The 7 Best Drugstore Moisturizers for Dry AF Skin

Winter, bye.

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Solid 2018 resolution: be more thoughtful about how we spend our hard-earned moola. So when frigid winds and arctic temps hit the forecast, resist the urge to buy that $200 designer moisturizer and instead soothe your winter skin with an equally excellent—if not better—drugstore brand that won't set off any alerts on your money-tracking app. Ahead, our seven favorite ridiculously cheap moisturizers that will almost make you wish winter lasted a bit longer. Almost.

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1 This Fine Line-Plumping Moisturizer
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L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Face Moisturizer Cream Day/Night, $13

This velvet-y moisturizer is infused with a bunch of skin-protecting oils, like apricot and passion fruit oil, which work together to plump fine lines, smooth shallow wrinkles, and brighten age spots, all while feeling ridiculously smooth on your skin.

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2 This Tone-Brightening Moisturizer
<p>Another great moisturizer to have in stock if you're treating&nbsp;hyper-pigmentation is Garnier's new&nbsp;formula that uses Vitamin C to brighten skin. It contains gentle exfoliants, too, that make it easy to&nbsp;scrub off&nbsp;dead skin until you're soft as baby.&nbsp;</p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">$15; <a href="http://www.ulta.com/skinactive-clearly-brighter-brightening-smoothing-daily-moisturizer-spf-15?productId=xlsImpprod13762437" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">ulta.com</a>.</strong></p>

Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter Brightening & Smoothing Daily Moisturizer, $11

There's a reason why every dermatologist wants you to use vitamin C on your face: It's the absolute best at brightening dull skin, fading discoloration, and lightening marks and scars, all without burning the hell out of your skin. And, luckily, vitamin C comes at every price point, like within this Garnier formula, which has become a cult-favorite for fixing hyperpigmentation, fast.

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3 This Sensitive-Skin Savior
<p>The French do not mess around with their skincare, which is why this sensitive skin wonder is so beloved by editors and beauty fends. Bioderma's formula works especially well on rosacea or&nbsp;dry skin that's prone to redness—<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space">especially from the&nbsp;</span>nightmare that is central heating.&nbsp;</p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">$20; <a href="https://www.walmart.com/ip/Bioderma-Sensibio-AR-Cream-1-35-fl-oz/148557416#about" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link" target="_blank">walmart.com</a>.</strong></p>

Bioderma Sensibio AR Cream, $24.90


The French do not mess around with their skincare, which is why this sensitive-skin wonder is so beloved by so many beauty editors. Bioderma's formula works especially well on rosacea or dry skin that's prone to redness—especially from the nightmare that is central heating—thanks to its gentle canola and allantoin moisturizers.

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4 This Thick, Skin-Softening Cream
<p>When Beyonce says <a href="http://www.elle.com/beauty/makeup-skin-care/tips/a2454/beauty-insider-beyonce-shares-her-beauty-secrets-449666/" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">she lives</a> by Aquaphor products&nbsp;to keep her ageless skin—<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span>well, ageless—<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span>you listen up real quick. The super-hydrating formula is powered by petroleum so yes, it's on the greasier side. But&nbsp;the benefits are super smooth skin that's restored and protected from&nbsp;cracking, so it's well worth the extra sheen.&nbsp;</p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">$11; <a href="https://www.walmart.com/ip/Aquaphor-Healing-Advanced-Therapy-For-Dry-Cracked-Or-Irritated-Skin-Ointment-14-oz/10810942" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">walmart.com</a>.</strong></p>

Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment, $10

When Beyoncé says Aquaphor to keep her skin looking flawless, you listen. But even without Bey, this super-hydrating formula needs no hype woman, because it's powered by petroleum, the ultimate skin-protecting ingredient.

Yes, it's a bit greasy, and no, you're not going to want to dip your body in it, but trust us when we instruct you to dampen your face, apply a layer of this ointment on top, then wait an hour (or overnight). Your face will be so freaking soft and moisturized when you rinse it off, it'll have been worth the extra hour of sheen.

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5 This Ultra-Rich Moisturizer
<p>The key word here is soufflé<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span>, which hints at&nbsp;how this cream acts: as&nbsp;a light and fluffy skincare treat. It's packed with the trifecta&nbsp;of coconut oil,&nbsp;shea butter, and jojoba oil, so it smells like summer vacation and feels&nbsp;like a&nbsp;refreshing&nbsp;glass of Perrier for your skin.&nbsp;</p><p>$15; <a href="http://www.ulta.com/coconut-ultra-hydrating-facial-souffle-moisturizer?productId=xlsImpprod13762139" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">ulta.com</a>.</p>

Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Facial Soufflé Moisturizer, $10


The key word in the name here is soufflé, because this cream is just as light and fluffy as you'd hope and think. It's packed with a trifecta of coconut oil, shea butter, and jojoba oil, making it ultra moisturizing for dry, flaky skin, without feeling like you just dunked your face in a vat of oil.

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6 This Acne-Safe Treatment
<p>There are so many reasons&nbsp;people stuff their&nbsp;medicine cabinets&nbsp;with CeraVe products, but the scoop&nbsp;on&nbsp;their latest healing ointment?&nbsp;Perk #1) It&nbsp;tackles all of the parts that tend to chafe in dry air.&nbsp;Perk #2) Sensitive/oily skin types: There's minimal&nbsp;grease or fragrance. Perk #3) It offers peak hydration due to&nbsp;three moisturizing ceramides and a healthy dose&nbsp;of hyaluronic acid.&nbsp;</p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">$11;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ulta.com/healing-ointment?productId=xlsImpprod13762083" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">ulta.com</a>.</strong></p>

CeraVe Healing Ointment, $15

There are so many reasons why people stack their medicine cabinets full of CeraVe products, and their latest healing ointment is one of them. Not only does it completely eradicate flakes and scaly patches, but it's also totally safe on sensitive and acne-prone skin types, since it uses lightweight ceramides and hyaluronic acid to hydrate, rather than heavy oils.

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7 This Dark Spot-Fading Lotion
<p>Where there's discoloration, let there be light

Olay Regenerist Luminous Light Hydrating Moisturizer, $14


Where there's discoloration, there shall be light...in the form of this lightweight lotion, which uses a mix of vitamin B3 and B5 to fade sun spots and acne scars, while brightening and evening out the overall tone of your skin.

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