Winter brings a lot of incredible things – snow days, cozy nights in, hot chocolate – but it also means dry skin. If your skin feels particularly parched recently, you need a boost of hydration. Keep reading for ten incredible winter skin saviors to get your face and body back to nourished, smooth perfection.
Tarte Maracuja Oil: A great beauty oil can do it all – hydrate your skin, nourish your cuticles, seal split ends. Tarte’s Maracuja Oil can do all that…and more. This innocuous purple bottle contains a beauty game-changer. Use a few drops on cleansed skin before bed to wake up with a luminous – never greasy – glow. Add a drop or two into your foundation for a dewier look (and to conceal any signs of dryness). Use a concentrated amount on any dry patches on your body. The options are endless. ($48)
GlamGlow ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment: GlamGlow is the OG of the mask world – all of their products deliver results. If your skin is looking especially dry this winter, try the brand’s ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment. The name speaks for itself. Apply a nickel-sized amount of the mask to a clean, dry face (a little goes a long way), and let it absorb for up to twenty minutes before wiping off the excess. For an extra boost of hydration, leave the treatment on overnight and wake up to see major results. ($69)
Aerin Rose Lip Conditioner: If your classic Chapstick isn’t cutting it, try this intensely moisturizing lip conditioner by Aerin. Not only does it really hydrate your lips, it smells intoxicatingly good. Apply a dab at the start of your makeup routine so it absorbs by the time you get to the lipstick step. If your lips are feeling extra-chapped, slather on a ton of this conditioner before you go to bed – in the morning, your lips will be pillowy soft. ($28)
First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser: Skin tends to be extra dry and prone to irritation during the colder months, so it’s important to find a gentle cleanser that won’t do more harm than good. First Aid Beauty is one of the best skincare brands out there, and this fragrance-free cleanser is no exception. It works on even the most sensitive of skin, and leaves your face soft to the touch. After wiping off most of my makeup with Neutrogena Towelettes, I wash my face with this cleanser to get rid of any excess makeup or dirt. It leaves my skin feeling hydrated, nourished and clean. ($20)
100% Pure Green Tea Water Bomb Mask: There’s an indescribable charm about using a sheet mask that never gets old – it really feels like you’re giving yourself a luxe spa treatment from the comfort of your own home. This Green Tea Water Bomb Mask by 100% Pure – a brand that has turned more than a few of my friends into committed devotees – is perfect for all dry-skin-sufferers. Intensely hydrating and calming, the mask has a unique ‘hydrogel’ texture. The longer you leave the mask on, the thinner the mask becomes because the water is absorbing into your skin. Leave it on for thirty minutes (or even overnight for maximum results) and discover refreshed, moisturized skin. ($29 for a pack of 5)
Clinique Moisture Surge Intense: Clinique’s Moisture Surge is a beloved product – the gel-cream formula instantly hydrates skin without ever feeling heavy. Moisture Surge Intense is that on steroids. It’s ideal for nighttime use, or if your skin gets unbelievably dry during the winter. During the day, try to give yourself twenty minutes post-application to put on your makeup so it can really absorb. Continued use of this insanely nourishing moisturizer will bring your parched skin back to top form. ($39)
Herbivore Coco Rose Coconut Oil Body Polish: It’s common knowledge that coconut oil is the cure to nearly everything – read about 25 beauty uses, HERE. This body polish is a mix of coconut oil and Bulgarian rose absolute – the gentle exfoliant will leave dry, winter-affected skin super-soft and hydrated. Massage a handful of the product into your skin for up to two minutes, then rinse. It’s perfect for sensitive skin – strong enough to get rid of any flakiness, but it won’t exacerbate any problem areas. The delicate floral scent is a major bonus. ($36)
Moroccanoil Body Butter: Infused with nourishing argan oil, this concentrated body butter by Moroccanoil will melt into your skin and leave it moisturized for the rest of the day. Apply it post-shower to damp skin to get the best results. If you have areas that are extra-dry – elbows, knees – apply more of the product to those parts. The soft, delicate smell is extremely pleasant, and not overwhelming at all (a common issue with body butters). ($56)
Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask: This mask should be renamed ‘instant glow in a jar.’ It’s incredible, and should be talked about a lot more than it is. Made with a concentrated blend of crushed citrus fruits (there’s literally pulp in the formula), this sweet-smelling mask instantly adds a beautiful luminosity to your complexion and revives dry, dull skin. Massage the product onto cleansed skin, and let it sit for ten minutes. Remove it with warm water to reveal glowing, radiant skin. ($62)
L’Occitane One Minute Hand Scrub: L’Occitane’s hand lotions are a cult classic, but this exfoliating scrub made specifically for dry hands is especially intriguing. If your hand lotion simply isn’t doing enough, trying using this scrub first. Take a bit of product and rub it all over your hands for a minute or two. Follow it up with your favorite hand lotion to seal it in – both your hands and cuticles will be left silky smooth. ($24)
What are your favorite products for dry, winter-affected skin? Let us know in the comments below!