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The Heavy-Duty Yet Lightweight Moisturisers To Save Dry Skin

Nourish parched skin with these heavy-duty moisturisers that feel surprisingly lightweight.

Gone are the days when face creams that are made for dry skin are thick and rich, and leave skin feeling slick and sticky. Today, thanks to new formulation technology and innovative ingredients, the latest face creams pack a punch of nourishing ingredients without feeling thick and tacky. And with better understanding about the preferences and the differences in women’s skin types from all over the world, skincare companies are offering more texture choices to women so that we have the freedom to pick and choose what works for us — according to how our skin changes with age, travel and stress. Here, eight of the most effective face creams that help nourish parched skin for a soft and smooth complexion.

Dior Prestige La Crème Texture Légère, $505 for 50g
What happens when you have dry skin but live in a hot and humid place like Singapore? Struggle between giving your skin enough nourishment while keeping it breathable in this heat, of course. Ideal for those living in the tropics, it features an exclusive Skin Breathe technology so your skin gets all the richness it needs without feeling like it’s being suffocated. Iconic to the Dior Prestige range, Rose de Granville remains at the heart of this formula, infusing moisture, radiance and plumpness into skin for more beautiful skin over time. Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream, $70 for 50ml
Fortified with ceramide and gentle plant extracts, this no-nonsense moisturising cream rebuilds skin’s barrier so that your skin is able to retain moisture better, over a longer period of time. Suitable for all skin types, it relieves tightness, flaking, itching and soothes irritation-prone skin for a well-balanced complexion. Armani Beauty Crema Nera Extrema Creme (Light), $590 for 50ml
Specially made to nourish dry skin in tropical climates, this moisturiser has a cream-gel texture that deeply relieves parched skin while delivering immediate freshness to the skin. For 24 hours, skin remains soft and supple without breaking out in shine. Lancome Absolue Regenerating Brightening Soft Cream, $450 for 60ml
Formulated to imbue parched skin with a dose of much-needed comfort and nourishment, this cream melts into skin upon application, transforming into a silky emulsion that is rapidly absorbed into the skin. Packed with the Grand Rose Extracts, this moisturiser speeds up cellular regeneration for smoother, plumper and brighter skin in as fast as three weeks’ time. Tatcha The Silk Cream, $165 for 50ml
Like its name suggests, this cream has a silky texture that glides onto skin to deliver essential nutrients to skin cells without any hint of greasiness or tackiness. Enriched with liquid silk protein, it helps support natural collagen production while minerals and antioxidants revitalises and defends skin against external aggressors for a healthy and radiant complexion. YSL Beauty La Creme Fine, $559 for 50ml
Formulated with Moroccan saffron in its most concentrated form, this lavish cream equips skin with the ability to fight free radicals. It also reactivates AMPK, the enzyme that regulates cellular inflammation to reactivate the skin’s youthfulness. This lightweight formula contains apricot kernel oil and shea butter to deliver the same amount of moisture and nourishment without any greasiness. ReFa Expression Glossy Cream, $175 for 30g
Thanks to its unique extraction technology, this lifting face cream is collagen rich to improve skin elasticity and firmness. It also has a luxurious, silky-light texture which is easily absorbed into the skin, leaving it feeling revitalised, smooth and plump. Chanel Le Lift Creme Fine, $226 for 50g
At the heart of this lavishly textured cream is the humble alfalfa. Packed with minerals, trace elements, vitamins and amino acids, the alfalfa botanical concentrate penetrates deep into the various skin layers for an inside-out anti-ageing action. At the epidermis, it strengthens the skin barrier and increases skin density; and at the dermis, collagen synthesis is accelerated for firmer, more lifted skin.