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Top 7 Favorite Skincare Products to Survive the Winter

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As seasons change, our skin textures and skin routines tend to change along with it. Winter is an especially harsh time, as the air gets cooler and drier. Your normally balanced skin may feel irritated, dried, and your regular complexion, nonexistent. This is a sign that your skin needs a refresh—a reawakening. Your light summer moisturizers need to be switched out with richer formulas, your routine needs a few product switches or add-ons.

From facial moisturizers, lip balms, and face masks to body care and calmer face washes, this list of products will help your skin make it through the harsh conditions of winter.

Winter Skin Care Products

1.) TONYMOLY I’m Rice Active Enzyme Exfoliating Cleanser

A face cleanser that washes and exfoliates? You just might need this. This cleanser is packed with great ingredients like rice powder, rice extract, and papaya enzyme that help with exfoliation, inflammation, irritation, and can also help improve skin tone and texture. It’s a powder-to-paste formula and with just a little bit of water, you can activate the transition. A great thing about this cleanser is that even though it exfoliates, it’s gentle enough to use daily. It leaves the skin feeling clean, but not dry or tight. The powder formula makes it easy to travel with too. 

2.) Banila Co Clean It Zero

If you’ve tried this and it isn’t the option for you, Banila Co Clean It Zero line has affordable cleanser options that address different skin issues. The well-loved La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser is also a great option. It’s gentle, milky, and doesn’t strip the skin of its oils. While all the mentioned cleansers are pretty affordable, check out Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser for an option under $10. This gentle cleanser is great for sensitive skin, as it’s free of dyes, fragrances, and other skin-irritating chemicals. 

3.) Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream with Squalene

If you’re in search of the perfect, rich moisturizer for winter, well look no further. This moisturizer is well-known for being extra moisturizing and great for dry skin. Even if it’s a richer moisturizer, it’s suited for all skin types, even sensitive ones. And don’t let the name fool you, this will keep your skin protected all day, but it’s also lightweight and feels like nothing when applied. According to Kiehl’s, this moisturizer delivers 2x more hydration in real-life environments like winter heat, dry heat, office air conditioning, and cabin air.

4.) Beauty of Joseon’s Dynasty Cream

This brand sounds like a luxury product at a luxury price, but instead, it is just a luxury moisturizer. It contains ingredients like rice water, ginseng, honey extract, and squalene that all help brighten, moisturize, counteract inflammation, and keep the skin plump and bouncy. For a more affordable option, check out CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion. It’s ultra-lightweight but packs a lot of moisture with one application. It’s oil-free, fragrance-free, and absorbs into the skin very easily. Even though it’s labeled as a nighttime moisturizer, it’s light enough to apply during the day without weighing down the rest of your daytime routine.

5.) Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Face Mask

This face mask is great when you need a boost of hydration. With healing honey, soothing propolis, and amino acid-rich royal jelly, this mask will help with dryness and helps support the skin. Reviews for this product say that it leaves the skin glowing and looking healthy. The product is also beautifully designed, which is a plus. 

Another great hydrating face mask is the Youth to the People Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask. It’s an overnight mask, which means you don’t need to sit around and wait for it to dry and wash off. You just need to apply it, go to bed, and wash it off in the morning. This mask is said to deeply hydrate, plump, and brighten the skin. It targets dullness and uneven textures. If you’re more of someone who wants a face mask that doesn’t need to be washed off, sheet masks might be the option you are looking for. Hada Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-aging Facial Mask and Neutrogena Moisturizing Hydro Boost Hydrating Face Mask are amazing for hydration and leave the skin soft. It’s like a spa day without the cost.

6.) Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm

Don’t moisturize your face and forget about the lips! Dry winter winds are the worst on the lips and can leave them feeling chapped and even cracked. Good thing we have a plethora of lip balms to choose from. However, not all of them are great, but the original Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm is different. The lightweight formula has stayed consistent throughout the years, leaving the lips looking soft and smooth with just one application. Each balm contains Vitamin E which helps keep the moisture and peppermint that leaves a refreshing minty tingle.

Another great balm option is Hurraw! Moon Lip Balm. This vegan company uses avocado fruit oil, argan kernel oil, rosehip seed oil, and meadowfoam seed oil to combat dry lips and retain moisture. Since it’s designed as a bedtime lip balm, it will for sure be extra thick. Despite so many names and formulas for lip balms, don’t take away from products like Aquaphor Lip Repair and Vaseline Lip Therapy, as they will do the job to keep your lips hydrated.

7.) Aveeno Eczema Therapy Daily Moisturizing Cream

Despite whether you have eczema or not, this Eczema Therapy lotion is the best for hydrating skin. Our writer, who has gone through four containers of this, swears by it. The Colloidal Oatmeal ingredient helps the moisturizing factor as well as dissipates any sort of itch your skin had with the dry weather. It’s fragrance-free to prevent any sort of irritation and can keep your skin hydrated for 24 hours. 

Other honorable mentions include Jergens Ultra Healing Lotion and Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Body Gel Cream. Both of these body lotions are lightweight, but ultra-moisturizing. It keeps the dry skin away and can heal scaly patches with consistent use. These two are scented in their own ways, but none as strong as a Bath and Body Works lotion. Your skin will thank you for keeping it moisturized and glowing.

Nina Yu is a freelance writer who is currently based out of Salt Lake City. They are interested in topics like social justice issues, travel, and beauty/skincare. When they are not writing, you can find them hiking, laughing to a fun podcast, or reading a good book.