7 dry skin moisturizers that will get you through the winter

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You know the moment – somewhere between autumn and holidays – when the temperature drops and your skin goes from being dried to officially dehydrated and even a little rough? Same. To the rescue: seven powerful hydrators born to deal with scaly situations, so that you are not left high and, well, dry.


To soften rough hands

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hand Gel Cream, neutrogena.com
$ 5.19

File this handcream you will not hate. This is why: Hyaluronic acid – a light, spongy-like ingredient that absorbs 1000 times its weight in water – in this gel cream promises maximum moisture (up to 24 hours!) Minus the rough, fat surface so you're left with your soft hands .

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To extinguish a dehydrated décolletage

Jergens Skin Firming Neck & Chest Moisturizer SPF 15, amazon.com
$ 9.88

Because the skin on the neck and chest is about as thin and delicate as the skin on the eyelids, says Dr. Joshua Zeichner, it's important to be hydrated 24/7. Not to mention sun damage, the skin can be dried further, making the neck and chest two important areas to protect against damage, even in winter, as hard rays can reflect surfaces such as snow, which makes you burn. Enter this cream, which works to firm and hydrate your skin with vitamin B3, while providing a layer of SPF 20.

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For smooth, rough elbows and knees

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream for Normal to Dry Skin, ulta.com
$ 16.99

These body parts are usually drier due to fewer oil glands and smaller lipid layers under the skin, which usually helps to hydrate the epidermis (top skin layer). Your elbows and knees also tend to collect many dead skin cells, which makes them dehydrated and sometimes even darker in appearance, per Dr Zeichner. His fix: A mixture of humectants (like glycerin) that hydrates, plus occlusive ingredients (like petrolatum) that prevent moisture from flying. Happy for you, this cream has both.

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To calm down on your bum

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, dermstore.com
$ 45.00

Look, it is quite normal that the dry skin gets even more annoyed in the winter – especially if your heavy jeans dimensions rub your bum, resulting in friction that leads to annoying bumps. Cue this cream that is not afraid to give you a healthy dose of hydration. Its mixture of butter (especially Cupucaçu, a Brazilian super fruit) and açai and coconut oils promise to give you your softest, bump free skin ever. Bonus: It smells of salted caramel.

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To calm itchy, stained skin on your legs

Curel Hydra Therapy Itch Defense, walgreens.com
$ 11.99

The best time to hydrate: When your skin is moist, because it is most susceptible to moisture, says Dr Zeichner. And the ceramides in this after-shower lotion do just that, which improves the skin's ability to stay on hydration longer, while soothing oat milk extract prevents itch from occurring.

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To mitigate scratchlessness

Palmer's Cocoa Butter with Vitamin E Foot Magic, target.com
$ 4.99

This ultra-thick formula moisturizes hard heels with a mixture of coconut and mango butter, petrolatum and mineral oil. Plus, peppermint oil gives a fancy kick.

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For an all-over fix

Caudalíe Des Vignes Nourishing Body Lotion, amazon.com
$ 34.83

If you feel your skin is dried from the neck down, smooth this antioxidant-rich grape kernel-packed lotion that also contains nutrient-rich sesame and sunflower oils. To take hydration to the next level, Caudalíe did a favor and added hyaluronic acid in the mixture to keep the skin moist for much longer.

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