January, and winter in general, can be a challenging time when it comes to keeping your skin glowing, hydrated and dewy. With snowstorms and cyclones on the east coast, and cold, dry weather everywhere else, the elements this time of year can take a toll on the skin you’ve worked all year long to keep moisturized and clear. If there’s one main tip I have for keeping my skin glowing during the colder months, it’s to really focus on hydration… from the inside out. Not only does it help to drink tons of water during this time to help keep your skin supple, but having an arsenal of hydrating skincare products will also be your best weapon.
Today I’m rounding up some of my best kept skincare secrets when it comes to products that will really combat the dry winter air. If you tend to get dry patches or are prone to dry skin, this post is especially for you! From hydrating lip balms to glossy hair oils to luxurious moisturizers, here are some of my favorite winter beauty products…
1. Sisley Paris Confort Extreme Nutritive Lip Balm, $74
I know—$75 is more than a bit of a splurge for lip balm, but hear me out: this stuff works magic. The minute I even feel like my lips are getting chapped, one day of applying this super hydrating balm has them feeling like new again. Plus, a little goes a long way, so you can definitely get your money’s worth out of this little lip pot.
2. Alterna Haircare Bamboo Smooth Kendi Pure Treatment Oil, $25
Between highlighting, hot tools, and winter weather, my hair takes quite a beating when this season comes around. This oil is one of the only ones that I’ve found to be successful at keeping my strands feeling soft and silky. In fact, it actually feels like it prevents split ends!
3. Kiehl’s Crème de Corps, $48
My ideal body lotion is one that hydrates without feeling sticky or greasy. This classic Kiehl’s body lotion is super moisturizing and absorbs into my skin immediately when I rub it on, and it has a nice neutral scent to it.
4. Arcona Night Worker Cream, $55
This super hydrating reparative cream-gel hydrates and brightens skin overnight. It’s ideal for dry and sensitive skin, and works best when applied washing your face at night.
5. RMS Beauty Oil, $78
If you aren’t using a face oil yet, then you are in for a very pleasant surprise. Most people are nervous about applying an oil to their face (it seems counter intuitive, right?), but it actually helps your skin to produce less oil naturally throughout the day, while hydrating it at the same time. Especially when it’s cold and dry outside, I make sure to add a few drops of an oil, like this one from RMS Beauty, to my skincare routine at night before applying my nightly moisturizer.
6. Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream, $18
It’s great to get in the habit of applying an eye cream at night, but during the wintertime, you might even want to use one in the morning too. After all, the skin around our eyes is extra thin and prone to wrinkles, but a great quality eye cream like this one from Mario Badescu will hydrate that skin, keeping wrinkles and dryness at bay.
7. Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream, $30.99
You may know that Lauren has used and sworn by Egyptian Magic as her favorite all-over balm for years now. In fact, she has even written blog posts about it on the site as a great product to use if you have dry skin. That said, it comes in especially handy during the winter season. Slather it on chapped lips, scaly skin spots, or all over your face. I even use it as a moisturizing eye makeup remover!
8. Lano Rose Scented Hand Cream Intense, $15
No one likes the look or feel of dry, cracking hands this time of year. Not to mention, that can totally throw off a great manicure! I’ve tried many hand creams over the years, and the rose-scented one from Lano is hands down the winner. It locks in moisture and makes my hands feel so soft. It’s a double bonus that the packaging is so pretty. P.S. They also make a great banana-scented lip balm that I’ve been loving lately too.
9. Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay, $27
I love a product that multitasks and this heavenly-smelling mask from Origins does just that. Not only does it reduce the appearance of pores and add some serious glow to my skin, but it’s incredibly moisturizing—so much that it leaves my skin feeling hydrated for 24 hours after using it.
10. Kristin Ess Strand Strengthening Reconstructive Moisture Mask, $14
In the summertime, I use my favorite hair mask from Kristin’s line about once a month. But in the wintertime, I find that I’m reaching for it about every other shampoo. It helps soften my strands during the dry and cold season, but it also leaves it feeling light and bouncy—not weighed down.
Do you have any favorite winter beauty products to add to this list?
Let me know in the comments below. And if you see a product you’d like to try above, be sure to click through to give it a try and let me know how you like it!