Skinstitut Moisture Defence - Ultra Dry

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Skinstitut Moisture Defence - Ultra Dry by Skinstitut


Skinstitut Moisture Defence for Ultra Dry Skin is a special version of the bestselling Skinstitut moisturising face cream, original Moisture Defence. This enriched formula is perfect for very dry, mature, or irritated skin types.

Skinstitut Moisture Defence - Ultra Dry benefits:

  • Intense hydration and nourishment with biomimetic peptides
  • Jawline lifting appearance
  • Improves the appearance of lines and loss of elasticity
  • Provides antioxidant protection
  • Soothing, anti-inflammatory and healing
  • Assists to relieve irritated or itchy skin with conditions such as eczema and psoriasis
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • May be used at night for a complete remodelling effect

Lightweight and non-pore-clogging, this product relies on nourishing Shea Butter to replenish the skin’s natural lipids. Shea Butter is a fatty acid that works to plump, soothe, and hydrate, making it a perfect skincare ingredient for eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis sufferers.

Developed with the patented anti-ageing peptide Progeline, this face cream also works to inhibit collagen and elastin breakdown and promote firming in mature skin to lift the jawline and fight wrinkles and fine lines. The cream’s intensely hydrating formula plumps and replenishes the driest of complexions.

Green Tea, Olive Oil, and Oat Extracts add anti-inflammatory, healing, and strengthening benefits to this rich anti-ageing moisturiser. Moisture Defence for Ultra Dry skin provides antioxidant protection and improves the skin barrier to relieve irritation and nourish dry, red, and flaky skin.

Moisture Defence for Ultra Dry Skin can be used daily for extreme protection, or for intense overnight replenishment.

How To Use Skinstitut Moisture Defence for Ultra Dry Skin:

  • After cleansing, dab cream around the fragile eye area, moving inwards and upwards.
  • Apply a small amount of product to the throat and rub cream upwards to the edge of your jawline. 
  • From the centre of your chin, move your fingertips up and out. 
  • Finally, apply a small amount to the centre of your forehead, massaging out and towards your hairline. 
  • If using in the morning, follow with Skinstitut Age Defence SPF 50+ for protection from sun damage.


For skin that is oily due to dehydration, a moisturising formula designed for water-dry skin is recommended instead of this lipid-replenishing cream. Skinstitut Moisture Defence for Oily Skin has been specially formulated to treat oiliness caused by dehydration.


What is this moisturiser formulated WITHOUT?


This luxe dry skin moisturiser is made without parabens, mineral oil, pore-clogging waxes, and preservatives that irritate the skin. It is also free of artificial colours.


Who should use Skinstitut Moisture Defence?


This rich and emollient skin moisturiser is ideal for dry, irritated, ageing, and dehydrated skin. Its anti-ageing peptides address the concerns of mature skin such as lines and loss of firmness, while the plant extracts, oils, and butters provide intensive hydration to moisture-deprived skin.


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Super hydrating - 13-12-2018 by

This product is amazing - verrry hydrating without being oily or sticky. It also makes my skin look a lot plumper.

A little definitely goes a long way with this - you only need a tiny squeeze! I mix the Vitamin C powder in with this product each morning and night, and my skin feels a million bucks!

It is good however.. - 12-12-2018 by

I like skinstitut products and bought this one for winter. It was good for hydration without an oily residue, all fine really except, - I wasn’t happy to see that it was not fragrance free. I am mindful about the chemicals going into my body so to see “fragrance” included in the ingredients didn’t make me feel great.

Good but small amount - 10-12-2018 by

I have a lot of the Skinstitut products and most of them are great so I only use this one maybe once a week or fortnight when I feel my skin is getting a little dry. Really lightweight feeling and it does give heaps of hydration and moisture. Great for dry patches.

Smells fresh & extremely moisturising - 07-12-2018 by

I love the cucumber smell of this! It’s such a fresh scent making my face feel so clean after cleansing & moisturising.
Only a tiny bit is needed & it goes a long way & leaves skin feeling moisturised all night long.

Really hydrates my dry areas - 05-12-2018 by

This is amzing for hydrating my dry areas. It has improved my dry, flaky spots

Great for when skin is really dry - 05-12-2018 by

I used this after spending a few weeks in hospital which made my skin very dry and irritated. It worked great to rehydrate it but it’s too thick to add in my regularly daily routine

Holy grail! - 05-12-2018 by

I love this skincare line and the moisture defence is basically my holy grail. Ideal for skin that is coming out of a harsh and drying winter and needs hydration stat. My skin felt smooth and replenished after just one application.

TIP: A little goes a long way. Use as the last step in your routine and don't forget the neck and decolletage.

So far so good! - 28-11-2018 by

I’ve been using this cream every night, mainly under my eyes as I have quite dry under eyes - and so far it seems to be doing a great job. I wake up and my skin feels super soft and I’ve even noticed a difference when applying makeup - it’s not as dry! Great purchase :) definitely worth a try!!

Great for dry spots - 28-11-2018 by

This product is great for dry spots but to thick to use on my whole face. I have dry, sensitive that’s also prone to breakouts.

Okay product - 27-11-2018 by

Bought this product to try and found It was an okay product but not my favourite I find it really thick and it takes awhile for it to absorb into my skin

Great for sensitive skin - 27-11-2018 by

This is perfect for sensitive skin, ultra calming and hydrating, and no skin tightness after application. However, my skin is more combination and this can leave me looking a little oily if used during the day.

Fabulous moisturiser - 26-11-2018 by

I love using this moisturiser at night on my slightly dry and slightly aging skin. The scent is wonderful and the product absorbs quickly into my skin, leaving it feeling soft and supple. I have been using this product for some time and have been very happy with the look and feel of my skin after using it.

Great for the winter months! - 23-11-2018 by

I have extremely dry and sensitive skin and this product works great in combating these skin concerns. It is quite thick so during winter it works well but during summer I find it's too thick to have over your entire face especially if you're sweating. So on hot days I just apply it to the dry areas; nose, cheeks etc...

Feels amazing - 23-11-2018 by

Such a good moisturiser, love the feeling of it as I rub it into my skin. Leaves skin feeling thoroughly plumped and moisturised. I usually use after my retinol serum and vitamin c powder

Great spot treatment - 20-11-2018 by

I use this for dry / flaky spots on my face. It works great to rehydrate them but by skin is for to sensitive and prone to breakouts to use this on my whole face.

Happy Chappy - 13-11-2018 by

Firstly, I LOVE Skinstitut - my skin is so radiant, I am forever receiving compliments since I’ve starting using their range!

I used to have fairly oily/breakout prone skin but things changed after taking medication for cystic acne. My skin has since become dry and I was worried if I used a thicker based moisturiser, it would make the acne return. To my surprise- it was the complete opposite! My skin is radiant, dewy and doesn’t feel dry at all. Highly recommended!!
The only thing I can fault- I wish it came in a larger size as I cleanse and moisturise twice daily.

Great product! - 12-11-2018 by

I love this moisturiser, I have tried the oily skin one & that was great as well but find this one being thick is so much better especially during the winter. It also doesn’t make my skin oily! I love that you don’t need a lot as well.

LOVE THIS! - 05-11-2018 by

I have normal / combination skin. But at night after my cleansing ritual my skin becomes super thirsty! I started using oils and then expensive serums in conjunction with expensive night creams but I still didn’t feel hydrated, I just felt kind of greasy and my skin would breakout in spots. Then I changed to Skinstitut moisture defense - Ultra dry and it works, I don’t need any serums or oils anymore! It’s so hydrating that I feel it works as an anti age cream too (bonus). It absorbs nicely, smells good and I only use a small amount at night after cleansing

Thick and potent - great for under eyes - 02-11-2018 by

This product works well for my super dry and sensitive skin. It is very moisturing and a little goes a long way. I like to focus this product on my under eye area.

Perfect for dry skin! - 01-11-2018 by

I LOVE this moisturiser. I have dry, sensitive skin and my skin just loves getting lathered in this thick moisturiser. Not only is it really affordable compared to other moisturisers I have used in with the same quality, it really hydrates the skin and gives me a beautiful dewy complexion.

Good moisturizer, not for really dry skin though - 24-10-2018 by

I originally used the basic moisturizer in the Skinstitut range but during winter needed something more hydrating so switched to this. It definitely provided more hydration but I still ended up needing a serum as well. I have sensitive skin, prone to breakouts and this hasn’t caused any irritation. My skin has remained clean and clear. Overall I am happy with this moisturizer but I probably will try something else for more hydration.

Amazing moisturiser - 22-10-2018 by

I have eczema and very dry sensitive skin and this cream is amazing. Very thick and does not irritate my skin at all. Highly recommend!

Winter - 17-10-2018 by

I would recommend this for winter. This is very heavy and takes a while to absorb but it's amazing for winter.

Smells nice - 17-10-2018 by

A thick moisturiser that I used for night time, smells great and did moisturise when I needed it to, but it did cause me to break out a little bit, so beware if you are prone to pimples.

Winter Moisturiser for super dry skin - 10-10-2018 by

I love skinstitut products. They form a big part of my skincare regime. I already use the normal skin version of the moisture defence, which I love but wanted something more hydrating. I have combination skin with an oily T zone but dry cheeks and nose (to the extent that my nose peels in winter), This ultra dry version is significantly thicker and heavier than the normal skin version. It does moisturise quite well but I find I get some little pimples here and there. I don't usually suffer from acne.I wish they would make an in-between version for "dry skin". I think I would suit that better. Still I would purchase this product again for the winter months.

It’s okay - 05-10-2018 by

I find this moisturiser quite thick and heavy and I also find I need more than a pea size amount as it doesn’t blend easily. I’ve been adding two drops of the facial oil in to it to make it blend better. My skin does feel moisturised though so it’s doing it’s job!

It’s alright - 28-09-2018 by

I love thick moisturisers and this is that. But nothing else to rave about. Just an average moisturiser. I did notice some pimples coming along whilst using this but I was tying out another product at the same time so I’m not sure which caused them.

Intensely moisturing - 21-09-2018 by

This is a great moisturiser for dry skin, although it's a very thick consistency so I found the best way to use it was to rub it between my fingertips before applying it to my face - that way it went on much smoother.

Not a fan - 20-09-2018 by

It did what it meant to do, moisturize my skin, however it also gave me pimples and clogged pores on my forehead. The smell is overpowering and I really am not a fan.

Heavy on the skin - 12-09-2018 by

As a person with dry skin, I do like this moisturiser, however its not my favourite. I did find it to be a tad on the heavy side and feels slightly uncomfortable on my skin. (It transfers onto my pillow quite easily- it doesn't sink into my skin like other moisturisers do.)

Converted - 12-09-2018 by

As I have gotten older I have noticed my skin has gotten suuuuper dry. This is the only moisturiser that I have found works for my skin. It layers well under makeup and with oils/serum. I am on my second bottle and will continue to use.

Im glad i bought it - 11-09-2018 by

I bought this as I really needed to get some good moisturizer and had seen them else where but they were abit pricy so when I saw them here I bought one along with a few of there other products. Im happy with it , its not greasy and my skin is still soft even by the night.

Great for dry skin - 08-09-2018 by

I’m usually skeptical when it comes to “dry skin” moisturisers and disappointed with the result. That is certainly not the case with this moisturiser!! I’ve found my winter skin solution! Great product!

Favourite Moisturizer Ever - 05-09-2018 by

Best moisturiser I have ever used. Onto my 5th bottle and will continue to buy. I have sensitive skin and this doesn't irritate me at all. Keeps my face moisturised all day long.

Best Mosituriser! - 05-09-2018 by

I have purchased this moisturiser twice now. It is the best product I have used for my dry skin. I have tried a lot too. Its slightly thick but its not oily and sinks into the immediately. Since using my skin no longer feels tight and dry and is soft. I am actually seeing a glow to my skin also. I have found it also preps the skin for make up really well too. This is a great product at a great price and would recommend it to everyone with dry skin!

Great product. I have a sensitive skin and find this product to be gentle. Will definitely be purchasing again. - 05-09-2018 by

I really like this product!. I have sensitive and sometimes a red angry face and find that this product is gentle, leaving my skin soft and well moisturized. I will definitely be purchasing again.

holy grail moisturiser - 30-08-2018 by

I love this moisturiser so much, I have been using for a year now and I have never had any problems. Its so rich yet not oily or greasy. Layers really well over serums and doesn't ball up on your skin. My favourite moisturiser ever.

great for every day - 29-08-2018 by

Been using this for a few months now and have been very happy with it. great for every day use.

Will definitely be repurchasing - 27-08-2018 by

As someone who has always battled with irritable dehydrated skin, this Ultra Dry moisturiser used alongside the Skinstitut Repair Balm is a dream. I have recently started using the Skinstitut range: Gentle Cleanser, Rejuvenate 15 Serum, Ultra Dry and Repair balm and believe its a winning combination for dry skin. If you've always felt like you need to reapply your moisturiser every hour on the hour to maintain a soft, smooth complexion (minus the flakiness) then give this product a go. I have always bounced between different brands and different products in my skincare regime but am finally beginning to see results (healthy, glowy skin) and believe it is because I am sticking to the one range.

Meh - 27-08-2018 by

Like all Skinstitut products, you get what you pay for. It's a notch up from your standard department store or chemist moisturiser, but it definitely doesn't deliver the same results as a high-end product. Good price point for an entry level product.

So nourishing - 23-08-2018 by

This product is great for my sensitive skin and really leaves me feeling hydrated and moisturised. It's so smooth and definitely a new favourite.

Great for the driest of dry skin - 14-08-2018 by

I used the Moisture defence for normal skin before I tried this and I will never look back!
The normal skin is great but this is unbeatable on my dry, winter skin.
Although the bottle is small, you only need the smallest amount as it goes a long way.
Very hydrating and smells divine

Perfect - 13-08-2018 by

I switched from another brand that was double the price and this moisturizer is far superior in quality. My skin feels amazing and looking more radiant.

Very hydrating! - 13-08-2018 by

Although I find it a little bit hard to spread a pea size amount of this moisturiser all over my face, it is definitely hydrating and does the job! I don't believe my face is dry but the moisturiser for normal skin didn't seem to do much for me so I tried this one instead. I love how my skin absorbs it so well and leaves my face feeling hydrated and lovely. It also smells lovely which is a nice added bonus!

Will use this forever - 09-08-2018 by

Every winter my skin goes extremely dry and flakey and this is the first winter it has not happened due to this moisturiser. I've been using it every day for almost a year and cannot fault it in any way. I've used so many different brands, but since I have started using skinstitut, I will never go back.

So far so good - 01-08-2018 by

Have been using this about a week now on 47 yo skin and I love how moisturised my skin feels already. Smells great too

I adore this! - 31-07-2018 by

I have ultra dry skin (duh) and this is the only moisturiser I've found to truly help. My skin just drinks it in immediately like rain in a desert, but at the same time my skin remains hydrated for the day after use. Some moisturisers aimed at dry skin feel so oily and heavy on the skin that I would rather my skin just feel dry, but this one is perfect. And the smell is DIVINE!

Smells so good! - 30-07-2018 by

This has been my most favourite moisturizer by far, it doesn’t dry sticky or feel heavy, although leaving my skin feeling super moisturized. I have combination/dry skin and most moisturizers cause me congestion, it also smells really good too!

Good for my dry and sensitive skin - 26-07-2018 by

I bought this recently and have really enjoyed using it so far. It is not greasy and absorbs quickly. My skin doesn't feel tight after using it or look red. I feel like it is enough moisture, and my skin tends to be quite dry. It is a small bottle but I have literally been using a pea sized amount and that is enough for my whole face.

Not for sensitive skin - 24-07-2018 by

From reading the reviews, I know this product has worked for others with sensitive skin, but my skin reacted quite badly to it. I applied it after cleansing, and it immediately made my skin quite red and even stung a little. This settled down after a few minutes, but my skin was not moisturised. It was like I had used no moisturiser and all, and my skin was still dry and flaky.
Based on others reviews though I think I was just unlucky and maybe allergic to one of the ingredients!

My super-dry skin loves this! - 23-07-2018 by

I have really dry skin and it’s hard to find a moisturizer that’s up to the task and doesn’t cost a bomb. This one is fantastic. Absorbs well for wear under makeup, too! Love that this brand produces quality skincare at reasonable prices.

Very hydrating - 18-07-2018 by

I love this moisturiser. I have very dry skin that is also quite sensitive. This is perfect to use everyday under my makeup. It is very hydrating but doesn't feel heavy or cause break outs. I would highly recommend!

Hydrating - 18-07-2018 by

Love it for my dry skin, definitely helps hydrate without it feeling too thick or oily. I use it both in winter and summer. Would recommend :)!

Nice Moisturiser - 17-07-2018 by

I use this moisturiser only at night as I found the normal skin version not rich enough for me. I like this product, it does the job. I haven’t had any bad reaction to this which is a really good sign for me – usually something will kick my skin out after a day or two but having used this for about a month it has been working a treat. I don’t find it too oily or greasy but I wake up in the morning with plump hydrated skin which is all I can ask for.

The best - 09-07-2018 by

I first started using the moisturizer for normal skin, but since moving to this one my skin feels so much softer... I didn't realise how dry my skin was until I started using this!

Very Hydrating - 06-07-2018 by

I am in my early 40's with very dry skin, since using this product my face has been feeling so much softer and i havent been getting any dry patches, i use it morning and night, a little bit goes a long way, it absorbs nicely into my skin without leaving it feeling greasy.

Great skin after this - 05-07-2018 by

Amazing moisturiser. I had really dry skin and this fixed it . Perfect under make up as well. You only need a little bit so it goes a long way . Has made my neck really soft and I rub excess on my hands for dry cracked skin

Great for under make up - 04-07-2018 by

Been using this product for 1 year now and LOVE it!
Keeping my skin moist and make up on!

Skinstitut for older skin - 29-06-2018 by

I love Skinstitut products and have used them for at least 4 years. I am in my 70s and my skin is dry. I use the Ultra Dry Moisture Defence and it glides on and soaks in instantly. My skin looks good and I receive many compliments.

Beautiful light weight moisturiser - 26-06-2018 by

This light weight moisturiser goes on like silk. For someone with dry skin this gives my skin enough moisture without feeling like I’ve had to put on heavy layers of creams to achieve the same level of hydration. Definitely a must have!

lightweight feel - 26-06-2018 by

really nice lightweight moisturiser perfect for day wear in my option. I have problematic skin and it is also dry; so this product was prefect for me. And would recommend.

Very economical - 25-06-2018 by

I'm in my 60's and had dehydrated skin. I use this morning & night. It doesn't have perfume so doesn't irritate my eyes/sinuses. You only need a tiny bit & unlike revlon & l'oreal it doesn't lay on top of the skin. My daughter borrowed it when we went away & she was very impressed (lucky it's economical) & used it every day too. I mix a bit of vit c powder into it in the morning & at night use it after the retinol serum.

All time favourite - 05-06-2018 by

I suffered quite dry skin when pregnant with my first baby and a close friend of mine who works in the beauty industry suggested I try Skinstitut products and I’m so glad she did! This moisturiser has been a life saver for me! Really hydrates my skin and keeps it feeling soft, I worried it would make my skin oily in my t-zone but it absorbs really well. I use it daily after I cleanse in the shower or after I remove my makeup and it helps a great deal with that “tight” feeling some products can leave on your skin. The absolute best moisturiser for winter but I’m a big fan of it throughout the year.

A little goes a long way - 23-05-2018 by

i have very dry skin especially coming up into winter and this product is great. You only need a little bit. i used it for a few days and i didn't have anymore dry patches or flaking on the skin which is great.

Okay product - 16-04-2018 by

I do like this product to use on dry patches however, to use alone during the day for a moisturiser to make my skin look moist it isn’t enough . It’s quiet thick but goes on thin . I would use for patches only and for under makeup . Prefer the normal skin for a fresh skin day look .

Loving it! - 12-04-2018 by

I found my skin was drying out a bit with the skinstitut products so added this in and am so glad I did. Great hydrating qualities, but not heavy and hasn't caused any breakouts or dermatitis (I have sensitive skin). And a little goes a long way. Love it!

My go to moisturiser - 06-02-2018 by

I love this moisturiser, occasionally I switch it up but I always end up re-purchasing this product. I love the way it makes my skin look and feel. It's not super greasy and absorbs really quickly. They did change the formula a couple of years ago (didn't notice the change per say, I only know as I couldn't get my hands on it for a few months) and during the change the name went from Dry Skin to Ultra Dry. It still feels like it's just for dry skin, I sometimes do get super ultra dry skin and wish they had another moisturiser for us girls who get really flaky throughout the winter!

My Go-to Moisturiser - Especially for Winter! - 29-01-2018 by

This is my favourite moisturiser for my dry, dehydrated blemish-prone skin.

It's nice and thick but goes on very easily and feels very comfortable and hydrating. Never breaks me out. Works well mixed with the Skinstitut Age Defence SPF 50+, other serums/treatments and under makeup. So it's perfect for day or night use. It's a great moisturiser that contains good, high-end ingredients but doesn't go as far as to break the bank for me.

Okay but not mind-blowing - 23-01-2018 by

I really thought this would be a holy grail type moisturiser but it more of an average moisturiser. It does keep my face moisturised for the most part and I like how quickly it absorbs but not my favourite.

My go to moisturiser - 18-01-2018 by

This moisturiser is really lovely and nourishing on my dry skin. It soothes any irritation that I sometimes get having sensitive skin, and makes my skin feel really soft. I have tried several moisturisers and this is the best one I've tried by far.

A great night moisturiser - 09-01-2018 by

I love to pop this moisturiser on before I go to bed, as it's much thicker than the Moisture Defence for Normal skin.

Best moisturiser for my dry skin! - 22-11-2017 by

This stuff is amazing! I have tried soo many moisturizers as my skin can go through different stages of oiliness and dryness. I started using the normal skin moisture defense and found it worked until my skin didn't feel it was getting enough moisture. I switched to the ultra dry moisture defense and haven't had any issues for months! I love this stuff - and it lasts forever as you only need a small amount!

Great product! - 30-10-2017 by

I have been through a few moisturisers trying to find the perfect one for my skin for when I have those days of extreme dryness. I have been using this product for a few months now and I absolutely love it! You only need a small amount so it lasts a really long time, it smells divine and it absorbs into the skin well. Definitely my go to product from now on!

Great moisturiser - 24-10-2017 by

This moisturiser is fabulous on my normal to dry skin, which is just starting to show some slight signs of aging. I have fair skin and red hair, which has some sun related damage.The light weight formula of this product penetrates well into my skin without feeling greasy and provides excellent hydration. I use it at night in conjunction with several other Skinstitut products and have definitely noticed a difference in reducing my skin's level of dryness.

I was introduced to this range three years ago and have loved it ever since. - 20-10-2017 by

The products are good for my mature skin as they go on smoothly and my face does not feel as if it has 'layers' of product. I have been happy with everything I have tried in the range and would recommend it for mature dry sensitive skin. I have medium coloured skin with natural mouse brown hair.

Great range of skincare - 04-10-2017 by

I love the Skinstut range of products due to trying them at a laser clinic. The Laser Aid is also a great product for after sun and using that with the moisturizer makes your face feel absolutely soft and hydrated


This moisturiser is amazing for all skin types - even oily! it makes your skin baby soft with a soothing effect on any redness/irritation. Love putting this on at night, gives me the confidence to not wear makeup. recommend it to anyone. works every time.

LOVE IT - 14-08-2017 by

I've been using this product for about 7 weeks now and absolutely love the way it leaves my skin looking and feeling .. definitely one I will continue to use ❤️Love it

Fabulous Moisturiser - 23-07-2017 by

I've been using this moisturiser for almost 12 months and love it. It's hydrating, smells good and feels great on my skin. Highly recommend to those with dry skin.

Great product for mature skin. - 19-07-2017 by

This is a great product for a great price. Makes my face feel soft and the it is easy to apply as it is not greasy.

Good value and it works! - 23-11-2016 by

This works well on my dry skin. Feel so much hydrated especially in winter.

Ticks all the boxes - 22-07-2016 by

This moisturizer leaves my skin so soft and hydrated.

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