Super dry skin on face, need serious moisturizer help!!

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
40 posts
  • Wedding: June 2014

I  live in Colorado where it is dry as well.  This isn’t your typical face lotion, but have you tried Cetaphil Moisturizing cream?

Post # 3
1055 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Loft

MrsZapatos:  Have you tried doing a coconut oil mask? I usually use about a teaspoons worth and slater it all over my face and let it sit for 5 minutes. I then take a luke warm cloth and lay it over my face for another minute. Gently rub your skin with the cloth to remove most of the coconut oil and follow up with a moisturizer.

This method has been a life saver for me as I use prescription retnoids and they dry your skin out horribly.

Post # 4
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

MrsZapatos:  I second using Cetaphil.  Use their wash.  It’s very gentle.  I used it for a while with some success and then it just stopped working.  Now I use Neutrogena’s Fresh Foaming Cleanser which cleans dirt, oil, and makeup; it cleans but it doesn’t make my face feel dry.  I also like the Biore’s Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser but I only use it occasionally in the evening after I wash with the Foaming Cleanser.

For mositurizer I suggest using Olay’s Oil Free Moisturizer.  Wash and moisturize your face in the morning and the evening.  Hit it with some extra moisturizer any time you spend a lot of time outside.  Also, do a clay mask once a week to clear out your pores and help with the acne.   Skip the astringent.  Every once and a while when my face feels particularly dry I put on Lubriderm Daily Moisture Lotion.

Post # 5
344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have super dry skin and have tried everything.  I now use neutrogena naturals night-time moisturizer and it really seems to work for me.  I did some research on what a product should contain to really do the job and this had it all.  The naturals daytime moisturizer is not as effective but it has sunscreen in it which is nice.  I also use Suzanne Wexler serum that you get at Bath and Body works and it has transformed the texture of my skin.  It is shockingly pink and really expensive but if you buy it online it is half the price.

Post # 6
1230 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

MrsZapatos:  Don’t buy skincare at drugstores, unless they are organic health food stores. Seriously. 

I have super dry skin and this is what I use to nurse it through the New England winters I suffer through.

Peter Thomas Roth Ultimate Creme; First Aid Beauty (and it’s less than 30); Creme Acienne by Fresh; Hourglass No. 28 primer serum- it’s oil based and feels so smooth and creamy, I will wear it with and without makeup; Ren o12 Roseoil serum, Ren cleansing milk- All of these can be found at Sephora.

I also like Sibu Seabuckthorn berry oil. You can get it at amazon. It has a weird smell and an orange tint, but it works like a dream. I mix it with my moisturizer or wear alone at night. The color fades after about 10 minutes. 

Post # 8
4601 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I have really dry skin too so I bought Aveeno’s complete moisture (I think that’s what it is, but it’s Aveeno and comes in a tub like Cetaphil). I’ve been using it for about a month now on my face, arms and legs, and it’s worked miracles. 

I’ve also heard that Cetaphil is really good, but I haven’t been able to find it anywhere here yet. 

Post # 9
7281 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

I love Glamglow Thirsty Mud and Elizabeth Arden ceramide serum for moitsurizing. I use Glamglow twice a week at night, and the Elizabeth Arden serum the other 5 nights of the week. If I had to choose just 1, it would be the Glamglow. For daytime moisture, CeraVe moisturizer + Smashbox BB cream works well for me.

Post # 10
1649 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I have extremely dry skin on my face (have to apply Cetaphil or equivalent moisturiser to my face 5x within 10 minutes after washing my face or it’ll start peeling/cracking) and the BEST thing I have found so far to help is 100% pure almond oil or avocado oil as my moisturiser. It makes your skin a bit shiny but if you use a few drops it’ll quench your face in no time 🙂 You can get it at most likely. 

Post # 11
294 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I agree with the CeraVe AM and PM formulas for daily moisturizer (I think made by Cetaphil), but my FAVORITE product for what you’re looking for is Clinique’s Moisture Surge. It’s amazing, and really gets the job done to get your skin back on track. I use it as needed, not daily, but it makes my skin SO happy, silky, and smooth.

Post # 12
2150 posts
Buzzing bee

MrsZapatos:  I have oily and acne prone skin. I love Aubrey Organics moisturizers I currently use the one for acne prone skin, but I’ve also used the regular/every day moisturizer.

They all contain oils, which are good for oily and dry skin alike as they prevent your skin from becoming too oily. They’re organic and free of harmful crap. And they’re pretty cheap!

It really soaks into your skin and doesn’t leave a greasy film or anything after it dries. Hope you try it! I usually buy from

Post # 13
75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Go to Lush!  Their options are amazing and they have one for super dry skin.  All natural and handmade.  No bad chemicals!

Post # 15
1333 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

There are good recs here. I just want to say, if you are acne prone, don’t use coconut oil, it’s comedogenic (can cause acne.) I’d also suggest using a cold steam vaporizer in your bedroom at night, it will help a lot with dry skin. Also, with any loisturizer but especially heavy ones or oils, wet your face a bit before putting them on, or use wet fingers. The water will help pull the oils into your skin instead of it sitting on top, leaving an oily film.

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