How Well Do These Five Dry Skin Remedies Actually Work?

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Colder temperatures wreck havoc on our skin. This is a fact most of us know all too well. You can spend years (and a bunch of money) trying to find the right products and methods that work for you. Like clothes, though, our skin can grow out of the routines that once kept us as far and away from dry skin as possible. That's why we're in the business of switching it up. 

We tasked four NYLON staffers to swap in a different moisturizer for a week to see how well their skin held up. Some dabbled with a fancy routine of products, others kept it simple and clean with one easy ingredient. Were lives changed? Maybe. Were there surprises? Definitely. Read on to see the benefits of stepping out of your comfort zone and how breaking your routine can yield fabulous results. And, if you're in the market for a new moisturizer, we asked two dermatologists what ingredients you should be on the look out for:

  • Dr. Marnie Nussbaum, a board certified dermatologist in New York City suggests products with "soothing botanicals like chamomile or aloe and hyaluronic acid." She also stresses products with pH balances of five, but more on that later.
  • Dr. Craig Kraffert, a board certified dermatologist and president of Amarte, says Mushroom β-glucan, a mushroom emollient, "moisturizes, rejuvenates, and forms a unique anti-aging shield." He also suggests looking for products that tout sodium hyaluronate and caviar extract which pack many beneficial minerals, vitamins, and other hydrating properties.