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    25 Things For People Who Feel Like Their Skin Starts To Get Dry The Minute It’s Fall

    All the moisture in my body the first day of fall: OK, cool, time to leave until spring, I guess.

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    1. A tub of O'Keeffe's hand cream to replenish moisture in dry, cracked hands. It forms a protective layer around your hands, locking in hydration and preventing moisture from escaping.

    Promising review: "I have suffered from splitting and cracking fingers every fall and winter for years. I tried Eucerin, Lubriderm, and Gold Bond creams, but none seemed to relieve the splitting from reoccurring. I tried O'Keeffe's Working Hand Cream and within two-and-a-half days, the splitting and cracking were no longer a factor. Since using the cream, I have not suffered any more cracking or splitting. I am on a busy schedule and only use it at night when I go to bed. It says it's non-greasy but you can definitely feel a slick texture on your hands once applied. That's why I use it at night before bed when I don't have to open door knobs, touch smartphones, or shake hands. It has the texture of cake icing, goes on smooth and works into the skin quickly. It has no smell I can detect. I am so glad I found this cream, it has ended years of split and cracked fingers/hands." —T.H.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.49.

    Our deep dive into O'Keeffe's Working Hands Cream goes into more details, so be sure to check it out.

    2. A tube of Burt's Bees lip balm that'll both moisturize your lips and make them tingle thanks to antibacterial peppermint oil. This paraben-free balm contains beeswax and vitamin E, which are known to hydrate and help with cell regeneration. / Via @burtsbees

    Promising review: "Perfect for the fall! This is my go-to lip balm and love that it was made from natural ingredients. It's smooth, silky and has a fresh peppermint smell that is not overpowering. I recommend this to everyone!" —Zac

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $9.02 (available in nine flavors).

    3. A NYX oil primer for dry skin-types that want to add moisture before applying foundation. It's made with jojoba oil, which is ideal for reducing eczema- or psoriasis-related redness as well as safflower oil, which smooths the skin while removing dirt and oil.


    Promising review: "I have combo skin and this oil really helps any dry patches I have without making the rest of my face overly oily. It provides the perfect base for foundation. I use it in combination with NYX Angel Veil and it looks great with many different foundations. I think this is the fourth or fifth bottle that I have purchased. It is one of those products that you won't risk running out of." —Michelle Johns

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    4. A Maybelline liquid foundation to give your skin a dewy finish and hide flaky patches. It's buildable and comes with SPF 18 to protect your face from sun damage (very important!!).,

    Promising review: "I have very dry skin and even the more expensive liquid foundations would just make my dryness worse after a long work day. This foundation is lightweight, keeps my skin perfectly balanced (not too dry or oily), and has amazing coverage. And still looks fabulous at the end of the day. My only regret is that I wish I found it sooner!" —PalominoFeather

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99 (available in 28 shades).

    5. Garnier's micellar water for cleansing the skin without introducing harsh, drying chemicals. Say goodbye to your waterproof mascara and longwear foundation. Too late; there they go! / Via @garnierusa

    Promising review: "Does not dry out your skin, and I am always amazed at how much my other cleanser has left behind. This is the first toner type product that I have ever been able to use that doesn't feel like it leaves a residue behind. I don't feel like I need to re-wash my face after I have used this." —Heather Wolf

    Get it from Amazon for $6.59.

    This is our budget pick for best makeup remover on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    6. A pack of Cetaphil cleansing wipes to scrub away the day's makeup without stripping the skin of its natural oils. While you shouldn't get in the habit of using wipes every night to remove everything from your foundation to waterproof mascara, they're an easy option after a long night out or for those lazy days when you just can't be bothered. / Via @cetaphilcanada

    Promising review: "I live in the high desert and winters are very dry. These get my face clean, including removing 95% of my eye makeup, without my having to use water and making my skin dry and chapped. I usually use half a wipe and it gets the job done. The package kept the wipes damp for over a month. I now have these on my subscribe and save list. Definitely worth the money especially if you have dry skin in a dry cold climate." —Westielover

    Get them from Amazon for $9.44.

    7. A container of The Body Shop cleansing butter for melting off your waterproof makeup with ease. This one's made with chamomile, which is super gentle on your skin and won't irritate your eyes — even if you wear contacts.


    Promising review: "Finally something that takes all my makeup off without stripping my skin. And I’ve tried everything. Gentle cleansers that don’t strip don’t remove all the makeup, and the ones that do are drying. I can never find the balance. Well this is it. I wash my face with a gentle cleanser after and it’s so soft and clean. This requires no scrubbing. It melts off and it calms my dry skin. I bought this based on a review and I will never stop using it. Holy grail status. My skin thanks you." —Tattoo Annie

    Get it from Amazon for $13.46.

    8. CeraVe's face and body moisturizer to enjoy 24 hours of head-to-toe hydration. It contains three ceramides, which are lipids that help the skin retain its moisture, plus hyaluronic acid, another ingredient known for keeping skin plump and hydrated.

    Promising review: "I have only used this moisturizing cream for about a week and a half and I have to say, it has been amazing for my skin! Fall/winter usually takes a toll on my skin and makes it very dry. From day one of using it, I could already tell a difference. It doesn't leave you feeling greasy. It's great for sensitive skin, as it has no fragrance. I use it at least once a day but really try to use it twice a day. My skin has done a complete turnaround!" —candace chavez

    Get it from Amazon for $14.24.

    9. A brightening facial scrub so your skin is ✨glowing✨. A combo of sea kelp, lemon peel, French green clay, and Madonna lily can slough away the dry, flaky dead skin cells and de-gunk your pores to help reduce breakouts.

    Promising review: "This scrub does wonders for my skin. I have super dry, flaky skin with easily clogged pores. This scrub doesn’t feel super 'scruby' but it does the trick! After using it my skin is flake-free and my pores are no longer clogged. And importantly, my skin is also not dried out or tight feeling. It’s gentle enough I can use it multiple times a week or even daily if I need to. Also, many mentioned the smell being weird or gross — it smells like rose and citrus. Admittedly an unusual combination, but it’s consistent with the ingredients. I don’t find it unpleasant at all and it’s super light and natural smelling." —jessica-ann

    Get it from Amazon for $7.93.

    10. A Foreo Luna Mini 2 to gently exfoliate your skin without leaving it red, raw, or tight. Wave goodbye to your dead skin cells! 👋

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    Promising review: "I have very dry skin and when I exfoliate too vigorously my skin gets dry patches. I've been using this regularly for the past four months and I can honestly say, my skin has never looked better. I use both sides for a total of two minutes with my Burt's Bees mild cleanser. I've only charged this device once and I'll moderate the intensity as needed. Overall, I love this device and am so happy that I bought it." —Charles and Jenn

    Get it from Amazon for $139 (available in six colors).

    Read our in-depth review of the Foreo Luna Mini 2 for more deets.

    11. A bottle of Mario Badescu's toner with aloe that'll soothe dry, sensitive skin with a burst of cooling aloe vera. Plus, antioxidant-rich aloe is believed to help not only with dry skin, but also with reducing acne and keeping your pores squeaky clean. / Via @mariobadescu

    Promising review: "This is the perfect toner for me! I have slightly sensitive/dry skin. Leaves my skin feeling fresh and not dried out. Does not sting or make my face feel tight after use. I use it in the a.m. or p.m." —Michelle

    Get it from Amazon for $15.

    12. A Neutrogena gel cream made with hyaluronic acid that'll turn your cells into sponges that can absorb 1,000 times their weight in water.


    Promising review: "The only product I've actually stuck with and was using everyday for dry skin. Well lo and behold about four weeks later I noticed my under eye wrinkles and puffiness was much less noticeable." —marlene

    Get it from Amazon for $16.44.

    Check out our full review of Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream.

    13. A hyaluronic acid serum to inject your face with intense hydration. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, meaning it draws in moisture from its surroundings. The result = plumper, softer, smoother, more hydrated skin.,

    Promising review: "My skin gets extremely dry in the winter and I also suffer from some adult acne, therefore I cannot use greasy products on my face. Last winter I was in the quest to find the perfect moisturizer for my skin. After reading a lot of reviews in Amazon, I finally found this hyaluronic acid serum and I couldn’t be happier with this product. It hydrates my skin without leaving a greasy layer. I now use this product on my whole body! It’s outstanding, especially its price!!" —Isabella

    Get it from Amazon for $15.

    14. Hada Labo's hyaluronic toner that'll preserve your skin's optimal moisture balance. It also helps prepare your skin to better absorb whatever skincare products you use next.

    Promising review: "This product wasn't my first go at using hyaluronic acid, but this definitely is the first one that actually gave results! My skin was so dry before, my eyebrows looked like they suffered from dandruff. This product does what it says and then some. My face no longer flakes, and my eyebrows no longer look like they suffer from dandruff. After the first use you will notice how soft it leaves your skin! I can actually feel a tightness, see a glow, and moisture is back. I took it with me when I visited with my mother, she tried it out & ordered two bottles of this stuff! If you suffer from flaky dry skin than you know how frustrating and almost depressing it is trying to just get some moisture back on your skin...this stuff works and the price is incredible considering how much money I spent for other products. A little goes a long way." —Adri

    Get it from Amazon for $13.03.

    15. A vegan and cruelty-free Pacifica face oil for dry skin that could use a little spoiling. Blue tansy oil reduces redness, rose oil delivers omega fatty acids that plump the skin and lock in moisture, and vitamins A and C encourage healthy cell synthesis. / Via @pacificabeauty

    Promising review: "I have suffered with dryness on my skin around my nose what seems like forever. I have a lot of red pigment so I don't like facial scrubs that much. This product smells great, glides into my skin with ease (no greasy or oily feeling), and I believe has helped both the dryness and the red pigment in my skin. This is my go-to skin oil and I will purchase again." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.59.

    16. A vitamin E serum to strengthen your skin's barrier and prevent much-needed moisture from escaping. It'll also protect your skin from free radical and sun damage and helps speed up the acne-healing process.

    Promising review: "I have extremely sensitive skin and dry winter air is really problematic for me. This oil has been a godsend, and it has taken my skin from being very dry and itchy to conditioned and healthy looking in a very short amount of time. Love the packaging too! Amber Bottle protects the oil from sunlight, the dropper cap makes it easier to administer, and the label is adorable!" —Yana

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    17. A vitamin C oil cleanser that'll wash away dry, flaking skin while penetrating deeply to leave behind hydrating oils. Vitamin C may help increase your skin's hydration by nourishing and reinforcing the skin's moisture-retaining barrier.

    Promising review: "This is an amazing face wash!! I have super sensitive skin that is prone to one-a-month breakouts, and I work in a really dry environment so I struggle with moisture as well. This wash makes my skin feel like ACTUAL baby skin. I have had zero breakouts since I started using (~6 weeks). Before I do my makeup, I mix one pump of this face wash with a 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and it makes and AWESOME exfoliating scrub. It makes all my flaky patches nice and smooth, and paired with a nice primer makes for flawless makeup application. No visibly textured patches — a HUGE plus when you are a bartender in the spotlight all night with people staring at your face!! If I could give three thumbs up I would, but I only have two thumbs!!" —Katie

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    18. A tube of Embryolisse cream, a cult-favorite French face and body moisturizer, so you can enjoy dewy skin without breaking the bank. Use it as a moisturizer, cleanser, or as a base for a flawless face of makeup. Bonjour hydration! / Via @embryolisseusa

    Promising review: "My skin gets very dry, as I'm a heavy makeup user, and I need something to balance my skin out. After using this cream, I have yet to have any skin flakes, peeling, or dryness. It's really amazing. I apply it all over and it dries within seconds. There's no residue or shine. It works great! I am also prone to acne from time to time and this hasn't caused any breakouts." —Chanel

    Get it from Amazon for $16.

    19. La Roche-Posay's repairing balm, which hundreds of reviewers swear by for hydrating their dry skin when all else fails. The formula contains shea butter and glycerin to soothe flaky, irritated skin without leaving behind a greasy coat.

    Promising review: "After diving into the pit that is starting tretinoin, I didn't think I could make it through. For the first few weeks I had begun to accept that my face would look like a water-damaged peeling wall. The morning after I first used it I was shocked. Was that normal looking healthy skin? I now use it morning and night on all the trouble spots that are prone to drying and irritation from the tretinoin. Red spots are totally gone. Peeling is minimal and manageable. Perhaps best of all is it didn't do anything to aggravate my normally sensitive skin. No breakouts, bumps, or hives. If you have dry skin or are starting a drying prescription you NEED this in your arsenal!" —B

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    20. The Ordinary's squalane oil to prevent moisture loss and keep your skin feeling supple. Your body naturally produces squalene, but it's highly unstable oxidizes when it comes in contact with air. Fortunately, there's squalane, a form of squalene that's easier to work with and still bolster's the skin's moisture barrier. It's also great for balancing sebum production, which could lead to fewer breakouts for acne-prone skin types. / Via @deciem

    Promising review: "This stuff is AMAZING!!! I had really dry and rashy skin around my jawline and dry flaky skin on my forehead. This cleared everything up within a matter of days! It also leaves my skin super soft." —Jessica Silverstein

    Get it from Amazon for $12.49.

    21. Cosrx's ceramide cream for all skin types but especially dry skin, which will soak up its rich-yet-lightweight formula. The ceramide repairs cells along the skin's moisture barrier to keep out environmental irritants while keeping in water. / Via @cosrx

    Promising review: "I have dry, dehydrated, and sensitive skin, and it's difficult to find products that keep my skin hydrated, help maintain a healthy moisture barrier, and do not sting upon application. Have been using this for over a week, and it has already become my new favorite moisturizer, replacing The Ordinary's Natural Factors + HA cream. It absorbs easily and is incredibly soothing for the skin. I accidentally over-exfoliated, which left me with red irritable, flaky skin that was warm and sensitive to the touch. Layering on this cream at night at the end of my routine sped up the recovery process and my skin bounced back in 3 days. HIGHLY RECOMMEND. Comparable to Dr. Jart's Ceramidin Cream. They work equally well for me, so I'm going to stick with this one bc of the price difference." —Sarah

    Get it from Amazon for $25.50.

    22. Laneige's overnight gel mask to solve all your dry, dull skin woes. Orange flower, rose, sandalwood, and primrose extracts restore much-needed hydration so you wake to reenergized skin. / Via @laneige_us

    Promising review: "I have really bad eczema and the changing seasons made me break out immensely in some parts, while drying out in others. This mask hydrated my face the entire day, evened my skin tone, and got rid of the redness and discoloration. The fragrance was slightly irritating when I first applied it, but once the product was absorbed, it felt very calming, cooling, and nice. To notice such a big difference in a day made this purchase worth every penny. Korean skincare is the best." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    23. A container of Aquaphor so you can tackle dry skin everywhere — hands, lips, heels, (shoulders, knees, and toes). Petroleum jelly, lanolin (produced by sheep to condition their coats), and glycerin hug your skin, creating a blockade to prevent moisture from leaving. Aquaphor is an occlusive, meaning it traps your moisturizers, serums, and oils on your face so they can penetrate the skin rather than evaporating. Think of it as a skincare swaddle that should be applied as the last step in your nighttime routine. / Via @aquaphorus

    Promising review: "At first I wasn't sure I'd like this product because it is so greasy; I even heard it referred to as 'the new Vaseline.' My doctor recommended it for my cracking cuticles and fingers. I discovered that I was using too much, my mistake; I was applying it like regular hand lotion/cream. Once I learned a little goes a long way, I love it!! I keep the jar beside my bed and rub a small dab on my hands before turning off the light so it has all night to soak in. My hands are now crack-free and soft even though it is the middle of winter with extremely frigid weather." —Mooselady

    Get it from Amazon for $12.97.

    24. A tub of O'Keeffe's foot cream for anyone who's too embarrassed by their heels to wear sandals. Slather it all over your feet and then stick 'em in a pair of thick socks. Within a few days you'll have super soft heels just in time to soak up the last few weeks of flip-flop weather.

    Promising review: "My feet are always so dry, especially when winter weather comes and it gets colder. This cream has had very quick results for me, and I don't even put it on that often. I only put it on once or twice this past month, and wow just that little bit made a huge difference! I don't even have dry skin on my feet anymore. Before, my heels used to get so dry they cracked. Not anymore! I will most certainly be buying more in the future!!!!!!" —Amy

    Get it from Amazon for $7.29.

    25. A humidifier that'll add moisture to the air. This adds hydration to your hair and skin, plus it keeps your nasal passages moist, which has the added benefit of potentially helping prevent congestion.


    Promising review: "A humidifier is great for dry skin! I have eczema and when my skin is especially dry, I use this humidifier when I sleep and I wake up to soft skin and hair. The downside is that your hair might look a little oily sometimes but there are adjustment levels — low and high levels. Using the humidifier, you really feel the difference when you wake up. A great item for skincare. And especially great if you struggle with dry skin, whether just during winter time or all the time!!! Highly recommend this!" —Daisy

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

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