Google searches for dry skin moisturizers are up 450%—here are our editor-approved picks


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If you could spy on my recent Google search history, you’d notice that I’m on the hunt for long sweaters, a trusty pair of boots, hygge-ready socks, and—along with the rest of the world, apparently—dry skin moisturizers. Yep, winter is coming, and we all want to be ready for it.

But yeah, on the internet, Google searches for dry skin moisturizers are up a whopping 450 percent, which basically means I’m not alone in that my face is starting to fall off. As the wind is starting to rustle through dying leaves and temperatures dip into lower digits, slathering your skin in something as thick and comfortable as your seasonal clothing (cashmere! knits! velvet!) becomes a pretty important daily staple. Hence why everybody’s going bananas for richer, more whipped, and uber-hydrating moisturizers to keep your complexion nourished despite the harsh weather conditions.

With everyone frantically searching for these superstar products, it’s because they need help—there are so many out there, making it exceedingly difficult to know which heavy-duty option is worthy of your money. To help? Team Well+Good shares their favorites.

Keep reading to shop our editor-approved dry skin moisturizers.

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Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream, $60

“This moisturizer feels light and fluffy but it kept my face hydrated and protected while riding my bike all last winter. It was good to the last pump but never left my skin greasy.” —Jordan Galloway, senior style editor

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Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Magic Cream, $100

“In the spring and summer I use marula oil, but when temperatures begin to drop and my skin goes from naturally supple to brittle AF, and I switch to Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream. Massaging it into my face is an experience that I’d liken to bathing in the fountain of youth.” —Tamim Alnuweiri, assistant editor

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Peach & Lily Matcha Pudding Antioxidant Cream, $40

“Nothing lures me out of bed in the morning quite like the promise of getting to slather pudding on my face. This matcha antioxidant cream fends off free radicals as it deeply moisturizes my complexion, without a hint of sticky residue; rather, it adds a nice silk finish to skin.” —Ali Finney, senior editor

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Saje Sweet Dreams Intensive Moisturizer, $47

“Even though this cream indicates it’s for pre-bedtime use only, I put it on in the morning after I wash my face, too. It’s a little thicker than a typical moisturizer, which is why it works so well on my face, which has the unfortunate habit of drying out right when the seasons turn.” —Emily Laurence, senior editor

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Clark’s Botanicals Smoothing Marine Cream, $115

“This cream harnesses all the superpowers of jasmine into a rich moisturizer that leaves a dewy outer shell on my face. I love that it tingles slightly as I put it on—that means it’s working, right?!” —Kells McPhillips, editorial assistant

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Ildi Pekar Glowing Honey Moisturizer, $78

“While I’m more of a serum-as-moisturizer kinda gal in the summer, in the winter I mean business when it comes to hydration. I’m obsessed with Ildi Pekar’s creamy moisturizer which has aloe leaf and raw honey to soothe your skin. It seems really thick but absorbs beautifully (and smells amazing).” —Rachel Lapidos, associate editor

For the rest of your skin-care routine, add some hyaluronic acid and a vitamin C serum

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