Dry Skin Product

Daily exposure to the elements — sun, wind, rain, heat, and cold — takes a toll on skin. And if you have naturally dry skin, your complexion is even more vulnerable to damage.

That’s why a consistent beauty routine with effective skin products that protect, clean, and moisturize your skin is essential. Every dry skin care product that you use — your cleanser and moisturizer in particular — should add moisture to your skin and help keep it hydrated.

Sandra Marchese Johnson, MD, a dermatologist with Johnson Dermatology in Fort Smith, Ark., and Jeffrey Benabio, MD, a dermatologist with Kaiser Permanente Medical Group in San Diego, Calif., offer their suggestions to help you find the right products to care for your dry skin.

Choosing a Dry Skin Moisturizer

A rich moisturizer is your go-to skin product to help soften and protect dry skin. Here are some effective options:

  • Vanicream. “My absolute favorite is Vanicream because it is very effective,” Dr. Johnson says. This moisturizing skin cream provides hydration without aggravating your skin. Find it at your local drugstore or online for under $15.
  • Cetaphil. A great all-over moisturizer that comes in lotion and cream formulas, Cetaphil is gentle and fragrance-free and offers rich moisture for dry skin. You can purchase it for between $8 and $15.
  • CeraVe. Available in a thick, rich moisturizing cream or a moisturizing lotion to help add and trap moisture in the skin, CeraVe is sold at most drugstores for $10 to $20, depending on the size of the jar or bottle.
  • Aveeno moisturizers with soy. Soy helps fight the effects of aging, makes skin look smoother, and is a great moisturizer. Johnson recommends any of the Aveeno brand’s moisturizers that contain soy to hydrate dry skin every day.
  • Neutrogena Norwegian Formula. This line of moisturizers and creams contains glycerin, a naturally hydrating substance that helps skin retain moisture. A tube or bottle retails for around $10.
  • AmLactin. This moisturizer contains 12 percent lactic acid, according to Johnson, and is great for dry skin. Pick it up over-the-counter for around $20 a bottle. Lac-Hydrin is a prescription moisturizer available through your dermatologist that is also 12 percent lactic acid. “They are both great passive exfoliators to help remove excess dry skin,” she explains.