These Winter Skin Savers are Our Heroes
Between the frigid temps and dry, indoor heating, winter can be harsh on your complexion. Just as you’ve packed away the cutoffs and sundresses to save for warmer days, it’s time to retire sheer moisturizers in favor of more seasonally appropriate skin care. We’ve compiled a list of products that deliver the hydration your parched skin craves. Ahead, the add-ons you’ll need to update your regimen, plus shoppable links for you to get glowing.
Combat dehydration by applying a face cream day and night to freshly cleaned skin, or after your serum. Regular moisture will help balance your skin’s natural oil production, leaving you youthful and luminous. Be advised: sun care should never be skipped, not even in the winter. Always add a sunscreen on top of your daily moisturizer.
Clinique’s Moisture Surge is a lightweight gel-cream loaded with hyaluronic acid, nature’s moisture magnet, to beat your skin’s winter woes. Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream creates a supple cushion-effect on the skin, making it the perfect base for makeup. Linda Rodin’s blend of essential oils can be worn alone or as a second layer of moisture for particularly dry days. Apply the face oil first, then add a layer of face cream on top for double the dosage.
SHOP: Face Moisturizers
To maintain a healthy visage, have a moisturizing face mask ready in your beauty arsenal. Use 2-3 times per week, or as needed, to give your skin’s healing powers a boost. Your winter skin will thank you.
Quench your skin’s thirst with the healing powers of Origins’ Drink Up Intensive Mask. Using avocado and apricot kernel oil, this mask wards off premature aging caused by dehydration. Similarly, the creamy formula of GLAMGLOW’s Thirstymud imparts youthful hydration and a light scent. It can also be used on other patchy areas of the body, including your chest, elbows, hands and feet. Chantecaille’s Jasmine and Lily Healing Mask is one to pack on your next ski trip. The cooling mask doubles as a heavy-duty night cream, relieving chafed skin with a gentle but effective rosewater base.
SHOP: Face Masks
Don’t neglect your precious limbs! Knees, elbows, hands and cuticles are particularly affected by the wrath of cold weather and must be moisturized daily. To supplement your whole-body lotion application, we recommend carrying a hand cream in your bag to reapply on the go.
Omorovicza’s body cream protects the skin from environmental stressors that lead to dehydration and dullness. Apply after stepping out of the bath or shower, while the skin is still damp, to restore the moisture barrier and elasticity. Kiehl’s Creme de Corps is a cult classic for good reason: the rich, nourishing formula delivers 24-hour hydration, is fast-absorbing and won’t leave behind a sticky residue. To soften your skin while bathing, use Herbivore Botanicals’ indulgent bath soak with coconut milk and be enveloped in a warm, natural vanilla scent. Essential oils vaporize to soothe the skin and are even known to reduce skin inflammation.
SHOP: Bath & Body
Hair, like skin, requires special attention in the winter months. Consider switching out your beach-wave-enhancing shampoo and conditioner for a more hydrating formula. At the very least, have a conditioning mask on hand to prevent breakage and static frizz.
We love Bumble and Bumble’s Pre-Shampoo treatment for the way it creates silky smooth locks after just one application. Loaded with fortifying oils, this mask goes on before shampoo and should be applied to dry hair 20 minutes before showering. Likewise, Phyto’s Phytojoba Intense Hydrating Mask protects the hair with natural oils that will add shine to your mane. Aesop’s Rose Hair & Scalp formula conditions not just your locks, but your scalp as well, preventing any unsightly dandruff that may plague you during the winter.
SHOP: Hair & Scalp Treatments
Chapped lips are easy to come by this time of year and can be very uncomfortable to manage. Get yourself a lip care routine that includes a gentle exfoliator to clear away dead skin and a heavy-duty balm to restore their pillowy feel.
Lanolips’ 100% natural balm is a dense and intensely hydrating formula. Warm the product between your fingers, then apply directly to your lips, or any other dry patches on your body. As a weekly treatment, use KNC’s lip mask to plump your pucker with lasting hydration. It’s especially great before a night out or anytime you might be applying a bold lipstick. Finally, Sisley’s lip balm is designed to treat extremely dry, cracked lips. Its exceptional repairing benefits moisturize and protect chapped skin from the cold, wind and sun, relieving discomfort and revealing a smoother pout.
SHOP: Lip Care