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Best Skin Care and Makeup Products for Dry Skin

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There are so many products out there for oily skin that it can seem like there’s nothing for the other end of the spectrum. Even so, there are actually some very good products for dry skin to be had. In some cases, getting them just requires finding an outlet that carries the full line of some well-known products. In others, it’s better to go to different product lines altogether. Here are some of our top picks for skin care products and makeup for dry skin:


These are likely the most challenging types of products for those with dry skin. If they’re too mild, they don’t clean anything; yet if they’re too strong, they strip whatever small amount of natural protection the skin may have. Fortunately, advances in this area have provided more options than there once were.

Cetaphil Cleanser

This is a very well-regarded product, and best of all, it doesn’t cost an outrageous amount of money. It’s dermatologist recommended and comes in a relatively large pump container. The product foams, so it doesn’t leave you wondering if it’s even active. Multiple forms of this product exist, including a “Gentle Skin Cleanser” version for sensitive skin.

Tracie Martyn Amla Cleanser

If you love high-end skin care products, this is the one to try. It’s great for dry, aging skin and clears up problems like flaking and blemishes. Even though it is oil-based, it doesn’t leave the face greasy like cold creams. A user suggests using only one pump of it per wash instead of the three the instructions recommend, saying that one is plenty enough.

Olay Foaming Face Wash

Dry skin is often sensitive as well. If this describes your face, give this product a try. Its foaminess will make it feel more exciting, while its very reasonable price makes it easy for anyone to pick up.

Korres Greek Yogurt 3 In 1 Cleansing, Toning And Eye Make-Up Removing Emulsion

This product leaves no doubt about what it does! It can be used like a regular cleanser and rinsed with water, but it can also be wiped off with soft, dry pads and the job will still get done. In case you’re wondering: Yes, it does actually contain Greek yogurt.


Facial moisturizers may seem redundant to those with oily skin, but they’re very important when the skin is dry. Even so, they need to be light enough to avoid clogging pores and to prevent the skin from becoming overly oily. Here are some of the most favorably-reviewed moisturizing products:

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief

This product promises extra versatility with its oil-free formula. It can be used as a five-minute mask, as an under-makeup moisturizer, or over makeup to add glow in selected spots. The product promises to eliminate dry patches, skin tightness, and provide a hydrated look.

Josie Moran 100% Pure Argan Oil

Most moisturizers work by providing a barrier between the skin and the drying outside environment, and oils are some of the most effective substances. Even so, that doesn’t mean that you can put just any kind of plant-based oil on your face. Argan oil is especially friendly to sensitive, dry skin. It’s rich in essential fatty acids and Vitamin E, so it can provide benefits to the deeper skin layers. This brand of argan oil is cold pressed and free of additives.


Many kinds of makeup will work with dry skin. In fact, they often work best with dry skin since there isn’t a layer of oil stopping them from making a good bond. Those with dry skin need to pay more attention to their moisturizers, though – a layer of oil that came from a bottle can shear off makeup as well as natural skin oil.

That said, it’s a good idea to look for makeup that has been formulated to work with dry skin. This will ensure that it isn’t too drying. Such formulas can also be easier on sensitive skin, which is important since dryness and sensitivity often go together. Here are some recommendations for foundation – one of the most popular forms of makeup.

Vitalumiére Moisture-Rich Radiance Sunscreen Fluid Makeup by Chanel

This is a high-end, lightweight foundation that is “packed” with ingredients meant to work with dry skin. It also includes SPF 15 to provide some protection from further damage and drying from the sun. The name’s allusions to illumination and radiance are signs that this will give a dewy finish.

NARS Tinted Moisturizer

Combine your moisturizer and foundation into one with this product. It forgoes oils in favor of polysaccharides and mineral-rich sea water, and will leave your skin feeling very hydrated. Some finish this makeup off with a setting powder for the “flawless skin” look.


People with dry skin often have dry lips as well. Therefore, while there is no “best” lipstick, there are some best practices for those who fit this description. The first is to use moisturizing lipsticks, or alternatively, to add a moisturizing lip gloss on top of products that would otherwise be dry. Using lipstick plus gloss will allow you to get the benefit of notoriously-drying long-wear lip colors without the dryness.

The next time you buy makeup, check out these and other products that are especially good for your skin type. You’ll likely find that you’ll not only end up with healthier skin, but makeup that looks better than you ever thought it could. For more product recommendations and tips, just contact us. We’ll be happy to help.



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