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Winter air can dry your skin out like nothing else. Whether you’re an avid skier, you work outside or you just like to build snowmen, you’re going to need a few winter skin products to combat the damaging effects of the season sooner or later. Even indoor heating systems can boost the dryness in the air, irritating your skin.
While some of the moisture-depleting impacts of winter can be lessened by taking shorter showers, using warm instead of hot water, running a humidifier and choosing a gentle body wash over bar soap, you’ll probably still need some help from good moisturizers, lotions and balms.
We’ve found some of the best winter skin products with ingredients ideal for healing your winter skin woes. Come find what works for you:
Dr. Bronner’s Organic Magic Balm
Made with organic jojoba, avocado, hemp oil and beeswax, Dr. Bronner’s Organic Magic Balm is equipped to moisturize the whole body, face and hands. This variety is unscented, safe and suitable for babies, and weighs two ounces. There is also an arnica-menthol variety in the same size tin.
Great for eczema and rough, dry, cracked skin. Gentle and chemical-free. USDA organic and fair trade certified, as well as vegan, cruelty-free and certified kosher. Buy it here.
Ursa Major Golden Hour Recovery Cream
Ursa Major Golden Hour Recovery Cream packs a powerful punch of hydration with its mixture of sea buckthorn, calendula, sunflower and sandalwood. Ideal for the face, it absorbs quickly to start rejuvenating tired skin and soothing any redness lingering from wintry outdoor adventures. Excellent for daytime or overnight use. Paraben and sulfate-free. Works for all skin types, perfect for both men and women. Buy it here.
Chagrin Valley Whipped Squalane Natural Face & Eye Moisturizing Mousse
Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve is known for their USDA organic certified bath and body products for the skin, face and hair. This Chagrin Valley Whipped Squalane Face & Eye Moisturizing Mousse is silky to the fingertips, all-natural, cruelty-free and easy on the skin around the eyes.
A hint of lavender helps to balance out the skin’s pH, while the squalane protects against moisture loss and promotes cell rejuvenation. Just a few dots around the eyes and cheekbones is plenty for your skin to drink in this decadent blend. Buy it here.
Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator
This gel-cream gives instant relief and a shot of moisture to winter-damaged skin. Created without fragrance, parabens, sulfates and more, this formula is based around a heavy dose of hyaluronic acid, which naturally pulls in moisture. Use Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator on yourself or even your kids’ cheeks if they get chapped playing in the snow. Helps with severely dry skin with protection for up to 72 hours. Some reported seeing noticeably improved skin in just a few days. Buy it here.
Brickell Men’s Restoring Eye Cream
This organic formula is 97.5% natural, unscented and ready to reduce wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness around men’s eyes. As seen in GQ, Men’s Journal and Men’s Health magazines, it’s fast-absorbing, lightweight and quick to revitalize tired eyes at any age. Brickell Men’s Restoring Eye Cream comprises hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, green tea, aloe and protein peptides. Brickell makes anti-aging day and night creams and serums for men as well, sold in numerous countries worldwide. Buy it here.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Winter Gift Set
The perfect gift (for yourself as well as others!), this set of winter skin products includes:
- Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturizer
- Hydro Boost 100% Hydrogel Face Mask
- Hydro Boost Overnight Gel Mask
- Hydro Boost Lip Treatment
Each formula works in sync with the rest to provide optimal hydration 24 hours a day during even the driest months of the year. Neutrogena is well-known as a gentle enough formula for use by all ages, even those with acne-prone skin. To get the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Winter Gift Set as described, buy it here.
If you’d rather just try the Hydro Boost Water Gel on its own first, buy it here.
Kamedis Eczema Therapy Cream
For some folks, winter signals new or worse outbreaks of eczema. Made with botanical rhubarb, Kamedis Eczema Therapy Cream has been clinically proven to be 23% more effective at relieving eczema than other OTC brands. All Kamedis products are dermatologist-tested, free of parabens, dyes, steroids, tar and bleaches. They also “have both prebiotic and antibiotic properties that help restore a healthy skin biome without the side effects of conventional treatments.” Kamedis also makes a body wash which works well with this cream. Safe enough for children and even babies. Buy it here.
Moon Juice Cosmic Cream Collagen Protecting Moisturizer
A unique blend of hyaluronic acid with adaptogenic ashwaganda, schisandra, reishi and silver ear supermushrooms, and tocos, Moon Juice Cosmic Cream works to protect the skin’s collagen, reduce the signs of aging and improve elasticity. Your skin will soak this up gratefully after a day in the drying winter wind. Made without parabens, pesticides, phthalates, sulfates and petroleum. Customers love the smell. Vegan and never tested on animals. Buy it here.
All Good Goop Organic Healing Balm & Ointment
For dry lips and chapped skin, diaper rash, callouses, sunburn, insect bites and more, All Good Goop Organic Healing Balm & Ointment is a USDA-certified organic formula created with farm-grown and hand-harvested calendula and a blend of medicinal plants mixed with lavender essential oil. This is an Amazon’s Choice product, beloved and highly rated by previous customers. The texture is similar to that of a salve. A little goes a long way, so this container should last you a while. Buy it here.
Moon Melt Lotion Bar
The powers of natural calendula, comfrey, vitamin E, organic vanilla and lemon essential oils and beeswax come together to create this ultra-soothing moisturizer. The Moon Melt Lotion Bar is easy to use – just hold the moon in your hands until it begins to warm and melts sufficiently for your needs. Then blend and massage into the dry parts of your skin and allow it to soak in. Product instructions recommend adding a hot pack to maintain levels of heat if needed. All sales help to preserve the health of pollinators and their habitats. Comes in lemon vanilla (shown), as well as coconut lemon, lavender and bergamot geranium. Buy it here.
A favorite brand of many, Badger Balm custom formulates products for a variety of skincare needs from bug repellents to sunscreens to lip balms to shaving/beard grooming kits. This unscented Badger Balm for sensitive dry skin is made for the driest, roughest skin of the season and comprises only organic beeswax and organic extra virgin olive oil. Badger Balm Unscented 2-pack for Sensitive Dry Skin is USDA-certified organic and rates high among previous customers. For best use, apply after showering or washing hands at bedtime and work in to soften overnight. Buy it here.
Will you be trying any of these winter skin products? Do you have a favorite skin care product you prefer to use in the winter? Let us know in the comments.