By Marissa DeSantis
The change of seasons means it’s also time to change up your beauty routine (yes, even if we’re still stuck at home). With winter underway, you may have already noticed the combined effects of the colder weather outside and cranking up the heat inside in the form of dry, flaky skin. But calming cold weather irritation is as simple as adding a few super-hydrating products into your beauty cabinet.
From a drugstore overnight mask that works like magic to restore moisture to dried-out skin to an ultra-rich body cream and even a hair mask that adds instant shine, here are the seven beauty products to try out this winter.
If endless applications of lip balm throughout the day can’t cure your chapped lips, try this overnight mask instead. Formulated with nourishing oils like jojoba, macadamia, and sweet almond, The Dream Slip works like a night cream to smooth out lips while you sleep without leaving behind any sticky residue. For a seriously chapped pout, try exfoliating your lips with Sara Happ’s cult-favorite lip scrub before applying the mask. It gently buffs away dead skin with sugar crystals to help maximize the absorption of all the lip mask’s moisturizing ingredients.
The skin around your eyes is thinner and more delicate than the rest of the skin on your face, which means it requires special care. This eye cream from Kiehl’s uses shea butter, avocado oil, and beta-carotene to defend against dehydration (and eliminate fine lines caused by dry skin) while also helping to de-puff and brighten.
Sometimes you can seemingly be doing everything right with your skincare routine and still end up with the occasional patch of dry skin or fine lines that come with dehydration. That’s where this pocket-size tub comes in. Neutrogena created this hydrogel formula that includes glycerin and hyaluronic acid, which works overnight to leave you with moisturized, plumper skin by morning. I’ve found that each individually packaged mask is usually enough for two overnight applications, and they’re perfect for on-the-go use.
Hand cream has always been a staple product in the winter, but with the constant hand-washing brought on by the pandemic, it’s become even more of an essential. This hand cream has earned a permanent spot on my nightstand thanks to its shea butter, honey, sweet almond oil, and coconut oil-infused formula that soothes and softens dry hands and cuticles.
This body cream has earned a dedicated following over the past few years, as much for it’s fast-absorbing and hydrating formula as for its signature sweet scent that comes from notes of salted caramel, pistachio, and vanilla. Sol de Janeiro also added guaraná to moisturizing cupuaçu butter and coconut oil to help boost circulation and firm your skin, too.
Whether your hair is feeling drier as a result of the harsh weather or you’re dealing with serious split ends because quarantine has kept you from your usual salon appointment, this mask will help. From celebrity stylist Jen Atkin, the Ouai Treatment Mask comes in options for fine to medium hair and thick hair. Though the ingredients differ slightly depending on your hair type, both formulas include shea butter and hydrolyzed keratin to prevent breakage and add hydration, smoothness, and shine.
Dr. Sturm’s career started in orthopedics, and she applied that same scientific approach to creating efficacious skincare products. This serum is easily my favorite product from Dr. Sturm’s line because it combines two molecular weights of hyaluronic acid to deliver immediate hydrating results that are also long-lasting.
Dr. Sturm’s hero anti-aging ingredient, purslane, is included in the formulation to calm signs of irritation, and because the serum is free of parabens and fragrance (it’s also cruelty-free!), it’s gentle enough for all skin types. You can add this to your morning routine and apply it before your moisturizer at night to get rid of dry winter skin once and for all.