Naturally sensitive skin tends to be dry, which is you’ll need to make sure that you keep your skin hydrated so that it does not itch.
Instead of using thick moisturisers that potentially contain fragrances, you are recommended to use lightweight, hypoallergenic, and non-comedogenic moisturisers.
It may sound like an uphill task, but hydrating itchy, sensitive skin can be very easy with the right moisturisers – scroll to read our top picks for heavy-duty moisturisers that keeps your dry, sensitive skin moisturised and comfortable!
- 1. CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion
- 2. Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream
- 3. Avène Tolérance Extrême Cream
- 4. Eucerin pH5 Skin-Protection Lotion F
- 5. La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra
- 6. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
- 7. COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream
- 8. MISSHA Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Cream
- 9. Drunk Elephant B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Serum
- 10. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+
- 11. Dear, Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Cream
- 12. Herbivore Botanicals Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Crème
- 13. The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA
- 14. Peach & Lily Matcha Pudding Antioxidant Cream
- 15. The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream
- 16. Primera Alpine Berry Watery Cream
- 17. Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream
1. CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion
Sensitive skin tends to feel itchy because the skin barrier is compromised and moisture is lost, so one of the best ways to relieve the discomfort is by using a moisturiser that can tackle moisture loss while repairing your skin barrier.
CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion is a lightweight and oil-free favourite among those who have tried it on their dry and sensitive skin. It is formulated with three essential ceramides and hyaluronic acid, as well as patented technology for long-lasting hydration and a lightweight, non-comedogenic formula that won’t clog pores.
Hypoallergenic and non-irritating, use this on your face daily for guaranteed 24-hour comfortable hydration!
Get CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion at SGD21.90 from Shopee.
2. Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream
Cetaphil’s fragrance-free Moisturizing Cream is another holy grail that works like a dream on itchy and dry skin.
It intensely hydrates for a full 24-hours, and is formulated with emollients and humectants to restore the skin’s natural moisture barrier to prevent future moisture loss.
If you have sensitive skin, you’ll be happy to know that this is dermatologist-tested and clinically proven to be gentle on sensitive skin. so go ahead and slather this any time you feel like your dry skin needs a hydration boost.
3. Avène Tolérance Extrême Cream
The Tolérance Extrême cream is designed to hydrate, soothe, and protect all skin types, but especially so for naturally sensitive skin which is prone to triggers and cannot take any type of products.
Hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, it is formulated without parabens, fragrance, soap, and preservatives. With fewer ingredients in the pared-down formula (maximum of seven), there are also fewer triggers that sensitive skin will react to.
P.S. This moisturiser for dry sensitive skin also contains the soothing and anti-irritating Avène Thermal Spring Water!
4. Eucerin pH5 Skin-Protection Lotion F
Aside from instantly soothing and hydrating dry skin, Eucerin pH5 Lotion F makes sure to strengthen your skin from within and protect it from future irritations before it even happens.
This is possible thanks to what the brand calls the pH5 Enzyme Protection, a combination of ingredients which are clinically proven to activate skin’s own enzymes. This active complex supports your skin’s regeneration process so that any wounds from, say, excessive scratching, are also healed over time.
Use this moisturiser daily as part of your skincare routine, and you should start seeing smooth and supple skin that doesn’t itch anymore!
5. La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra
Formulated with only the good stuff (La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water, Neurosensine, and shea butter) and none of the nasties (preservative, paraben, fragrance, and drying alcohol), it is easy to see why this moisturiser for dry sensitive skin is a repeat purchase for many.
Echoing its loyal fans’ glowing reviews, La Roche-Posay’s Toleriane Ultra has been proven to restore the skin’s moisture barrier while intensely soothing the daily discomfort faced by those with ultra-sensitive or allergic skin.
6. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
Skin feeling distressed from dehydration and eczema? Try this all-over moisturiser that provides instant relief and long-term hydration.
What’s even more amazing about FAB’s Ultra Repair Cream is that it not only works as a moisturiser, but also an exfoliator AND anti-ageing solution: it exfoliates dry sensitive skin without irritating it for brighter skin, and even reduces fine lines for a young and fresh complexion!
Get First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream at SGD20 for 56.7g, SGD52 for 170g, and SGD64 for 226g from Sephora.
7. COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream
Snail mucin works wonders on dry and irritated skin, and is the key to this moisturiser’s proven effectiveness and holy grail status – some users have even gone on to claim that this is the best product to have ever existed!
This COSRX moisturiser contains 92% of snail mucin to protect the skin from moisture loss, repair and soothe red, sensitised skin after breakouts, replenish moisture, and last but not least, improve skin elasticity.
The cream has been said to help cure acne and breakouts as well, so the next time you’re dealing with angry zits but can’t use strong acids to eliminate them, remember to give COSRX’s Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream a shot.
Get COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream at SGD32.90 from Watsons.
8. MISSHA Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Cream
When it comes to using snail mucin, MISSHA is arguably the pioneer of harnessing the super ingredient to give even those with dry and sensitive skin the dewy complexion of their dreams.
The 70% snail mucin extract in this moisturiser supports natural cell regeneration and replenishes moisture to increase skin firmness. The light gel texture also absorbs very well while leaving a dewy finish, so that no one will be able to tell that you actually struggle with itchy and red sensitive skin!
Get MISSHA Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Cream at SGD31.70 from Shopee.
9. Drunk Elephant B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Serum
Don’t just settle for a moisturiser that just moisturises and soothes your skin – get one that can do so much for you, including evening out your skin texture, removing fine lines, and brightening your complexion!
Drunk Elephant’s B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Serum is an amazing gel that does away with the need for many other skincare products: it is formulated with pro-vitamin B5 and pineapple ceramide to attract and hold moisture to your skin, a complex made from watermelon rind, apple and lentil provides 24-hour hydration, barberry extract to soothe dry skin, as well as sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer to protect against free radicals.
Layering on too many products can actually sensitise your skin and break you out more easily, so if you want to avoid more itching and zits, try this multi-purpose moisturiser that will take care of all the issues faced by dry and sensitive skin.
Get Drunk Elephant B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Serum at SGD68 from Sephora.
10. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+
If the cold and dry office air makes your sensitive skin feel even worse, Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ will come to the rescue.
The dermatologist-developed moisturiser promises to provide all-day hydration and skin strengthening, all while helping your skin to look younger. In fact, it’s been proven to help strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier by 54%, so you never have to worry about the long hours working in an air-conditioned environment making your skin unbearably dry and itchy!
Get Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ at SGD20 for 30ml, SGD32 for 50ml, and GSD60 for 125ml from Sephora.
11. Dear, Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Cream
While some K-beauty moisturisers are notorious for strong fragrances, this one from Dear, Klairs is an award-winning solution for sensitive skin that is completely fragrance-free.
This rich cream promises immediate and long-term moisture through a nourishing formula, including yeast-derived beta glucan, jojoba oil, and ceramides. These skin-loving ingredients work very well on sensitive skin, especially when it comes to soothing existing redness and helping the skin to prevent future irritations.
Get Dear, Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Cream at SGD24.70 from Guardian.
12. Herbivore Botanicals Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Crème
If there were a perfect moisturiser that makes dry sensitive skin look amazing, this would be it.
Made with rosewater, aloe water, sodium hyaluronate, white tea, and rice extracts, Herbivore Botanicals’ Pink Cloud smoothes skin with intense hydration so that it looks supple and clear.
Formulated for all skin types, it’s never greasy, oily, or sticky, so you can wear this under makeup, or wear it alone and let your skin breathe free.
Get Herbivore Botanicals Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Crème at SGD72 from Sephora.
13. The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA
For an affordable moisturiser that works as claims, you can’t go wrong with one of The Ordinary’s bestsellers.
By using compounds that occur naturally but are lacking in dry skin, this moisturiser comes soaks into the skin in the most natural way possible to offer immediate and long-lasting relief. Make sure to apply this regularly if you want to protect your skin’s easily compromised outer layer.
Get The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA at SGD10.90 on Shopee.
14. Peach & Lily Matcha Pudding Antioxidant Cream
Using a delightful pudding-like texture that instantly makes your parched skin feel amazing, Peach & Lily’s customer-favourite undos all the environmental damage that is making sensitive skin feel worse.
The matcha cream delivers antioxidants deep within skin and creates a weightless, invisible antioxidant barrier to help fight off free radical damage, so daily usage guarantees a radiant and smooth complexion – even if red and dry skin used to be your biggest enemy.
Get Peach & Lily Matcha Pudding Antioxidant Cream at USD40 from Peach & Lily’s website.
15. The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream
We love a moisturiser that feels good and does good, which is why The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Moisture Cream really ticks all the right boxes.
The lightweight facial moisturiser protects and locks in moisture for all-day hydration, leaving even the driest of skin feeling fresh, silky-soft and looking more radiant.
You’ll also be glad to know that this effective moisturiser is made with Community Trade shea butter from Ghana and Community Trade aloe vera from Mexico, so you’re helping communities while helping your skin – definitely a win-win situation!
Get The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream at SGD31 from all The Body Shop stores and Lazada.
16. Primera Alpine Berry Watery Cream
Combining the power of wild strawberry sprouts that can survive in the harsh Alpine region, antioxidant-rich blackberries, and Natural Moisturising Factors, Primera’s skin-softening, oil-free gel moisturiser delivers moisture and radiance that your dry skin needs.
In addition, this moisturiser is made without allergy-causing ingredients (including mineral oil, sulphates, and coal tar), so your sensitive skin will gladly soak up the watery goodness to give you that enviable glass skin.
Get Primera Alpine Berry Watery Cream at SGD56.88 from Shopee.
17. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream
No matter whether your skin needs hydration in everyday life or extreme conditions, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream is a reliable option to fall back on.
This #1 facial cream from the apothecary brand is formulated with Glacial Glycoprotein and olive-derived Squalane, a combination which leaves skin 2.3X more hydrated, even in the driest of skin.
The lightweight moisturiser has also been tested on sensitive, allergy-prone skin and proven to work its hydrating abilities without causing itchiness or redness, so you can even skip the patch test for this one!
Get Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream at SGD52 from all Kiehl’s stores and counters.