The quest for dewy, flawless skin can get expensive fast. By splurging on serums, oils, exfoliants, and eye creams, our wallets seem to be getting emptier while our medicine cabinets fill to the brim. We tend to reach for more expensive products in hope that their high price tags doubling as seals of effectiveness, but before you do that, hold onto your pocketbooks because we've found some drugstore diamonds in the rough.
While some skincare products might be worth splurging on (like the cult favorite SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic serum), others have just the same ingredients. With the right skincare routine, a good drugstore moisturizer can provide hydration without a sky-high cost. To help you on your quest to find the best drugstore moisturizer, 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, because these are the best drugstore moisturizers for dry skin.
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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 percent 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, a single molecule of which can hold up to 1,000 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 is supple and glowing!"
No7's Beautiful Skin Day Cream for dry to very dry skin is formulated to nourish and provide hydration for 24 hours. Glycerin, shea butter, and ceramides are added to the formula of this day cream, helping to leave your skin incredibly smooth.
Glowing Review: "I have been using this in combination with No7 Beautiful Skin Night Cream (Dry/Very Dry). 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!"
Olay Regenerist's Regenerating Deep Hydration Cream has a formula that helps keep skin moisturized all day long. 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 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."
Garnier's SkinActive Moisture Rescue Face Moisturizer is oil-free and has a gel-creme consistency. It's formulated with vitamin C and a "Fruit Water Antioxidant Complex" to provide 24-hour hydration and defend against moisture loss without clogging your 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 Kay 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."
La Roche-Posay's Cicaplast Baume B5 Soothing Multi-Purpose Cream is formulated with panthenol, shea butter, and glycerin to help nourish and soothe dry, visibly irritated areas on your skin. Its rich, nourishing texture is non-oily and non-sticky—a must, if you ask us.
Glowing Review: "I bought this after I developed a nasty rash on my face. My face was red, flaky, and inflamed all over. After two nights of using this product, the rash had 95 percent disappeared, and after four nights it has gone completely. It doesn't irritate the skin at all, it absorbs quickly, and is a must-have for the winter months! I put on a thick layer each night and the product isn't greasy, nor does it cause any breakouts."