12 Beauty Products for Gorgeous Winter Skin
Your Skin Concern: Dryness
It’s no secret that dry skin gets drier in winter. And that means your winter beauty routine has to change. You have to know what hydrating ingredients to look for, says Mona Gohara, assistant clinical professor at Yale University’s department of dermatology. A few good bets: hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and glycerin. “Each of these attracts moisture to the skin in their own way.” So if you're suffering from dryness, try the skincare products on the slides ahead.
Dove Ultra Caring Gentle Cream Cleanser
“Some people are hung up on the idea that your skin’s not really clean unless the product foams or suds, but the ingredients that do that strip moisture from the skin,” says Gohara. Opt for a milky, cream or oil-based cleanser instead, like Dove Ultra Caring Gentle Cream Cleanser ($16; dove.com). And don't make these 10 Common Face-Washing Mistakes!
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift and Firm Day Cream SPF 30
Loaded with ceramides, glycerin, and sun protection, Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift and Firm Day Cream SPF 30 ($74; elizabetharden.com) is a triple threat in the winter skincare department.
Caudalie Vinosource Overnight Recovery Oil
Score double the hydration while you snooze with a two-in-one oil and overnight moisturizer. Caudalie Vinosource Overnight Recovery Oil ($52; us.caudalie.com) blends a cocktail of six essential oils—including rose, jojoba, and grape—to deeply nourish dryness and help restore the skin’s barrier. (Plus, don't miss these Skincare Products Dermatologists Love.)
It may be housed in a tiny tube, but the non-sticky balm Mustela Hydrastick ($9.50; mustelausa.com) is full of hydrating shea butter and ceramides, making it perfect for those pesky dry patches.
Your Skin Concern: Sensitivity
Is the blistering cold making your skin, well, blister? Or do you ever notice an uncontrollable flush allover? You might be prone to eczema or rosacea. Plus, chilly winds and drying weather can act as an extreme irritant. Try these products on the slides ahead.
NUDE Skincare Perfect Cleanse Omega Cleansing Jelly
The enemy of sensitive skin is heavy fragrances and alcohol. “Soaps can also be too harsh,” says Gohara, so finding a gentle cleanser can be quite the feat. Squelch redness or irritation with anti-inflammatory ingredients, like the sunflower oil in the NUDE Skincare Perfect Cleanse Omega Cleansing Jelly ($38; sephora.com). The ingredient—rich in soothing fatty acids—helps gently wash away dirt and oil.
Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Wipes
SkinCeuticals Redness Neutralizer
Packed with soothing antioxidants and hydrating vitamin E, SkinCeuticals Redness Neutralizer ($65; skinceuticals.com) instantly reduces all signs of winter inflammation. Plus, it contains hydrating shea butter, which Gohara says also works wonders as a calming agent.
Your Skin Concern: Oil
Sure, sebum production slows during colder months, but oily types aren’t off the hook from moisturizing in winter. They key, says Gohara, is to look for richer, water-based beautifiers that that hydrate without producing more oils. Try these products ahead!
La Roche Posay Effeclar Foaming Gel Cleanser
Oily types can use a foamy sudser, but be sure the product won’t disrupt your skin’s natural pH levels—the term used to describe acid-to-alkaline ratio in skin—which is usually around 5.5. “A cleanser that is pH neutral won’t dry out the skin, making it gentler for winter,” says Gohara. La Roche Posay Effeclar Foaming Gel Cleanser ($20; laroche-posay.com) leaves skin perfectly balanced.
Olay Fresh Effects Hydrating Gel Moisturizer
“Gel textures are the perfect consistency for oily skin because they hydrate without feeling too heavy,” she says. Our favorite: Olay Fresh Effects Hydrating Gel Moisturizer ($13; drugstore.com).
Lancôme Tonique Pure Focus Matifying Purifying Toner
Don’t toss your toner, says Gohara, because it can help balance the skin—even in winter. “Just reduce your use to once or twice a week,” she says. “Any more can be a too drying.” Try Lancôme Tonique Pure Focus Matifying Purifying Toner ($25; lancome.com), which contains zinc to sop up excess oil.
Your Skin Concern: Combination Skin
You’re oily and you’re dry, so finding the perfect winter products can leave you in a pickle. Since you have two different types of skin to work, Gohara says “you should follow the same regime as the oily category to target larger areas, then treat dryness separately”. Try these products on the following slides.
Boots No 7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum
Since you likely get dry around the eyes and mouth, try spot treating those areas with a moisturizing, hyaluronic acid-packed serum, like Boots No 7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum ($30; target.com).
Darphin Ideal Resource Micro-Refining Smoothing Fluid
Meant especially for combination skin, the super-light Darphin Ideal Resource Micro-Refining Smoothing Fluid ($90; darphin.com) has teeny-tiny mattifying powders that blur away any shine.