Dry, itch-prone skin needs a heavy­weight hy­dra­tor to lessen mois­ture loss.

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When you have dry, itch-prone skin, a lightweight face or body moisturiser that sinks in is not what you need. What you do: a sub­stan­tial hy­dra­tor that leaves a non-greasy film to lessen mois­ture loss.

Dry, itchy, sen­si­tive, or eas­ily ir­ri­tated skin is com­pro­mised skin. A lightweight moisturiser isn’t made for it. “The skin bar­rier is im­bal­anced due to a lack of lipids in the hy­dro-lipid film,” says Doreen Chia, brand gen­eral man­ager of Korean beauty la­bel Hera. “This film pro­tects the skin sur­face, which is vi­tal for keep­ing bac­te­ria and pol­lu­tants out and keep­ing mois­ture in.”

That’s why it’s cru­cial to re­build the skin bar­rier “by us­ing a more emol­lient prod­uct that will help re­store lipids, lock in mois­ture and pre­vent skin in­flam­ma­tion”, says Chia.

Sen­si­tive-skin spe­cial­ist Aveeno has the same take. The brand’s coun­try di­rec­tor for Malaysia and Sin­ga­pore, Prashant Ma­halingam, says keep­ing dry or eczema-prone skin com­fort­able and hy­drated of­ten re­quires rich moisturisers with a higher pro­por­tion of oil to water than those for nor­mal skin. These leave a pro­tec­tive bar­rier on skin, en­sur­ing that mois­ture is sealed in.


Looks like cream, feels like but­ter They leave a co­coon­ing layer on your skin.Ma­monde Mois­ture Ceramide In­tense Cream, $45. An an­ti­age­ing face moisturiser that strength­ens the mois­ture bar­rier.Eucerin Hyaluron­filler + Elas­tic­ity Night Cream, $85. Made to ad­dress deep wrin­kles and sag­ging in dry, ma­ture skin.Hera Rosy-satin Cream, $120. A skin-re­fin­ing face cream that helps makeup go on smoothly. Balm-like, but lightThey’re thick but feel sur­pris­ingly lightweight, al­most “fluffy”, when ap­plied.Aveeno Der­mexa Mois­tur­iz­ing Cream, $16.90. This body moisturiser’s non-greasy fin­ish means you can keep reap­ply­ing it if nec­es­sary.Medicube Red Cream Plus, $65. Made for acne-prone faces, its thick for­mula pre­vents skin from pro­duc­ing more se­bum to com­pen­sate for dry­ness.The Body Shop Ja­panese Cherry Blos­som Straw­berry Kiss Body Cream, $32.90. Ex­actly the kind of thing to have on flights and win­ter hol­i­days. Hy­brid for­mula with cream in a gelBos­cia Tsub­aki Swirl, $56. Lit­er­ally a cream in a gel, this face hy­dra­tor has the com­fort­ing feel of cream and the fresh fin­ish of gel.

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