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If you live in a climate where winter is cold or even just dry, you know that the season requires swapping out bedding, clothing, and even your hair and skincare products. These are 15 products that keep your skin moisturized and your hair voluminous yet static-free all season long, for your best winter yet.
1. A skin salve you can use anywhere and everywhere
It should come as no surprise that we’re recommending Aquaphor. A single tube or jar of the ointment boasts many uses: It heals minor wounds and cuts, soothes diaper rash, and treats dry or chapped skin. Bottom line? It’s the perfect thing to have on hand all winter long.
2. A face moisturizer that sinks in quickly
The itchy, tight sensation dry winter air causes can be quite uncomfortable for skin. To stay ahead of it, apply a moisturizer twice daily. The First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration targets parched skin with ingredients like colloidal oatmeal to relieve itching, shea butter to moisturize and provide a skin barrier, and allantoin (a skin conditioning ingredient that draws in water and stimulates cell growth) to calm and soothe. It may even be hydrating enough for eczema-prone skin.
3. A thicker cream for extra protection
If your skin is extra thirsty, or you’re spending time outside and want a thicker layer to prevent windburn, try the Weleda Skin Food. With a 4.4-star rating and over 3,900 reviews, the rich cream claims to protect the skin barrier and increase moisture using lipids, and calm the skin using pansy, chamomile, and calendula extracts.
4. A sunscreen to keep you protected all season long
Regardless of the temperature outside, you should wear sunscreen all year on exposed skin. The La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melt-In Sunscreen Milk quickly absorbs into the skin to provide hydration with a thick and rich texture, anti-aging protection with antioxidants, and broad-spectrum sun protection.
5. An eye cream to lock in hydration
If you wake up with dry, dark, or sunken-in undereyes, an eye cream could be your saving grace. You can prevent signs of too-little sleep and dry air by applying this Kiehl’s treatment before bed—it contains avocado oil to restore moisture, cocoa butter to soften and lubricate the skin, and shea butter to retain hydration.
6. A body oil for silky smooth skin
If you typically hop out of the shower and get right into your clothes, you’re missing out on an opportunity for achieving silky soft skin. One Reviewed editor is obsessed with the Eminence Organic Skin Care Apricot Body Oil because it’s thick enough to pour into the palm of your hand but thin enough to mix in with a moisturizer and it provides full-body moisturization. It claims to soften skin and retain its elasticity with apricot kernel oil, reduce the look of fine lines with grape seed oil, hydrate with jojoba oil, protect skin cell membranes with seabuckthorn oil, and give a boost of antioxidants with pomegranate seed oil and a “biocomplex.”
7. A body moisturizer to seal in moisture
If you’d rather only use a cream-based moisturizer, or you're looking for one to mix with your favorite fragrant body oil, try the CeraVe Moisturizing Cream. It contains ceramides (lipids found in the outermost layer of the skin) to protect the skin barrier and hyaluronic acid to maintain moisture.
8. A humidifier to hydrate the dry air
Adding moisture back into the air in your home is great for your skin and for preventing static. The Vicks V745A is our top-pick humidifier because it produces the same amount of humidity that a hot shower would but with half as much water and energy. Bonus: It’ll soothe that winter cough that won’t quit, too.
9. An anti-static spray for your hair
You can always try a dryer sheet to eliminate static from your hair, but before you raid the laundry room, consider a hair-specific spray that not only combats static but de-frizzes your hair for a sleeker style. The IGK Laid Back smoothes flyaways by adding moisture back into your hair and it won’t leave you smelling like freshly folded towels.
10. A shaving oil for a smoother trim
The most important part of shaving is lubrication. In the winter months, a formula with extra emollients will protect skin even better as you remove hair. Before going in with a razor, apply a shave oil, like the Tree Hut Bare Moisturizing Shave Oil, which acts as a barrier between the blade and your skin for a safer shave.
11. A face mask for a hydration boost
When you want to treat yourself—and your skin—layer a hydrating mask on, like the Fresh Rose Face Mask. It claims to soothe and even the skin tone with rosewater, cool the skin with cucumber extract and aloe vera, and bring moisture to the skin with algae. If you’re not a fan of wash-off masks, use a sheet mask instead and pat the excess serum into your skin.
12. A chapstick to replenish dry lips
Keep your lips feeling ultra-smooth with this beloved lip balm. A favorite of one of Reviewed’s writers, Carmex is available in traditional roll-on chapstick form, a pot, or a squeeze tube. The formula contains menthol, camphor, petrolatum, and beeswax, all of which feel refreshing on the lips. The best part? It comes in a host of flavors, including the original medicated version, strawberry, and cherry.
13. A lip scrub to banish flaky skin
As much as you try to avoid chapped lips with a balm, you may end up with dry, flaky lips on particularly frigid days—not a cute look. The Fresh Sugar Lip Polish Exfoliator uses brown sugar crystals to gently buff away dry flakes and shea butter and jojoba oil to moisturize the lips.
14. A foot mask to avoid callused feet
If you only focus on your feet in the summer months when you wear sandals, consider this a friendly reminder to also treat them kindly even when you’re shoving them into socks and boots. This Sephora Collection Foot Masks uses hyaluronic acid to moisturize and lavender and menthol for their refreshing properties. Slip your feet into the disposable socks, which are pre-soaked inside with serums, and kick back for 20 minutes while the foot masks do their thing.
15. A volumizing hair spray to combat hat hair
Donning a hat is a must on cold or windy days, but this can mean hat hair and frustrating static. To fluff up your style and ward off static, try the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Body Builder, which claims to create volume using polymers, add shine using an “emollient blend,” and prevent static using “anti-static agents.”
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