The best facial moisturisers for dry skin replenish or boost skin's own levels of fatty acids, ceramides, and cholesterol. Use these recommended moisturisers morning and evening to improve dry skin.
Dry skin lacks the natural oils and fats responsible for sealing moisture in the skin and creating a glowing complexion. When choosing a moisturiser to improve dry skin, you'll need to choose one that:
- adds similar oils and fats to your skin, or
- helps your skin make more of these substances naturally.
So what are these oils and fats that keep skin hydrated?
There are three main types:
- Fatty acids
Together, these ingredients keep your skin moist and conditioned.
Dermatologists often describe the structure of the skin's surface layers as a brick wall. The bricks are the skin cells, and the mortar is the perfect mixture of fatty acids, ceramides, and cholesterol. A healthy barrier is tightly packed and does its job quite effectively.
When skin is dry, something's happened to loosen the skin's structure by affecting one or both components. So when you're designing the perfect moisturising routine for dry skin, you want ingredients that tackle both concerns.
We recommend using two moisturisers on dry skin: one in the morning and one in the evening.
Dry-Skin Moisturisers for Daily Use
Niacinamide is an active ingredient that's become popular in the treatment of several skin conditions, including those that feature chronic dryness. While this vitamin has many skin benefits, the following actions provide significant improvement for a dry skin type:
- Niacinamide increases skin's own synthesis of fatty acids and ceramides to create a healthy and effective 'mortar'.
- Niacinamide speeds up protein synthesis (keratin) and corneocyte differentiation to repair and replace crumbling or missing 'bricks'.
Keratin is the main material in the skin's outer layers. The skin cells at this level, which are at their final stage of life, are called 'corneocytes'. Technically, these cells are dead, and they are the building blocks of the skin's structure.
Niacinamide helps skin cells reach their last phase of life more quickly so they can replace those missing or crumbling bricks.
Moisturisers we recommend with niacinamide:
Dry-Skin Moisturisers for Nightly Use
Night-time is the perfect time to use a heavier moisturising cream that gives an intense shot of fatty acids back to the skin. These emollient-rich creams provide essential fatty acids and vitamins to the top layers of skin to temporarily increase hydration levels:
- Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream
- First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
- Elizabeth Arden Original Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant
Daytime and night-time moisturisers work best when used routinely together. Our recommended morning products provide long-term improvement in skin hydration, whereas the emollient-rich night creams provide a short-term moisture boost.
If, for any reason, you feel these suggestions are not perfectly suited for your dry skin, reach out to our skincare recommendations form.