Promise you won’t regret it.
We’re nearing the end of January, and if your skin is dry, chapped, red, flaky or all of the above, you’re not alone. The sharp winds and low temperatures don’t just put a downer on your mood, they can stress out your skin, too. But it is possible to keep your complexion plump, smooth, and hydrated during the winter months; all you need is the right set of tools. Ahead, our staff shares their winter beauty must-haves to keep their skin glowing all season long.
Jess Teves - Editor in Chief
This luxe eye cream is my true winter skin-care savior. It helps combat bags, puffiness, and dark circles in one swift stroke and its cooling ceramic applicator helps refresh the skin, as well. Honestly, one of the more effective eye treatments I’ve ever tried. (Bonus: I live for their sunscreen, too.)
I recently tried Caudalie’s new anti-aging cream moisturizer and, wow, was I impressed. I tend to be very dry in the winter months, and this formula left me noticeably more plump and hydrated. The formula is backed by 10 years of research and is clinically proven to improve elasticity, firmness, dark spots, and fine lines—definitely what the doctor ordered right now.
I tend to do more lasers and in-office treatments in the wintertime (thank you my skin queen, Anetta Reszko, MD!), and this regenerating skin nectar is exactly what the skin needs to enhance cosmetic results and support the production of new elastin and collagen.
Nick Papa - Senior Manager, Brand Partnerships
This device is a game changer that shows visible results in real time. Using microcurrent technology, the Trinity device is designed to improve the look of the face’s contour as well as fine lines and wrinkles. I’ve been following this video tutorial to get the most out of the device and practice some of the “advanced holds.”
Reminder: SPF is just as important in the winter as it is in the summer! This combination product makes sure that my face stays protected from the sun while also locking in moisture and nourishing my skin with ceramides, squalane, and hyaluronic acid.
With winter months being the driest of them all, this face cream has been my saving grace. I have found that most other moisturizers I try to rotate into my routine during the winter are too thick and leave me feeling like the product is not fully absorbing into my skin. This cream immediately soaks right in and nourishes my skin, leaving me with a subtle shine.
Caroline Dunn - Associate Manager of Affiliate Partnerships & Content Strategy
As part of my overall wellness reset for the month of January, I’m experimenting with placing more emphasis on rooting my beauty routine from within. This daily vitamin drink from Dr. Nigma is exactly what it sounds like—a cocktail of every vitamin and nutrient you need to support hydrated and firm skin, plus probiotics to support gut health and immune support.
These brutal January temps have led me to fall into early quarantine-esque hibernation habits over the past few weeks, and with them, extremely minimal “no-makeup makeup” has become the daily norm. In an effort to step it up a bit without jumping in the deep end all at once, this eyeshadow palette has been a lifesaver for adding a subtle sparkle at times when I actually have plans that are worth trekking out into the tundra.
In case you haven’t been made aware that there is a TikTok trend of girls wearing the Laneige Sleeping Mask as an all-day lip balm, allow me to be the one to let you know that we use this for hydration at all hours of the day now. I have hopped on the bandwagon, and am not sure why I didn’t think of this sooner.
Ama Kwarteng, Beauty Editor
Fun fact: My skin is doing dry January! No, I was not aware of this fact, but that’s beside the point. Anyway, I started working these hyaluronic acid drops into my AM and PM routine to remedy the intense dehydration I’ve been dealing with, and it’s a godsend. Not only does it include super-hydrating HA, but it’s also packed with plant stem cells and marine actives to smooth, soften, and plump.
With a formula that features a triple-blend of baobab seed, camellia, and passionfruit seed oils, a couple of swipes is all you need to give your lips a full-on conditioning experience (plus a layer of shine).
A mix of shea butter, avocado, and coconut oil means that this body cream is a heavy-duty moisturizer with a lightweight formula. The soothing ingredients melt right into your skin, leaving behind a warm scent and silky smooth texture.
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