The 7 Best Skincare Ingredients For Dry Skin

In the form of rich oils, emollient cleansers and carefully-layered actives
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Aurora Eysan Sulejmani photographed by Giuseppe Vitariello for L'Officiel Singapore September 2015

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is the skincare hero of the moment, and for good reason. Ideal for dry skin, this ingredient is a humectant, meaning it draws in moisture to plump up skin and give you that hydrated, dewy look. To get all the benefits of this powerhouse ingredient, layer your hyaluronic acid over damp skin and under a rich moisturiser. Otherwise, your HA might actually be drying you out.



Ceramides are a crucial component to maintaining moisturised skin. Part of the skin barrier, ceramides prevent it from losing moisture, while also protecting you from pollution and dry air. While ceramides are produced naturally, they become depleted as we age. Drinking enough water and consuming a diet rich in vegetables and healthy fats can help, as can using the right skincare products.  



Squalane is one of the best ingredients for dry skin due to its similarity to sebum, or the oils that skin naturally secretes. Squalane absorbs easily, maintains moisture levels, and can prevent skin from becoming dehydrated when your sleep.


Lactic Acid

Using an exfoliating acid might seem counterintuitive for dry skin, but increasing cell turnover is key in maintaining a radiant complexion. Lactic acid is great for dry skin as it's one of the gentler acids out there, and works to break down dead skin cells without causing irritation. 



Chances are, you already have lots of glycerin-packed products in your medicine cabinet. One of the most commonly used components in cosmetics, glycerin is great for dry skin because it retains moisture and can be safely added to nearly every step of your skincare routine.


Marula Oil

Derived from the marula tree, marula oil is a rising star of the beauty world. Rich in fatty acids, this skincare ingredient hydrates, contains antioxidants and is an anti-inflammatory, all without clogging pores. Use marula oil on its own or combined with other ingredients in a mask or moisturiser.


Sea Buckthorn

Perhaps the most obscure skincare ingredient on this list, sea buckthorn is very effective at protecting skin from harsh weather. Heavier than other face oils, use it when you're feeling especially dry.

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