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Moisturizers for dry skin

Want to maintain soft, beautiful skin at any age? According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), a moisturizer is one of the most effective anti-aging products a person can buy — and that’s especially true for those with dry skin.

Dry Skin: An Overview

Dry skin is a very common skin condition that occurs in people of all ages. Those with dry skin have affected areas that are dehydrated, itchy, rough, peeling, cracked, red or scaly.

Moisturizers: The Basics

Moisturizers come in a wide variety of forms, including creams, gels, ointments, lotions, serums and even sprays. None are notably better than others, but heavy creams are perceived as more effective for very dry skin.

To help the moisturizer work effectively, apply it right after bathing or washing, and pat it on lightly instead of rubbing it in [see Source 5].

Choosing a Moisturizer

The labels and ingredient lists on moisturizers can shed light on whether they’re suitable for dry skin. Perfumes or fragrances, for example, are possible ingredients that can irritate skin. To minimize the risk of breakouts and irritation, the AAD advises choosing a moisturizer that is labeled “allergy tested” (less likely to cause allergic reaction) and “non-comedogenic” (less likely to clog pores) [see Source 1].

Not all moisturizers affect people with dry skin in the same way. It may be necessary to try several products before finding one that works for your skin type; but the right moisturizer can help keep your skin stay hydrated and provide relief related to dryness.