Not-So-Winter-Wonderland: Five Hydrating Favorites to Soothe Your Dry, Blemish-Prone Skin

Posted on January 08, 2015 by Rachel Duran

Girl dressed in warm clothes for winter

Rachel DuranThe chill in the air may treat you to a cute rosy flush but your sensitive skin probably isn’t fond of winter’s cold snap. Along with the joys of fresh snowflakes come freezing temperatures, biting winds, and dry, flaky skin. 'Tis the season to zip up your coat, lace the snow boots, and apply some cold-weather hydrators to your chilled cheeks.

Gift your complexion all season long with nourishing, soothing moisturizers that protect against the harsh elements and avoid irritation. Try these luxurious hydrators to give your acne-prone skin a warm welcome to the cold of winter.                 

Fresh out of the Shower

Nothing quite matches the delight of a hot shower during the dead of winter but always follow up with a moisturizing treat for your clean pores. Try jojoba oil or argan oil for a natural and lightweight moisture base that fairs well with oily to combination skin, or a multitasking serum, like Aesop Oil Free Facial Hydrating Serum ($63): an antioxidant-rich serum boosted with vitamins B and C, and an aloe base that leaves skin smooth yet matte.

All Day Every Day

All 365 days of the year should start with moisturizer but winter begs for a rich, reparative formula. Aim for lipid-rich oils like shea butter or sunflower seed oil that rejuvenate depleted pores. Since dry skin can appear dull and lackluster, go beyond making the skin feel moist and aim for products that illuminate your complexion. Try Luxurious: Eve Lom TLC Radiance Cream ($72) that promises long-term hydration and a subtle, protective radiance.

While You Sleep

Nightime is ideal for a super-hydrating, moisture magnets like vitamin E and hyaluronic acid—a molecule capable of absorbing up to 1000 times its own weight in water. Apply your heaviest creams before your dreams, like dermatologist-recommended CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM ($10), found for a few worthwhile bucks at any drugstore.

Added Protection

Starting and ending your day with healthy hydration is great but sometimes your skin deserves some extra TLC this time of year. Rebalance your hypersensitive and irritated skin twice weekly with Dior Hydra Life Rehydrating Mask ($43) or an added does of Avene Skin Recovery Cream ($32)—a formula free of preservatives and fragrances that contains glycerin to moisturize skin, and plant-derived sqalane, a natural emollient with antioxidant and immune-stimulating properties. 


  • Rachel Duran is an editor at Arithmetic
  • About Us: Arithmetic is a new skincare company focused on helping adults achieve clear, healthy skin
  • Image: Smiling via Spitshire

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