What are the most suitable primers for dry skin?
We asked experts to recommend some of the best brands to use.
Viseslav Tonkovic-Capin, M.D.
Dermatologist and Dermatopathologist | Editor, DermBoard
Look for glycerin and/or dimethicone containing primer
Here is my take on primers for dry skin:
I will probably differ from many of the answers you have already received about primers, but it does not bother me because there are several good reasons to listen to my advice.
If you want to keep your skin healthy, radiant and youthful for years to come, make a habit of using a good mineral sunscreen containing zinc oxide as a primer, and for dry skin look for those containing glycerin and/or dimethicone (which will keep the skin well hydrated).
It will protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet radiation, and as a big plus, zinc is an essential micronutrient and therefore, it is not a foreign substance for the human body, and it is not harmful to the environment.
At the same time, such sunscreen will smooth out any skin imperfection and prevent new ones from occurring. It will keep skin well hydrated and will enable makeup to stay longer on the skin which will, in turn, be protected from, for the most part unknown, ingredients in most makeup products.
Raquael Flores, LLC, LE, CAE, IBCLC, MA
Licensed Aesthetician, BodiSculpting Specialists
Zo Sunscreen Primer by Zein Obagi, MD
The use of primer helps create a smooth base that can diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, large pores, and uneven skin tone and textures. There are two products that I’d recommend – one is a designated primer, and the other is a 3-1 product.
This sunscreen and primer combination is non-greasy and tinted, so it reduces the appearance of skin imperfections. It is a long-lasting, moisturizing formula containing Vitamin E, which helps to soften dry skin and relieve any potential itching or irritation from dry skin.
The Professional C Suncare protects against skin-damaging UVA and UVB rays with broad-spectrum sunscreens, formulated with 10% L-ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) to help diminish the signs of aging. It is cosmetically elegant, with a luxurious feel upon application, and is Non-Comedogenic.
With the use of medical, prescription-grade products, you can obtain healthy, more youthful-looking skin. When our skin is damaged, cell turnover slows and old skin cells remain on the surface, causing our skin tone and texture to be uneven.
We lose natural moisture (hyaluronic acid), leaving the skin feeling dry and looking dull and tired. With the use of medical-grade products and primers working at a cellular level, your skin will be healthy and moisturized and will have improved tone, texture, fine lines and wrinkles.
Make-up Artist | Founder, Mandie’s Makeup Mastery Academy
INIKA Pure Primer with Hyaluronic Acid
For me, primer isn’t always a necessity, but I think it can be helpful for skin that needs extra care, and dry skin is a perfect example of that! A favorite of mine is the primer made by the Australian company INIKA Organics because it also contains hyaluronic acid, which is a humectant that occurs naturally in our bodies, and holds up to 1000 times its weight in water.
It’s fantastic because since it is already in our bodies, our skin knows what to do with it, as opposed to some unnatural things that end up just sitting on top of the skin or are absorbed but don’t have a proper impact. Additionally, it helps smooth the skin and keep in plump and hydrated!
Dr. Adarsh Vijay Mudgil, M.D.
Dermatologist | Founder, Mudgil Dermatology
Glossier Priming Moisturizer
It’s packed with hyaluronic acid, which is extremely hydrating. Leaves the skin silky smooth!
Hair and Skincare Expert, Maple Holistics
PURE Aloe Care Primer
This hydrating primer was designed to soothe and nourish dry skin tones. Formulated with organic aloe vera to lock moisture into your skin, PURE Aloe Cares primer is infused with shea butter and hyaluronic acid to ensure that your complexion remains deeply hydrated throughout the day.
Plant-based primers like this one provide a protective moisture barrier to your skin while simultaneously nourishing your skin from the inside out.
e.l.f. Hydrating Face Primer
Get the benefits of a great primer while also hydrating your face with this e.l.f. Hydrating Face Primer.
It’s infused with grape and vitamins A, C, and E to give you a more even skin tone while moisturizing you at the same time. Which is exactly why it’s the ideal primer for those with dry skin. And at only $6 a pop, you won’t break the bank while using this product.
This primer will help prep your face for foundation, concealer, or other makeup application. And it’s also paraben-, sulfate-, and phthalate-free, so it’s gentle on all skin types. And, an added plus is that this product is cruelty-free and vegan!
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Founder, Nail Art Gear
NYX Studio Perfect Primer
If you’re under the impression that cheap primers can’t do the job, well, you need to think again. This budget-friendly primer is definitely one you should take into consideration.
What I like most about the NYX Studio Perfect Primer is the way it easily absorbs and combats extra shine. It’s also ideal for both dry and combination skin and will successfully smooth your pores, wrinkles, and lines.
That said, if your skin is extremely dry, try using a moisturizer before applying the primer to your face, that way your makeup will last all day without budging. All in all, this is a wonderful option for anyone who’s looking for an affordable primer with a silky texture and matte finish.