I know it’s time to stop writing about #winterskin and all, but for some of us, the days of dehydrated, flaky skincare hell are not over. Year-round, my skin is thirstier than Drake on that couch in Rihanna’s "Work" video, and I need to moisturize accordingly. As soon as I catch a line like "sinks in quickly" or "you don’t even feel it on your skin" in a moisturizer review, I put it on my nope list for eternity.
If you’re like me and you need that serious-business moisture that sits on top of your skin and keeps it from peeling off entirely, here are three of the heaviest, thickest, richest moisturizers I’ve ever tried.
My first pick is that 99-cent tin of Nivea Creme you probably already have in your bag or else we can’t be friends anymore. Beauty bloggers stress the importance of getting the European version that’s rumored to be a dupe for La Mer, but I use the regular old made-in-Mexico tin, and my face is still happy and intact.
As the last step in my nighttime routine, I’ll warm a tiny bit of this up on my fingers and press it on to my skin. It doesn’t have any fancy nourishing or hydrating ingredients, but it will do a bang-up job at preventing transepidermal water loss, meaning that all of the moisture in your skin can’t evaporate out.
If you’re looking for something that’ll do a little more for your desiccated skin husk, you’ll want to pick up La Roche Posay’s Cicaplast Baume B5. Originally created to heal scarring, it has ingredients like zinc and panthenol that reduce inflammation and help irritated skin recover faster.
It’s a bit runnier coming out of the tube than Nivea Creme, but still feels thick on the skin when you apply it. When you first put it on, you’ll look hideously shiny and ghost-white, but trust me on this. You’ll wake up looking like someone hit you with the blur tool in your sleep.
As a bonus, it’s fantastic for chilling out just-picked zits, which, like, I would NEVER, but in case you were wondering.
This last one is a bit pricey, but if you’re trying to look like a normal human during daylight hours, this is your best bet.
Rosa Arctica cream has a thick, paste-y texture that you have to warm up on your fingers before applying, but it dries to a velvety, almost-matte finish. I’ve never used a product so rich and moisturizing that didn’t make me look like a total greaseball.
It claims to be anti-aging, but doesn’t have any really powerful actives, so only use this if a heavy moisturizer is that worth it to you. A solid base of glycerin, shea butter, cocoa butter, and some bonus antioxidants make this really soothing on dry skin; and since you only need a pea-sized amount, one jar can last you almost six months.
I like to cycle through these products depending on what other products I’m trying out, but one of them will always be the last step in my routine.
- Are you cursed with year-round dry skin too?
- What’s the heaviest moisturizer you’ve ever tried?