The Best Cream for Itchy Dry Skin

Repair your dry,itchy skin with the right cream.

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Dry skin doesn't just look flaky or dull; it can also feel irritated and itchy. Don't let dry skin put a crimp in your style or your day-to-day comfort. Infuse your skin with moisture, especially rich skin creams formulated with anti-itch or anti-inflammatory properties, to battle both dryness and itchiness in one fell swoop. Spend more time scratching that shopping itch instead of your skin.

Eucerin Calming Itch-Relief Treatment

Eucerin Calming Itch-Relief Treatment contains moisturizing humectants and lacks fragrances, says skin-care products tester Paula Begoun. That's perfect if you don't want a lotion's scent to mess with your favorite perfume, or if you have sensitive skin that's irritated by additives. The manufacturer adds menthol to help cool and calm that itchy sensation, making it a cool skin-are product -- both literally and figuratively.

Curél Continuous Comfort Fragrance Free Lotion

For dry and sensitive skin, Real Simple magazine recommends Curel's ultra-rich lotion. It contains the holy trinity of intensive moisturizers -- petrolatum, glycerin and all-natural shea butter -- for an almost religious moisturizing experience. The magazine praises its fast-absorbing nature, so you can defeat dryness without leaving behind a greasy trail on everything you touch.

Olay Body Quench Therapy Repair Concentrate

For dry, itchy winter skin, either move to a warmer climate, or if that's not in the cards, use a winter-friendly moisturizer. Good Housekeeping magazine recommends Olay's Quench Therapy Repair Concentrate, whose key ingredients include mineral oil, vitamin B complexes and silicone to help target those problematic dry areas like your elbows and feet. An added bonus is that it comes at budget-friendly prices in your local drugstore, so you can start saving up for that tropical getaway.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Anti-Wrinkle Cream

If you want to banish both dryness and those pesky wrinkles that often look worse when your skin's dry, Aveeno's Positively Radiant Anti-Wrinkle Cream might do the trick. It is enhanced with soybean seed extract, which Begoun reports is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent that can help calm the irritation and itch of dryness. Its antioxidants, such as vitamin E, can help rejuvenate and repair wrinkles and fine lines.

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"Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me"; Paula Begoun; 2010 "Real Simple"; 14 Affordable, Back-to-Basics Moisturizers; Sue Chung
"Good Housekeeping"; The Dry-Skin Workbook; Michele Bender

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