The 8 Best Winter Moisturizers According to Coveteur Readers

We asked you on Instagram, and here’s what you said.

By: Britt Gates-Kayyem
Styling: Meagan Wilson
Photography: Jake Rosenberg

My New Year’s resolution this year? No more of this stinging, tight, dry skin. To help do some ~very important~ market research, we went to Instagram and asked you guys for your favorites to brave the cold winter months ahead. Whether you’re into Korean skin care, all-natural products, or the luxurious-but-not-too-expensive, we’ve got you (and your skin) covered.


Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich: Glossier’s Priming Moisturizer Rich is not only affordable, but also indulgent. It contains algae and glycerin, which deliver moisture, plus ceramides and Kukui oil, which mirror your skin’s natural lipids to protect it. And though it’s dense, it’s not greasy. Our reader @mrscoop36 says it “seriously transformed my skin.”

Belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb: This cream is clinically proven to hydrate for 26 hours (hey, you never know where the night will take you!) and contains comfrey leaf to hydrate while controlling oil production. The cream is designed to “burst” when applied to the skin to provide a rush of moisture, and then absorbs quickly for healthy, smooth skin. Basically, it transforms from a thick cream to a lotion-y serum at your fingertips. @__kristyn said: “I have super sensitive, breakout-prone skin and super dry skin in winter, and this stuff is a miracle worker. Resolves my dryness for 24 hours AND doesn’t cause me to break out. Win win!”

Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Crème Fouettée: Drunk Elephant is both non-toxic and works like a high-tech skin-care line. This thick cream uses six unusual oils, plantain extract for firmness, and antioxidant-rich fermented green tea to fight signs of aging. All that, and it still feels light and airy. Also, we have to give a shout out to Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Face Oil as well, which an equal number of our readers are obsessed with. @ccrocco says it’s “Necessary even in Miami winter.”

Weleda Skin FoodThis cult-favorite, all-purpose, completely natural moisturizer is an old classic. It’s even great for your hands, feet, and elbows. It contains both botanical extracts and beeswax that feed your skin for a healthy, moisturized glow.

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate: This face oil has lavender essential oil, which soothes irritation and evens skin tone, and the star ingredient, evening primrose oil, which contains essential fatty acids that the body can’t produce on its own but that strengthen your skin barrier. A bunch of you also mentioned the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer and the Crème de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter for everything below the chin.

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil: This retinol oil adds plumpness to your skin and reduces the appearance of wrinkles, redness, and pores. Don’t be put off by the deep blue color—it turns to clear when applied. Anti-aging and hydration in one oil? Works for us. Sunday Riley seems to be big amongst the Coveteur readers, including the Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil, Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream, and the C.E.O. C + E antiOXIDANT Protect + Repair Moisturizer.

La Mer’s Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream: The classic La Mer Crème De La Mer is famous for its nutrient-rich “Miracle Broth,” which is made of sea kelp and other minerals that soothe, nourish, and repair skin. But the real reason people lose it over this formula is the thick, silky texture. Little-known application trick: Warm it between the fingers until it becomes translucent, and then apply to the skin. @kristinellenmartin can attest to this: “I like to warm it up on my fingertips and then pat it on all over my face. Don’t forget to also use a hyaluronic acid serum for extra hydration!”

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration: One of the most intensive sensitive moisturizers (it can even be used on babies), First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream contains all the important skin soothers: colloidal oatmeal, shea butter, ceramides, and the antioxidants that relieve irritation and rashes.

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