Did you know that dry skin is simply skin that produces less sebum compared to normal skin? This means it lacks the oils that it needs to keep moisture locked in. It can appear as having dry patches of skin, pronounced fine lines, and an itching sensation. If you have this skin type, you need to have a routine that addresses this missing link.
What to look for in moisturisers for dry skin
Search for ceramides, emollients like squalane and shea butter that fill in the lipid-less gaps in the skin, humectants such as glycerin and sodium hyaluronate that attract moisture, and occlusives that trap moisture like plant-based oils like marula, rosehip and avocado oil.
It's also best to focus on formulas that you won't wash off. Serums, moisturisers, and facial oils are your best friends. If you have to pick one, invest in a good hydrating moisturiser. A moisturiser is a two-for-one deal, where you get your needed hydration and the means to seal it in. The best moisturisers for dry skin typically come in rich creamy textures, but there are some lightweight options that will suit our warm weather too. Here are the best hydrating moisturisers for dry skin that you can get in Singapore.
Clinique Moisture Surge 100H Auto-Replenishing Hydrator Moisturiser
The Clinique Moisture Surge 100H Auto-Replenishing Hydrator Moisturiser is a lightweight and oil-free moisturiser for dry skin that trains the skin to rehydrate itself with its Auto-Replenishing Technology. It also contains aloe bio-ferment, hyaluronic acid, and activated aloe water to efficiently hydrate your skin. You can find it online through Sephora.sg.
Biossance Squalane + Omega Repair Moisturiser
Prefer something richer? Pick up the Biossance Squalane + Omega Repair Moisturiser. It’s formulated with sugarcane-derived squalane, omega fatty acids, ceramides, and plant sterols that feed your skin with ample nourishment and smooth out any rough texture and fine lines in the process. Head over to Sephora.sg to get it.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
For eczema-prone skin that’s in dire need of soothing and moisture, look to the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream (SGD52). This all-over moisturiser has colloidal oatmeal, stearic acid, glycerin, squalane, ceramides, and allantoin to moisturise and soothe your irritated complexion. You can find this dry skin holy grail on Sephora.sg.
Drunk Elephant Lala Retro™ Whipped Cream
If your skin is practically calling out an SOS, the Drunk Elephant Lala Retro™ Whipped Cream is the rescue cream moisturiser for dry skin that you need to reach for. It's infused with six African oils (including marula and Kalahari melon) and a plant ceramide complex that reinforces the skin's acid mantle and boosts its defence against everyday stressors. Meanwhile, sodium hyaluronate provides the hydrating action it needs to relieve dryness. It's available in our area through Sephora.sg.
Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream
The Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream is a popular K-beauty pick among dry-skinned folks. It's designed to reduce itchiness, extreme dryness, and flakiness that comes with having very thirsty skin thanks to its formula that contains ceramides, glycerin, and Pyracantha fortuneana fruit extract. It's available online through Sephora.sg.
L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Hyaluronic Acid Plumping Day Cream
The L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Hyaluronic Acid Plumping Day Cream is another mid-range anti-ageing moisturiser for dry skin you can consider. It contains micro-hyaluron, which is 50x smaller than the normal hyaluron molecule, which allows it to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin to provide lasting hydration. The result: fewer fine lines and a more plump appearance. It's available online through the Watsons Singapore e-store.
Cetaphil Rich Night Cream
Get the most out of your beauty sleep by applying a rich night moisturiser like the Cetaphil Rich Night Cream. It’s formulated with hyaluronic acid and glycerin to hydrate your skin as you sleep, bolstering its ability to retain moisture and leaving you with a healthier, brighter complexion. Head over to the Watsons e-store to add it to your cart.
SENKA Deep Moist Hydrating Cream
Say goodbye to flaky skin, dullness, rough texture and fine lines after using the SENKA Deep Moist Hydrating Cream. This lightweight moisturiser contains naturally derived CoEnzyme Q10 that triggers skin cell activity for increased skin suppleness as well as double hyaluronic acid and marine collagen to moisturise skin from within. It's also alcohol-, fragrance-, and colourant-free, which is great for those who are sensitive to such ingredients. You can find this affordable dry skin moisturiser at Watsons stores and on the Watsons e-store.
d Program Moist Care Emulsion Moisturiser
The d Program Moist Care Emulsion Moisturiser (SGD46.90) is formulated to lessen symptoms of dry skin from different angles. It soothes inflammation with dipotassium glycyrrhizate, relieves itchiness with mugwort extract, hydrates with super hyaluronic acid, prevents moisture loss with petrolatum, and smooths and brightens your complexion with tranexamic acid. It also contains yeast extract complex to help repair the skin barrier. Sounds like something you'd be interested in trying? You can find it at Watsons Singapore stores and online.
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Moisturiser
If your skin also feels a little tender from the dryness, the La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Moisturiser is a good dry skin moisturiser you can turn to. It contains soothing neurosensine and spring water to reduce sensitivity, while hydrating glycerin and moisture barrier-repairing shea butter manage the dryness you're experiencing. It's available in Watsons stores and online.
(Cover photo from: @firstaidbeauty)
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