The 6 Best Dry Skin Moisturizers to Get You Through Winter

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The 6 Best Dry Skin Moisturizers to Get You Through Winter-Surge Zirc
Hydrate dry skin this winter with one of these creams/Photo credit: Independent

You know the moment—somewhere between fall and the holidays—when temperatures drop and your skin goes from kind of parched to officially dehydrated and even a little roughSame. To the rescue: seven heavy-hitting hydrators that were born to deal with scaly situations, so you’re not left high and, well, dry.

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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hand Gel Cream/photo credit: Cosmopolitan

1. To Soften Rough Hands: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hand Gel Cream

File this under hand creams you won’t hate. Here’s why: The hyaluronic acid—a lightweight, sponge-like ingredient that absorbs 1000 times its weight in water—in this gel cream promises maximum moisture (for up to 24 hours!)  minus that gross, greasy finish, so you’re left with the softest of hands.

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Jergens Skin Firming Neck & Chest Moisturizer SPF 15/photo credit: Cosmopolitan

 

2. To Quench a Dehydrated Décolletage: Jergens Skin Firming Neck & Chest Moisturizer SPF 15

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Since the skin on your neck and chest is about as thin and delicate as the skin on your eyelids, says Dr. Joshua Zeichner, it’s important to stay hydrated 24/7.

Not to mention sun damage can further thin the skin, making your neck and chest two crucial areas to protect against damage—even in the winter, since harsh rays can reflect off of surfaces, like snow, causing you to burn.

Enter this cream, which works to firm and hydrate your skin with vitamin B3, while providing a layer of SPF 20.

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CeraVe Moisturizing Cream for Normal to Dry Skin/photo credit: Cosmopolitan

3. To Smooth Rough Elbows and Knees: CeraVe Moisturizing Cream for Normal to Dry Skin

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These body parts are typically drier due to fewer oil glands and less lipid layers underneath the skin, which usually help hydrate the epidermis (top layer of skin).

Your elbows and knees also tend to collect a lot of dead skin cells, leaving your them dehydrated and sometimes even a little darker in appearance, per Dr. Zeichner. His fix: a mix of humectants (like glycerin) that hydrate, plus occlusive ingredients (like petrolatum) that prevent moisture from escaping.

Lucky for you, this cream has both.

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Dry skin: Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream/photo credit: Cosmopolitan

4. To Calm Bumps on Your Bum:Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

Look, it’s totally normal for dry skin to become even more irritated in the winter—especially if your rough denim jeans are rubbing up against your bum, resulting in friction that leads to annoying bumps.

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Cue this cream that isn’t afraid to give you skin a healthy dose of hydration.

Its blend of butters (specifically, Cupucaçu, a Brazilian superfruit) and açai and coconut oils promise to give you your softest, bump-free skin ever. Bonus: it smells like salted caramel.

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Dry skin: Curel Hydra Therapy Itch Defense/photo credit: Cosmopolitan

5. To Soothe Itchy, Flaky Skin on Your Legs: Curel Hydra Therapy Itch Defense

The best time to hydrate: When your skin is damp, since it’s most receptive to moisture, says Dr. Zeichner.

And the ceramides in this after-shower lotion do just that, improving the skin’s ability to hold onto hydration longer, while soothing oatmeal extract prevents itchiness from occurring.

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Dry skin: Palmer’s Cocoa Butter with Vitamin E Foot Magic/photo credit: Cosmopolitan

6. To Soften Scratchy Soles: Palmer’s Cocoa Butter with Vitamin E Foot Magic

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This ultra-thick formula moisturizes tough heels with a blend of cocoa- and mango-butter, petrolatum, and mineral oil. Plus, the peppermint oil gives a tingly kick.

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