and nuts into your diet, they’re great for nourishing the skin from the inside out
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Use a combination of oils, serums, moisturisers, and hydrating sprays to keep on top of your dryness
  • Always do a patch test before buying and using new skin products, it’s worth it to avoid a reaction

Moisturisers: why are they so crucial?

Well, it’s pretty obvious why you should use moisturizer on your dry skin, it adds moisture and reduces dryness. But it does go a little deeper than that. By adding certain ingredients to your skin, you can help your skin to attract moisture, hold it to the skin and prevent more dryness from occurring. Ingredients such as hyaluronic acid draw moisture into your skin, leaving it feeling fuller and more comfortable.

When you leave dry skin without moisturizer, it can become tighter and less elastic, causing an unpleasant “pulling” sensation when you smile and talk. The moisturizer helps to relax and plump the skin so it can move more freely.

A quick-fire rundown of what moisturizer does for your dry skin:

  • Locks in moisture deep into the skin
  • Attracts moisture to the skin
  • Protects the skin from the elements such as sun and wind
  • Hydrates and smoothes out dry patches
  • Loosens and plumps tight, uncomfortable skin
  • Prevents the skin from creating too much oil to make up for dryness

Moisturisers feed your skin with hydrating ingredients to keep dryness at bay

How to assess your skin

There are different kinds of dry skin, and which one you have will determine which moisturizer you select. You’ve probably got a fair idea of which type of skin you have, but here’s a quick reminder to help you narrow it down.

Dry AND sensitive skin…

Your skin is dry, flaky, textured, dull, tight and uncomfortable. It is also prone to redness, painful rashes, breakouts, and burning sensations when exposed to certain products.

Tip: avoid products with added fragrance and look for “For Sensitive Skin” on the label. Cetaphil is a great brand for you.

Dry AND oily skin:

Your skin is dry, flaky, textured, dull, tight and uncomfortable. It is also prone to oiliness and shininess around the nose, forehead, and chin. You may actually have dehydrated skin as opposed to dry skin. (See the section on “dry versus dehydrated skin” below for more information about this).

Tip: look for products labeled “For Combination Skin”, “Non-Comedogenic” and “Non-greasy”. You could also use a non-greasy moisturizer all over the face, then add a rich serum or oil only to the driest parts of the face, avoiding the oil-prone areas. Moisturiser will lock all that hydration and moist goodness into your skin.

Dry or dehydrated skin? What’s the difference?

Dry skin is generally understood as lacking in oils, while dehydrated skin is thirsty for water. Dehydrated skin is often a symptom of circumstances, such as lack of water consumption, air conditioning or heating or too much sun exposure. It can also come from too much alcohol, not enough sleep and a bad diet.

Dry skin comes down to what type of skin you naturally have and how your body works. It happens when the oil glands don’t produce enough oil. This can change with age, seasons and hormones.

To remedy dehydrated skin, you can up your water intake, get more sleep, protect yourself from the sun and wear a hydrating moisturizer to combat drying offices and home environments. And of course, the age-old rule of a good diet full of fresh foods, regular exercise, and limited alcohol always helps.

For dry skin, it’s a bit harder to reverse with lifestyle changes. You can add certain foods to your diet such as fish, nuts, avocado and flaxseed oils. These foods contain Omega fatty acids which help to soothe inflamed skin and help the skin to increase in moisture. Fish oil capsules are also a good addition to your dry skin treatment routine. And of course, a rich cream containing skin-friendly ingredients oils will penetrate the skin and add much-needed oils. You can also layer a moisturizer and oil to really help your skin. You could layer an oil such as rosehip or avocado underneath a rich cream or ointment such over the top.

This is a great video from a knowledgeable source to help you further understand dry versus dehydrated skin:

Key ingredients: what to look for on the ingredients list

Look out for these soothing, rehydrating ingredients for dry skin when you’re searching for your next moisturizer:

Hyaluronic acid – hyaluronic acid attracts moisture to the skin and locks it into place for hydration all day long. It can also help your skin to create more collagen which plumps the skin and reduced fine lines.

From our top ten list: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Face moisturizer Gel-Cream contains hyaluronic acid

Oatmeal extract – oatmeal is known for calming down red, itchy, irritated skin. If your dry skin is causing you to feel hot, uncomfortable and itchy then a moisturizer with oatmeal extracts is a smart choice.

From our top ten list: Curel Ultra Healing Intensive Lotion contains oatmeal extract.

Collagen and elastin – collagen and elastin are large components of the skin and they help it to stay strong, flexible, supple, plump and elastic as opposed to dull, sagging and loose. If you have dehydrated skin with exaggerated lines, dullness, and wrinkles as a result, a moisturizer with collagen and elastin will help.

From our top ten list: St. Ives Renewing Collagen and Elastin moisturizer contains collagen and elastin.

Natural oils – such as coconut oil, avocado oil, safflower oil, rosehip oil jojoba oil and apricot kernel oil help to add moisture and oil to the skin which struggles to create enough of its own oil. They also nourish and feed the skin with vitamins and healing properties to brighten dull skin, smooth out rough texture and relax tight, uncomfortable skin.

From our top ten list: St. Ives Renewing Collagen and Elastin moisturizer contains safflower oil which helps to prevent and heal flaky skin.

It’s important to add skin-safe oils to your dry skin care routine to keep the skin moist, supple and comfortable. You can also eat oils such as avocado, olive, fish oil and flaxseed oil to treat dry skin from the inside out.

Day cream or night cream?

Should you be using a day cream and a night cream? It depends on your preference. You could use a moisturizing day cream with add SPF so you can skip the extra step of adding more sun protection. Then at night, use a rich cream without SPF. Or you can use the same cream for day and night, but add an SPF to your morning skincare routine.

For dry and oily skin, you could choose a medium-weight all-hours cream to use in the morning and night, but add a rich oil or serum at night, and an SPF in the day.

Day creams from our top ten list:

  • Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 moisturizer + Treatment Duo contains SPF 15
  • Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturiser for Sensitive Skin with SPF 15 contains SPF 15
  • Eucerin Daily Protection Face Lotion SPF 30 contains SPF 30

Night or day/night creams from our top ten list:

  • Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Face moisturizer Gel-Cream contains hyaluronic acid
  • L’oreal Hydra-Renewal Continuous Moisture Cream
  • Cetaphil Moisturising Cream for Very Dry, Sensitive Skin
  • Curel Ultra Healing Intensive Lotion
  • Jergens Ultra Healing Extra Dry Skin Moisturizer (best for the body but can be used on the face after a patch test)

Don’t forget about your SPF

This applies to absolutely everyone, no matter what kind of skin they have. However, dry skin absolutely must be protected from harmful UV rays simply because sun damage can exacerbate and exaggerate the look and feel of dryness. Skin which is already tight, flaky, dull and sore does not need the extra bother of sun damage.

You don’t necessarily have to choose a moisturizer with SPF, in fact, many of our top ten moisturizers don’t contain SPF. However, you must layer your moisturizer with an SPF to ensure you are protected. There are many gel and spray-based sunscreens on the market which you can layer under or over your hydrating moisturizer without affecting the performance of your moisturizer.

Moisturisers from our top ten list which contain SPF sun protection:

  • Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 moisturizer + Treatment Duo contains SPF 15
  • Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturiser for Sensitive Skin with SPF 15 contains SPF 15
  • Eucerin Daily Protection Face Lotion SPF 30 contains SPF 30

For further reference, here are some helpful YouTube video with great information and tips for dealing with dry skin:

What to do with dry skin:

Final Words

As we’ve learned, there are so many affordable moisturizers out there to help soothe and hydrate your dry skin. The only problem is knowing which one to choose! There are lots of factors to take into account, so here are some pointers to help you to choose the right moisturizer for your dry skin:

  • Do you want a moisturizer for the day, night, or both?
  • Do you want your moisturizer to double as an SPF cream for sun protection?
  • Do you have sensitive skin prone to breakouts and/or rashes?
  • Do you have very dry skin without oiliness?
  • Do you have dry skin and oiliness? (I.e. dry/oily combination skin)
  • What kind of formula do you like: gel, cream, lotion?
  • Do you prefer a jar or a pump bottle packaging design?

Once you have answered these questions, you can cast a discerning eye over our top ten list for best cheap moisturizers in 2018 to find the very best match for you.

Remember, if you go for a moisturizer without SPF for daytime use, always layer it with an SPF cream, spray or gel. It’s important to protect dry skin (all skin, in fact) from harmful UV rays during all seasons.

Layering products is also a great way to ensure your skin stays moisturized and supported. Oils, serums and hydrating mists combined with a moisturizing cream can work together to keep your skin glowing and comfortable.