Dry and sensitive skin is an issue that concerns a huge number of us, especially during the colder months. Up to 90% of us are said to self-diagnose as having either dry or sensitive skin, and are constantly on the look-out for products that can help ease our symptoms while delivering tangible results. Whether it’s due to increased exposure to chemicals, a symptom of a modern lifestyle or simply more awareness and understanding of our skin care needs, there’s no arguing with the fact that anything that claims to tackle dry skin is top of our ‘to try’ list. But what are the best ways of preventing dry skin in the first place, what claims and ingredients should you be looking out for, and what are the best dry skin creams to try?
If you’re already suffering with dry skin woes, there are some things you can do to relieve the symptoms almost immediately:
1. Avoid steaming hot showers and baths. Although they can feel amazing after a long day, a really hot shower or bath can actually remove the skin’s natural oils and cause the surface to dry out; keeping them to a mild temperature and under ten minutes will help to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy.
2. Drink plenty of water. It’s true what they say about staying hydrated: you really can see the difference on the surface of your skin if you’re regularly sipping on cups of water or herbal tea.
3. Regularly exfoliate. This will help lift away dry, dull skin cells from the surface and reveal the more radiant skin beneath – essential if your body’s own natural sloughing process is on a go-slow. Although not advisory if you’re suffering with severly dry, irritated or broken skin, a weekly buffing session will really help this winter.
4. Use a great hydrating and soothing body cream. Skip the lightweight lotions, overly fragranced potions and fancy sprays, instead opting for hardworking formulas that are enriched with nourishing ingredients such as shea butter, lactic acid, urea, hyaluronic acid, dimethicone, glycerin and lanolin.
Dry skin is a big issue with me in the colder months, and as someone with a husband who suffers with quite severe eczema I find myself sticking with the products that really do deliver soothing and long-term results. These are, in my opinion, three of the best dry skin creams to try (and I’ve tried a lot!)
If you follow me on Instagram you’ll have seen I was tasked with putting Cuticura Mildly Medicated Skin Cream (£9.99) to the test over seven days, and honestly I’m super impressed with the results. Featuring a unique Triple Action Complex (including Zinc Oxide, Hydroviton and Shea Butter, each known for their soothing, moisturizing and restorative qualities,) the lightweight cream is perfect for those who suffer with dry or sensitive skin. It made a difference after only one application, and I know those of you who have tried it too have reported the same; my husband is super fussy when it comes to creams, but he’s already pinched this because he ‘approves’ of the texture and results! Although it’s very rich and almost leaves a rather unusual ‘wet’ feeling while you massage it in, it helps to seriously soothe away flakes and dryness in a matter of days.
A long-term favourite in our household since I worked with the brand last year, Dermalex Repair & Restore (£14.99) is a king amongst skin creams. The formula is easily absorbed, working into the skin beautifully without any greasiness, leaving the surface of feeling incredibly supple and soft; suitable for even the most sensitive and eczema prone skin, this has stood the test of time and is still a repeat purchase 18 months on. Rather interestingly it’s supported by over 20 years of research and 19 scientific publications, and is proven to strengthen the skin barrier and reduce the flare-ups of eczema by up to 50%; we love it.
Aveeno Skin Relief Lotion (£5.99) is an affordable alternative that we’re also known to pick up with our weekly shop, helping to immediately soothe and restore dry skin. It’s been clinically proven to hydrate skin from day one while protecting it from dryness, thanks to the inclusion of finely‐milled oatmeal, oat oil, oat essence and shea butter – all known for their soothing and nourishing properties. A rich but lightweight texture, this absorbs beautifully and leaves the surface of skin feeling super healthy; it’s great for applying post shower, in the evening or even slathered over hands and feet for a more intense night time treat.
Although there are SO many dry skin creams out there, these three are the brands that have stood head and shoulders above the rest – and will be a long-term fixture in our household after we’ve seen the results they provide.
These are my best dry skin creams, what are yours?
NB: Products featured have been gifted previously, but have been re-purchased by myself numerous times and were not involved in creation of this content.