4 products for dry skin under $10 that a derma loves

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The key to managing dry, flaky skin is using products that nourish, hydrate, and strengthen it, and finding options that work doesn’t have to cost so much. According to Heather Woolery-Lloyd, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in Miami, Florida, you can do it for less than $10. “I believe in affordable skincare — you don’t have to spend a ton of money if you don’t want to,” she says. Amazing news, indeed.

Dry skin is an indication that your skin barrier is weakened or compromised, and therefore not functioning optimally. “When we dry up that skin barrier, we’re more likely to have these little microscopic breaks in the skin barrier. So it’s less effective in terms of preventing infections. That’s why we can sometimes get superficial infections from really dry skin,” says Ivy Lee, MD, board-certified dermatologist based in Pasadena, Calif. “A lot of people will call it winter itch, we call it asteatotic dermatitis. And it’s a type of eczema that results from dryness. I see it very often this time of year on my lower leg and sometimes on the back.”

To deal with this, you’ll want to create a routine that fortifies the barrier to calm existing dryness and prevent future flare-ups. “Dry, flaky skin can be very itchy, so you need to stop this process before it gets worse,” says Dr. Woolery-Lloyd. Below, shop the four dry skin products under $10 that she won’t stop recommending (bonus: the entire routine is just $35).

4 dry skin products under $10

Dove Beauty Sensitive Skin Body Wash — $8.00

“Dove Sensitive Skin Body Wash provides gentle cleansing and does not disrupt the skin barrier,” says Dr. Woolery-Lloyd. It’s hypoallergenic, super hydrating and made with Dove’s Microbiome Nutrient Serum to help support the skin’s natural moisture barrier.

A white bottle of CereVe moisturizing cream.

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream — $8.00

“For hydration and moisture, CeraVe Moisturizer is an extremely affordable option,” says Dr. Woolery-Lloyd. “It contains ceramides and hyaluronic acid to help restore the barrier.”

A white bottle of Simple face wash.

Simple Moisturizing Face Wash — $9.00

Dr. Woolery-Lloyd is also a big fan of this face wash from Simple. It is soap-free, which allows it to cleanse the skin without stripping it. There is also no fragrance, dye or drying alcohol, which makes it wonderful for sensitive skin.

A white jar of Pond's Dry Skin Cream.

Pond’s Dry Skin Cream — $7.00

“For deep hydration, Ponds Dry Skin Cream is ideal for people looking for rich hydration at a great price,” says Dr. Woolery-Lloyd. It is made with glycerin, which leaves skin hydrated and soft like butter. Keep in mind that this cream has a light fragrance. If you prefer, you can enter the unscented version ($9).

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