When you have dry skin, it seems like cutting-edge treatments for wrinkles and spots pop up every day ,while you're stuck with the same old greasy salve. Not anymore. Dry skin care has gone high-tech with innovative formulations that soften and smooth better than before -- without the oily residue or medicinal feel. Here are your latest skin-saving options.

By Krista Bennett DeMaio
December 21, 2015

When you're dealing with cracked, dehydrated skin, you want urea. The humectant draws water into the skin and keeps it there by strengthening its barrier (the outermost layer). This cream has a whopping 20 percent urea – more than you'll find in most over-the-counter products.

Excipial Intensive Healing Cream ($16,cvs.com)

On-the-spot relief

Dull, flaky skin is only half the battle with dry skin. There's also that super-annoying itch. This spritz cools hot spots on contact with moisturizing glycerin and petrolatum and calming oat.

Curél Itch Defense Instant Soothing Moisturizing Spray ($9, target.com)

Nongreasy balm

There's a reason this product sells every 15 minutes in European pharmacies: The intensive balm is packed with heavyweight hydrators – shea butter, glycerin, panthenol – but feels surprisingly lightweight on your skin.

La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 ($15, laroche-posay.us)

Hydrating cleanser

Foaming face washes can leave dry skin uncomfortably tight, but cleansing oil protects and hydrates skin as it cleans. The slick formula dissolves makeup and attracts dirt without stripping away skin's natural oils. Massage it on dry skin. Add a splash of water to make it creamy. Then rinse it all away.

Neutrogena Ultra Light Cleansing Oil ($9, ulta.com)

Ultimate sealant

Dermatologists say the most effective way to lock in hydration is to put on lotion while your skin is still damp from the shower. This body moisturizer was formulated to go directly on wet skin, so you apply it before you towel off. Pretty slick, huh?

Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer ($7, walmart.com)

In-shower solution

Like a conditioner for your body skin: You apply this body lotion in the shower after you've cleansed your skin. Simply rinse off any residue and your skin is fully hydrated for the day.

Nivea In-Shower Cocoa Butter Body Lotion ($7, drugstore.com)


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