Between the brutally cold temperatures outside and the hot, drying temperatures from artificial heating inside, winter can bring on a ton of skin care concerns. We’re talking dry skin, patches and flakes, lackluster complexion—you name it. And it’s not always easy to figure out which products are the most beneficial in tackling your specific needs. If this time of year consistently puts you and your skin on edge then keep reading because we tapped our editors to share their go-to winter skin-care products that help to transform their complexions back to a healthy-looking state.
“I have combination skin all year round, but during the winter, my skin gets insanely dry and dull. I crave my summer glow and dewy skin and this moisturizer has helped restore my skin back to a healthy-looking state. It’s very rich making it perfect for the dry areas and has a delicious soft, powdery scent making application feel like a luxe experience. After every use my skin feels more hydrated, nourished and refreshed thanks to the cooling benefits. While it’s formulated with mature skin types in mind, I can attest that people of all ages can enjoy this formula.” - Genesis, Assistant Editor
“The winter air does no favors for my already dry complexion. Seriously—it’s all flakes, redness and dry patches. To give my skin a little TLC and restore moisture, I reach for this L’Oréal Paris serum every morning and night. The formula is so hydrating and takes away any tightness almost instantly. It also gives my skin a plumped and healthy glow after just a few weeks. It’s definitely my can’t-live-without product!” - Samantha, Assistant Editor
“I’m a huge fan of serums, especially when it comes to the wintertime and this L’Oréal Paris glycolic acid serum has been a game changer in my cold season skin care routine. I have dry skin year-round and this serum brightens up my skin and helps fade away any dark spots I get from acne scarring. I also love that it has aloe vera, which is great for soothing my skin and keeping it super hydrated. Because I like to shower with warmer water when it's colder outside, my skin tends to dry out faster. So to keep it in top-top shape, I make sure to use this serum at least twice a week before going to bed.” - Shauna, Associate Editor
“If you’re anything like me, you too, struggle with dull, combination skin in the wintertime. Not only do my under eye circles somehow look darker, but I never feel as bright and luminous as I do in the summertime (also thanks to some flaky spots). To help combat this, I’ve been reaching for this cleanser that has a combination of micro-beads and glycolic acid to help soften and revitalize the skin. I’ve been using it two to three times a week for the past month, and have already noticed such a difference in my combination skin. It looks brighter, more even and has minimized a lot of my discoloration. It’s also tamed my oily spots and sloughed away some dead flakes. I will absolutely be continuing this regimen for the winter days to come, and probably beyond!” - Alanna, Assistant Managing Editor
“I’ve always struggled with finding the perfect balance for my skin, which is acne-prone, but also on the drier side. And these days, not only does it seem like it’s transitioning into a combination skin type, but I’m realizing that I touch it way too often throughout the day. So I keep these handy towelettes with me at all times. They help me clean all the dirt and oil and other nasties off of my face when I need to, and they’re gentle enough not to irritate my skin. I love that I can take them with me while I’m out so that I can do a quick midday swipe after being in a protective face mask for hours!” - Shalwah, Senior Editor