This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
We’re in winter denial. Even though the first snow has come and gone, we’ve put off pulling out our real cold weather gear (you know, the coat coat), and we haven’t dug out the hat and gloves from the depths of our closet. But we’ve been taking other precautions to brave the cold weather, like whipping out our most moisturizing skin-care products.
This time of year provides us with endless opportunities to feel all warm and fuzzy inside, but it usually has the opposite effect on our skin. Between being repeatedly hammered in the face with arctic wind and spending hours in an 80-degree
cell office, our skin pays the price with endless dryness, breakouts, and dullness. But that’s nothing a thorough regimen can’t fix.
Just like that Canada Goose coat, your cold-weather skin-care routine is a worthy investment. The right stuff will keep your face protected from climate combat and will leave you glowing even when it’s chilly out. To help you gear up, we broke down the exact products our beauty editors are using this winter.
Cat Quinn, Beauty Director
Skin Type: Dry and acne prone
“In the winter, any irritating cleansers turn my skin into a dry, patchy mess. I shelve my acne foams and charcoal cleansing oils and replace them with this super-gentle, soy-based gel. It takes off mascara and eyeliner, without giving me dry patches around my eyes like other cleansers do this time of year.” — Quinn
Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, $15, available at Sephora
“To keep my skin clear, I exfoliate a couple times a week with this super-fine powder, which turns into a foamy scrub when you activate it with warm water. The papaya extracts gently slough off dead skin to make my skin glowing — not red and pissed off.” — Quinn
AMOREPACIFIC Treatment Enzyme Peel, $22, available at Sephora
“I have to be careful with any active serums this time of year, because again, my skin is not super happy with me between the freezing commute and dry office air. This gentle retinol serum, which has soothing aloe, keeps my skin clear and breakout free.” — Quinn
Shani Darden Texture Reform™ Gentle Resurfacing Serum, $95, available at Shani Darden
“Because my skin is super dry this time of year, I always layer on two face creams, starting with this Augustinus Bader one — which, to me, has the silky texture of a serum. The formula, based on Dr. Bader’s stem cell research, has made a huge difference in my fine lines and deep forehead wrinkles, which helps justify the cost (a little). I also love that it’s totally fragrance-free and comes in a bougie dust bag for travel.” — Quinn
Augustinus Bader The Cream, $265, available at Violet Grey
“I follow up the Augustinus Bader cream with Barbara Sturm’s Face Cream, which she personalized for me using plasma from blood she drew from my arm (it helps my skin repair itself like my own personalized Neosporin). It sounds freaky, but I’ve been using it for eight months and my skin has never been clearer, brighter, or smoother. If you can’t get to Germany, or are afraid of needles, her plain face cream also gives you serious hydration and an immediate glow.” — Quinn
Dr. Barbara Sturm Face Cream Rich Women, $230, available at Net-A-Porter
“Even with my over-the-top (and wildly expensive) skin-care routine, dry patches and rashes just happen — ’tis the season, after all. I keep a tube of this, plus a prescription ointment from my doctor, in my purse at all times. It helps soothe and reverse the scaly areas around my eyes, elbows, lips, and knees. Which is impressive, considering it’s by far the cheapest product on my list.” — Quinn
Aquaphor Healing Ointment, $4.79, available at Target
Aimee Simeon, Beauty Writer
Skin Type: Dry
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