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The Most Hydrating Products for Your Beauty Routine

February 22, 2023


Team LIY

Here at LIY, we’re all about staying hydrated – you should see our Stanley collections. 😉 But during the cold winter months (Indiana natives here!), water alone doesn’t cut it. And since no one likes dry itchy skin, the LIY Team and Ambassadors took it upon ourselves to find the best beauty products to stay moisturized all year long. From hydrating hair masks to moisturizing foot creams, we tested several popular products and are sharing our favorites below! Here are the most hydrating products for your beauty routine, from head to toe!

Hair Product for Dry Scalps

Olaplex Clarifying Shampoo

If you’re someone who struggles with product buildup [to the point of an itchy, flaky scalp] a clarifying shampoo might be the solution! You probably already know and love Olaplex products, and this clarifying shampoo is no exception! It’s specially formulated to remove product buildup, excess oil, and hard water minerals. I use once a week and my hair has never felt so clean! -Claire, LIY Team

Scalp Serum

I had heard nothing but great reviews about divi so was thrilled to give it a try. The product smells amazing and the peppermint gives a cooling sensation when applied which helped instantly relieve any itchiness I was having. Since using divi I’ve also noticed new hair growth which was super exciting since I just went through some serious postpartum hair loss.
-Macy, LIY Team

Scalp Sugar Scrub

Scalp Scrub days are my favorite days of the week! If you’re looking for a product that really removes flakes and buildup, try adding at scalp scrub to your hair care routine. This one is on the pricy side, so I would recommend starting with the mini size to test it out! I use it about once a week and it’s lasted several months – a little bit goes a long way! PS if you have a dry, itchy scalp, we reviewed several more products on multiple hair types in this blog post! -Claire, LIY Team

Hydrating Hair Mask

I am obsessed with the Moroccanoil scent! All day long I would get whiffs of it and it made me happy every time! You just simply apply a generous amount on damp hair and let it work its magic for 5-7minutes! Then rinse and you’re good to go! I typically used my 5-10 minutes to get a good leg shave in. 😉 My hair was significantly softer and smoother on days when I used this hair mask! – Erin, LIY Team

Hydrating Facial Moisturizers

Drunk Elephant Moisturizer

I love this moisturizer! This one is a little on the heavier side, which works well for dry skin during the winter months. It can be used morning & night and really works well under foundation. I don’t even need to use a primer! This is also rich and creamy enough for overnight. I also love that it comes in a pump-style container so the product doesn’t get exposed to bacteria!

-Debbie, LIY Ambassador

Vanicream Daily Facial Moisturizer

If you’re looking for a good budget-friendly moisturizer, this is it! With over 11,000+ nearly five star reviews, it checks all the boxes. While it’s slightly more lightweight than the Drunk Elephant option, it works great for everyday wear under makeup and for people with sensitive skin.

-Debbie, LIY Ambassador

Hydrating Under Eye Creams

ILIA Brightening Eye Cream

This brightening eye cream is perfect for everyday daily use; I don’t wear concealer with this as it has a bit of a brightening shimmer! It’s very light & the applicator is a total plus with this product, very cool when applying! -Lisa, LIY Ambassador

Drunk Elephant Eye Cream

This eye cream is very thick and heavy and would be best for overnight use. Although it’s a bit of an investment, one pump goes a long way and feels like it’ll last awhile! It’s rich texture really helps with under eye dryness! Bonus points for fun packaging!

-Lisa, LIY Ambassador

Olay Hydrating Eye Gel

If you’re looking for a great drugstore option, I can’t recommend this one enough! It has a lightweight gel feel and absorbed quickly making it great for everyday wear under makeup, but it’s rich enough for overnight use as well!

-Lisa, LIY Ambassador

Hydrating Lip Masks

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

I have been using this lip sleeping mask for years and have sworn by it for equally as long. Both my husband and I apply this before bed and you wake up in the morning with smooth, silky, hydrated lips! Over 23,000 people agree — just read the reviews! Vanilla is my favorite scent/taste! -Erin, LIY Team

Tatcha The Kissu Lip Mask

Oh boy, we’ve got a new favorite in town. As I mentioned above, I’ve been using Laneige for years, and while it is awesome, I *think* I like this one even more. It’s a thicker [but not sticky] balm and it feels h-e-a-v-e-n-l-y on. A few dollars more, but gosh, it’s worth it. My lips feel super hydrated every morning! -Erin, LIY Team

Milani Rose Butter Lip Mask

If you’re looking to dabble in the lip mask game, but don’t to shell out $20+ bucks, this is an awesome budget-friendly option [under $10!] I was impressed with the consistency and how well it worked! Was it my favorite? No. But is it worth the $8? Absolutely. -Erin, LIY Team

Moisturizing Hand Creams

Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve

I tried several hand creams and narrowed it down to these two which I couldn’t pick a favorite between! This one [ from Kiehl’s] and the Aveda below! The Kiehl’s worked miracles on my dry cracked hands, and kept them moisturized until the next hand wash! It smells like eucalyptus, and even made my pores appear smaller! Now to keep my husband from stealing it… – Lauren, LIY Team

Aveda Hand Relief Hand Creme

Another favorite: The Aveda Hand Relief Hand Creme! Smells like the spa, works like a dream! The Aveda hand creme kept my hands super-moisturized without feeling greasy! This 1.4 oz size is more like a travel size, which is great to give it a try without breaking the bank [and even easier to throw in your bag!]. I highly recommend this! – Lauren, LIY Team

Hydrating In-Shower Body Lotion

Curél Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer

Have you joined the in-shower body lotion club? I’m all about saving time! So if I can quickly get my body lotion on after I shower and before I dry, I’m game! I tested four in-shower body lotions and you’re looking at the winner! First, I love the pump dispenser! Second, a little bit goes a long way – so this bottle will last! Last it immediately absorbed into my skin & was completely greaseless! Just as they claim, I’m here to say – it’s true! My skin feels amazing and moisturized all day long. – Jen, LIY Team

Moisturizing Foot Creams

L’Occitane Shea Butter Foot Cream

Okay friends, I know this is a bit of a splurge for foot cream, but I was truly impressed with my results! I liked that the consistency was thick and rich without feeling like a salve like some other brands that I’ve tried before. A little bit goes a long way and I know one container will last a long time! -Claire, LIY Team

O’Keeffe’s Healthy Feet Foot Cream

If you’re looking for a budget friendly option to get the job done, good old O’Keeffe’s never lets me down! While it doesn’t quite feel like a luxury to use, it works and it costs less than $10. -Claire, LIY Team

All Natural Foot Cream

I’ve been trying to be more cautious about the ingredients in my beauty products and I love this all natural option made with lavender, eucalyptus, and peppermint (perfect for bedtime)! The Yellow Bird is a small, family owned business and their products are made right here in the USA! It’s under $20 and available on Amazon! -Claire, LIY Team

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