Frigid temperatures, dry air, and harsh central heaters wreaking havoc on your skin and hair this winter? You may have perfected your hair and skincare lineup but that doesn’t mean your routine couldn’t use a few swaps or additions. We’ve compiled a list of the top 20 products to help you look your best this winter. —Alexandra Aulicino
Removing your makeup can be rough on your skin. Between scrubbing off foundation to washing our faces with products that strip them of everything including our natural oils, our skin can be left feeling dryer and less healthy after a wash than it did before. The Elemis Pro-Collagen Hydrating Cleansing Balm gently removes all of the makeup and dirt from your face while keeping it hydrated, nourished and glowing.
Protecting the skin’s barrier is even more important in the winter. When our skin is experiencing the most extreme elements it needs a little extra care. The Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Skin Barrier Serum Toner is applied after cleansing and prepares the skin for the rest of your routine. Unlike the usual astringent feeling toners, this has a liquid gel consistency which feels like a drink of water for the skin. Boosted by ceramides which help protect against moisture loss and environmental stressors this product will keep you hydrated and protected all day long.
If you’re looking to splurge on your skincare the Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream is the ultimate hydrating cream. Containing the brand’s key ingredient, TFC8, oils such as primrose, hyaluronic acid, and Vitamin E, this cream will soothe dryness and deeply hydrate the skin leaving an emollient and rich feeling, unlike any other product on the market.
French skincare brand Biologique Recherche is loved by celebrities and skincare junkies for a reason. Our top pick from the brand for dehydrated and stressed winter skin is the Biologique Recherche Creme Masque Vernix. This mask will refresh, revitalize and regenerate the skin thanks to its combination of active ingredients.
Don’t know where to start when it comes to a winter skincare refresh? Dr. Barbara Strum has got you covered with the Dr. Barbara Strum Winter Kit. This kit features a curated selection of products used to boost skin’s hydration levels while protecting and nourishing the skin.
If you love facial sprays the Tower 28 Beauty SOS Daily Rescue Facial Spray is the perfect choice this winter. This beloved product gives an extra boost to stressed-out skin by reducing irritation and redness. We love that this product is 100% natural and features antibacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredients which are gentle enough for even the most sensitive of skin types.
The La Mer Renewal Oil is a multi-tasking treatment that soothes and enriches all areas it’s applied to. Commonly used on the face this product can also be used on the body, nails, or hair. Thanks to its iconic La Mer Miracle Broth this oil soothes any area it is applied to. Mix into other products for added hydration or apply alone onto the face for a natural glowy and healthy look that softens skin and supports its natural collagen.
Prep your skin for makeup by switching up your go-to primer with this ultra-hydrating makeup base. The Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base features ingredients such as Vitamins B, C and E, hyaluronic acid, squalene and shea butter, which hydrate the skin and provide a smooth, glowing base ready for makeup application. You won’t find any dry patches here!
We’ve all suffered from dry and cracked winter lips but now we don’t have to. The Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask Intense Hydration with Vitamin C is a leave-on lip mask that intensely hydrates your lips all day or night, leaving a glossy finish.
Nourish your body from the start of your routine with Kiehl’s Crème de Corps Smoothing Oil-to-Foam Body Cleanser. Body creams are an incredible way to add softness to the skin but starting step one in the shower adds an extra layer that lasts throughout the day. This nourishing oil-to-foam product goes from a light cleansing oil and lathers into an incredibly luxe foam. With oils including castor and grapeseed skin is left feeling silky, soft, and moisturized. We also love the incredible warming and light scent of vanilla and almond. Yum!
Scrubbing off dead skin can feel harsh but using a moisturizing product like the Herbivore Coco Rose Exfoliating Body Scrub keeps skin fresh, soft and hydrated. This scrub offers next-level hydration thanks to ingredients such as virgin coconut oil, Moroccan rose, and sugar
Serums aren’t just for your face. The Nécessaire The Body Serum- With Hyaluronic Acid, Niacinamide + Ceramide is the perfect product to plump and hydrate your entire body. Hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and ceramide NP protect, nourish, soften and hydrate the skin. If you experience sensitive or irritated skin the Nécessaire’s products are for you. All of their products are fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, dermatologist-tested -tested and non-comedogenic.
A thick body butter is just what dry winter skin needs and the Osea Undaria Algae Body Butter is the best of the best. Featuring seaweed, shea butter and ceramides this product melts into the skin leaving a soft and hydrated finish that feels supple and soft.
Our hands are a dead giveaway of the effects of winter skin but don’t worry, dry, cracked, and rough skin can be healed with the L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream. This hand cream softens, protects, and nourishes the skin thanks to its high content of shea butter. This ultra-creamy product is a best seller for the brand, for good reason.
Your cuticles need love too. The Dior Crème Abricot Strengthening Nail Care is an iconic product by the luxury brand that makes caring for your nails feel like a treat. The apricot oil and seaweed extract will smooth and nourish the nails keeping them strong and avoiding any brittleness and breakage. We can’t lie, the chic container is a plus and looks beautiful on your makeup desk or in your bag.
Sometimes you need a multipurpose product that can do it all. When you’re looking for a balm that can multitask there’s no better product than La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5. This soothing product is incredible for issues such as eczema, and irritated or extremely dry skin. Wounds and irritation will be healed before you know it!
Another must-have multipurpose product is the Aquaphor Healing Ointment. This product will help the skin get back to its optimal condition and is essential for dry or chapped skin. If you have extremely dry skin you can apply this product on your face or hands to protect you from the effects of the wind and cold. We love to use this ointment on the lips as an extremely hydrating lip treatment that is fragrance and colour-free.
Dry scalps get even drier during the winter. A scalp scrub is the perfect way to detoxify and clean the scalp of any dryness or flaky patches. The Virtue Clarifying & Exfoliating Scalp Treatment is our favourite product for this because it is effective while feeling gentle and hydrating on the scalp.
We know that oil should be applied to your hair all year round but when your hair is feeling extra dry and dull try out the Olaplex No.7 Bonding Oil. This oil is lightweight enough to be used on both damp and dry hair. It will protect hair health while also making it look shinier and less frizzy. Yes, please!
Hair looking sad and dehydrated? It’s time to bring in the ultimate hydrating product, the Kérastase Nutritive Ultra-Hydrating Mask for Very Dry Hair. This hydrating mask features products commonly found in skincare such as niacinamide and plant proteins which are used to provide and lock in moisture for immediate and long-term results.