The Best Winter Beauty Products
When it’s so cold outside that it takes you 5 minutes to put on all your layers before walking anywhere, it’s natural to crank up the heat indoors and in the shower. But all that effort to eliminate the chill can leave your body, face, hair, and lips dry, flaky, and even cracked. Not exactly the best look.
Don’t let winter leave you high and dry this year. The products below will help you stay soft and supple from head to toe, whether you’re the type of beauty shopper who has no problem paying top dollar or if you’d rather save a few bucks (perhaps for a mid-season beach vacation?) but still want something high-quality.
Dry Face Splurge: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream ($28 for 6 oz, firstaidbeauty.com)
|Dry Face Save: Air Repair Complexion Quenching Facial Mist ($9.95, airrepairskincare.com)|
Originally intended for long bouts of travel in drying airplane air, this facial spray has calming lavender and calendula extracts plus aloe leaf juice and hyaluronic acid (a substance naturally found in skin) to help moisture bind to the skin so it doesn’t evaporate on contact (like with some sprays). It also won’t cause makeup to run, so toss it in your purse to spritz your face anytime of day.
|Dry Hair Splurge: Repechage Hair Spa Seaweed Mask ($55, repechage.com)|
If your hair is constantly battered and abused (coloring, daily heat styling, even just over-washing), this product will save the day. The seaweed plant extracts contain 18 amino acids, 12 vitamins, and 42 trace elements and minerals that help bring back the luster—and your love for your tresses. Just 10 minutes once a week works, but for a super, super soft and shiny mane, apply to damp hair and don a shower cap while you sleep, then wash it out in the morning.
|Dry Hair Save: Nexxus Humectress Hydrating Treatment Deep Conditioner ($14.99, drugstores)|
Avocados aren’t just for your salads! This rich and creamy hair mask hydrates hair follicles inside and out thanks to the fruit’s natural fatty acids, minerals, and vitamins that are known for their moisturizing properties. Use it once a week—or more if needed—for silkier strands!
|Dry Lips Splurge: Merle Norman Lip Conditioner SPF 15 ($15, merlenorman.com)|
Just because it’s gray outside doesn’t mean you’re protected from UV rays. The SPF in this vanilla-scented balm will prevent damage and dryness caused by the elements, while the humectants and emollients seal in moisture. Slick it on (under lipstick, if you prefer) for soft, supple lips all day long—one application can go a long way.
|Dry Lips Save: LypSyl Intense Protection LypMoisturizer ($3.49, drugstores)|
This isn’t your grandma’s ChapStick. Ultra-rich shea butter, vitamins A and E, and beeswax in this Swedish brand’s balm moisturize without any actual waxy feeling. Plus a minty flavor and SPF to boot.
|Dry Body Splurge: Ahava Mineral Suncare Aftersun Rehydrating Balm Body & Face ($29, ahava.com)|
The sun is out 365 days a year (some days stronger than others, yes), so why use “after-sun lotion” only in the summer? With dry-skin fighting powers from aloe vera and Dead Sea minerals, this moisturizer immediately soaks into your skin, leaving only a light fresh scent and no greasy residue.
|Dry Body Save: Olay Fresh Effects Satin Finish Lotion ($11.56, drugstores)|
This 24-hour moisturizer (and it does last!) has all the rich hydration of a lotion with the lightweight feel of a gel. Bonus that it doesn’t take forever to rub in and is safe to use on your entire body, including your face—without clogging pores.