Barrier Cream Recommendations for Extremely, Dry Irritated Skin 


Extremely dry skin can be an uncomfortable condition marked by peeling, itching, redness and cracking. It can be a very painful and frustrating condition to live with. It takes dry skin to a whole new level and tends to need some extra help from skincare to help manage the condition. So, what is the ultimate superhero skincare….barrier cream.

Barrier creams are typically thicker and richer than your average moisturiser and come in different formulations such as ointments, balms or creams but they are all designed to help create a physical barrier for the skin.  This barrier is designed to protect the skin from outside irritants while allowing the skin to heal and become nourished from the ultra hydrating ingredients.

There can be different reasons why you may need a barrier cream and it may not be a permanent part of your routine. A great example of this is when clients go skiing and they know they skin will not cope with the sudden change in cold climate.

Let’s take a look at our top recommendations.


IS Clinical Sheald - Medifine UK

iS Clinical Sheald Recovery Balm  – £42.00 

This moisture-rich balm contains a high concentration of barrier-repairing Ceramides and fortifying extracts to rebuild and strengthen delicate skin. It also contains Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extrac to help calm inflammation and redness, while Piper Methysticum Leaf/Root/Stem Extract controls pain due to local anaesthetic effects and limits itching.


  • Provides antioxidant-rich protective barrier

  • Softens and hydrates raw, dry, sensitive skin

  • Helps prevent scabbing

  • Relieves itching and tightness during healing

  • Excellent protective moisturizer for harsh cold and/ or dry climates

  • Helps decrease inflammation

  • Helps minimize scar tissue formation


Dermaviduals Moisturiser Plus – £53.50 

This rich cream has DMS content which hydrates and strengthens the skin barrier, whilst the high content of essential fatty acids, especially of gamma-linolenic acid and linoleic acid, are very important for restoring its lipid balance. Urea helps to revitalise extremely dry, scaly skin and the Primrose Oil content helps heal and moisturise.


  • free of mineral oils, preservatives, perfumes, dyes,, silicone and above all, free of emulsifiers that will usually worsen the skins condition.

  • soothe and moisturise dry, sensitive skin

  • Helps restore lipid balance


TTS_OMEGA 6 Healing Cream - Medifine UK

Truth Treatment Omega 6 Healing Cream – £118.00 

Regenerate your skin’s own healing abilities and speed recovery from severe dryness and skin damage with this multi-action, soothing, moisturizing cream. Originally designed to heal surgical wounds and burns, Omega 6 Healing Cream is a rich hydrator and restores skin tissue using 100% active and functional ingredients. Premium lipophilic Vitamin C and Omega 6 fats work synergistically to soften and improve skin elasticity, balance and function.


  • Soothe
  • Heal
  • Nourish


Dermaviduals OM Ointment – £35.00 

This silky-smooth ointment is a wonder balm. Ingredients including Shea Butter, Evening Primrose Oil and Urea have been specially selected for their ability to provide powerful support to the skin’s barrier function as well as their remarkable healing properties. OM Ointment conditions and moisturises the skin, supporting its natural barrier function and allowing it to maintain optimum moisture levels. Skin stays soft and supple even in the harshest of weather.


  • Reduces Essential Fatty Acid Deficiencies
  • Anti-Oxidant Protection OM is free of water (so no bacteria can live in it) and is made up of a composition of vegetable oils, barrier substances (including Shea Butter), Evening Primrose Oil and Urea. Fatty acids from vegetable oil are responsible for the silky soft texture of Oleogel N.
  • It Creates Healthy Skin
  • Has Incredible Healing Properties
  • Can be used on the face, body, nails and hands


an Intense Hydrating Balm & Mask that helps rapidly relieve extremely dry, cracked or chapped skin with the help of powerful antioxidants that dramatically soothe, nourish and comfort for a radiant, healthy-looking glow.

rescue - Medifine UK

CosMedix Rescue – Intense Hydrating Balm & Mask

This is an Intense Hydrating Balm & Mask that helps rapidly relieve extremely dry, cracked or chapped skin with the help of powerful antioxidants that dramatically soothe, nourish and comfort for a radiant, healthy-looking glow.


  • Creates lasting hydration that helps protect the skin’s moisture barrier
  • Reduces the appearance of redness and dry, flaky skin
  • Doubles as an overnight mask treatment for total moisture restoration


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