Whether you suffer from dry skin all the time or only during the colder months, you know that it's so much more than a simple nuisance: It can feel itchy, tight, even painful, plus it can look unsightly, causing redness, visible flakes and uneven texture. Fortunately, there are science-backed ways of relieving, improving, and preventing dry skin on both the face and body, including dermatologist-recommended skincare tips and products with proven benefits.

First things first, you'll need to identify what's causing your dry skin. "Cold and windy conditions may dehydrate your face due to lack of humidity in the environment, and dryness can also be caused by irritating products that can strip natural oils, like those with alcohol, astringents and harsh acids," says dermatologist Jeanine Downie, M.D. of Image Dermatology in Montclair, New Jersey. You may also be over-cleansing or exfoliating, or you could have a skin or health condition that cause skin dehydration, such as atopic dermatitis/eczema, psoriasis and diabetes.

Scheduling a visit to your dermatologist will help determine the cause — and once you know the culprit, there are a ton of things you can do at home to help sooth your skin.

Dry Skin Remedies & Tips

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Next, you'll really want to pay attention to what's in your skincare products before you buy them. Below, explore gold standard skin hydrating ingredients and oils to look out for, including how they work, how to use them, their benefits and more:

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Now that you're armed with the information you need, it's time to find the best products for face and body hydration. GH Beauty Lab scientists and skin doctors recommend the picks below, from cleansers to moisturizers, masks, and targeted treatments for hands and feet. We've even included makeup options!

Hydrating Heroes

Face
best face moisturizers
Best Face Moisturizers
Neutrogena
best face washes
Best Face Washes
SkinCeuticals
best face masks
Best Face Masks
AmorePacific
Body
best body lotions
Best Body Lotions
Fresh
best hand creams
Best Hand Creams
L'Occitane
best foot creams
Best Foot Creams
Eucerin
Makeup
best foundations for dry skin
Best Foundations for Dry Skin
giorgio armani
best drugstore foundations for dry skin
Best Drugstore Foundations for Dry Skin
Maybelline
best makeup primers for dry skin
Best Makeup Primers for Dry Skin
kiehl's
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