Wintertime is a real hazard on your skin.
Cold wind and harsh temperatures do a number on you, starting from redness and ending with flaky dry skin. For that reason, it's especially important to focus on upgrading your skincare game this winter.
Skincare products that work great during summer might not be nearly as effective for wintertime skincare.
Robert A. Norman, DO, an osteopathic physician and dermatologist recommends opting for a heavy oil-based moisturizer in the winter, instead of a water-based one (as you might do during warmer months).
There's another reason for opting for an oil-based moisturizer. Oils contain vitamins E and C which protect your skin even more.
Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Shari Marchbein recommends choosing products that contain ceramides. “Ceramides are naturally found in skin but can be regularly disrupted by factors like the environment and daily activities, leading to dry skin,” says Marchbein.
We took a deeper dive into the beauty product isles of your favorite beauty brands and found some great options that might perk your skin up even during the tougher winter months.
Bellapierre Hydra-Surge Rich Body Butter
Bellapierre is well-known for quality, having 100% mineral-based products. This body butter is exactly what the doctor ordered this winter – creamy rich body butter contains diamond powder and natural oils which perk your skin with vitamins.
If you want to shine like a diamond, then a little bit of diamond powder in your body butter is the way to go!
YSL Or Rouge Crème Riche
Winter is kind of a miserable season, so why not boost your mood and pamper your skin with this luxurious Yves Saint Laurent moisturizer? Though the price is a bit hefty, we all deserve a little treat every now and then. So, make yourself an early Christmas present and revitalize your skin with YSL's rich moisturizer.
What makes this moisturizer special is the Saffron flower which is said to accelerate skin cells' revitalization. YSL formula is also free from parabens and sulfates.
Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil
As dermatologists recommend, you should choose oil-based skincare products, so your skin would get plenty of nutrients. This Clarins face treatment oil is just a no-brainer. The formula includes nothing besides plant extracts which are packed with vitamins. No additives, no preservatives! Just the amazing revitalizing effect of plants.
Elizabeth Arden The Night Before Ceramide Set
As per Dr. Shari Marchbein's recommendation, you should opt for products that contain ceramides. When it comes to ceramides, Elizabeth Arden is the queen with the extensive ceramide capsule product line.
This winter you can get your ceramide dose thanks to the Night Before Ceramide set that includes four of Elizabeth Arden's powerful products:
- Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum (30-Piece)
- Vitamin C Ceramide Capsules Radiance Renewal Serum (7-Piece)
- Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum (7-Piece)
- SUPERSTART Skin Renewal Booster (0.17 oz.)
Winter skincare really couldn't get any better than this. Great gift for yourself or your girlfriends!
Lancôme Nutrix Royal Body Butter
Lancôme is no stranger to most of us. The Nutrix Royal Body Butter is meant for very dry skin, so you can bet it will take good care of your skin during winter. Containing hazelnuts, vegetable oils and shea butter, this body butter should definitely go to your Christmas list.
Many users have also praised Lancôme's body butter. “It's the ONLY lotion that really works well on my dry face,” said one Nutrix body butter fan.
We believe in the power of hazelnuts, so perhaps you should too!
L'OCCITANE Immortelle Divine Youth Oil
No one has ever been this close to finding the recipe for youth as L'Occitane. The Immortelle Divine Youth Oil is pretty darn close to it.
The formula contains various plant oils that are packed with antioxidants and nutrients. It's a true nutrient powerhouse, just what your skin needs during winter.
Could it really turn back the clock? Well, perhaps. “I got a sample of this and I can very clearly see a difference in my skin after 3 days of use. Fine lines in my forehead totally went away!” said one Divine Youth Oil user.
Eternal youth for $100? Maybe not completely eternal, but it's definitely worth a shot.
Aveda Botanical Kinetics™ Exfoliating Creme Cleanser
Your skin needs exfoliating during winter as well. Actually, in winter months it's absolutely essential, so your skin could protect itself with its natural oils.
Aveda is especially renowned for its sustainable botanical approach. This exfoliating creme cleanser scrubs old skin cells gently off and moisturizes your skin with mango butter. If you need a new wintertime cleanser, then this is your go-to option.
PS: Aveda is also a cruelty-free brand!
Vichy Quenching Mineral Face Mask
How about wearing a little bit of volcano on your skin? Vichy skincare products contain Vichy's volcanic water, rich in various essential minerals. Thanks to vitamin B3 in the mask's formula, your skin is nicely hydrated and completely flake-free.
“I've been using this mask for 3 months and I can't get enough of it,” approves one user. Volcanic water really works wonders.