The quest to dewy flawless skin is a worthwhile one, but it can get expensive fast. Between springing for serums, oils, exfoliants, and eye creams, our wallets just seem to be getting emptier while our medicine cabinets get fuller. And while it sometimes takes testing a few products to find the right one for our skin, we often tend to reach for the more expensive ones and read their high price tags as a seal of effectiveness. But why not try the well-priced ones, too?
While some skincare products might be worth splurging for (like the cult favorite SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic serum), others aren't. With the right skincare routine, a good drugstore moisturizer can provide hydration without the sky-high cost. And because you're spending less on this daily essential, you'll probably use it more liberally. To help you on your quest to find the best drugstore moisturizer for dry skin, we searched for the top-rated products that deserve a worthy spot in your crowded medicine cabinet. So save your pennies and get ready to save your parched pores—these are the best drugstore moisturizers for dry skin.
Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Night Cream is infused with clary sage, which is clinically shown to provide intense hydration and helps increase skin's ability to retain moisture. This 99% natural nightly wrinkle cream moisturizer is enhanced with probiotic technology, which helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Glowing Review: "I normally have really dry skin (a side effect from having taken Accutane I think), but I don't seem to notice it as much anymore with this. I can't conclusively speak for the effect it has on wrinkles and fine lines, as I really don't have many, but the slight laugh lines I have seem to temporarily disappear when I gently massage this onto my face."
Derma E's Hydrating Day Creme contains hyaluronic acid, which can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, binding moisture to help plump, soften, smooth, tone and rehydrate skin. It's ideal for dry, dehydrated skin that needs long-lasting moisture throughout the day.
Glowing Review: "I had been yearning for high-end skincare products for a very long time, but used nothing—holding out for the "good stuff" for longer than I can remember. Reading the care with which these products are made—[the] special attention to natural plant-based ingredients, health-conscious formulas—suddenly made me understand that while waiting for the dream good stuff, I could at least be minimally caring for my skin. I started out simply with the day and night cremes but was so happy with just these initial results—skin supple, glowing!"
No7's Beautiful Skin Day Cream for dry to very dry skin is formulated to nourish and provide optimum hydration for 24 hours. Glycerin, shea butter, and ceramides are added to the formula of this day cream to nourish dry and very dry skin, leaving it incredibly smooth for all day moisturization.
Glowing Review: "I have been using this in combination with No7 Beautiful Skin Night Cream (Dry/VeryDry). My skin looks better than it has in years! I'm 53 with dry skin and big pores. I have tried multiple different creams, and while many have felt good going on and moisturized my skin for a while, this one has actually changed the look of my skin back to a dewy glow. I've been using it for a month now and just saw my dentist the other day for my six-month checkup, and he said, 'You are looking really healthy; you have really good color.' Love this stuff!"
L'Oreal's Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Cream helps nourish and strengthen mature skin that can be more prone to noticeable dryness and a visible loss of firmness. It's formulated with calcium and precious oils to visibly firm and nourish mature skin. The anti-aging and moisturizing formula help provide long-lasting hydration, so skin can feel nourished and soft.
Glowing Review: "I was so excited to try this product. My skin is so dry, especially in the winter, and even during the summer months. My first application I saw immediate results. My skin felt deeply moisturized and an unexpected benefit was I felt and saw firmness too! You can feel it at work instantly. It feels like its deeply penetrating under the skin's surface. The benefits are long lasting too. My skin felt hydrated all day and all night long. I love how this product is enriched with calcium and precious oils. My face also felt softer and more supple. I highly recommend it. It does have a subtle scent, but it was rather pleasant and didn't bother me at all."
Experience long-lasting moisture that outlasts your entire day with Olay Regenerist's Regenerating Deep Hydration Cream, which has a hydrating formula that helps keep skin moisturized all day. The cream's Amino-Peptide Complex helps deliver moisturizing ingredients deep into the surface of the skin.
Glowing Review: "I have been using this product for about a year now. I use it one to two times a day. This product has never irritated my very sensitive skin. I am not prone to pimples, but I have eczema and get rashy patches from the majority of products I have tried. I have definitely noticed a difference in my skin since I began using it. My only complaint is that it should be available in a larger size."
Neutrogena's Hydro Boost Gel-Cream provides long-lasting moisture relief for extra-dry skin. The water-gel formula absorbs quickly like a gel but has the moisturizing power of a cream. It is formulated with hyaluronic acid, which acts as a sponge for dry skin cells.
Glowing Review: "I'm 68 years old and have tried many different facial moisturizing creams, some expensive that sadly ended up in the trash! I have to say this is the only one I can remember using every last drop of and purchased more! I love that it's not greasy but still creamy and feels so silky on my face. It absorbs into my skin and leaves a nice feel and locks in the moisture. Love, love this moisturizer! My favorite ever. And the price is affordable."
This oil-free, gel-cream face moisturizer for dry skin is formulated with vitamin C and Fruit Water Antioxidant Complex to provide 24-hour hydration and defend against moisture loss without clogging pores.
Glowing Review: "I have really dry skin on my T-zone area and redness on my cheeks due to my dry skin. I was using a Mary K moisturizer. It worked at keeping my face hydrated, but I still had redness on my cheeks, and I noticed that I was breaking out on the same spot consistently. I saw this product at my local Walgreens and I thought I'd give it a shot. This product is amazing! My skin is hydrated and the redness on my cheeks is gone. My face is so smooth and radiant. My face doesn't break out when I use it."
Cicaplast Baume B5 Soothing Multi-Purpose Cream for Dry Skin is formulated with Panthenol, shea butter, and glycerin to help nourish and soothe dry, visibly irritated areas on the skin. Its rich, nourishing texture is non-oily and non-sticky.
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