Best Moisturizers That Win the Fight Against Winter Dryness

Shelly Lee
7 min readDec 28, 2022


Best Moisturizers That Win the Fight Against Winter Dryness

“Winter is a season for recovery and preparation” — Paul Theroux.

With that, let’s prepare to protect ourselves from the dry weather with these bestselling moisturizers:

O’Keeffe’s Working Hands & Healthy Feet Cream are concentrated hand and foot creams that heal, relieve and repair extremely dry, cracked hands. Hypoallergenic — enjoy relief in mere days. Click here for details.

Trader Joe’s Ultra Moisturizing Hand Cream is made of 20% Pure Shea Butter, Enriched with Hemp Seed Oil & Coconut Oil essential fatty acids, Paraben Free, skin-friendly Antioxidant Vitamins C & E. Keeps your hands extra soft. Available at your nearest Trader Joe’s store or here.

CeraVe Hand Cream & Foot Cream for Diabetics’ Dry Skin | 3 Ounce | Diabetes Care Foot & Hand Cream for Dry Cracked Hands & Feet | Fragrance & Paraben Free. Provides 48-hour moisturization and helps restore the protective skin barrier with three essential ceramides (1, 3, 6-II). Click here for details. We also love the CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion for Dry Skin, CeraVe Moisturizing Cream with Hyaluronic Acid, Niacinamide, and Ceramides and CeraVe Moisturizing Cream for Psoriasis Treatment.

PurSources 40% Urea Cream for Hands, Elbows and Feet. Moisturizes & Rehydrates Thick, Cracked, Rough, Dead & Dry Skin. It works wonders for callus remover. Click here for details.

Eucerin Advanced Repair Cream — Fragrance Free, Full Body Lotion for Very Dry Skin. Lightweight, fast-absorbing and non-greasy body lotion. Enriched with Ceramide-3 and Natural Moisturizing Factors. Click here for details. We also like Eucerin Advanced Repair Lotion for very dry and flaky skin in a pump bottle.

Advanced Clinicals Retinol Cream and Collagen Cream Skin Care for wrinkles, fine lines and firming skin. Anti-aging moisturizer with retinol will help decrease the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, crows feet, dark circles and puffiness. Collagen cream will help improve tone and texture by working deep into your skin to help eliminate the look of stretch marks, loose skin, cellulite, spider veins scars and more. Click here for details.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream in tub container and First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream in squeeze tube. A fast-absorbing, rich moisturizer in a light, whipped texture that provides instant relief and long-term hydration for dry, distressed skin and eczema — with no greasy after-feel. Suitable for all skin types and dermatologist tested.

NatureWell Collagen Intense Moisturizing Cream for Face & Body, Unscented. Rich in Vitamins A, C & E; provides immediate hydration; dermatologist tested; no parabens or dyes; no animal testing. Click here for details.

Caudalie The des Vigne Hand and Nail Cream is a super moisturizing hand cream rich in grape seed oil that nourishes and repairs and vinolevure that moisturizes dry skin. Caudalie Nourishing and Protective Hand and Nail Cream contains additional rich avocado oil that protects hands.

Aveeno Eczema Therapy Itch Relief Balm with Natural Colloidal Oatmeal for Eczema Relief combines natural colloidal oatmeal and dimethicone to strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier which helps prevent and protect against dryness and irritation of skin. Also other bestsellers from Aveeno: Baby Eczema Therapy Nighttime Balm with Natural Colloidal Oatmeal for Eczema Relief and Aveeno Cracked Skin Relief Cica Balm with Triple Oat Complex, for very dry, itchy skin.

Redefine Triple Defense Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30. Creamy, daily moisturizer + sunscreen featuring Peptide Technology + Botanical Extracts nourishes to help visibly improve fine lines, deep wrinkles + firmness without clogging pores. Suitable for all skin types, best for normal-dry skin. Click here for details.

Gena Healthy Hoof Cream Complete Cuticle and Nail Care, to Moisturize, Condition and Treat Cuticles and Strengthen Nails. Combined benefits of Castor Oil, Lanolin and Aloe Vera moisturizes the hands and cuticles to help prevent cracked hands and painful hangnails. Click here for details.

Sebamed Moisturizing Body Lotion pH 5.5 for Sensitive Skin. Dermatologist developed, this nourishing, non-irritating formula is suitable for the most sensitive of skins. Enriched with chamomile extract and allantoin to soothe and moisturize. Available here.

Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream. Replenishing Moisturizer for Skin Protection and Rejuvenation. A multi-faceted rescue cream formulated with ceramides that provides replenishing barrier support and defending against the effects of everyday stressors. This rescue cream is a blend of 6 rare African oils and plant ceramide complex to reinforce your skins acid mantle, while antioxidant-rich fermented green tea helps combat signs of aging. Click here for details.

EltaMD Intense Face and Body Moisturizer for Very Sensitive & Dry Skin, Long-Lasting Moisturizing Lotion. Safe for sensitive skin and free of fragrance, parabens and preservatives. Click here for details.

Hard As Hoof Nail Strengthening Cream uses a proven formula with Coconut Scent Nail Strengthener, Nail Growth & Conditioning Cuticle Cream Stops Splits, Chips, Cracks & Strengthens Nails. Click here for details.

Burt’s Bees Almond & Milk Hand Cream is formulated with sweet almond oil and vitamin E to moisturize dry hands. All-natural nutty almond scent without parabens, phthalates. Burt’s Bees Baobab Oil Ultimate Care Hand Cream is formulated with green tea extract and moisturizing ingredients like baobab oil, watermelon seed oil and pumpkin oil for soft, smooth skin. Hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested to moisturize dry skin while is also non-greasy and fragrance free. We also like the Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Hand Salve, Burt Bee’s Shea Butter Hand Cream with Lavender & Honey and Burt’s Bees Hand Repair Gift Set which contains the bestselling Burt Bee’s moisturizing products.

WALRUS OIL — Logger’s Hand Salve, 100% Vegan, Made with Olive Wax, Kokum Butter, Coconut Oil and more. Peppermint and Clove scent. Click here for details.

Smith’s Rosebud Salve. First prepared by a druggist in 1892, a reliable family salve. For chapped skin, blemishes, diaper rash, detergent burn. This is THE ORIGINAL and only Rosebud Salve! Click here for details.

GEHWOL Med Salve for Cracked Skin — an intensive ointment to heal excessively dry, hard and cracked skin on the feet and hands. With regular use the skin regains its natural elasticity and resilience. Available here.

We love the L’Occitane moisturizing products. The Butter Hand Cream is a creamy balm with 20% Shea Butter, honey, almond extracts and coconut oil. The rich texture leaves hands soft and smooth. The 15% Shea Butter Dry Skin Foot Cream contains purifying lavender essential oil from Haute-Provence and anti-inflammatory arnica extract to help reduce redness and irritation. The L’Occitane Ultra Rich Body Cream in a tub is enriched with 25 percent shea butter and offers long-lasting nourishment and protection for dry skin.

J.R. Watkins Natural Moisturizing Hand Cream, Hydrating Hand Moisturizer with Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, and Avocado Oil, USA Made and Cruelty Free since 1868. That’s 150 years of experience and thousands of satisfied customers. Available in various scents: Aloe & Green Tea, Coconut, Lemon Cream, Lavender, Pomegranate & Acai. We also love this brand’s foot cream: J.R. Watkins Foot Salve.

Green Goo’s Dry Skin Salve is a skin-relieving salve and daily moisturizer packed with calendula, chamomile, jojoba, elder flower and yarrow. Great for symptoms related to eczema and psoriasis and for cracked skin, dry hands, elbows, knees, rashes, dry, red bumps, and every-day conditioning. We also love Green Goo’s Skin Repair Salve, a multi-purpose, skin-rejuvenating salve and daily moisturizer, and Green Goo’s Joint Pain Relief and arthritis cream that soothes sore muscles, joint pain, bumps, bruises, sprains, strains, and backaches.

Puriya Daily Mother of All Moisturizing Cream for Dry, Itchy and Sensitive Skin, Face and Body. The moisturizing cream provides fast relief from itchy skin, rashes, dryness, and redness. Feel the rough, cracked patches of your skin soften, while strengthening your skin’s natural barrier. Available here.

Wild Naturals Eczema Psoriasis Cream — for Dry, Irritated Skin, Itch Relief, Dermatitis, Rosacea, and Shingles. Natural 15-in-1 Formula Promotes Healing and Calms Redness, Rash and Itching Fast. This cream stops itching quickly, reduces pain, and promotes repair of damaged skin cells, without using a steroid treatment. The main ingredients are organic aloe vera as an anti-inflammatory agent and manuka honey, a medical grade honey, found only in New Zealand. Available here.

Natural Shingles Treatment and Relief Cream from Dermachange is a shingles cream specially formulated to help heal the skin and relieve the symptoms of shingles, eczema, psoriasis, burns, bug bites, and more. This specially formulated cream with Manuka Honey, Aloe Vera, Cehami, Coconut Oil, Cocoa & Shea Butter helps to stop shingle breakouts, burning, scar and itchy dry skin. Available here.

AHAVA Dead Sea Mineral Hand Creams are a fan favorite! Available in several gorgeous scents, here.

Jack Black Industrial Strength Hand Healer is designed for dry, cracked, and chapped hands. The rich, non-greasy PureScience formula helps diminish tough, calloused skin and heal unsightly cuticles, providing lasting relief. Click here for details.

Kiehl’s Since 1851 Ultimate Strength Hand Salve helps protect against and repair the appearance of severe dryness caused by manual labor, neglect, or exposure to harsh elements. Available here.

Thena Natural Wellness Healing Cream is a fast acting and effective moisturizing skin cream best for dry itchy skin, diaper rash, bug bite for hands, feet and body. Available here.

Ora’s Amazing Herbal Salves are a range of natural healing ointment and intensive moisturizer made with Ora’s basic oil of organic calendula, licorice, burdock. comfrey, plantain, St. Johns wort, and thyme. We love the Tattoo Salve that helps tattoos heal faster and Touchy Skin Salve for eczema treatment.

Vermont’s Original Bag Balm for Dry Chapped Skin. This lanolin based balm helps keep skin smooth and soft. It’s outstanding for cracked hands, elbows and feet, and helps soothe cuts, scratches, skin irritations, and abrasions.

Since 1899, Bag Balm has been the farmer’s friend, helping to keep dairy cows from becoming chapped from the harsh environment of Vermont’s rugged Northeast Kingdom. Click here for details.

Clarins Hand & Nail Treatment Cream is a lightweight, non-oily emulsion formulated to moisturize and soften hands while strengthening nails. It helps protect against the drying effects of external factors (cold, hard water, etc.) to slow visible signs of aging. Click here for details.

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