What Really Works for Relieving Dry Skin

Even though this winter is starting out to be more mild than last year's (thank goodness), seasonal weather can still take a toll on your skin. Cold temperatures, low humidity, strong winds and dry indoor heating can all sap our skin of moisture, resulting in chapping, flakiness, itchiness, redness and irritation. When dry skin symptoms strike, what better place to turn than to the trusted Truth In Aging community? Our readers have put moisturizing serums and lotions for both face and body to the test, and have left their glowing feedback for the skin soothers that really work. Here are 11 recommended products that have proven their ability to alleviate dryness and restore soft, supple, healthy skin.

Favorite Products for Dry Skin: Face

Sciote Super Moist Hyaluronic Serum ($75 in the shop) is formulated to provide intense hydration while diminishing fine lines and wrinkles, with active ingredients such as MSM (which is the purest form of sulfur) and an impressive 50% hyaluronic acid. The end result is smooth, radiant skin. TIA Community Reviewer Judy reported that her "facial skin is softer, very well-hydrated and without the blotchy redness that I usually have every winter." Read Judy's full review.

Hyalogic Episilk Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum ($59.95) utilizes its namesake ingredient of hyaluronic acid to improve moisture retention and plump skin. Though lightweight and non-oily, this simple formula intensely hydrates as well as restores skin's elasticity and reduces fine lines and wrinkles. TIA Community Member Mireemaxx said "I've seen that in my few days of use, my dry skin is more supple and soft. After using it at night, I awaken to a firmer, hydrated and dewy skin." Read Mireemaxx's complete comment.

Snowberry Simply Delicious Moisturiser ($54) deeply hydrates and nourishes dry skin with ingredients such as shea butter, macadamia seed oil, New Zealand honey, cupuacu and lingonberry. Natural herbal antioxidants and extracts help to neutralize free radical damage while reducing discoloration and inflammation. TIA Community Reviewer Becky calls it "the beauty product equivalent of a down comforter," saying that she loved how her skin "felt waking up on a cold December morning — fresh with just the right balance of hydration." Read Becky's full review.

Mukti Antioxidant Facial Oil ($40) contains a blend of regenerative oils such as macadamia, jojoba, rosehip and evening primrose to assist in collagen production and to increase skin elasticity. It also provides an antioxidant boost with pomegranate and carrot seed oils. TIA reviewer Dani says that "the oil is sensationally moisturising and my skin looks and feels plumper" and that "the rich, golden oil has also given me a radiance that lasts long after application." Read Dani's full review.

Skin Nutrition Night Cream ($75) offers superior levels of antioxidant therapy overnight during the skin's restoration period, thanks to its potent blend of super-berry extracts along with vitamins A, C and E. Rich and hydrating, it effectively fades stubborn wrinkles, evens out skin tone and reduces the appearance of pores. After one week, TIA Community Reviewer Cindy found that her "skin seemed much softer," and by the third week, "lines around my eyes are very much diminished, along with smile lines and even the deep wrinkles along my jaw line." Read Cindy's full review.

Eslor Active Night Cream ($95 in the shop) is a deeply hydrating moisturizer with rich butters and oils that helps preserve the skin's suppleness and firmness while diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Its formula includes powerful actives such as Matrixyl 3000, hydrolyzed soy milk protein, ginseng extract, sea buckthorn oil, aloe vera gel, peach kernel oil, mango butter, almond butter, glycerin and carrot oil. TIA reviewer Cindy P. said "by week four, I realized that my neck looked great... the dreaded crepiness was almost gone, and the skin on my 64-year-old face looked younger and tighter." Read Cindy P.'s full review.

Favorite Products for Dry Skin: Body

Kat Burki Body Butter ($62) is an intensely hydrating body moisturizer designed for fast absorption. Moisturizing natural oils such as rose hip, coconut oil, tamanu and evening primose, combined with a proprietary organic herb blend, work to repair and restore the skin's elasticity. TIA Community Member Leslie says "My skin has never looked or felt less crepe-like and dry since using this product." Read Leslie's complete comment.

Prana SpaCeuticals Firming Body Emulsion ($28 in the shop) utilizes highly refined oils from grape seed, safflower, sweet almond and shea butter to alleviate dryness and deeply nourish skin. In addition, its firming anti-aging ingredients help to tackle cellulite and protect skin. TIA Community Member Lola says "I have pretty dry skin and I did not need to re-apply the cream during the day, my skin felt nourished and looked gorgeous even 24 hours later." Read Lola's complete comment.

Red Flower French Lavender Moisturizing Body Lotion ($26) is formulated with skin-conditioning whole-flower extracts such as chamomile and rose, and contains omega-6, shea butter, gamma linoleic acid and primrose oil to increase moisture content and repair damaged skin. TIA Community Member Christine says "I use it as an all-over moisturizer after I shower, I feel like I lock in the moisture and never have to reach for it again (until my next shower!)." Read her full review.

Retrospect Feet, Knees and Elbows ($38) provides both immediate and lasting hydration with a blend of lanolin, castor and olive oil extracts. It is formulated with keratin for aiding extremely dry and/or cracked skin, and also contains anti-inflammation agents such as bisabolol and ginger root to soothe sore skin. TIA Community Reviewer Emily says "my feet and knees are loving it, to the point of putting off a pedicure, and I've even dabbed it on my chronically dry hands and cuticles too." Read Emily's full review.

Seams Hand Cream ($16) is one of Marta's newest discoveries. Formulated by a former fashion student as a solution for the constant abuse endured by her hands, this fast-absorbing, intensely hydrating cream contains macadamia nut oil to nourish skin and keratin to strengthen nails. Antioxidant rosehip extract and the Delentigo complex, which is based on garden cress sprouts, prevents and minimizes hyperpigmentation. Marta says that its distinctive and delightful scent is "certainly one of the reasons that I keep a tube on my desk and reach for it several times a day." Read Marta's full review.

Are there any skin care products you've tried from TIA that have successfully relieved dry skin? Let us know in the comments below!