Moisturizer is the foundation of any good skin care routine — but if you have sensitive skin that's prone to dryness, shopping for the right one can be difficult. When it comes to narrowing down the best face moisturizers for dry, sensitive skin, the most important thing is to stay away from potentially-irritating ingredients. The most common culprits are synthetic fragrance, which can cause redness and rashes, and sulfates, which are known to be drying. In general, the simpler (or shorter) the ingredients list, the better a product will be for sensitive skin.
If your sensitive skin errs on the dry side, it's not just a matter of avoiding common known irritants. You also want to make your moisturizer will provide enough moisture and/or hydration to help treat dryness and flaky patches. To make things simple, look for a label that says it's moisturizing, hydrating, soothing, or protecting. Even better if it specifically states that it's formulated for use on sensitive skin (if it says it's safe for use on eczema or rosacea-prone skin, that's also a good sign).
Below, you'll find five of the most popular moisturizers that dermatologists and those with dry, sensitive skin swear by — whether you're looking for an option with SPF or something you can use on your whole body.