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11 moisturisers under £25 that have the best reviews for combatting dry skin

The skincare products you need

Sharnaz Shahid
Deputy Online Editor
Updated: 16 November 2021
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With fluctuating temperatures and lots of working from home, many of us are looking for help to heal and soothe all kinds of skin concerns. Here at HELLO!, we have rounded up the best moisturisers for those who have extra dry skin - and products that are on a budget! These light and creamy moisturisers definitely deliver nourishing hydration and relief to even the most delicate and sensitive skin.

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Best moisturisers for dry skin

palmer cocoa butter

You can't go wrong with Palmer's cocoa butter. Clinically proven to improve dry skin after just one use, this rich and creamy lotion is an everyday essential for those who experience regular bouts of dry skin. One review said: "This stuff is incredible for dry lips, feet and hands too! So happy I tried and it's so affordable. 10/10 would definitely recommend!"

Palmer's Cocoa Butter, £2.99, LloydsPharmacy


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cerave lotion

This is a TikTok phenomenon - thanks to its non-greasy formula, CeraVe Moisturising Lotion has the same hydrating benefits as their Moisturising Cream. It contains essential ceramides to help protect the skin's natural barrier and MVE technology to provide instant and long lasting hydration. The Hyaluronic Acid also helps to retain the skin's natural moisture. One avid customer claims: "I love this stuff. I've gone through so many bottles of it and always return to it after trying something new. It's lightweight but still feels moisturising, calming on sensitised skin, and absorbs quickly."

CeraVe Moisturising Lotion, £7.10, Amazon


bio oil

Good news! £10 Tuesdays are back at Boots and this week is a skincare special! Boots customers can top up their winter skincare for less with products for just £10 each for 24 hours only. Usually worth £14.99, Bio-Oil Dry Skin Gel's specialist dry skin formulation that absorbs easily, helps relieve the signs and symptoms of dry skin. Clinically proven to improve dry skin. Traditional products such as creams, lotions and body butters are made primarily from water however, most of this water evaporates when coming into contact with your skin. 

Bio-Oil Dry Skin Gel - Restore And Hydrate, £10, Boots



Formulated with a Prebiotic triple oat complex and shea butter, this body moisturiser is clinically proven to moisturise, soothe and protect very dry and irritable skin. The formula helps to improve the balance of the skin's natural microbiome. One fan claims: "The moisturiser hydrates skin very well and doesn’t feel sticky or uncomfortable when applied. There’s a clear improvement from using the moisturiser and I recommend for all skin types."

Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturising Lotion, £7.99, Boots


instant dry skin rescue

Vaseline Expert Care Instant Dry Skin Rescue is the perfect deep-restoring moisturiser. The product delivers clinical strength, with formulations that have been dermatologically tested and clinically tested to heal dry skin from the start. 

Vaseline Expert Care Instant Dry Skin Rescue, £7.99, Superdrug



This intense moisture lotion is an exfoliating wonder, formulated with Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, and a Fruit Acid blend to help smooth texture and remove rough and flaky skin. Great for smooth skin, Sodium Lactate helps to moisturise and Sweet Almond Oil leaves skin feeling soft and conditioned. One avid shopper said about the product: "Super effective! I'm so happy Revolution made this product! I used to use exfoliators, serums, and skin toners to fix the skin on my back, but this is the only thing I use now. My skin is clearer and super soft. It also helps to get rid of dark spots too."

Revolution's Smoothing Intense Moisture Lotion, £8, Revolution Beauty



Comfort and nourish your skin like never before with the Nuxe Reve de Miel Melting Honey Body Oil Balm, a rich and replenishing body butter for dry and sensitive skin. The unique melting butter evolves into a non-greasy oil that repairs skin and soothes sensations of irritation while moisturising and comforting skin. One reviewer wrote: "Best body lotion I've used so far and it smells so lovely."

Nuxe Reve de Miel Melting Honey Balm, £23, Escentual


Best face creams for dry skin


Fight off dull, dry skin and help reduce uneven skin tone with this gorgeous Lacura Watermelon Moisturiser. Enriched with antioxidants vitamin B3 and vitamin E, your skin will have a healthy glow and feel super refreshed. TikTok users have been raving about this, with one person saying: "Good gel moisturiser, great texture for those with oily or combination skin, lightweight feel is good for the summer."

Lacura Watermelon Moisturiser, £4.99, Aldi


your good skin moisturiser

YourGoodSkin SPF50 Daytime Defence Moisturiser, £5.00, Boots


The Bioderma Hydrabio Creme - Rich Moisturising Care will provide long-lasting hydration for dehydrated, sensitive and dry skin types. Formulated with the patented biological complex Aquagenium®, the refreshing cream penetrates deeper than ever, helping skin to regain its natural hydration capacity. One customer claims: "This moisturiser does a good job and my skin is well hydrated with no spots. I will definitely use this again. I getting to like a lot of their products. I can highly recommend them."

Bioderma Hydrabio Creme, £15.50, Escentual


Best in-shower moisturisers for dry skin

sanex moisturisers

Sanex's Dermo Moisturising Shower Gel will help you to say goodbye to skin dryness. The soothing formula helps hydrate, protect and replenish your skin’s barriers while respecting its natural pH balance.

Sanex Dermo Moisturising, £3.99, Superdrug


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