If you’ve searched without success for the best lotion for extremely dry skin, then it’s time to consider your climate.
Why? Selecting a formula that simply says “for dry skin,” without taking into account your environment, is like putting a bandage over a blister, then continuing to wear those blister-causing shoes day after day. It’s nearly impossible to see lasting improvement – even if you’re using a product marketed as the best lotion for extremely dry skin.
A smarter strategy: Forget about buying for “skin type.” Instead, apply a day cream for the climate you’re in. “Our environment affects the skin in so many ways,” says Christina Dukes, PharmD, BOPC, a pharmacy specialist. “On any given day our skin is battling pollution, extreme temperatures, varying humidity, and UV rays.” Therefore, the best lotion for extremely dry skin will be a daytime moisturizer that replenishes your dry skin with depleted moisture, while also protecting it from all those elements in your environment that exacerbate and perpetuate that dryness.
All of Pour Moi’s Day Creams do exactly that. The collection’s daytime formulas are packed with a proprietary blend called HyalurTurf+ which consists of three Hyaluronic Acid molecules that hold water in the skin (up to 1000 times their weight)—and draw more moisture from the air. This trio of molecules also adapts to whatever weather you’re in to ensure your skin is getting the perfect amount of moisture.
Then, to further eradicate dryness, each of the four creams boast ingredients that protect and enrich the skin in your current environment. Here’s what to choose based on your climate.
In a Very Cold Climate, the Best Lotion for Extremely Dry Skin is: Polar Day Cream.
Packed with a combination of Squalane Oil and Shea Butter, this formula forms a thin, protective seal over the surface of the skin, buffering your face from moisture-depleting harsh air and strong winds. The skin-nourisher is also packed with a medley of humectant, emollient and occlusive ingredients that help strengthen your skin’s own protective barrier and minimize the amount of moisture that leaks out of the skin (a process called Transepidermal Water Loss—or TEWL). This latter benefit is key in very cold weather when the risk of TEWL can increase by as much as 25 percent.
In a Very Hot, Dry Climate, the Best Lotion for Extremely Dry Skin is: Desert Day Cream.
This product prevents moisture loss with lightweight Squalane Oil, forming a thin, non-sticky barrier on the skin’s surface to hold in moisture. It’s also packed with anti-oxidants to help minimize the damaging, skin-drying impact of UV rays and pollution, both of which are most prevalent during the day—and most damaging in hot, dry conditions.
In a Very Hot, Humid Climate, the Best Lotion for Extremely Dry Skin is: Tropical Day Cream.
Packed with enough humectants and emollients to ensure dry skin is adequately nourished, this formula is also laced with coconut acid, a gentle exfoliator that helps rid the skin of bacteria found in humid air—and paves the way for the day cream to penetrate and hydrate the skin. Finally, this formula is laced with antioxidants to shield skin from skin-drying free radicals in UVB rays and pollution.
In a Moderate (Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold) Climate, the Best Lotion for Extremely Dry Skin is: Temperate Day Cream.
This formula hydrates even the driest complexion, while also firming and tightening slack skin, thanks to the addition of Seaweed Extract. Mild seasons can still cause external aging since skin is subjected to a variety of elements including rain, sunshine, and wind. Temperate Day Cream helps keep skin’s Natural Moisturizing Factor (NMF) balanced so skin stays consistently nourished, protected and hydrated.