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27 Underrated Products For Dry Skin That Actually Work

 

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Dry skin is no fun. It can be itchy, flaky, uncomfortable, and irritating.

So we asked the BuzzFeed Community what the best products are for dealing with dry skin — anything from makeup to cleanser to moisturizer or body lotion.

Now let’s get crackin’! (Get it? Because our skin cracks! OK bye.)

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1. Micellar Cleansing Water

Micellar Cleansing Water

 

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“It literally is the biggest lifesaver. Having eczema, I’m really scared to venture out of my comfort zone, but I’m so glad I tried micellar water! It removes makeup, cleanses, and provides instant hydration all without irritating my dry skin. I use it in place of face wash. I leave a bottle of it on my nightstand with a few cotton rounds.” —Pilar De La Cruz, Facebook

Read more about micellar water here.

Price: $5.67 for 6.7 ounces.

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2. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer

 

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“First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer. It’s gonna hydrate your poor face like it’s never been hydrated before. The sales assistant at a Sephora I went to told me I had “unusually dry” skin and she recommended this product to me. My face has never been softer and healthier; this is also good for sensitive skin!” —Harper Badeau, Facebook

Price: $24 for 1.7 ounces.

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3. Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief

 

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“I have incredibly sensitive skin, so I need to be really careful about what I put on my face. Clinique’s Moisture Surge is a MIRACLE for me in the winter. It not only makes my dry skin go away, but once it’s sunk in, my skin glows. It’s expensive, but I don’t need to buy it year-round — once it gets warmer, my skin doesn’t need it anymore.” —Molly Dillon, Facebook

Price: $39.88 for 1.7 ounces.

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4. Tarte Brand Makeup

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tartecosmetics.com

 

“I can only use Tarte makeup, and I think its because its all natural. If i try using something else, the next day I wake up and my eyes are all messed up and dry and cracky and itchy from the eczema.” —Cristina Méndez, Facebook

Find Tarte’s makeup here. The foundation is $39 for 1.7 ounces.

Bonus: Tarte is not only all-natural, but it also doesn’t test on animals, and its products are completely vegan.

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5. The Honest Co. Organic Healing Balm

The Honest Co. Organic Healing Balm

 

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“I’ve had dry skin my entire life and this is the first lotion to really fix it, not just soothe. I think it’s meant to be a baby diaper rash cream, but it’s the most incredible eczema and dry-skin cure I’ve ever come across!” —Denise Ginley, Facebook

Price: $12.50 for 3 ounces.

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6. Lush’s Let the Good Times Roll Cleanser

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lushusa.com

 

“This exfoliating cleanser has been life-changing for me. I have severely dry and dehydrated sensitive skin that can’t really handle traditional foaming cleansers or rough exfolliants. This product strikes the perfect balance because it’s incredibly moisturizing and it sloughs off dead skin and makeup without irritating. Plus it smells amazing and it’s pretty cheap!” —Sally Kaplan (me, IRL)

Price: $12.95 for 3.5 ounces.

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7. Seacret Mineral-Rich Peeling Gel

Seacret Mineral-Rich Peeling Gel

 

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“I exfoliate every couple of days with a charcoal sugar scrub, but my mic-drop product is Seacret Mineral Rich Peeling Gel. It takes off all the little flaky bits of skin and helps clear out any clogged pores, exposing baby soft skin underneath.” —Brittany Parker, Facebook

Price: $44.99 for 1.7 ounces.

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8. Boscia’s Tsubaki Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask

Boscia's Tsubaki Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask

 

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“I use Boscia night mask for my face if it’s really bad. The night mask never makes my skin oily and hydrates it thoroughly. It WILL get on your pillow, but it’s worth it.” —Micaela Gardner, Facebook

Price: $34 for 2.8 ounces.

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9. Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Castile Soap

Dr. Bronner's Unscented Castile Soap

 

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“Dr. Bronner’s Castille Soap. I use it as a body wash and it is the only thing that has cured my eczema and dry skin!” —christinaw447d26130

Price: $18.39 for 32 ounces.

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10. The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash

The Body Shop's Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash

 

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“The Body Shop vitamin E face wash is really good and helped my skin recover when it was at its very driest.” —sarahelizabethb4e72323cf

Price: $15 for 3.3 ounces. (Many people also suggest the vitamin E moisturizer to follow.)

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11. Lush Charity Pot Lotion

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lushusa.com

 

“Lush makes a really rich body lotion called Charity Pot that’s been incredible for my skin. Even better is that all of the proceeds go to a variety of charities and grassroots organizations. I originally bought it because I thought it was a neat idea but I couldn’t believe how soft my skin was after using it. ” —lauriej4c1dbc119

Price: $25.95 for 8.4 ounces.

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12. Make Up For Ever’s Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation

Make Up For Ever's Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation

 

sephora.com

“It’s one of the only full-coverage foundations that was created specifically for dry skin, and it leaves that gorgeous, dewy finish that dry-skinned people crave.” —Heather Ann Faulkner, Facebook

Price: $43 for .44 ounces.

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13. The Body Shop’s Hemp Face Protector

The Body Shop's Hemp Face Protector

 

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“The Body Shop Hemp Face Protector. It has transformed my dry, flaking skin, and made it feel soft and smooth again. I have been through five pots in a year.” —Cloe Heaton, Facebook

Price: $15 for 1.7 ounces.

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14. Glossier’s Moisturizing Moon Mask

Glossier's Moisturizing Moon Mask

 

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“Obsessed with my Moisturizing Moon Mask from Glossier. Makes me feel like a freaking goddess.” —Amanda Marie, Facebook

Price: $22 for 3 ounces.

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15. Kiehl’s Panthenol Protein Moisturizing Face Cream

Kiehl's Panthenol Protein Moisturizing Face Cream

 

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“Best thing ever.” —Rishi Pandey, Facebook

Price: $26 for 4 ounces.

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16. Shashbox Primer Oil

Shashbox Primer Oil

 

sephora.com

“Smashbox Primer Oil! It’s pricey, but you only need a few drops to cover your whole face. At first I didn’t like it. My foundation doesn’t crack and crease anymore, and I even rub it on my lips.” —breeanakbrown

Price: $42 for 1 ounce.

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17. Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater

 

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“I use it throughout the day to keep my face from drying, it has totally changed my skin. And the best part? It’s $7.” —wouldntuliketono

Price: $7 for 4 ounces.

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18. Weleda Skin Food

Weleda Skin Food

 

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“I’m a sailor and get very dry, calloused hands from working with rope in salt water. Weleda Skin Food is so effective that I’ve converted all my colleagues (who are mostly men of a certain age). They agree it’s the best product ever!” —cathrinea

Price: $12.34 for 2.5 ounces.

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19. Belif’s The True Cream Aqua Bomb

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sephora.com

 

“The Belif True Aqua Bomb Cream is the best. It’s a little pricey, but it instantly hydrates my skin and doesn’t cause me to break out or be too oily. Plus, a little goes a long way.” —Heather Young, Facebook

Price: $22 for .84 ounces.

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20. The Body Shop’s Pink Grapefruit Body Butter

The Body Shop's Pink Grapefruit Body Butter

 

thebodyshop-usa.com

“It’s rich and creamy so the moisture lasts all day and it smells amazing!” —mel03

Price: $12 for 6.7 ounces. —mel03

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21. Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Night Cream

Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Night Cream

 

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“Burt’s Bees’ Intense Hydration Night Cream With Clary Sage. When I bought this, I was using it every night and it actually made me oily. I fell in love, but now I typically use it every other night. It’s not heavy and does not leave residue. It’s a must-have.” —emilykaracox

Price: $15.44 for 1.8 ounces.

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22. Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream

Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream

 

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“I have dry skin AND the occasional breakouts, but not with this miracle balm.” —a4638d18ff

Price: $27.69 for 4 ounces.

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23. Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream

Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream

 

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“I have horrible eczema, especially in the winter, and Vanicream always works best for me. It’s the highest-rated lotion by the National Eczema Association and is free of dyes, fragrances, and common chemical irritants found in other lotions.” —Sarah Dennison, Facebook

Price: $11.59 for 16 ounces.

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24. BareMinerals Oil Obsessed™ Total Cleansing Oil

BareMinerals Oil Obsessed™ Total Cleansing Oil

 

sephora.com

“It immediately dissolves makeup and rinses clean, but leaves my face moisturized. It ended the gross flaking AND has stopped my winter eczema!” —megs4ad33dd04

Price: $30 for 6 ounces.

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25. Frank Body Scrub

Frank Body Scrub

 

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“This might seem obnoxiously trendy, but Frank Body Scrub. It has worked miracles on my skin. Not only does it hydrate my skin like no lotion ever has before, it has removed blemishes I thought were permanent. I’m on my second bag and I’m pushing 17 months with it.” —Megan Joy, Facebook

Price: $14.95 for 7 ounces.

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26. Bag Balm

Bag Balm

 

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“Bag Balm for hands and feet. Slather on and wear cotton socks and mittens.” —Sara Mitchell, Facebook

Price: $17.95 for 10 ounces.

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27. Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion

Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion

 

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“Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion! You put it on in the shower so it locks the moisture into your skin. Completely healed my dried skin after only a few days. They have a bottle for extra dry skin or normal dry skin.” —elisemasters

Price: $5.34 for 13.5 ounces.

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