Dry skin is a condition that’s caused by the lack of moisture-giving oils that usually occur naturally within the body. Simply put, it’s a genetic condition that happens through no fault of your own. So, to counter it, there are a few things you can do, topically, that will help add back the vital moisture that you need to feel comfortable and look healthy on skin level.

That’s where a great moisturiser comes in. There are many, though, and you may often find yourself standing in the creams and lotions aisle pondering on how to find good moisturisers for dry skin. Luckily, Vaseline has the answer. We have every type of world-class skin elixir you may need. But how exactly do you find the right one for you? Well, let’s break it all down here.

Is Moisturiser or Lotion Better for Dry Skin?

Firstly, let’s address the question of moisturisers vs lotions, and which one would be best for the skin you're in.

Well, the main difference lies in their consistency. Lotions are thinner, and so for a quick, light application that gives quick hydration, they're perfect.

However, if you have a dryness caused by genetics, you'll most likely be needing a solution that’s a little more long-term. Moisturisers are a lot thicker, and they work to replace the lipids absent in excessively dry skin. Lipids that work to form a barrier to keep moisture in, and irritation away.

So, a moisturiser it is, then. But which one is best for you?

How to Find Good Moisturisers for Dry Skin

Here are some quality characteristics to look out for, in good moisturisers:

Choose Plant Oils

Like we mentioned, dry skin lacks those essential skin-saving lipids that create barriers that lock in moisture.

So, go the natural route, and choose moisturisers infused with revitalising plant oils – they’re a wonderful source of lipids for your dry skin. Try Vaseline Aloe Soothe Moisturising Body Cream – a fresh, easy to apply cream that’s formulated with the soothing and hydrating Aloe vera plant.

Choose Sunscreen

Exposure to the sun, even for a little bit, can cause the overproduction of melanin in the skin as it works to protect you from those UV rays. This could give your skin an uneven tone, and of course, severely dry it out. Choose a cream with a good sun protection factor (SPF), and use it everyday to prevent drying out, and for extra protection. Reach for Vaseline Even Tone Moisturising Body Cream – An intensive repairing moisturiser that’s formulated with everyday sun protection.

Fit the Moisturiser to Your Skin Type

The skin is a dynamic, unique organ, and every type is different, with differing needs. So, when seeking the right moisturiser for you, make sure you choose the one that suits your skin type:


Sensitive skin is prone to reaction when certain formulations are applied. Choosing a moisturiser for sensitive skin will mean yours gets the extra gentle treatment. Go for Vaseline Intensive Care™ Advanced Repair Moisturising Body Cream – a nourishing moisturiser for sensitive skin that instantly soothes tightness and dryness.

Extra Dry

Because the skin is a living, breathing organ, when it works extra hard to protect, it could be susceptible to extra dryness - dryness that it may need a little help to repair. When this happens, a little extra care will do the trick. So, choose a moisturiser that provides deep moisturisation for longer. Try Vaseline Dry Skin Repair Body Cream – provides deep moisturising intensive care for excessively dry skin, and for up to 72h.

Choose Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin B3

If you're prone to drying out quickly – perhaps because of the climate, or even some makeup or products that you use – creams formulated with hyaluronic acid or vitamin B3 will help restore missing moisture, faster. Try Vaseline Clinical Care Aging Skin Rescue Moisturising Body Cream – a moisturiser that’s developed with hyaluronic acid and vitamin B3 to noticeably improve elasticity and improve the resilience of dry skin.

When it comes to a good moisturiser for dry skin, it’s not a one-size-fits-all situation. Vaseline has you sorted, though. No matter your skin type or skin care needs, we have the right moisturiser for you, to get your skin back to its usual radiance. Click here to browse our full range of skin care technologies.

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