I’m a dessert person. I like to believe that all people are dessert people, but I’ve been left rather disappointed at the end of many a meal, by dessert-refusers. My penchant for sweet, creamy things has translated into beauty, as I spent most of the early 2000’s hunting out gourmand fragrances (hello, Britney Spears Fantasy) and grabbing any body cream that smelled like the inside of a bakery.
As my age and taste has shifted somewhat, I’m less into vanilla-scented everything but dessert textured skincare is where it’s at for me. I’m talking dense, thick, whipped cream-like moisturisers. The products with that ever-so-satisfying finger dunk that remind me of a mixing bowl of meringue.
This isn’t only a sensory thing as these rich creams sure work wonders for moisturising dry skin. They’re also quite often the secret to the glow that everyone is constantly seeking.
Whether your skin has succumbed to winter dryness or you’re just looking for a serious moisture upgrade, keep scrolling for the moisturisers for dry skin that you should have on your radar.
Why should my bedtime face get all of the rich goodness? That’s what I asked myself before I got stuck into this jar filled with hydrating marine algae and cocoa butter. It’s my go-to for rescuing dry skin in the daytime when the central heating goes on.
This skin-prepping moisturiser always melts into my skin to boost it from within, while managing to keep any irritation and dryness at bay. It’s well-loved for a reason.
Look at the clouds, look at this cream. This cream is absolutely everything for sinking deep into my skin to fill it up with moisture. Thanks to the hyaluronic acid that reaches different layers of the skin, this isn’t just surface-level moisture, it stays put.
I knew that I’d fall in love with this gentle cream as the brand’s Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk (£22) is one of my all-time favourite cleansers for dry skin. This cream is incredibly soothing and perfect for when my skin is feeling sensitive and in need of nourishing.
This jelly cream has earned its place in the beauty hall of fame and it’s unbeatable for drenching skin with moisture without weighing it down. Its long been a staple in my in-flight beauty routine.
I am constantly raving about this moisturiser as it has all of the good stuff that my skin loves. Ceramides and shea butter work a treat to soothe and hydrate my skin. You know that feeling of getting a professional blow dry? Well, this moisturiser does exactly that, but for my face.
I know that winter is coming when I start to crave this tub of creamy goodness. It’s simple, effective, keeps my skin soft and alongside my weighted blanket and hot water bottle, it’s just what I need during this time of the year.
I’m breaking the rules here, because while this is technically a twice-a-week mask, I use it as a stealthy moisturiser when my skin is feeling drier than an unbuttered cream cracker. It repairs the skin’s barrier, revitalises and always makes my skin look like I’ve had a week of uninterrupted sleep.
This drugstore favourite has saved my skin on so many trips to NYC when my moisturiser ran out or when the air conditioning made my skin wither. It’s not only reliable, but the ceramides keep my skin protected in the harshest conditions.
Quite often, the luxurious feeling creams aren’t all that great for sensitive skin, nor are the price points all that friendly. But, this one covers both areas. I always have a tube of this radiance-promoting cream to hand to alleviate super dry skin.
Whenever I use this decadent cream, I feel like I’m a cast member of one of the Real Housewives. I already told you how much I love a luxe texture and this one certainly delivers on that front. When I read “firming” on product packaging I immediately roll my eyes but this day cream manages to keep my skin feeling plump, tight and hydrated.
There’s only one face oil on this list and it’s one of the only ones that I rate for giving plenty of hydration. It’s instantly soothing and calms irritation thanks to squalane, cannabis sattiva seed oil and adaptogen ashwagandha.