For the majority of my life, I’ve had normal/combination skin. There were products in my skincare cabinet that had supported my skin through its ups and downs—from struggling with teenage acne to the hyperpigmentation spots that began to appear around my eyes and mouth. It wasn’t until I reached my mid-twenties that I was met with a new complexion challenge prompting a clean sweep of the cabinet: dryness. Naturally, I searched for products to deliver the hydration my skin craved. Within months, it became evident that moisturizer was the key product that made the biggest difference in my routine.

Unsure of where to start the hunt for your perfect moisturizer match? We’ve ID’d the standouts with the guidance of celebrity aesthetician Sara Akram. According to Akram, the answer can be found in a formula’s ingredients. The key ones to look for while shopping for a dry skin–friendly moisturizer are glycerin, hyaluronic acid, and ceramides since they are all scientifically proven to lock in moisture and improve the health of the skin barrier. As you may have already probably guessed, reaping the benefits from adding said moisturizer to your daily and nightly product lineup takes consistency.

“Moisturizer application should be applied daily, twice a day. Once in the morning and at night before bed,” she says. “Some might have to apply more throughout the day, and I recommend it! It’s the best way to keep your skin looking refreshed and hydrated.” Akram recommends applying your face cream directly after you step out of the shower; when your skin is damp. That way; the moisture you add back into your skin can stick around all day and night. It also helps that there are face creams on the market designed specifically for use during the day, overnight, and to be layered with other moisture-replenishing products.