4 Great Moisturisers for Very Dry Skin

skin moisturisers for very dry skin

Four great moisturisers for very dry skin. Skin that feels tight and uncomfortable and generally as though nothing will ever break through its tough, arid surface ever again. Skin like cardboard. Skin like leather.

The first two suggestions are very affordable, the second two are as pricey as a trip to Center Parcs – though I have to say, all are equally gorgeous and, ultimately, touch the skin in places other creams can’t. (Oooh err!)

weleda skin food light review

Weleda’s Skin Food Light is a delightful version of their original cream, Skin Food. Skin Food is one of the richest moisturisers on the market but comes with its downfalls, mainly the greasy residue that never completely disappears. Skin Food Light is as powerfully moisturising as the original, I think, just without the inconvenience of feeling like a basted chicken. Try it, you won’t regret it – I’d say any skin type from normal to very dry would enjoy it and the tube packaging is very travel-friendly. Find it at Amazon here* – it’s £7.95.

beauty pie japanfusion supreme cream review

Beauty Pie’s Japanfusion cream is bouncy and fresh, more of a gel-cream than a cream-cream, so has the distinct advantage of feeling lightweight and quenching whilst being all rich and effective in the background. It’s amazing stuff. You just need to get your head around the Beauty Pie membership system, which is explained on their website and discussed by Yours Truly in the video below. The brilliant Supreme Cream is £9.89 here* – they say an equivalent product in the luxury market would cost around £100. (Again, you need to read the info on their website – they sell at cost, plus membership charge and delivery, but the products are – quite frankly, and with only a few exceptions – outstanding.)

darphin 8 flower nectar oil cream review

Now for a pricey piece; Darphin’s 8 Flower Nectar Oil Cream, which has long been a favourite. It’s the scent that draws me back, which I know will be an instant turn-off for many reading this who have both dryness and sensitivity, but for those who can deal with essential oils it’s an absolute treat. £70 at Space NK here* – my original review, for more detail, is here.

skinceuticals lipid restore review

And the priciest of all, but a great investment if you’re inclined to be spendy with your skincare: SkinCeuticals’ excellent Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2. Tight skin feels instantly soothed and smoothed, skin that feels battered and rough and generally in the wars will see (and feel) a definite improvement in quite a short amount of time. It’s £130 here*, yikes, but if you have dry, compromised skin and usually whack down a load of cash for luxury creams that seem to do nothing for you then this one is possibly one of the best swaps you could make.

Talking of dry, compromised skin – here are two affordable creams that are great all-rounders and good if you have any sort of sensitivity.

la roche posay toleriane riche


The Avene Tolerance Cream (£13.50 here*) and La Roche-Posay Toleriane Sensitive Riche (£13.60 here*). Both do a very fine job of calming, soothing and intensely moisturising without leaving residue, both are in handy tubes. The Avene used to be a makeup artist staple when I was modelling in Paris (along with Embryolisse) and it gives a smooth and wonderful, grease-free base for makeup.

Right, here’s a video repeating pretty much everything I’ve just said, but I do throw in a few of my usual quips and I know how you love the sound of my voice, so click play and enjoy the ride!

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  1. May 5, 2021 / 11:35 am

    Thank you for sharing this with us. one of the most important products in my skincare is moisturizer and sunscreen. will definitely give it a try? is this available online?

  2. February 4, 2020 / 11:10 am

    Hi Ruth,

    I’ve never tried these moisturizers before. I too have dry skin but I usually use Korean skincare products & find them really effective. I’ll definitely try these products to make a change in my skincare routine. Thanks!

  3. Ivana Skarupka
    May 4, 2019 / 8:33 am

    Hi, how do you compare Beauty pye retinol range with the Murad?!

  4. Miggs
    May 3, 2019 / 8:55 am

    Weleda Skin Food is definitely something I can never do without.

  5. May 2, 2019 / 4:05 pm

    I love La Roche Posay moisturizers! They’re so gentle yet nourishing and one of the few moisturizers my youngest daughter can tolerate without irritation.

    Angela at Blush & Pearls

  6. May 2, 2019 / 4:04 pm

    Lovely recommendations Ruth.
    Have you tried the MGC Derma range yet? I’m loving their night cream, I’m not much of a moisturiser fan (Thye are a little heavy on my skin, I tend to layer serums) but this is fab for those nights I have over retinol’d

    • May 2, 2019 / 5:26 pm

      No I haven’t! Will add to the list xx

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