This does-it-all cream improves the skin barrier thanks to a blend of coconut oil, shea butter, sea buckthorn, aloe and soothing algae. It's rich enough for the driest skin types, yet it feels light when you apply it.
Better Skin Mirakle Cream, $34 at Better Skin
The Inflammation Fighter
If your skin is red, itchy and irritated, you need this cream. It contains a special calming blend of oat and botanical extracts to minimize irritation. And it heals the skin barrier with evening primrose and borage seed oil.
Dermalogica Barrier Repair, $44 at Ulta
The Older Skin Booster
If you've noticed your skin getting drier as you age, you might be suffering from a lipid deficiency. This cream rebalances your skin's lipids with a blend of ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids — simultaneously restoring barrier function.
Skinceuticals Triple Lipid Restore, $125 at Skinceuticals
The Skin Damage Protector
In addition to barrier repair lipids, this lotion contains a blend of lactic acid and antioxidants to help your skin look its best. The acid aids in cell turnover while the antioxidants protect skin from damage from things like UV rays and pollution.
Priori Barrier Repair Complex, $45 at Drugstore.com
The Natural Choice
This cream is more than 97 percent natural. It's also free of potentially irritating fragrances and preservatives, making it perfect for extremely sensitive skin. The key barrier repair ingredient is macadamia oil, which is calming and healing.
Skinfix Nourishing Cream, $24.99 at Ulta
The Supercharged Anti-Ager
While this cream targets barrier repair first and foremost, it also addresses fine lines and pigmentation with peptides and botanical ingredients. And the texture is unbelievably light and luxurious — you won't want to stop applying it.
Defenage 24/7 Barrier Repair Cream, $127 at Defenage
The Lightest Formula
This gel feels so light yet it's intensely moisturizing. It contains a complex of watermelon rind, apple and lentil that helps each skin cell hold onto hydration for 24 hours. It's also packed with brighteners, antioxidants and even antibacterial ingredients for the healthiest skin possible.
Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel, $52 at Drunk Elephant
While most moisturizers improve your skin’s barrier (the outermost layer of skin), there’s a new generation of barrier repair creams that take it one step further. They hydrate, repair and smooth skin so it looks healthier and glowier, and they do so in a way that really lasts.
Instead of short-term hydration that evaporates after a few hours, these creams make a difference in the overall health of your skin. They help your cells hold onto moisture longer, making it appear — and, more importantly, act — younger. And they’re a must-have for anyone with sensitive, irritated or problematic skin.