Dry winter air can leave your face, body, and hair feeling parched — even if you pride yourself on your elaborate skincare routine. Add back moisture where you need it most with these products that are the best of the best.
Thick-textured body balms have concentrated moisturizing ingredients to seriously soothe the neediest areas, like feet, elbows, and knees. Aveeno Cracked Skin Relief Cica Balm is fragrance-free, so it won’t irritate, and it contains oat extract for extra calming. Slather it on before bed so your skin can soak it in all night.
If your skin is so dehydrated that it feels tight and itchy, tackle that in the shower. Curél Hydra Therapy Itch Defense Wet Skin Moisturizer is designed to be used on wet skin, harnessing the remaining water for hydration and eliminating the squeaky, sometimes uncomfortable feeling caused by soap and other cleansing ingredients.
Prepping for a special occasion or a winter vacation? Smooth on a lotion laced with light-reflecting mineral particles, like this Jergens Brilliance Skin Illuminating Moisturizer. The subtle touch of shimmer gives even dehydrated skin an instant radiance. (For the most flattering effect, focus on areas that protrude, like the fronts of legs, the outsides of arms, and the collarbone.)
Lower humidity levels make it more difficult to maintain supple, glowing skin, says NYC dermatologist , M.D. Lack of moisture in the air means water is pulled from skin cells; plus, cold wind and indoor heat can deplete the protective barrier that helps retain moisture — a recipe for dryness and irritation. To fight back, wear layers of skincare: Smooth on a serum with hyaluronic acid, such as L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum underneath your moisturizer (or mix a few drops in). It's the gold standard for attracting moisture and delivering heavy-duty hydration without a sticky feel.
When your regular night cream won’t cut it, alternate with an even more intensive moisturizing overnight mask, like Pacifica Wake Up Beautiful Mask. The formula's shea butter (an ingredient often used in body products) seals hydration into skin so you wake up with a softer, flake-free face — no need to rinse!
As a day lotion and a vitamin- and antioxidant-rich serum in one, Age-Defying 2-in-1 Anti-Wrinkle Day Cream Plus Face Serum is an anti-aging cream that does twice the work in the morning so you can be out the door faster.
Sodium lauryl sulfate, a surfactant (a.k.a. detergent) found in many shampoos, creates lather and is great for cleansing. The problem: It can wash natural oils down the drain, leaving your strands and scalp feeling stripped. As temperatures drop, consider switching to a gentler formula without sulfates, such as Hair Food Sulfate Free Hair Milk Shampoo.
Just as a face mask can instantly hydrate skin, a rich version for hair can do the same for straw-like strands. Apply this Garnier Whole Blends Repairing Mask Honey Treasures in place of conditioner weekly. An easy trick to try: Slip a shower cap over hair after you apply it to help strands absorb the silkening benefits as you shower.
Matte foundations can absorb skin's oils, emphasizing and worsening dry spots. Instead, try this tinted moisturizer like Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint with the same smoothing hyaluronic acid found in skincare.
Dab on a cream blush such as Burt's Bees All Aglow Lip & Cheek Stick in Peony Pool, made of jojoba seed and coconut oils to get a natural flush. (This one works on your lips too!)
Skip lipsticks, which can be parching (especially highly pigmented formulas), and go for a lip oil, like Total Hydration Vitamin Enriched Tinted Lip Oil in Subtle Pink. They give a hint of color in a natural oil base that makes lips look lush.
Lock in moisture and give your pout just a touch of color with a tinted lip balm, like Revitalizing Lip Balm in Sunny Berry. Ion2 Complex adds moisture for full, hydrated lips, while SPF 20 offers protection from the sun.