The Best Winter Moisturisers for Very Dry Skin

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My forehead, for some reason, is as dry as a bone. This happened in my last pregnancy, too, so I’m not that surprised, but it’s so dry that few things can even touch it when it comes to moisturisation. Even layering a moisturising spritz (pah!) with a hydrating serum on top and then adding an oil and a moisturiser to seal the deal doesn’t seem to quite get to the root of the problem. Also: I don’t always have the time for that sort of rigmarole.

So I’ve been testing out the most potent moisturisers I can find – the sort of moisturisers that are still hanging about when you wake up in the morning, making your skin feel all juicy and plump. The ones that sit nicely beneath foundation, giving it a youthful little sheen and a cushiony finish. Thick, buttery barrier creams and sumptuous, gel-like hydrators – I’ve tested dozens of them and my forehead is now far less dry. Which means that the network of fine lines has diminished. Which means I look less like a hag who lives in the woods and more like a normal thirty-six year old.


Here are the best very-dry-skin moisturisers I’ve found from my testing sessions; great for this transition into the colder weather when all of our faces start to fall off. I’m not going to repeat what I’ve said in the video, but rest assured that there will be some individual moisturiser reviews coming up. I think that the Clinique Smart Moisturizer is especially impressive, with its oil-free formula and line-plumping effects and the Avene is a great budget buy. If you don’t want to watch the video then I’ve listed the products beneath the screen, but I think it’s well worth a look when you get a moment if you, like me, have a forehead that feels like a piece of writing parchment from the Tudor times.

Products Shown:

Darphin 8 Flower Oil Cream, £65:

Alpha-H Liquid Laser Balm, £56:

Skinceuticals 2:4:2 Triple Lipid Restore, £122:…

Creme de la Mer Moisturizing Cream:

Avene Tolerance Rich, £13.50:

Bioderma Hydrabio Rich, £14.50:

L’Oreal Revitalift Filler Renew Night* – same as my HA, but my pot was from France! £13.29:

Clinique Smart Night Custom Repair Moisturizer, £48: (comes in three types for different skin types, I have dry to combination)

L’Occitane Immortelle Precious Cream; £48:

*please note that I have been recently announced as being part of the new L’Oreal Beauty Squad, creating skincare content for the next year. Any work I do in relation to that role will be clearly marked “AD”, otherwise the inclusion of a product – as in this video – is purely editorial, unsponsored and unpaid.

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